Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Snippets of Summer... Part II...

It seems like this summer that all I'm able to do is continue to share snippets of our summer!  We are so busy enjoying the lovely days and all the garden chores that go along with summer that my poor blog is feeling a little neglected!

I must say that this summer has been one of the loveliest that we've had in many years.  We have been blessed to have lots of sunshine mixed with plenty of rain, and cooler weather too.  My garden has come along nicely in the last couple of weeks, as we've hit temps again into the 90s, but cooling down into the 40s at night... can't get much better summer weather than that!

Some pictures of the days slipping by like pearls on a string...


The loveliest summer wedding ...


 A wedding dress worn for the third time in the family.  This dress was worn first by the groom's grandmother, then his mother, and now his bride.  Amazingly... this generational wedding dress fit her perfectly, and needed no alterations!


The groom's sister buttoning up this lovely 3rd generational wedding dress...


The bride... an exquisite vision of beauty and joy.


I think this is my favorite picture out of the many I took that day...



Just married and driving off... our daughter caught the bouquet thrown by the bride... don't think I'm ready to marry her off any time soon, lol!


Speaking of generations... can you guess which generation this handsome fellow is part of?


If you guessed Rudy being his father... you are correct... I have been working on Pepper, carrying him around with me several times a week.  I want him to respect me, and not have the issues we had with his father, King Rudy, lol!


Roger's sweet face on a hot summer afternoon...


Zucchini are now growing prolifically in the garden!


The last of my summer raspberries.


Thieves in the garden!  The wasps were eating my raspberries if I didn't pick them early in the morning.


I don't like sharing my raspberries with the wasps, lol!


This huge squash is growing in my garden.  It was a "volunteer" that just showed up in the potato patch and started growing!  I believe it is looking more like a pumpkin now, although for a while, I was wondering if it might be a watermelon... in time we will see!


I love the happy faces of the flowers growing in the vintage pots I have scattered around the garden.





Switching gears from the garden.... we took a hike back up into the woods with friends of ours to view a waterfall we were unaware of.


Beautiful isn't it!  It was only a short walk down to the falls, and it was lovely and cool there with the misty spray coming off the falls cooling the air.


There was a lovely winding trail that followed the creek and we found this little spot to stop and just enjoy the beauty and serenity there.


Many downed trees created a little oasis for mushrooms to grow.


You can see this creek runs pretty high in the spring, judging by the water line on the trees.


We found a little picnic area and the guys got the charcoal grill going for a relaxing picnic.


Our view of the lake as we enjoyed the picnic.


 Evening shadows drawing in over the lake, now still from all the motion earlier in the day.


An incredible sunset serenaded us as we drove home.


Magnificent.


 Blessed we are to live in such a land of perpetual beauty.


Sorry, I probably shared way too many of these sunset pictures, but I couldn't hardly choose which one I liked best!


Switching gears again... my husband and I went for an afternoon drive.  We turned onto a logging road, and began taking whatever roads suited our fancy.  Imagine our delight when one of the roads we were on began to lead us beside the river!


Now you would think, having lived in this beautiful area as long as we have that we would have seen all there is to see, with all the sightseeing we do, but I'm telling you my friends, we probably haven't even touched the surface of what there is to see and do in this incredible place we live in.


A perfect campsite, if you ask me!  Situated on an outcropping, with gorgeous views of the river in all directions...


I can just imagine camping here, and waking up with coffee in hand, and the views of these mountains at sunrise... be still my soul!  We must come back!


And we will.  My husband and I are making plans for when the busy duties of garden have slowed, to come back here and enjoy a night or two on the river.


Each bend of the river offered different views, and each one seemed better than the last, although how could that be!

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Our daughter has been busy painting.  She has been asked to showcase some of her work at a local gallery.  This is one of the paintings she worked on recently.


Daisies... sadly the last wildflower of the season to bloom before the leaves begin to fall... oh I do so love daisies, but when I see them blooming, I know summer's end is near.


Recognize this pretty girl?  At my request, our daughter produced this painting of Annie.  It is not finished, she still needs to add the wildflowers...


I took the picture of Annie in the lupins this past spring... remember it?  She painted the picture using the picture I took.


I can't wait to have the painting hanging in our home once she finishes with it :)


Homemade pizza in the middle of the summer - it is a rarity for me to cook many meals in the oven during summer... but we were all feeling like eating pizza, and it was a treat we all enjoyed :)


I didn't get a picture of the pizza as it was coming out of the oven, but as we were putting away the leftovers, I got a picture...

