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July 22, 2014


Filed under: 66 Days of Summer — Karma @ 8:19 pm
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Today is day 33 of summer – halfway through already! Boy this season flies by for me. I know there is more summer once I go back to school, but it will feel differently, that’s for certain. I’m calling this post “Detour” for two reasons: a literal one and a figurative one.

First the literal one. Sarah had a driving lesson today and after I picked her up from it, I decided to drive a different way in to my favorite local farm store (Randall’s for anyone local who may read this) because of the direction I was coming from picking Sarah up. We approached the intersection where I needed to turn to get to my destination and there were cruisers with flashing lights and police officers with waving arms. Turning the direction I needed to turn wasn’t going to happen. So I went straight and figured I could find a different way around. I really wanted some local fruits and veggies!


We drove by some pretty, open farmland with cows (squee!) during this detour; I found myself wishing I had my camera with me. I did eventually find my way around, only to come to the reason why the original turn was blocked. Electric wires down in the road, crews working, and my destination of choice? Closed for business due to the power outage! *sigh*

Managed some local corn at the grocery store but not the other things I was hoping for.

My other detour I’ve been working on for a while now, but I read a quote from Mark Twain this evening that seemed to express the way I have been feeling:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Nicely said, Mr. Twain.

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.

 Amphibian on an automobile

*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.

December 30, 2012

Well that was unexpected!

At least it was unexpected by me.  For reasons unfathomed by hubby or myself, we set out to visit friends living about an hour away in a very “country” section of Connecticut yesterday afternoon – without checking the weather forecast!  On Friday I had noted that Saturday’s forecast was calling for an inch or two of snow.  Eh! I thought, what’s an inch of snow?

Our arrival in Woodstock CT was greeted with a very slippery driveway – a covering of snow over some previously frozen ice.  All the husbands from my group of friends, plus daughter’s boyfriend, worked at getting my little red Ford unstuck from the bottom of the driveway.  With several of these helpful souls pushing and my driving and trying to steer up the upward curving driveway, we arrived at the top with several fewer layers of rubber on my tires.

After that eventful start to our get-together, we settled inside for drinks, food, conversation and laughter with dear friends.  Outside, the snow continued to pile up.  We noticed snow plows passing by several times on the country dirt road.  My husband’s concern for our travel home deepened as the night went on.

By the end of the evening, when everyone was wishing to head out for home, the driveway had pretty much been blocked off with a snowbank from the passing plows.  Husbands again went to work clearing the way.  My hubby lamented several times about our lack of checking the weather foreccast.  If we had realized what we were in for, we most certainly would have chosen his 4-wheel drive Chevy Suburban to travel in.  Usually my car is our travel-vehicle of choice due to its better gas mileage and smaller number on the odometer.

What followed was a white-knuckled, foot-shaking, stiff-necked, 20 mph ride home.  Living in New England, of course I’ve driven in snow before, but I found something about last night’s ride scary.  The roads in Connecticut were snowy and slippery and not well lit.  I was the responsible driver for my family and daughter’s boyfriend. I was the protector, at the time, of three young lives in my backseat.  Several times I wanted to pull over and ask hubby to drive, but we were afraid of losing momentum and ending up stuck in the snow with those tires now missing a bit more tread than they had arrived on if we dared to stop the car.  So onward, slow and steady, we made the trek home.

In the morning, I had a look around.

what I woke up to this morning

This was definitely more than an inch or two!

Although it wasn’t fun for driving, the dogs certainly found it fun for playing!

Chase time
Teddy and his stick
Dog tug-of-war 2
Dogs consider stick
Golden retriever snow portrait
Collie snow portrait

All is well that ends well, right?

Announcement:  Today is the beginning of a new week and at midnight tomorrow into Tuesday we ring in a new year.  How about we go for that dinner photography blog-along I mentioned a little while ago?  Take pictures of your dinner for about a week any time between now and January 13th – that’s two weeks from today, then post the pictures, along with a description, in a blog post.  Leave me a link in the comments in this post, and I will write a wrap up to send everyone around to maybe get some new ideas for dinner.  As I stated before, it matters not to me if your dinners are fancy or plain, homemade or pre-made, take-out or eat-in, vegetarian or carnivorous.  Like to use recipes?  Post a link if you like!  Prefer to do “a little of this, and a little of that”?  That’s okay too!  Just show me your food!  Due dates are loosey-goosey! 😉

December 29, 2011

Proud of my Girls

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Today was a big day in this household.  My girls each had a special event.

Meghan passed her driver’s license test.

There she is with my keys!  Watch out world, here she comes!  She’d just returned from picking up Sarah from her big event – competing in her first track meet.  Sarah competes in long jump and sprints:


Lining up on the track


Runners take your mark!


Ready to long jump


and away she goes!

The girls team took second place at this 5-school meet, while the boys took first!

Congratulations to both of my girls!