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Thursday’s Doors ~ the ‘burbs of Cleveland, Ohio

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When I woke up at my brother,

Rich and Susan’s house,

ate my breakfast and

sipped hot coffee,

little did I expect

the baby fawns to be

out decorating the lawn,

across the street!

They live by North Olmsted park

where deer groups or families 

congregate and roam freely.

This is part of a series of

photographs taken up

in the suburbs on

the “West side”

of a rock and roll

city called Cleveland!

Check out more doors ~

Here’s a host with the most,

Canada fellow blogger,

Norm Frampton:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Happy doors hunting from all over!

Book Review: “Getting to Mr. Right,” by Carol Balawyder ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŽ’

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One of my summer reading books, 

“Getting to Mr. Right,”

written by Carol Balawyder,

a dear friend and fellow blogger,

was right away a plot with 

great characters who

I was curious to find

out more about!

The main character, Campbell,

has studied the subject of 

Father – Daughter

relationships.

Is there a correlation 

between women who have

strained or “broken” relations

with their father and inability

to develop close, nurturing 

futures with men?

Do these women somehow

search, without possible hope,

for their Prince Charming?

Do they set too lofty of expectations

for boyfriends, husbands and partners?

Four women of varied ages meet

at a research group where over

time, it develops into combination

of fun, therapy, counseling and

support for those who have had

negative relationships with

their fathers. It starts as a

series of workshops, but

attendance is a low 

turnout, so their

personal journeys

create support, 

bonds of trust

and close

friendships.

The women are Campbell, 

who leads the group and wants to 

confirm her research one last time 

before receiving her international award.

There’s Missi, whose husband

has left her for another woman.

Missi has many possibilities

of choices and must find

which direction her dream

will take her. Her story

seemed easy to relate to,

her age close to mine.

Two sad occurrences seem to 

have created an outwardly 

attractive woman who shows

a proclivity to choose much

younger men, in Suzy’s 

character. Her “back” stories

were deftly described and slowly

disclosed. Her story is probably

the most shocking and dramatic.

Felcity reminded me of my youngest

daughter, in her confidence and some

of her business acumen. It takes 

awhile, in the book, to find out

why she belongs in this group.

She definitely has major 

changes and an overhaul to

reach her future’s path.

Campbell’s story is one

I really enjoyed a lot! 

Being the group leader

doesn’t mean she has ~

“Everything figured out!”

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Who will find their future in a new 

business? Who will fall deeply in love?

Who decides studying abroad will 

be her window of opportunity?

Lastly, who may just rent a part 

of her house to help pay her

bills and become close 

to her roommate?

Is Prince Charming a myth?

I hope this book review will entice

you to buy Carol Balawyder’s book!

This is the second summer book 

review that I have completed!

I would have liked to read 

Carol’s book about a woman 

who finds out she has MS,

Multiple Sclerosis, who

was actually one of the

four characters who were

original members of this group!

Here is Carol’s book series:

“Missi’s Dating Adventures,”

“Cafe Paradise,” and

“Not By Design.”

When you visit her blog,

you will feel quite at home,

since Carol is a cheerful person.

Here’s Carol’s contact information:

http://carolbalawyder.com

Hope you will enjoy her blog

and consider starting her series

with this 5 out of 5 rated book!

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Let’s sit together on a park benchย 

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Come sit with me, take a

few moments to chat and

reminisce of bygone days.

The days are passing quickly,

not enough seconds spent 

relaxing, breathing and

feeling the sunshine 

permeate our bones.

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Remember how the

Summer stretched

before you after

you threw your

satchel, backpack

or knapsack into the 

bottom of your closet?

School was out and it felt

like long stretches of nothing

but joy and carefree playtime

lay ahead of you, where 

even nightime held fun.

๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒ›  ๐ŸŒ  ๐ŸŒœ ๐ŸŒ 

You liked to play from sunrise

until dark, taking breaks to eat

and possibly getting books from

the library or the bookmobile.

๐Ÿš   ๐Ÿ“‘  ๐Ÿ“—   ๐Ÿ“–    ๐Ÿ“”  ๐Ÿ“˜   ๐Ÿš

I had a place where I remember

curling up and getting absorbed

in books. What some call now, 

“being fully engaged” in 

other worlds, real life

biographies or

imaginary stories in

fantasies or science fiction.

I now take books to read to parks

while my grandchildren chase

each other across playground

equipment shouting, “You’re It!”

I’d be happy to join them, used

to do this often with my own

kids. I now savor relaxing,

resting and knowing 

ways to make an 

impact without

wearing out

oneself. 

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This photo 

was taken at

Mingo Park,

Delaware, OH

by the blog author.

