If we were having coffee.. walks, books and stars.

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to the front porch because my living room is still cluttered with stuff from our camping trip and our daughters upcoming move.

I’d tell you about some of the photos I took with my phone while camping. I’m looking forward to seeing how they can fit into photo challenges and some of my other posts. I took my regular camera with me but didn’t even take it out. For the most part my phone takes better photos. I guess it’s time to consider a new camera because my phone doesn’t do distance or true macro shots. That’s a good reason to get a new camera isn’t it?Photo_2016-08-22_01-22-56_PM

I love to go for walks through Rock Point Provincial Park to see what little things catch my attention. My hubby walks with me and for some reason seems to enjoy watching me take photos. The walks through the park and the sunset walks along the beach are so relaxing. It was a wonderful way to wrap up the summer.

Are you reading a book right now? I had hoped to read more during our vacation but I brought the 4th book in The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. The problem is I’ve just read the first and should have brought the 2nd book. Oh well. I had other things to keep me occupied and I enjoyed watching both my children reading. It’s a common sight to see my daughter reading but my son.. it’s a rare pleasure to see him so into a book. He was reading Eragon, the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

There’s so much to love about camping. The walks, photos, quiet reading and nights by the fire watching the sky fill with stars. Sitting there listing to the loud symphony. The frogs and the insects were singing their little hearts out. That was my ‘grateful for’ topic for this week. Colline over at Colline’s Blog got me started writing a weekly post. Being mindfully grateful is a good thing.

Do you stare at the stars? No matter how old I get I’m just so in awe of them.

Would you like some more coffee? How was your week?

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.


Frame: WP Weekly Photo Challenge


“He looked out of the window to think, because without a window he couldn’t think. Or maybe it was the other way around: When there was a window, he automatically started to think. Then he wrote, “When I grow up, I am going to be happy.”
― Guus Kuijer, The Book of Everything

Looking through the window frames at ‘our’ cabin in Allegany State Park puts me into a  happy, peaceful frame of mind.


“Life is but a view through a window. We are that window.”
― Joseph Rain

What frames you mindset? Kindly visit the WordPress Photo Challenge to see other photo frames.

Grateful for star filled nights

Our last family camping trip this year fell on a perfect week. With cooler temperatures and rain only a few times during the night it was very relaxing. Our family does not do heat well so the break in the heat was most welcome.

Our days were spent reading with a few walks or bike rides for breaks and some swimming in the lake.  The nights by the fire were just perfect. Listening to the very loud symphony of frogs and insects by the fire watching the stars slowly fill the sky together …it could be the definition of content.

The “light pollution” in the city just washes out the full carpet of stars. I’m grateful for


photo by Dark Sky Viewing Ontario         http://www.lennox-addington.on.ca

camping trips that allow us to get away to see more of the world around us. There are few things more beautiful than a sky full of stars.

This week Colline is grateful for something that takes her to as many places as there are stars. Kindly visit her blog to share in what she’s grateful for.

What are you grateful for this week?