My Lazy Daisy Summer

When I went to school in the days of old, first thing we had to do when we came back to class in September was to write about what we did on our summer vacation.  Old habits are hard to break.

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And so, confession.  I was a lazy lump this summer.  Turnips were more active than I was.

I didn’t go anywhere thrilling, except, of course to visit nearby family and friends.  I went to movies, now and then, and restaurants, of course.  But no exotic isles or foreign lands for me this year.

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Instead, I worked on the finishing touches for my next book, out in December, from AVON: A BRIDE FOR HIS CONVENIENCE.  That was good.

And I started a trilogy for AVON, one that sent me back to my history books, because it  is set against the rise and fall of Napoleon.  I am newly fascinated by a period of history I have always loved.

And the rest of the time?
After a springtime of planning and planting my garden, and setting my itty bitty fishpond in order, when August blew its hot breath on me I lounged in the shade and read books, and lazed.

I stayed indoors a lot too, because I am suddenly photosensitive.

I entertained old friends and dear family.

I read lots of fantasy novels, some mysteries, historicals, and of course, some fictional l’amour.

I watched re-runs on TV.

I saw over-rated flix at the movies.

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It was delicious.  I felt no need to diet to fit into a new swimsuit.  I didn’t have to wait on the tarmac for hours while my pilot went out to take some brush-up courses in how to land a plane.   I didn’t have to whip off my shoes, walk through metal detectors, and gaze nervously at fellow passengers, playing
my favorite airport game: "which one is the terrorist?"

Nor did I have to buy tourist guides or learn to say "Where is the toilet
please?" in several languages.

I loafed so much that I made all the pumpernickels and ryes in the area
ashamed of themselves.

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I daydreamed.  I watched clouds form new designs.  Never have I been so utterly idle when out of doors.

Wonderful.

But I am an American, and so of course I feel guilty about how I wasted away the days in Vacationville.
So how to show you that I had a really good time, without being able to send you all picture postcards that you’ll receive in November?

Margaret Evans Porter, an old friend, fine writer and ace NH Rep, has a fantastic blog about her house and garden on the lake, and her lake cottage too.

I have a mere quarter acre and a fishy pond in front of a thicket of bamboo. That’s where I made  most of my summer memories this year. 

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The one good thing I did in the midst of all my lassitude was to take photos of such stellar activities as Miss Daisy burying bones, sunning herself and playing with my grandson, Hugo the Magnificent, and his little dog Stan.   

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I did my best to record the slow, shuffling hours.

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My water lillies bloomed!   One day pink, and the next, white.  My fishies were thrilled.

I fed birdies and grew flowers, and read and wrote and scratched a lot because we have been infested with teensy mosquitoes so troublesome that even the good gray New York Times wrote about them.

This autumn I plan to do  more!  This winter I will be a cyclone of activity.  I will travel and write and read and whip myself into something hopefully resembling an active human being.

But this was my lazy daisy summer.

Go ahead, unmake my day.   Tell me what you did this summer.

95 thoughts on “My Lazy Daisy Summer”

  1. Edith, the “stay-cation” is nothing new to me, I’m glued to my lakes at this time of year, writing like a fiend to make up for what hasn’t got done in the first half of the year. Lately I’ve tended to do my travel in autumn, a desperate escape before the harsh winter sets in!
    I appreciate the kind words and link.
    And my enjoyment of pics of Daisy and Hugo, together or separately, is endless! These ones of bubbles and with water hose are priceless!

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  2. Edith, the “stay-cation” is nothing new to me, I’m glued to my lakes at this time of year, writing like a fiend to make up for what hasn’t got done in the first half of the year. Lately I’ve tended to do my travel in autumn, a desperate escape before the harsh winter sets in!
    I appreciate the kind words and link.
    And my enjoyment of pics of Daisy and Hugo, together or separately, is endless! These ones of bubbles and with water hose are priceless!

    Reply
  3. Edith, the “stay-cation” is nothing new to me, I’m glued to my lakes at this time of year, writing like a fiend to make up for what hasn’t got done in the first half of the year. Lately I’ve tended to do my travel in autumn, a desperate escape before the harsh winter sets in!
    I appreciate the kind words and link.
    And my enjoyment of pics of Daisy and Hugo, together or separately, is endless! These ones of bubbles and with water hose are priceless!

