Blue Sky and Boat Time


After two very wet months and a total of

15 inches of rain, we’re enjoying some

 blue sky, sunshine, and little boat time!


To everyone west of the Mississippi under

 drought conditions, I wish we could share. . .


We don’t know what to

make of all this water~


We were ready to

board two-by-two. . .


And our 25 foot ark was

going to be cramped :)


We took a little cruise to check on our osprey

families and see how the juveniles had grown.











Osprey Sunset-001

Hope you’re enjoying a some blue

 sky & sunshine this weekend!

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  51 comments for “Blue Sky and Boat Time

  1. August 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Your poochies are SOOOO precious, Mary! It looks like they don’t miss a thing….very alert & inquisitive & I’m sure, so much FUN!

    We, too, have had a lot of rain this summer. I hear Ohio has a bumper crop of corn but my sister’s blueberry bush hasn’t produced much at all. Strange that one thing could do so well & the other not.
    We’re hoping the rain holds off for the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone today. We’ve both played that course & have also walked it, following the golfers in previous years, but we’ll be in front of the TV today instead.

    Have fun out on the water!

  2. Sandi Lee
    August 4, 2013 at 6:43 am

    How beautiful. We have had 15″ above normal in Georgia as well-the tomato plants are wearing swim suits!

  3. Cheryl
    August 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Always fun seeing the girls and I love it when you post about your boat outings. Our weather has pretty much been the same as yours here in the northeast. Quite a disappointing summer.

  4. August 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Beautiful photos and your pups are precious! What a treat to have the Osprey build a nest right out in the middle of the water, so enjoyed seeing them and their babies!

  5. August 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I sure enjoyed my boat ride this morning with you and yours, how liberating to finally be free of the rain and out on the water! Rain or shine, it’s hard to have a bad day in such a beautiful spot as yours. When you see such magnificent wild life you just feel as though all is right with the world! We finally got our boat back but were afraid to take it out for fear something else would happen! Have a wonderful Sunday

  6. Karen
    August 4, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Nothing more dramatic than a sunset cruise and your little friends add to the fun…. Beautiful moments!

  7. Peggy Thal
    August 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    So beautiful! Love your girl’s, they are little sea dogs. Just adore the osprey. Ours are all gown and have left the nest. Such amazing birds. We too have had the crazy rain ( Southern Virginia). All I can say enough already. It has been the greenest summer ever ! Enjoy your day.

  8. August 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for taking me along on the boat with you, Chloe and Gracie! I love being a part of nature and seeing the osprey was so exciting. It must be your little spot of heaven, being on the lake and enjoying the sunsets. xo

  9. Franki
    August 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

    M A R Y!!!! Did you hear me “all the way from Virginia?!?!?” Thanks YOU so MUCH for the wonderful gift surprise. We are eating the “Virginia” peanuts as I write this…everything you included was “spot on.” We are enJOYing all of it at our lake place and we hope you are enJOYing your weekend as well!! You are probably enjoying yours “a little more”…hubby is installing a new kitchen (29 years I’ve waited!!) and since he does all the wiring, plumbing, etc. this “may take awhile.” THANKS AGAIN, you are most generous. franki p.s. “Your girls” are just so doggone cute!!

    • August 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for letting me know Franki! Enjoy your goodies and your Sunday :)

  10. August 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good morning! What beautiful pictures! I love nature and you surely captured some awesome shots. Hugs to Chloe and Gracie !

  11. August 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Gorgeous post, Mary and the pups are stars!

  12. Bonnie Keearns
    August 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful, I just love to watch the birds and Ospreys….how breath taking!! Thanks for sharing:)

  13. August 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Always enjoy seeing the furbabes. Cool Osprey. Lovely sky. I’ll take some of that rain. oxox

  14. August 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

    What a beautiful day to be on the lake. It’s fun to see Chloe and Gracie having such fun. They could teach Sadie how to enjoy life. Sadie is still uneasy about her car trips.
    Thanks for taking us along. The sky and water area are refreshing sight, and that sunset is awesome. Happy days! ~ Sarah

  15. Barbara
    August 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Love your adorable pooches!! So glad you were finally able to to take the boat out. I know too well how it feels, as we have had much rain here in Florida. The beautiful pics you took showed of your tranquil moments. I Love the seas tranquil moments.

  16. August 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Good Afternoon Mary, It is always a pleasure to see your lovely girls, Chloe and Gracie…. they both look as if they enjoyed their boat trip with you when you went to check on the Ospreys.
    The weather has certainly been strange this year as our summer really did not begin until July. It felt like the longest winter, the cold weather just went on and on.
    We are having lovely sunshine at the moment and everyone is enjoying the warmth.
    Enjoy your sunny weekend.
    Best Wishes

  17. Rrjd
    August 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Lucky Dogs!

  18. August 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Great pics

  19. August 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    oy my big ole long comment is gone, suffice to say you know i loved it all!