In other news... the first reported wildfires in the area started up this Sunday, but there are none reported close by to us, although the wind has certainly shared the smoke with us.  Late summer is always worrisome for the forest fires that can start as simply as a tree falling on a power line, or being hit by lightning, so the possibility of fires are a real one here now.

I know that summer days are winding down... both my children started college this week!  Hard to believe that summer has been here, and now is leaving us.  It is a transition in our family with both our children now in college.  Seasons come and go, and we must welcome each one with joy, there is always sadness and joy that comes with each one, and I choose to look for the joy!  Soon the harvest will be abounding in the garden with my corn about to ripen, green beans fattening up,  potatoes bursting through the ground, and tomatoes gently starting to ripen.  Harvest time is a wonderful time, and lots to look forward to.

Are you ready for fall? As for me, I am still enjoying the lingering warmth of summer, but the cooler days of fall and the season of harvest will be welcomed gladly too.  :)


50 comments:

  1. Dearest Marilyn,
    After this period of 'interlude' which I had to allow myself due to work reasons - the Short Lets I manage here at Tenuta Geremia, the speech about the Empress of Austria I had to prepare and to perform at the conference which was held last Saturday at Madonna di Campiglio, in our Dolomiti, some works of restoration here and the family to join and follow took me far from the pc for more than a month and a half - I'm so glad to enjoy your posts again, I've been missing you so, so much !

    Actually this post of yours has truly touched my heart, with your always amazing photographs and ... well, weddings always move me and to think about a dress which is worn for so many members of a family, handing down the joy and the memories of the past ones, well, it's truly such a wonder !

    Hope you're having a beautiful Summer ever, I'm sending my dearset love to you

    Xx Dany

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    1. Dear Dany... what a joy to see you back after your very busy break! This summer has been a full one for myself as well, and blogging has had to take a backseat! I was tired just reading of all you had to do this summer, bless your heart, preparing a speech, oh my! Thank you again for your precious and sweet words, I'm so thankful that the pictures are a blessing to your heart, that is truly why I blog. Your sweet words and friendship are so appreciated and I look forward to stopping by soon to visit you. Much love and many hugs to you dear friend!

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  2. Thank you Marilyn for the sweet photos you have show casted here...I am so ready for fall...smiles

    Have a beautiful day friend.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, that always brings me joy, you are so sweet and faithful to visit me Linda, I appreciate you so much! Praying that fall days are coming your way soon :)

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  3. That dress! What a beautiful family heirloom, what glorious pictures of a sacred milestone of love!

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    1. It was such a wonderful experience, and I was so happy to be a part of all the happy moments, truly a milestone indeed! Hugs to you today Linda, praying that the Lord is blessing your day in a special way :)

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  4. Oh Marilyn! Once again I am refreshed and inspired by a delightful visit with you... I have truly enjoyed your Snippets of Summer posts and oh! What fun to hear of and see all that has been happening in your lovely part of the world of late... I still cannot get over how beautiful it is where you live! How I would love to go camping beside that exquisite lake as well...ah...
    And I am ever so glad to hear the wedding was a blessed occasion...what a gorgeous wedding gown indeed! And a beautiful bride too...{{Smiles}}
    Your garden looks like it is doing very well indeed! Oh, how love it when plants pop up unexpectedly! We have lettuce, California poppies, Cilantro and other lovelies dotted about our yard! Wind pollination at its best!
    Wishing you a happy end-of-summer dear Marilyn...enjoy the cooler weather and the joys a new season brings!
    Sending hugs and smiles your way...
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Always such a delight to have a visit from you dear Kelly-Anne, your comments are so precious, and always a blessing to read! I just got an email from a friend of yours who lives not far from me! So amazing! I never cease to be amazed at how the Lord orchestrates such meetings through blogging!

      Thank you again for your sweet comments, and I hope that the spring/summer weather coming to your part of the world is full of hope and joy! Our harvest season is winding down here -- the tomatoes are starting to ripen, pumpkins are yellowing, and corn is about to be picked! Exciting times, and makes one so thankful for all the hard work that it took to bring it about! Will look forward to a visit with you soon to see what your busy sweet talented hands have been doing! Many hugs and much love sent to you today :)

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  5. Hello Sweetie Pie! Aw! Roger is so handsome! I love your produce. Well done!
    Pizza looks delish!

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    1. Hello dear PomPom! Always a delight to hear from you, indeed we are enjoying the harvest now, and it is so exciting to be able to eat the fruit of your efforts :) Hugs to you dear friend, appreciate your faithful visits so much!

