Friday, June 22, 2012

Summertime Fun!

I just LOVE summer, don’t you?  It is so full of LIFE and JOY and FUN!!!  Maybe it’s a leftover feeling from when we were kids and school let out for the summer.  What a feeling!!!  Right?

Nowadays, I look forward to the sun streaming in my windows, and not having to wear a coat, and capri pants, and flip flops.  And nature in the summer is just fascinating!  Watching the birds at their nests, and the nestlings just before they fledge.  I got this picture at my daugther’s house, a bluebird feeding her babies.  

Then these 3 little nestlings under the eaves on our front porch disappeared the day after I took this shot.....

..... and yesterday we saw them all flying around in the front yard together, having a ball and enjoying their new power!  I don't know what kind of bird they are, so if you recognize them, let me know! [Edited - Yay!  Thanks to several readers, the little birds have been identified!  They are barn swallows :*)  You all are the best!!!]

Summer for us also means we get to visit with our grandchildren!  
Sara, Christy & Emma
My two oldest grandchildren are visiting with us this week with their mom, and we are having fun just being together :*)  They live in North Carolina, just south of Charlotte, which is a 9-hour drive from our house, so visits are not as often as we’d like obviously.  When they are here, normal life takes a back seat to whatever they want to do.

Tonight we are going to the newly restored Opry Mills Mall to eat at the Rainforest Café and then to see the fish in the huge aquariums at the Aquarium restaurant. 

Emma and Sara were heartbroken when the Mall flooded several years ago and all the fish died, so it is good for them to see this favorite sight-seeing spot restored and ready for them to come back =^..^=

Last night, Emma cooked Shepherd’s Pie for us – one of her favorites!  She loves to cook and is a fast learner. 

She stragetically placed one mushroom to indicate which side contained mushrooms.  She loves them, but no one else does :*)

Looks yummy right?  I’d love to show you an “after” picture, but it was devoured so fast, none was left!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as we are!

Tomorrow I'll post a few pictures of what I've been up to in the Ivory Tower =^..^=

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Summer Lovin!

  2. The birds are barn swallows.

  3. The nest and baby birds look like swallows that we have around here, but I'm not positive--be easier if you could see the tail. : )
    The Aquarium place looks very fun!

  4. Good Looking People and some of my favorites. Many blessings on your visit and much love to all. Mamaw!

  5. love the new look of your blog.

  6. That's what summers meant to me as a kid! But alas, I live in Texas now and sometimes all I can think about is "summer is hot"!! But I do love the garden, and the birds. Last year I watched a nest of ring neck doves hatch and leave the nest! They didn't come back this year to the same place, but I have a little Bewick Wren that nests in one of the houses in my garden every year! I call her Jenny!!

    Thanks for sharing!!


  7. As someone already mentioned, they look like the swallows I have. They make a nest every year under our breezeway near the back door to our kitchen. They are good for keeping mosquitos to a minimum. Looks like you are having fun with your grandkids and the fun places you are visiting. Brings back childhood memories too.

  8. We have a lot in common. I love to quilt and write too! I love forward to your entries. My blog is Blessings!

  9. Summer is the best! Glad you are enjoying yours.

  10. Those are adorable little Barn Swallows. :D We have a nest of 5 on our porch right now, and they are about ready to try their 'wings'. :D I adore watching nature---and I pretend to be a quilter, but I'm more of a fabric/book hoarder. :D


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