a bit of this, a bit of that

10:43 PM

Summer where have you gone....

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It seemed like only yesterday 
that we were anxiously
awaiting the warm weather

It arrived alright

In like a lion, out like a lamb

Well, the chill in the evening air 
after a crazy storm this afternoon
has me realizing that 
the warm weather is on the way out
until next year


I love my new camera 
as those of you who know me
have it thrust into your face 
at any given moment (my bad)

A girl's gotta new toy
and I gotta play

I've added some very recent images

Lazy days floating in the water

Yellow Jackets resting on my Blackeyed Susans

Fall Blooms making an entrance

Queen Anne's Lace blanketing the fields beside our home

A walk along the beach just before the storm

Seagulls flying away looking for food

 Taking pictures of each other

This is about 8 minutes from our home 
a much nicer, although busier beach
is 3 minutes down the street

Going to miss freshly picked Strawberries
and dripping down your arm
juicy Watermelon

My sister and her family made a brief stopover
from Michigan a couple of weeks ago
We had a last minute BBQ
before they returned home to Boston
It was my niece Mia's 6th Birthday


Hope you have enjoyed your Summer so far

Most of us have a couple of weeks 

before the kids return to school

I know they are as anxious as we are

to get back to routine

We hate to admit it, but it keeps

all of us sane!!


What are your plans to make the most

of the remaining 'decent' weather?


Peace and Big Hugs

3:50 PM

Backyard Movie Night!!

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Summer is drawing to a close

and what better way to spend those

last lazy days of summer

than an old fashioned movie night

in your own backyard!!

Renting Equipment
Contact an audio-visual rental business in your area or look online. They have all sizes of inflatable screens now.
Film Projector
It can be tricky to use unless you're experienced at it. An LCD projector is less complicated and more readily available. Be sure to ask the rental company for any safety considerations regarding outdoor use.
Consider testing the lighting, power, and sound the night before. Then, take care of everything technical before your guests arrive so the show is ready to go with the touch of a button. A technical delay will make the show run longer, and kids can get antsy quickly.
In Case of Rain
Have a back-up plan. If there are unexpected drops, unplug equipment at the source immediately and move it indoors.
Rent some classics or off-beat films to make the whole experience so much more special.

Some Family Friendly Suggestions:
'Finding Nemo''Star Wars''ET', 'Gremlins', 'Night at the Museum', 'Titanic''Family Vacation', 'the Sandlot', 'Meatballs'

Your gonna need some snacks

Popcorn balls
Makes about 56
  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 6 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray

  1. Sprinkle popcorn with salt. Melt butter in a large pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and chocolate;      cook, stirring until melted.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in almonds and popcorn. Shape into balls using a 2-inch ice-cream scoop coated with cooking spray. Transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let stand 30 minutes. Can be stored airtight up to 1 day.

Something to wash it down


Fresh lemonade seems to be just the thing for picnics or barbecues, and making it couldn't be simpler. This perennial favorite requires just 3 ingredients: lemon juice, sugar, and water. This means it won't take much time away from a leisurely summer afternoon to mix a batch. To make 2 quarts, pour 3 cups of fresh lemon juice (from about 20 lemons) through a fine sieve into a pitcher. Add 2 cups of superfine sugar, and stir until it has dissolved. Stir in 4 cups of water and some ice, and then garnish with lemon slices.

Cozy Cushions

Comfy Blankets

Invite friends,

grab the neighbours,

get the family out


Big Hugs

9:40 AM


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My husband, myself

my 15 year old son and 2 of his buddies

just returned from 7 glorious days

visiting the Waltonian Inn

at Callender Bay on Lake Nippissing

8 cottages, 48 dear friends.....BLISS

This was a much needed break for all of us

Good Food, Libations, Volleyball

Bocci Ball, Friendship

Walks on the beach, Camaraderie

Waterplay, Campfires

Debates, Controversy
(what good vaca would be without)

Tons of Games

kicking back and just chillin

enjoying the Sunsets

and each other


I miss it already

 I guess what I really miss 

Are The People
Tell me a bit about your 

Exciting Summer Adventures thus far!!!

Big Hugs



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