Friday, July 17, 2015

Vacation Is Busy Too!


              I celebrate each Saturday with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  There are many others who celebrate, too. Come join us!          Tweet at #CelebrateLu

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  • Finding a slumbering moth when I opened my shades one morning. It stayed for a long while as I watched, then fluttered a bit, and flew away. Beautiful!
  • Spending two afternoons with Imogene was a delight. We don't often get to be together just us! Imi is the book lover. She'll be four in two weeks, and although she doesn't read yet, she keeps asking, Did you read this part, Grandma? She wants to be sure she's getting the "whole" story.
  • Finding a mysterious box which contained a marvelous summer swap poem from my blogger friend, Donna Smith, with a poem created with my watercolor, and a jigsaw puzzle from that! It's not my strong suit, but brought back memories of my husband and I doing so many puzzles together. I wrote about it yesterday, too, but wanted to show my progress.  (Remember, my OLW is "paint"!)
  • One wonderful summer morning I shopped in my favorite shopping area at a sidewalk sale, streets of small independent shops. I got an iced chai, my special drink, and found some wonderful gifts at one shop, and took pictures of the art displayed.  The bicycle is one example.
  • No picture, but Friday, a dear colleague and I met at another shopping area that has a special used bookstore where we met, then walked the streets browsing other shops, talked and talked, then ate lunch at a sweet little place called Salt & Grinder-yum! 
          It was a great week also full of reading and writing and a little bit of appointments and cleaning! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    I'm taking part in #CyberPD, reading the book Digital Reading by Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass, collecting digital ideas as I go. This collage was created on Fotor, which has many possibilities for response.


24 comments:

  1. It sounds like many lovely moments of quiet and discovery. How wonderful that you r little listener/soon to be reader is keeping tabs on the entire reading experience. Such a fun age!

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    1. It is fun to read to Imi. She looks and looks, misses little on the pages. Thanks, Carrie. It was a good week!

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  2. I like that you listed your celebrations. During the summer, there are so many little things that I actually have time to notice and appreciate. Maybe I'll try that next week...

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    1. This time, I let the pictures carry me through, Ashley. I don't always list, but it is fun to see how they add up! Thank you!

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  3. How did you make that photo collage? It's adorable!! I love hearing about your time with your granddaughter! She is precious!! That poem puzzle is AMAZING!!! What a beautiful gift! I always love reading about your celebrations!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. The Fotor app has many, many possibilities. I hope you check it out. It was a wonderful time with Imi this week, and the puzzle gift, a sweet surprise.

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  4. Your life is so full of slices of perfection. I'm glad that in a world of moving and lots of busy actions, that you were able to celebrate just watching a creature and being in the moment!

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    1. Thank you, Earl. I do watch when I can.

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  5. What a beautiful post. The photo collage brings out so much of your post. There are many resources and ideas in Franki and Bill's book. Loving it.

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    1. I've used Fotor before, but #CyberPD has inspired me to really look for what works. Thanks, Julieanne.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your celebrations this week! I love the Fotor app collage. I will check it out. How fun that Imi loves to read and is seeking your response too. Enjoy your time!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It was a lot of fun spending time together.

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  7. Yes, vacations are busy. I got the sense though that you are having a peaceful summer with time to stop and observe as well as making connections with those you love. Chai lattes (whether iced or hot) are my favorite as well.

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    1. Hi Amanda, busy but it is lovely not to have to rush out the door in the morning, and to do some different things, like even shopping, not always my favorite thing, but sometimes. Yes, I love chai lattes too.

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  8. Love your mosaic from the week with Imi at the heart of it all. She's such a pixie - love that she wants to be sure she gets the whole story! Sounds like you had a delightful week meeting friends and enjoying time browsing!

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    1. It was a good week, Ramona, thank you. Imi is such a noticer, it's great to read with her.

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  9. Just an ordinary week filled with extraordinary moments, Linda - sounds so summery, restful and delightful!

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    1. It was, Tara, just that kind of summer week that is good.

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  10. I love how the celebration post gives us all a chance to say, "Ah, what a great week!" I think of how lucky you are that your retirement will allow you to have lunch with a friend at least once a week, right. That is something I miss during the school year. Such a treat.

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    1. I hope I can have lunch out some of the time, Margaret, but some friends will still be working. Some of us have planned on breakfast, though.

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  11. What a fun gift from Donna! I love puzzles. I used to spend evenings doing puzzles with my mom during the winter months when we lived in Wisconsin. So happy it triggered good memories for you too. I love when the life we are living now reaches back into our past and pulls memories forward. And that Imogene must be a delight to read with! She is full of life!

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    1. I know, the ways that our lives connect to old times is mostly a good thing, Christy. The puzzle was such a delight to receive. And also yes, Imogene too is wonderful to be with, to play with and share books together. Thanks, Christy!

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  12. A heartmelt post, Linda.
    Your sprite of a grandgal is reading pictures & reading your voice inflections & reading so much because reading isn't just comprehending the alphabetta.
    The Donna Smith puzzle joy of your poem.
    The paint with heart line & return to your OLW.
    Appreciations for sharing this sunny summer slice.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation, Jan. It was a wonderful week!

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