Most states have a slogan, or two.
Several have been very successful and indeed took on lives of their own, such as Virginia is for Lovers or I Love NY, but one of my favorites is this one:
"Maine. The way life should be."
Ahhhh. Yes. I can feel the tension in my shoulders easing
and my breath exhaling
even as I type those words!
Something life should include is sitting by a lake and contemplating
~~ no assigned topic ~~
just one of your own choosing.
One day I was contemplating the dragonflies
as I watched them emerge from the water.
Can you see the dragonfly on the grass, exactly in the middle of the photo?
As I cheered them on in their quest to eat all the mosquitoes,
I remembered that dragonflies of my own
had claimed some of the precious car space on the way to Maine,
and it was time for them to emerge, too.
Fern patterned linens also were tucked into my stash,
as were these pieces of "treble clef" flatware that seem more like
the unfurling fronds of a fern.
(hmm...I've been told that good writers never use alliteration but this description fits...)
The way life should be includes a pretty bunch of flowers on the table,
especially wildflowers. I'm always careful to pick only unprotected varieties.
But sometimes I end up on a quest to identify a new find. This is some type of sedum ~~ I think!! ~~ growing wildly about the marshes!
Does anyone know?
I hope it's not invasive, as it is quite beautiful.
A few sprigs found their way into this votive holder ~~ a new and fabulous
color for this fall from PB!
They remind me of pine cones.
I collected quite a few. :)
Ribbons are handy for keeping twigs and leaves and sprigs of flowers together when the gentle breezes blow off the lake.
Ahh ~~ yes ~~ the lake.
~~ exhale ~~
~~ and back to the dragonflies ~~
~~ and the ferns, flatware, flowers and unfurled ribbon ~~
~~ the menu ~~
Maine lobster salad and wild Maine blueberry pie topped with
wild Maine blueberry ice cream.
(you can see my other blueberry table HERE)
My four-legged shadow, silhouetted against the lake, wasn't interested in helping me, as her favorite family members had disappeared around the far corner of the cove.
In kayaks. Oh, dear.
She wanted to swim after them, but her mean old mom told her to sit.
Relax, Nellie! There they are! Two tiny dots on the right shore ~~ Will (hold tail with teeth and spin in a circle) and Mr. Fun (thump, thump)!
Can you see them?
Which means Charlotte (slobbery Nellie xxxx's)
and The Boyfriend (hurry, find big stick for him to throw) are right behind!
At last ~~ all of the Fun family together!
The way life should be.
~~ exhale ~~
~~~~ Find your own state slogan HERE! ~~~~
~~ I would love to hear about it! :) ~~