Monday, June 25, 2007

Peeks of Peaks: Part Two

This is one of my favorite sides of the island. Driving along the perimeter of the island, you approach a curve and all of these wonderful stone sculptures start emerging from the landscape. We have seen these sculptures every year we have visited the island and it seems that each time the number increases. I was unable to walk down to see them up close since my ankle is most sensitive to walking on uneven surfaces so Jeff and the kids walked down to view them at a closer range. The last two photos are Jeff's.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Peeks of Peaks: Part One

The day we left we stayed on the island to do the Peaks Island art walk. We viewed pottery, stone sculpture, photography and the wonderful illustrations and sculpture of Tim Nihoff. My children poured over his sketchbooks and Jonah even purchased some of his postcards with his own money. His illustrations are quite whimsical. He even had chalkboards mounted to the outside of his house for kids to draw on.

Jonah's comments to him, "You draw good faces!" Gotta love kids.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Turning Back Time: My First College Roommate!

She used to watch my oldest son, now 16, when we were in college when I was a junior. Crazy. She knew me before kids and this past weekend I finally got to see her as a Mom. She's a great mommy!

That long red hair of hers came in handy many times, btw!


Ya' know... I don't think anyone is going to try to dive into the zero entry end of the pool... other ends, maybe, but zero entry?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Garden Blooms

These are the flowers from my garden that decided they would return this year without any help from me minus my peach colored rose bush which bloomed all at once and promptly lost all of it's petals in a rainstorm.

I love flowers that return without my input!

Monday, June 11, 2007


(photo by my dear 8 yo)

Is there a song that brings you to a place of peace within moments of it's first chords? Pink Floyd's, "Breathe", slows my heart almost instantaneously the moment the noises from the outside world at the beginning of the song die down and the true opening chords kick in. I close my eyes and exhale. I am no longer standing in the kitchen of a house on Main St. USA but am instead lying on the forest floor looking up at a canopy of dappled emerald sunshine.

Oh yeah.

(And, thanks to my friend Carrie who came up with the expression "dappled emerald sunshine" and said I could use it three years ago when I asked since I was completely enamored by the phrase... now, I have finally worked it in...)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Drive by Shooting: The Divine Lorraine

This is one of my favorite pieces of architecture in the city. I love the archways with patios opening into the center of the building and would love to explore the inside. In fact, there is so much of Philly that's off limits but would be fun to explore such as the abandoned full size pool located a few stories underground City Hall.

Anyway, here is a little blurb from one of the local papers in regard to the history of Ms. Divine. She was built in 1894 and her last tenant, The Universal Peace Movement vacated the premises finally in 2000. It's switched hands a couple times since then and it's caretaker is a former member of the Peace Movement, named David Peace.

""Time passes silently in the Divine Lorraine Hotel, onetime playground of the industrial barons and pearl-clad matrons who resided along North Broad Street at the beginning of the last century. Later it would become home to the Universal Peace Mission Movement of Father Divine, the controversial and colorful religious leader who claimed to be Christ incarnate and whose followers oversaw the Lorraine for more than half a century. Under their watch, it became the first high-caliber hotel in Philadelphia to allow black guests."

(excerpt from the City Paper, Jan. 13, 2005, Mike Newall)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Check This Blog Out!

Hey my son made his own 365 blog....

check it out....

Can You Guess All of the Ingredients?

Reason Number 26

Yeah, I like to play with them. I could've written that he's a good listener but that's really not why I took this photo. He is a good listener, though, it's his analyses that I sometimes disagree with.

Friend or Foe

Me no <3 weed whacking!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Una Camisita con Ampersand y Mi!

Here's to the infamous Rodrigo... purveyor of fine camisitas personalizadas!

If Only I Knew...

Really? My own relationship manager? Why didn't they let me know sooner? Think of all of the relational conflict I could have avoided if perhaps I had consulted my relationship manager first with all of my questions and concerns.

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