  20. August 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Oh Mary, I love living vicariously through you and CRUISING with you and the pups! Do they bark at the osprey? Just curious. The sunset pics take my breath away. I am trying to decide if I should go to the pool or not. Feeling lazy:):) XO, Pinky

  21. August 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Oh, wow, Mary…is that your dock underwater? Trip and Shelley took the boat out for the first since the end of June. I had a parents’ meeting for Shelley’s equestrian team, so I missed out on all the fun! I came down last night, and I see blue sky this morning. We’ll go out in a bit, and I hope this sunshine holds-out for the rest of the afternoon!


  22. August 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Mary, As always I love getting your posts in my inbox!!! Your babies remind me of Hunter and Lily who just spent 11 blissful days together while hubby and I just got back from an Alaskan land/sea tour and it was wonderful! We had incredible weather but got back home to Colorado and faced damage from a severe hail storm that damaged the house. Thanks for bringing sunshine to me today!!!!
    Hugs, Noreen

  23. August 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I just love the cute puppy dogs! And what a great boat ride. The Osprey family seems to be doing very well. Great photos, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

  24. August 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    What amazing photos of the osprey! We have those here in Florida and love to see them. Of course your sweet puppies take the prize for cutest! Enjoy your week!

  25. Lavender Cottage
    August 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That is the sweetest collage with your dogs so interested in what’s going on around them.

  26. Rachel
    August 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    We’re enjoying blue skies and low humidity.

  27. August 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It looks like everyone had a good time. We had too much rain this year too and wished we could have shared it with others.

  28. August 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    The Girls always crack me up Mary! Glad you finally had some time on the boat! Today was gorgeous here in Philly too:@)

  29. Deborah
    August 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I fear that our tomato plants are not going to produce like usual. But the blueberries (all 30 pounds handpicked by me!) were delicious and the peaches are sweet, sweet, sweet! Your pictures are gorgeous and your “babies” are adorable!

  30. August 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Hi from the Pacific Northwest.
    Normally we are the ones with the wet summers, but we must have gotten your share of summer here, as it has been glorious. (We normally are subjected to “Junuary” but not this year!)
    Love your boating pictures. Our boat lives in LaConner Washington, and we are setting forth to “Desolation Sound” between northern Vancouver Island and mainland B.C. in a couple weeks for our vacation. Sure hoping the sunshine holds for that! I see more eagles out here than osprey, so enjoy seeing your nesting photos.

  31. Vee
    August 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    What darling pets you have! So inquisitive and interested in things around them! Beautiful photography…

  32. Pondside
    August 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Your sunset shots are stunning!
    Who wouldn’t want to be out in the boat with those two cuties – they look so hapy!

  33. August 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Loving the mosaics … and the boat trip. Our big boating season is winter, when we’re in Florida, and I miss it. Thanks for getting me out on the water.

  34. A Garden of Threads
    August 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Beautiful sunsets. Wishing you a lovely week.

  35. August 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    What a beautiful day on the water! And your puppies are just adorable!

  36. August 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    The skies are beautiful but those puppies are just adorable!


  37. Nancy B.
    August 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    What beautiful pictures .. beautiful clouds, sky, birds, and sunset .. awesome! Wow, the birds really know how to build a nest! Chole and Gracie are so adorable :) They really do take in all the sites! It must be wonderful to live on that lake, lucky you all :)

  38. August 5, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Stunning sunset captures, Mary. In fact all of your photographs are stunning and they make beautiful mosaics. The ospreys have really made themselves a fabulous home atop the shoal marker, no wonder Chloe & Gracie can’t take their eyes off them.
    Have a wonderful week.

  39. paula
    August 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Your pups sure bring a smile and giggle, they are tooo cute ! Thank you for sharing photos of the awesome birds, and the Lord paints a beautiful sunset !

  40. August 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful shots! The evening skies are stunning, and your dogs are so sweet!

  41. August 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Exquisite photos ~ yet those adorable doggies ‘steal my heart’ ~ xxooo

  42. August 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Wrong link to my blog ~ above ~ this is the correct one ~ enjoy ^_^

  43. August 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh Mary, your photos are great! I just love your girls – they are so darn pretty. The love the ride in the boat also.
    Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week.

  44. August 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

    How ADORABLE your dogs are! Oh My Goodness, I just want to squeeze them with hugs;’) The Osprey and the nest sight images, are wonderful. Lovely share as always~

  45. August 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Just love seeing Chloe and Gracie…thanks so much for taking us on this great boat tour…the lake is just stunning with wonderful scenery and those awesome families of Ospreys…glad you are able to enjoy the lake now!

  46. August 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    It looks like you had such a fun day, how could you help with those gorgeous dogs and the boat on the water, has to be lots of fun together time…thanks for sharing all the fun photos…

  47. August 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I forgot to tell you the hawks were amazing…

  48. August 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love how attentive your pups were to the osprey!

    – The Tablescaper

  49. August 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    what a wonderful tour and the landscape is spectacular

    please come join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link is open all week long

  50. August 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Oh, you know I adore these two darling pooches!! They are so photogenic. :) You’ve captured some gorgeous images of water and sky — a sight for sore eyes. We have indeed had our share of rain here, haven’t we? I’m so glad you got to get out and enjoy some boat time on the lake; the osprey pictures are fascinating. I’ve never seen those birds before.

    Happy Seasonal Sunday and have a wonderful week!


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