After almost non-stop spring and summer work interspersed with a move and international travel, it’s been REALLY nice to decompress this week at my mom’s lakeside cabin in New Hampshire.  Meal times are a highlight of each day and our entertainment consists of simple pleasures like loon-watching, berry picking, swimming, sitting on the dock and playing board games.

Here’s a snap-shot of our day so far:

Loon-spotting on the dock this morning…

Loon on Goose Pond

Was followed by a stroll through my mom’s garden!

bees on the daisies

Then we were off to pick fresh raspberries…


And blueberries!

pick your own blueberries

blueberries on the bush

Back at home in time for lunch with our loot…

fresh picked berries

What could be better?


  1. Meh meh says:

    Nothing. Except pistachio ice cream with chocolate sauce. Xo!

    • Joana says:

      Yah, and good thing I don’t like ice-cream so there’s more for you and Andy!

      I lurve you! J

      On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      With three “farm hands” (me, my mom and Andy) at work, it didn’t take us very long to pick the berries. And it was a good thing, too, since it was HOT in the sun. We had a delicious breakfast of crepes with blueberries, raspberries and maple syrup this morning. Mmmm!

      XOX – Joana

      On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:21 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Yummy!!!… Nice pickings!!! … Away from the hustle and bustle of city life will do anyone good… Nothing like New York City, but life is a fast pace and we sometimes need to escape… A little bit of everything is the spice of life, so enjoy yourself and enjoy your Mom. 😊

    • Joana says:

      Hi Denise,

      The berries are delicious, indeed! We had them with homemade crepes and maple syrup this morning….mmmm! Now I’m off to sit on the dock and enjoy the sun. Hope you are having a lovely week! Joana

      On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:22 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Hi Paula,

      We’ve lucked out with the weather – only one rainy day – and the rest of our stay has been perfect! We’ll be going to the GP Lake Association picnic on Saturday. Maybe we’ll see you there?

      🙂 Joana

      On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 7:54 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  3. eanders10522 says:

    You have moved? Not too far I hope! I’m also n NH, playing in Franconia area ( Sugar Hill) on Sat night and Sun afternoon. Enjoy your time with your mom! Betsy

    Sent from my iPad


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