Sunday, July 17, 2011

a few photos and thoughts from summer of twenty eleven...
my oldest daughter, kimberly summer, completed her lifeguard training and is also teaching swim lessons to wee ones at the community pool. riding my new bike is joy times ten, and makes me feel a kid again. ocean swimming in warmed up water (finally!). finding and sampling beautiful new wines, luckily they were as nice as their labels looked. eating farm fresh fruits and vegetables hours off the vine, champagne chilling to celebrate homecomings (more on that later). listening to new music and old favorites, spending hours planning a dreamed of trip. meeting friends for lattes, and finally catching the mourning dove, who seemed as happy to feel the warmth of the sun as we were. working on a new knitting project (yes, more later). i like having all these things going on and coming up.
sweet summer or winter days to you friends.  :)


  1. Wonderful photos! Congratulations to your daughter. That must have been hard work. Have a lovely week and those bike rides :) xo

  2. Lori, It sounds like you are having fun! Congratulations to your daughter.Keep having fun. xoxo

  3. Your daughter is stunning. :) LOVE her smile. And that little baby in the water - awwwwwww. You keep on enjoying these summer days, my friend!
    xoxo Pam

  4. Congrats to your daughter! Your photo's & words are beautiful.

  5. Lori~ You know how much I love your photos! You have such a gift of putting love into each photo. They always make me smile.
    At first glance I thought that was you... and maybe you had your hair cut, then realized its a mini lori!
    Babies... so cute & loving the water♥
    Wine...will make you fine :)
    The mourning dove~ so precious as you know I buried one of ours recently {Im happy to report it's partner has joined another couple and seems well}.
    I love your bookmarker! That is very cool♥
    Have a Blessed day~ Thank you for the smiles

  6. Congratulations to your daughter. One day I want to complete my lifeguard training, just one of those things on the bucket list.

    The wines look delicious :)

  7. you captured some beautiful summer pics.

  8. Beautiful photos and words that warm the heart and soul.Hugs to you sweet Lori,Cat

  9. Beautiful pictures as always! Congrats to your girl!

  10. you have a way of making pictures tell a story like no one else - this is wonderful. and the last post - those B&W - wowee!

  11. ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪lori, mim said it just right♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪that baby in the water, you know i'm thinking that for two little uys♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.
    daughters and bikes and doves and new wine♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*
    ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ and warm enough water and (count-me-in) friends♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸
    ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪all this from, and for, someone who deserves all of it♪¸.•
    (i got carried away, whistling even) (heehee)

  12. it did not come out as i expected

    oh well :^)

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  14. oops! that was me, i said it is lovely kj, thank you!!

    thank you so much everyone, my daughter loves what she's doing and it shows. the babies love her!
    thank you for such kind words.

  15. Oh these do help...

    I'll be trying out one of those bottles when I'm feeling better! Thanks for the introduction.
    Sweet music. I've been eying the ukeleles lately. I blame Eddie Vedder!
    Knitting...I just can not do it! When did you learn?
    Thank you!

  16. andrea, i hope your better soon! i learned as a child, but didn't pick it up seriously again until my first baby was born (at age 22).

    i wish i could teach you to knit! you can do it! i recently (in may) went to NYC to become a certified knitting teacher. you just need someone to give you some gentle guidance, maybe there is someone you know? knitters love to share what they know.

    oh, and i wanted to tell you that Little Hell's mp3 is only 5.00 right now on Amazon, such a deal.

  17. Big congrates to beautiful Kimberly! I wish I could swim. I think I could completely trust her to teach me. (Long story there!)

    That baby has not one fear, I can tell. How sweet. And Kimberly has your smile, definately.

    I love choosing wines by the label! I'm glad they didn't disappoint.

    Homecoming?? I'm waiting to see the photos.

    Beautiful mourning dove. I love them.

    Thanks for the wonderful, soothing post as only you can do!


  18. You captured the many joys of summer so beautifully.I wanted to be baby again swimming in turquoise water.

  19. These are amazing photos! She looks like a real water baby! xo m.

  20. cool goings ons! i like looking at your books.

  21. Life is good! Your photos prove it!!!


  22. visiting your blog — and in particular, reading this post - is like being wrapped in a soft, warm blanket that you knitted just for me all while appreciating those many good things in life.

    you are a treasure, lori.

    hugs and love,


    p.s. your daughter is as gorgeous as you are~

  23. hi lori...i just LOVED this...beautiful summer pictures and beautiful words...

    happy mid summer, my friend

    sending love,
    kary and teddy
    p.s. i have a bottle of that CUPCAKE RED VELVET in my pantry...

    maybe we should open it tonight !!!


  24. What a wonderful summer! And thank you. I was just sitting down, trying to decide if I wanted a glass of wine. One peak at your pics and I am off to pour....

  25. lovely summer snapshots and memories

  26. Great pictures Of nice things going on. Congrats that your daughter got her diploma .I remember you practicing with her a while ago
    Wonderful bottles :)

  27. Every sight and taste and scent...all so warm and full of love. Sounds like a great summer!


xoxo lori