Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sign & Smile

August Break, days 30 and 31

I found these while up north this week....

Hair styling products named "SIGN" 
...and this sign made me Smile:

This mannequin outside the Diving Center holds a sign that reads: "SCUBA - For those who'd rather sink than swim!"
I love that one :)
Thank you, Susannah Conway, for hosting this fun August Break!  I'm already looking forward to next year :)

The August Break 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013


It's always exciting to find another memoir written by a woman when I browse the books at secondhand stores.  I've been inspired and sometimes amazed by their stories.  I have read about hardships, struggles, introspection, and accomplishments that I couldn't imagine having to undertake.  Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is one of these.  I found it just a few weeks ago and read it over the past few days.  It more than filled the expectations that I had after reading the intro on the dust cover.

Cheryl Strayed gives us enough personal history to understand why she decides to embark on the months long hike from the Mojave Desert to Washington State, having no experience as a hiker.  And while I would never choose such an undertaking, I can understand why it was important to her.  We walk with her as she breaks in her boots and struggles under the weight of all she carries.  Her writing style is smooth and easy to follow, and it kept me right on pace with her (mentally and emotionally) on the trail.

There are many reasons why she should have never undertaken the hike (inexperience, lack of planning, poor supplies), but her courage and determination made up for them.

I keep very few books and Wild will be one of them.  Ask for it at your library if you enjoy non fiction.  They may choose to get a copy for their stacks, in which case a lot more folks will be able to read it!  My copy is already on loan to a friend.  I hope she will be as impressed as I am.

Wishing you a day filled with great adventures!

(August Break, day 29: Your fave thing.  Women's memoirs hold a very high place on my list of favorites!)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


August Break, day 28

Deep breaths....


Tomatoes from my neighbor and basil from my deck

Bringing back memories of my gardens........

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Yes (is a ) Number

August Break, days 26 and 27

Yes!  Back to my old routine of going to the gym early.  That's the number, and I'm out the door  :)

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Morning

August Break, day 25

Sunday morning, around the corner from Grand Central Station, NYC


Street vendors as far as the eye can see.  Booths with wonderful selections of spices, beautiful leather totes, tempting food, and so much more!  The road is closed on Sundays this summer for a beautiful experience.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013


August Break, day 24

Before dawn, listening to the crickets and birds

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Friday, August 23, 2013


August Break, day 23

The timing was right while my brother was visiting from out of state, and we were able to go to the annual "Feast" of the patron saint of the church where we were raised.  It was a beautiful late summer's evening, perfect for festivities.  Within an hour of opening, the rides, games, food booths, and beer tent were all crowded.  We strolled and talked and ate and listened to the music.  We even bought raffle tickets on all sorts of goodies.  It was nice to be in the old neighborhood with my brother.

We took a few moments to step inside the church where we were both baptized, received communion, and were confirmed.  It looked so much smaller than I remembered.  I looked at the pew where we sat every Sunday morning, many years ago and wondered who sits there now.  There had been some changes to the inside of the church, minor things that made it seem different than the one I knew in my youth.  But outside we found something familiar.

It is tradition that the statue of the patron saint is carried through the streets by members of the parish, along with a small band and whoever wants to follow (including children on bicycles).  The statue is festooned with ribbons before the procession.  When people here the music approaching, they come out of their homes to pin dollar bills to the ribbons.  That night, the statue was already set on the platform, ready to be carried through the neighborhood the next day.  It was nice to see that some of the old customs haven't changed!

You can visit other participants of the August Break at Susannah Conway's blog, here.

The August Break 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013


August Break, day 22

Thundershowers this morning, clearing this evening.  Here's how it looked at midday.....

Some of us keep a lawn chair in our vehicles so we can sit outside at lunch, enjoying the sun, reading, chatting.....  this is a hill at the edge of the parking lot where we sit.  Can you see all the tracks that the deer have made in the woodchips?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Something old

August Break, day 21

Looking through old photographs recently, I stumbled on one of the dress I made for my senior prom.  I remembered the soft, float-y material.  And having my hair "done" at the hairdressers.....all that hairspray!  Oh, how styles have changed....  Could it have possibly been that many years ago?

Interestingly enough, shortly after I saw the photo I happened to find the pattern from that dress on etsy.  It's a few sizes larger, but then again, so am I :)
The version shown in blue is the style I stitched, making it floor length.
It has a double butterfly sleeve.

I'm always amazed when I see a pattern I recognize online, and I've purchased a few of the ones that I had made in the past.  It's an inexpensive indulgence and it doesn't take as much space as collecting vintage cars I'd owned :)

....although it would be fun to drive my old Valiant again....

Stop by The August Break hosted at Susannah Conway's blog for more postings of "Something old"  :)

The August Break 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


August Break, Day 20

It's my favorite drink this summer!  Each morning I fill this jar with water, lemon slices and fresh peppermint (from my deck) before leaving for work.  It's gone by noon and I refill for the afternoon.  When your nose is glued to the computer screen at work, it's heavenly to have something so refreshing to drink!  And the mint reminds me of being in a garden :)

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013


August Break, day 18
Grandbabies are for holding
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Looking down

August Break, day 17

(Actually, Looking down is for day 18 but I have chosen to flip-flop them since tomorrow I will have better photos for "touch".)

Growing Peppermint in containers for my iced tea and lemon water :)

Basil planted underneath the tomato

Underneath it all.....the deck

Have a wonderful evening!

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Friday, August 16, 2013


August Break, day 16



not from any garden.....
but they are "blooming"  :)
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Thursday, August 15, 2013


August Break, day 15

History and current topics

Memoirs (and old diaries)

My mother's cookbook


A new world......

Books have always been important to me.  From reading Leaves of Grass and Cry the Beloved Country in high school to preparedness works today, I enjoy the written word.  I love walking through a bookstore and I'm always drawn to the stacks of used books at rummage sales :)

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Break, 2013

I stumbled onto Susannah Conway's blog and website the other day as I roamed blogger sidebars and was excited to see the group she has gathered for her "August Break", where she listed a topic (theme) for each day of the month of August.  Participants can choose to post a single photo (or more), or write about the subject.  It is planned as a "break" from regular posting.  A month-long "vacation" of sorts.
Here it is (the middle of August already!) and I will be participating for the rest of the month.  Better late than never :)

Please stop by her site to see what everyone is posting for the daily themes!  There are 700 participants!!!

The August Break 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I've been loving this "salad season", mixing up different dressings.  I haven't bought a bottle of salad dressing from a grocery store in a few years.....
So when I reached for the piece of ginger that I bought a week ago I found this:

It usually doesn't last very long in my kitchen because I use it in a lot of things, but this one sat around long enough to sprout!  So I'm wondering if it can be planted?  I'm sure it wouldn't last over a New England winter but what would it yield over one growing season?  Would it grow in a container?