    Reply
  4. Edith, the “stay-cation” is nothing new to me, I’m glued to my lakes at this time of year, writing like a fiend to make up for what hasn’t got done in the first half of the year. Lately I’ve tended to do my travel in autumn, a desperate escape before the harsh winter sets in!
    I appreciate the kind words and link.
    And my enjoyment of pics of Daisy and Hugo, together or separately, is endless! These ones of bubbles and with water hose are priceless!

    Reply
  5. Edith, the “stay-cation” is nothing new to me, I’m glued to my lakes at this time of year, writing like a fiend to make up for what hasn’t got done in the first half of the year. Lately I’ve tended to do my travel in autumn, a desperate escape before the harsh winter sets in!
    I appreciate the kind words and link.
    And my enjoyment of pics of Daisy and Hugo, together or separately, is endless! These ones of bubbles and with water hose are priceless!

    Reply
  6. Edith! What a great summer. I did travel…to the beach. To do the same nothing there that I managed to do here all summer only with a different change of scenery.
    Oh, well, wait, I did go to Vegas to see Phantom for the umpteenth time, but that’s a rabid need with me so doesn’t really count as a vacation. 🙂
    And I have a question though this might not be the place to ask it. I want a fish pond. How big is yours and do your fishies overwinter in the pond?

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  7. Edith! What a great summer. I did travel…to the beach. To do the same nothing there that I managed to do here all summer only with a different change of scenery.
    Oh, well, wait, I did go to Vegas to see Phantom for the umpteenth time, but that’s a rabid need with me so doesn’t really count as a vacation. 🙂
    And I have a question though this might not be the place to ask it. I want a fish pond. How big is yours and do your fishies overwinter in the pond?

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  8. Edith! What a great summer. I did travel…to the beach. To do the same nothing there that I managed to do here all summer only with a different change of scenery.
    Oh, well, wait, I did go to Vegas to see Phantom for the umpteenth time, but that’s a rabid need with me so doesn’t really count as a vacation. 🙂
    And I have a question though this might not be the place to ask it. I want a fish pond. How big is yours and do your fishies overwinter in the pond?

    Reply
  9. Edith! What a great summer. I did travel…to the beach. To do the same nothing there that I managed to do here all summer only with a different change of scenery.
    Oh, well, wait, I did go to Vegas to see Phantom for the umpteenth time, but that’s a rabid need with me so doesn’t really count as a vacation. 🙂
    And I have a question though this might not be the place to ask it. I want a fish pond. How big is yours and do your fishies overwinter in the pond?

    Reply
  10. Edith! What a great summer. I did travel…to the beach. To do the same nothing there that I managed to do here all summer only with a different change of scenery.
    Oh, well, wait, I did go to Vegas to see Phantom for the umpteenth time, but that’s a rabid need with me so doesn’t really count as a vacation. 🙂
    And I have a question though this might not be the place to ask it. I want a fish pond. How big is yours and do your fishies overwinter in the pond?

    Reply
  11. Theo – any place is the right place to ask me about my fishy pond! It is rock lined and approximately 9 feet long and sixish feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep (too deep for the opposums and racketycoons, but no problem at all for the occasional blue heron.)
    I have a recycling filter and pump and a 4ish foot high waterfall made of boulders for the water to tumble down over. Birds like to stand on the rocks and bathe and drink in the flowing water.
    And yes – my fish overwinter at the bottom of the pond. I have a floating heater that goes on automatically if it gets below 32 degrees, so there’s some air circulating down there. If there’s a sudden thaw in the spring, however, it’s all over for them.
    And will someone tell me why I love my fishies so much and yet and still, I love sushi too?

