Summer Games

June has arrived…….the month that officially ushers in the beginning of summer.

Yay for Summer……….. the favorite season for  kids for the obvious reason. No School!!


For you grown up kids, don’t let the heat and humidity of summer keep you indoors under the comforts of air conditioning.

Get out and enjoy the beauties of summer and always have a camera handy..


Some of my  best memories, of the long days of summer,  are the games I played with my siblings and neighborhood kids..

Hide and seek, we played for hours, until it was too dark to see.


During the day, it was never too  hot for a game of baseball with the neighborhood kids.

And as it was just starting to get dark, we brought out the old mason jars to catch fire flies.

Back then we called them lightening bugs.

 We spent many morning or afternoon hours playing Red Rover or Simon Said.


With 5 siblings and neighborhood kids, we could team up for a game of Dodge Ball.

Tag, you’re it,  kept us occupied for hours. And sometimes we varied the tag game to freeze tag.


All summer we were never bored as we kept ourselves occupied without any of today’s modern technologies.


My games of summer have changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t change.

My need to be outdoors. I have  to get outside and spend time with nature.

The healing power of the sun can make you feel like a new person.


I don’t  “lay out” to get a tan anymore. but I ” get out” to get a good dosage of Vitamin D before the hottest part of the day.


Starting the day walking an hour and half around the neighborhood

is my physical and mental fitness program for the summer. 

What I see on the way to the library for my next favorite thing……..

Summer Reading………… Love, Mystery, Adventure, Drama, Comedy



A quietly observed Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day observances come in many different packages. There are parades with bands playing patriotic songs. Some will visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of veterans.

 There are swimming pool parties and backyard BBQ’s as Memorial day usually marks the beginning of summer.. Any holiday comes with  traditional  food.

 In the south, hash seems to be the choice for all patriotic holidays; Around Memorial Day and Fourth of July, it’s not uncommon for lodges, churches etc. to prepare hash and sell it as a fundraiser. You know you’re patriotic when hash eating is part of the holiday festivities.


It is a quiet observation for us this year. We solemnly say thank you to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We will be travelling on Memorial  day, back to the cottage, after an appreciated extra day at the main house.


The mister got in a few hours of golfing and I got to do some shopping. We both enjoyed our Saturday. And later on in the evening, we had a relaxing dinner with friends.

Its was a wonderful home cooked meal of Pot Roast, potatoes, and carrots. Desert was Chocolate cake. And I wasn’t doing the cooking. Thanks, Linda! 

Sunday while the hubby was watching the little race  ( Indy 500) I caught up on a few chores.


Every day we enjoy the blessings of living in

our great country. Those blessings came to us at a high cost.

Today we stop and spend some quality time in solemn remembrance

for the men and women who gave everything so that we could be free.





Another guest bedroom redo

Don’t we all have that one room……the one that we feel  isn’t picture perfect and therefore there are no pictures.

I looked  for before pictures of the one guest bedroom that has a connecting bath. It’s the room we use most often when there are guests.

The other two are for the overflow when we have more guests.

This main guest room is smaller and has three doors….entrance door, closet door and bathroom door. It makes decorating a challenge.


Since there are no before pictures, take my word for it…..It wasn’t very inviting and I knew it could be better.

My determination was to  take what I had to work with…..,  a bed, beige carpet and beige walls, one window and three doors…, and come up with a comfortable room with a big dash of pretty.

After two and a half years, I now have pictures of the downstairs guest bedroom.  I would like to take up the beige carpet and replace with hardwood and paint the beige walls………..but not going to happen anytime soon.


Every guest room needs a comfy chair.

Wall art adds a pop of color to liven up an otherwise neutral room.


Two night stands that double as storage  for linens and towels.

Every guest room needs a clock. This one makes a big statement.



A mirror is a must for a guest bedroom.  Can you image going to a hotel and not having a mirror?


In a small room, comfort and space are more soothing than a clutter of d├ęcor items.

Keeping them to a minimum leaves space for the guests personal items.

Making a guest feel welcome starts with the feel of the bedroom they will be staying in.

Stay a night in your own guest bedroom and it will give you an idea of the changes you need to make to create a room that says