Sunday, July 5, 2020

An auspicious birthday for Bob!





Maybe I should revisit this past hobby - folding pages of vintage books!
These days I only turn pages of books, magazines, grocery flyers etc.

This Independence Day holiday weekend is being spent here at home and
 today is Bob's birthday.
This is a very special Birthday for Bob, his 80th!  Yes, he doesn't
look anywhere near that, and he definitely doesn't act that age.
Most important - and we are so thankful - he is healthy.  He still has so much
 energy and moves like a much younger man. . . . . . and of course he talks a lot, 
about a lot of interesting things, because of his Irish genes!
He is not rocking on the porch yet.
He often amazes me and I wonder if I will always be able to keep up with him.
I could write a book about our long life together, but it would take so many pages
to cram it all in, so many pages to turn. So just take my word for it. . . . . he's 
going to be one awesome octogenarian.
Love you Bob.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB 🎂

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Out of the blue. . . . . . .Independence Day




Sleeping-in a bit later than usual - and why not if your body tells you it requires
 more rest - did mean I almost missed the Morning glories in all their glory!
They open early then in the heat of the late morning start to curl up again,
so you have to be quick with a camera! Two colors opening now - I think
I sowed mixed seeds so there will be surprises.




As nice as it is to be at home to celebrate Independence Day, we are usually
somewhere else. Most often in early July we head north to New England, first
 to visit Bob's home in New Hampshire to celebrate his birthday on July 5th,
then we do a lot of driving around Vermont, Maine, and usually a stop in
 Massachusetts where we also lived before moving south.  Although we 
no longer have family there we do have wonderful friends. We'll miss
seeing them this year now that travel is out of the question

All of New England is beautiful - and if you've ever been there I know
you will agree.


The Lady of the Sea - New Hampshire Marine Memorial
Designed by Alice E. Cosgrove : 1909-1971

A memorial dedicated to all New Hampshire service persons
lost at sea due to warfare.
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire 


We have put out our flag and will light these stars on the front porch
  as dusk settles in.


**********
God Bless America.......today and every day.

Have a wonderful holiday.  Celebrate in style!

**********



Friday, July 3, 2020

From the cottage -






Today is going to hit 93F here - definitely not a day to be dashing about trying
 to catch balls. Life is a game where we are always juggling balls in the air, 
even a pandemic hasn't put a stop to that.  

Everyday things continue to crop up around the cottage and garden.
Things wear out, break down, leak, drip, grind to a halt, die.
In the garden, so beautiful a month ago, blooms now fade, some die,
others droop, drop, fall over, give up. . . .and then the creepy crawlies move
 in to suck, chew, kill. So we drag hoses, deadhead, spray with soapy water,
add a splash of fertilizer, trim back, cut down. Cross fingers a lot.

Are you staying busy with all those chores, keeping the balls moving through
the air. . . . .or are they falling to the ground as mine seem to be doing in the
heat?  Right now I'm heading out into the garden again, watering the pots 
already drying out. Still grateful for the garden. Still loving the birds.
The figs are plumping up and there will be lots of picking ahead 
late summer. The back garden will continue to get a facelift - when the
mosquitoes are fewer, hopefully.  

The holiday weekend apparently starts tonight, although we heard 
fireworks in the neighborhood last evening.  
The celebration will be different this year.
Enjoy all you can during these troubled times - keep those balls bouncing!
 God bless America!