Summer camp

We visited friends out in Amston, CT. DEEP woods Connecticut….ink black at night, loud as wild kingdom with cicadas, crickets, night birds. Luminescent eyes peering from side woods along the road kind of deep woods.
It brought me back to my summers at Camp Laurel, Lebanon Ct, which is next door to Amston.
Now I am homesick… 😦

Camp Laurel was a summer ritual. Packing footlockers with clothes, plastic bags, mess kits, care packages. Checking in with medical forms and permission slips, at the red lodge on the hill. Swimming tests on day one. Hiking boots and heavy socks. Platform tents, mosquito nets and saggy camp cots. The mess hall, with our share of kapers (chores), bug juice and rainy day games. The showers with no ceilings. Wearing bathing caps to swim. The lake water turning everything you wore into it, rust red. Camp counselors. Boy camp counselors. Scavenger hunts. Latrines and the blue pellets to keep the smell at bay. Getting the unit at the top of the hill- knoll, upper knoll. Trails End for our horsemanship unit. Mucking stalls, heavy jeans, long sleeves in 100 degree weather. Two mile hike to the Lebanon Fair and salt pellets. Theme days, camp songs, nicknames. Four footed critters curled up on your sleeping bag. Washing stations and soap in nylons. Archery, canoeing and canoe trips. Gimp. Campfires and nighttime stories. Being so sad when it was over. A full week to get back into your ‘real’ life.
They should have camp for adults.

Camp Laurel promo video:

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A whole lotta love…..

I spent most of last night laughing about this text and pic from my girl with the crazy 4 year old…..

“….While I was giving you a hug good-bye, {4yr old} was touching my butt (not all that uncommon). Little did I know, he was writing his name on my ass. ”


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The economy and us

The man has had a little more action this week regarding his search to end his sabbatical and get back to work. Looks like stirring the pot, calling all cars, expanding your territory and staying in the public square has its results. He is off to Philly on Monday, for not one, but two discussions with management firms. One of the companies has buildings in Hawaii. :). Hell a girl can dream………


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The cycle of life

Working out, eating food, working out, eating food, working out, eating food. Such a connection.


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Art with kites

Attended OSArt Show on Saturday and found this young man.
Amazing photography. What was most impressive was his process…..he mounts his camera to a kite and takes shots like this



If you ever see him, ask him about Egypt. Chilling….

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Zucchini and more

Made lemon zucchini cupcakes yesterday.


Giant zucchini took over my garden. Not normal, but the result of our weeks spent in Block Island, neglecting my growing things.

What to do? Found this recipe for lemon zucchini cake with a lemon glaze.



Baked them in extra large cupcakes tins and made this macerated strawberry cream cheese frosting to play along.




Super simple.

So have I mentioned I suck at baking? First batch came out custardy. Obviously didn’t translate cooking time correctly. And ran out of sugar :/
Second batch today. I’ll let you know.

Btw. The first batch was still SUPER yummy. I created something new. Lemon zucchini custards!

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This little light of mine

Big explosion late last night and then darkness all around. All except for us, the light on the hill.
In other news, bambino was saved at St Johns on Sunday. Cheers all around. Pictures going up today.

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