    Reply
  12. Theo – any place is the right place to ask me about my fishy pond! It is rock lined and approximately 9 feet long and sixish feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep (too deep for the opposums and racketycoons, but no problem at all for the occasional blue heron.)
    I have a recycling filter and pump and a 4ish foot high waterfall made of boulders for the water to tumble down over. Birds like to stand on the rocks and bathe and drink in the flowing water.
    And yes – my fish overwinter at the bottom of the pond. I have a floating heater that goes on automatically if it gets below 32 degrees, so there’s some air circulating down there. If there’s a sudden thaw in the spring, however, it’s all over for them.
    And will someone tell me why I love my fishies so much and yet and still, I love sushi too?

    Reply
  13. Theo – any place is the right place to ask me about my fishy pond! It is rock lined and approximately 9 feet long and sixish feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep (too deep for the opposums and racketycoons, but no problem at all for the occasional blue heron.)
    I have a recycling filter and pump and a 4ish foot high waterfall made of boulders for the water to tumble down over. Birds like to stand on the rocks and bathe and drink in the flowing water.
    And yes – my fish overwinter at the bottom of the pond. I have a floating heater that goes on automatically if it gets below 32 degrees, so there’s some air circulating down there. If there’s a sudden thaw in the spring, however, it’s all over for them.
    And will someone tell me why I love my fishies so much and yet and still, I love sushi too?

    Reply
  14. Theo – any place is the right place to ask me about my fishy pond! It is rock lined and approximately 9 feet long and sixish feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep (too deep for the opposums and racketycoons, but no problem at all for the occasional blue heron.)
    I have a recycling filter and pump and a 4ish foot high waterfall made of boulders for the water to tumble down over. Birds like to stand on the rocks and bathe and drink in the flowing water.
    And yes – my fish overwinter at the bottom of the pond. I have a floating heater that goes on automatically if it gets below 32 degrees, so there’s some air circulating down there. If there’s a sudden thaw in the spring, however, it’s all over for them.
    And will someone tell me why I love my fishies so much and yet and still, I love sushi too?

    Reply
  15. Theo – any place is the right place to ask me about my fishy pond! It is rock lined and approximately 9 feet long and sixish feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep (too deep for the opposums and racketycoons, but no problem at all for the occasional blue heron.)
    I have a recycling filter and pump and a 4ish foot high waterfall made of boulders for the water to tumble down over. Birds like to stand on the rocks and bathe and drink in the flowing water.
    And yes – my fish overwinter at the bottom of the pond. I have a floating heater that goes on automatically if it gets below 32 degrees, so there’s some air circulating down there. If there’s a sudden thaw in the spring, however, it’s all over for them.
    And will someone tell me why I love my fishies so much and yet and still, I love sushi too?

    Reply
  16. Oh, did someone have a summer vacation? I had a lazy week of reading planned, and then I tore the ligaments in my ankle, and decided that since it was work related, work could have me while I was injured! I was not going to waste my vacation on crutches! So I worked June and July and am off this week – and for my holidays I am painting my house, inside and out. I prefer your sort of holiday to be honest. Maybe next time I’ll be slotheful.

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  17. Oh, did someone have a summer vacation? I had a lazy week of reading planned, and then I tore the ligaments in my ankle, and decided that since it was work related, work could have me while I was injured! I was not going to waste my vacation on crutches! So I worked June and July and am off this week – and for my holidays I am painting my house, inside and out. I prefer your sort of holiday to be honest. Maybe next time I’ll be slotheful.

    Reply
  18. Oh, did someone have a summer vacation? I had a lazy week of reading planned, and then I tore the ligaments in my ankle, and decided that since it was work related, work could have me while I was injured! I was not going to waste my vacation on crutches! So I worked June and July and am off this week – and for my holidays I am painting my house, inside and out. I prefer your sort of holiday to be honest. Maybe next time I’ll be slotheful.

    Reply
  19. Oh, did someone have a summer vacation? I had a lazy week of reading planned, and then I tore the ligaments in my ankle, and decided that since it was work related, work could have me while I was injured! I was not going to waste my vacation on crutches! So I worked June and July and am off this week – and for my holidays I am painting my house, inside and out. I prefer your sort of holiday to be honest. Maybe next time I’ll be slotheful.

