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July 17, 2014

“What, Again?” and “Happy Birthday”

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Yesterday, day 27 of summer, was one of those one-day-blends-into-the-others kind of days.  Errands, dishes, laundry, exercise etc.  Went outside to sit and read for a bit and cranked up the umbrella on my deck so I could use my Kindle.  Take a wild guess what fell out of the umbrella!  I bet you know!

Really? This again?
Seriously?  Really, frogs and toads don’t bother me but I’m starting to wonder…

Did I ever tell you that story of my 3- or 4-year-old self with the little toad? Probably not, it’s kind of gross.  My parents moved out of the city and into the suburbs when I was about 3 years old.  I remember being delighted with my new bedroom, all my own, and my yard and all the wonderful things it contained.  Apparently one day in my excitement to show my mother the little toad I’d just found, I squeezed it just a little too hard.  Poor thing’s guts squeezed right out of its mouth in my grip.  Maybe “frog karma” is finding its way around to me!

 

Today, day 28 of summer – 4 weeks out of school and hubby’s birthday.  Bought this fabulous looking cake at our local Big Y supermarket:

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This is for dessert tonight and we are having slow-cooked brisket (this link will take you to a guest post I did about our recipe over at my sister’s old blog) and “loaded” baked potato salad for dinner. I used ranch dressing to mix up with the potatoes and added in red onions, bacon, chives, and shredded cheese for the “loaded” part.

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with what I am blogging about today, but here it is anyway:
Would you like my coffee too?
Cedric took my spot here at the computer this morning when I got up to let the dogs in. Looks like he’d like my cup of coffee as well.

July 16, 2014

Doing a Little Sharing

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I’m taking a little break from the 66 Days of Summer with this post. It has been a long time since I’ve done a Cee’s Share Your World post, so I thought I’d give it a try on this rainy morning.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
Nope, never have. I think Meghan was fond of playing “parade” when she was little, however. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on in this photo of her with my best friend Renae.
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According to my archives, this photo is from 1998 – Meghan would be 3 years old.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I’m with Cee on this one – I’d sell them. I know very little about opera and it isn’t something I’m interested in experiencing. Also, like Cee, the ballet would be a different story. Readers of this blog know the love of ballet I have. The girls and I got to see the Moscow Ballet perform “Sleeping Beauty” this past April and it was beautiful. My apologies, I only have lousy shots from the finale – as you can imagine, real photography wasn’t allowed.
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Why did you start your blog?
I started it as way to share my love of photography. I’m only a hobbyist, but I enjoy it very much. Before I started the blog, I found myself participating in photo challenges from other blogs I was reading. I used Flickr to participate, but Flickr doesn’t allow the kind of interaction that a blog does, in my opinion, so I jumped in and gave blogging a shot. I’ve been at it over 4 years and I’m still having fun with it. The first photo assignment I participated in once I started the blog was Scott Thomas’s assignment on Creative Exposure. This was my entry. And here is my favorite photo from that assignment:
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What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
This is an easy one for me – Pig Out! I’ve mentioned this tradition on the blog before, but rather than make you follow a link to another post, I’ll quickly summarize. Pig Out is a tradition that has been happening with me, my sister, Renae, my mother, Renae’s mother, and Renae’s aunt for 20+ years now. It started as a way for us to find time to see Renae and her mom and aunt at Christmas time. The first one was haphazard – it took place at Renae’s aunt’s house and she just kept pulling different snack foods out of her fridge and pantry. Now we plan it well in advance and take turns hosting the event and all bring food, potluck style. This is an example of one of our Pig Outs:
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Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Some of my gratefulness that I would like to answer about is a little more than a week old, but I think it’s okay to bend this answer just a wee bit, right Cee? I’m grateful for the time I got to spend individually with each of my daughters. As I told you in this post I had the unusual circumstance of just Meghan and me being home for dinner. Then I had the chance to enjoy some shopping time with Sarah (shopping is NOT one of Sarah’s favorite activities) last Thursday.

I’m looking forward to taking Sarah to have her senior portraits done this Friday. Hard to believe all the events of senior year of high school are beginning with my baby!

July 15, 2014

Doldrumming

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Scattered thunderstorms. Flash flood and possible tornado watches. High humidity.

The dog days are definitely not over, but they seem to have arrived. I’m not one to complain about warm temperatures as you know. I do complain, however, about any kind of weather that keeps me inside. I told Robin this morning that I was wondering if you can have cabin fever in the summer. Bearyweather said for sure you can. Things aren’t as bad here as it sounds like it is in northern Minnesota right now, but I’m definitely getting antsy. My injured back (on the mend) and now the weather are conspiring I’m sure. Tomorrow’s forecast is no better.

