Summer Over? No Way!

Today is supposedly the traditional “end of summer.”  A bummer statement if ever I heard one.  Well, here at my home, it is still blazing summer hot with bright sunshine, and we’re all still in our happy summer clothes.  And we’re probably going to stay in our summer clothes until the first frosts are upon us, loving every sunny and warm moment we can.  So…in honor of the wonders of summer, here are a few of my favorite photos.  Enjoy your day.  Slainte, Lisa

P.S.  I just realized that I said the word “summer” 5 times in this post…whoops, now I’ve used it six times!  But as I cannot think of a better synonym, there it stands.  🙂


Jalousie Beach, St. Lucia


Outer Banks, NC

Coconut Beach Club, Antigua

Coconut Beach Club, Antigua



Spring Is Coming


Before these precious little crocuses in my yard get squashed by the 6 to 12 inch snow the forecasters say is coming, I wanted to share them with you.  Spring is coming…the flowers and budding trees and green grass and warmth on our faces.  I have to tell you, I’m not a big snow fan, but I know complaining and moaning about it will only make it worse.  :/  So I’m going to focus on what I know is ahead, past the other side of the wet stuff.

There’s a great song by Steven Curtis Chapman called “Spring Is Coming” that he wrote when he and his family were facing very hard days.  There are seasons, and after the hard times have passed, the warmth will return.  It’s coming.  🙂  Blessings and love, Lisa

“As Kind As Summer”

Some of you know that I’m re-reading “The Hobbit” by Tolkien.  Bilbo and company have just left Rivendell, and are heading out past the Edge of the Wild.  A description of Elrond, the chief elf at Rivendell, struck me.  Tolkien said he was “as kind as summer.”  Sometimes words just hit you, and the way that they are ordered and phrased play around in your mind.

As kind as summer:

cooling breeze on a sweltering day

running outside without shoes and coats

splashing in an obliging ocean or pool

sipping a cool drink on a shady porch in a rocking chair

holding hands outside gazing at the stars

having time to lay back and just relax

greens and blues and yellow sun, white puffy clouds

picnics on blankets and looking for four-leaf clovers afterwards

a break from normal

As autumn is here, it’s kind of nice to look fondly back at the summer we had, and the summer we will look forward to returning.   Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the changing colors, and kicking the leaves, and sipping on a warm tea.  Slainte, Lisa

….If you have any words to share about “kind summer”, please do.  🙂