    Reply
  20. Oh, did someone have a summer vacation? I had a lazy week of reading planned, and then I tore the ligaments in my ankle, and decided that since it was work related, work could have me while I was injured! I was not going to waste my vacation on crutches! So I worked June and July and am off this week – and for my holidays I am painting my house, inside and out. I prefer your sort of holiday to be honest. Maybe next time I’ll be slotheful.

    Reply
  21. Sounds a lot like what I did this summer. Don’t you hate it when people ask you what you’ve done and you answer, I don’t know but I know I did something.

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  22. Sounds a lot like what I did this summer. Don’t you hate it when people ask you what you’ve done and you answer, I don’t know but I know I did something.

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  23. Sounds a lot like what I did this summer. Don’t you hate it when people ask you what you’ve done and you answer, I don’t know but I know I did something.

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  24. Sounds a lot like what I did this summer. Don’t you hate it when people ask you what you’ve done and you answer, I don’t know but I know I did something.

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  25. Sounds a lot like what I did this summer. Don’t you hate it when people ask you what you’ve done and you answer, I don’t know but I know I did something.

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  26. Edith, if there’s a sudden thaw, do they boil? That happened to my aquarium once. Our heater/thermostat combo broke and I got up in the morning to all of my fishies floating on the top of the water and could barely put my hand in, it was so hot. And I had an African Knife that ate from my fingers, would swim through them, always came to the glass when I’d come near. Really seemed to have a little fishie personality. Broke my heart.
    But I digress…
    Do you not live in an area that gets really cold? We go to zero degrees here in the winter and I don’t think 2 or 3 feet deep would be enough for them to overwinter here. But maybe, with the heater.
    And I have a very dry corner where I want to place it. Will it green up a bit around the pond that way?

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  27. Edith, if there’s a sudden thaw, do they boil? That happened to my aquarium once. Our heater/thermostat combo broke and I got up in the morning to all of my fishies floating on the top of the water and could barely put my hand in, it was so hot. And I had an African Knife that ate from my fingers, would swim through them, always came to the glass when I’d come near. Really seemed to have a little fishie personality. Broke my heart.
    But I digress…
    Do you not live in an area that gets really cold? We go to zero degrees here in the winter and I don’t think 2 or 3 feet deep would be enough for them to overwinter here. But maybe, with the heater.
    And I have a very dry corner where I want to place it. Will it green up a bit around the pond that way?

    Reply
  28. Edith, if there’s a sudden thaw, do they boil? That happened to my aquarium once. Our heater/thermostat combo broke and I got up in the morning to all of my fishies floating on the top of the water and could barely put my hand in, it was so hot. And I had an African Knife that ate from my fingers, would swim through them, always came to the glass when I’d come near. Really seemed to have a little fishie personality. Broke my heart.
    But I digress…
    Do you not live in an area that gets really cold? We go to zero degrees here in the winter and I don’t think 2 or 3 feet deep would be enough for them to overwinter here. But maybe, with the heater.
    And I have a very dry corner where I want to place it. Will it green up a bit around the pond that way?

    Reply
  29. Edith, if there’s a sudden thaw, do they boil? That happened to my aquarium once. Our heater/thermostat combo broke and I got up in the morning to all of my fishies floating on the top of the water and could barely put my hand in, it was so hot. And I had an African Knife that ate from my fingers, would swim through them, always came to the glass when I’d come near. Really seemed to have a little fishie personality. Broke my heart.
    But I digress…
    Do you not live in an area that gets really cold? We go to zero degrees here in the winter and I don’t think 2 or 3 feet deep would be enough for them to overwinter here. But maybe, with the heater.
    And I have a very dry corner where I want to place it. Will it green up a bit around the pond that way?

    Reply
  30. Edith, if there’s a sudden thaw, do they boil? That happened to my aquarium once. Our heater/thermostat combo broke and I got up in the morning to all of my fishies floating on the top of the water and could barely put my hand in, it was so hot. And I had an African Knife that ate from my fingers, would swim through them, always came to the glass when I’d come near. Really seemed to have a little fishie personality. Broke my heart.
    But I digress…
    Do you not live in an area that gets really cold? We go to zero degrees here in the winter and I don’t think 2 or 3 feet deep would be enough for them to overwinter here. But maybe, with the heater.
    And I have a very dry corner where I want to place it. Will it green up a bit around the pond that way?

