Chloe has day camp three days this week which means that Halle and I are out and about more than usual. This morning a friend of mine offered to take Chloe along with her since she’s working at camp today. I took her up on it but since she lives in Bellevue, and camp is in Nashville, I offered to meet her at The Loveless Cafe, ever heard of it? Anyway, my drive to Bellevue takes us over the river and through the woods of the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a pretty fabulous drive first thing in the morning.
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never actually eaten here. I always wanted to, then we moved to Franklin and it’s only about 25 minutes from our house, then the gluten thing happened and I’ve never bothered to go since biscuits are their thing…and I really love biscuits. My friend, Amanda, said that they’ve got more than just biscuits though and they’ve got a fabulous looking bbq house so I think we’ll go soon.
The zoo was fabulous yesterday! We’ve had a certificate for membership that we purchased at least a year ago but hadn’t activated it yet. And since yesterday was perfect weather-wise and Chloe is at camp not too far from where the zoo is, it was the perfect time to go. If you can’t see it, there’s an alligator tail in the background. Halle has perfected the “I’m terrified” pose, I think it’s her favorite.
The main attraction for us was Dino Trek and it was fabulous. The second exhibit was scary for the little Button mostly due to a dinosaur eating another dinosaur and they spit at you. Nothing else was remotely scary, not even the big ones. And T-Rex was by far the biggest dino on exhibit. He was pretty impressive.
We also got to see a two week old giraffe baby and some very energetic spotted leopard cubs. One cub in particular liked to climb the fence then jump for a stalk of bamboo and rode it to the ground. That was one of our favorite parts of the day. I’m looking forward to our adventure in Nashville tomorrow.
We’re at the Nashville Zoo today while Chloe is at day camp. The dinosaur exhibit is fabulous and summer is looking fantastic so far.
A few months ago I went shopping a bit south of Franklin and as I was driving back I saw a huge roll of hay with a “for sale” sign tacked onto it. I immediately got excited at the thought of finding a place that sells giant rolls of hay. My next thought was, “What in the world would I do with a giant roll of hay?” Followed by, “Why don’t I get this excited about shoe shopping?” I find that as time goes on, it’s the little things that make me happy.
Like finding a glass, cobalt blue bottle of water. I’d seen these on a TV show (Frasier maybe?) but I never knew where to find one- apparently I’m not privy to suppliers of upscale water. But on the same shopping trip that I found this picture frame, I also found these pretty cobalt blue bottles of carbonated water. I’ve been using them since then to put hydrangeas in.
These haven’t turned blue yet but I like the green-white blossoms.
They’re equally pretty with blue flowers or pink roses- I’ve tried them all. It’s a nice alternative to my regular clear vases and it cost less than $2. How about you? Do you have a favorite alternative type vase? I’d love to hear about it.
Today on this first day of summer I’m thinking about many beautiful things.
Making blueberry lime tea for Travis- it’s his favorite.
Summer nights spent on the patio, talking and laughing with our kids.
Sunflowers in bloom.
Afternoons at the pool.
I’m finding that more and more my eyes want bright pops of color rather than the blues I normally lean towards.
Those are my thoughts for today. Well, at least the interesting ones. The rest of my thoughts are focused on de-cluttering my whole house. I’ve actually entertained thoughts of renting a dumpster and tossing half of our belongings into it. We used to move so often that once a year we got rid of things we didn’t need. We’re coming close to 6 years in this house and we need to purge in a big way. This afternoon, Amanda asked me about getting rid of some magazines and I said, “Just put them in the recycling bag, don’t even show them to me”. I get too attached, magazines are full of too many good ideas that I’ll never, ever get to so it’s best to toss them.
So I guess I’ll add a de-cluttered house to my list of things to enjoy this summer. I just wish it wasn’t such hard work.
We are home again. In the last week and a half I was able to get some much needed down time and Travis and I had some much needed together time. We had dinner out and also had dinner at home on the patio. I’d recently gotten a shipment from Pottery Barn which gave me all the inspiration I needed to toss some things together for some ambience. It was really as simple as pulling out a $2 garage sale tablecloth and adding this lantern. Then Travis set up all of our tiki torches and nature even got into the swing of things and was kind enough to add lightning bugs to the mix.
I will never tire of lightning bugs.
I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week and a happy Father’s Day. Now to get back into the swing of things.