Saturday, June 23, 2012

Name Calling


Now ordinarily some of the time, I do not resort to name calling. However, there is a nightly occurrence in my neighborhood that has brought out the very worst in me. It began a few weeks ago and appears as if it will continue right through until forever. My state made the unfortunate decision to legalize fireworks and now every tom, dick, harry, sally and sue have become munitions experts. The blasts begin just after sundown and have gone on all night long, though we're told there is a 10 pm curfew. I hate nightly fireworks. Hate is actually too soft a word. I despise nightly fireworks and I don't feel too saintly about those who are setting them off either. Are fireworks legal in your community?

So, yes, you'll hear me use an old Downeast term at the end of this short video. You can find it in E.B. White's essay entitled "Maine Speech." Yes, it means just exactly what you think it might.

Onto cheerier things — I have a parade to attend today. The grands will be marching and we'll be there. One is wearing the uniform — t-ball uniform; the other is carrying a sign for a local pizzeria. Gotta see that... (If all goes well, I'll be popping in a few photos before day's end.)

Grand 1: Still dancing I think
Grand 2: Spotted us and wanted to stick around longer, but the Library Sale job was too important. (And I thought it was all about pizza!)

And don't you just know that we'd follow that cutie pie anywhere. In fact, John is off to the sale right now. He's hoping that he gets some more great deals as he has in years past.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love Vee

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Wee Walkabout

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul. ~Luther Burbank

The First of the Stella d'Oros

More Bolero Lilies

They are Putting on Such a Show

The Knock-out Roses

The Patio Door

Taking a cue from Auntie this morning and closing comments — so you can look and dash

Have a delightful day!

Love Vee

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Summer Bracelet

A big thank you to all who participated in June's Note Card Party either by entering, visiting or both. Now I know what it feels like in a tourist town when visitors swell the population to twice the community's usual size. How sad it'll be to go back to the old numbers. ☺ Yup. I get spoilt. But then, we don't blog for the numbers, do we?

I hinted day before yesterday about the third gift from Mrs. Rabe. It was so totally unexpected and I was completely charmed by it. Though I do not usually wear jewelry,  I've been wearing this sweet bracelet.

Forgive the's early this morning. The colors are just so pretty and I love the clasp.

So I'd love to give one away. No! Not this one! This is mine. ☺ I'd love to have you visit FabFashion Bracelet section and select a bracelet that you would enjoy. Deanna has graciously agreed to work with me on this. If you are interested, all you need to do is comment on this post. Please do not share the information anywhere else. This is only for those readers who wander in and find the information here. I'll be drawing a name next Thursday. The only requirement is that you have a public blog because I'd really like you to share about the bracelet when you win. The beat goes on don't you know...

I'll be off for much of the day and in all this heat, but I'll be looking good wearing my bracelet!

Love Vee

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sea Fever~June Note Card Party

Welcome to another Note Card Party! Hope that the last day of spring and the first day of summer are weather kind to you.

I've decided to share some of the Maine coast this time.

Summer 2010 - Portland
 Summer 2010 - Portland
 Summer 2011- Freeport
Summer 2011- Freeport

I found this poem in my grandmother's treasures. Fortunately, it was also available online so I didn't have to type it up.

Sea Fever  
by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky
and all I ask is a tall ship,
and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
and the white sails shaking,
And the grey mist in the sea’s face,
and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the seagulls crying. 

I must go down to the seas again,
to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale's way
where the wind’s like a whetted knife

And all I ask is a merry yarn
From a laughing fellow rover,
and quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when ere the long trip’s over

Love Vee

My FabFashion Purses

 ~Blue Purse~

~Green Purse~

Mrs. Rabe,  a dear blogging buddy from Creekside Cottage and a blog-meet buddy, too, bought an accessories store last year called FabFashion. What fun to visit online and find a purse just to my liking. I gave up larger purses a few years ago and then found that I couldn't function without them. I have a large open bag like purse where I lose everything. Not anymore! This purse has several pockets, nooks and crannies, and a place for all that I need. Love it! 

Just yesterday, the purse arrived with a friend. Can you believe it?! Two purses! Deanna just wanted to bless me I guess. ☺ AND, she tucked in a third gift, which I'll tell you all about another day. Though, if you hang out a bit in the Bracelet Section, you may just get ahead of me. ; >

Care to share what size purse you carry?


I'll be back this evening with Mr. Linky; hopefully, sometime between 8 and 8:30 pm. I had so much fun finding my notecards now that I know about searching at Picasa. (Yes, I'm a little slow.) 

Hope to see you at June's Note Card Party tomorrow! (And, yes, you may certainly sign up early.)

Love Vee

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day~Mosaic Monday

Hope that all of you in North America enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day. As you can see, though John temporarily forgot what he should do with a double-scoop Caramel Caribou cone, he soon remembered and enjoyed it immensely.

Other photos left to right: wild lupines on the hill, cattle on the hill, more lupines Second row: blurry little red house, John and his ice cream cone
Third row: spiderwort, same cattle on the hill, and knock-out roses

Please join Mary at Little Red House (which won't be blurry) for more wonderful mosaics.

Love Vee

Happy Father's Day

~Capturing the Moments~

No one has ever done it better than Norman Rockwell!

Fathers play a unique and important role in the lives of their children. As mentor, protector, and provider, a father fundamentally influences the shape and direction of his child's character by giving love, care, discipline, and guidance. As we observe Father's Day, our nation honors fatherhood and urges fathers to commit themselves selflessly to the success and well-being of their children. And we reaffirm the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. Raising a child requires significant time, effort, and sacrifice; and it is one of the most hopeful and fulfilling experiences a man can ever know. A father can derive great joy from seeing his child grow from infancy to adulthood... 
Responsible fatherhood is important to a healthy and civil society. Numerous studies confirm that children whose fathers are present and involved in their lives are more likely to develop into prosperous and healthy adults. Children learn by example; and they need their father's presence as examples of virtue in their daily lives. A child's sense of security can be greatly enhanced by seeing his parents in a loving and faithful marriage. 
Father's Day Proclamation by 
George W. Bush 

Heavenly Father, 

Bless all fathers today, guide them that they may better lead their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to You. Help them to be strong and of good courage knowing that You have every little thing under control. Let them place full trust in You. 


Many blessings this Father's Day!

Love Vee