Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Things Are Looking Up

Lazing in the summer sun
Grass stalk in your teeth
Cool green shrouding you
Blue canopy
With clouds chugging by
Feel the sundrops trickling through
Filtered by the blades
while things are lookin up


Monday, July 30, 2012

The Half-Way Point

It seems to many that the culmination of the summer festivities is the Fourth of July. To others it’s the family vacation. Then there’s the day-to-day activities in the summer heat that works for the rest of us: relaxing and playing in the summer’s warmth.

As the end of July approaches, it dawns on us that the sun is now setting earlier. The summer to-do-list-of-fun-in-the-sun is probably getting checked off slowly, but not complete yet. We can continue to meet the pleasures of the list, but don’t forget to enjoy those lovely moments that serendipitously cross our path: sunrises and sunsets, a new flavor of ice cream, a shooting star, a friendly wave from a neighbor in their car as they rush by on their errands. It’s these simple things that can fill in the gaps of a day’s plans. These fulfill our life in many ways…mostly by making us smile when we least expect it. J

Have a smile today!


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Rain

As a child I remember a particular storm with a torrent of rain rushing down the street. It was an unusual rain as the skies were still pouring while the sun was peeking out. Clouds were mixed dark and light rolling across the skies. The water was gushing around the corner as I was up to my little knees in warm, bath-like water…a true delight on a very hot day.

With the hot and humid days we’ve had as of late, today’s rain is a welcome relief from the arid month of July. Storms have been flying by us but there has been little comfort from the heat and next to no precipitation for the ground. Today, I didn’t dance in the water. It was far more comforting to sit and watch. It was a day to relax and stare at the raindrops while listening to jazz in the background.

Hope you’re enjoying the change in climate!


Boney James; “After The Rain”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p1a_vA4OLs

Maroon five; “Sunday Morning”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Cti12XBw4

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Let The Games Begin!

The Summer Olympics are in full swing. Please check out the following websites for up to the minute reports and for schedules.


Local coverage: http://www1.whdh.com/

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Moment In Time

I took this photo in a neighbor's garden yesterday.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fairy Alert!

Today we welcome Mary to the SMFairytales blog. Her email address has been sent out to all. Please keep in touch. Ladies, hopefully more stories and pics will be added to our collection!

Welcome Mary,


Monday, July 23, 2012

Lazy Hazy Days

On these lazy, hazy days of summer, sometimes the best thing to do to stay cool is to admire the calm moments of the day around us. Sometimes there isn’t so much as a breeze and the water has a mirror-like reflection for proof. Sometimes there is only a cloud between you and the hot sun for shade with grateful relief for the cover. There are days when even the birds seem to conserve their energy by not singing their song, only to save it for the cool of dusk.

Stay cool!


Sunday, July 22, 2012


Here is a beautiful picture of Santorini submitted by Sue from her recent vacation.
Just beautiful, Sue.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Staying Cool

Buckets of water
Cup of water over the head
Buckets of water over the head
Washing the dog
Water fights
Water pistols
Wading pools
Inflatable pools
Water balloons
Crew cuts
Bathing suits


Monday, July 16, 2012

Cherries Jubilee

‘Life is just a bowl of cherries.’ We have heard this…and this day it was taken seriously. Amidst the hot temps and humidity of the day, my grandson and I took a mid-day break in the form of a picnic on our lawn. For our dessert we had a bowl of cherries. They were delicious and perfect in every way. YUM!

…and yet, perfection just wasn’t good enough to end the picnic. With a twinkle in my eyes, I looked at him and I said…”Do you want to see how far we can spit the pits?”
“Yeah!” He said.
So the spitting of the pits began as well as all the laughs and giggles that could possibly accompany it. We both had different techniques yet both were quite effective. Distance and trajectory were both factors to be considered. Laughter and fun rated the highest of all.

After the laughter subsided, we assessed the situation and voted to collect the pits and plant them. Hopefully our efforts will yield a single tree. That would be the ultimate state of perfection. We’ll have to wait and see. Something to celebrate…definitely.

Cherries jubilee!


Sunday, July 15, 2012


Taking a day off to waterblast with my grandson in this ninety degree weather!



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tag, You’re It!

