Friday, July 8, 2011

What floats your boat

We’re having a decent, drenching rain here as I write this. And it’s about time, frankly. I love the smell of a summer rain and we had as many windows open as we could until it really began coming down. Summer is not my favorite season but there are so many things that I love about it.

Tomato sandwiches are one.

Sunflowers are another.

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I took this photo yesterday evening. The sunflowers are so tall that I had to stand on a chair, then lift my arms over my head with the focus set to automatic while I slowly hit the shutter, moving the camera ever so slightly to adjust the composition. But it worked. And I’m happy with this shot.

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I haven’t been out and about in blogland much this week and have much catching up to do. But I did see a few things to share with you.

This week, I was

inspired – by this post

heartened – by this post

sighing – from this post

And at this post, I took a quick quiz and found out I am 90% weird.

Seriously? 90% weird?

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George doesn’t care if I’m weird.

He loves me unconditionally . . .

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. . . despite my many quirks.

I moved the pool to somewhere different and the change of scenery is very pleasant.

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As is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Frozen Yogurt.

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So what floats your boat about summertime?

And how weird are you?

(inquiring minds want to know)

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Karen said...

I'm 50% weird.

I love the gardens, the warm summer rains (we're about to get what you've been getting)... The smell of fresh cut hay, BLUEBERRIES!... not having to dress warm to take care of the horses at the barn. And now the chickens too. Flipflops and sandy toes.

TexWisGirl said...

well, i'm right behind you at 60% weird...
You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!


the sunflower turned out great! and glad you made it thru the photo session safely!

mrs mediocrity said...

I'm pretty sure I am at least 90% weird as well, maybe even 100.

And thank you so much for the mention. I love, love, love the sunflower shot, so cool that you took it the way you did!

Unknown said...

George loves you because you're weird.
Actually I was only 30% and I know it's wrong because I'm off my rocker.

I'm craving Taco Bell's strawberry colada Fruitistas!!

Christie - Fine Lines said...

I found out I am 50% weird, but that's OK. I loved listening to the birds in France as I read about the countryside -- sooo restful. I'll have to revisit that! Thanks for the tips - I rally loved them all!!

BB said...

I am 30% apparently, but like Grandma J am sure the result is skewed to make me seem more normal that I actually am!

I am in love with those pics of the French countryside (le sigh). My boat was well and truly floated...

Have a great day Kate (and friends!)

Country Gal said...

I found out I was 60% weird I think that should be higher, ask me different questions then you will see how weird I am !
I love Bryers double churned butterscotch icecream in the summer! I love summer, the sweet smell of flowers and fields ,BBQ's, bond fires ,sunsets , sunrise going for long walksand photographing all things summer! Thats what I love about summer !

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i will go over and take the weird quiz...and i have a funny feeling i will score pretty high...being i love to be home with water in my moat,the drawbridge up and the gate locked... {loner}

i LOVE that photograph of the sunflower's perfect...

ahhhh...summer....just being barefoot makes me happy

hugs to george
and sending love,
kary and teddy

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i just took the weird test..only says i am weird enough to know i am weird but to damn weird to do anything about it...that sounds about right


Reddirt Woman said...

Like Kary, I'm 40% weird. Like your George my Chloe and SueSue don't care whether I'm weird or not. I'm just mom.

Sunflowers must be bursting out all over. I did a post yesterday on sunflowers.

Blue Bell Country Vanilla... mmmm good. Good on it's own or doctored up in whatever I fancy at the moment.

If I had a pool I'd be in the water every day.


Gone Country said...

Such a colorful summer, sunbathing, swimming setup you have! Love it! Looks like my kinda spot!

George looks like he's sleeping! No squirrels to watch I guess! He makes me smile!

What a great shot of the sunflower! I can't believe you were standing on a chair!

Deb said...

Very weird. Summer is not my season either but I just polished off strawberry shortcake with berries from our local farmers and nothing beats that so THAT is what I love about Summer. I so enjoy your photographs and give that George a big hug for me. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Hilary said...

You're 90% weird, and I'm only 40% weird.
What's wrong with that picture???

JaneK said...

don't have to take the quiz to know that I am 90% weird :) that makes us interesting!!

JaneK said...

don't have to take the quiz to know that I am 90% weird :) that makes us interesting!!

JaneK said...

don't have to take the quiz to know that I am 90% weird :) that makes us interesting!!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Geeze, just average weird here.

Love the sunflower pic, looks like a baby playing peek-a-boo. Wait, is that weird?

Anonymous said...

I'm only 30% weird, kind of disappointing really.

Georgianna said...

Hi Kate! I love your sunflower photo! And most likely being 90% weird is a very good thing. :)

Thank you, thank you, kind friend, for including the link to my France post. Much appreciated.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! - g

Low Tide High Style said...

Just so you know, I've been reading from this post for about an hour!!! Loved all of the links, but geez louise I was lost in never never land for a bit! ;-)

And I'm only 50% weird, which is weird in and of itself because I consider myself much weirder than that!

Kat :)

Lili said...

70% weird here and durn proud of it! Your sunflower shot is GORGEOUS. xo ~Lili

Carolynn Anctil said...

I'm only 50% weird. Huh. That's oddly disappointing....

