Sunday, September 6, 2015

Farewell Summer 2015

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

I can't believe summer has drawing to a close!  Kids are back to school.  It's starting to cool down a bit overnight.  And at work I'm starting to see apple cider stations at weddings!

August started out with my birthday....and this photo should tell you I got EXACTLY what I wanted!! Good job hubby!

I had to attend a black-tie wedding at the beginning of the month as well and made this set to wear with a simple black gown.

I am ADORE Swarovski's antique pink crystal color!

We also spent some time in New Jersey for vacation.  We stay in southern NJ and the house we stay at is in a complex situated on the Delaware Bay.  Five minutes (walking) from the house is this path that leads to the bay shore and it's my absolute favorite part of going down there!

This year was just as delightful and we did plenty of beach combing, enjoyed sunsets on the water and there was plenty of wildlife.

Horseshoe crab

There were lots of birds too, which I love, but I never brought my good camera with a zoom to capture some of them.  Clearly though the iPhone does the job for everything else!

For a few days, one of my son's close friends, from when we lived in Maryland, joined us at the beach and that was tons of fun too!

Zorbs on the Wildwood boardwalk! 

When we returned home, Jackson continued to help at the farm where one of my company's restaurants is located.  Here is also are a couple of our veggie hauls when he put in a few hours at the farm!

For one of our last summer 'field trips', Jackson and I decided to go geocaching in a forest on a trail that we saw there were 25 caches located.

Can you see the geocaches?
As we made our way through the trail our find rate was about 50% and my phone was losing battery power rapidly.  So we saw cache #14 on the map and decided that would be the last one we found and would head back.  Well.....just a few seconds after we wandered off the trail to look for the cache, I disturbed a yellow jacket nest.  I yelled, "Ow!!! I''m getting stung by a bee!" Jackson rushed over to help me and started getting stung himself.  Between the two of us we were stung eleven times (Jackson 7, me 4).  Ugh.  We screamed and yelled for help - but apparently we were literally in the middle of no where, as not a single person appeared to see if we were okay! lol!   It was pretty nerve-wracking since my phone was about to die, and  I am known to have severe local reaction! So we had to rush back to my car - which was about 2.5 miles away, writhing in pain!   Jackson recovered marvelously within two hours, I on the other hand continued to worsen as the days went on and now I'm the proud carrier of an EpiPen!  I've been a little jumpy when outside, but in spite of that couldn't help capture this lovely little image at work the other day!

In the meanwhile, I've been taking hundreds, if not thousands of pictures for work.  Lot and lots and lots of food and drink.  Our farm has been unbelievably abundant this year and it shows in all the menus and specials at work.  Here is a sampling:

Foodie fun! 

Finally - I'm still plugging away getting the quilts assembled for Bead-It-Forward.  There are some pretty fun items available to bid on!  Check it out!
Giraffe themed Bead-It-Forward quilt

And if you are in the New England area September 23-26 be sure to stop by the stores participating in the NH Bead Bop to see some of the quilts and crafted objects in person!


  1. A great variety of summer pictures!

  2. Wow you've been on the go! I'm so sorry about your allergic reaction to the stings. Nasty buggers.

  3. what a stash of new beads! and a lovely set to wear out to the wedding! I'm enjoying the change in the weather as I'm not a hot & humid kind of girl ... I prefer the Fall. So sorry about the bees - ouch! that would scare me as well as those yellow jackets can be pretty mean

  4. I envy you your vacation in South Jersey. I grew up 30 miles from Atlantic City and we went there and to Ocean City every summer! I miss it and I loved your photos. Love the beads and the necklace set you made. That was a scary experience with the bees. I'm glad you and Jackson are okay. Hard to believe summer is over!

  5. Wow, I'm glad you and Jackson are okay! How scary! I'm also glad your reaction wasn't worse!

    You got all those rivolis for your birthday!? Your hubby is definitely a keeper! :-)

    Great pictures!


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