Summer Days

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There’s something about the tranquility of the reflection in water of a peaceful green field and beautiful fenced in field with a country red barn.  It makes you just want to breathe in the beautiful surroundings like a breath of fresh air.

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I love to go barefoot in the grass.  It’s just so relaxing and it’s been said to be good for your health.

 

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I love wildflowers.  They just brighten up a day.

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A summer picnic is always a nice tradition to have for warm summer days.  I can remember as a kid when we visited our Grandparents on their farm, they sometimes would have a family reunion with all the aunts, uncles and cousins and it was usually an outside event with a pot luck picnic at a lake.  Gram made baked beans, Aunt Gloria made a custard pie, Aunt Mavis always made delightful cookies, my Mom made a fancy potato salad are just a few of the fun dishes that were always included.

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Chickens are funny little creatures.  They like to be free to roam.  No matter how my Dad would try to make a nice roomy and safe area that was comfortable for the little chickens, they would rather be free range.  He said that there were always two that got out and the others would follow.  He blamed it on Martha and Bernie, the two chickens that made a path for the others.  I remember my Dad struggling for hours on making sure there was no way those chickens could wander out of their safe pens.   He and my Mom would go downstreet and come back and there would be the chickens all over the lawn.

It makes me laugh when I see chickens wandering all over the place from a place down the road from me.

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Blueberries are in season right now and I like the above idea for a salad.

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I love a Farmhouse type porch.  It just makes me smile.  My Grandparents are gone, my Mom and Dad are gone but I can still hear the sound of their laughter and delightful conversations on beautiful warm summer evenings after supper when they enjoyed the soft breezes out on the Farmhouse porch when we would go to my Grandparents farm for a few weeks on my Dad’s summer vacation.

My son loves that area where my Grandparents owned that farm.  He bought a lot of land just down the road from that place and they have a camp there.  His kids love it as there are all kinds of ATV trails where they can drive their four wheelers and not bother anyone.   They have a fire pit where they roast marshmallows and make s’mores.  They have a huge lawn and a swing for the little ones that uses a branch from a huge tree.  There is a grocery store nearby that has a really nice deli and my daughter in law buys all kinds of neat salads there and they have surf and turf kabobs that have scallops and steak on them that they have fun putting on their gas grill.  The interstate isn’t far away and there are cell towers near enough so all the cell phones work.  My son said that at night there are no street lights out there and you can see all the stars in the sky.  The area is a long ways away from where they live, but every chance they get, they head up to their camp.  It’s just delightful to me that they picked an area where my Mom and Dad grew up and an area that I always adored.  It truly has not changed much from way back, except for the interstate and a few things.  The camp is really cute and there is a porch on it.  I love to see the kids laughter and all the fun that they have out there.

I went up there one time in the winter with my son and grandsons when they were making sure not too much snow was on the roof of their camp and they have a steep driveway that has a hairpin turn and my son went down the driveway with his Suburban where it was glare ice underneath with a little snow on top and it was snowing.  Well I didn’t like it much and let my son know it and one of the little grandsons thought it was great fun and recorded my dismay on their little Ipad to show his Mom.  Anyways, it’s fun up there in the summer.

Paris Dreaming

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Can you imagine a trip to Paris with someone you love?  Wow.  It’s one of my favorite dreams.

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I love Paris.  I think that it is one of the most romantic cities ever.

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Oh, the sights to see.  Some macarons from Laduree.

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A real French Crepe from a Street Vendor.

 

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Visiting a real French Farmers Market.

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Seeing all the beautiful flower shops.

 

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Seeing a real French Flower Shop.

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Seeing the Pont des Arts or the Love Bridge.  Lovers put a padlock with their names on it and I guess it’s a symbol of always being together.  Can you imagine putting a lock with the one you love on that bridge?

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Seeing the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens.

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Seeing the Louvre when it’s lit up at night.

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Seeing the beautiful train station restaurant of Paris.

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Seeing the famous street called Champs-Elysees that leads to the Arc de Triomphe.

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Seeing the designer stores and boutiques along the Champs-Elysees.

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Wow, so elegant looking sights.

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Can you imagine a candle light dinner with that view?

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And then breakfast complete with French Croissants with the same view.

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And you can’t go to Paris without a picnic complete with wine, cheese and baguettes.  Maybe some strawberries and fruit.

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And then a visit to the Palace de Versailles.

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What a gorgeous palace full of history.

 

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And to see the beautiful fountains at the Palace de Vesailles.

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Then to see the Wall of Love where “I Love You” is written in just about every language.

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Kind of neat.

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Then to have a real French Omelette with a glass of Champagne at a beautiful sidewalk French Cafe.

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And then to make the trip always a trip to remember, a Seine River Boat Cruise to see the “City of Lights”.

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How’s that for a dream trip??  I just adore everything French.  Always have and always will.

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Paris even has a Shakespeare & Company bookstore that opened in 1919 and was visited by several authors including Ernest Hemingway.

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I love how colorful the French people are and they love pizzazz and fancy ways.

I could go on and on, but that’s my favorite dream of Paris.

August 1, 2017

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I saw a recipe for Chicken Salad that sounded really good.  The salad had chopped pecans, minced shallots, peaches and honey in it.  Then it was garnished with blackberries.  Yum!  Fast and easy if you buy one of those rotissirie chickens in the grocery store.  I saved the recipe on my Pinterest in either the salads board or the chicken recipes.  I like the neat container that the salad is served in and the plate under it.  So summery.

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I like the above habit inspiration.  I would like to get in the habit of exercise and walks every day.

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For a fashion find, I like the above Kelly by Clinton A-Line Skirt.  It’s classic and won’t go out of style.  Plus it is figure flattering.  It’s on sale for $22.54 on HSN.

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I think that the above PJ’s are comfortable looking and would be fun to add to the PJ collection and not look frumpy in the morning.  Plus they are on sale at 40% off at Nordstrom.

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Although there is no help for me. 🙂

 

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I like the color combination of the above flowers.  White and blue Hydrangas with Sunflowers.

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I like little tuxedo style kitty cats.  I would like one just like the above and call her Minette.

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I like the Pistoulet pattern from Pfalzgraff.  The above Coffee and Tea center canisters is retired and not on the Pfalzgraff website.  But I’ve seen a couple of them on Ebay.

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I love blue Hydrangas.  I read someplace that to insure the Hydrangas come out blue, you just have to put a copper penny in the soil.

Have a wonderful day!