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Another cool wild peacock photo, courtesy of my goddaughter, Shon.

This summer is just passing too quickly.  Maya's school open house, where we meet her teacher and see her classroom, is August 9th.  The first day of third grade is August 16th.  Didn't she just finish second grade??

Some of the joys we're experiencing and appreciating this summer:

--Fresh sweet corn and cucumbers

--Maya working to fill her entire notebook, a gift from her new teacher during the move ahead time at the end of last year, with "juicy words" before school starts again

--Family time with my sisters and nieces

--Birthday celebrations

--Reading lots of Magic Treehouse chapter books

--Postcrossing postcards for geography and culture lessons

--Swimming lessons for Maya, the little fish

--New puppies at my friend's house and the house next door--some of the fun and none of the work of having our own new puppy

How's everything going with you?


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Current Little Pleasures

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Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?