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Photoes from our beach days


We are lucky to have this beach nearby. Get in the car and drive for 25 minutes along the lake and there’s the beach/campsite for anyone to enjoy. The kids go swimming no matter how cold, I need a couple of weeks of good temperatures and sunny weather in order to venture in.

Emma used to stay home when we went there the other summers, she whined and was restless about it when she was younger. Now she’s six, a middle aged lady, so to speak, so she’s more relaxed in public.  But when the girls go swimming she’s on her toes, constantly looking for them. If they go to the other side of the little “pier”, she occationally whines for them. When they come up for lunch or to lay in the sun she relaxes and has a nap.

Where are the girls?


Oh, there they are:


They’re up and resting now:DSC04647(1)

so then I can have a nap:



Rise and shine!

If not shine so at least rise. That’s what I did- at three thirty.  Well, first I laid there feeling how some of my joints ached. I took a pill and closed my eyes. The ache subsided- my eyes were ready to see daylight! So at four thirty I got up, went out to get the newspaper, made coffee- and the dog looked at me like I was insane- and went back to sleep. (she is still sleeping!)


I finally got all the thank you cards from the confirmation done, so something really good came out of this. We’ve waited to take a photo since we forgot on the day of the party, but Carly has had a bad sty on her eye and wanted to get rid of it first. Yesterday we had to get the doctor to get her a specialist’s appointment in order to get him to cut it away. She’s pretty calm about it.. So we used a photo from inside the church. It came out really nice, but of course it doesn’t show her in her dress- but so be it. It is a nice portrait anyway. So far this morning it’s sunny but they have called for a couple of rain showers, so maybe we’ll get in the car and put the cards in the mailboxes then..


I also walked in the dewey grass this morning and cut some peones and roses to put in vases in the living room.


In the garden there are tons of peones so I thought I could cut some closest to the wall of the house and take with me indoors,


As far as the climbing roses go, I always cut them a little less than I

roses outside my window

roses outside my window

 should so they can peek into my windows. i like seeing them while I sit in the living room.. This year I left them a little too long…

Now I’m really sleepy! Maybe I should take a little nap? Nobody else is up yet anyway, and it’s only 7:40.

Am I on a different shift schedule this weekend?

Yesterday I was awake at six, got up at seven… Despite that, I didn’t go to bed until close to midnight last night. And I hadn’t been tired in the afternoon.. This morning I woke up before five and knew right away that I wasn’t able to go back to sleep. My body is restless and tense.. So now I’ve been up for two hours already, cleaned up in two stacks of papers, had two coffees, ordered some books on the internet.. Who put me on this shift???

We spent a few hours at the family show at the Rock Festival yesterday and I took some shots of the kids in the drama/music/ballet groups while they performed their Swan Rock.  Here are some of the little ballet girls and a part of the musicians in front of the scene where the hired artists and  bands were playing afterwards:


The rest of the crew: more musicians and ballet dancers. A part of the actors in the far back to the right:


 Kristi and Carly are so laid back about acting in public it amazes me every time. Several of my students were participating too, and I got some shots to show them at school, but here are my girls:



After the performance there was time for a hot dog or a pizza slice for lunch and then an ice cream. Emma came with us and just loved all the action and the attention from dog lovers and kids that wanted to pet her. But the ice cream was the most exciting thing!


And yes, she got some ,of course. Paying close attention and being persistent pays off!


After a whole week of crappy weather we had a nice, sunny day yesterday. Coming back from the Festival we spent the rest of the day on the porch, having cold beers, barbeque dinner,  coffees and we listened to music and  read the newspapers. In the evening I prepped some pages in my small art journal while watching TV. Kristi’s one friend was over and the three girls played Sims 3 and walked the dog.

Our dog.


We’ve had a long day. We worried so much about the dog that both Bill and I got up early. That is, Bill got up before six to check on her, and then we both got up before eight.. She was crying from some kind of pain last night, we thought maybe she pulled a muscle or hurt in her joint in her “shoulder” for some reason.. Still we don’t know but she was a bit better today so what ever it was it must be passing. There’s always something with her, seems like.. She’s only six, she should be bouncy and tough. Instead she is delicate and fragile.


 And grey- bearded despite not being that old. But beautiful. And kind.


And lazy. And quirky. And somewhat neurotic.

Best time of year


..is now. It’s all ahead of us. The summer, the holiday, hopefully lots of good weather. Today  is a GORGEOUS  day. We were up early, I’ve had coffee on the porch twice, we’ve been down at the building supply store ordering delivery of new wood for the porch flooring. It’s about time! The truck just pulled up.


I am going to spend some of the afternoon getting som plants potted. Went and bought some after work yesterday. Ah- the summer!!! Ah- the sunny days.

Yesterday we barbequed, had cake and coffee because both Bill and I had our birhtdays recently. Unfortunately the dog seems to be out of sorts again. We think she has pain in her front leg or shoulder. She seems to want to rest as much as possible and her head hangs low when she walks outside, and she whimpered when she moved last night. Today she seemes a bit better…poor dog, something is always the matter with her!

I have finally taken a photo of the finished shawl that I gave to Mom for her birthday.


The scent of a….man

Bill went to bed early. His sweater was on the floor. Someone thought it a bit sad not to enjoy his company. At least one can borrow the sweater and the familiar scent.


Too early…

I hate to admit it but it must be my getting older that makes me wake up at all the wrong times. I don’t have severe hot flashes or anything, but I wake up periodically at night wondering why, but then I get too hot to stay under my blanket and have to cool off. I usually get back to sleep but sometimes it’s impossible.. Like this morning. I woke up at 5:30 and even though I didn’t go to sleep until 1:00am I got up knowing full well it was useless staying in bed. So now I’ve been for a walk with Emma in the snowy, silent streets..dsc031011

 and I’ve had two coffees while the dog just curled up on the couch as soon as we got back in and she knew that I was going to sit down in the chair nearby. Her stomach is making weird noises and she didn’t eat her breakfast. Bill said she got into something on the street yesterday morning. She’ll never learn that one.dsc031031