Echinacea Magnus (aka Cone flowers)

July 22, 2011
I DO NOT have a green thumb. In fact, if you see any beautiful flowers appearing on my blog, I am not to be credited. I’m doing good if I can simply water them. I know that may sound easy enough, but I tend to forget. Actually, these Echinacea Magnus blooms (sure you could call them Coneflowers, but isn’t Echinacea Magnus much more fun to say…try that 10 times), were found in my parents’ backyard. Last weekend, I found myself wandering around the backyard after spending the day visiting family (lunch with Grandma and a hair appointment with my sister…that was a...
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Hot Days, Peach Tea and Snail Shells

July 15, 2011
It has been an incredibly hot (and humid) week. Normally, as long as I’m indoors, it doesn’t bother me. This week was the exception…our HVAC at work was less than accurate. I’ve been complaining about the air conditioning for over a month. My manager and I have this ongoing battle with the AC. He comes in fairly early, turns it down (below what’s recommended but I’m not sure it matters considering I never see it go below 74) and then we watch as the temperature steadily increases.This week, it seemed to be getting warmer than usual. Since my manager was out...
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Boom, Boom, POW!

July 08, 2011
This year, we celebrated Independence Day with our friends Karen and John. You might remember Karen and John from THIS POST – I had the treat of taking their wedding “day after” photos.  John’s Grandfather’s flag – he fought in World War II.I’m pretty sure that we would have grilled hamburgers and hot dogs had we not gone over to Karen and John’s house…which would have been fine. But, thank God they invited us over – we had steak tips, bratwurst, grilled vegetables and HOMEMADE (hand-churned) ICE CREAM (peach and mint chocolate...
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A Summer Evening (with Kitty Paw)

July 01, 2011
I often complain about North Carolina summers. You’d think that having a summer birthday, I’d be a bit more excited about summertime, but it’s nearly the opposite. I suppose that hasn’t always been the case. I used to spend my summers in a swimsuit at Camp Don Lee. I hardly remember it being so hot and humid then…although, I guess it didn’t really matter considering we wore so little clothing. My skin would turn golden brown during those summers. In my adulthood, summers aren’t nearly as fun…summer days are just like any other day. I still...
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