Thursday, September 23, 2010

Icky, Sticky, Icecream

This is a page from my "Summer 2010" album.

Jerry deserved a big icecream cone for taking me all the way to Appleton to Archivers. Most men dislike that place, but he's a pretty good sport. I don't go there very often now that I do mostly digi scrapping, but I was in the mood to organize my "December Daily Album"... which is hybrid. I'll share photos of the collection I picked out for it on another day.

We stopped at Vande Walle's Chocolates for some really good icecream and it was indeed YUMMY!
And drip, drip, drip it did!

Make this a great day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Picnic in the Park

Always Time for a Picnic

We are very blessed to live a few blocks away from one of the largest inland lakes... Lake Winnebago! The park along the lake is lovely... Menominee Park. There's an old-fashioned carousel, a little red train that carries happy children through the park, a great zoo, a built-by-the-community playground (yes, I hammered some nails), Sea, Sand and Sailorland... another playground, a lagoon with paddle boats, bike and walking paths, and every sport you can imagine being played! I love to just sit under a tree and read!

Today, Jerry and I headed to the park with my picnic basket in hand. We munched  tasty but very messy egg salad sandwiches... as the photos show. Everything slid out of the bread as we took a bite! 

Jerry was gathering odds and ends of his sandwich to feed the ducks.

This photo gives you a better view of the shoreline up to the swimming pavilion.

Jerry took an afternoon nap while I played with my camera. The sound of the water, the ducks and the seagulls make a very conducive atmosphere for napping.

There are lots of boats on the lake... especially sailboats. These boats were returning from the end of a race. It's actually one of my favorite photos of the Summer.

I love our little Midwest city!
A lovely place to live and raise a family.
When we want a taste of an urban life, we just hop on down to Chicago.
But then we get to come home again to fireflies and quiet.

Make this a great day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lovin' Italy!!

Ten Days in Tuscany
Celebrating Kristin's 40th Bday

Kristin wanted to do something special for her 40th so she decided to rent a villa in
Tuscany... and invite 8 other close friends. They all chipped in for the Villa.
As a 'thank you' to them for helping her celebrate, Kristin hired an Italian chef
to come to the Villa and give them a cooking lesson and serve them a complete dinner.
Kristin said that this was the highlight of the trip her... being able to share this meal
with her wonderful friends.

This photo is out of order, but special to me.
This is the town of Portofino. A much-loved spot by me and
full of wonderful memories.

Wendy and Kristin

This is their Villa and they said it was much better than they ever expected.
You never know when you make all of your arrangements online.

They went to the small nearby town of Greve where they
were having a festival-of-sorts.
The town put on a version of "Grease".

They gathered in Florence for a glass of wine and to discuss
plans for the rest of the day.

Fried cheese balls!
Just like being at home.

Kristin, Wendy, and Wendy's husband Darin spent several days in Rome and
went to The Vatican.

They're on their way home as I write.
I pray for their safe travel.

Make this a great day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Looks Like Fall!

The Farmer's Market
Signs of Fall

This summer, we (my camera, friends, and I) spent almost every Saturday morning at our local Farmer's Market.
Last week the temperatures dropped and Fall showed it's true colors. It was amazing to see
the changes reflected at the market. 

Acorn squash (Winter squash) appeared for the first time in the vendor's booths.
Baskets replaced some of the crates.

The flowers changed to those that can survive our chilly weather.
Soooooooo BEAUTIFUL!!!

The bands dressed warmer!

Beautiful orange pumpkins appeared in a number of the booths.
I also saw some colorful Indian Corn.

Warm clothing and warm egg rolls. They also make great crab rangoons!

Mum plants for sale!
Time to get those frost-tolerant flowers in the ground.

Isn't she lovely?

This morning it has been raining and we missed the Market, but there will be other
Saturdays thru October!

Missed you all this Summer!!

Make this a great day!

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