Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wonder Dog!

If you know me at all, then you know about my Wonder Dog!
My dog who can leap from moving cars and survive, because she had to poop!

My dog who can run into the path of an oncoming truck and roll between the rear axel and come out with nary a scratch. Who upon arrival at the emergency vet is playing tug of war with her leash & you, making the vet wonder why in the world we thought there was an emergency?

Well, yesterday she proved it all over again when she did this....
She walked on water!

Heh - heh - heh!

Then she just danced along to her favorite Taylor Swift song.....
Shake it off!
Shake it off!

My girl........talking about my little girl!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Garden Party

I went to a garden party,
to reminisce with my old friends.....

When I got to the garden party,
they all new my name.
Well it's all right now,
I learned my lesson well.

Can't please everyone,
so you got to please yourself.


This is what you do on an overcast afternoon. You bake cupcakes from scratch, drag out the table & chairs, dig up mom's old table cloth, cut flowers from the back yard & along the road side, make pink lemonade & have yourself a little garden party.

Even if it is just you and your Wonder Dog!


Linking up with Kathy for Song-ography this week!

Coffee Time!

Make mine iced!

Summer with it's humidity has finally settled into the Mitten. I love the heat, but not the humidity. 

Especially living in a house with no central air. But we make do - we have the window shakers in so we can sleep & I have a fan blowing on me wherever I go. 

Oh, and I spend lots of time at the dock with this girl.

Oh my Wonder Dog - all she needs here is her cape & she'd be flying for real!


I still would love to take her to a dog beach on the BIG lake yet this summer. We shall see. I'm not sure how she'll do traveling that long though. I guess the only way to find out is to try it!

I was busy this weekend working on editing too.....
I spent 2 hours last Thursday afternoon on a webinar learning how to use brushes & presets in Lightroom in a more efficient manner.

Problem is, I get sidetracked way to stinking easy.......squirrel!

See what I mean?

But, I'm having fun with it & that's what counts, right?

Saturday and Sunday we pretty much hung out around the house doing this & that.

Dream Boy cleaned up our porch so he could make a more efficient work space for his newest hobby. This started when S2 made a request for us to make his bride her wedding gift.


We got such a great response to it when we showed pictures of it, he decided to start making them to sell! He has a meeting with a local store this coming week as she wants these in her store! I've also posted them on Facebook & Instagram & now here & have sold them as well.
We have both the positive & negative of each state or US map and they are made from reclaimed wood.  The option of putting a chalkboard behind a negative cut out is also an option!  He takes special orders as well. He's currently working on a US map & adding a carved heart to the two cities from which a couple have lived together.

I've also been itching to paint.........my office/studio space. It's a deep navy right now. It's the color that S2 picked out years ago & I love it, as blue is my absolute favorite color. But it's just too dark for me now. I need to lighten things up a bit. So I've been visiting the paint section at my local Lowe's every time I frequent it with Dream Boy when he needs to replenish his supplies for his signs. I had it narrowed down to two colors, something soft & something to remind me of summer days on the beach. Or trips to the tranquil blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico when in Florida. I think I found it. 

It's called Dancing Mist. Now doesn't that just make you feel relaxed and all warm & happy inside?
I painted with a sample I bought, and put two very quick coats on. It's going to take a few coats to cover the navy, but I'm thinking I'm going to like/love it! The trim will be in a creamy ivory and I think I may even paint one wall with a complimentary sandy color that I used in my bedroom. 

Welp - I'm into the final 2 weeks of summer school. So I need to push a few kids to get busy........real busy!

Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back soon!




Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

Good Monday morning!

Someone just recently asked me, "what is Monday morning coffee?".

To which I replied........."it's a blog post I do pretty much every week giving a recap of my weekend. In a world that is so big at times, this little post can make it seem small & bring back the days I remember when little of my mom & the neighbor ladies having coffee together a couple times a week."

As I think back, it's an idea that I borrowed from a fellow blogger, Lisa. She lives  in a land far-far away from me & used to post a "Virtual Coffee" every week. 

I journal - always have, always will. I have several journals laying around. Different journals for different things. Daily thoughts, photography, art/doodling, day to day activities and blogging.

I originally started blogging with a group of girls that I met via a scrapbook website. We lived all across the country, with a handful living close to each other. But we blogged as a way to keep out creative juices flowing through each other with the various projects we were all working on. One of them was our circle journal.

See - again - another form of journaling for me. And I still have each of those journals.

So there is a little history into where Monday Morning Coffee started. It seems to be the only time I blog lately - and I really don't know why I don't blog more as I used to, but I'll continue to plug along with what I am currently doing.

