Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pool Day


We spent the afternoon at the pool for the 2nd day in a row. So just try and imagine the state of my house, why don'tcha. We're deep in the thick of these hap-smacking dog days where all we do is play and eat, with a little bit of resting in the middle.

I love summer. I may have mentioned that before.

 My new favorite summertime hobby? Photographing Miss Beauty Cheeks in her swim cap.

This little Sisterfriend is a very close second...
She did not want me to take her picture. She would not smile. So we did that "Don't you dare smile!" trick and it worked for only a millisecond...and my point and shoot caught it! Hot dang.

My nephew Jack celebrated his 6th birthday today.
What's better than an afternoon at the pool with all your besties, 4 cheese pizzas, sparkler candles, and fudge pops?

I'll tell you what: A legendary thunderstorm. It's rolling our way. I feel hopped up and atwitter. It's the anticipation. And the round-the-clock meteorologists who are so gravely serious about their jobs that they take exasperated, martyred, exhilarated sips of water in between radar screens then lose their voices altogether about 3 hours in.

I mean, maybe 6 year olds don't feel exactly the way I do about major storms, but I'm pretty pumped about it. My birthday is sorta soonish, so I'm going to go ahead and take this as partly mine.

This just in: "Tennis Ball sized hail."
Come to Shannan.

My bigger little dudes are positively fish-like.

True story: I never learned to swim. I can't even say why, other than I was kinda wimpy and no one ever taught me. I do have a vivid memory of jumping off the high dive, which is a total head-scratcher. I'm not sure how it happened, really.

Dear "Gourmet Tomatoes" from Aldi for $1.29,
I want to kiss your bumpy faces.
Love,
FPFG



I tried to make JFlo's Magical Tomatoes and the next thing I knew, there was pasta. Then I remembered a zucchini and thin-scliced it up. Then there was a can of quartered artichoke hearts. Then things were officially out of hand.

Dear Friends,
Want to join me tomorrow for left-overs?
Please?
Love,
FPFG


I found this on top of the fridge during The Great Salad Expansion.
I feel like the heart and crosses really tone down the whole "skull in a bottle" message.
Well-played, Calvin.

While the noodles boiled, Ruby and I ran outside to check out the wreckage. Remember all of those abandoned houses on our street? Well, they're gone.


Dear Komatsu,
You're not my favorite neighbor. You're just loud. And messy.
No hard feelings. The crumbly houses just grew on me, that's all.
Mildly Toleratingly,
FPFG

Dear Coral Bells,
Thank you for loving me in the city.
Love,
FPFG

What did you do today?


PS - It's not too late to enter the Noonday giveaway!
PSS - Thanks for all the gingham/fedora support. You're total radness.


39 comments:

  1. That pasta looks amazing. I'll head right over.

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  2. I did a bit of shopping with my sister to find a dress to go with the necklace I will be winning. ;) I love your photos and your writing and summer. And thunderstorms and the pool. The end.

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  3. Ruby in the swim cap is TOO CUTE! Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. She's changing. Getting bigger. Waaaaaaa.

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  5. That Miss Ruby is such a beautiful girl, swim cap or no! I could just squeeze her and keep her around for EVER! Love what you did with the gourmet tomato salad...pasta always makes things taste better, yes? Hugs to you, Shannon.

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  6. Oh Ruby is so cute!! Funny we have a pool and I can not swim infact I hate water:( So when the kids want me in the pool I need a inner tube.
    Yes we are going to get a big storm here to. I pray it is not as bad as the one we had a few years ago it took down the front of our barn:( Stay safe!!!

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  7. yep. them fancy tomats are the best. your food pics inspire me... I should start a blog called "what my husband made for dinner" but I figure women everywhere my hate me for how good my man is to me. I never have to cook. seriously. never. And I hear you on the anticipation of great storms... we don't get huge thunderstorms here in the PNW... I miss them.

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  8. I would absolutely LOVE some '' SKULL IN A BOTTLE'',...sounds so delightful and refreshing and a little risky! And i too, would love to squeeze that little "Rubes" of yours..just a doll! And I love me a good thunderstorm, especially when it causes "little" to sleep a few minutes longer! Enjoy the summer and keep enjoying those littles and delighting us with their musings!

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  9. Are they going to build more houses in your neighbourhood on the same kind of urban re-development like your place? Seems like a good program!

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  10. Adorable Ruby photos. She has beautiful arms to top it off. And she is growing up (sorry!) :)

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  11. I am with you on the storm lovin'. I grew up in Tennessee, but am living in California now. I sooooooooo very much miss those summer storms. The lightning and thunder always remind me of the majesty and glory of our God! Oh, and my boys and I joined some friends in peach picking!!

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  12. Today I did yoga, ate sushi and cupcakes. Truly ~ you asked...
    Love sweet Ruby (AKA Miss Beauty Cheeks) in her swim cap ~ so cute!
    Coral Bells are the best, they are just so dainty. I was thrilled to see some in our garden (that is what they call a backyard in the UK)and they have given me some homesickness comfort since I had them when I lived in Canada too. It is truly the little things.