    Reply
  31. Our summer was pretty much the same. We were going to take a trip to Gettysburg with some friends, but our plans got all jumbled the week before, so our one trip got cancelled. I took my kids to story hours here and there, but even that was a bit off, since our local library usually has weekly Preschool Storytimes, but not during the summer. (It seems to me that there should be MORE things for kids to do when school’s out, no?) We got outside a lot to enjoy the weather, since it fortunately didn’t get very hot too often.
    But overall, it was just a lazy summer for us, too. 🙂

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  32. Our summer was pretty much the same. We were going to take a trip to Gettysburg with some friends, but our plans got all jumbled the week before, so our one trip got cancelled. I took my kids to story hours here and there, but even that was a bit off, since our local library usually has weekly Preschool Storytimes, but not during the summer. (It seems to me that there should be MORE things for kids to do when school’s out, no?) We got outside a lot to enjoy the weather, since it fortunately didn’t get very hot too often.
    But overall, it was just a lazy summer for us, too. 🙂

    Reply
  33. Our summer was pretty much the same. We were going to take a trip to Gettysburg with some friends, but our plans got all jumbled the week before, so our one trip got cancelled. I took my kids to story hours here and there, but even that was a bit off, since our local library usually has weekly Preschool Storytimes, but not during the summer. (It seems to me that there should be MORE things for kids to do when school’s out, no?) We got outside a lot to enjoy the weather, since it fortunately didn’t get very hot too often.
    But overall, it was just a lazy summer for us, too. 🙂

    Reply
  34. Our summer was pretty much the same. We were going to take a trip to Gettysburg with some friends, but our plans got all jumbled the week before, so our one trip got cancelled. I took my kids to story hours here and there, but even that was a bit off, since our local library usually has weekly Preschool Storytimes, but not during the summer. (It seems to me that there should be MORE things for kids to do when school’s out, no?) We got outside a lot to enjoy the weather, since it fortunately didn’t get very hot too often.
    But overall, it was just a lazy summer for us, too. 🙂

    Reply
  35. Our summer was pretty much the same. We were going to take a trip to Gettysburg with some friends, but our plans got all jumbled the week before, so our one trip got cancelled. I took my kids to story hours here and there, but even that was a bit off, since our local library usually has weekly Preschool Storytimes, but not during the summer. (It seems to me that there should be MORE things for kids to do when school’s out, no?) We got outside a lot to enjoy the weather, since it fortunately didn’t get very hot too often.
    But overall, it was just a lazy summer for us, too. 🙂

    Reply
  36. Your summer sounds wonderful. I like my days off to be real days off although that doesn’t always work out. A day that I don’t have to run around or work all day is a great day to me.

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  37. Your summer sounds wonderful. I like my days off to be real days off although that doesn’t always work out. A day that I don’t have to run around or work all day is a great day to me.

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  38. Your summer sounds wonderful. I like my days off to be real days off although that doesn’t always work out. A day that I don’t have to run around or work all day is a great day to me.

    Reply
  39. Your summer sounds wonderful. I like my days off to be real days off although that doesn’t always work out. A day that I don’t have to run around or work all day is a great day to me.

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  40. Your summer sounds wonderful. I like my days off to be real days off although that doesn’t always work out. A day that I don’t have to run around or work all day is a great day to me.

    Reply
  41. We were going to book a holiday but put it off on account of pregnancy. Had a delightful staycation instead. Borrowed a car, visited gardens we knew would be good and ate pub lunches we knew would be good and went back to our own lovely house at night. Perfect!

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  42. We were going to book a holiday but put it off on account of pregnancy. Had a delightful staycation instead. Borrowed a car, visited gardens we knew would be good and ate pub lunches we knew would be good and went back to our own lovely house at night. Perfect!

    Reply
  43. We were going to book a holiday but put it off on account of pregnancy. Had a delightful staycation instead. Borrowed a car, visited gardens we knew would be good and ate pub lunches we knew would be good and went back to our own lovely house at night. Perfect!

