Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Autumnal Reflections

When all the leaves are off the boughs,
and nuts and apples gathered in,
and cornstalks waiting for the cows,
and pumpkins safe in  barn and bin,
Then Mother says, "My children dear,
the fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
and we must make thanksgiving pies!"
-Author Unknown

Sunny, crisp clear days.

The romance of a beautifully set table and a meal with all the trimmings is coming to mind.
The delicious meals of home.

This is a summer scene from a childhood family dinner in our back yard, but the sentiment is still the same.

I love the scenes depicted on Johnson Brothers dinnerware.

Enjoy your autumn season as it passes with your most enjoyable fondest memories.
Be safe.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Rosey Red, Mr. Red Legs and Hand Cranked Ice Cream

Rosey Red

A hot 92 degree sunny, hot, humid day down along the Ohio River at the Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio.  The smell of meat cooking on a sizzling hot grill filled the air with wonderful summer time
Bar-B-Que arroma.
Mr. Red Legs

A long awaited game of the Cincinnati Reds vs. the Cleveland Indians.  It was a fun day to take our grown children and grand children for a day of high spirited & all American pass time.

Boaters enjoying the river on this hot day.

Grandson, Tucker.

Granddaughter, Kate
And Grandson, Blake.  Happy with a ball thrown up by one of the players while practicing.

Enjoying a game of their favorite team vs. our favorite team.
Even though the Reds have done poorly this season, their fans stay true.  It was a sold out game.

A fly ball was sent our direction.
The bat boy kindly threw our grandson's the ball.
It was a good game for them.  The Indians won.

The new Great American Ball Park is nice but, I can't help but think of the spirit of baseball as it was in the 60's in this great old Cincinnati favored ball park known as Crosley Field.  You could see the park  from I-75 and look down on folks enjoying the game at times.  The smell of popcorn, peanuts and beer waft in the air.  It was centered in a working man's neighborhood and it had a great personality all it's own with a very unique well loved announcer, Joe Nuxhall on WLW to match.

I remember the shoe box of baseball cards my older brother John collected.

Those were great cards.  I remember him going through them and talking about the players and how he stacked them just so with a rubber band.

It's a good feeling to know our little grands will have memories of their own to share with their children of the fun times going to a baseball game.

Dennis with our grands cranking ice cream at a family picnic gathering.

Many different yard games for the little ones.  Corn Hole, croquet, wiffle ball, water balloons, kick ball.  All the favorites were there to choose from.

Great family members to spend a relaxing afternoon with.

Aaah,'re hot but you bring us together in the best way!
I hope you are enjoying your summer, your family and this wonderful weekend marking our freedom.
Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

P.S.  "Go Reds"!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Passion For Pink Today

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June Is Bustin' Out All Over!

It's a glorious day and I thought I would record a little Gardner's Journal  update as to what is blooming.
This climbing rose like's it's new position after being moved last fall.  I do move things around alot, kind of like moving the furniture.
My last peony to bloom.  I have a fond remembrance of these particular flowers.  They were given to us by a very sweet lady that Dennis put a roof on for.  I've always liked them where they were located.

You can tell by the flag there is a nice breeze blowing today.  Low humidity as well.  I'm loving it.  Perennials such as lenton rose, delphinium, hosta, hardy mums, phlox and tiger lily live amongst begonia, petunia, sweet allysum & dianthus annuals.
Coral bells, hosta and a miniature rose given to me as a Mother's Day gift by my son, John.  I love to see it come up every year.
As well as this Japanese Maple given to me as a Mother's Day gift.  It's looking really beautiful now and is about 7 or 8 years old.

A window box of petunias looks great on the out house we still keep on our property.  I use it to store my garden tools and supplies.

Here you are looking at a reflection of trees in a waterway beyond our lot.
It's usually very soothing to watch the ducks train their little ones or to watch the blue heron glide low across the water's surface.  He looks so prehistoric.

This is potted alysum with a center coleus.  I watched a huge yellow butterfly land on this several times this morning.

As well as a sweet hummingbird flying about.  So entertaining.

Lily's are blooming.
I love to bring my house plants outside during the summer.  They become so healthy by the time autumn arrives.
As I sit and enjoy the beauty of spring I think of  one of the great musicals of Rogers & Hammerstein's, June Is Bustin' Out All Over - 1956
or It Might As Well Be Spring - 1945

Enjoy this beautiful day, keep cool and stay safe.


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