(reocochran or Robin)

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Here’s who I would love to sit

on a park bench and chat with:

My friend, Deborah, who ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ–ผ ๐Ÿฆ

created a great photoshop tutorial

for photographers to take pics of

upcoming August solar eclipse.

This blew me away. Thanks!

Here is her link for this tutorial:

How to Create a Composite using Photoshop- Tutorial

Deborah’s posts cover all elements of

nature, life and magnificent scenery:

http://circadianreflections.com

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Here are some

of my special friends

who I would like to meet

and chat for awhile in the cool

of the morning with coffee, โ˜•

or at the end of a sticky day.๐Ÿฆ

~ Beth on teaching, grandies

and our parallel lives. ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŽจ

http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com

~ Lisa on photography, much 

more in nature and life. ๐Ÿ– ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿฆ

http://dailymusings57.com

~ Marissa on music, humor, 

family and writing.  ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽต โœ

http://rockandrollsupermom.wordpress.com

~ Merril on poetry, nature, musings 

history and deeper subjects. โœ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“–

http://merrildsmith.wordpress.com

~ Natalie on gardens, faith and

original poems and prose. โœ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต

http://sacredtouches.com

~ JoAnna on inspiration, art 

and healing.๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ•Š ๐Ÿ“–

http://joannaoftheforest.wordpress.com

~ Colleen on intersecting views

of life, family and nature. โœ ๐Ÿ“™ ๐Ÿšฒ

http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com
There’s many others. 

Let me know when

you are in my area,

or only a few hours

away to meet and

share a bench.

Delaware, OH park system: Mingo Park

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Although Dan was mentioned

recently in connection to Sears

department  and  hardware

stores, I already had this

pre-scheduled and cannot

skip over this lookalike dog!

Some posts this week will include

someone who the post inspired

me to feature and dedicate to.

This pretty red Irish Setter

named Mickey helped me

think of Dan Antion’s

Maddie at:

No Facilities blog:

http://nofacilities.com

I hope you will enjoy 

my series of parks

with my regards

and shout out’s

to friends.

Happy hiking,

camping, picnics, and

climbing play equipment!

Here are a few more male friends

who deserve a shout out:

Chris ~

http://milfordstreet.wordpress.com

George ~

http://theoffkeyoflife.com

Derrick ~

http://derrickjknight.com

John ~

http://jbcowgill.blog

If the flowers are daisies. . . .

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. . . there must be you, Pauline.

My friend who paints, enchants

me with glittering danglers,

surprises me with pretty 

wide-eyed, eyelashed 

young women and

rainbow colored 

dream catchers,

whirling,

twirling,

swirling

high among

the stars and 

into the galaxy!

Her recent daisy painting,

has multiple trademark 

pastels in mint green, 

turquoise, purple 

and light lavender.

The white petals are wispy

at tips and  her yellow centers

become defined by brown, 

golden-edged shadows.

Please feel Pauline’s touch

upon your soul, as you

check out her art

and recent 

musical

choices:

http://thecontentedcrafter.com

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Oh, and please don’t eat the daisies!

(a bow to essayist Jean Kerr, 1957 book)

Thursday’s Doors ~ July in the ‘burbs

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Other than running up the 

driveway and hiding behind a bush,

I was content to stand in front of

this house, aiming cellphone

at the semi – hidden door.

While trying to be 

nonchalant, not

create notice,

avoiding dog

or children

who may run to

homeowner, 

alarming the

Neighborhood Watch!

Here’s one door which faces

the street while you enlarge the

longer distance photo, you may

imagine a door facing the

driveway, which also 

presented address #.

I hope you enjoyed 

last week’s cottage door,

while this exhibit is the 

“whole package,” with curb appeal!

For friends who love flowers and

gardens, please enjoy the last

post, but as always, no need 

to comment on both,

unless the spirit 

moves you! 
๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒณ

Here’s the coordinator

of our weekly doors,

Norm Frampton’s blog:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Happy Doors and Garden Hunting!
 

Thursday’s Doors ~ July in the ‘burbs

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Approaching this house from the

north, walking on the sidewalk

I give an inaudible “sigh!” and

happy smile to the runner as

she passes! This will be one 

of my featured homes

from the suburbs of

Cleveland, Ohio.

Here’s someone

who often shows

an example of

doors which take

my breath away,

Norm Frampton:

http://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com

Norm will have blue frog links

to other people’s door choices.

Have a lovely rest of your 

week.  I hope your

weekend  leads  you

along pretty garden paths.

๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿ’ฎ ๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿต ๐ŸŒผ ๐Ÿ’ฎ ๐Ÿ€