    Reply
  44. We were going to book a holiday but put it off on account of pregnancy. Had a delightful staycation instead. Borrowed a car, visited gardens we knew would be good and ate pub lunches we knew would be good and went back to our own lovely house at night. Perfect!

    Reply
  45. We were going to book a holiday but put it off on account of pregnancy. Had a delightful staycation instead. Borrowed a car, visited gardens we knew would be good and ate pub lunches we knew would be good and went back to our own lovely house at night. Perfect!

    Reply
  46. Your summer sounds wonderful to me.
    I’m one of those people who can’t understand why I have to run around like a crazy person on my vacation. I run around like a crazy person at work. I don’t much like it, but they pay me. I don’t intend to do it on my own time.
    Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough.

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  47. Your summer sounds wonderful to me.
    I’m one of those people who can’t understand why I have to run around like a crazy person on my vacation. I run around like a crazy person at work. I don’t much like it, but they pay me. I don’t intend to do it on my own time.
    Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough.

    Reply
  48. Your summer sounds wonderful to me.
    I’m one of those people who can’t understand why I have to run around like a crazy person on my vacation. I run around like a crazy person at work. I don’t much like it, but they pay me. I don’t intend to do it on my own time.
    Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough.

    Reply
  49. Your summer sounds wonderful to me.
    I’m one of those people who can’t understand why I have to run around like a crazy person on my vacation. I run around like a crazy person at work. I don’t much like it, but they pay me. I don’t intend to do it on my own time.
    Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough.

    Reply
  50. Your summer sounds wonderful to me.
    I’m one of those people who can’t understand why I have to run around like a crazy person on my vacation. I run around like a crazy person at work. I don’t much like it, but they pay me. I don’t intend to do it on my own time.
    Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough.

    Reply
  51. Quoting above “Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough”
    Caption for cover:
    Woman: I am succumbing to hypothermia because my dress is falling off.
    Man: Here, take my cloak, I am strong and will not suffer from hypothermia, even though my shirt is falling off too.
    Woman: Many thanks, my hero, let me kiss you as your reward.
    Man: Succumbs to hypothermia.

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  52. Quoting above “Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough”
    Caption for cover:
    Woman: I am succumbing to hypothermia because my dress is falling off.
    Man: Here, take my cloak, I am strong and will not suffer from hypothermia, even though my shirt is falling off too.
    Woman: Many thanks, my hero, let me kiss you as your reward.
    Man: Succumbs to hypothermia.

    Reply
  53. Quoting above “Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough”
    Caption for cover:
    Woman: I am succumbing to hypothermia because my dress is falling off.
    Man: Here, take my cloak, I am strong and will not suffer from hypothermia, even though my shirt is falling off too.
    Woman: Many thanks, my hero, let me kiss you as your reward.
    Man: Succumbs to hypothermia.

    Reply
  54. Quoting above “Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough”
    Caption for cover:
    Woman: I am succumbing to hypothermia because my dress is falling off.
    Man: Here, take my cloak, I am strong and will not suffer from hypothermia, even though my shirt is falling off too.
    Woman: Many thanks, my hero, let me kiss you as your reward.
    Man: Succumbs to hypothermia.

    Reply
  55. Quoting above “Oh, I love the cover for your next book. But I feel sorry for those poor models. Aren’t they cold? Love is wonderful and all that, but enough is enough”
    Caption for cover:
    Woman: I am succumbing to hypothermia because my dress is falling off.
    Man: Here, take my cloak, I am strong and will not suffer from hypothermia, even though my shirt is falling off too.
    Woman: Many thanks, my hero, let me kiss you as your reward.
    Man: Succumbs to hypothermia.

    Reply
  56. Piper, you’re right. Those crazy kids need more covering. But I guess the Powers That Be decided it wouldn’t look too hot if they were smooching in the snow covered by nice thick blankies. ..sigh..

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  57. Piper, you’re right. Those crazy kids need more covering. But I guess the Powers That Be decided it wouldn’t look too hot if they were smooching in the snow covered by nice thick blankies. ..sigh..

