June 30, 2016

June in Pictures

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." ~ Al Bernstein


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“Gardening is the most sociable of hobbies. No one wants flowers 
to blush unseen and waste their sweetness.” ~ Barbara Cheney
June 29, 2016


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"The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails." ~  William Arthur Ward
- or -
The pessimist complains that her iPhone 6 can't capture the beauty of these little prams racing just off-shore. The optimists hopes she can edit her photos to make them clearer and brighter. The realist posts her photos anyway since sailing opties and a photo-a-day challenge are all about learning! 
June 28, 2016


June 28, 2016 (180/366)

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green 
is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austin
June 27, 2016


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"That most tenacious and pernicious and beauteous of all flora" ~ Stephen King
June 26, 2016


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"You've got to go out on a limb sometimes 
because that's where the fruit is." ~ Will Rogers
June 25, 2016

Seeing Double

June 25, 2016 (177/366)

"Find beauty not only in the thing itself 
but in the pattern of the shadows, 
the light and dark which that thing provides."
 ~ Junichiro Tanizaki
Good morning! Thanks for stopping by.
June 24, 2016


June 24, 2016 (176/366)
"The butterfly is a flying flower; The flower a tethered butterfly."
~ Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun
June 23, 2016

Irish Moss

June 23, 2016 (175/366)

"May the joys of today be those of tomorrow."
~ An Irish Blessing

Today, we started planting our green & white garden.
Tomorrow and for years to come, we will enjoy it more and more.

[The Irish Moss will nestle between the flagstone steppers. Photos to come.]
June 22, 2016

Beneath the surface...

June 22, 2016 (174/366)

"Art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface" ~ Andy Goldsworthy

June 21, 2016


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"Strawberry fields forever..." ~ John Lennon
You can't beat Wisconsin strawberries freshly picked in June. For years, my mom and grandma would buy flats of berries from Chaudoir's in Sturgeon Bay. We spent hours prepping berries for jam and shortcake before freezing them to enjoy long after the season ended. Sadly, the crops at Chaudoir's were destroyed in a hailstorm in 2007, yet I still look forward to seasonal strawberries. Here's my recipe for strawberry-spinach salad. Martha has some good ideas too ;-)
June 20, 2016

Morning Rain

June 20, 2016 (172/366)

"Every raindrop falls with precision." ~ R.H. Peat

June 19, 2016

Landscaping is hard work!

June 19, 2016 (171/366)

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; 
it takes sweat, determination and hard work." ~ Colin Powell

We laid out flower beds, cut and rolled sod, "carpeted" low spots in the yard, laid landscaping fabric, and mulched -- whew! We had a really busy weekend, but next comes the fun part. Stay tuned for before and after pictures. 

Piper had a big day too. She loves to "help" dig, pick up sticks, spread mulch, and today, she stayed home alone out of her crate for the first time. When we got home, we found her napping in "her chair" by the window. Our little girl is growing up!

P.S.: Happy Father's Day to Eric and all the Dogfathers!
June 18, 2016

The best laid plans...

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"Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind..." ~ Jeff Bridges

We thought we were going sailing today, 
but with "gusts" up to 5 mph, we shifted our plans.
June 17, 2016


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"The happiness of the bee is to exist. 
For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
~ Jacques Yves Cousteau
June 16, 2016

Wild Goose Chase

June 16, 2016 (168/366)

“If you feel the urge, don't be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. 
What do you think wild geese are for anyway?” ~ Will Rogers

June 15, 2016


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"If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers." ~ St. Therese of Lieux, "The Little Flower"
June 14, 2016

Notice it

June 14, 2016 (166/366)

"I think it [ticks]* God off if you walk by the color purple 
in a field somewhere and don't notice it." ~ Alice Walker

[This quote was edited just slightly. My nephews read this blog ;)]
June 13, 2016


June 13, 2016 (165/366)

