Thursday, August 20, 2009

My summer in pictures (and one video).

Well my summer break is officially over. I'm back in school, and although I was dreading it at first, I'm not too worried now. The upcoming semester is going to be very exciting for me. I'll be doing an internship at a nearby elementary school, and I'll also be paired with a struggling reader for one of my classes. I'll be tutoring the child all semester, and even though I'll only get to meet with him or her once a week, I'm really hoping that I can make a difference. I am looking forward to the things I'll be doing in school this semester, but it will definitely be a change of pace.

As a way of saying goodbye to the 2009 summer season, I've put together a few photos of the things that brought me some sunshine in recent months.

I've been eating lots of fresh vegetables from my Papa's garden. He's very generous with his veggies!

I've gone for strolls under blue skies with my love.

I've seen two squirrels at a time peacefully feasting on my balcony. This is a big deal to me, because they used to get very territorial and chase each other off.

I've seen a few full-on cuddle sessions occurring between my two cats.

And I've also seen my dad, who is usually not big on pets, fall completely in love with this little girl.

When I went to work for my dad this week, I took photos of the kitten he's taking care of. But still-shots just weren't enough to capture the sweetness of this little kitty, so I also made a video!

She absolutely loves that old, beat-up office chair. The shop is climate controlled, and it's where my dad spends most of the day so she gets lots of attention. But eventually, I hope my dad lets her come into his house to stay. That would be a first for him; he's never had an indoor pet. So there's not a great chance that will happen, but we'll see...

What were the highlights of your summer?


Anonymous said...

I know the feeling! My classes start soon as well. Free time is over : ( What are you taking? Also, your deck looks so much like ours!

apparentlyjessy said...

Ah Holly, you make me smile :)
The summer photos are lovely, I particularly like the one of you with your finance, and the one of your kitties snuggling!
But the video of Little Ricky tops them all, she is so darling! I love how she hasn't grown into her paws yet, and how happy she looks when she gets pats.
Hope you settle into your school routine smoothly.

Patsy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and you have a blessed day!!! HUGS, HUGS, HUGS!

SheezKrafty said...

I bet you money that the child you tutor will look forward to your meetings and will be sad when they are over! You will do great!

And the photo of you and your man is so vibrant and pretty! You guys are simply adorable :)

Little ricky video makes me want a kitten again!!! Oh those kneading paws!!!

Audrey said...

Summer can't be over!! We haven't had it yet! Ok - we did have two days of summer last week - but that isn't quite enough.
It's hard to believe that Aug. is almost over. Crazy!
Love the pictures!!

devonrose said...

Your uncoming internship sounds like lots of fun! LOVE the pic of you and your man (you look beautiful!) and WOW!!! That is one HUGE nut that squirrel is holding! Here's to a great semester :)

Brigid said...

I bet you'll do great with your students! I look forward to hearing about your classroom experiences.

Little Ricky is so pretty, and so are your babies. I love that kneading paw action. I miss having kitties.

I bought the yellow watermelon at the Farmers Market. Whole Foods carries it sometimes, too. It's very similar to the pink stuff, but I like the texture a little better. Plus, it's yellow!

Amby said...

Good luck on your new semester!

That video made me want a kitten! She's cute!

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

These are such lovely photos! It looks like you've had a fab summer! I especially love the squirrel pic! :)

Wasted Wishes said...

GAH. Adorable. Seems like you had an enjoyable summer! Mine just blended in with the rest of the year, so nothing really exciting. Love love the kitty video!

alexkeller said...

I love fresh veggies, and little Ricky looks like she is settling in:)
Kittens are sooooo adorable!
Have fun at school, too - I miss art class the most.

Kate8085 said...

Aw, I can't enough of that little kitty!
Love the pic of you and your love, you guys are too cute!!
We are grilling some veggies today that were a gift, can't wait!
Sounds like the school year is going to be filled with exciting adventures!

cabin + cub said...

Great photos (always love the cats..heehee).... but the summer is already over for you so soon?!

I am trying to prolong mine until Labor Day... so hopefully more summery things still on the way... but some highlights so far are camping trips and a road trip, fresh veggies and fruit, and lots of sunshine ;)

cutiepie company said...

So lovely, thank you for sharing these photos! Little Ricky is just darling. I love those cute squirrels too, that is so sweet.

a new mind said...

You're teh cutes.

Oh, and the cats cute too :)

Renee said...


<3 Renee

Outlaws and Gypsies said...

AWWW Little Ricky is precious! I'm glad your dad took her in. The story reminds me of how I got Jazz. She also kind of looks like a wee little Jazz haha.
Man I hear you about summer ending. I recently took a job as a childrens photographer and now all of my time is spent taking pictures of kiddos. BUT I'm not complaining! I enjoy it and its fun. =]
Hope the tutoring helps them out!

babalisme said...

Great photos as always and are you sure you can't talk to animals?? You look like you can make them pose for you. for me, living near the equator means summer lasts forever, I do want to experience fall and winter, I have never known what it's like to snow.

Rheea said...

Now we got to hear your sound so sweet. hee hee. Your cats are so cute. I especially like that pic with two of them cuddling. They looked shocked when you took their pic. lol.

What subject are you going to teach your class? I would like to teach Art. All the best in your studies! :)


Elise said...

Hello, just leaving you a comment as I've so enjoyed looking around your site and reading your lovely posts. Great pictures too !

Thank so much for sharing them and I hope you have a fab weekend (well, the rest of it anyway...)!

Best wishes to you

Heather said...

hello miss holly!~ Im so glad you all will be at the festival in september too! I hope we get to sit with eachother, wont that be fun???

And you are going to make the most awesome teacher! I know your reading partner will love you. I used to be a board member at a local literacy program and would so love to be a mentor at some point...reading is SO important-- it effects your success in just about any field. I know you'll inspire a passion for reading in some little lucky child!~

see you sooN!~

lollywood said...

aww little ricky is so sweet! i love your summer pics! good luck in school this semester! and have fun at the elementary school! how long do you have left? i start work on monday at NSU in tahlequah! yay! haha

Lemon Shortbread said...

Ricky is adorable!! She's even kneading the chair, looks a bit shy but I'm sure she'll warm up to the camera soon =) And the photo of your 2 cats is so amusing!

John said...

Holy Christ that cat is cute.

Back To Nature Goat Milk Soap said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful summer. Little Ricky sure is adorable, he looks very happy in that office chair.

Rose said...

THankyou Holly for sharing these gorgeous photos!
It sounds like your internship will be exciting, its great working in a job where you feel like you can help people isnt it.
Thats such a sweet photo of you and your partner, the background looks gorgeous.
And I love the squirrels photo, its so unreal to me having not seen a squirel in real life before.
And the kitties :) ahh so cute!

Unfortunately were not in summer here in Oz, its actually cold windy and rainy today :( although some days are nice and sunny around 20 degrees.


Sue Furrow said...

Hey Holly-Love your blog! Ilove OKRA too!! Your two cuddling cats are funny(kinda like deer in the headlights) Just from reading your blog, I know you will make a huge difference in some childs life. Bless you!

KnockKnocking said...

What a colorful summer indeed honey! And I love that you wear your hair in braids... when mine was longer that is what I did too. xoxo Agnes

Anonymous said...

That little kitty is too darned cute! I bet your dad will take her home soon enough... before he knows it, she'll be cuddling with him on the couch and all that too... hehee.

And I'm super excited for you that you'll be tutoring and such this semester. I just know you'll do great!

velvetwoods said...

love the squirrel pic and the veggies.Enjoy your semester.