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Summer’s Conclusion

As Summer is finally coming to an end, I offer up a few thoughts, memory bits, and photos of us squeezing the last drops of fun we could have.

First, a poem sent to me with a lovely card and feather from a new not too far away friend. The connections continue.

Card from a friend on Shalavee.com

Summerfest last weekend was the perfect celebration to an August we truly enjoyed.

Summerfest on Shalavee.com

belly dancers at Summerfest on Shalavee.com

volunteering for Summerfest on Shalavee.com

Eamon was a volunteer for the festival and got to play with legos while hanging out with the marvelous Judge Karen.

Afraid to go in on Shalavee.com

Fiona was terrified and would not go into the bouncy thing on this day, Friday. But the next day, I had a heck of a time trying to get her out.

Overcame the fear the next day on Shalavee.com

peach pie on Shalavee.com

Oh did I mention I made a sumptuous peach pie which we scarfed down before the fireworks?

Fireworks at Summerfest on Shalavee.com

The fireworks at the end are always such a treat. Fiona’s hands were glued to her ears but she didn’t cry.

Destroying the sandsculpture on Shalavee.com

And then there’s the annual destruction of the sand sculpture. What fun to start your day this way.

In the pool with Barbie on Shalavee.com

And then one last dip in the Hello Kitty pool which has developed three fissures in its sides all plugged with plastic wrap globs.

The slip and slide on Shalavee.com

And then we pulled out the slip and slide I’ve had in the garage for like three years and had some more fun-e-fun.

laying in the sun on Shalavee.com

And then there was this. Laying in the Sun felt so necessary on this day.

Eamon kept saying we weren’t allowed to mention his going back to school because it was officially still Summer. And then we grilled hamburgers just to make sure we got the full Summer feeling in place.

Despite the rocky start my Summer had, I felt the ease I hoped for finally happened and we had a graceful bubble to occupy these last couple weeks before school started. I never felt sad or regretful because we did it the best way we knew how. And that id all you can do.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.


Annapolis with Leah

It is harder than you might imagine to make new friends as you get older. No new jobs to meet people through. Your town has the same people save maybe a new neighbor or two. Fellow parents may not be your age or have the same interests. And the organizations you belong to can be of the been there, done that variety.

I was thrilled beyond words when I discovered that there was someone in my same artsy creative circles online who lived within an hour of me. In fact there were several women who I reached out to and began to meet up with. When I met my gal Leah, as well as my new friend Sarah, we all sighed with relief. We were all the same sort of oddly creative whacky people and were already friends from our connection online. We are all uber-creatives who really need an offline connection.

Sunflowers and bricks for an urban garden oasis in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Urban gardening is sublime in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Urban gardening is sublime

Me and Leah in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Me and my gal pal Leah

I met Leah for the first time at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore back in March. We just hit it off. We are from similar backgrounds and the same age and rather at the same place in figuring out what to do with our talented selves.

Blue bike in the island in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Blue bike on the brick street island in Annapolis

This next time we met up in Annapolis. What bloody fun that was! We ended up walking in the rain and just didn’t care. And going on an impromptu photo safari around the beautiful historical capital area of downtown. Wow. And of course, non-stop talking. So so much fun.

State House stairway in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

The perfect photo-op, State House stairway in Annapolis

old overgrown church in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Old overgrown church in Annapolis

How I love me some urban tree roots in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

How I love me some urban tree roots

Recycling in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Recycling in Annapolis

Wrought iron goes right to my heart in Annapolis, MD on Shalavee.com

Wrought iron goes right to my heart in Annapolis, MD

Shopping in Annapolis and I want every stinkin' one of these wacky little finger puppets in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Shopping in Annapolis and I want every stinkin’ one of these wacky little finger puppets

Cobalt gated alleyway with clay hued walls in Annapolis, MD on Shalavee.com

Cobalt gated alleyway with clay hued walls !

