Foto Friday {4}

Here’s a look at my week through pictures (with a few words tossed in there!):
Most mornings, this is where you'll find me. On my back porch with my notebook that has daily readings from the Mass & a cup of coffee. This is my favorite time of the day: It's not too hot, the birds are singing, and it's pretty quiet.
I caught this beauty on the butterfly bush.
I had my camera in my car on Monday since I took it for a good cleaning. I was talking to a friend after Mass, and this caught my eye:
 The sky was perfect for a picture. This is unfiltered/untouched:
 I got a delivery from Thriftbooks!!! (If you sign up through the link I provided, we'll both be registered for a chance to win $100 gift card!)
 I was sitting at the kitchen table & kept hearing a very staccato, very loud chirp. I finally got up and looked out of the door, grabbed my camera, and snapped this picture (I was really surprised she stayed there that long...Cardinals can be pretty elusive!):
I found a podcast that was a bit intriguing. When I visited her blog, I saw that she sells koozies!
I was sitting very close to this bird feeder when a very brave little woodpecker came to get her sugar fix. She kept a close eye on me, though!
Hummingbird pictures are few & far between this summer, thanks to the woodpeckers taking over this feeder. I have a couple of other feeders, but this is the only one that has a place for them to perch; the hummingbirds seem to like this one the best.

Last night we had dinner with some friends from England; they spent a couple of nights camping in Cades Cove before heading west. CH met them when he rode the Continental Divide; our friends were beginning their ride around the world on a motorcycle. When we visited London, we took a day and rode the train down to Surrey & spent the day with them. Now, they're beginning a journey through Central & South America...this time in a van that they'll be camping out of. We can't believe we didn't get a picture, but here's a picture from 2011...we're a bit older, but still look pretty much the same!

That's it for my week! I've been busy trying to finish up my goals for new products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so I can get busy with other things that need to be done. How was your week?


Foto Friday {3}

Another Friday already? At this rate, I'll be back in school way too soon!

I came home to this on Monday. The local utilities board is replacing all of the wire, and when the guy pulled the wire to our house, the trim came with it. He nailed it back up and moved the phone wire from a hook on that section (which is why that happened) to somewhere more secure.
A robin is making her nest in a tree next to the house. I thought it was too late in the year for that, but I guess she knows what she's doing. I felt so bad for her; she found a little piece of paper and worked so hard to get it up in the tree, but then it blew back out.
When we picked out Laika, the markings on her lower back looked like a thong. As she's gotten older, the black space has increased.
                                     I caught this butterfly on the butterfly bush.
Our yard has been the Love Shack for small animals lately. The robins & doves from last week, and now the rabbits.

I tried the carne asada nachos again with the cheese YS suggested. Next time I'll have 2 packages on hand and melt the cheese first, then pour it over the nachos. They were still good, but I had to add Mexican Cheese Blend to it because 1 package wasn't enough.

I made cookies the other day...1 recipe made about 4 dozen! These taste a lot like the cookies you get at the grocery store, but they don't taste like they're coated in flour! They were excellent. 
That takes care of my week. How was yours?


A Routine Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why? 
It would have to be a very clean lake, like a pool. J

2. What's your favorite 'fruity' drink? 
I do enjoy a good daiquiri! Or Pina Colada!

3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simply your life. They were-
clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead

Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?
I’m all about routine. It keeps me focused and keeps me from wasting time. That hasn’t been working so well for me so far this summer break; it would help if I would actually get a schedule!

4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school? 

A couple of weeks after graduating, I began my college adventure. The university was switching from the quarter system to semester, so they had a special program for freshman. It was the perfect segue into college life.

5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite? 
I’ve never listened to a podcast. Weird, huh?

6. Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?
I think it’s just different. It’s common to have moms working full time, so dads aren’t the only breadwinner of the family, so I would think that would make it a little easier. BUT, with all of the stress on extra-curricular activities, there’s a huge demand on their time.

7. Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?
This is going to sound weird (so get ready!), but my thick wrists and “man hands” are like his. Daddy & I both like routine and we’re both stubborn. Yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Since it’s summer break, I get asked just about every day what I did that day. One of my sisters came by the other day, and she asked what I do all day. So, here’s a breakdown of what my day may be like:
Morning prayers followed by reading the Daily Readings for Mass.
I check my emails (which includes reflections on the readings), and do a quick look over of FB (If I have time)
On MWF, I meet Daddy at church for the Rosary and Daily Mass. On Tues/Thurs I sleep in a bit and go to Mass at noon. 
After Mass, I’ll either go to Panera with the old people (love this time to sit & chat with them!), or run errands, or just go home.
 I may write a blogpost or start reading some blogs, depending on how distracted I get!
I’ve been working on things to put in my online teacher store. I have a couple more things I want to finish, and then I’ll take a break from that. I’ve also done a day’s worth of professional development (we have to have 12 hours so we can have a couple of extra days off during the year).
I’ve done some house cleaning, and some sitting on the back porch and watching/listening to the birds.
To summarize: Mass, coffee, work, blogging, cleaning, and enjoying the birds.
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