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May 29 2008

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Helianthus Annuus

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Look what my Dad grew for me this year!
See that nasty looking bug?

They’re planted along the back corner fence. They’re about 6-7 feet tall now.

These are some seriously cool flowers!

This is the first bloom! Isn’t she a beauty?

Sunflowers Rock!! 

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May 25 2008

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One Single Impression: Reflection

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the faulty mirror

belies my true reflection
of eternal youth
I wear many years

wrinkles bid me surrender
to moments in time
ever growing up
yet never growing older
still I am that girl
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May 22 2008

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Sister’s Sonata

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One of my most favorite moments of the Sister Weekend.
OK, SisterDear3 (aka My Bellavia) was playing Heart and Soul, but still….

Then SisterDear4 stepped in to play the upper part….

What’s this? SisterDear 2 picks up the harmonica!
BIL joined in (perhaps better known to you as Enrico Suave, Cabana Boy).
Bonus!! Enrico Suave can actually play the piano! Think ‘Billy Joel’. Think ‘Piano Man’. Think ‘Bottle of Red, Bottle of White’.
Oh, Enrico!!! I’ll have red, please!

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May 21 2008

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Menopause, the Weekend

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I flew up to Massachusetts for a Sister Weekend with my 3 SisterDears! To say that we had a blast would be a monumental understatement! Here we are the first night, in our “Relaxing Clothes”!

My visit was a Big Secret, or so SisterDear2 and I had hoped! SisterDears 3 & 4 were just sure I was the BIG surprise when SisterDear2 asked them to reserve the weekend and plan to sleep over her house Friday & Saturday nights.

My very dear Brother-in-law was our Cabana Boy for the weekend! His self-chosen name for the entire weekend was Enrico Suave!! He was more than a good sport! He made home-made ravioli for me! He also cooked for us all weekend and fetched us wine whenever our glass was empty!

Actually, the BIG Surprise was that SisterDear2 had told her hubby that for her Mother’s Day gift she wanted tickets for all four of us for Menopause the Musical which was playing at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston. If it’s in your area, I wholeheartedly recommend seeing it!

We started the day with an early lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery, located in the heart of Boston’s Historic District and just down the street from the Theatre District. We ordered Improper Hopper Pale Ale, which we all agreed was quite yummy. Two of us ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Onion Rings and two of us ordered Steak Tips: the chicken was delicious and received 2 thumbs up, the steak tips were not enjoyed by either sister and unfortunately received 2 thumbs down. The Clam Chowder appetizers and Onion Rings were both absolutely marvelous!

Then we walked around Boston and I took tons of photographs!
I had forgotten how much I love Boston! We’re going back to “do” Boston in the fall!
My travelling day yesterday was simply exhausting. I actually missed my second flight because of air traffic in Boston, but all three of my flights were late. In trying to rush to my Gate to make my second flight, I arrived only to see my plane pulling away. Talk about adding insult to injury, I have a huge blister on the ball of my right foot to further add to my aggravation and frustration! The flights themselves were all quite enjoyable. I took many photos which I will share on some upcoming Sky Watch Fridays!

A now, in the spirit of Menopause, I leave you with a joke. I can relate only too well!

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery.

I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … ‘Lord, it’s up to you. If you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.’ And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was!!!

God is so Good!

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May 15 2008

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Simple Truths

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Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.

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May 12 2008

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Manic Monday: Doodle

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This week’s Manic Monday prompt is Doodle. Thanks, Mo!

It is my pleasure to give you my SnickerDoodle recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook! A little Doodle of Cinnamon-Sugary goodness!

Prep Time:40 min
Start to Finish:50 min
Makes:4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

I know… it’s not cake, but it’ll Doodle! It makes 4 dozen, that’s almost enough to share! Purhaps you should double the recipe, like I do!

My friend Mo is having a very special Manic Monday today! Mo says: On May 12th: Doodle Week Fun Fund Raiser – for every blog that posts a doodle with a cat in it and leaves their link at It’s A Blog Eat Blog World, we will donate 50¢ to Cat Friends Helping Friends!All you have to do is Doodle & Link!

It doesn’t even have to be a good Doodle!

See? That Doodle right there will cost Mo $.50! Cha-Ching!

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May 12 2008

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WS: Tall Georgia Pines at The Swamp

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The Weather ‘experts’ were forecasting some particulary nasty weather for us Sunday. We were fortunate; they were wrong. This photograph was taken beofre the wind kicked up and the nasty clouds rolled in, but we never did get any rain.

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