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  6. You do live a stunning area! I loved the story of the wedding dress. The style is simple and will look fashionable for years to come. Gardening is coming to an end around here. We are waiting on the all harvest of pumkins and apples.

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    1. The generational wedding dress was truly so very special, I'm glad that I got to share in the continuing joy! And as you said gardening is coming to an end there, as it is here. Our first frost of the season will likely be next week, and I am trying to hurry my tomatoes up, lol... but they are taking their time, only 1-2 ripe ones yet. Appreciate your visit, and trust that the Lord is blessing you with special things today! :)

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  7. Hello Marilyn,

    That is an interesting story of the bridal gown. The bride is radiant indeed, and what a beautiful bouquet.

    I can see why you could not choose which photo to post of the glorious sunset :) The mountain photos are all so wonderful. What fun for you and your husband to have found that lovely camping spot. I would love to wake up there in the morning and have coffee.

    It sounds like you have a spectacular garden. Harvest time is so delicious!

    Now that our youngest has started college this week, it really feels as though summer has ended, but I know that we will have many hot days before I can sit back and enjoy autumn and my wood stove.

    Your visit to my blog today put a smile on my face :)
    ♥♥Hope

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    1. It was a true joy to witness the bride in her generational gown! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures I shared! We hope to go camping this weekend, weather permitting :) Harvest time is in full swing around here, and we are about to get our first frost of the season within a few days. It is amazing how fast each season passes! I've learned to just enjoy each one as it comes and goes :) I hope that your day is blessed today dear Hope, and that the blessings of the Lord are rich!

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  8. I loved seeing all of your beautiful photos, and your daughter's paintings are just wonderful! So happy she is willing to share them with others...she really has a great talent! Trusting you will have strength for each new day during harvest time! God bless you and your family in a special way, sweet friend.

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl, it has been a great year for harvest so far! We are expecting a frost in the next week or so, and I am trying to hurry my little garden along! LOL! Today I picked a half-gallon of green beans, and what joy to put those up! Appreciate your prayers, your sweet words, and your precious friendship! Many hugs and love sent to you today!

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  9. Good Morning Marilyn. I was happy to see and read your post with all the beautiful photos and details of what you've been up to lately. I haven't been blogging much or visiting this summer as it has been too busy. I think the photos of the bride are beautiful and the dress is stunning on her. How wonderful it has been used for 3 generations. I hope you get to go camping on that beautiful river. What a gorgeous spot! Your daughter's art is beautiful! I love the daisies and the one of Annie is really well done. Our beloved Marshall, who looked a lot like Annie except with floppy ears, has crossed the rainbow bridge this summer. ;( He hadn't lived at our house for about 8 years but with our son down the road. Summer is going way to quickly for me but it has been a beautiful one weather-wise for sure. It will be cooling down this weekend to a more September-like feeling. Take care and enjoy these last lovely summer days.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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    1. Oh Pam! I'm so sorry to hear about your special beloved Marshall! That is just so hard to lose a pet that is like a member of your family! It was amazing how he did look so much like our sweet Annie!

      I apologize for taking so long to respond back to your comment... I just do not know where the summer days took off to, but they are gone now! We are now fully into fall, and winter is knocking at the door! I know you have had a busy summer as well, full of wonderful things, and it does go by way too fast! Hope you are doing well, and I will be stopping by for a visit soon :) Hugs to you today!

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  10. I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful snippets of Summer. How lovely that a wedding has been worn by three generations. The bride did look exquisite. Your daughter certainly has a wonderful talent in painting. The daisy picture is brimming with Summer loveliness. Your garden is producing a bountiful harvest. I am looking forward to the beauty of Spring way down here. I will gladly send Ole Man Winter to your beautiful place. =)

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    1. Well, dear Kim... I think you must have sent ole man Winter packing our way indeed, lol! The geese have left, the leaves are falling, and the air is nippy! I know this means you get to enjoy spring, and the loveliness that it has to offer! I will rejoice with you, as I see the pictures that you share :) Apologize for the lateness of this response... I was too busy enjoying the last days of summer before she flittered off down south to bless you ;) Hugs to you today my friend!

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  11. Now I'll be craving pizza! Your photos tell wonderful stories. Daughter is talented; hope she can make some summer money at the gallery! I love daisies. Beautiful wedding dress story.

