Thursday’s Special: July & August Recap

This week for Thursday’s Special, Paula asks us to compile our photos from July and August (not just the ones for her challenges, but from all). You may repost all of them, or your favourite ones. The reasons for this are purely selfish. With her holidays and being busy before and after them, she missed quite a lot of our work and would like to catch up in this convenient way.

Here I have chosen some of my favorites from July & August. Looking through them you will see I spent my summer out in nature and at the beach.

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Thursday’s Special


Photo Collages are one of my favorite things to make. Years ago my friends and I would cut photos and words about one another out of magazines and glue them on poster board. These days different apps make it easy to combine photos-like this one I put together of selfies of me and my husband on our outings.

 My favorite topic, birds and nature

My Great Grandparents and Grandmother through childhood to adulthood


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How many languages do you you speak?

I only speak English. I took French in school for a few years and can still put together sentences and remember basic words. My husband and I  took Yiddish classes at the Yiddish Institute in New York City many years ago. He grew up speaking it at home, I did not. He had never learned proper grammar and sentence structure so for him it was also a learning experience. I am still able to speak a little, and understand, but not using it, you lose it. I also learned American Sign Language years ago and volunteered in a local school for the Deaf in order to use it.

I Love You in ASL

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

Reading: Mostly blogs and I save up my newspapers and read them over the weekend. Watching: Just finished up the season of Billionaire on Showtime, a great series. Also watch the Real Housewives of NYC- I love to see the vacations they take and the places they live- not to mention the cat fights.

Listening to: Austin Plaine is my new favorite to listen to.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

An Iris that I passed while on a walk-they were planted at the corner of someone’s property next to the sidewalk. Too beautiful to pass by without snapping a photo.

What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning just as the sun is rising. I love the quiet, seeing the sky change colors as dawn is breaking. That first cup of coffee. Especially at the beach.

Grateful everyday. Always.

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The Weekly Smile

Yesterday I received a package in the mail from my sister. She had been sorting through old photo albums that belonged to my mother and sent me close to 100 photos she thought I might like to have. Many were duplicates that are in my own albums, but some I had never seen, or had no recollection of. I spent the evening sorting through them and thinking back to when they had been taken, where life has gone since then, my parents both no longer here. Though bittersweet, I smiled at the memories, at the good times caught by the lens, just remembering.

Me and my mother, taken in 1972 at the party of a neighbor, I was 15. I don’t recall ever seeing this photo before. I do remember the dress though!1972

1975 me on the piano at a family gathering with my sister and Father singing along. Another photo I had never seen before.1975piano

Me and my Grandfather in 1988 on the Shelter Island Ferry- we must have gone from his home in Southampton NY to visit my Aunt who lived there. He was 82 at the time.grandpa1988

What was your smile for the week?

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This week Cee asks:

What is the perfect pizza?

I have been Gluten intolerant for close to 15 years, so I cannot say. Extra cheesy is how I used to like it. I have tried gluten free pizza which little resembles the real thing. I have tried Pizza made with a cauliflower crust, it takes like mush with tomato sauce and cheese and whatever else you want to add. There is just nothing like the real thing.

What is your favorite time of day?

Morning for sure, hands down, absolutely. Nothing like the quiet, peacefulness, the sunrise. Especially at the beachsunrise1aa

Show us two of your favorites photographs.  The photos can be from anytime in your life span. Explain why they are your favorite.

This photo was taken about 7 years ago when 3 of my great nieces came to stay for the weekend. Before they left we wanted to get a photo so they all literally jumped onto the couch surrounding me. Their exuberance made me laugh and every time I see this photo I think of that. It always makes me smile.

This is a photo of my father taken in 1975 in the dining room of the home I grew up in. I love it because my father rarely smiled in photos because his teeth were crooked, and here he is smiling. The way he is holding his hands was so “him”- we all have certain gestures that make us who we are- and this was often how he held his hands- with or without the cigarette. The digital watch a sign of the times- it was a big deal back then- new to the market. He loved watches and owned many.daddy 1975

Complete this sentence:  I’m looking forward to…. 

More of summer!! More coffees with friends, more morning walks, more shopping, more weekend trips to the beach!