what’s on your summer?


I love LOVE summertime!    Even with the humidity that lingers around on those dog days there is always a refreshing jump in the water to cool my soul.

With a few schedule changes here and there – Apple and I started with our first girls road trip through Maryland.  We visited Hunting Lake in Maryland and the beach at Chesapeake.   Aftering picking up Football Superstar and the pup, my husbands request for Father’s Day was to keep it simple and quiet.   So that meant a nature hike through the Shenandoah only to find ourselves bitten by flies and other microscopic swarming bugs.   All in all….it was a great time!

Today as I sit on my deck, ice tea at hand, pup by my side a cool summer breeze continues to flutter my notes.  It’s moments like this – this exact feeling of summer that makes me fall in love with the season all over again.   My husband knows I would live outdoors if it were possible.   There is nothing like cooking outdoors, eating outdoors (minus the flies), entertaining outdoors and winding down the evening by relaxing with a glass of wine with the one you love.

I’m lucky today – temps are in the high 80’s with low humidity.   Tomorrow that will change.   But I will not leave my deck unattended!   There’s always evening after the sun settles behind the trees…..we can enjoy it all over again!

Friday, Apple and I decided to take out our beach cruisers and ride the Old Dominion/DC trails.   Her new hobby is photography, and no doubt she will find some very cool spots to photograph along the Potomac.

College Daughter plans to come home in a few weeks.  She’s eagerly working out a plan for after graduation from VT.    Meaning Grad School.  Working in the college town of Blacksburg can be quiet over the summer months.   Which she tells us isn’t a bad thing.   We are looking forward to her coming home……and no doubt she’s going to bring me more surprises.   That will be more large bins to store.

I’m trying to bottle up this season.   If you have followed my blog long enough – you are probably saying to yourself “she says this every summer”.    “She loves loves loves summer!”         I do!   I just can’t help myself!    And every summer when August rolls around I find myself not tiring of the season, not ready for school to begin (especially the thousand page list of school supplies, in which they never really use) and I certainly am never ready for Halloween items to be out in September when I’m just finishing up Labor Day and not ready for Thanksgiving/Christmas items to be out when I’m searching for Halloween costumes!

Oh, summer.

What’s on your summer?






A new Season

A new season is upon us.  Though here in the DC Metro area we have been experiencing summer weather – and it’s not officially summertime.  When I begin to feel the surge of excitement for this new season I try to keep calendars organized and flowing in order not to miss out on anything with anyone at anytime.   Yet this organization makes summer pass by much too quickly.   For me.

Apple’s last day of school is June 9th.   From that date on we have exciting plans with friends and family.   Of course there will be some downtime, plenty of that for us to enjoy the local pools and community activities.   Visiting the zoo during the week is a great time for Apple to enjoy with her friends.   Apple is officially a Jr. Naturalist volunteering her time at our HOA community Nature Center.   Our youngest loves animals and I’ve been learning more about birds than I ever imagined.  (remember I’m not a bird fan)          But she is having a great time and enjoys giving mini-tours to visitors or the local kiddo’s who visit the center.   I’m still shivering knowing she feeds [non-venomous] snakes and talks softly to rescued white doves.

College Daughter will be staying at VT this summer working her previous job.  After making decisions on which direction to follow, she decided to stay in Blacksburg and take advantage of the time to move into a different apartment (again) and help her new roommate get settled in.    It’s refreshing for me knowing her roommate was a high school classmate – and I know her mother very well!    I’m preparing my home for more bins to come back home next month as well as shopping trips for her new apartment living.    And a trip to her favorite Asian grocery store- Lotte.   I’ll try not to slip on the wet floor in the fish market aisle.       Oh, yes.  It has happened.

During all this summer organization-calendar marking – excitement, Football Superstar and I sat down to discuss the options for vacation destinations.    My husband has this way of asking “where to this year” with a tone that twist “I’d like to go here again….”.     If you read my post “Unplugged”  (4/18), you already know my bear phobia.  My fear of nature’s Teddy Bear.   I can jump over a snake ….. but I can’t hurdle over a five foot bears head.      I fell head over heels for lake life living.  Everything about it.   Everything!   There’s even a beach!    I won’t find any sea glass or conche shells….but Apple started a pretty collection of river rock and smooth lake stones which look just as shiny and decorative in her glass vessel.   The pup can’t get enough lake life either.   And eventually there will be a partner-in-crime for Murphy to swim with, besides her humans.

This doesn’t mean we won’t take a visit to the Atlantic Ocean.    There’s nothing like salty air to breath in and sand between your toes.    But our hearts are following the fresh air to the lake.   I can not wait to hit the paddle board!  Um, well…I’m working on it.    Who knows….maybe my “realtor” will find us a nice get-away of our own!   Seeing he loves lake life so much.

PS….Yes, they sell Old Bay at the lake.   😉


Summertime.   To be continued.

Summer and its Simple Joys

Happy Summer!

It’s finally here…. my all time favorite time of the year.   It’s when my family knows that momma’s Turkish beach towels and blankets are stacked with love in a large woven basket by the stairway.   When a variety of sunblock replaces candles next to the powder room sink.    When sea shells and large white starfish replace sprigs of wisteria and stone crafted rabbits on the mantel.     Yes, it’s summer.

I would like to say life slows down for us during summer – but truthfully it kicks us into high gear.   Swim team practices and meets.  Summer gatherings, vacations,staycations, and all the behind the scene activities that keep our calendars highlighted red and blue.

This summer, I want to soak up every hour.   I made this exact statement last summer.   As much as I look forward to taking those trips or getting together with family and friends, I want time to slow down.   How can I possibly make my summer-time slow down?   I’m open for suggestions!  

My early mornings sitting on our terrace drinking coffee can be relaxing as well as entertaining as I watch our pup Murphy try to figure out how to grab the little lizard climbing up the rainspout.  It’s my way of getting the morning started.   Even if it only last for thirty minutes….pup needs a good run or walk…..swim practice begins…..driving here and there…client updates….

I still love summer.


Then there is the summer food.   Fish tacos.  Watermelon.  Hot mango salsa.   Heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese.  Grilled with love by Football Superstar – tuna steak and bay scallops.   Top it off with a glass of Beach House.

Oh, I love summer.











And it’s just beginning….


Oh, I love summer!





So Long Summer?

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As I was searching for photos to post on my 2015 Summer Scrap Book via Pinterest  – it hit me that summer is really coming to a close.  Autumn will be whispering through an open window before we know it.    But!  Not until the last weekend of September.  Our community pool will remain open for those of us who are hanging on to the last thread of summer.   [insert my name]

Once October invites herself here, I will surrender to this new season.   With one simple – sweet – request.  October invites herself to my this new season kindly.  We have a beach trip on her first weekend.  And wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy the sun rise while sipping pumpkin spiced coffee…walking on the beach…searching for shells and sea glass….all during this new season?!      So please Mrs. October, as you invite yourself here, remember to bring the kindness.

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I have 150 more photos to look at – thank goodness there are four more weeks of September left that I can accomplish the DO on my “TO DO” list.

For those of you who are still hanging on to the last thread of summer …..we can do this together!   And when October arrives in all her glory – we will celebrate the season together!   We will enjoy pumpkin flavored everything!   We will crunch on leaves and watch the sun set earlier.   We will celebrate the season with fragrant candles – apple, caramel, cinnamon, and lets not forget pumpkin pie.  We will listen for the giggles of Gobblins’ & Elsa’s to ring our door bells ……

So long summer ~