Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Patio Pinks





My daughter had some girlfriends over 
on Sunday afternoon for some pizza.


While they were laughing, 
listening to music, 
and catching up on the happenings 
of their first week of school,
I put a little drink station together
for them on the patio.


It was such a nice warm day!










Have to savor the last remaining warm days!

























No pics of the girls eating.....
the blogging mom (and dad) 
were both given strict 
instructions not to embarrass!


This time....
we followed the rules.


;)


Oh, to be almost sixteen again.



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Work in Progress





It's true....
I am a blogging
"work in progress".






I know I have all the tools
I probably need
 to get the job done,
but there are
still a lot of kinks
I need to work out.

Maybe you can help me with a few
of the things
 that I need to adjust a bit
 and tweak a little. 






Here are the things I need some help with:


1.
How do you keep up
with comments
for all of your blogroll friends?

My sidebar has
the "most recently updated" blogs
shown ...  so when I have time
to sit and visit and leave comments,
I start at the top of that list and work my way down
through each and every blog,
as far as I can get with my time.

 I end up visiting a nice random
mix of posts ..... but is there
a better way to do this?
Can someone tell me
what is the most efficient way
to visit and leave comments
for my dear friends?






2.
Why do some of you have
blogger approval modes on?
It's a hassle and time-consuming when
when you try to leave a comment,
but am I going to be sorry if
I don't enable it on my comment box?
(Will I get a virus or toxic spam?)




3.
When I "Sign In" to the Blogger box....
why can't I stay signed in?
If and when I do, then I am unable to
leave comments for my friends....
what's up with THAT?


UPDATE: Since posting this...
I have taken advice from several of you to 
download Google Chrome. I think you were right,
my Mozilla was running in conflict
with Blogger. This helped tremendously!
Thanks for the suggestion!
Two clicks and it was downloaded. Easy fix!









4.
When someone new becomes a follower,
usually their little photo appears in the top
left hand corner
of the block of photos of my followers.
However, now and then
I find a follower whose photo
gets added somewhere random in the photo box.

Is there a notification place
where I find out
who my newest followers are?






Okay,
that's all for now.
Thanks so much in advance
for your tips and advice you.
I cannot tell you
 how much I appreciate it.






Also...
to those of you super-bloggers
with oodles of faithful followers...
thank you for your comments.
You know who you are....
you amaze me that you find the time
to comment so often.
Not sure when you all sleep,
but I admire your diligence and your passion
for the blogging friendships
that you have and maintain!









And finally...
if you are following me and I have not
followed you back, please see issue #4!
Just let me know
and I will follow you
as soon as I get your note.


I know I may not say it enough
but I love you guys!

xoxox~
Alison





Monday, August 29, 2011

August slips away





There is a chill in the air
and it seems that summer
is starting to cool down
to allow for fall
to take her place.




















We've been lucky enough to have
two or three rains
almost every week this summer
to keep things green.

I have never been so grateful for them
until I read so many of your blogs
where you have shared your desperate needs
for rain in your gardens.






It's wondeful to see what blooms
from month to month in the summer.

Just as one flower goes to seed
another one begins to blossom nearby.




Front entry






"Let me enjoy
this late-summer day of my heart
while the leaves are still green
  and I won't look so close as to see
 that first tint of pale yellow slowly creep in.

 I will cease endless running
and then look to the sky
ask the sun to embrace me
and then hope she won't tell
of tomorrows less long than today.

Let me spend just this time
 in the slow-cooling glow of warm afternoon light
and I'd think I will still have the strength
for just one more last fling of my heart."

- John Bohrn, Late August



Local Artist's Retreat









Have you ever heard of an
American Sculptor and Artist
named Sylvia Shaw Judson?




Probably not, but you may have seen her work.






This is the summer house
of Sylvia and her family.
Her father, Howard Van Doren Shaw,
a famous Chicago architect built it.
Although you may never have heard
of her, you may have seen her very famous
sculpture called "Bird Girl".

This sculpture was used for the cover
of the book titled
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"



Do you recognize it?

This is a copy of Sylvia's original sculpture that sits on the property of this lovely estate.



This may be  a gorgeous old home,
but now it is something much more.





Sylvia's sculptures are all over the property grounds.
One sweeter than the next.


Sylvia Shaw Judson
(1897 -1978)



















You can visit Sylvia's home, Ragdale,
and the quiet forest
and prairie lands that is sits upon.

It is now an artist's sanctuary.
Visual artists, writers, composers,
and interdisciplinary artists
from every state and around the globe find
what they need to create new work:

time and space.




The property is comprised
of many buildings, barns and cottages.
You can rent a room (for a very nominal fee)
and use the art and music facilities
throughout the compound
during your stay there.

It is peaceful haven
that will inspire your
inner artist.

A magical place to visit
or to stay when you
are in need of a quiet
artistic retreat.

For more information,
you can link to their site:


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