Saturday, August 31, 2013


Why does she drop a nasty old toy in her food dish...then try to eat around it? : )

Friday, August 30, 2013


Sweet surprise at the U.S. Open.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Fave Thing

Just one thing? Really? (Journal page created while doing Susannah's JYL course.)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Other than a great cheeseburger, this may be the only thing I find tough to resist since becoming a vegetarian.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013


If you're one of those people who doesn't ask because you're afraid the answer will be "No," you'll be wrong 50 percent of the time. Just one of the inspiring messages in this handy little book.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Morning

A rare treat...

Saturday, August 24, 2013


A Pisces' lullaby...

Friday, August 23, 2013


A few favorite talismans from my "altar."

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Microwaved lunch at my desk. Windowless office. The sound of rain pelting the roof. Who needs to see a picture of THAT?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Something Old

My grandmother's milk pitcher. Once utilitarian, being old has rendered it precious, but useless.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Banana spice muffins-- a new recipe inflicted on friends during Sunday's brunch to celebrate the newlyweds. (Thanks, Susannah, for listing "taste" twice on your prompt list!)

Monday, August 19, 2013


Can't stand the smell of these lilies. But stashed in the goodbye bouquet given to me on my last day of work, they prove that white is not the absence of color.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Looking Down

Jim high above magical West Pond. My favorite secluded spot along one of my favorite NJ trails.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


My cat is not the warm and fuzzy type. So capturing a touchy feely moment proved to be quite the photographic challenge!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013


So much for the demise of the physical book! This is just what's stashed in my nightstand...the Kindle is for books I'm too impatient to get from the library.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Two interpretations...equally enviable.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Setting off on the next leg of my career journey next week...and this will be my new and improved home base. Thank you, Jim, for the big nudge!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Far Away

This prompt made me realize how few shots like this I ever take...


Our new summer obsession...

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Flowers were such an obvious choice, so I poked around for something less ubiquitous.

This collection of Jim's coolers caught my eye. A man can never leave the house with too much cold water...

Friday, August 9, 2013


Tastes yummy? Just a taste? Tasteful? So many options.

I went with basil from the garden, fresh mozz and Jersey tomato. Never is a caprese better than at the height of the summer...eaten al fresco.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Selfie

Just the word sets my teeth on edge...but in the spirit of the August Break, here I am.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Tree farm on the road to Califon, NJ.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Buttresses jutting from the historic Lake Solitude Dam in High Bridge, NJ. Just one of the surprises we found during Sunday's 20-mile bike trek along the Columbia Trail.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Close Up

The best part of getting so close to the cherry tomatoes: that summer-in-New-Jersey smell.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Captured perfectly by photographer Ashley Bartoletti at my son's wedding last Saturday.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


What a surprise: a burst of sunshine, smack in the center of a cactus bed!

Friday, August 2, 2013


Had planned to complete today's circle "assignment" by capturing yesterday's raindrops making concentric rings in puddles.

Failing that, here are those same raindrops today: clinging to the underside of my glass patio table as the sun rises.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Break

I'm taking the plunge and joining Susannah Conway's August Break group project.

The challenge: a daily blog post about something. Anything.

Thankfully she's provided the assist of daily prompts. And encouragement to keep it simple. Ready, set, go:

A day without coffee is like a day without...well, I wouldn't know!