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  13. I love everything about this post. Also, that pasta? Feed me! And that storm? Did it even happen? I vaguely heard thunder but then I fell asleep, so I kind of think there wasn't tennis-ball sized hail knocking around on the roof. Either that or I'm a REALLY good sleeper.

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  14. Girl, if you need a thunderstorm get your ginghamed self down here.
    We've got 'em good.

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  15. Hope you survived the storm! We got it pretty bad in Ohiya around 2:15 this morning!

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  16. My fam calls me the weather witch because I'm so fascinated by storms/radar/weather... don't know what it is, but clearly you're a kindred spirit. :)
    Looks like the perfect summer day to me, right down to the pasta salad. I'll now be preparing one of my own today, thanks for the inspiration. On my agenda: exercise, fluff my antique booth, write an article and a devotional for my son, burgers on the grill tonight. Hope any storms hold off until the burgers are done!
    Enjoy -- xo Heidi

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  17. I second the pretty tomatoes (I need to stop gazing adoringly at mine and eat them) and the recipe hack. It's one of the best things I learned from my mom, to use up what you have and feed an army! I'm with you on the lack of swimming skills, too, for pretty much the same reasons, and it freaks me straight out that I couldn't save my kids in the water! I'm working up the nerve to take lessons at the Y. That'll be me in the extra-long torso suit in the shallow end, hoping I rock the swim cap as well as your girl!
    Tammy
    P.S. I was so hoping for tennis ball sized hail. Not a one!

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    1. Mysteriously, an echo. Or I hit publish twice, whatever.

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  19. This pasta dish looks so delish! I happen to have a zucchini and tomatoes, so I am going to make it tonight for dinner! I would rather head over with my girls so the kids could play while we ate and talked, but the car ride from MA would take too long! :) I have one more day of school and then I am out for the summer! Yippee!!!!

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  20. I'm another one of the non-swimmers, keep saying I want to learn but I have yet to sign up for one at the YMCA.

    Sandy

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  21. Kerri,

    It won't let me reply but if you see this, wow I'm from MA too.

    Sandy

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  22. Oh how I miss thunderstorms!!! Life in the northwestest of the state of WA is beautiful, but quite placid. Two things I miss from growing up on the plains - a real blizzard and a good window rattling thunderstorm! 17 1/2 years w/out one! :( I know, poor poor pitiful me. haha!

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  24. I so enjoy reading your life. Thanks for sharing it with lots of total strangers. :-)

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  25. "You're total radness."

    it is only if elizabeth berg ever begins infusing something more akin to your heart, wit and style into her prose that she stands a chance of returning to being my second-favorite writer (first is e. b. white; please say you've read his new yorker essays?), as you have officially bumped her to third.

    total radness YOU are, shannan.

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    1. I JUST told someone today that Elizabeth Berg is my fave writer EVER! I'm dying here! Also, veddy interesting that your two faves (well, 2nd and 3rd haha) have the initials EB. *insert Twilight Zone theme song*

      Must ask - which Berg book is your favorite?

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    2. durable goods. so totally hands down. (though absolute favorite character is elderly husband in 'true to form' - *swoon*)

      yours?

      p.s. most highly recommended reading: http://www.theatlantic.com/ideastour/animals/white-full.html

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  26. Oh my, your daughters sweet cheeks are so adorable! I bet those were fun to "chew on" when she was a wee one! And I'm sure its hard not to smile anytime that sweetie is smiling at you. Heart melting, I tell you!!

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  27. I totally need to live closer to you. I would eat that pasta all day long! This week I have had my rearrange/declutter/redecorate/repaint groove on, until I dropped a bench, that was way too heavy for me to move alone, on my toes... Big toe nail going to fall off, much blood, lots of pain. No broken bones though. So now my house is just trashed and I can't finish painting until I can actually walk... blah

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  29. loving your blog in the summer.
    heck, all the time, you know it.

    i need those tomatoes. and a fancy, serious water bottle label, too.

    xoxo enjoy the weekend

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  30. Today was a blessing....got my 13 year old son up and dressed and out of the house before NOON. Go mom your a rock star! Got the haircut and clothes shopping done, had lunch and just laughed and loved. Its nice to get those nugget of time and memory. They grow up so fast !

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  31. Nothing is more enjoyable than celebrating a birthday party by the pool in the middle of the scorching hot summer. Summer is kids’ favorite season because they get to enjoy outdoor activities, like swimming. Good thing you have a pool at your own backyard. They don’t need to go to a public pool just to swim. They can always enjoy summer this way.
    -Aquos Pools

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  32. This is one of the benefits of having a swimming pool in your home. You are given the privilege to swim whenever you want to and invite anyone who wants to join the fun. You have an unlimited access to the pool. Even if the day ends, the fun still continues!
    Tiffany Fields @ Pools ‘n More

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