"Keep yourself clear and bright; you are the window 
through which you must see the world. ~ George Bernard Shaw
June 12, 2016

Louis Vuitton Cup in Chicago

June 12, 2016 (164/366)

“That’s the great thing about sport and life: If it’s not over, 
if they haven’t handed the trophy over, you still have a shot.”
~ Jimmy Spithill, Skipper - Oracle Team USA
What a great day for the America's Cup World Series in Chicago!
It's the first time an America's Cup race has ever been sailed in fresh water!
What a thrill to see teams from the USA, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, France, and Japan.
My three favorites!
It wasn't Team USA's day, but it was so fun to watch.
Pardon the fuzzy iPhone photos. 
It has nothing to do with the Champagne ;)

June 11, 2016


June 11, 2016 (163/366)

“The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread pollen.
Collaboration is the essence of life.” ~ Amit Ray
June 10, 2016

Advice for the graduates....

June 10, 2016 (162/366)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
June 09, 2016

Summer Reading

June 9, 2016 (161/366) 

Summer's almost here and for me that means a slower pace, long walks, evenings on the deck, photo safaris, sailing....and books!  I love that our school sponsors a new summer reading challenge each year. Five years ago, we began with one school, one book, The Hunger Games. Over the the next few years, the ideas have evolved, and I'm really excited for this summer's challenge.  Unlike previous years, this summer's book offerings were chosen by the PHS faculty. Each of us has promoted our book, hoping that students will read our selections and join us for a book discussion in September.

If you're looking for a good book this summer, join us!
(Click on the image below to see all 32 offering.)

[Shameless self-promotion: Pick mine!  You can read it in English or French!]

June 08, 2016


June 8, 2016 (160/366)

« Le véritable voyage de découverte 
ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, 
mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux. » ~ Marcel Proust

Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." As we continue to plan and landscape our new yard, every day I see something new.
June 07, 2016

Waiting for a train...

June 7, 2016 (159/366)

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait 
- it's how we behave while we're waiting." ~ Joyce Meyer

I had finally left work behind me and was looking forward to being home when I heard the train whistle in the distance. Just as the the car in front of me crossed the tracks, I saw the flashing red lights and the barrier come down. "Oh great!" I thought, "Can this day get any longer?" Yet, rather than counting boxcars (Doesn't everyone do that?), today, I took a good look around. The gray skies and steely water of Pewaukee Lake seemed more like fall than the last week of school before summer vacation, but in three days, I will have completed my twenty-second year as an educator in the Pewaukee School District. I remember coming to this lake even as a little girl to visit my cousins on Walk's Island. We had so much fun swimming, sailing, and waterskiing. I never dreamed that years later, I would dedicate my career to the families of this community. Then, in the distance, I saw the signature hue of an aquatic weed harvester. Eric designed several iterations of these utility boats when he worked at Aquarius for over a decade. That job brought him to Lake County and ultimately to me. It seemed like just a moment as I reveled in this simple scene that evoked so many memories and, before I knew it, the train had passed. (C'est ma vie!: Waiting for a train...http://www.melindalarson.com/2016/06/waiting-for-train.html)
June 06, 2016

Consider a tree...

June 6, 2016 (158/366)

"Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don't see what goes on underground - as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don't see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree." ~ Joyce Meyer
June 05, 2016

Like a bee...

June 5, 2016 (157/366)

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." ~ Muhammad Ali
June 04, 2016


June 4, 2016 (156/366)

"Green is the prime color of the world, 
and that from which its loveliness arises. "
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
June 03, 2016


June 3, 2016 (155/366)

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers 
is a delectable form of defeat.” ~ Beverley Nichols
June 02, 2016


June 2, 2016 (154/366)

"Daisies infinite uplift in praise their little growing hands, 
O'er every hill that under heaven expands." ~ Ebenezer Elliott
June 01, 2016

Looking Up

June 1, 2016 (153/366)

"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray." ~ Lord Byron