Monthly Archives: July 2016

Goodbye July

Jennifer Michie Queen of Sweden Rose

I can’t believe that July is already coming to a close. How can that be? I’m definitely running behind this year because we haven’t even had our “Christmas in July” party. Maybe we can just do it in August instead?

Yesterday we spent arm in arm walking around one of our favourite parks. The roses were in full bloom and this pinky peachy apricot beauty bred by David Austin, called Queen of Sweden, was particularly alluring. It’s smell was just delicious.

School’s Out for Summer!

Summer Fun

School’s out for summer! I can hear Alice Cooper singing those sweet lines in my head as I type. Here’s to road trips, long walks, sleeping in, staying up late. To new adventures. To having a movie fest, playing board games and cards. To eating delicious food prepared at a slow pace.

Here’s to living off PB&J and pimento cheese sandwiches, laying in the sun and eating potato chips. To spur of the moment picnics. To making out while listening to good tunes and to taking each day as it comes. Here’s to summer, long may she last!

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The Day to Day

I’ve been quiet here again. Not intentionally by any means. I continue to be saddened by current events. Has the world gone mad? In light of all that is happening I’m focusing on keeping the house cozy. Ensuring that it is a place of refuge and love. I’m focusing on my walks and taking in the butterflies, poppies blossoming in a rainbow of colours, the trees dancing in the breeze. I’m listening to podcasts and music, drinking lots of sweet tea and trying to stay cool in the heat.

I’m just taking one day at a time. Tomorrow brings with it the last day of school and truly the beginning of summer for us. I can’t wait!

 

Sunshine

Jennifer Michie Sunshine

I headed out early for my walk today and was rewarded with a gloriously cool morning and lots and lots of sunshine. Although, now it is pouring with rain outside my window.

Here’s to the summer! Please bring us lots more sunshine, it makes my soul sing!

What The World Needs Now

I can’t even bear to turn on the news at the moment. In the past three weeks, I’ve yet to read one happy story. Is this what the world is coming too? Surely there is goodness left, kindness left? The light is stronger than the dark. I believe in that!

Hug someone you love a little tighter today, do small things with love, commit a random act of kindness, make a difference for someone else. I think Burt Bacharach and Hal David said it best, “What the world needs now, is LOVE, sweet LOVE!”

Cooking With Beth

Ms. American Pie Book Cover

For Fourth of July this year I decided to make a pecan pie. I chose a recipe from Beth Howard’s cookbook. I baked “Frank Barnett’s Pecan Pie”. It is more of an old fashioned recipe as it uses just brown and white sugar and not Karo syrup. But whether or not it is made with just sugar or sugar and Karo syrup, I’ll take pecan pie any way I can get it!

It was heavenly. I love pecan pie filling even more than I love pecans, so in the future, I would be tempted to double the recipe for the filling but still use a cup of pecans.

Jennifer Michie Pecan Pie

It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening. We sat with a slice of pecan pie, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and watched the sun slowly set!

An Evening Alone

The Norwalk High School Prom in 1968

We made it through the week! It’s always exciting to wake up on a Friday and go to work, the day always seems brighter, knowing it is the last of the working week. But this week, getting through was a particular feat, as there has been more downs than ups.

Mr. Michie is one of the chaperones at the prom tonight. I can’t wait to hear his stories when he gets home. It is being held in an old barn, which will just be beautiful. My high school always had our prom in the cafeteria. I never went to prom. My girlfriends and I would always have a big night out instead. I don’t regret not going. I’ve always marched to my own little beat anyway.

I don’t often have an evening to myself, so I plan on watching a movie with a bowl of popcorn and stretching out on the couch.

Hopefully the weekend brings a bit of much needed quiet and rest with it. Here’s to the weekend, long may it last!

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