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    1. Thanks Mary for all your sweet comments about the post! I apologize for my late response, it seems the summer days are so fleeting, and we were making the most of every ounce of sunshine! Now, fall days are here, and I am happy to be visiting in blogland once again. Hugs to you today my friend :)

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  12. Such a beautiful bride! Love the gown ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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    1. She was a delightfully lovely bride indeed! Thanks for stopping by, your sweet comment is so appreciated! Have a blessed day :)

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  13. Oh what fantastic photos! Your summertime snippets are just glorious! And what a beautiful bride! I love it when a wedding dress has been passed down from one generation to another. What a very special day that must have been! Enjoy the rest of your week and your lovely weather :)

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    1. Thanks for your very sweet and precious words dear Debby! It was a beautiful wedding in so many ways, and it was so amazing that the 3rd bride to wear the dress didn't need it altered to fit! Appreciate your visit and apologize for my late response! Hope you are enjoying lovely fall days :)

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  14. What a wonderful post, Marilyn! The photos are truly amazing, from bride to flowers to gardens to waterfalls, lakes and rivers! I love the one of the bride and bouquet where the flowers are in color and the bride in black & white. Lovely effect!

    I wonder if that volunteer squash in your garden will be edible. We've had similar occurrences where the rind has been as hard as a gourd, and the squash was edible but tasteless.

    Thanks so much for sharing these lovely, evocative snippets of your summer.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, they always mean so much, and I appreciate your visit here, always! I have yet to try that pumpkin growing in my garden, I have it inside now trying to ripen, and I will report back and let you know what we find inside when it ripens :)

      I hope that you are enjoying a blessed and lovely Sunday!

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  15. Beautiful as always, Marilyn! Summer is quickly drifting by, isn't it? But that's okay, because here its been a very hot one. The last few days we can feel the Autumn air and it is so nice. :)
    Our greenhouse produced a good amount of tomatoes, green onions and jalapeños. Unfortunately the zucchini didn't do so well due to the zillions of grasshoppers we had this summer. Argh!
    I loved the story of the wedding dress. And my...what a beautiful bride!
    I would love to come explore your area, all those potential camping spots...why yes please! Its amazing all the awesome sites one has to search and enjoy in their very own state. We have yet to see all there is to see here and I've lived in the same state all my life ;)
    Its been busy here, getting ready for hunting and our homeschool year to start and little farm life...our pig Jelly is due to have piglets any time now...my boys are all excited for piglets! Always seeing the joys of everyday. :)
    Take care! Thinking of you...
    Amy

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    1. Oh Amy! I'm sorry it has taken me this long to respond to your post! I'm afraid the last little bit of our summer days captured my attention away from my blog, lol! Now, we are full swing into fall, and truly a glorious one it is. I'm glad that you enjoyed such a lovely summer, and got such a wonderful bounty from your garden! It is always worth the effort once harvest time comes, although those grasshoppers sound horrible! I hope you are enjoying your new little piglets, and off to a good start with homeschooling. Many hugs and love to you!

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  16. Looking at the beauty of your photos and reading of your summer days was pure delight, Marilyn.
    Such a blessed wedding you had the joy of attending and my, the glory of that wedding dress, beautiful.
    Your drives are always amazing and I can see why you will be returning to do some camping. When you get there enjoy yourselves.
    How precious that you have Rudy's son!!
    That Rudy was awesome.
    Your daughter is quite talented, Marilyn, and what a blessing having that painting hanging in your home for your enjoyment. You will cherish that forever.
    Enjoy your harvest~~

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    1. Thank you for all your sweet words Debbie, I always cherish your visits, and comments! We have not made it back there to camp yet, much to my dismay, as we really wanted to, but time, and weather haven't always cooperated, lol! However, someday we will! And yes, Rudy's son Pepper looks just like him, except he is not going to be as big. He does NOT have Rudy's temperament, and is not aggressive at all. For that I am thankful! We are blessed to have our daughter's painting skills, and I can't wait to have the painting of Annie hanging in our house. Right now it is on display at the local art gallery. Hugs to you today dear friend, I know that life has been very busy and hectic for you too. Much love and hugs sent your way! :)

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  17. Wow, I don't know where to begin. The wedding looks beautiful and the generational wedding gown is amazing. What were the chances it would fit perfectly?

    Your flowers are beautiful and what sn assortment you have.

    The hike looked very enjoyable. We recently hiked thr ought the woods and found a lovely wayerfsll. Your photos reminded me of that!

    The pairing of your dog is truly wonderful! Talent!!!!

    Darn, that pizza looks delicious. I haven't had any since starting my diet. :( but it's working so I'll stick to it!

    The sunset is gorgeous. You caught quite an interesting cloud formation too which looks besutiful with the setting sun.

