My Year In Pictures: August Week 1

At first glance this week’s photos look like a typical set of my daily random images and on the surface that’s true but with a little more background they really tell the story of what’s been occupying our time and how we’re trying to capture some feel-good summer moments in the middle of our busy days.

When we moved into this house 7 years ago I was excited to see little clumps of anemones spread across the backyard but it didn’t take long to realize they are really invasive and grow even faster when you try to pull them out.  Lesson learned, now I sit on my hands instead of reaching out and yanking up the fresh shoots and I’m trying to re-appreciate their pretty pink flowers.  Monday afternoon Ryan and I finally made it to our favorite coffee shop and on the way out we walked past this little flag pin stuck in a tree trunk.  Tuesday’s shot is a sad view of John’s trusty Subaru.  This was a great car that served him well for over 10 years but it wasn’t a match for the dreaded “rush hour accident on the freeway”.  He was hit from behind by a distracted driver and after a thorough inspection we received the bad news that his car is a total loss. 😦   Shopping for a new (to us) car wasn’t on my list of things to do this summer however and coming only a few months after we had to replace my car made the process even more painful.

Life goes on though and Wednesday I posted this photo of a new UPF Scarf in our Etsy shop.  We’ve kept to our schedule of introducing a few new things every couple of weeks so the shop stays fresh and interesting while behind the scenes we are working hard to finish some fun Halloween items and new cold weather accessories.  For a change of pace Thursday’s photo is of our collection of beach walking sticks resting by the back door.  Each stick came from a memorable walk with Ryan and seeing them together reminds us of fun times in the past and fun times yet to come.  Friday’s shot is also from our back deck and highlights one of my favorite begonias.  Our week ended Saturday night with our 22nd Wedding Anniversary!  To celebrate we visited this amazing distillery close to home and tasted award-winning, scratch made gin and vodka. 🙂

I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.  If a once-a-week (or two) blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.


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18 thoughts on “My Year In Pictures: August Week 1

  1. Sounds like a jam packed week. Hope John is okay and as Nancy said, he will have a new car. It must have been a bit scary and unexpected. Happy Anniversary and 22 years is quite a milestone. Many more years together, and maybe Ryan was a good kid staying out of your way that night 😉


    1. Thanks, Mabel. 🙂 Yes it was a jam packed week but John will be fine and his new car is safer than the old one so we’ll all be happy in the end. Still, car accidents are scary and I hate those “side of the freeway” calls… Ryan was a great kid on our Anniversary, he hung out with his video games and let us have drinks and a nice dinner. 🙂

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  2. I’m glad to read that “only the car” is lost in a distracted driving accident! Scary stuff, though. And anemones almost growing like weeds? I can’t imagine. I think it’s lovely to just make peace with them. They really are a sweet flower. I enjoyed the photos and an opportunity to hear about your week!

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  3. Happy 22nd anniversary to you both. So happy that John is okay. Cars are replaceable; beloved husbands not so much. Love your anemones and the flag pin image. Well done with your Etsy shop.The scarf looks pretty. 🙂


  4. I like anemones and would like to try to plant some of the larger pink ones. I do not know if they are related to the little blue ones that come up volunteer in my yard every spring but…if I pull them will I get more? I’ve tried to dig them and move them into my garden but they will have none of that.


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