Javajune's Blog

Someone once said… “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Summer lovin’

Just a few reasons why I love summer…

What could be better than running through the sprinkler in  a pink bikini?

Playing in the rain.

Splashing in the water table.

Raindrops on roses.

Enjoy the sunshine!

xo-jj

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | bad boys, confessions, family woes | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mother nature’s spell and a deep sleep

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Deep sleep leads to a fuzzy head and misty eyes that take time to focus in the morning. The cool nights have forced me into a deep slumber lately. This has been a strange summer for sure. The days are pleasant, no beautiful, with temps in the seventies, sometimes eighties and nights that dip down in the fifties. The morning is thick with a heavy dew and milky mist over the pond that melts away inch by inch. The days are dry and breezy and the nights are cool and moist. It has felt much more like fall than summer. For some reason the change of season always forces me to sleep very deeply, kind of like an animal preparing for hibernation. My mind and body have been fooled by mother nature’s unusual temperament this summer. She has cast quite a spell and it’s making me sleepy. Although I prefer a warm, borderline hot, summer full of sunny days and sultry nights this one hasn’t been bad, just different.

I’m not sure what this departure from the norm has meant or what the Earth is trying to say but something is up, I can feel it. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive and read more into a situation that needs to be there but then maybe not. Perhaps this is just a way of diverting our attention away from the state of the economy.  I am one who doesn’t really pay attention to every detail, I don’t listen to a lot of news nor do I read the paper but I have an all knowing kind of six sense that is usually quite accurate. I feel things in the air and watch the animals and plants respond to the Earth and this year feels so different, maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s not.  The animals that usually keep to the woods in the summer have stayed close to the house and made themselves more visible than in the past five years we’ve lived here. I have to wonder what the coming winter will bring. I hope it will be unusually mild and short unlike this past winter that seemed to never end. For now I am going to enjoy the remainder of my summer, strange as it is.

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All this talk about mother nature reminded me of the other night around 11:00 pm when I walked out my front door and was greeted by a big fat racoon. He quickly grabbed onto a little flower pot and held it out like a beggar asking for money. I laughed and tried to shoo him away but he put down the pot and came closer. I wasn’t sure whether to back away or stand my ground. I started to get a little nervous when all of a sudden the feral Mamma cat I been feeding came to my rescue. She got between us, snarled and swiped her paw at his face. He turned and ran. That was two nights ago and I haven’t seen him since. I guess she does appreciate my hand-outs.  Animals are both strange and amazing sometimes.

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Well that’s quite enough rambling for one day. I have plenty of picture editing to do and my hair needs a make-over in the worst way.  Hey Deborah a week from today I will be flying over your house on my way to the coast-look up and wave.

Wishing you a dewey day filled with beautiful reflections.

xo-jj

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August 5, 2009 Posted by | me, photography, rants | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Lingering in a summer’s day

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My mind is quiet as the light is lingering in a dance on the lawn and the trees are gently bending in a late afternoon breeze. It’s perfect, really, warm enough for a tank top and shorts but not hot enough to force a sweat. The sunflowers are bright and cheerful as the smell of grilled chicken floats thru the neighborhood. I could stay in this moment forever, summer sun, garden flowers, succulent food on the grill, gentle breezes in my hair and the a little wren bringing dinner back to the nest. Summer afternoons are a perfect time for curious minds to wander while a tired body rests. My thoughts are misty but recognizable. I see lush gardens in the mist and hear the ocean just beyond my tattered little cottage that sits amongst the roses over looking a craggy cliff to the ocean. It’s so serene and perfect just like this summer afternoon.

dear summer,

please stay for a little while longer or maybe forever. I love everything about you: your warm breath, bright and beautiful skies, flower filled fields, and even a little sweat here and there. I would trade an evening by the fire, my sexy leather boots and favorite pair of woolen mittens for an eternal summer, if only you would stay.

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Free to just be…..

xo-jj

July 30, 2009 Posted by | me, photography, rants | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Here’s to summer days, a good glass of wine, and fond memories

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Sometimes life is good just the way it is. Sometimes life looks and feels a little better after a good glass of of Pinot Noir. A little bread and great company are all I need to finish off a perfect weekend. Oh I almost forgot the chocolate truffles.