    Lovely post. I enjoyed catching up!!
    Xo
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda for your sweet and wonderful comment, I always am so blessed by your visits here :) How wonderful that you found a waterfall on a hike! That would be a very pleasant surprise! Congrats to you on your diet! I know how hard it is to maintain and stay on it, and I wish you the best!!! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  18. Wow, I don't know where to begin. The wedding looks beautiful and the generational wedding gown is amazing. What were the chances it would fit perfectly?

    Your flowers are beautiful and what sn assortment you have.

    The hike looked very enjoyable. We recently hiked thr ought the woods and found a lovely wayerfsll. Your photos reminded me of that!

    The pairing of your dog is truly wonderful! Talent!!!!

    Darn, that pizza looks delicious. I haven't had any since starting my diet. :( but it's working so I'll stick to it!

    The sunset is gorgeous. You caught quite an interesting cloud formation too which looks besutiful with the setting sun.

    Lovely post. I enjoyed catching up!!
    Xo
    Linda

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  19. Hello Friend,
    How fun to catch up.
    The wedding dress is lovely. The photo you took of the bride and shared as your favorite is beautiful.
    I am like you, enjoying all that Summer has to give. Very busy with harvest here too.
    A question ... is it free to camp along the river? Can you just camp or do you have to call someone and check in? It is a beautiful spot!!!
    Prayers for the wildfires.
    Carla

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    1. Hello Carla! Always so happy with a visit from you! Sorry that I have taken so long to respond to this comment! Indeed, it is free to camp along the river, it is state land, and so open to anyone to come and camp there. There are tons of places here to camp without needing to pay anything, which is quite amazing. Thank you for praying for the wildfires, thankfully this was a great year, and we had no fires around here. So thankful for that! Appreciate your visit, and glad to hear your garden is still going... mine got frosted Sep. 9th. Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  20. Oh how I love Summer weddings and summer flowers. If it just wasn't so hot. Glad you are having a beautiful Summer.

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    1. I do so love summer weddings and flowers too! Truly a joy. I hope that you are having cooler days where you are. We are in full-swing fall here! Hugs to you today :)

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  21. Your photography is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your part of a journey. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I love your photography too! Have a blessed day my friend :)

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  22. I loved all the beauty you were able to capture of the wedding and of nature around you. I hope you are able to sneak off and spend a few nights camping on the shores of the river. :) Your daughter is sure a talented artist in her own right. :) I love the picture she is doing of Annie. We have been worried about the fires around here too. Yesterday the smoke rolled in again, but today it was gone. We did have a small field fire south of town today, but they were able to get the out quickly thank goodness.

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    1. We sure wanted to go camping down at the river, but summer up and disappeared on us! Fall is here in full swing, and perhaps we will get one night where we can go... I hope so! Thank goodness we really didn't have the fire danger this year like last year! So very thankful for that! Appreciate your visit, and pray the Lord's richest blessings on you, I know that you have some great needs, and will believe with you for the Lord's provision! Hugs to you my friend :)

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  23. Beautiful photos. Isn't it wonderful to find beautiful places to visit on a drive? Your daughter's paintings are wonderful, she's very good! Summer is winding down here also, the temperatures have been a little uncomfortable with the humidex reaching 104°F. It has been high 90's to low 100's during the day for about 3 weeks, I'm ready for Fall!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Kelly

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    1. Wow, that is really hot! I don't think we ever hit 100 here this year, although that is not uncommon. I just visited you and saw the beautiful pictures you and your husband took out on the river... just gorgeous! I hope you are able to continue enjoying the fall weather! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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  24. This reminds me of our many years we lived in Idaho. And the 40 degrees at night... Now that we live in the south I can't believe I survived all those many years... I hate cold. Enjoy reading

    Cielo

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    1. Hi Cielo! Yes we do get the cold here, but I enjoy the changes of the seasons, and find that if you dress right for the weather, it is always enjoyable! Appreciate your visit so very much, and hope that you will continue to stop by. Where in Idaho did you live? Thank you again for your visit :)

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  25. This reminds me of our many years we lived in Idaho. And the 40 degrees at night... Now that we live in the south I can't believe I survived all those many years... I hate cold. Enjoy reading

    Cielo

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  26. Oh Marilyn...the photos you have shared are just breathtaking! The bride's smile could light up the sky :-0) how wonderful that you have been able to enjoy this summer to its fullest! :-D

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Mari, they mean so much, and I appreciate your friendship! Trust that the Lord's sweetest blessings are with you dear friend! :)

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