Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

pink sea urchin, magnified

Magnifying Glass

Small grains
in a stone
grow edges
that twinkle.

The smooth
moth's wing
sprouts feathers
like shingles;

My thumb
is wrapped
in rich
satin wrinkles.

~ Valerie Worth

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Faves

* Quote of the Week: "The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."  ~ unknown

* Something to Buy: I really want a stylish, smallish umbrella.  Like this one

* Some Thing to Make: a confettied wall

* Several Songs: 60s Oldies Radio is a pre-made Pandora station, and it is wonderful!

* Images of the Week: The Annular Eclipse Painter, Taiwan by Ken

* To Make You Think: "This will forever change the way you look at selfies" on the Unlooker

* Just for Fun: Click here

* BLOGspiration: Kitchen Fellowship by Alyssa Passage

* To Make You Laugh: I laughed until I could. not. breathe.  Really. (rated PG13)

* Anticipating: Jeffrey is hanging our new, super-cool, funky, retro-looking, black and nickel bedroom ceiling fan today.  I'm so excited!

* PINspiration: Aging awesomely, curated by Susannah Conway

  * In Case You Missed It: That Old Momma Magic 

* Some Things I Love: clematis (see above) and other climbing, flowering plants, this record-breakingly cool July we've been having, making decisions that feel good deep in my gut, waking up without an alarm clock, time to read a huge pile of magazines in one sitting, my new Relyn Lawson Photography postcards, the way our house looks all freshly painted and deep cleaned

Happy weekend, friends.  What delights do you have planned?

Monday, July 14, 2014

something for you

Here's one way to have a perfect summer day:

Get up early on a Saturday morning.  Pack the car with water and snacks.
Plan a hike in the Mark Twain National Forest, or your local beauty spot.  
Make sure the hike is some distance away so you'll have plenty of time in the car to talk.  
Rest your hand on his thigh as he drives.
Smile at your child still asleep in the backseat.
While you are hiking stop often and take pictures of things that make your heart sing. 
When you get home, relive your beautiful day as you look at your photos.
Turn one of them into a desktop background so it will 
remind you over and over of a perfect day. 

This is the desktop background I made, and I'd like to share it with you

Just click the image to see the full-size version.  Then, right-click and download the file to use for your desktop background, or any other way you might like. 

Wishing you many perfect summer days of your own.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

The Cabbage

You have rented an apartment.
You come to this enclosure with physical relief,
your heavy body climbing the stairs in the dark,
the hall bulb burned out, the landlord
of Greek extraction and possibly a fatalist.
In the apartment and leaning against one wall,
your daughter' painting of  a large frilled cabbage,
against a dark sky with pinpoints of stars.
The eager vegetable opening itself
as if to eat the air, or speak in cabbage
language of the meanings within meanings;
while the points of stars hide their massive
violence in the dark upper half of the painting.
You can live with this.
     ~ Ruth Stone

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Faves

* A Song: "We've Got Something" by Adaline

* Things I Love: family movie nights, magazines, magazines, magazines, finishing summer projects, keeping icy mugs in the freezer, Sloane's cupcakes, the sound of kids at swim practice, day long swim meets, working with Jeffrey on our home, homegrown zinnias in bud vases all over the house

* Great Read: Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

* Because I'm a Word Nerd: Y'all, Youse and Yous Guys

* Something Yummy: Pinenuts and Blue Cheese by Brooke Albrecht

* Quote of the Week: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~ Babe Ruth

* Picture of the Week: Just Room Enough Island by Omegatron

* To Make You Laugh: Funny Test Answers

* In Case You Missed It: A Cat Named Precious

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You've got to check this out...

Inviting Fern by Treat

I couldn't wait until my Friday Faves.  I just had to tell you about this great new company I've discovered.  Treat is a new branch of Shutterfly, and it is incredible.  I spent some time this morning making cards to send to all my recent photography clients.  It's been a mild summer here in Missouri, which has been perfect for all the photo-shoots I've been doing.  Look:

Charming Postage by Treat

I wanted to go beyond the typical thank you notes.  And, look what I did. With Treat you can customize every part of your card.  Check out the inside of this one.

inside of Charming Postage by Treat

I made this one, too.  In fact, I got caught up on a lot of my thank you notes today.  It was just so easy and so much fun.

InstaThanks by Treat

I just kept going.

Gracious Blocks by Treat

and going...
Splendid Thanks by Treat

and going.

Photo Friends by Treat

Think about it.  Most cards at Hallmark cost $4.00 and you have to run an errand to get it.  Not to mention going to the post office for more stamps because you never seem to have any.  Am I right?  Then, you still have to track down the address, address it, and finally get the darn thing in the mail.  Which, is where I always fail in my good intentions.  I currently have 4 unaddressed, but written thank you cards in a stack just waiting to be mailed.  UGH.

inside of Photo Friends by Treat

Enter Treat.  You can do it all online.  Make the card, address it, and have it mailed for you.  All, for no more than $4.00.  Or, you can go with the digital option for $0.99.  And, they offer so much more than just thank you notes.

See?  I told you it was great.

What about you?  What company do you love?  Is there a service you use that makes your life easier?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Fourth, friends!

* Great Read: The United States Constitution by the founding fathers

* Things I Love: The United States of America, soldiers in uniform, Uncle Sam, fireworks, saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, national parks, the sense of reverence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, seeing Old Glory wave with an Olympian standing beneath; hand over heart, watching my dad stand and salute, singing "America the Beautiful" from the top of Pike's Peak, baseball, hots dogs, mom, and apple pie

* Images of the Week: Salute to a Fallen Comrade by quiet light photo

* Anticipating: fireworks tonight with my family

* A Song: "Ragged Ol' Flag" performed by Johnny Cash

* Quote of the Week: "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." ~ Abraham Lincoln

* In Case You Missed It: Silly Celebration, Take Four

Oldies, but Goodies