Where is the Lazy

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Not being the biggest fan of hot weather, summer is typically a season that is not my favorite.  But I have always been thankful to the person who invented air conditioning.

The Nat King Cole song, Lazy Hazy Days of Summer always seemed spot on to me!

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get em wet

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Don’t hafta tell a girl and fella about a drive-in
Or some romantic moon it seems
Right from the moment that those lovers start arrivin
Youll see more kissin in the cars than on the screen

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Youll wish that summer could always be here

Youll wish that summer could always be here


The other day my dear friend Deanna wrote a post about “hanging”  — it was perfect and got me thinking.

How much “just hanging” is happening this summer?

Back before technology enhanced my life, I recall saying I  was “bored” often.  But being bored got me to stretch my creative side that now I appreciate more and more. Summers were spent listening to crickets at night.  Waiting for the ice cream to finish churning on my Uncles porch.

Playing outside till dark.

My children had more TV to watch and “videos” but they were very busy with things we thought were important in their lives. Basketball, soccer, baseball camps filled their summers. Of course we did spend hot days near the pool or running through the sprinkler.  But I wonder, did I offer “just hanging”  enough?

Is being alone too scarey? Is being bored something that still happens?

When I watched this gentleman fishing the other evening, I wondered if he had taught his children to enjoy “hanging by themselves?”


Ha!!  Just the right size to toss back!

I loved the color of the water reflecting the sunset.

Hope you are enjoying just hanging this summer.




June 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | summer | 5 comments

Art on the Side

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Heading out in the early morning, for me, is the best time to capture the light that falls to the sides of objects I find interesting.

I wandered to a near by “man made” lake.  The water was still, but that was about all. Joggers apparently find the morning quiet a wonderful time to find their stride.

This bell was the perfect contrast to the wood and water.



This weeks photo assignment was to find something we could transition into an art piece.

Never being able to find enough sunflowers, I am forever on the hunt!  This one transitioned well into a potential watercolor.

One more — maybe a little Andy Warhol -ish

May your week be filled with beauty! Remember to STAY in the DAY!


August 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm | summer | 9 comments

Mid Summer

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It’s always fun to continue learn– it surprises me and helps me realize we are all still a work in progress.

Here are just a few of the things I have learned of late:


Don’t be afraid to take a shot when you “think” there isn’t enough light– you just might be surprised with the out come.


You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you.

You might just have to go to them sometimes.

Winnie the Pooh

Even when the hottest of the hot temperatures arrive– there are still lovely flowers to brighten our days and cool our spirits.

I hope you are finding the beauty in your life in detail.


PS … Be sure to visit Beverly at Pink Saturday

and Mary at Mosaic Monday

July 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm | summer | 18 comments

Summer rain

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Summer rains bring several wonderful BEAUTIES…

1- Wonderful drinks for the thirty plants and trees

2- Wonderful smell of rain as it hits the hot pavement

3- Wonderful rainbows to photograph if you are at the perfect place in time



A dear friend sent me a lovely story of rain — very timely after our recent rain storms.

Need washing?

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in WalMart. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.

It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the WalMart.
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world.  Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.
Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, ‘Mom
let’s run through the rain,’
She said.
‘What?’ Mom asked.
‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated.
‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,’ Mom replied.
This young child waited a minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain..’
‘We’ll get soaked if we do,’ Mom said.
‘No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,’ the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.
‘This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?’
‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘ If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ‘ ‘
The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.
‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,’ Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did.
I ran. I got wet.  I needed washing.
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.



I played again with my Photoshop– pushing a nice photo to look like a watercolor.

Take a moment to enjoy the rain and its aftermath…

PS — enjoy Beverly’s Pink Saturday


July 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | summer | 26 comments

Summer this and that

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Just a couple of shots from this week.

It’s been slow and easy — just like summer is suppose to be.


Lovely flowers at a Gramma’s house.


Can you tell that Prompts for this week was food?


Hope you are enjoying your Summer and finding the beauty all around you.

June 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | summer | 8 comments


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