Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pleasant Summer Weekend

There is a reverence in small children for delicate things.

~ Abbie from Abbie's Place



 

 Of course, my grandson Sam is not a small child anymore, though he still finds things that intrigue him. This is a perfect three-pronged maple seed all on one stem. I had never seen one before. Perhaps it's like finding a four-leaf clover.☺



As you can see, Sam is doing well. He enjoyed time at a friend's pool on Sunday afternoon with his brother, dad, and auntie. He's pondering leaving behind his first childhood home so has preferred sticking closer to 
home where he knows all the best places to 
play — the secret nooks and crannies.


My daughter-in-law's most recent doctor appointment went well. The arm is healing and staples were removed...ouch! Her tendency now that she is feeling better and stronger is to overdo it. This is understandable given that they will begin moving this week. Again, thank you for all the prayers.

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Saturday, my daughter and I ate lunch out dockside. It is always very pleasant to have a lakeside view. We even saw loons.






 A similar photo was shared on Instagram. Some wondered if I were on a trip. No, this location is just six miles and nine minutes from home. Instagram...so conflicted about that place. I don't feel that I have much to offer. Photos are not my thing; words are. Thanks to Laurel for taking all the photos above. I was in both places without a camera as per usual. I am not so good at blogging either. ッ


Also spent some weekend time in the garden...having trouble with a pest...a big dope. She is chomping on my last nerve.



These Coral Bells have escaped the doe who is chowing down on most other things, including bee balm that deer are not supposed to like. Coral bells are also known as Heucheras, but I seldom remember how to pronounce them. Who'-cur-ah is close (hard ch as in ch in chorus...thank you, A Beka). This is an official syllable breakdown: [hyoo-ker-uh].
I used to pronounce them "wahcheras." Ha!


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Thanks for reading...a pleasant summer week to you.

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I collect quotes; some of the finest are said by bloggers. I have asked for permission to gather them in. Don't be surprised if I ask you! Alas, this Abbie no longer blogs. 

35 comments:

  1. Great photos of Sam. Moving is always bittersweet. I am thankful your dil is improving. Continued prayers as they move. How nice for you and your daughter to have lunch in such a scenic area close to home. I love your variety of coral bells. We see deer just about every day but so far, they have not bothered our plants. We did have a small bear to "break into" our trash can and rip one bag apart. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post today and I wish you a nice day also. Going to get new eyeglasses today.

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  2. Vee, Your grandchild is adorable. Hope your DIL doesn't over do ...we know how when you are a mom it's easily done. I love your coral bells . Mine are all the dark color. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  3. I'm glad Sam and his Mom are doing good. What an ordeal for all of you. And what a beautiful spot to visit and watch the boats. And....I can't imagine saying anything that is quotable. I may have to work on that! hahaha! Here's a quote...hahaha or hehehehe. I'm cracking myself up now...better go! Hugs, Diane

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  4. My basil is being ingested by insects. Didn't know that could happen. I've decided instead of being upset, I'm enjoying watching birds come to the deck to eat the bugs. πŸ™„

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  5. Waving to Sam...just think of the new adventures he will have. We moved here to NY (as you know) 5 years ago from Alabama, when my son was 15, Alabama was the only place he had ever known...I wish I could say he doesn't miss "home"...it does get better...just saying...

    Loved your post, Vee. smiles (and the pool looks inviting)

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  6. So nice to see Sam enjoying time by the pool. I am glad to hear that he and his mom are recovering well.
    Your dockside lunch looks like a very nice time. How wonderful to have it so close to your house.
    I love the color variations on your Coral Bells. I planted some in a pot by my front door this year. First time I've ever grown them and they are proving to be a good choice for this shady area.
    Grrr to that darn deer! How frustrating.

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  7. Don't be so hard on yourself, Vee. We love hearing from you on your blog, however you do it. And, yes, Instagram is for photo hogs. I love it but then again, I take tons of pictures and like to share the better ones. So, it's for me... maybe not for you. Who knows. Maybe you will take up picture taking...and Instagram.

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  8. Vee, I love your words. Don't quit writing. Yes, there are far fewer bloggers out there and most of them are not young. They have all left for Instagram. I love Instagram for two things... sharing of cross stitching and decorators who post pretty rooms. While I no longer plan to do major redecorating, I still love to look. Instagram is like a quick catalog of pictures.
    I love reading blogs because it contains people's thoughts and I can see if I am crazy or not:)
    Oh, and I truly love to see other parts of the country. It is so pretty in your neck of the woods. Real life is always interesting. Maybe that is why reality tv is popular, but I could never watch that kind of reality, cuz that is just too crazy. I like a slice of Dick and Jane with my reality. Let's all dream a bit.