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  58. Piper, you’re right. Those crazy kids need more covering. But I guess the Powers That Be decided it wouldn’t look too hot if they were smooching in the snow covered by nice thick blankies. ..sigh..

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  59. Piper, you’re right. Those crazy kids need more covering. But I guess the Powers That Be decided it wouldn’t look too hot if they were smooching in the snow covered by nice thick blankies. ..sigh..

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  60. Piper, you’re right. Those crazy kids need more covering. But I guess the Powers That Be decided it wouldn’t look too hot if they were smooching in the snow covered by nice thick blankies. ..sigh..

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  61. Well, I remember a Mary Jo book, “Dearly Beloved”, I think, where the hero and heroine make love in the snow.
    Of course, they’re all wrapped up and only uncover essential parts.
    But you can’t put that on a book cover.

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  62. Well, I remember a Mary Jo book, “Dearly Beloved”, I think, where the hero and heroine make love in the snow.
    Of course, they’re all wrapped up and only uncover essential parts.
    But you can’t put that on a book cover.

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  63. Well, I remember a Mary Jo book, “Dearly Beloved”, I think, where the hero and heroine make love in the snow.
    Of course, they’re all wrapped up and only uncover essential parts.
    But you can’t put that on a book cover.

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  64. Well, I remember a Mary Jo book, “Dearly Beloved”, I think, where the hero and heroine make love in the snow.
    Of course, they’re all wrapped up and only uncover essential parts.
    But you can’t put that on a book cover.

    Reply
  65. Well, I remember a Mary Jo book, “Dearly Beloved”, I think, where the hero and heroine make love in the snow.
    Of course, they’re all wrapped up and only uncover essential parts.
    But you can’t put that on a book cover.

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  66. As for fish ponds, I live in the Washington, DC area and we have one in our back yard. It’s about the size of Edith’s. We don’t have a heater or anything in it, and the fish overwinter under the ice just fine. In the 15 years we’ve had the pond, the only time we had a mass die-off was the summer we had drought conditions and my husband filled the pond from the hose without adding anything to dechlorinate the water. However, if we lived someplace where the entire pond might freeze, we’d have to rethink our laissez faire policy.
    As for the summer, it’s been mostly work as usual. I did take five days to re-unite with some high school friends in the San Francisco area. We actually went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but no one wants to go to Phoenix in August. Went to museums, ate extremely well, talked until the wee hours, and came home fat, relaxed, and happy. I usually do more traveling in the summer, but this year we’re saving up to visit our middle son in December. He’s teaching English in Vietnam and having a grand adventure, and my husband and I are using this as an excuse to visit a far away place we otherwise might not see.

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  67. As for fish ponds, I live in the Washington, DC area and we have one in our back yard. It’s about the size of Edith’s. We don’t have a heater or anything in it, and the fish overwinter under the ice just fine. In the 15 years we’ve had the pond, the only time we had a mass die-off was the summer we had drought conditions and my husband filled the pond from the hose without adding anything to dechlorinate the water. However, if we lived someplace where the entire pond might freeze, we’d have to rethink our laissez faire policy.
    As for the summer, it’s been mostly work as usual. I did take five days to re-unite with some high school friends in the San Francisco area. We actually went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but no one wants to go to Phoenix in August. Went to museums, ate extremely well, talked until the wee hours, and came home fat, relaxed, and happy. I usually do more traveling in the summer, but this year we’re saving up to visit our middle son in December. He’s teaching English in Vietnam and having a grand adventure, and my husband and I are using this as an excuse to visit a far away place we otherwise might not see.

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  68. As for fish ponds, I live in the Washington, DC area and we have one in our back yard. It’s about the size of Edith’s. We don’t have a heater or anything in it, and the fish overwinter under the ice just fine. In the 15 years we’ve had the pond, the only time we had a mass die-off was the summer we had drought conditions and my husband filled the pond from the hose without adding anything to dechlorinate the water. However, if we lived someplace where the entire pond might freeze, we’d have to rethink our laissez faire policy.
    As for the summer, it’s been mostly work as usual. I did take five days to re-unite with some high school friends in the San Francisco area. We actually went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but no one wants to go to Phoenix in August. Went to museums, ate extremely well, talked until the wee hours, and came home fat, relaxed, and happy. I usually do more traveling in the summer, but this year we’re saving up to visit our middle son in December. He’s teaching English in Vietnam and having a grand adventure, and my husband and I are using this as an excuse to visit a far away place we otherwise might not see.