Love the sunflower photo - is that a spider on the lower leaf?

Everything about summer floats my boat. LOVE it. I'll take your share of summer, if you'll take my portion of winter. *smile*

ELK said...

I am pretty sure that someone cannot be 90% weird and take a photo of a sunflower that beautiful ..

beth said...

thank you for you know what...i adore you !

and i would totally sit by that pool with you all afternoon, even if i am only 20% weird. but i shared that with my family, which happens to all be here at the moment, and they laughed their heads off and said no're 100% weird.

i gun it through yellow lights, fight for parking spots and don't sleep in the nude.

obviously you are more of a rule follower, nicer then me and sleep buck naked.....LOL

beth said...

oh and that sunflower.....WOW !!!
how tall do you think it is ? can we see it now from a distance with you standing next to you....oh oh oh that's a shot i really want to see :)......please ?

Andi said...

I am 100% weird so we should get along well!! LOVE the sunflower pic, can you out it on Etsy so I can guy it?

What floats my boat -
my flower beds
a nice cup of coffee enjoyed on my back deck early in the morning, preferably in my pj's and a book/magazine in hand.

Mary Lou said...

I think I'm about 101% weird. I've taken tests that prove it!
Not many people can say they moved the pool to a better location, however!
In summer, I like long days.
Bless you.

Gail said...

Frankly, I am disappointed in myself...I am only 40% weird. That amazes me because I really, truly would have said I was at the top of the weird scale.

What floats my boat in the summertime?

Cool breezes, morning walks, the smell of horses and unconditional love...but that could be during any season.

Brandy Marie said...

Everyone is weird! Embrace it :D I love love love your sunflower picture. My poor sunflower has wilted away to nothing in the Arizona summer heat.
My Boat Floating Goes To: The smell of fresh cut grass. Sand on my toes. The silence of bedtime.

Caroline said...

Ha! 30% weird. I really thought I'd be much weirder...LOL.

Great posts and blogs you linked us to today! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Sometimes its good to be away from Blogland.... Can't miss this beautiful summer weather while we have it!

Mental P Mama said...

If you'd only wear pajamas.....

The Weaver of Grass said...

Like you, Summer rain comes high on the list - that gentle rain that makes everything smell lovely and grow rapidly overnight. Strawberries are another.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a lovely sunflower almost a masterpiece.

Reena said...

Gotta love portable pools!

Only 60% weird. Of course, I thought I'd be weirder, being missing the mom gene, the cooking gene, standing in lines gene, having no patience for fools gene ....

Love the sunflower shot and how you captured it! You chose great posts and blog to feature. Love those guys!

Hope your weekend is swimmingly fun! Make sure to put on the sunscreen!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Probably 99% "unique"... hahaha

Lovely sunflower.

Chocolate Cat said...

Don't need to do the quiz to know I am at least 90% weird!!! Love your Summer photos, we are having such a cold, grey and damp Winter...

Hilary said...

You did a great job capturing that sunflower. Nice!

I'm 50% weird... I'm so wishy-washy.

Achieve1dream said...

LOL I got forty percent weird hehe. :) Not as bad as I expected.

I love summer for the sunshine, dry ground (hate mud lol), pretty colors (not brown and drab), warmth (get cold easily), swimming, longer days, etc. The only things I don't like about summer are the bugs and the humidity. :D Great post!

Anonymous said...

isnt that a great thing? to be 90% weird. because that means you are your own person. not many like you around. i like that!

Mrs Catch said...

That village in France has me in raptures. Hope to get to the continent later this year, so I've tucked the name away in my little travel planner.

That sunflower photo is so beautiful. We're in the middle of winter over here in Queensland so I'm enjoying pansies and camellias.

Love the interesting mix of things today.

Kerri Farley said...

I bet it would say I'm 101% weird :)
I can't believe I'm saying this ... but I think I LOVE all of the Little Creatures you see in summer time - that just aren't out in the winter. You see some in spring and some in fall but most in the summer.
Your images are lovely Kate .... George is as handsome as ever :)

Jo Whitehurst said...

I got 50% weird, and the explanation:

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

Maybe that is why I prefer Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked!


Haven't commented in a while, but am still lurking about, stalking you on Google Reader! :)

Mary said...

I'm only 40% weird... now I'm feeling weirdness-deprived. :)

I seriously LOVE that sunflower pic -- soooo beautiful! And I would have to say that one of things about summer that floats my boat is early morning, when it is still cool and maybe a little foggy... and oh yes, tomato bruschetta!

spindrift,maine said...

I like the 90% weird. Some of my best friends are that weird. I was disappointed to get 40% score--I'll have to work on getting weirder! Your sunflower is exquisite, Kate. All that unfolding to come! Oh, and I also love your generosity in sharing links to new blogs. Thank you so much! ;o)

Daryl said...

Untested but 100% attested to .. I am completely weird ... weird is good, normal is so very dull.

The JR said...

I fall into the weird category.

Luv that sunflower.

Anonymous said...

fantastic sunflower shots

lovely links

and you flowing words are so fun

nice to meet you, i found you via beth @ be yourself ~ she is such an inspiration :)

GailO said...

I did discover...and I am not surprised...that I am 50% weird...weird huh?

Sorry I haven't been around much lately!