Monday, September 1, 2014

"Labor Day - Wars - Reading" or "More Rambling"

Happy Labor Day everyone who labors at something.  My laboring is minimal at fact my yard and gardens have really suffered because of the lack of laboring that occurred this past summer.  I could blame it on the weather, but we have had really nice weather this summer, I could blame it on the fact that when the workers installed my new fence last summer they ruined quite a few of the bushes, which in turn kinda ruined the look of the front garden.  And I am sure I could come up with more reasons, but truth be told I think I was just lazy and I don't have quite the oomph nor my sweetie around to help.  Sitting on the back porch reading and relaxing had far more appeal to me this summer than weeding, mowing, trimming etc.

And now with this holiday upon us it really marks the end of summer.  Oh I know it will still be warm and there will be plenty more days of relaxing on the porch.  But somehow when Labor Day comes it is like saying goodbye to summertime.  The kids are back in school, the pool officially closes today, I will hear the cheers from the football stadium and the bands playing not too far from my home, the sun is beginning to lower in the sky and darkness comes earlier.

But with the beginnings of early Fall, my hydrangeas are exploding (see above) and my neighbor's sunflowers have burst into bloom.  I could see the bright yellow from across the street, so naturally I grabbed my camera and wandered around the pond snapping about a kajillion pics of the sunflowers.  Sunflowers have to be in my top 5 fav flower, especially growing.

Today not only is the US celebrating Labor Day but the day is also distinguished as the official end to World War II, VJ Day with the Japanese finally admitting defeat after 2 Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the Japanese avoided our attempts at peace.  After reading "The Girls From Atomic City" a non-fiction narrative of both the building of the city of Oak Ridge, Tn and it's purpose, to build the atomic bomb I have become more aware of what this world must have been like during the late 1930's thru 1945.    It involved more than 100 million people and more than 30 countries. Horrible, devastating war, but we don't seem to learn....war continues somewhere every day.  Another great book, fiction, involving the destructive effects of the war on a personal level is "All The Light We Cannot See", superb read!!

I am currently reading "The Invention of Wings".  The story of slavery and the bonds that are formed between the white daughter of a plantation owner and her black slave....which ofcourse eventually leads to the Civil War.  I seem to be stuck on wars today.  But since I now read almost 100% on my two kindles, one my original and one a Kindle Fire, I can tell you that I am 25% into the book, or I am on page 96, or there is 7 hours and 53 minutes left according to my reading speed.  Don't ya love it!!

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  The man who never reads lives only one." 
                    ~ George RR Martin

Linking up with Tamar from Random-osity for her

Until next time....


  1. One thing about Sunflowers . . . they brighten up my iPad, thus they brighten up me!
    I have labored less this summer too . . . not yesterday, oh my! Neighbor couple friends helped us cut up and haul away to the fire pit, three trees.
    Two of them fell early summer and one, not sure when. It was hanging across the garden path when we saw it . It was a bit of a challenge to get it down.
    Our fire pit area now looks like a wood room!
    I just finishe Orphan Train . . . Really, Really, Really . . . a great book!

  2. love your blooms, and i'm totally with you on the gardening thing. better to relax and enjoy the day and work in the dirt now and then. :)

  3. Such pretty flowers!! I love gardening, the weeding, nah!

  4. Reading and relaxing sounds like the perfect way to spend the summer, to me, Deanna!
    Your flowers are just beautiful.
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

  5. Oh, how I love your sunflowers! I haven't seen any really good ones locally, not sure why. Ah, yes! The Kindle. Since I got mine, I've been reading far more books than I did before and I read a lot before. But it's so easy now with that one-click trick. I don't think I want to know how much money I've spent. Your hydrangeas are lovely. I had one bloom this year. One. Winter {and an overzealous husband-gardener} kind of did mine in. The one bloom was a beauty though. So thank you for sharing yours!

  6. I wish I could keep being lazy - I am really not looking forward to school starting tomorrow.
    Enjoy your porch for as long as you are able!!

  7. I love those sunflower shots, And your hydrangeas look beautiful in that blue vase.

  8. I do not think I will ever get tired of seeing beautiful sunflowers :)

  9. Beautiful images! Those sunflowers just explode with color!

  10. I love these photos! So beautiful! Thanks for the reading suggestions. Always looking for good books to add to the ever growing list.

  11. These are lovely Deanna! Our yard suffered a good deal this summer, so we labored yesterday to get it ready for fall. Felt good to clean up all the weeds and mess.

  12. I so enjoy when you talk about the books you are reading. From one book worm to another....keep posting your fav's. I'm reading Ken Folletts century trilogy. So good!

  13. I'm still (old fashioned) when it comes to reading. I want to hold that book in my hand and be able to put it down and pick it up whenever I want. I need to go pay my library fine (shame on me) so I can find something good to read. My flower beds suffered this summer as well but I really am blaming it more on the heat as we had a super hot summer here. Loved your sunflower shots, they are such pretty and cheerful flowers.

  14. Deanna,
    I have all three books you mentioned on my Amazon Wish List. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is one of my favorite reads.
    My Aunt recommended The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; it's a good one. Today I started another Catherine Ryan Hyde book, Take Me With You. So far I like it.


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