The Taste of Summer

It seems to take forever to get here. Summer here in Vermont is notoriously late. A chilly and wet June dashed hopes of it arriving on time. But when it does finally arrive…it is a time of delicious celebration. A feast for the senses.


And so we immerse ourselves in the glorious scents and sounds and…tastes of summer.

Scrumptious rich sunsets


Delectable warm waters


Juicy succulent flowers


Heavenly blue skies


Sweet luscious fields


Enticing aromatic forests


Mouthwatering ripe gardens


There is a certain flavor to summer. It is a time that awakens and arouses all of our senses.


It is a time to savor and enjoy and taste…every last morsel.



Nothing But Blue Skies

It truly has been a beautiful winter so far. Lots of snow. And an abundance of sunshine.

It is the sun that chases away the winter blues. Or perhaps it’s a little bit more than that.

January, a month typically dreaded here in the north country, is showing us a different side. Or perhaps it’s me that is seeing things differently.


The blues I felt last winter? They are gone. And this January, I find myself singing a happier sort of tune.

Because there is nothing but blue skies…



There was something extra special about receiving the Sunshine Award today


Part of it may be that I received it in the midst of a snowstorm during one of the coldest winters I can remember.  A sunny treat to warm my heart and brighten my spirits!

Thank you Robin for this wonderful honor.

If you don’t already know Robin, I highly encourage you to head over to

to meet her!

She brings sunshine into so many lives through her writing, her spirit, her kindness and her friendship.

As with any award, there are rules! I will do my best to honor this tradition.

To accept the award, the awardee must do the following:

Display the award on your blog.
Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Present 10 deserving bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
Link to the awardees and let them know of the nomination.
List 10 interesting things about yourself.

I thought instead of listing 10 interesting things about myself, I would share 10 of my favorite sunny pictures. Enjoy and I hope they bring a little sunshine into your winter day.

There are so many creative and inspiring bloggers here. I thought a lot about who I’d like to nominate. Many of the blogs I follow are about alcoholism and recovery.  I consider them to be part of my own personal recovery and they truly inspire me every day, often without even knowing it. This award is my way of thanking them and honoring our shared road of growth and recovery