Sweet Sounds of Summer

It begins with the frogs. Always the frogs. A chorus of them. Their song grows steadily louder as spring melts into summer. As the days pass, more sounds blend together to form a ‘Summertime Symphony’. 

The birds many voices lend a sweet sound to the rustling of new leaves as children laugh and splash in the water. All of these add charm to the warm days and comfortable evenings spent with family and friends. In all of these little things we can find peace.

The sweet sounds of summer remind us of days gone by and to cherish every moment. Summer draws people together as families, friends, and communities. Especially around the fourth of July. 

If only we could, as a people, keep this sense of generosity and community alive no matter what the season may be. There is so much tension between people that we forget to stop and listen to not only nature, but those around us. 

Let the sounds of nature remind us to stop and smell the flowers, to listen, and become closer to those we connect with day to day.

Choosing Directions

Another day in the life! It’s been fair sailing this week. This weekend I am taking a time out for tea at my favorite place. I’m trying Dragonwell (green) for the first time (I believe). 

With a cup or two of tea and some paper, things can only get better. There’s no telling how productive this afternoon will be, but I can hope for the best!

Memorial Day Weekend

On this, the first day of the holiday weekend, it’s been warm and sunny in my hometown – at long last! As the day has turned to evening, the frogs have begun their chorus. The birds add their songs, too, creating a symphony from natural world.

Tonight we are playing games on a collapsible table outside. My family loves to have game nights. Everything from Mancala to Monopoly, SkipBo to War. I think our current favorites are Dr. Who Yahtzee, Go Fish (the Van Gogh and Friends one is delightful), and Niya. 

On this Memorial Day weekend, celebrating freedom should be welcomed. The sacrifices of those who earned said freedom should also be remembered. 

This being said, I hope all have a safe and enjoyable weekend with family and friends. Especially with all the distress around the world.

Late May Update!

Hello All!

I hope you’ve all been well.

Just a quick update tonight. I have updated my website url. If you should have my site bookmarked – please refresh your bookmark!

I am working on putting a collection of short stories together. With hope, it should be done come summer’s end!

Work and Enjoyment

Days like today are my favorite! It’s a beautiful spring day in early May. The sounds of birds chirping, leaves finally budding, a fresh breeze blowing, and the gentle warmth of the sun. New beginnings for so many things. We all need a fresh start sometimes. Enjoying the fine weather in Duluth, which lately has been absent, is a good place to start.

I’m taking time to drink ‘Good Morning, Paris’ tea at my favorite tea shop – The Snooty Fox. It’s the only locally owned tea shop in the area. While I’m here it’s time to get some article ideas and questions down.
Let’s see where the day takes this!

Rainy days are…

Good for many things. Who doesn’t just love and hate when the weather turns sour?! In places like my home town, weather changes from one end to the other…. even on top of the hill versus down by the lake. It makes life interesting, but frustrating.

Some of the things I love about rainy days are:

  • Having coffee with friends.
  • Reading a great book or magazine (personally, I don’t read Vogue or Allure, but I do enjoy a few writing magazines!).
  • Hanging around the house watching the latest Netflix trends or favorite DVDs – yes people still have ‘regular’ DVDs from about 20 years ago.
  • Curling up on the couch and loving our fluffy, furry friends. This… is mandatory.
  • Taking naps! Enough said. Why did we refuse naps as children?!
  • Doing day to day ‘chores’ like putting away laundry and doing dishes. This could be a good thing, but who really wants to, right?

Though there are several things rainy days are good for, there’s always the downside:

  • As stated earlier, ‘chores’. We’ll leave that there.
  • Going outside. Going from dry and tidy to wet and muddied.
  • Everyone seems to be ‘of a mood’.
  • Not being able to comfortably do outdoor activities like gardening, walks, and one many of my friends enjoy – frisbee golf.
  • I could go on forever, but I’ll end with this: springtime rain/ice storms where driving is hazardous and just plain difficult.

In the end, we need the good and the bad to experience life.