"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monday snap...

Oh Henryi!

this is a "Henryi" clematis, a gift from my son.  this is the first time in three years that he has bloomed.  And yes, that is the correct spelling.
My father's name was Henri, with an 'i," although most people used a 'y.'   He hated it, never used it in life always preferring to go by his middle name.  Strangely enough the name he used was not really his middle name, which I found out when I took care of his estate and had to find his birth certificate.
 He was French-Canadian and as was the custom back in the day his parents gave their children several names.  Henri was only one of five names he had.  Three of which I never knew, but when strung together and spoken in French became very lyrical.
Not so much in English though!  How appropriate that my son would find and gift me with a beautiful bloom that is spelled in such an original way...just like my daddy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

tid-bits du jour.....

courtesy KIRO

I think that this may possibly be the most beautiful photo of my city that I've ever seen.  And waaaay back there at the foothills of that mountain is where I live.  beautiful, yes, but we are paying a price for these lovely days.  It's been fifteen days with temps over 90 degrees and we are not used to such heat, all the trees and forest are afire, the air is heavy with smog and dirt, and everyone is cranky!  All the gardens and lawns are burnt to a lovely crispiness, veggies shriveled up, water restrictions and such.  I know many of you live like this every summer but it is such an anomaly here that no one is quite sure how to handle it.  There is a heat warning and people of certain ages me or who have health conditions me  are to stay indoors, near a fan and drink water all day.  Complaining, well, not much but it is a little overwhelming.

It sure has been quiet around blogland lately.  Has everyone gone to FB or are they all on vacation?  I know I haven't had much to share.  That doesn't mean I don't have a lot to say mind you, but I'm a part of a group of 'over-sharers' and trying to be more careful!  Oh, how I wish I could post some photos of my grands and tell you their stories but I made a promise...all I can say is they are well and enjoying this wonderful (if you are a kid) weather.  They both love the water so you know what they are doing all day!!

In just a few weeks we will be wrapping up the year of the 60/40.  It's gone too fast of course and we are hoping to get another adventure in the books before then.   But you know, every time we leave the house it's an adventure...take care all and have a safe summer.
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