Goodbye July 

I’m taking a cue from a fav blog I read, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, and listing a few things that  I’ve learned this month.

Botanical watercolor. I took a three week Saturday class on the subject this month.. .totalling 9 hours of instruction and painting. I learned a great appreciation for this art form! I also learned how important drawing skills are, and how important it is to practice, practice, practice daily. I know these 9 hours really helped my understanding of mixing colors and washes. Here is a page that I painted during class…

Salad for dinner. Just about every night. We seem to  make a salad out of any protien and grain with a base of leafy veggies. So refreshing this time of year. Maybe its just a different way of arranging food on a plate, but I know we are enjoying many more veggies as a result. Thinking of dinner this way really opens the doors to creative alternatives.  

Blog posting.  I have posted almost daily for a couple months, and glad I did as I’m continuing this journal/ legacy project.  But its a bit much for me and maybe for you too! I seem to be running out of things to talk about too! Its been fun, but I could use that time in the evening to focus on projects, my peoples, or perhaps nothing at all.  I’m just being called to disconnnect.  I’ve decided to post once a month, a look back and reflection. Of course, I reserve the right to break this habit if needed! I also hope to connect and converse with more of you as a result of fewer postings….this is the most fun part of blogging for me.

Here are a few pics to finish up July.  We had the twins for 4 days over the weekend, and kept them busy!

Tailgating with all our Littles

We visited Matthei Botanical Gardens with them over the weekend

It was a hot and humid day, we all felt a little prickly.

Bad pic, but that prickly face just had to be posted…

Also boated on the Detroit River…fun was had by all

Looking forward to August adventures.



Sunday, Monday

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days…..

(Recognize those lyrics?)

Had our twin Littles over, and enjoyed every minute….

This girl loves painting

Her finished frog, thanks Gail!  Her funny face is the result of me asking her to smile.

We had a couple of bike walks….

And a trip to the park….

Grace notes:

Aubree whispers “Sweet Dreams” to me when I tuck her in bed.

“Grammie, Dylan is not cooperating with me”

They both said, “We are not tired”…then took a 3 hour nap!

Howell Nature Center

Patrice and I took our Littles and had a really nice day visiting the Howell Nature Center.  They had rescued but unreleasable animals….fox, deer, opossum, coyote, beaver (Lisa, Matilda was snuggled up with Wopee.  She looked very content, but not a good photo op.)  Also, a big tom turkey, turkey vultures, etc, etc. 

    The kids really enjoyed the “waterfall”, and park…they could have stayed there for hours!

    So glad we grabbed this day and made it a memorable one.

    Dance Love

    Codi ballerina 2

    My pretty little ballerina granddaughter, you bring back memories from long ago

    I loved the exhilarating  moves

    The pique turns across the room, the jetes, and the pas de chat

    And I am happy that those years of lessons helped me be a little more limber and graceful during these later years.  What a deeper level of clumsiness I could be at now!

    Codi, maybe dancing will be your heart’s delight! ¬† Maybe not.

    Your Grandma is so proud of you for giving it a try, and loves watching every plie and  pirouette you perform.