Saturday, July 24, 2010

{Echo} Week 18 - Stripes

  Photo Credits: © Diane Cook (left) © Laura Harrison (right)

Week 18 brings us to a new echo with Chrysti and Susan.
(Click on picture to enlarge)
Won't you join us?  You can post your pics in the Flickr group, and leave a link to your interpretation in the comment section of either Chrysti or Susan's blog posts.

Once again I turned to my fellow Texas friend, Laura of White Spray Paint, to send her interpretation of the echo, and just as before, she has such a sweet story to tell.
Laura says this:
So many things in my home are tied to memories of my mother.
These plantation shutters may as well be a doll propped on my bed, just as I did as a little girl; they are that memorable.
They remind me of my mother.
Why? Because she wanted these for me.
In her wonderful, eclectic, elegant, traditional way of bringing a house to life, she too dreamed of the day when I could have them too.
Aren't mothers that way?
And so, years ago when they were installed, and she was no longer here to physically stand next to me, I stood in the middle of the house with workmen all around, and I wept.

They were indeed so beautiful.

My picture comes with a story as well, but at the same time I thought I'd share a little more about where I have been for the last week. 
It will all tie together at the end!
  You see, my husband and I have been away on a mini RV trip to a nearby lake.  Big Creek Marina on Lake Sommerville to be exact.  
One of a couple of trips we take each summer with my BIL and SIL. 
We each have a RV,but my BIL and SIL have a beautiful '03 Airstream they bought from an older couple, which was and still is, in perfect condition.  They love it, and I love to take pictures of it, as the shiny metal exterior always puts a gleam in my eye! 

Each morning we rolled out of bed, poured our coffee into a stainless steel carafe and headed outside to sit and look at the water.  We'd sit there soaking in the fresh air, talking about our plans for the day.  Most mornings we were the only people stirring, so all we could hear was the clean sound of nature and a faint engine roar from fishermen heading out to fish somewhere in the distance across the lake.
 I can't tell you how relaxing it is, to not get up at before the crack of dawn, get dressed, catch the Metro bus to downtown Houston, and get to work by 6:30 a.m.  Early yes, but the great trade off for me is I get off work at 3:30 pm!
Ahhh, this was the best remedy to the fast everyday pace I live in.

Lake Sommerville proved to be the perfect place to 
watch children build sand castles.
 Watch people go by in fast moving boats.
 Watch birds looking for breakfast,
which included our state bird, 
(the mockingbird)

white egrets,
and my favorite,
(which should be our state bird =)
I haven't seen this many
scissortails since I was a little girl.   
Each day I would systematically try to count the number of scissortails I would see.  
I always lost count.

We actually did have one planned event each day.  
We would walk each morning around 9 o'clock.  This particular day we walked down around the park and past the boat ramp.  While passing by a large wild blooming shrub, I noticed all the butterflies
and bees, busily feeding on the bright white blooms.
Bees are quite elusive.  I didn't have the lens to capture it as closely as I wanted, 
but I actually can see all the pollen on its body in this shot!

So, here I am at the point of sharing my interpretation of 
  You see, my BIL and SIL always have a patriotic theme at their campsite.
It begins with their picnic table cover and their party lights, 
and now to a new set of river, or in this case,
lake chairs.
Yes, we use them while sitting in the water under an easy up tent!  
And, there are more stars and stripes there too!
Each day, right after we finished our walk (and breakfast), we would trek down to the water, where my DH and BIL would set up our tent.  Just shy of the water's edge, 
but fully in the water. 
You know this is how we cool off in Texas! 
In the summer.
If we can't go to a flowing river, we get in a nearby lake!
Talk about relaxing!
God Bless Texas!   


stregata said...

So that is how Texans stay cool! Thanks for the insight!
Hope your day is wonderful!

VS said...

Gob Bless Texas & God Bless the USA!!! A wonderful post friend, filled with amazing pics & the ez-up in the water with the chairs...I'ts the height of fun & cool!!! lol
Glad you had some down time & I had no idea you had to get up so darn early to get to work by 6:30am??? I'd die...I have a hard time getting to the shop by 10am.I'm distracted by everything I touch! lol

Happy Weekend Friend!!!

steufel said...

The photos are great - love the way you relax in Texas!

Gail said...

Great post, and so patriotic! You may like my new blog background. Hope you stop by......

Kateyed said...

So good to have you back, Dianne. Your photos are lovely,as usual, and make me feel like I was a visitor on your trip.

That is a super-duper idea for staying cool!


Charlene said...

Hey sweet girl I wondered what you've been up to. Not like you to not post! Looks like you guys had soooooooo much fun! I may try to call you in a little while when Hubby wakes up from his nap. That way when we are finished chatting... the boys can chat. I miss you. In fact, we thought we might shoot down for a night or two for a visit. Thought yours might cheer mine up. I'll let you know after we find out about the tests they do this week. I had soooooooooo much fun in California. HUGS! Charlene

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful way to enjoy your down time. great photos!

Cindy said...

What a wonderful post, Diane. It was like you brought us along on your excursion...and what a nice, relaxing week you had! Even in your slower pace, sounds like you were up bright and early. I particularly enjoyed the variety of bird pictures to took. I don't think I've even seen a scissortail, would you believe? So glad to see you had the chance to relax and spend time with your family.

Unknown said...

Hi Diane,

Love,love,love all the photos. Texas must be so beautiful. Hopefully someday I will get to visit. I'm so glad you had a good time. And thanks again for the wonderful gift. You can count on me to be back again and again. Have a fun week ahead!
Janet's Creative Pillows

Diana said...

Sounds as though you had a great vacation, Tex! Time spent in nature and with friends is so very nourishing. Hugs

Anne Lorys said...

Those images of yours are just absolutely wonderful. They have such a dreamy quality about them. :-)

Have a great Friday!

Kateyed said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks so much for being follower of our blog. We are having a giveaway to thank our first hundred on Monday.

Kat and Suz

P.S. I need to go check out your jewelry!!!

Kateyed said...

Love it all, especially theThree B's. It speaks to me!


Lisa said...

Wow, Diane,
Way to make me wanna go on vacation right this minute. I'm trying to talk my husband into buying a used trailer. Nothing fancy, just a way to keep me from sleeping on the ground. Our kids are 5 now & the perfect age for camping. Or Glamping as I'd like to do. LOL Love the patriotic cmap theme. Lisa

The Joy of Nesting said...

Lady Dy,

I love your stripes!! And what a wonderful vacation, especially when you can share it with family. How funny about the chairs in the lake. We tend to set ours up at about the low tide mark so that as the day warms up the water level raises with the tide. :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

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