My weekend, as they do for the first 8 weeks of school, begin at noon on Thursday! That's when I get out of summer school for the week, so I have a 3 1/2 day weekend. Kind would like that schedule every day for school, but that won't happen.

Anyways - Thursday afternoon I worked on a video for Vacation Bible School for them to show at service on Sunday morning.

Friday morning I met up with a friend for breakfast! She took me to a new to me restaurant & oh my, was it yummy. We went to breakfast at 9am & I didn't get home until almost 1. So it was a long overdue visit for us as you can tell. Lots to catch up on.

As the day went on, the humidity began to build along with the heat. I had a senior photo shoot late that afternoon. 

Holy humidity! 

How does one stay "fresh" and professional looking when the sweat just poors off you standing still???
My senior had a "wardrobe" change halfway through our session, so we all agreed to chill out in our vehicles & take a break from the heat before continuing on. I had brought a huge glass of ice water with me & it was pretty much gone before we braved the heat to finish up.

I love summer - I love the heat, but the humidity can really do me in quickly. I can totally do without that.

Saturday was predicted to be even worse - their was a heat advisory in affect for the afternoon & early evening. 

Dream Boy was at his annual 100 mile ride in Holland and I had the day to myself. So I slept in before getting started on my "to do" list.

He rode. I mowed.

Poor guy got caught in a major thunderstorm while riding - they were less than a mile from their 1st check point when it hit. He said riding in sideways rain that was blinding them because it was coming down in sheets, was not his idea of a good time. But eventually it passed through & headed down towards me.

Fortunately I had finished mowing just before it hit. I was sitting in the living room and it became as dark as it does at 9pm. I had a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses show up at the door just as it was moving in & I thanked them for their time, but suggested they get back in their van before the heaven's opened up on them & poured down it's wrath.

They did.

I spent most of my day cleaning. You know, mopping, dusting, cleaning the toilet, scrubbing sinks & the tub, vacuuming. All that domestic diva stuff that I truly am not a fan of, but our maid just doesn't show up, so it's left up to me to do. 

LtWD & I took a break later in the afternoon when the sun was out, but there was a nice summer breeze blowing & I was able to sit out on the patio reading & LtWD spent time playing in her pool.

The breeze was quite strong, so the mosquitoes could not land & stick long enough, if at all. It was lovely.

I had another senior shoot planned for 6pm out at the local State Park, around the 3 lakes that are there. About 5:20, the skies began to cloud up & I checked radar. There was a lovely yellow, red & green cell moving in from the BIG Lake, so I texted my senior & said if you're ready early, head on over now so we can get your shoot done. 

She headed right over & we beat feet to the Park, which is only a mile from my house, and played in the water. Again, the humidity was building greatly & I was once again faced with staying "fresh". But I soon forgot about that as we found ourselves sitting/standing in the lake & the thunder & lightening began. 

We finished our shoot and got back to the car just as the rain began to come down!

When I got home, Dream Boy was there, so we went to our little local Mexican Food Dive in the Village for Fajita night.

Sunday we woke up to a beautiful day. We spent the morning in church & then went to our cafe ~ where they know us by name ~ and filled our bellies before heading home.

We struck up a deal. Dream Boy would stay home with LtWD & do all the weed wacking & I would head over to the dock & kayak the lake. He & LtWD would join me when he finished.

The lake was busy, as it should be on a hot summer day. But it was also a windy day - so between the boats & the wind, there were white caps on the water & I had to really work. But it's always a good feeling when I get done to know that I did it!

I did find a little cove where the waters were like glass.......

So I took a little respite among the lily pads before finishing my journey around the lake.

Then I spent the afternoon just soaking up the sun & floating in the lake and sitting on the dock.

Dream Boy showed up with LtWD & she played & played & played & played. She does not know the meaning of "stop" when we are on the dock. She sees her blue tube & it's an automatic "go" for her. 

Finally, after trying to get her to just rest, I hid her tube & she got mad. She barked at me and cried, but I wouldn't give in. So she looked out to the raft where DB & his buddy were fishing. She turned & looked at me & ran off the end of the dock & began swimming out to the raft to tell on me.

Stinker.

So she sat on the raft for quite a while with her master man & chilled because she had no other option. I still had her tube.
Dream Boy thought I had coaxed her to swim out to him. 

No - she has a mind of her own & follows it whenever she wants.

It turned out to be a wonderful weekend and I felt so refreshed heading back into school today.

Only 3 more weeks of summer school. Then I'm heading to a friend's house in Chicago for a few days. Another friend is also going to be there & we are going to explore the city with our camera's. 

So - back to work for now. Thanks, as always, for stopping by & spending some time with me.