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My morning walks remind me of a few years ago when I spent a week every year back-packing the Canadian shield. I loved the adventure and the challenge of living out of a 40 lb sack. The views across Lake Superior were phenomenal and the feeling of being part of nature just can’t be duplicated any other way. I quickly learned that there are eyes always watching you. As I followed a bear path through the blueberry bushes I was thinking that we were alone on the trail until we got back to our campsite and saw the foot prints and scat of a bear that had doubled back on our tracks and found my bed! I awoke the next morning to the sound of a wolf peeing on my tent. It made me nervious but also made me feel so alive. I’ve been thinking lately about that feeling and how I miss the adventures of my past. Perhaps it’s time to give up a little cush and get back out there.

Even today as I walk through the woods and hear a russle in the leaves or a stick break, I know they see me long before I know they’re around. No there are no wolves or bears where I live, just coyotes but they don’t get close enough to see very often. 

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 The herbs are are drying on the rack which means it’s mid-summer and the days are growing a wee bit shorter. I love lavender; it’s a wonderful reminder of my summer garden and a day in the sun. I wish summer would last forever!

Sending summer’s peace to you.

xo-jj

July 13, 2009 Posted by | me, photography | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Good Morning Sister

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Good morning sunshine. I love your warm smile.

 

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Good night shadows and things that go bump in the dark.

 

I love the morning and first light. It’s a truly magic time of day when we open our eyes and see everything with a renewed perspective.  I  especially love summer mornings when the light hits your face and the breeze  flows through your window to deposit a hint of sweet blossom up your nose. This makes the world feel perfect with everything right in it’s place.

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Can you smell it? It’s heaven!

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Now that we’re all awake I have an award to pass on to some rather deserving ladies. My wonderful, thoughtful, beautiful blog-sister Debra  gave it to me and now I shall give it to….

drum roll please….

My brave and soulful sisters from this summer’s unravelling e-course and my real sister (you know who you are).  They laughed, cried and even danced for me (well, not just for me). They had the courage to take a look inside themselves and perhaps clean house if needed. It was a journey and experience I will never forget- I honor their courage and honesty. Thank you girls! You taught me that it’s okay (more like essential) to be myself.  Keep in touch… Please!

Well, I gotta wrap this up because it’s going to be a busy day. Lot’s to do and little time to do it . That’s okay cause life’s like this…

xo-jj

July 9, 2009 Posted by | me, saga | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Summer lov’en

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Endless summer between the sheets

Ahhh, summer- I love it so. It’s a time when clothes are optional well at least in the house and shoes are forgotten. The warm sun feels good on my skin and the breeze blows a familiar smell of freshly mowed grass through my window. It’s a time when families gather and children run free through the yard with an open jar ready to catch the first fire-fly of the season.

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Summer’s child

Summer’s child is curious by nature
and adventurous by design,
a versatile soul that bounces like the flickering light
of a summer afternoon.
This child is kind and willing to bend like the willow
and float like a butterfly.
Her stellar personality shines when in the spotlight
like a newly bloomed flower.
This lover of nature throws seeds of love
to all who dwell within her garden.

I wish summer could last forever and ever.  After a great weekend I felt inspired to share a few of  my favorite things about the season. I know it’s only June but I want to savor every moment that this beautiful time of year has to offer.

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Yummy Pink

I love the garden this time of year with it’s freshly opened blooms. I love growing tasty herbs in little pots outside my window and use them when I cook. My cooking needs all the help it can get. .. teeehee

 

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An amazing sunrise over the misty pond.

Okay that’s enough beautiful summer day dreams for today. There is something I saw that I found quite amazing and I want to share it with you. Although I think it was beautiful in it’s own way, I’m not sure how the rest of you will feel about it. WARNING… many of you may find this a little disturbing.

This weekend I took a load of trash out to the kirby (trash can) and when I opened the lid I was shocked by what I saw. Mr. J had been cleaning out the garage and decided to pitch an old duffel bag, he barely peeked inside and saw that it was filled with old junk no longer needed. Well little did he realize that this little bag had become a home to a family of deer mice. So as I opened the lid on the top of the garbage can mound stood a mommy mouse with four or five babies attached to her. She saw me and started to run when one of the babies fell off so she went back and layed down beside it until it reattached itself, then she took off again.

I have never seen anything like it.  No I didn’t get a picture- I’m not in the habit of carrying my camera to the trash can. I’m not afraid of mice but the thought of them crawling on me is disturbing  so I quickly closed the lid.  Now if you have nightmares because of this I am sorry but I just couldn’t help sharing.

Have an amazing day- without the mice.

I’ll be doing a little garden gazing; only after all my work is done 😉

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I’m still waiting for a little sunshine.

xo-jj

 

June 9, 2009 Posted by | me, rants, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments