Half Past Summer

It seems the longer I put off updating my blog, the harder it is to know where to start.

I finally made some hosting changes, and now my site will just be www.marthakasper.com. Once upon a time, I had time for THREE blogs, before Instagram, Twitter and Facebook took over the social media world. I shared my photos on one, our adventures and recipes and such on another, and the third I had created as a local blog when we moved back to PA. Who has time for that anymore? Certainly not me. Photos are shared instantly on Instagram, thoughts are shared on Facebook, etc. I really keep this blog as a journal of sorts for myself. Hopefully since I finally made this consolidation I will not feel so overwhelmed.

It feels good to have everything under one roof. Like downsizing my stuff, I am down sizing my digital presence too! Let’s not talk about all the digital photo files I am trying to purge.

Who can believe that we are already 1/2 way through July? It is flying by so quickly. Work keeps me busy and tired. In a good way these days. Not stressful for the most part (except for some people issues.) I think we are in a good place right now, except for being down a key holder once again. They are hard positions to fill. Full time retail, with the need for a very flexible schedule, days, nights, weekends, holidays and truthfully not the best in pay. As much as having a Mon-Fri, set schedule job might be, I have gotten used to being able to have a morning off, or a Monday off. Weekends are not always what it is all about! All that aside, I do enjoy my job, and being tired at the end of the work day isn’t the worst thing in the world!

Tara is working 4-5 days a week, and many times we are on opposite shifts, so we do not get to spend too much time together. We have had a very few adventures since she got her license. That’s okay. She is able to come and go as she pleases, not having to rely on me. A freedom she waited a long time for but in the end, the wait paid off. She was able to get a nice relatively new car, that I feel comfortable with her driving.

This is her adorable 2013 Chevy Spark. I get to drive it sometimes. We traded in our white Dodge Caravan to help with the down payment on this one, and I drive Mom’s mini van that she is not using anymore to go to and from work.IMG_4236 (2)

Tara finally received her high school diploma in June. Better late than never. She had been done classes since January, but had to wait for the diploma. No post high school education plans right now. That is fine with me. I don’t want her to start off with college debt for a degree in something that she may not use. She really is not sure what she wants to do. Right now food service/hospitality, are what she is looking at. Tara is not a morning person, so an 8am-5pm job is probably not for her right now!

Mom turned 92 on July 4th. We had a small gathering at my sister Linda’s new house. She moved into a 55+ older community just the week before. It was nice to gather with a family and friends. I did not get too many photos, it was a little hectic and I had worked early in the day after falling in the freezer at work the day before, and was not feeling my best!

Mom with Ben and Jessica Kepler (grandson and daughter-in-law of our friend Bobbie.) Bobbie has baked mom a birthday cake just about every year I can remember recently.


I spent a day out by myself taking some photos with my “real” camera. Something I really don’t make much time for these days. It is just so much easier to grab the IPhone. Sometimes you just need to pull out the DSLR and shoot away.

I spend a couple hours at Pearl S Buck house. The grounds are beautiful, it was quiet and peaceful and just what I needed that particular day.

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I can’t think of too much more right now. I still need to get more of Robin’s letters transcribed. I have five out of the next days off, so hopefully I can get to some more of my “to do list”!

Oh, the one thing Tara and I have been finding time for together is taking a ride, even if it is 9 or 10pm looking for Pokemon in the Pokemon Go game. It is fun for us. (I know some “grown ups” thing it is dumb!), but Tara grew up (or evolved) with Pokemon, they were a huge part of her childhood, so an activity that we can spend a little bit of time together after our busy days is a good thing in my book!



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Hump Day Haiku – Morning


Early morning light,
Birds chirping, squirrels scurring
Another day begins.

I’m really not very good at creative writing. I’d much rather tell a story with photos. I feel like I need to try something new!

I hope you like my haiku!

HuMp DaY Haiku button sunflower

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Weekend Reflections – Swan

Weekend Reflections

James, a fellow PA, blogger/photographer hosts Weekend Reflections each week.  I have been trying to include at least one reflection shot each week when I am out with my camera.  This is one of a pair of swans and two cygnets we found enjoying a nice brunch at the a local park on Tuesday.

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POD # 208 and Ruby Tuesday

Mary hosts Ruby Tuesday each week @ Work of the Poet.  Click on the Ruby Slippers to see more red!
This is one crazy tomato that was given to us in a bunch from a friend.

Ruby Tuesday
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POD # 207 & Mellow Yellow Monday – Swallowtail

Monday is my Friday… but no matter what – YELLOW makes the day better!
Mellow Yellow Monday is hosted by Drowsey Monkey.
I took these Swallowtail shots this morning.  Wish I could have gotten a bit closer, but it would fly away every time I got closer.

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Mosaic Monday

I have not participated in Mosaic Monday in sometime, in fact, I had not even created a collage in months. I thought I would use a selection of my favorite nature photos from the past couple months!
You can check out other collages by visiting Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House.

A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!

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Quotable Sunday – Nature

Quotable Sunday is hosted each week by Toni, over on A Daily Dose of Toni. Please click on the button and visited other QS participants!
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Autumn is almost here! I was so excited by some fall like weather last week that I could not wait to use that as my topic! This week, I have selected “nature”. I am drawn to the outdoors this time of year, I feel like staying inside is wasting something precious time before winter arrives!

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
E.B. White

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you…
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
John Muir

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts
Rachel Carson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a great day!


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