Sunday, September 22, 2013

100 moments of summer (no. 39-70)

"You see, but you do not observe"  ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"You can observe a lot just watching."  ~Yogi Berra

"Look around you...Feel the wind, smell the air. Listen to the birds and watch they sky. Tell me what is happening in the wide world."  ~Nancy Farmer 




One of the things that I love about taking pictures is that I notice things that I normally wouldn't pay attention to.  When I look through the lens I'm more aware of the little things that might otherwise go unseen...and when I slow down to see these things I also take the time to observe how they affect my other senses.  How they smell, or sound, or taste, or feel.

Things like...

the taste of fresh peaches on my cereal in the morning.
listening to the sound of the seagulls and of the waves crashing when I go to the beach.
finding cool shapes and shadows in dune fences on the sand.
looking up and seeing a yellow roof outlined against the bright sky.
looking down and seeing a colorful beach ball rolling by at the pool.
feeling a sense of peace when surrounded by the beauty of the bay.
how much better burgers taste when cooked on the grill.
watching people on the beach...fish,build sand castles,hold hands,fly kites,walk dogs & play.
feeling grateful when doing everyday chores (like laundry or dishes) for a life well lived.
seeing a beautiful butterfly or white heron and thinking about how awesome nature is.
enjoying all the inspiration found on the internet via Pinterest or Instagram.
eating a frozen yogurt (with yummy toppings) outside on a summer night with the kids.
listening to the music of the merry-go-round & remembering all the fun times we had.
watching my daughter pack for sophmore year of college & wondering where the time went.
smelling chlorine & sunscreen and feeling the warm sun on my face when we're at the pool.
counting how many bunnies we see on our evening bike rides
being amazed at how gorgeous a summer sunrise over the ocean is.
spending time watching tv shows together with my family.
hearing the sounds of geese flying overhead.
appreciating the gorgeous summer flowers we see on our evening walk.
going to watch a movie on the beach (Brave)...and getting rained out, but still having fun.
noticing how fast the time goes when you're spending it with a good friend.
seeing a white contrail in the sky and wondering where the plane is going or where it's been.
going to my mom's house for a delicious home cooked meal
taking a nice 15 minute afternoon nap in a rocking  chair on the deck.
going on a trip to city that we all love and seeing familiar sights & visiting favorites places.
finding beauty in old and abandoned things...and wondering about what their story is.
watching Top Ten Plays on ESPN with my son.
hearing the laughter of my kids...best sound in the world.
making pancakes (with chocolate chips) for breakfast with my daughter...so good.
going back to school shopping...and feeling not quite ready for the summer to end.


So very grateful for all of these little things that make summer (and life) special.













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Friday, August 2, 2013

100 moments of summer - (no. 38)

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”   ~Charles William Eliot
"We read to know that we're not alone."  ~William Nicholson

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”   ~Gustave Faubert


Not a day go by that I don't have a book in my hand.  No matter what the day may bring, I always find time to read. Books, magazines, newspapers....from the bookstore, or Amazon, or borrowed from the library or from a friend...in winter, spring, summer or fall.

Words that come to mind when I think of reading and books...

magic
comfort
light
love
discovery
growth
life
hope
peace
happiness
friend

home.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

100 moments of summer (no. 37)

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing    you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.”  
~A.A. Milne




Breakfast of Champions...in our pantry

Honeynut Cheerios (with peaches on top)
Kashi GoLean Crisp! (triple berry crumble)
Bear Naked granola (added into vanilla greek yogurt)
Nutri-grain bars (blueberry, strawberry or mixed berry)
Granola bars
Peanut butter (to put on top of whole wheat mini bagels)
Pancake mix & syrup (with chocolate chips, of course)
Nutella
...and a box of Poptarts hiding in the back


* Thanks to Susannah Conway for her August Break prompts!

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100 moments of summer (no. 6-36)


"A life is measured by moments like these."  ~Maggie Stiefvater

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
 ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All that is important in this one moment is movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed or unused."  ~Martha Graham



August? Already?  How can that be? 
Time flies by...just as it always does.
It leaves moments and memories in it's wake.
Moments captured in pictures.
Memories captured in words.

Those precious summer moments.

...of clear blue skies
...of sunrises and sunsets
...of cooking together (pancakes and pasta salads and pizza)
...of trips to the beach
...of flip-flops and bare feet
...of collecting shells & driftwood
...of walks and bike rides
...of fresh produce from the farmers market & roadside stands
...of books being read on the deck, or on the beach, or at the pool
...of beautiful flowers in bloom
...of gorgeous morning light and bright afternoon shadows
...of birds and butterflies
...of boardwalk french fries
...of quiet moments
...of afternoon naps
...of rainy days
...of cups of hot tea (and glasses of ice tea, with a splash of lemonade)
...of holding hands
...of hugs
...of shopping trips
...of phone calls and text messages with friends
...of laughter
...of new friends
...of new traditions
...of music
...of trips to the local ice cream shoppe
...of learning new things
...of remembering the past
...of simplicity
...of celebrations
...of family


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

100 moments of summer...on my bike ride (no. 5)



"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."  ~John F. Kennedy


 
 
 
 
 


a gentle breeze...birds flying overhead...a beautiful sky...ripples in the water...peace and quiet.
enjoying the ride.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

100 moments of summer...rainy afternoon (no. 5)

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain...the rain that falls on a day when you'd just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book...take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency."  ~Susan Allen Toth










 
A rainy summer afternoon.
A cup of hot tea.
A good book.
A little nap.
A feeling of peace.
 
Every day doesn't have to be sunny to be nice.
 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

100 moments of summer...baseball (no. 4)


"I see great things in baseball."  ~Walt Whitman
"The other sports are just sports.  Baseball is a love."   ~  Bryant Gumbel                 




Today was the last game of the season.
It started in September with fall ball.
Two teams (varsity and rec).
Then to winter workouts.
Next came March and spring training games in Florida.
A championship won.
Lots of sunflower seeds.
Some superstitions thrown in for good measure.
Many loads of laundry.
Games where it was raining.  Games where it was freezing cold.
Wonderful coaches.
Good times spent with great friends. 

And in 3 months it will start all over again for one more year...