Yesterday, day 25, I worked on and finished the project I referenced in my second to last post. I don’t think the person this project is for will find their way to this blog post, but to be on the safe side, I’ll wait to show it to you on a different day. Here’s where I spent most of the day yesterday:
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My old-fashioned but still working scanner is on the end table just past my computer. Photo albums are scattered about the table, more than you can see in the shot. I’m quite happy with the results of the project and hope the recipient likes it just as much when I have the chance to present it.

Today, day 26, is an inside-y kind of day too. I went out and did some errands to at least get out of the house for a while, but now I’m back in, looking out at the rain.
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As I said to Robin in my comment, I’m definitely looking for some adventuring. Planning to seek some out in the days to come, weather-permitting!

July 13, 2014

Ouch

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Day 24, stung again.
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It seems to happen with such regularity in the summer now that I come to expect it. Yellow jackets start building nests in the ground in my lawn, I run over the entrance with my lawn mower and piss them off, then I get stung! I wrote about it happening for the first time here. Last year I had one stuck in my hair and got zapped on my head over and over again. Had a nasty headache for the rest of the day. Today wasn’t too bad, one on the knee and one on my stomach. The pain is gone now and I’m left with that annoying itch.

A look at Z day

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Yesterday, day 23, Z words stuck out for me.
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Started the day with Zumba class.

While I cooked burgers on the grill for lunch, I noticed my zinnias have really taken off this year. Especially these hot pink and orange ones.
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There’s one creamy yellow one that kind of stands out from the crowd.
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen one this color before.

A little project sprang to mind yesterday too. It has to do with catharsis and closure. No Z words there, but I will be going through about a zillion photos to complete it!
Photo album searching, the old fashioned way
Those are many of my old fashioned photo albums. You can’t see all that I have in the house, but those are the ones I determined have photos in them I want to consider for the project. Many will have to be scanned because I either never stored them online, can’t find where they were online, were contained on a long-since-dead hard drive or were taken before I’d gone completely digital. I’ll tell you more about the project as I get further along. Some of you can probably guess what it is about.

July 11, 2014

Heartbroken

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Heartbroken. It was all I could think when I heard the news today, day 22.

Our dance teacher has decided to close her studio doors. Her own children are of an age where she has decided she needs to be home with them and the hours a dance studio must keep do not allow this for the parent of school-aged children. It was a heartbreaking, devastating decision for her and for us. This place has been a huge part of our lives for 16 years. Sarah was, of course, looking forward to finishing her senior year of high school while participating in her last full year of dance in the place that she has loved her whole life. It was so much more than a place where my daughters and I took dance lessons; it was our home away from home, a place where many friendships were born and grew and flourished.

I didn’t take any photos today, but I realized I never shared any of the shots I took at dress rehearsal this year. I perhaps would have been better about gathering some extra, more poignant shots had I known this was to be our last dress rehearsal and recital for the Karrie-Lyn Studio of Dance. I don’t have the joy in my heart today to give these photos the proper editing job they deserve, so I am presenting them here SOOC.

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Sarah’s jazz solo, “Round and Round” by Ratt

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Meghan’s “college girls return” tap dance to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

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Sarah’s ballet dance to the Arabian music from the Nutcracker Suite

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Sarah’s lyrical dance to “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel

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Sarah’s jazz dance to “Applause” by Lady GaGa….

… that our dance teacher just happened to have a spare costume for that just happened to fit Meghan
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July 10, 2014

Three Weeks Already

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I’ve been out of school for 3 weeks already. This time of year passes much more quickly than the winter, don’t you think?

Sarah and I spent some time together today. She is having her senior portraits taken next week, so of course that meant a little shopping. After choosing a few things, we popped over to Panera Bread for lunch.

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I’ve been hoping that once the house renovations that we started last year get moving again, I might be able to get some new furniture. For the heck of it, Sarah and I popped into a furniture store to have a look around.
Trying out furniture

How is your summer so far?

July 9, 2014

A rare selfie….

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The highlight of day 20, a fresh haircut:

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I love going to the salon. So nice to have someone take care of me for a little while!

July 8, 2014

Okay, what is it with frogs lately?

Filed under: 66 Days of Summer — Karma @ 4:00 pm
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Day 19 of summer, driving home from the grocery store, *gasp*, what’s that? Right there on my windshield, while I’m driving!

Frog on a windshield

Yup, another frog, or perhaps toad this time. I’m honestly not sure how to tell the difference, but there it was looking in my windshield at me. The drive home from the grocery store is short, and I hoped it wouldn’t blow off and become frog pâté.  It briefly disappeared from view, but when I arrived home in the driveway, it appeared in this spot I’m showing you in the photos, unruffled, unperturbed.

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*If you don’t know my previous frog story, please read this post.

I retired to the deck with a glass of peach herbal iced tea and my Kindle.
Iced tea and Kindle

I’m not sure where the frog went – hopefully not for a dip in the hot tub.

Just because…

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I took this picture yesterday and forgot to include it in yesterday’s blog post, but I really like it, so here it is.
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