All I’ve I Got In Me Today

Offering this thought as my post today:

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There is Always An Irish Proverb to Set Me Straight

I am grateful that this work day is over, it was long and difficult.  I also want to thank the people who made it just a bit more pleasant:  Jacqui, Dan, and Elizabeth.



Wordle of the Day, What It Says About My Blog

I thought it might be fun, as I close in on the last couple of weeks of my year of daily thank-you’s, to use the Wordle site to create a picture of what I’ve blogged about over the last year.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this after I put my site’s address into the “create” section of the site.

What I love about it is the biggest words: Perspective, Challenge, Weekly, Daily, Time.  It’s curious to me because I didn’t know when I started to thank someone every day, how it might change me (if it would at all).  I think it did!

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Words from other bloggers:



Round 2: Summer Lovin’ Photos

I so liked the weekly photo challenge from Friday that I thought I’d share some more of why I love summer.  Our garden has given us an amazing and bountiful harvest and will continue to well into the fall.  We’ve shared with neighbors, family, coworkers, friends, and I’m sure there is so much more to go around since the tomatoes have only begun to ripen this week.

Today I needed to use up some of the zucchini, lest it end up in the compost for next year’s garden.  Today I made some zucchini muffins and these:

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Yummy, right out of the oven! Parmesan Zucchini Loaf — A Martha Stewart recipe.

I was perusing my Facebook news feed last week and found one of my friends had posted this recipe, along with a picture of his perfectly made Parmesan Zucchini loaf.  I’m so happy I pinned it to my Tastes of Summer board on Pinterest because I never would have been able to find it again.  It is so tasty, melts in your mouth when warm out of the oven, and just as much flavor when it’s cooled off.

Today I want to thank my friend Craig for posting this recipe!  And to all the friends and Pinners who share their tastes of summer recipes, I guess I’ll have to bake some of these in the winter too!

I’ll have to go pin these recipes from other bloggers:

Timmy’s Family Restaurant

outside timmysMy husband and I were on a ride around town this afternoon, driving slow and taking in the sites.  Sometimes when I’m driving and another car is following, the husband will get a little antsy and ask me to pull over to let the car pass.  Even though I’m doing the speed limit and it doesn’t bother me if another driver is tailgating.  I continue about my business and if the car decides to pass me, so be it.  But today when I realized it was really bothering my husband, I pulled into the next parking lot.  Here’s what we found:  Timmy’s Family Restaurant!

On a nice summer Saturday afternoon the lot was empty and when we walked in we were the only customers in the place.  We sat in one of the many empty booths, grabbed the menus from behind the salt and pepper inside timmysshakers, and settled in.  Gayle, our waitress was quite lovely and could not say enough about the place–the freshness of everything, the commitment of the owner; she was gushing.  She’d been working there for 35 years and really didn’t look a day over 45 herself.  We asked if the fish ‘n chips would be a good choice–they were the best we’ve ever had, ever!

The owner Timmy, was there cooking, as he is every day from what we learned.  When we asked what kind of fish he used for our meal, Gayle turned to where Timmy stood behind the counter and said, “Timmy, scrod?”  He answered with a quick, “Yup!”  What happened after that is what will keep us coming back.

Timmy gave us the history of the restaurant and the four he’d opened, for himself and others, since he was 18.  He told us that the restaurant will be closed for two weeks, beginning next week, so he can travel with his father and children back to Greece where he was born.  Between his and Gayle’s stories of the community of customers and history, it felt like a place we could where we could become regulars.

Today’s thanks goes out to the driver who tailgated me so I’d pull into the parking lot, to Gayle for her terrific service, and to Timmy for not going on vacation until next week so we had the chance to find him today!

 Fish ‘N Chips Blogs:

Summer Lovin’ Photo Challenge

This week’s photo challenge is definitely a fun one! Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who.

Since my husband and I actually left town for a vacation earlier this week, I definitely have some summer fun pictures to share.  We were in Vermont, and I LOVE Vermont!  I’m sure that most of what we did while we were there we could do in Rhode Island, but somehow it just feels more like summer in the green mountain state.  Thank you, Vermont–we’ll be back soon!

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View from the boat

Wards Berry Farm PYO

From the boat ride

 Summer Pictures:

Minion-Making Music Multiplies the Merriment

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

minion 1minions3I know some of you might think that a song can get too much air time on the radio, but I don’t think this one can ever be over-played. My song for Summer 2014 is Happy!

I first got to know the song watching the movie Despicable Me 2; I LOVE this movie and the minions are fantastic.  Clever, funny, silly, how can you stop yourself from smiling?!  They have their own moving coming out next summer–can’t wait!

Today’s shout-out of thanks is to the creators of the movie and the writer of the song.  There is not enough happy going around these days and if hearing this song over and over and over, is a way to get my happy on, I’m gonna do it!



More Sounds of Summer: