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Saturday, July 19, 2014

little touches

Can add so much

(Some of the floral accent from the golf tournament)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

time to suit up ...


we're getting closer and closer to some down time with the kiddos 
and as it has been awhile since a full on family vacation 
this is way over-due


for those with children gearing up to return to school in about a week and a half - I am sorry 

for those of us with children not returning to school until a more reasonable time - say, later in August 
 -- let the park fun begin! 

 (sorry! --- sorta!)

The upside to your kids growing up is that you can vacation on "off season" 
and with many schools going to near all-year-round 
the "off season" category is covering a larger period of time.
(looking for the silver linings in this whole getting 'old' thing wherever I can get them)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

lay of the land ...


Wild Wonderful West Virginia


How blessed are we to be surrounded by such beauty.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

lately ...

I have only pulled the camera out for specific events - the marathon, birthday, tournament, graduation ... 
I have forced in a teacup or a flower or two around the house, but I haven't really ventured out with the camera just for fun. This must be remedied. Soon. 

 In the meantime ...


a couple flowers from out back 
(where I need to visit with the weedeater in a bad way)

Monday, July 14, 2014

contemplate the Good the Random the Fun of it all ...

There are periods where one might live a life devoid of anything 'sports', but not this summer.  
The FIFA World Cup has made a soccer / fĂștbol fan of us all,
and while it is as much a union of patriotism as it is an interest in the game,
ultimately everyone comes away knowing a little bit more about the sport.
The same is true of any event - crowd enthusiasm is contagious.
When we go to the golf tournament each year, half the fun is the excitement in the air.  My husband gets concerned that I will get bored - the point after I have walked the 18 holes, gone back and forth to the vendors for food and drink, and have put away the camera.  But that isn't the case.  I enjoy watching the personalities of the players and spectators alike.  And as is the case with my mind, I contemplate the good, the random, the fun of it all.








A very good spot to take in the tournament is at the 17th Tee
- cool breeze, beautiful mountain view, and clear unobstructed view of each golfer's tee shot.
It is also a perfect spot to observe what type of rapport exists between player/caddy and player/player.
Some walk up and go straight to work - practice swing until the field is clear to hit their shot.  Saying nothing to anyone.  
Others actually talk to each other or to their caddy.
I couldn't imagine walking 18 holes - (4 hours) with someone and not talk to them.  
But then, I'm not a golfer.



This is from lunch at Drapers at The Greenbrier hotel.  The decor and menu is a throwback to yesteryear of sophisticated casual with big floral/stripe and pink printed wallpaper and tablecloths. The over-run of Alicia Keys music blasting from the neighboring casino was a hiccup in the ambiance, but the tasty food made up for it.
  


The best part of watching any event is when the players appear to be enjoying themselves.   
Last year this young man looked like someone had kicked his dog - he was all frown/all the time;
but this year he genuinely appeared to be enjoying himself at the end of the Pro-Amateur round, getting a laugh at the conversation between his caddie and the volunteer standard-bearer.




My hats off to the tournament organizer for moving the alumni center from a tent between #1 fairway and #11 green to the WV Info cottage. It got a little rowdy a couple of times, but a great location none-the-less.



Do I even have to say anything here - what isn't fun about this?








I am appreciative of the golfers who return each year, 
but must admit it was cool to see some new faces from the European Tour:

Darren Clarke, Thorbjorn Olesen and Camilo Villegas




At the end of the day, it is a hard not to enjoy yourself when surrounded by such beautiful scenery and youthful energy in the air.



***** 
 linking up with Tamar and friends at Random-osity 

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

pushing buttons ...


is not always a bad thing!

[Japanese pushpins]

Saturday, July 12, 2014

we may never pass this way again ...


Life, so they say, is but a game and we let it slip away. 
Love, like the Autumn sun, should be dyin' but it's only just begun. 
Like the twilight in the road up ahead, they don't see just where we're goin'. 
And all the secrets in the Universe, whisper in our ears 
And all the years will come and go, 
take us up, 
always up. 
We may never pass this way again.

{Seals & Crofts}



same path - different direction 

as is with life 
- it is all on how you approach it

***

We've spent several summers under the cloud that we may never pass this way again;
anticipating the inevitable point where our children will have lives and schedules that do not include family.
Determined not to take one minute for granted,
we have made extra effort to include them to the extent possible in our extra curricular endeavors (so to speak), 
like taking like taking Allyson to the golf tournament and to the Maroon5 concert.
She went last year right before leaving for Japan - and even though we were fortunate to get that opportunity again, 
it was very different.  
She is a different girl  And we are different adults.
The same is in the making with our son who is starting to stretch his independent legs;
where even when we get to do the same things together, it's not the same.