Stone Bank Sunflowers

“A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.” ― Corina Abdulahm-Negura

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Summer 2019 Bucket List

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” - John Lubbock


The first day of “summer vacation” seems to be the perfect time to make a summer bucket list…even if it is only 58ºF. My biggest goal is to stay away from school for a few weeks, and here’s what I hope to do:

Carried over from my Spring Bucket List:

  • Restore Eric’s Grandpa’s glider and swing on it with my morning coffee (Too many projects and strange weather this summer. We’ll get to it next year!)

  • Sip rosé on the deck (as soon as it gets warm enough) (✓)

  • Enjoy the first bonfire of the season (✓)

  • Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers (✓)

New for summer:

  • Read a lot (✓)

  • Tend my garden (✓)

  • Take long walks with Piper (✓)

  • Spruce up our deck (✓)

  • Dine al fresco (✓)

  • Eat local strawberries in June, Door County cherries in July, and sweet corn on the cob in August (✓)

  • See a movie (Yesterday) and go to a concert (Jimmy Buffet) (✓ In fact, we saw 5 movies, went to 2 concerts and a musical!)

  • Visit the Nares exhibit and the new Paris posters at the Milwaukee Art Museum (✓)

  • Get out on the water (How is it possible that I wasn’t on the water at all this summer?)

  • Watch fireworks (and comfort Piper) (✓)

  • Take a road trip (✓)

  • Take lots of photographs (✓)

  • Redecorate Piper’s room (aka our bedroom) (✓)

  • See the Perseid meter showers in August (How did this fall off my radar? I guess because we were in Chicago that weekend. Well, next year…)

Results - reviewed on September 22, 2019: 11/14 Not bad!

The sun sets on summer

September 22, 2018 (265/365)

“To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.” - Ann Patchett

Early Signs...

August 15, 2018 (227/365)

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." - George Santayana. This morning, it feels like the seasons are changing..


August 1, 2018 (213/365)

“This morning, I realize that it is August: the summer's last stand.” - Sara Baume


July 30, 2018 (211/365) "The true measure of a summer well-spent is how many books you've read (and how many empty bottles are in your recycle bin)!" - N.C.

"How's your summer going?" --  It's a question that is often posed to educators who are "off" in the summertime. I have spent a lot of time at school, so one could argue that this hasn't been the greatest summer for me. However, a very wise friend has developed her own measure of a successful summer "break" that involves books and wine. By her accounting, 2018 has been quite a good summer for me. There has been a respectable quantity of rosé, unoaked Chardonnay, and lavender cider bottles in our bin throughout the summer and I have read several books -- so many that the "To Read" shelf of my Goodreads account is dwindling fast.

Here's the rundown of what I've read so far:

Any suggestions -- wine or books -- to make my summer even better?

Wild Columbine

July 16, 2018 (197/365) "You belong among the wildflowers..." - Tom Petty

Stop and Smell the Flowers

July 9, 2018 (190/365)

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” - Henry David Thoreau

Week 28 - Composition: Left to Right Rule

July 8, 2018 (189/365) • Week 28 - Composition: Left to Right Rule 

[Compose an image in the way we read; most countries read from left to right. Compose your shot to follow this direction.]  #dogwoodweek28, #dogwood52, #dogwood2018

Advice from a Honey Bee: “Create a buzz. Sip life's sweet moments. Work together, but mind your own beeswax. Stick close to your honey, but bee yourself."

Undiscovered Virtues

July 5, 2018 (186/365)

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." - Ralph Waldo Emerson