A sunflower and a haiku for your enjoyment today.
Thriving in the weeds
Tall and strong, vibrant gold
Sunshine on a stem
Sometimes I take lots of photos on the weekend just so that I can show them to you. This weekend was one of those and I’ve got a pretty good photo recap of our activity.
Mason hung out in this box pretty much all weekend long. I don’t know if he thought he’d be the first kitty on the moon since he was in a space ship or if he just liked the enclosed space.
We had our usual Friday night snacks but if it looks like there is more food than usual it’s because we had help eating it since Jo-Ann and Shawn came over. We had a fun night playing Mexican Train and catching up since we don’t see them as much in the summer because there’s no Kiwanis and because they go to their lake house pretty much every weekend.
On Saturday we attended a birthday party for our awesome friend Katy. That was the real reason Jo-Ann and Shawn stayed home and we had a wonderful time celebrating Katy, drinking local beer, playing lawn games, listening to music and just hanging out.
Katy and her husband have a perfect spot for parties; their barn is relaxed and casual and utterly charming. I’m currently negotiating with them for a future party we are throwing!
We ended the evening with a campfire and s’mores. Nothing better on a summer night.
Sunday was a lazy day of hanging around, catching up on some stuff, and enjoying the outdoors. We recently got this cantilevered umbrella and can finally be on the deck during the day without baking in the hot sun. Hooray!
We ended the weekend with food and drink, nothing new about that.
And local corn. Because summer.
How was your weekend?
Monday morning? Already? I guess that means it’s time to look back at the weekend that was.
Friday was raining and not a day suitable for outdoor activities so we headed to Dick Blick in Providence. I needed some art supplies for a new online drawing course I am taking and oooh boy, going to that store was awesome. We combined that shopping trip with an excursion to Swan Point Cemetery. Dale has been wanting to go there for ages to see a couple of Civil War graves. I was just there for the turkeys. Heh.
We headed back our way and met up with my cousin Len and my cousin Lynn for dinner. Lynn had been traveling up this way for work and I haven’t seen her in probably 45ish years. It was so awesome to catch up and get to know each other again. I’m grateful to Len for pulling this together and expanding my family circle yet again.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day. We started it with fabulous blueberry scones with lemon glaze that were delivered by Sean. And then Dale worked on some projects around here while I read and puttered around. The humidity was up a bit so I spent much of the afternoon inside.
We did some grocery shopping and stopped at a favorite farm stand for our first local corn of the season. We attempted an evening on the deck but were thwarted by showers so we came inside, enjoyed corn for dinner, music, Mexican train, and dancing in the kitchen.
Sunday was another gorgeous day and the humidity was way down so we were outside much more. Breakfast on the deck, a little more reading, and then we headed out for a drive in the Mustang. I told Dale I wanted to see water and he said, well then, we’ll just head East and we’ll hit it eventually.
We got home just in time for cocktail hour! Caprese with local mozzarella and tomatoes and our own basil was perfect. Dale’s dad wandered over with his friend Bill and joined us for a bit.
The evening ended with pizza on the picnic table with Dale’s dad, Jack and our friends Bill and his dad, Charlie. It was impromptu and fun and a great way to enjoy the close of the weekend.
How was your weekend?
I’m enjoying a slow reentry from vacation, chilling at home and reading, hanging out with Dale and some friends, and preparing for a quiet 4th of July since Dale will be working with the band for most of the day.
Hope you all are well and have some fun stuff planned for tomorrow. Happy Birthday, America!
What was it I said on Friday? Look for beautiful things over the weekend? I followed my own advice but I must admit I didn’t take many photos. There are 3 I want to share with you, though.
Naturally, there is a Friday Night Snacks photo. Our Friday night was different than usual, though. We first attempted to attend a local baseball game as the end of the year party for Dale’s company. I say attempted because, while we did go to the party and celebrate for a bit with Dale’s coworkers, it was raining really hard and the ball game was canceled. So, despite our original plans, we ended up back home with Friday night snacks. Just a simple little tray of cheese and crackers, hardboiled eggs, and blackberries. I almost always have hardboiled eggs in the fridge these days since the Instant Pot makes it so easy to cook them.
We had no plans for Saturday so Dale did some yard work and I puttered around, knitting and reading, doing a little weeding and deadheading, and just generally enjoying a relaxing. On Saturday night we celebrated our anniversary with dinner at the restaurant where we had our reception 20 years ago. The Olde Hitching Post has undergone some changes over the years but the service, friendliness and quality is terrific and it’s fun to go there and reminisce.
Sunday was Father’s Day, of course, so we started with breakfast on the deck and a quick photo shoot for some head shots for Dale and his brother Randy. (I’ll explain why that was necessary another time.) I made chicken wings (this recipe is a real hit with my crew) and the kids came over to hang out. I also made some really great quahog chowder since a friend of Dale’s had given him a great big bag of fresh quahogs and it was a nice afternoon and evening of hanging out, talking and planning for the new baby, and just enjoying each other’s company. We ended the evening with a fire in the firepit, which Dale just loves.
It was a great weekend and there was plenty of beauty in all of those little moments. How was your weekend?