Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bright spots

Lest anyone think that my summer has been all bad (see my last post), I present to you a few bright spots from my last several weeks off:

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This plant lived in a pot in the window behind my desk at work last year. It was there, drying up and dying, when I started the job last August. I watered it and looked after it all year, and brought it home with me in June and potted it up outside on the patio. It's bloomed continually since then. I love the fiery red flowers!

I made two homemade chocolate cakes at the end of July--one for practice (that Marla and Martina helped me eat) and the other for my dad's birthday celebration. They both turned out great and everyone at the party loved the rich, chocolate-y goodness (especially my cousin's little granddaughter)...

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I'm glad I didn't have to clean that child up afterwards!

Speaking of children, my friend's new daughter has been a wonderful addition to my (heart, not blood) family this summer:

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One last bright spot has been my diet. I've lost nearly 30 pounds, which is a significant portion of the total amount I need to lose. I'm pretty proud of that!

What have been the bright spots of your summer so far?


  1. THIS blog post is definitely a bright spot of MY summer. So happy to read this and see the pictures. I would have helped test the practice cake if you had asked!

  2. I'm taking the easy way out, due to lack of memory. I'm going with Balder Half's and my anniversary. Forty-three years is a good bright spot, right? It was just May, for crying in a bucket! It will be September in no time. Are we actually having a summer? Those babies are so cute, and I admire anyone who can keep a plant alive.

  3. Surviving, mostly. Thank you for sharing those bright spots. They are bright, indeed!

  4. Not too many I'm afraid. Even my Tomato plants have given-up on me.

  5. Lovely bright spots !
    My Summer has been horrible but love the sky, clouds and all the critter that visit my yard.
    How are your gud dugs ? Better I hope.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  6. Many bright spots in my summer - too many to squeeze them into one single comment here :-)
    Certainly a VERY bright spot was that all went well with my cervix surgery. Next check-up is on October; I'll know more then.

  7. Well done with the weight loss, keep up the good work.
    No bright spots in my summer - its winter here. :)

  8. Oh, I love a good houseplant rescue! Bravo for bringing it to bloom! I can't tell what it is -- it almost looks like a canna lily, though maybe not that big. I bet it's a relative, though.

    I love Carsen's "Miso Cute" onesie. :)

  9. Beautiful canna, and toddler/baby. That Miso Cute onsie is darling.