Summer Game Plan

Am I the only one who doesn't like the term "bucket list"?  There's something sort of sadly morbid about it to me, even if it's something as simple as a seasonal bucket list.  So, in searching about for an alternative word or term for this posting, I wasn't having much success.  Summer Agenda?  Ugh.  Who wants an "agenda" for the summer?  And synonyms for agenda are: schedule, timetable, line-up, to-do list.  Hmm...all quite evoking the opposite of how you want summer to feel.  Then I hit on it - Summer Game Plan!


A game plan with no pressure to win, but just to savor the moments!

travel to California for a wedding
host guests several times
go to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
outdoor concerts with picnic dinners
berry picking
homemade ice cream
sewing for the shop for Christmas
fire pit evenings with friends and s'mores
time in the hammock
4th of July parade
In-n-Out burger while in California
go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
finish reading "Crime and Punishment"
farmers' markets
Italian sodas

What's on your summer game plan?

Details and Sweetness

We're headed out west for a wedding soon, so this week's been full of pre-vacation details...returned the first new dress after finding one I liked better, needed jewelry to go with the new dress (if you give a mouse a understand, right?), hubby needed new tennis shoes, last minute gift buying, a mad scramble to get the gift in the mail...and on and on.

And in the midst of all these busy details, there have been such sweet moments!  Like yesterday and today when I help Felicity with the new baby and my other three adroable, stair step grandkids!

And the peonies!  The pink peonies are finally blooming!  Don't they just take your breath away?

Gardening Time

Last weekend, we powered through and got the garden all planted and ready to grow. Colette spent many, many days whacking down saplings in the lower part of the yard, stripping their leaves, and making some fine wattle fencing to border each garden bed.  We love how it looks!  All the plantings were either grown from seed by me, or purchased from local, small-scale organic farms.  Can't wait for everything to grow!

Growing this year: eating tomatoes and plum tomatoes (11 plants in all), yellow and green zucchini, butternut squash, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, lettuces, onions, carrots, eggplant, basil, chives, sage, and parsley.  And growing on the trellis beneath the deck: green beans, cucumbers, and jack-be-littles.

I'm hoping for a great harvest.  Technohubby just wants SALSA!

Exploring Rockport, Massachusetts

Yesterday, Colette and I took off for another little day of exploration!  I had to make a trip into Boston for some supplies for the shop, so we started the day at L.A. Burdick...chocolate, pastries, and hot chocolate!

Then we headed north to Rockport, Massachusetts and its charming historic district, known as Bearskin Neck.  Quaint shops and tourist traps, fudge shops and lobster shacks, ice cream stands and art galleries, beautiful homes and sailboats can all be found in Bearskin Neck.  Enjoy the views!

Welcoming a New Grandson

Walter and Felicity were blessed with their fourth child this weekend!  Our fourth grandbaby!  Welcome to the world, little Ben!  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

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