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.