Saturday, August 13, 2011

On the Fifty-Forth Day of Summer

David bought some sand to fill the turtle for the grand children

It's raining sand

 A branch/flower from the hydrangea bush

David wanted to show how BIG the blossom was against his hand

BIG and Beautiful
The end of a good work day. Neighbor Mark came over for a visit

It's getting late. But that's OK. David and I enjoyed time with our neighbor.  He brought prizes. Nice cheese, crackers, nuts, and wine.  AAHHHH.....

Friday, August 12, 2011

On the Fifty-Third Day of Summer

 Today has been a typical work day.  I've been working a part time job 2  1/2 days a week.  Today was my last day of the half day.  Happy to be working only 2 days back to back with days open to "homestead" and explore creatively.  My mind often thinks of ways to save money around the home and be creative in the kitchen. Cutting back on work, I want to make money by saving money working inside the home. One of the every other week challenges is grocery shopping. We like to eat a healthful diet... for the most part. We do enjoy homemade pies, cookies, tortilla chips and salsa...etc...
Looking for low sodium, no high fructose corn syrup, no bad oils, or fats, low sugars pretty much cuts shopping down to the outer perimeter of the grocery store. Only a few healthy products can be found down the center aisles. Then factor in a modest grocery budget. A challenge. I like a challenge. I have learned one stores day for marked produce and dairy. I purchase marked down close to out of date milk to use for making yogurts. Our weekly vegetables are decided for me, what ever is marked down for quick sale is what we eat.  Marked down organic vegetables are always a treat and very affordable.
I would like to buy all organic but the pocket book doesn't allow. Of course, the very best is to grow your own food or buy local if possible. You know what you are getting.  Research shows some vegetables and fruits are better to buy organically. To help the grocery budget I have decided to buy conventional where recommended and organic on sale, or from the safe list. I used to have the following printed out and place on the refrigerator for reference.  I know this is long but wanted to pass it along.  Go here for a list FOOD LIST  and SHOPPER'S GUIDE~ FOOD NEWS


  








Thursday, August 11, 2011

On the Fifty-Second Day of Summer

Quiet house. Morning sun streaming through the window. I turn and noticed how the filtered sunshine was touching my morning coffee.

Spent the day with a friend/fellow teacher from my first year of teaching days. We are talking 1979-1980, Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools. Enjoyed our day Deb!
veggie sandwiches for lunch on the back porch

OK... THIS CAKE...OH MY..a pound of blueberries in this pound cake-ish type of cake with a lemon cream cheese frosting and more blueberries on top.  So moist and TASTY!!!!

a toast to a long friendship
Just a few minutes before Deb left, David called us out to see this massive cloud.


It kept growing. So beautiful.


YES!!!! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF "THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER"
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On the Fifty-First Day of Summer

Today was David's first day with students in the classroom for the 2011-2012 school year.  Needed the car so I "took" him to work.  Held the camera with my right hand and snapped some pics while driving home. (Probably not a wise road manner). I watched the road just let the camera catch whatever.  I am so thankful to live where we do.






And now this.....
So Groovy.... Like this. Dueling Cellos




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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

On the Fiftieth Day of Summer

They have called to me. They have NOT whispered.  Yes, I see you. You look nice today. My, your faces are maturing quickly.  Good morning. This afternoon as I passed the girls they YELLED at me. "HEY, OVER HERE!" I take a moment to say hi. "Yes, I see you, looking very bright and bold this afternoon. I will be back later to take your pictures." They seemed to sigh a little. You may think I'm a little off, but I interact with  creation.
 In the early evening I go out to the front porch, camera in hand to visit the girls.  My mind  floods with images, symbols, parallels of the feminine. A little girl bud holding energy/ life quietly inside for the female journey.  The adolescent full and about to burst. The young woman, at her most energetic time bursting with color. The older woman steady, sure, singing with full throttled voice. Sure of who she is. With the deepest of color just before the petals start to fade. It appears this is the stage the zinnia's by the porch are currently in. Then there is the old woman, like the older zinnia bloom. Fading petals,some withered or crinkled and turning brown. BUT... THE SEEDS! Yes, the SEEDS! As the zinnia begins to set seeds it fades. Inside the flower are many seeds which will germinate, grow and bloom again. Life goes on to the next generation. I like Zinnia. She comes in many different sizes, shapes and colors...

Meet the ladies.








Monday, August 8, 2011

On the Forty-Ninth Day of Summer

Our backyard at dusk.
 This quote came to mind by Stephen R. Lawhead in the book series The Song of Albion ..." It is the time between times. When the world stands still And people say their vows In the presence of God."
As I was taking this picture I heard a slight snap just to my right. Two deer were eating directly under our children's old tree house. 

I like dusk. My favorite time of day. Today was a normal day. David is back at school for the new school year. I worked at the drug store.  Not much else happening in this neck of the woods.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

On the Forty-Eighth Day of Summer

Did some tax-free shopping this weekend. Combined coupons, sales and tax free. Never...Never....Never by ANYTHING full priced. Got some undergarments, a dress, a couple of shirts and some leather shoes that started out at $74.00, they were on sale, then a 20% off coupon = $11.80... Good deal shopping. And now this...