Is It Wine ‘O Clock Yet?

wines

Photo Friday Theme: Obsession by Kim O’Neill

I find this photo appropriate as this morning I listened to Maria Shriver presenting a piece on motherhood and drinking wine (aka: mommy juice) not only as a social outlet, but for relaxing with the stresses of raising children. My girls are off to college now, but I do remember our old neighborhood on Fridays when all the moms looked forward to our “Wine O’Clock”.

I think as long as it is planned responsibly where everyone can walk home, older kids or even a babysitter in the group to watch the kids while the moms take their time to unwind. We definitely had our moments when one of us would surpass the one or two glasses of wine, but we watched out for each other to make sure we all made it home safe and sound.

This was the time of my life where I acquired a taste and passion for wine. We lived in Northern California, so we were close to wineries and great local restaurants. We lived in an all American hometown where the kids could be kids and we all helped each other out. We celebrated our times together with wine, friendship, and created wonderful memories.

It is a time of our lives that I look fondly back on and carry with me always.

For information on Maria Shriver’s report on “Mommy Juice”, go to:

http://mariashriver.com/blog/2014/04/maria-shriver-reports-on-mommy-juice-moms-drinking-to-relieve-stress/

Overlooking Inishmore

Meg reflects on Inishmore

Photo Friday Theme – Alive by Kim O’Neill

This was one of those amazing days that you are grateful for. We were on a tour of Ireland with my daughter’s dance school and took a ferry out to the Aran Islands for the day. We rented bikes and toured all around Inishmore. It was a perfect way to see the island. At the highest point we explored around a ruin and Megan took time to reflect on her day. It was definitely a great day to be alive!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.

Shades of Blue…

Calm of the KeysPhoto Friday Theme: Calm by Kim

We just are back home to the blustery March weather of the northeast, but my last three weeks are the memories to hold onto until it warms up here. I was fortunate to spend time with my girls in Orlando and friends in Ft. Lauderdale. My husband, Megan and I took a weekend adventure to the Keys.

Entering the Keys brings a calm like no other place for me. As we drive past the Everglades and see glimpses of that blue, turquoise and all colors in between set me at ease. Songs of Kenny Chesney and Jack Johnson ring in my head and the choice of which beach or what great little place we will venture out for dinner are the decisions of the day. It can be touristy and kitschy, but if you hop on a boat and look at that water, it is truly calm and restorative.

“The Florida Keys hold the palette to every gorgeous color of blue imaginable.”  – Kim O’Neill

Tiptoe through the Aviary…

Wood duck

Photo Friday Theme – Explore by Kim

Diane and I took a photo field trip to Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. It was a beautiful day out and enjoyed all the different flora and animals we encountered. We both were tentative about entering the aviary with birds all around and ABOVE. So we tiptoed around the path taking shots of pelican, wood stork, ibis, egrets, and of course ducks. We found this pretty wood duck on top of the feeder but flew away when we took out our cameras. As we explored further, we tracked him down in the trees on our way out. I got the shot I wanted and avoided getting hit from above.

PS: For all my watercolor friends that take classes at Flamingo Gardens, I did hang out by the building to see if there was class that Wednesday, but sadly no signs of my class that day! You can visit Flamingo Garden’s web page at www.flamingogardens.org.

Love of the Outdoors

Johnny Photo Friday Theme – Male by Kim

I’ve been away for a few weeks, so I scanned through my more recent photos to apply to this theme. I chose this one of my husband John because he looks truly happy and rugged in the outdoors bringing in his firewood. I am not sure if this is a male thing or a outdoorsy thing, but I love that the moment was captured! (There was a large dog that was cropped out of this photo so that the focus was on the main subject)