Mailbox and tiled doorway in Annapolis, MD on Shalavee.com

Mailbox and tiled doorway

Footie on the dock walk in Annapolis, MD on Shalavee.com

Footie on the dock walk in Annapolis, MD

The Drunken Princess in Annapolis MD on Shalavee.com

The Drunken Princess

State House lawn in Annapolis on Shalavee.com

Annapolis State House lawn

I hope you enjoyed the results of our photo safari !

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

My Year of Making in July

Almost hard to believe that it’s well past the middle of the year. And yet happily, I have continued my mindful chronicling of my everyday making.  I’ve kept up with monthly making picture files with each picture dated. And I realized earlier on that I am a maker in many ways other than art and word. 11 July I'm Speaking Up post on Shalavee.com

I take copious pictures with the intention of using them here on the blog, there on Instagram, and sometimes on Facebook. It’s almost a bit much to keep track of. I know many are lost in the archives. But despite my lousy system, I’ve been consistently maintaining these files. 5 June It's OK to be OK post Fiona-in-the-tub-on Shalavee.com

And I love sharing the pictures to give myself credit for my continued Year of Making. These are some of my favorites from June and July.29 June Summer's Stutter Start post on Shalavee.com26 June Visit with Pegeen on Shalavee.com5 July The Fourth with sparklers on Instagram on Shalavee.com9 June Ready post and sky art on Shalavee.com4 July Key Lime Pie on Shalavee.com19 June Solstice decorations post Finished Floor cloth on Shalavee.com

 

 

 

 

28 Making cards on Shalavee.com

Most likely, I’ll be back with more of my pictures of my making next month in September. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. See you with a post, as always, on Monday.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter orPinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

Summertime Doing

Certain elements feel like Summer. Are almost necessary for Summer to achieve Summer-ness.

Fiona and that face in the hello kitty pool on Shalavee.comon

There’s bubbles, fireflies, sparklers, s’mores, and “swimming”, which just means being in “woger” to Fiona.

ripening tomatoes on Shalavee.com

On the Shore here, Summertime means local food. Crabs, corn, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.

Maryland Blue Crabs on Shalavee.com

And all activities related to obtaining these yummy ingredients.

crabbing on the Eastern Shore on Shalavee.com

We went dip net crabbing once and had a blast.

A day at the blustery beach on Shalavee.com

Visiting the beach can be a challenge with the onslaught of traffic but well worth the effort for a Wednesday outing.

Adam's Market on Shalavee.com

Stopping back by the Adams market on the Delaware line for produce.

shucked corn on Shalavee.com

crabcake and corn salad on Shalavee.com

And then fondling, shucking, and cooking your treasures. Crab cakes, corn salad, and pita chips.

obligatory sunburn on shalavee.comAnd as always, there’s the obligatory sunburn at soccer camp.

Yup, chaos and boredom aside, I think we’re hitting some sweet Summer notes, grabbing great pictures, and actually having fun.

One month left. I think I may need a vacation from this vacation however.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you tremendously for your visit.

Summer Drive

The fields are full. The corn is tall and as I drive through them, it’s like navigating a labyrinth. Walls where there were none weeks ago, soon to be gone again after you get used to them.road and cornfields on Shalavee.com

Through the open window, it smells different. There’s a sweet rot smell giving over to patches of dirty dank mildew. The sound of crickets and cicadas and happy birdsong fade in and out.Queen Anne's lace at the edge of the field on Shlalavee.com

I swoon and graze my vision on the Queen Anne’s lace and chicory lining the roadsides, an occasional late day lily and Black Eyed Susan joining the ungathered bouquet. I see the orange spotted wings of wily cow birds darting in and out of the flowers feasting on grasshoppers and buzzies.cornfield and tree on Shalavee.com

Inside the car barreling along the tar and chip side-roads, we switch the radio station back and forth and wait for the little girl to fall asleep. The rhythm of the life staying somewhat the same despite the Summer’s onslaught of Busy. The smell of ketchup fills the cab of the truck and I dream of a quieter life in the middle of The Land of Pleasant Living.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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