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  69. As for fish ponds, I live in the Washington, DC area and we have one in our back yard. It’s about the size of Edith’s. We don’t have a heater or anything in it, and the fish overwinter under the ice just fine. In the 15 years we’ve had the pond, the only time we had a mass die-off was the summer we had drought conditions and my husband filled the pond from the hose without adding anything to dechlorinate the water. However, if we lived someplace where the entire pond might freeze, we’d have to rethink our laissez faire policy.
    As for the summer, it’s been mostly work as usual. I did take five days to re-unite with some high school friends in the San Francisco area. We actually went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but no one wants to go to Phoenix in August. Went to museums, ate extremely well, talked until the wee hours, and came home fat, relaxed, and happy. I usually do more traveling in the summer, but this year we’re saving up to visit our middle son in December. He’s teaching English in Vietnam and having a grand adventure, and my husband and I are using this as an excuse to visit a far away place we otherwise might not see.

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  70. As for fish ponds, I live in the Washington, DC area and we have one in our back yard. It’s about the size of Edith’s. We don’t have a heater or anything in it, and the fish overwinter under the ice just fine. In the 15 years we’ve had the pond, the only time we had a mass die-off was the summer we had drought conditions and my husband filled the pond from the hose without adding anything to dechlorinate the water. However, if we lived someplace where the entire pond might freeze, we’d have to rethink our laissez faire policy.
    As for the summer, it’s been mostly work as usual. I did take five days to re-unite with some high school friends in the San Francisco area. We actually went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but no one wants to go to Phoenix in August. Went to museums, ate extremely well, talked until the wee hours, and came home fat, relaxed, and happy. I usually do more traveling in the summer, but this year we’re saving up to visit our middle son in December. He’s teaching English in Vietnam and having a grand adventure, and my husband and I are using this as an excuse to visit a far away place we otherwise might not see.

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  71. I didn’t mean to insult you, Edith! I do know you have no control over the cover art. I had thought that the powers that be had gotten away from the improbable covers that used to grace the books, but perhaps they are returning to them. I can only assume that the powers that be have never lived where it snows much and is actually cold. If they did, they’d know better than to send a loving young couple out in the snow so scantily clad as to risk frostbite on the important bits of equipment. 😉

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  72. I didn’t mean to insult you, Edith! I do know you have no control over the cover art. I had thought that the powers that be had gotten away from the improbable covers that used to grace the books, but perhaps they are returning to them. I can only assume that the powers that be have never lived where it snows much and is actually cold. If they did, they’d know better than to send a loving young couple out in the snow so scantily clad as to risk frostbite on the important bits of equipment. 😉

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  73. I didn’t mean to insult you, Edith! I do know you have no control over the cover art. I had thought that the powers that be had gotten away from the improbable covers that used to grace the books, but perhaps they are returning to them. I can only assume that the powers that be have never lived where it snows much and is actually cold. If they did, they’d know better than to send a loving young couple out in the snow so scantily clad as to risk frostbite on the important bits of equipment. 😉

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  74. I didn’t mean to insult you, Edith! I do know you have no control over the cover art. I had thought that the powers that be had gotten away from the improbable covers that used to grace the books, but perhaps they are returning to them. I can only assume that the powers that be have never lived where it snows much and is actually cold. If they did, they’d know better than to send a loving young couple out in the snow so scantily clad as to risk frostbite on the important bits of equipment. 😉

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  75. I didn’t mean to insult you, Edith! I do know you have no control over the cover art. I had thought that the powers that be had gotten away from the improbable covers that used to grace the books, but perhaps they are returning to them. I can only assume that the powers that be have never lived where it snows much and is actually cold. If they did, they’d know better than to send a loving young couple out in the snow so scantily clad as to risk frostbite on the important bits of equipment. 😉

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