“Tag, you’re it!” was music to the ears in summer time. It represented the freedom of summer play with friends and family. ‘Love taps’ turned into a game. Gather those closest to you and decide which game to play…tag, hide-and-go-seek or statues. Whatever game was chosen, you had to tap the person on the shoulder to get to the next level. Sometimes you had to choose another to replace you as the tagger. (Pick me, pick me!) They were games of choice and affection…games of fun, camaraderie and laughter.

Love tap memories turned into the pages of time for our lives. These games were carried in our minds and hearts and could be played anywhere at any time…at home, the local playground, with neighbors, visiting with cousins, on vacation and with new-found friends for a day at the beach. They are also universal in nature. Children naturally go to another, recognizing someone their own age and reach out and give a tap. Anywhere you go children find a way to run, play and tag for fun.

The freedom of running and tagging someone should be considered as an adult. Let your inhibitions go, find a friend, new friend or old, and give a ‘love tap’. Tag, you’re it! Let’s play. If that’s not your best option, at least ‘tag’ them for a cup of coffee!

Tag, you’re it!


Monday, July 9, 2012


A singular sensation
Sometimes something catches your eye in a crowd
It’s so exceptional it can’t be denied your attention
Its beauty must be acknowledged

Find this something in your life everyday!


Sunday, July 8, 2012


I had the privilege of passing through Plymouth the other day. On a scale of one to ten, the weather was an eleven! It was as pretty as a picture by the waterfront. As luck would have it…a parking space was available. Grab the camera…take a shot. There. Done.

The view of the Mayflower is never cliché to me. It’s beautiful in structure and its representation of our history. The tenacity and strength of character of the pilgrims who first arrived on these shores are anchored in this harbor. The sea with its ever changing ways each day is still the same in its character and vista. The ocean’s air and salt spray greats new pilgrims daily as the tourists arrive to connect to our history. There is connectivity over time passing and in going forward at places such as this.

Safe passage and safe harbor have been the standard more often than not here. It is a place not forgotten and is a continuing legacy of our people as well as a tribute to the native population that helped them survive in this new land. With each passing through Plymouth, we acknowledge and contribute to our living history.
The Untold Want
THE untold want, by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.
Walt Whitman


Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Dog Days Of Summer

The Fourth has passed. Locally it was a delightfully warm day with a surprise rain for the beginning and end of it all. For those of us with pets, a couple of traumatic days and nights have passed with firecrackers and aerial displays to the dismay of our critters. It’s time to slump into the dog days of summer. Take a lesson from them. When it’s hot, rest. Take a nap in the shade. Do only what your body comfortably allows. Have lemonade often. Share popsicles with your friends and pets alike! It’s time to chill!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July, 2012

Today as we celebrate our country’s birthday, find your slice of life within it. Our country is still one of the youngest on the planet and needs your help to grow. Continue to celebrate with the pride and conviction of all those who have gone before us who gave us our freedom. May their passion burn in our hearts and souls for the betterment of mankind.  Through one republic, whose founding fathers goal was and still is peace and equality for all, may you carry the same torch. This is the legacy passed to us. The job is not complete. Help live the dream.

Happy Fourth of July!



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Full Buck Moon

Today as you prepare for the Fourth of July festivities, be mindful of our beautiful full moon which is joining us for our activities. In Algonquin, it is the Full Buck Moon. It should be in full view as we watch fireworks today and tomorrow…with the fireworks truly competing for a place of honor.

Enjoy all that nature and the holidays have provided.


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fourth of July Preparation

photo: Google search 

Fuss free preparation
Paper plates and cups
Plastic tableware
Red, white and blue tablecloth
Matching napkins
Hot dogs and hamburgers
Buns and rolls
Corn on the cob
Boston (of course) baked beans
BBQ chicken
Potato salad and coleslaw
Macaroni salad
Ice cream
A large appetite
BBQ apron with “Kiss the Cook”
T-shirts with “God Bless America”
“Stars & Stripes” playing in the background
Sparklers and firecrackers
Red, White & blue glow-sticks
American flag
Funny hats and sunglasses
A Yankee Doodle attitude!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

4th of July, 2012

The Fourth of July weekend is here for food, festivities and fun with family, friends and community. If your plans aren’t 100% yet, here are a few websites to help you along.

Have a great weekend!