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A Random Five On Friday

Hoping the Five on Friday link up returns soon. I do miss it. Of course, I also understand the need to take a blog break.

Meanwhile, I’m randomly putting up my own Five on Friday posts. Today’s post is a random collection from the week.

ONE: Tomorrow is National Coffee Day!

Did you know? I had no idea about it when I purchased this: 

My local grocery store carries my favorite soap (from a local company located here in KC!). And last week, they offered a great gas discount if you purchased a bar of it. Couldn’t say no to that deal! And yes, it smells as amazing as you think.  Will you be drinking coffee tomorrow?  I plan on it.

TWO: How Not To Make Banana Bread

I had this not so brilliant (after all) idea to make the cake-like banana bread my husband likes on Wednesday. It tastes like cake so why not just make it in a bundt pan? It will look great on the table and make these beautiful slices of banana bread. Except, no it does not.  Stuck in the pan. Certain cakes (and breads, ha) do not do well in bundt pans, something to do with the density. I’ll stick with a loaf pan next time.

THREE: Home Organizing

My work’s been slow. Second week in a row at home. It’s giving me a chance to catch up on some projects, like clearing out the linen closet. 

I’m working on a few shelves at a time. I started with the “stuff” shelves. It’s nice having all the first aid supplies in one place again (and the expired items gone).

Four: Feng Shui’d My Desk Yesterday (I really need to go back to work soon!)

Not perfect and not quite done but so far, I like it!

FIVE: Fresh Flowers For September!

One of my 18 for 2018 items:  

Buy fresh flowers for the table once a month. I’ve not been too bad at keeping up with it. I do think I might have missed August.  Didn’t want to pass up these bouquets (I stuck two together) on Monday! Decided they looked better by the window instead of on  the kitchen table.  And, they also smell amazing! Sniff: 

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How has your week gone?

Five On Friday: A Random Week At Home

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t work for an entire week without being on a vacation. It’s been a bit of an adjustment.

Sort of like adjusting to fall. Sometimes it looked like the new season but it still felt like summer. As mixed up as this branch on the neighbor’s oak tree. 

So while I wait for the phone to ring before giving up and actually cleaning the house, here’s a random Five on Friday from my week.

ONE: Cat

We’re trying to readjust her schedule a bit. The four a.m. wake up calls are getting old. She’s not happy but my husband is hoping if we make her stay inside until daylight, she’ll stop the incessant complaining about the humans not opening the door in the wee hours of the morning.

TWO: Books About Cats 

Did read another book on my 18 for 2018 book list. Requested it from the main library and quite a relic arrived at my local branch for pick up.   Remember checking books out of the library like this? If you do, you probably also remember microfiche as well *shudder* Let’s all take a moment and in this case, say: Thank you, modern technology!

THREE: Speaking of Modern Things, I Attempted A Selfie

Used the actual camera so I’m not sure it counts. Also, stepping way out of my comfort zone sharing it on here.  While reading Staying Stylish by Candace Cameron Bure, I realized I’d been getting pretty lazy in the whole getting ready for the day thing. So I’m trying to do a bit better.

Fixed my hair and put on make-up on Tuesday. (Please ignore the background, no idea how to make it prettier without moving to a new house and that’s not likely to happen.)

FOUR: Pass the pumpkin, please

So, this summer loving person must confess. I made pumpkin muffins to start the week on Sunday. In my defense of that, my nephew stayed over and he likes pumpkin muffins. Then, on Tuesday…for the potluck edition of our Bunco group: I took pumpkin spice cookies! 

I adapted an old pumpkin chocolate chip recipe saved from a PTA leadership magazine. I may share the recipe later when it’s truly the fall season. Oh, that’s in two days isn’t it? Maybe I’ll share the recipe next week.

FIVE: One Final Summer Hike

Since I thought today was going to be rainy and cool (it’s not), I took a hike at a local nature center yesterday. Soaked in that tiny last bit of summer weather before things change. 

This guy also wanted to soak up some of that late summer sunshine.  And a quick forest “bath” so check another item off my summer bucket list (kind of…I wanted to take the kids for that one but school started too soon for us all). 

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Fall starts on Sunday. How did you spend your “official” last week of summer? Wonder how many of you are going to answer by saying decorating for fall 😉

Five On Friday: Signs of Summer

Yesterday, our first day of summer, arrived with a cold, rainy day. It actually felt more like fall!

We have to laugh about our ever-changing Midwestern weather or I’m afraid we’d be crying all the time. Thankfully, there are plenty of signs of summer to remind me the rain will turn to super humid, hot pool ready days again soon.

Five Signs Of Summer (Besides the weather):

ONE: Summer flowers blooming!

The highway medians overflow with blooming wildflowers. I love to see the yellow from the black-eyed Susan flowers as I drive along running errands. In my own yard, trumpet vine appears on part of the backyard fence along with the wild honeysuckle.  My tropical milkweed is blooming in the front yard: 

Soon I hope to see my favorite monarch butterflies visiting the yard.

TWO: Natural outdoor lights begin to turn on just before dark becoming brighter as the sun finally sets.

During the daytime, the natural light sources (aka lightning bugs or fireflies) seek shelter among my plants and flowers.   I’ll have to read a few tips (feel free to share them if you know any) of how to capture a photo during the twilight hours. Standing outside taking in the sight of the first few bugs lighting up the night is one of my favorite summer things.

THREE: Taffy in the grocery store!