    Glad everyone is better and healing.

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  9. Ah, what a joy to my heart to pop in for a visit. How I have missed you, Vee!

    Your summer weekend looked oh-so-nice and relaxing. Thank you for sharing with us through photos.

    Thinking of you! Hugs!

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  10. I love your blog - words and pictures.
    Glad to hear your sister in law is on the mend. Yes, it is hard not to do too much. That would be me too!!
    Sam looks so big now just like my Japhy.
    I've never done Instagram. Blogging seems to be the thing I like best!!

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    1. Michelle is my daughter-in-law. πŸ™‚

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    2. Though I am sure both sisters-in-law would like to be feeling even better...

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  11. Vee your Grandson is so handsome. A joy to see such another beautiful area which is why I love to visit bloggers from all over the world. My daughter and the boys arrive today and will be staying for a week. So close they are waiting to get onto the Ferry to cross over to the Island which takes just under three hours.

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  12. Oh my, Sam is growing up so fast - what a sweet face he has! So thankful that he is O.K. Also happy to hear that his mommy is doing well.
    What do you mean, you are not good at blogging??? Are you kidding - I LOVE your words and also your wonderful pictures. I still haven't figured out how to use Instagram properly - seems I only see pictures when they pop up on Facebook. Must learn how to do this!

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  13. Glad your DIL is improving - tell her to let others do the lifting for the move, she needs to be cautious and have time to heal.
    Sam is a handsome youngster - know you must enjoy spending time with him - do it often, they grow up far too quickly!
    Sorry your plants are inviting hungry wildlife. I've not seen damage from that doe who was appearing in my garden recently, thank goodness, and am praying she won't have a taste for sunflowers!!! I did reply to your comment re. the photo size on my blog Vee!

    Mary x

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  14. Vee,
    So glad to hear your daughter-in-law is healing well! Hope the move goes smoothly! I hope you don't leave IG, I enjoy your photos!!! Don't go!!

    I love to dine dockside...one of my favorite places to eat out is in VT on the Connecticut River. They have lots of outside seating under a very large canopy so even if weather is a bit questionable it is still ok to eat out by the water. I do love it!

    Enjoy the rest of the week! Linda

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  15. I'm glad for the update on Sam and Michelle. I hope she takes the time she needs to heal, although moving is a great mental motivator to push oneself beyond one's capabilities.
    I'd say lunch on the dockside counts as a jaunt. A short one :).
    Oh, the deer! So frustrating.
    Oh, Instagram! So ... I find there are some bloggers who have switched entirely to IG and that makes me sad, but I do want to stay in contact with them. My IG posts go in spurts. Like you, however, I'm all about the words that go along with the photos. I do hope you stay with blogging - your words are always entertaining or uplifting or thoughtful or inspirational or ... (fill in the blank).

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  16. Glad to hear that Michelle and Sam are both doing well. Change is hard, sometimes.

    Laurel takes lovely photos. Glad to see sunshine there in Maine.

    Got to go mow before it gets too hot here and we are expecting a thunderstorm as well.

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  17. You ARE a good blogger and I like your photos (taken by you or others) and how you choose to share them. You're headers are a continual inspiration to me. I often take snapshots of your headers on my computer screen so I will remember what you've done.

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  18. Sweet picture of your handsome grandson Vee . What a cutie . So glad your dil is doing better . God surely had His mighty hands upon your precious family . Love all the pictures . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  19. What a cutie your Sam is and I do hope he (they) adapt well to the new home. I realize that can be hard on a child, especially, but they will have the familiarity of Grandma's place still :) I can't think of one thing I have ever said that should be written as a quote...lol! Yes, you ARE a good blogger and we all love your wonderfully unique sense of humor. Although I still do post every now and then, I agree with you on the Instagram thing...I just haven't gotten into it that much and only post something then the photo can speak for itself...like what I've cooked for dinner or my dessert that I just ate...LOL!

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  20. Such a real cutie Vee...I know you must love him to pieces!

