It's officially summer for another entire month, and that's not something we take lightly here in New England. We know that after the glorious autumn days leave, the brilliant, sparkling snows of winter will descend once again.
So, while I am in the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer mode,
Nellie has agreed to guest host my blog!
Woof, pant, sniff, and hi everyone!
I'm joining the Summer Fun party at Cuisine Kathleen! She would just love to have me visit for a swim in her ocean. I could bring her some sand from the beach. My paws and tail are sand magnets!
Meddybemps Lake, in the far north of Maine, is one of the scenic, quiet spots where my family recharges while watching the bald eagles, fox, loon ... and mosquitoes. I love it because I'm outside all day and because I'd rather be in the lake than almost anywhere, especially when there is a stick that needs retrieving.
This is the stick I would rather have.
Mom says it's too big and refuses to throw it, but as you can see I can carry it just fine and did until my dad (Mr. Fun) took it away and hid it somewhere.
I'll sniff it out next time I'm there!
Last week the rest of the family, including Mr. Fun, my boy Will, my fellow female pup Charlotte, and The Boyfriend left Mom and me at the lake house while they mountain biked in a nearby wildlife area.
That's us at the left purple dot and the rest of them at the right purple dot. Mom loves this Find My Friends app on her phone!
So while they were off having some Summer Fun, we had a little of our own. I'm a great helper to Mom.
We knew the others would be tired and hungry when they returned, so we decided to set a pretty table for them to enjoy.
We carried all the goodies down to the lake on our huge tray. The dishes and tray are all plastic so swishing tails and nosey noses can't do any harm.
We covered the old picnic table with a huge red and white gingham tablecloth and topped that with placemats with a tiny yellow and white gingham pattern.
And yes, they looked great together. Very summery and fresh!
Even the damselflies, which were quite abundant this year, were entranced.
Mom said something about the birds and the bees
but I only saw the damselflies.
Then we collected some wildflowers and somehow I got into trouble,
just because I was eating something yummy in the woods
that Mom said was gross and disgusting,
but it wasn't! It was delicious.
We put the flowers in a pretty green glass.
Although I drink happily from the lake, my people need glasses,
so we decided to use these pretty jars.
Mom says she learned about using mason jars for beverages
from her southern belle friends
and that we don't usually do that up here.
So she wants to know of she's the only clueless New England Yankee
who thought mason jars were just good for storage and canning.
All the dishes, flatware, napkins and straws had to be placed carefully, so Mom did that while I gnawed on one of these neat and colorful paper straws. They look like the straws that are filled with flavored sugar and I was hoping I had found a treat, but they are just drinking straws.
The yellow dinner size plates looked quite nice on their own ~
and we thought of leaving the table like this.
But the pretty green salad plates were just too tempting ~
~ and after my preliminary inspection ~
we decided to add them too.
Mom was NOT happy that the light kept changing
as the sun peeked in and out of the clouds ~
and dappled the table as the rays cut through the branches of
the pine trees that grow to the edge of the lake.
~ something to do with her camera and resolutions to learn more about exposures ~
Finally the sun came out, my family returned (tired and dirty!)
and we all went for a swim.
These lazy summer days are exhausting!
I don't know what Mom would do without me.
~~ please join me and my Mom at these wonderful parties ~~
~~ goodies found here ~~
floral melamine dishes and tray ~~ pier 1
red tablecloth ~~ pottery barn
yellow placemats/napkins ~~ villeroy & boch
mason jars ~~ amazon
flatware ~~ amazon
green and orange glasses ~~ wisteria
paper straws ~~ terrain
Wishing many happy summer days to you!
(and Linda!! )