Monday, February 21, 2011

Call Me When The Street Lights Come On

Many, many moons ago, when I was a wee little girl, a beautiful spring day meant a day spent outside.  Nothing could lure me inside.  Well, nothing except when the street lights came on.  In the 60's that was the universal signal for children everywhere to stop playing and head for home.  Perhaps some of you also have these memories.  If not, you may think this is another story taking place when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  It won't be the first time I've been accused of telling one of those tales and I'm sure it won't be the last time. 

I guess no matter how old I get, when the fresh spring air begins to blow and the tulips push forth from the earth ...

When the daffodil buds are plump and ready to burst open ...

I'm ready to head outside to smell the flowers
to play outside until the streetlights come on.

Now I will admit that the form of play has changed.
I'm quite happy to sit outside enjoying my lunch while watching the bird activity now.  But lest you think I am a total dinosaur, I might add that I can also take pictures of my lunch and read the newspaper while eating.  That's right, quite the multitasker am I.
Although, I will admit to feeling a bit silly taking photos of my lunch.  What if the neighbors are watching?? 
Who takes pictures of their lunch?  Odd ladies over the age of 50?

So glad I read this article ... while eating.
Apparently it is quite hip to possess the skill of taking photos of your food on your patio.  Why it's front page news today!!
And the best part of all ~ she's only 26.

I'm off to take a walk, plant some seeds, water my pansies and breathe in the sweet, sweet smell of almost spring.

I'll be in when the streetlights come on.  Just in time to soak in the bathtub, apply the BenGay and hobble to bed.


  1.'ve got me chuckling here. I don't remember that sign because there were no streetlights on my country road. We didn't go in until we heard "the call." Your lunch looks perfectly nutritious and delicious. I have two family members working for that product placement there. Thank you for that. :D

  2. Oh Kim.... this is the cutest post, and it brought back a sweet memory of the street lights.

    It's looking like (almost)spring in your flower bed. Your daffodil's are going to be so pretty!

    I've been working outside for two days, and I love it!!! I needed some dirt under my fingernails.

    Your lunch looks delicious (even the cup of healthy grapes)...


  3. Lovely flowers, Kim. Your pansies are so pretty. Spring must be nearly here if you can sit outside for lunch. I'd have got soaked and cold if I'd tried that :-)

  4. This was fun to read! I thought maybe that was YOU in the newspaper! But what 'older' ladies REALLY want to know...what kind of chips are those? I love chips and those look especially good! ♥♥♥

  5. You're so funny! I remember well playing till the streets light came on. I had 4 siblings and at least two of us were always paired together and felt so safe!
    Spring is right around the corner and the weather is feeling more like it everyday lately.

  6. Lavender Dreamer: The chips are Trader Joe's brand of sweet potato chips and I can attest to the fact that they are very good.

  7. LOL, Kim, what a cute post! I def remember the street light signal. I love your food photo. I do this all the time. I don't know why but maybe it is because I am 52?

  8. I too headed home once the street lights came on!! :-)
    Winter came back last night. More ice and snow and no walk for me. :-(

  9. Oh! Kim, I did so enjoy reading this post, just so refreshing. Your flowers are so pretty, I found one daffodil blooming yesterday, and was so tempted to bring it in the house with
    When I was a child I too wanted to stay out as long as I could, but went in only when I got that call. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.
    Hugs, Sue

  10. Touches of Springtime, gorgeous flower pictures, and humor added in...this post is perfect! Loved the visit here and catching up on all of your posts.

  11. Isn't it wonderful to know that someday when we're gone...women will still be photographing their food. But the question is, what kind of cameras will they have. What comes after digital? How many a family has stood back from the table, laden with delicious hot foods, waitingwhile mom adjusts her ISO for blog pics.Mine have!
    Hey, I hope you don't mind that I mentioned you on my blog!

  12. Kim,
    I loved this post! I remember being able to play outside until the street lights came on too. Yesterday I played in the garden all day, and I didn't want to come last evening, we even ate dinner outside.

    Your pictures are so springy!


  13. We didn't have street lights where I lived, but we always had to be home "by dark," as my mother used to say. And I photograph my food too! ;-) Enjoy your lovely spring day!

    Kat :)

  14. Looks like we are all hoping for Spring! We didn't have street lights on our farm but I remember playing out like that too. Lets hope it comes soon! ;D

  15. I came back to find out about those chips! lol I'm going to try them! Enjoy your day...pass the chips! ♥

  16. Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing such a lovely post, I love it. I want to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice thought. You asked if I have a pattern of my crocheted lace in knit, I don't have it. I don't have the patience for knitting :) I had tried to knit but it drove me crazy. ~Have a wonderful spring day~

  17. This post made me smile. I've taken food outside for better lighting issues when taking photos. I've often wondered what the Korean neighbors must be thinking about their strange Canadian neighbor. I always hope they do not happen to look out their window.


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