Summer Sunshine

Summer Sunshine


This evening I pushed myself to jog a mile, a slow jog it was-but a mile I jogged.  Out on a shady country gravel road, my huffing and puffing release of carbon dioxide was attracting insects galore.  I inhaled a gnat (gag), had delta flies pinging my head (ouch), and even had my own satellite (a horsefly) orbiting my head for about a tenth of a mile before I could knock it off its course (maddening).  And my walking dog partner, Ole Riley Dog, didn’t quite know how to handle this change of pace and kept getting too close to my feet.

The past couple of days have been a reprieve from the heat, allowing me to keep the windows open, enjoying the fresh air.  The weather has also been nice for taking some longer than usual walks, looking for interesting things to photograph.  On one 5 mile walk, I set off with my camera and took a couple of pictures before I realized I had forgotten to replace the SD card, thus, carrying it for nothing.  Fortunately, I was prepared when I came upon these sunflowers in a garden and the lady was kind enough to let me photograph them.

Tomorrow the summer heat returns and there is only one place to be on a very hot and humid summer day…on the river swimming and fishing.  At least when I’m standing in the river fishing and a horse fly starts buzzing around my head, all I have to do is throw up a handful of water; it disappears instantly and I get cooled down.


Fishing For Ideas


Nothing beats the joy of a kid catching a fish.  One of the things on my grand daughter’s list during her visit, was to fish our pond.  We spent a day on the river with the canoe, banking it to play and fish but she didn’t want to fish then.  She said, “Oh, I’ll fish in your pond where I KNOW I’ll catch fish.”  And fish she caught.  When we were getting ready to fillet the fish she asked for the tape measure so she could measure the fish like her dad and grandpa.  I even taught her how to fillet with the electric knife, though, she was more interested in exploring the organs of the fish than filleting (yes we had a fish anatomy science lesson).  And that evening, we fried them up for dinner.  I love that she’s willing to try all sorts of atypical girl activities as well as the typical ones.   🙂

And nothing beats the joy of planning a vacation, so now I’m fishing…for ideas.  We are going to spend some time in Vermont with side trips to Quebec, Montreal, and New York City, so I thought if readers posted their #1 favorite thing to do or see in any one of these places I might get some really great ideas.  My favorite thing to do in new places after seeing the iconic tourist attractions, is to get off the beaten path and discover the local restaurants and culture.   So all suggestions will be appreciated.  🙂

Stumped at First

I cannot think of what to write.  I’m stumped…literally.  haha  We’ve been cleaning up the slag (tree tops) from a tree harvest cutting the larger branches for fire wood and stacking the branches in ditches to make brush piles or burning where there is no place for a brush pile.

In between all of that fun, my grand daughter came down for a week long visit.  I was ready for a break from the woods to enjoy our time together.  She’s almost 10 and is in complete charge of our calendar of events.  She came down wanting to sew on ‘the real sewing machine’, and so (haha) she did.  I taught her some basics and she made the small pillow she wanted to make for traveling in the car.    We went fishing up on the river today, canoeing around when the fishing was slow, and laying in the water to cool off.   We even did some watercolor painting on the shore when we took a shade break.  I have enjoyed having this sweet girl around.  Since all of my grand kids love the piano and want to learn something new each time they come down, I decided to buy a beginner’s book.  She read the theory about the notes on the first couple of pages on the way home from the store practicing on an imaginary keyboard and played the first song perfectly and has mastered the 2nd and 3rd, too.  Hmmm…I’m thinking Mom and Dad may need to get her some piano lessons at home.

I was disappointed that I was so busy last Tuesday (working in the woods) that I completely forgot to write and tonight I’m so tired after an action packed couple of days along with today on the river that this is all I can muster up tonight.  But at least I got over being stumped when I let my heart and fingers go and start typing-ending up with a sweet reminder of our visit this week…and we still have 4 more days to go and I’m looking forward to more adventures.  What will tomorrow bring???  🙂