Admittedly, a bit of a silly one. And yes, I have a taffy problem. However, when I see the self-serve bins of taffy in the seasonal aisle of Hy-Vee, I know summer’s arrived.   On a healthier note, fresh produce is also abundant again.

FOUR: Road construction everywhere!

To be fair, I’m mentioning one of my not favorite things.  However, it is certainly everywhere and a sure sign of summer. We drove through our fair share on our way to Minnesota. And the weekend we arrived home, an entire section of I-70 shut down for bridge work over the course of 2 nights.

Since I don’t have any pictures of orange cones or concrete barriers to share, here’s a photo of a lovely Minnesota road.  And I must give a special shout out to those Minnesota construction road signs, I loved them even if I couldn’t manage a photo.

Slower traffic, move right.

Merge right, take turns.

Ha! If only we could put take turns on so many signs around here. Our road signs (and drivers) could certainly use the extra directive.

FIVE: Slower paced, simpler days

It’s just before 5 on Thursday as I put together this post. No need to hurry up and get dinner started as there aren’t any school functions to rush off and attend. No homework battles looming. We can eat at 6 or 7:30, doesn’t matter.

Some of us, can spend plenty of time improving our Tetris score and showing it off on the television screen:  (Note: This is J, not me.  My talents do not include high achievements in Tetris).

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What are some signs of summer for you?

Note: This post is part of the 30 Days of Summer series as well as a Five on Friday post (although our Five on Friday host is currently taking a break, I wanted to stay in the Five on Friday habit).

Five On Friday: Lake Superior

Ever go on vacation and feel like perhaps you’ve found your second home?

We spent most of this week in Duluth, Minnesota.  As soon as we arrived, love at first sight!

I’ll be posting more about our vacation (and how I met a fellow blogger in person!) next week but for today’s Five on Friday, I simply want to share the beauty of the big lake with you.

ONE: Overview of Duluth from the travel center atop skyline drive

I made an “unauthorized by the family” stop as we entered the city on Sunday evening.  A sweeping view of the city of Duluth and the lake made us anxious to get closer. Well, perhaps I was anxious to get closer. The rest of them were simply hungry, I think.

TWO: Lake Superior From The Lake Walk On A Sunny Monday Morning

We stayed right in Canal Park and the Lake Walk and the lake itself were simply steps from our hotel.  I got right out there with my camera

THREE: Watching The Ships Arrive!

While our ship never came in, it was fun watching the other ships arrive and depart. 

FOUR: Exploring The North Shore

Trying to wrap my head around the idea we were actually driving east while exploring the north shore of the lake left my head a little muddled. However, the beauty of the lake helped provide a quick recovery. Two Harbors Area: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park:

We skipped going into the Lighthouse opting to instead visit the park and view it from the shore.

FIVE: Sailboats on Lake Superior

Tuesday evening, the winds picked up and the waves were amazing. Those pictures, all on my phone. It’s a bit of a project to get phone pictures to the computer. So, we’ll save those for next time and instead I’ll leave you with “my” sailboats.

After the rain on Wednesday morning moved out, the day became simply picture perfect. Apparently, also a perfect day to take out a sailboat onto the big lake.  *********

Quick, I need reminded about the winters in those parts. I simply did not want to leave such a beautiful place.

In addition to already missing the scenery, it turns out housekeeping isn’t coming to knock on the door to our home any time soon either.  Back to reality! I want to go back to Duluth!

 

 

 

Five On Friday: More Random Camera Practice

It’s been a while since I had the time to sit down and put together a Five on Friday post.  Now that it’s June (wow!), my time is a bit more of my own and less calendar driven.

This week transitioned us from the school year to full on summer! Admittedly, I found myself pacing a bit earlier in the week.

I turned to my camera for a bit of relaxation. We’re also heading out on a much-needed vacation soon so I needed some practice. All the images hail from around our yard.

Images From My Random Camera Practice:

ONE: Blue Sky

As I sat on the front porch Tuesday evening, I noticed the blue of the sky and ran back inside to grab my camera. Later in the evening, a very brief thunderstorm rolled through.

TWO: Garden Images Inside And Out

We already have a green tomato! Usually, we don’t see tomatoes in our less than ideal garden spot until late August/early September.  The long view of our garden. Yes, I know we should weed it. However, we don’t. Ever try to start celery from scraps? Here’s a photo of my third attempt. The first two went well until I planted them in the garden.  Perhaps it needs to remain an indoor thing?

Three: Green Tree!

The same day of the blue sky, I also noticed the sunlight hitting this tree in the neighbor’s front yard. I find the image soothing and hope you do as well.

Four: Close-Ups

Bought a few more flowers on Memorial Day as I impatiently wait for my summer garden to bloom. Pink geraniums never fail to brighten up the world for me. Also, this little cat might be gray but she certainly does wonders for keeping the world interesting. Hey, I was talking to you, lady with the camera!

Five: Can you stand more cat cuteness?

It’s hard work keeping people at your beck and call. Sometimes, I just can’t stay awake long enough to bother with it. *******

So I filled my first week of summer break with my camera, petting the cat (not always by choice!), reading, catching up on some Netflix, and enjoying the slower pace.

Also, did a few loads of laundry plus G hosted a sleepover for 5 friends to belatedly celebrate his birthday on Tuesday. Wednesday, J spent the night with a friend, and then, yet another of his friends stayed over last night.  Did I mention something about a much-needed vacation coming soon?

How did you spend the past week?

(Note: Our Five on Friday host, The F.A.S.T. blog is currently on a break. Please leave me a link in the comments if you published a Five on Friday post this week so I can be sure to visit!)

 

 

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