Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 21

Summer storm season has begun.  They are an experience for all of your senses and I love to watch the dramatic changes of color, light and texture in the sky.  Last night as I headed out to a meeting the fast moving clouds with the sun lower on the horizon gave me quite a show.  It was a quiet and happy moment in the day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 20

Whenever we travel even for short stints whether it be the beginning, middle or end of the growing season, we are always overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tasks that need to be done upon our return.  Not doing little bits daily on the farm is surprisingly noticeable, especially if there has been rain, which of course there was.  We returned to a jungle of tall grass despite mowing last week, and the garden beds that have been planted needed some serious weeding.  What is the reason that we do all of this?  Just look at our mammoth rhubarb!  It has only just begun to grown and we can begin processing it this week.  With stalks as big and wide as B's forearm, we will can large volumes of the Rhubarb Chutney that we did last year, and satisfy a sweet tooth with rhubarb crumbles this week.  We did our first rhubarb canning June 2nd last year so our season is a little ahead of schedule, a happy thought amongst being a bit overwhelmed :)

#100HappyDays :: Day 19

A beautiful warm morning taking in the sights at Liberty State Park

Sunday, May 24, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 18

We made a lot of great memories in New York with my brother's family yesterday.  We got the best of both worlds when traveling with four kids.  Parts of the city were surprisingly not crowded allowing for a slower paced enjoyment, while other areas were more typical in my previous, albeit brief experiences in New York.

Upon initially asking the kids what there favorite part was when we got home, Charles loved the feel of the city first coming out of the train station, and climbing the rocks at Central Park the best.  Sid loved the street vendors selling artsy jewelry, graphic teas and artwork, and said her favorite place was FAO Schwartz.  That both surprised me and made me smile, this girl so much grown up, but also eager to maintain her carefree imagination.

I have some great shots from the day, and I do not typically appreciate blurred images, rather many times they irritate me.  However, two of my favorite pictures from the day were blurred, a softened image of the day.  Much as memories soften, happy images to look back on.

#100HappyDays :: Day 17

As we are traveling, I am posting day 17 a day late.  Friday was a relaxed day spent shopping, hanging at my brothers home in New Jersey and barbecuing.  Due to circumstance happy or sad, the cousins have gotten to see each other on a fairly regular basis over the last twelve months.  We hope to keep up the trend of visits going to allow their connections to grow.  Seeing them get to spend time and strengthen their bonds makes my heart smile.

Friday, May 22, 2015

{this moment}

{this moment}  A Friday ritual.  A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple special extraordinary moment.  A moment that I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking with SouleMama

#100HappyDays :: Day 16

Beautiful washes of morning sunlight.
A happy beginning to any day.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 15

A happy spot in any day is watching these crazy fowl.  They serenade us with a cacophony of still chick-like cheeps each morning as we approach to replenish food and water.  They are quite a group and our morning and evening walks to check on everyone always reveal new and quirky behaviors as they grow.  I especially enjoy watching our goose pair.  As this is our first year with geese it is fun to watch how very different they are, the stoic way that they lord over the ducks makes me smile.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 14

The kids have been marathon watching Friends and we have been catching our fair share in the evenings.  It is so much fun to watch it again.  This time around we get to laugh and debate about episodes and favorite characters with the kids.  I love seeing it again through their eyes!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#100HappyDays :: Day 13

Even on the most crazy and uncertain of days you can find a moment of peace.  Walking out the doors at work, the trees were full of butterflies that fluttered all around me in greeting and reassurance.


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