Sunday, July 26, 2015

[3/52] photo challenge: silhouette

 On my way back from dropping off guests at the airport a few mornings ago, I couldn't resist getting a few pictures of the church with this beautiful, cloudy sky
 as the backdrop. Due to shooting directly into the sun, the church had a silhouette effect (which actually looks pretty cool!). :O)
[3/52] silhouette
#silhouette #52weekphotochallenge #SMUMC #headintheclouds
#blueskies #church #beauty #heaven #clouds

Friday, July 24, 2015

july sunset....

and another summer day comes to an end...... 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Happiness Project: July 2015 (part 1)

The Happiness Project

July 2015
Buy Some Happiness
Part One: Indulge in a Modest Splurge
"Money satisfies basic material needs. It's a mean and an end."
So the argument goes.....Money can't buy happiness....or can it?
I think that people with more money can be happier than those with less. Financial troubles and not being to able to make ends meet can certainly cause stress, which in turn, can make you unhappy. Having enough money to pay your bills and even having excess enough for a vacation or extras most definitely makes most people happier. But, there can be instances where even having money won't make some people happy.
Money alone can't buy happiness. Can money help buy happiness? Yes, used wisely it can.
When money or health is a problem, you think of little else; when it's not a problem, you don't think much about it.
Part one of this chapter focuses on indulging in a modest splurge. For me, it was buying a good camera. I kept putting it off, debating on whether I should splurge on one since I already had a decent camera. But, taking pictures is something I really love doing and want to learn more about. I guess a camera isn't really considered a "modest" splurge, but it really does make me happy! :O)
Gretchen focused on indulging in several areas. For me, they could be:
(1) for health & energy - buying new walking shoes
(2) for relationships: going to lunch with a friend or taking a vacation with Peter.
(3) for work: buying new post-its or pretty pencils
(it's amazing how happy pretty post-its make me!) LOL
 Dear God... All I ask is one chance to prove to you that winning the lottery won't make me a bad person... :D  haha


thoughtful thursday {V}

skipping the letter U and on to
Something I love: Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Wedding Decoration Ideas
Something I don't: when your vacation ends....
End of vacation ecard
Place I've been: Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach Boardwalk – Virginia Beach, VA
Somewhere I want to go: Vermont
(I have passed through, but I would love to take an actual vacation there)
Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, this Vermont winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here.
Food I love: Veggies (all)
Highlights of the Harvest:   The rocky driveway path existed when Griffith bought the property. By adding the rectangular gravel terrace, he made the old-fashioned strips look clean and modern.
When to buy "in season" fruits and veggies! "Just a helpful tool to tell when to get things at their freshest"  @allthecooks #recipe
Movie I've seen: The Vow
The Vow (2012) - voor als je eens geen actiefilm wil zien maar een bijzonder levensverhaal.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Rustic Blackberry Tart

[2/52] photo challenge:before & after

I picked a few blackberries from my neighbor's vines.........
and made a simple, rustic, blackberry tart......
1 pie crust ( I use Pillsbury Pie Crust)
2 cups berries
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. butter
flour (just a sprinkle)
Grease a baking dish with butter. Put crust in dish; add berries and sugar. Dot with butter and sprinkle with flour. Fold over edges, and bake at 400 degrees until crust is browned. Serve hot with a dip of vanilla ice cream.

summer bonfire

Lots of my favorite things about summer rolled into one evening......the beach, relaxing, a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, the sunset, and time to catch up with friends. :O)



Thursday, July 16, 2015

thoughtful thursday {T}

Something I love: tulips
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Something I don't: telemarketers
If a telemarketer calls, give the phone to your kids and tell them it's Santa!!
Place I've been: Tilghman Island, MD
Harrison's  Waterfront Bar in Tilghman Island, MD
During our stay in St.Michael's a few years ago, we drove to Tilghman Island for dinner at Harrison's Chesapeake House (a recommendation from one of the locals which did not disappoint). We loved our meal which included crab cakes and fried chicken along with lots of homemade side dishes served "family -style". It reminided us very much of our Chesapeake House. :O)

Somewhere I want to go: vacation in a treehouse....
(may take a little convincing to get Peter on board with this idea!!). :O)
A Treehouse?  This one is lovely and looks so romantic.  Easy access is a big plus.
Food I love: (sweet) TEA (no lemon)
Sweet tea made so darn simple!   You don't know southern style living if you haven't sipped on real honest to goodness sweet tea out of a mason jar while swinging on a porch swing and/or while rocking in a rocking chair in the sunshine.  Hmmm... Memories. :-)
Movie I've seen: Titanic
Titanic-I have been intrigued by the Titanic story since late 70's and have read a lot of material on her and was excited about this movie. I thought it was a good telling about the fateful voyage while interjecting a ficticious love story into it.