July 31, 2016

July in Pictures

"Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds." ~  Regina Brett

The best part...

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"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." ~ Luther Burbank
July 30, 2016

Pretty in Pink

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"Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction!"
July 29, 2016


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"Selling is a natural skill. You may know it as persuasion." ~ Jeffrey Gitomer

This butterfly at the garden center did her best to persuade me to buy some phlox; 
she seemed to find it irresistible, so I did, but of course, I purchased the white ones :)
July 28, 2016


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“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." ~ Anonymous

July 27, 2016


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"Seashells are love letters in the sand." ~ Anonymous

[This lovely photo was taken by my talented nephew, Alec, 
and sent to me as gift for our anniversary last Friday. XOXO]
July 26, 2016


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"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom,
 and a little flower." ~ Hans Christian Andersen
July 25, 2016

Google Geo Teachers Institute

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"Without geography, you're nowhere." ~ Jimmy Buffett

It's great to be back at Google learning about Google Geo Tools
and sharing with some amazing educators! ‪#‎cagti16‬

July 24, 2016

Paradise Ridge

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"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." ~ Benjamin Franklin
Paradise Ridge, Santa Rosa, CA
July 23, 2016

Napa Valley

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"Wine is bottled poetry" ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

July 22, 2016


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"A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. 
The order varies for any given year." ~ Paul Sweeney
July 21, 2016

Golden Gate

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"Still round the corner there may wait, 
A new road or a secret gate." ~  J. R. R. Tolkien
July 20, 2016

Puppy Dog Eyes

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"Until one has loved an animal, 
a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France

[I'm going to miss this girl for the next few days, 
but I know she'll have so much fun at Roxie's house!]

July 19, 2016


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“As a bird that wandereth from her nest, 
so is a man that wandereth from his place.” ~ Proverbs 27:8
[These days, I'm feeling the urge to "wandereth." Two days until vacation!]

July 18, 2016


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"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time." ~ John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894
July 17, 2016

Roselily Carolina

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"The rose is the flower and handmaiden of love - 
the lily, her fair associate, is the emblem of beauty and purity." ~ Dorothea Dix
July 16, 2016

Landscaping: Green & White Garden

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As I've mentioned, we love our new home and were thrilled with the updates that were made inside the house; however, the landscaping was minimal -- a cross between a blank canvas and a clean-up/demolition. We're taking it slowly, starting with the front entrance, a fence around the backyard for Piper, and this new, green and white garden. We still have to place stone steppers around the fire pit, but we're almost finished...for now. Next summer, we'll tackle the woods in the back and the dreaded orange ditch lilies. 
July 15, 2016


July 15, 2016 (197/366) Nice
For the third time in 18 months, I am deeply sadden by the violent attacks that have claimed so many lives and caused so much fear and anxiety in France. This time the target was Nice as families celebrated their national holiday. I have many fond memories of trips to Nice: of strolling down the Promenade des Anglais searching for sea glass; of swimming in the Mediterranean before dozing off upon the smooth galets; of the worst sunburn of my life (maybe not such a fond memory); of celebrating Mardi gras with students in 2009; of visits to the Russian Orthodox church and the Matisse museum; of Provençal fabric, the perfume of homemade soaps and freshly cut flowers, and the taste of lavender ice cream, white peaches and garinguettes in the markets of Old Nice. Once again, my heart goes out to the people of France. 
#peaceforNice #beNice
July 14, 2016

Un petit goûter

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Joyeuse fête nationale à mes amis français et francophiles! 

"Sometimes all you need is macarons..." ~ Blair Waldorf
(Un petit goûter français in honor of Bastille Day)
July 13, 2016


July 13, 2016 (195/366) Pink Queen Anne's Lace

 « Les choses de la vie n'ont que la couleur qu'on leur donne. »

“But instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthlessly try to discover, life gives us something that we could hardly imagine.” ~ Marcel Proust
July 12, 2016

Garden Helper

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"Gardening is any way that humans and nature come together
with the intent of creating beauty." ~  Tina James
[ ...well, in this case, human, nature, and beagle ;-) ]
July 11, 2016


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"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." ~ Pablo Picasso
July 10, 2016


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"A spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow." ~  Ella Wheeler Wilcox
July 09, 2016

All is calm...

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“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ~  Ralph H. Blum
July 08, 2016

Raindrops on Roses 2016

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Raindrops on roses really are one of my favorite things.
Eric gave me sea foam roses for our anniversary years ago, 
and here they are blooming in the garden of our new home!
July 07, 2016

Summer Nights

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"The summer night is like a perfection of thought." ~ Wallace Stevens