"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

26 August 2016

Summer Vacation Faves

I missed you all last week!

I love Susanne's Friday Fave Five writing exercise.  I think it's so important to look back on our days or weeks or months or year and give thanks to God for all the blessings He gives us.  Even difficult things can be a blessing or we can find a blessing of some sort in them.

I was away with my 17 year old daughter last week on vacation to one of our most favorite spots in the state.  This place!!  We rented a small 2 bedroom cottage that had basically everything! We've stayed here in the past although in a different cottage and when all 4 of us were together.  This year, my husband wanted to attend the Science Fiction World Con in Kansas City, MO so that is where he vacationed.  I am so not into science fiction thus the separate vacations.  And my oldest had to work so she stayed behind and managed the house.

It is difficult to just choose 5 photos or blessings so bear with all the photos....I had to post several as they all are faves. 

Here's a glimpse from the past 2 weeks:

  • SOUTHERN ADKS ART TOUR:  Courtney (my oldest) and I took a Saturday before vacation to tour a few galleries and studios that local artists in the Northville, NY area were opening for visitors.  We spent a good deal of time with one, buying several of her cards from oil paintings, and then we spent some time in another gallery browsing before moving on to buying a watercolor from an artist who grew up in the village where my mother was born.  In fact, he signed my ADK 102 Challenge book as did the partner of the other artist.  It was a fun day followed by dinner with one of my cousin's at a local pub before we headed back home to suburbia.  Courtney really enjoyed herself and we needed this day together.


watercolor artist is William Mosher of Northville, NY
  • LONG LAKE VACATION!!  I won't write a lot.  This will be photos.....I am very thankful that Claire and I had some special days together in the sun with perfect summer weather (NO HUMIDITY AND NO TEMPS OVER 78!!), swimming, sitting on the dock, playing board games on the porch, browsing in Old Forge one day, touring Long Lake to the north all the way to the High Peaks Region one afternoon on a 2 hour boat tour that took us past Sigourney Weaver's camp (yes, the actress!!)and just relaxing under the pines with books and coffee.  It was a perfect way to end August! (we took a lot of photos..here are just some faves)
                    SCENES FROM AROUND THE COTTAGE :

our own picnic area outside our cottage

right outside our cottage...steps leading down to the beach
Long Lake

What I did every morning and late afternoon
 with my coffee, book and Bible
Shamrock Motel and Cottages
Long Lake, NY
Central ADKS

photo courtesy of Claire
afternoon coffee break

Claire just effortlessly goes into a ballet pose
on the swaying dock.

sunset over Owls Head Mountain
(hiked in 2013)

early evening swim 

early morning mist over Long Lake from the cottage

there were 8 of us on this 2 hour boat tour
the boat took us north to the end of the lake
The Seward Range and Santonini Wilderness Area
High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks
as seen from the boat
One of the most remote sections of the area
no roads in, no hiking trails, no utilities
lean to's are accessible by boat only
the highest peak in the very background is Algonquin Mt
the 2nd tallest mountain in NYS 

  • BONFIRE NIGHT:  Claire and I wanted a bonfire one night shortly after returning home...the weather has been gorgeous and I know we won't get to do this much once school begins again.  It was a fun evening of chatting, taking photos and eating s'mores. We stayed outdoors until about 10 pm and it was lovely.

  • BIKING AND A LITTLE BOY: This past week I rode my bike over to the home of a little boy, J, who was one of the students I worked with in the kindergarten last school year.  He is 6 years old and is a delight to know!  His mom told me about how she asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, and he said he just wanted to make people smile.  Well, he already does that!!  So, his mom decided to create smile magnets for him to pass out to people.  He gave me one and Mom let me choose 2 more for my daughters!  (they were thrilled when they got them and both girls keep them on their dressers) I put mine right on my fridge.  The thing that I love about J is that, not only is he one of the happiest children I have met while working at this particular school, but although he has some special needs, he rises to the challenges and works hard.  His parents are wonderful people and I can't go into details, obviously, but let me tell you, he is one amazing little person and I'm guessing he is going to go far in life. (please note: his mom gave me permission to post about this). If you click on the link above (the words "create smile magnets" it will take you to their Facebook page for the project)  Here is a photo of the magnets:

J's smile magnets
Cat for Courtney
Hummingbird for Claire
Rainbow for me

  • RELAXING AFTERNOONS:  I am loving every minute of summer and of this month.  August is my 2nd favorite month and I love that the mornings and evenings are cooler and the days nice and hot with sunny skies.  I like getting my housework done in the mornings and then that leaves me parts of the afternoons to sit on my deck, with iced coffee and a book, enjoying the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.  I am going to miss this routine of mine once I'm back at work and I know I will need to make sure to have some quiet time...at least a few days a week....it's so important for our bodies, minds and souls.

That wraps up a bit of the last 2 weeks.

In one week from today, I will be getting ready for a hiking trip, and then a short trip to my in-laws in MA.

And in two weeks from yesterday, Claire and I will head back to the classrooms.

Enjoy the rest of August and summer vacation!


Barbara H. said...

Schools started here the first week of August, but got out much earlier than you all - end of May, I think. Sounds like you had great summer and will be well-rested before school time! Your vacation and pre-vacation time sound great. What a lovely place to stay! The magnets are really cute!

Willow said...

Ah, Faith, your fave fives made me smile all the way through!
What a beautiful place to vacation! I loved the photos of you on the deck and the one of Claire doing her ballet thing so effortlessly.
And those magnets! How sweet! They made me smile just looking at them!
I know you are enjoying these last days of summer!

Kathie said...

What a lovely place to vacation! That path down to the lake made me really want to go there. We used to live in Lancaster Ont - right on the border of NY state - I bet it wasn't far from there. Such a gorgeous spot! And how nice you had that time with Claire - plus your day with Courtney.

I'm hoping to get a few more campfires in before the weather gets too cold. I don't actually like to eat marshmallows but I do enjoy roasting them :)

Hope you get some more relaxing days in before schooltime!

Happy weekend!

Schotzy said...

What an awesome week spent with your daughter.... such memories and time to cherish for years to come...

Susanne said...

Sounds like it was such a wonderfully relaxing holiday! And nice that you got to spend some time with Courtney too before you left. Did Dave enjoy the convention?