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  21. Good news all around! I'm on Instagram but haven't a clue. Facebook and Blog are my go to creative outlets. Amber came over last night for dinner and movie here at home. We talked of blogs and she said, "Mom! You write about EVERYTHING! You should certainly be a little more vauge." In actuality, I do not share EVERYTHING!! Only what I think is WORTH sharing.
    I have a handfull of words I am not comfortable using. I'm famous for pronouncing words wrong. Like dowagers hump.....I used to say DOE-waggers!!! Does it help I was much younger then??

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  22. Vee, it's lovely to see that Sam looks at the fine details of nature. I'm even happier to see him doing well after the accident. Your daughter in law has a big task ahead and I'm so sorry her injury should have more time to heal before such a task.
    Your peaceful view at lunch looks wonderfully cool and peaceful. I love seeing the loons when we visit New England. ♥

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  23. So good to see Sam looking happy and well. He's a cutie. Also glad his mom is improving nicely. Moving is a big job, so I hope she has lots of help with that.
    That's a nice view to have while eating lunch. It looks like a really nice day. Too hot here to be outside for lunch...unless you want to fry eggs on the concrete. I do believe it could be done!
    I must add that I think you are an excellent blogger, Vee. I don't do Instagram or any of the other stuff...so far. It's sad to see many bloggers I use to read leaving for whatever reason. It's almost like having an old friend just drop out of sight.

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  24. I am neither a good photographer - too lazy though I have a great camera, excellent tripod and professional lights - just too tired/lazy/busy/disinterested in getting them out. So I don't and another day/week/month goes by.

    Not so sure about my words either, but I do love blogging. I wish it were easier and quicker. I think about it often, just, well- you know "same 'ole, same 'ole."

    Glad your DIL is feeling better - I cannot even believe the poor dear now has to move - ugh - hope she gets lots of helping hands.

    Not sure about you guys up there but today, tomorrow and esp THUR is supposed to be unbearably hot and humid. We've had a wonderful spring and summer so far so I shan't complain. But I hate hate hate being too hot and sticky. I had thoughts of gardening - not gonna happen now! Oh well...one of these days we will finish the landscaping - can't wait to share it on the blog. (Yeah, right!) Hugs. ♥

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  25. I am glad your daughter in law is improving! I haven't ever seen or heard a loon except in the movies. Not many nice places around here to have lunch AND enjoy the view. Lucky you to have both nearby. I like instagram, but it really is just an extension of blogging. Pinterest is where I store all my interests and especially neat ideas to try in the future. It's facebook I am about to give up on. It's about the boringest (is that a word?) place ever to me. Have a great evening!

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  26. So glad Sam and your daughter in law are feeling better. Now I'm going to be on the lookout for a three pronged maple helicopter. Hope the move goes smoothly and your dil doesn't overdo it. My company has departed and I'm trying to now catch up...

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  27. I've been away and trying to catch up a little. Your garden photos are lovely. And your grandson has such a pleasant look about him--I'm guessing it would be fun to converse with him. Glad to hear your DIL is doing better and hope they get the move done OK. Lots on your mind these days with all of this. By the way, you are a good photographer. I always enjoy your photos.

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  28. Sam - what a cute young man! I think it is like a 4-leaf clover and will bring good luck to you and your family. As for the Dopey Doe, I have to use Deer Fence to keep them from eating my day-lilies. I buy it by the gallon now. Much more cost efficient and it works!

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    1. Thank you for mentioning that product...it's my only hope for seeing roses this summer.

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  29. Oh, Vee, this is a good post!

    So good to get updates on Sam and Michelle. Continuing in prayer for their family.

    You are a fantastic blogger. One of my favorites. You're an amazing photographer in my opinion as well as a very good writer.

    I have an Instagram account but have never posted anything as I don't have a phone.

    Like others, I can't imagine any of my words being inspiring or original enough to share. But I love the quote you shared today.

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    1. And I meant to add that your lunch view was fabulous and looks like a wonderful place! Looks like a place where we would love to eat! So happy you could enjoy that time with your daughter.

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    2. Well come on over! 😊

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  30. I am relieved to hear that Michelle and Sam are doing so well! Poor Michelle has lots on her plate right now. How hard not to overdo it in her circumstances! Precious Sam. May we all take delight in the simple things.

    Ahhh . . . instagram. I am new to it (have made exactly one post). I am intrigued, but have only recently acquired a smart phone and am so poor at taking pictures with it. Kati is giving me pointers, but well . . . you know what they say about an old dog?

    What a refreshing weekend it must have been! I can almost imagine it!

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