Thursday, September 6, 2012

404 - 406 Fun Things to Do!

404 - Take photographs of some of your favorite flowers in your garden!  Every morning during Morning Glory season, I march out my front door in my pajamas to say "good morning" to them.  I get lost in their radiance!

Then I move on to greet and appreciate my Black Eyed Susan hanging basket, and my fabulous hot pink Mandevillas.

This morning I was greeted with 15 Heavenly Blue Morning Glories!  The gorgeous twirly buds are so stunning to me.  I am a lover of buds, and the Morning Glory buds are tied with the Black Eyed Susan buds for twirling magnificence.  My friend, Sally, introduced me to the exotic Mandevillas -- a plant I never thought would thrive in N.E. Ohio, but it does!

The memories of these flower-filled mornings and these photographs will help get me through the Winter!

405 - Send an email to your friends including wonderful photographs of your flowers.  Today is my dear friend Susan's birthday, and since she lives in Florida, I can't coordinate a fabulous celebration for her, so I am sending this photo of Black-Eyed Susans to her.  They can sing "Happy Birthday" to her in her imagination!  And if I can catch her by phone, I will read Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss to her with great enthusiasm!

406 - Send photographs of your favorite flowers by text to your friends who can't see them in person!  My friend, Liz, lives in Washington state, so it was fun to send her a text with some photos this morning, so she can be in my garden with me a bit, without really being here.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

401 - Go to your class reunion!  This is the reunion celebration of the Class of '65 turns 65 (although I am still a young 64) from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio this Summer.  I am on the far right.  It was a fun weekend of camaraderie and memories.  We practically shut down Swenson's, our local drive-in restaurant, and went to Mary Coyle's ice cream parlor, along with the meet and greet on Friday night, and the dinner dance on Saturday.  No matter where our paths have led, we all still have those mutual high school years to remember  and there's a certain tenderness about that.

402 - Catch up with friends from long ago!  Here are Mitra and Jim LaRocco -- Jim was one of my most important friends in high school.  He always gave me advice about boyfriends, thank Heavens!  I got to hear the romantic story of how Jim and Mitra met.  It is always great to know that people you cared about in high school are out there having interesting and fun lives.

403 -  Use treasured buttons in unusual ways.  Mitra LaRocco has a wonderful collection of buttons that once belonged to her Mother.  Now Mitra puts those buttons on many pieces of her own clothing in her Mother's memory.  This is the skirt that Mitra wore to one of the events at the reunion.  I thought it was one of the best looking skirts I had ever seen.  When I found out the story of the buttons, I just had to ask if I could share it.  Thank you, Mitra!