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Mountain Mama (Wesley Jeanne)
Western North Carolina Mountains
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Our post-Thanksgiving Saturday: our local farmer's market, moved indoors, for soap, hugs, pumpkin cookies, and learning some finger-knitting; downtown in our little town to support local shops reopened after a fire; lunch at another local favorite, reinvented after a different fire; a visit to our favorite potter and more local... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Remembring, on this cold, yet beautiful day after Thanksgiving, our summer trip to Crete. Making a photo book of said trip for my family for Christmas and reliving the beauty and wonder of it all. The harbour at Agios Nikolos A ferry boat ride to the island of Spinalonga Paul... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Spring. And our annual wildflower walk. With some favorites... Crested Dwarf Iris Showy Orchis Wake-Robin Trillium Chickweed Jack-in-the-pulpit Nodding Trillium Bishop's Cap Bluets With a couple of surprises this time Morel Black snake climbing a tree and across the rhododendron vines We love the wildflowers, the discoveries, the walk... On... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A snow day. A family walk. Some lovin' on my windshield Running ahead (the girl who didn't want to walk up the hill) "Take a picture of this, Mommy" Snow beard Walking and talking with Daddy Snow Max Sit & slide Snowy bum Heading home Happy Lily Home sweet home... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A (frigid) day at the zoo...and my good-sport family. Owen's class made a trip to the Atlanta Zoo in May. Since, she's been wanting for us to go as a family. She wanted to show it to us. So when a Groupon for an Atlanta Wyndham hotel came across my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A day with friends. Paul & Chris have been best friends since college--in the mid-eighties. They've supported one another through so much living--broken hearts, fulfilled dreams, marriages, adventures, misadventures, tremendous losses, aging parents, growing children, cross-country moves. We may go for a year or more without seeing them, so when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Owen declared it (over and over): "The best day ever." I had to agree. Slept in (well, as much as I can sleep in). Paul made pancakes as per our Saturday routine. Then off to one-on-one time with the girls. Paul took Owen to a Lego Robotics event at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Halloween with kids. Blonde Cleopatra & The Purple Monster The Monster shall bow to the Queen Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Our children get to take field trips in places like this (despite the government shutdown and closure of the national park near which we live). And I have the freedom to make the decision to leave my pile of work and go along. Panthertown Valley A lesson in geology from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A beautiful fall weekend camping trip in a favorite place with some of our favorite people. Finally getting the best camp site ever (after 45 years of going camping here). Campfire. Wine. S'Mores. Fishing. Trout dinner. Relaxing by the river. Canoeing on the lake. Unplugged outdoor play. Hiking among the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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An early-in-the-season visit to the apple orchard(s). Two of them, really. Now, the great decision is what to with them. Barrett is trying to decide between apple muffins or apple pizza. Owen wants to make individual apple pies for each of us. I'm thinking today is going to be delicious. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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My children got to watch this happen. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A relaxed sweetie. Family time. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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The successful completion of six years of hard work, study, weekends and holidays in the office and lab, juggling family and full-time job, worry, tuition payments, long drives, breakthroughs, and setbacks. The fulfillment of a dream. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Paul is in the very last days of writing his dissertation. He has to have it to his committee in less than two weeks. Needless to say he's been working very hard on it, quite preoccupied with it. Which is not at all to imply he is an absentee father... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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My girls, movin' on up. First and last day of third grade First and last day of Kindergarten There were some challenges with the new school this year. But also some joys. Move-up ceremony: Third grade marches up to fourth grade Kindergarten moves up to first grade All-in-all, I feel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Five or six years ago, my dad planted climbing roses by our porch post. Since, the plant has yielded one, maybe two blooms per year. This week, an explosion of blooms. Makes me happy when I come home and see them. Pink roses from my dad Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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Blue-sky, green-grass, sunlit, windows-open, late spring days. Oh the joy. Dancing in the yard Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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A weekend bordering on the sublime. Our Saturday Farmer's Market :: strawberries :: visit from Grandma :: seeing (nearly) everyone in town at the garden centers :: planting my container herb garden :: getting the hanging baskets up :: a jaunt to the river park :: flowers for my porch... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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At a time when there is much to worry over, heavy tangled emotions weighing on our hearts, it was a joy to have a snowy weekend with good food, nowhere we had to be, and plenty of time to play together. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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She got a camera for Christmas. Made it her New Year's Resolution to remember to take it whenever we go anywhere. Today she asked me if she can take a writing class for kids through the local library, just as I'm beginning a graduate poetry workshop as a treat for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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I have this large window in my office at work. With a view to giant oak trees and rhododenron. And squirrels and the neighborhood groundhog, who lives in the hedge by the path. Sometimes it's just what I need to sit and look. I also love that my window is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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After several days on my own (kids at Mom's, Paul helping his parents), it was a joy to have a true family weekend. A visit to an Ice Age exhibit at the Arboretum, a walk in the woods, dinner at my Dad's, a family movie, church, a lovely lunch alone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
After a Christmas break (and frankly, last half of the year) to be simply "gotten through", I still (and always) have hope for a new year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Jelly Jar Daisies
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After spending Christmas with the flu and missing out on most of it, it was a joy to spend a sunny (and cold) day with my brothers, my parents, and my girls at Chimney Rock State Park. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at Jelly Jar Daisies