August 31, 2013

August in Pictures

America's Cup

August 31, 2013 Photo of the day:
"San Francisco, A Place for Sailing"

What an amazing place for sailing!
The wind is incredible!

San Francisco is hosting the 2013 America's Cup

Next week it's Oracle (USA) 
vs. Team Emirates (NZ)

Eric is ready if Oracle needs an extra grinder!

August 30, 2013

Summer Skies

August 30, 2013 Photo of the day: "Pink Skies"

The clouds were pink in the brilliant morning sun.
"Pink sky in the morning, sailors' warning!"

As the day grew balmier, wisps of gray
mingled among the fluffy white clouds.

By late afternoon, the sky grew dark...

and storm clouds twisted overhead...

until the rain streamed against the windows.

After the deluge, the skies cleared
and the billowy, white clouds returned.

By evening, the sky was pink again.
"Pink sky at night, sailors' delight!"

August 29, 2013

Around the Mulberry Bush

August 29, 2013 Photo of the day: "Mulberries"

The first time I wore my new shoes, I avoided my usual shortcut across the school lawn, fearing the morning dew would ruin my suede flats. Ironically, the sidewalk was covered in fresh preserves that stained my soles crimson. The tree above my head was heavy with glossy black, red, and peach berries. I was tempted to taste one, but decided it was more prudent to take a picture. Research revealed that these lovely mulberries make delicious tarts, jams, wines, and tea.  Oh well, better safe than sorry!

August 28, 2013

On the Horizon

August 28, 2013 Photo of the day: "On the Horizon"

At the end of our three teacher in service days, I find myself feeling thankful to work with so many inspiring, caring, and creative educators. These past few days, I have had the opportunity to work with several teachers who have left me feeling inspired, appreciated, and energized! Even more remarkable is that dozens of my colleagues chose end their day together on the deck of a local pub, sharing ideas and enjoying each other's company. Later, on my own deck, I watched the sun set, feeling the blessed exhaustion that comes from knowing that today I worked hard to make a difference. Tonight, I offer a prayer of thanks for the bright new academic year that is just on the horizon.

August 27, 2013

Dappled Apples

August 27, 2013 Photo of the day:  "Dappled Apples"

I've walked down those stairs hundreds of times, yet never noticed the apple tree. Some days, I search and search for something interesting or inspiring, while some days, something catches my eye when I'm not consciously looking. Sometimes, I take several pictures, attempting to capture the optimal angle and light, while sometimes I snap a quick photo and am thrilled by its spontaneous beauty!

August 26, 2013

Open House

August 26, 2013 Photo of the day: "Open House"

Welcome students, parents, colleagues, readers
to the new PHS Technology and Literacy Center

I may no longer be teaching French, 
but I'm still a francophile. I spy...
2 Eiffel Towers, a map of Paris, a Metro ticket....

August 25, 2013

Reflecting on Summer 2013

August 25, 2013 Photo of the day: "Reflection"

Sunday evenings are always bittersweet. The weekend is winding down and the realization that Monday morning is imminent sets in around 5 o'clock. No Sunday evening is more arduous than the final day of summer vacation. 

This afternoon, we visited our nephews who were undeniably apprehensive about going back to school tomorrow. They swam and played but were noticeably melancholy. Although, they are excited to see their friends and to learn new things, it's hard to give up those deliciously lingering summer days.

As I prepare to return to school tomorrow, I am reflecting on the past ten weeks in anticipation of that inevitable question: "How was your summer?" Actually, it really doesn't feel like I ever left at all. I presented at a conference, taught three technology classes, worked to complete my Google certification, and spent several days each week helping teachers with their tech plans for the new school year. We need the engine serviced and our mast rewired, so we haven't been sailing at all. Aside from a four-day 4th of July weekend in Sturgeon Bay, we didn't get away or take a vacation. We didn't go to the outdoor or watch the Perseid meteor showers. We only had one bonfire in May and hardly grilled out or had picnics on our deck. I did read a lot, but mostly books for the American Lit class that I am teaching and Pewaukee's summer book club selections. So, since it hardly feels like I left, I guess I'm ready to go back :)

August 24, 2013

Cotton Candy Clouds

August 24, 2013 Photo of the day: "Cotton Candy Clouds"

Tonight's frothy pink clouds
dissolved into sweet memories like fairy floss...

August 23, 2013

Au Café

August 23, 2013 Photo of the day: "Au Café"

I would love to be in Paris,
but at Le Rêve inWauwatosa, 
I can always dream that I am!
August 22, 2013

Dolce Far Niente

It has become my unofficial holiday
on the final day of summer break:
The Sweetness of Doing Nothing!

On this stormy day, 
I poured over the September issues with my coffee,
had an exclusive Audrey Hepburn Film Festival,
and enjoyed a mani-pedi...Bliss!

August 22, 2013 Photo of the day: "Dolce"

August 21, 2013

In Clover

August 21, 2013 Photo of the day: "In Clover"

In clover (definition): living carefree;
in a position of prosperity; happy and contented.

"The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover..."

August 20, 2013

Birthday at the Ballpark

August 20, 2013 Photo of the day: Brewers Birthday

The Birthday Boy at the Brewers game

 "Chase Larson" on the Miller Park scoreboard

Alec, Chase, Maddie, & Norah being silly

Happy Birthday to my sweet nephew, Chase!
"7 is Magic" - XOXO - Love, Auntie

Happy Birthday, Dear Chase!

Happy 7th Birthday to Chase,
my sweet, funny, curious nephew!

Auntie loves you so much! XO

August 19, 2013

What a Knockout!

August 19, 2013 Photo of the day: "What a Knockout!"

I have always wondered why these are called "Knockout Roses." Is it because the center petals seem to be knocked out of it? Is it because they are so hardy that bugs and diseases have hard time knocking them out? In any case, this pale pink beauty really is a knockout, so lovely in the dappled sunlight.

August 18, 2013

Un Pique-nique

August 18, 2013 Photo of the day: "Un pique-nique"

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro's 3rd Annual
Picnic & Basque Pig Roast

A lovely day...

Live music...


Corn on the cob...

Pauvre cochon...

Quelle belle journée!

I've known Didier for 30 years. My dad invited him to dinner when I was studying French in high school. Didier is from southwest of France, but he has lived in Milwaukee for decades. He is currently the manager of my favorite restaurant, Lake Park Bistro. Each summer, Didier hosts a Basque picnic which is at once casual and elegant. We had a lovely day, reminiscent of Sunday afternoons in France where families enjoy a long, leisurely lunch and appreciate good food and good friends!