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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

Summer Days & Warm Nights

It’s my 2-year website anniversary!! And we have some CELEBRATING to do!

I will be sharing with you a great way to reach out to others, an exciting drawing, and an autumn picnic on California's Central Coast!!!!

Have you been enjoying some summer reading like I have? There is a great book out that is all about connecting with your neighbors. I have read and reread it and I love it. My challenge (and maybe it’s yours as well) is that so many of the opportunities that the Lord brings to me are nowhere near my front door. How do we then extend that connection to them? How do we encourage and influence people in this drive through, stretched to the max society we’ve created? Connecting and caring isn’t about i-time it’s about eye-time. Romans 1:11-12 speaks of this, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”

With summer here what better way to connect with a picnic in the great outdoors? Our warm sunshine means plenty of time for casual outdoor opportunities to share, listen and have fun together!! So grab a picnic basket and unfurl that old blanket it’s time to create special memories with family and friends!

Click on one of the new posts in “A Home to Keep” listed below where you will find these helpful and fun ideas to make your picnic the best and memorable ever!!

Next I want to share an exciting DRAWING that you’ll be entered in when you leave a comment on my website, you are all my community and I love hearing from you and connecting. The drawing is for a lovely:

“Harry & David® Summer Picnic Basket” filled with goodies!!!

You will have until August 25th to leave a comment and be entered in the

drawing. The winner will be announced on August 25th!


You’re all INVITED to


It’s an Open Invitation to a Bring Your Own PICNIC!

Come and enjoy a picnic luncheon and sweet fellowship.

Please feel free to invite whomever you’d like – daughters, granddaughters, sisters, neighbors, girlfriends, your ladies church group, a co-worker.

I will be picking out the site, date and time for our first picnic here on the beautiful Central Coast (more picnics to come). Those of you who want to join in this picnic celebration, please comment below and I will reach out to you with all the details!

And of course we will be taking a group picture!!

From my home to yours here on the Central Coast,



A little back story to the pictures in this post. As I prepared to take the pictures, I

looked at my setting and I knew I needed something more. Cheese and crackers?

Grapes, maybe strawberries… Then it came to me, a lovely loaf of French bread!

Not an easy thing to do when the sun is at the perfect angle and I needed it right

then! Except I have a wonderful friend named Madeleine (my daughter-in-law’s

mother) who is a chef extraordinaire! You can see her cute cottage in the

background in some of the pictures. She bakes homemade French bread a couple

times a week and she was so gracious to give me one!

Thank you, Madeleine!

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Ashley Couch
Ashley Couch
05 aug. 2019

Hi Auntie Linda :) Oh how I wish that me, Amber and Mom could join you guys on the Coast for a picnic! I love and miss you.


Sheri Torelli
Sheri Torelli
29 jul. 2019

Summer picnics have always been a favorite of mine, especially when my kids were young. It didn't cost much and the dividends were priceless! It actually goes back to an experience I had when I was a young girl. My dad was between jobs and we didn't have a lot of money. My mom got very creative and took us on a picnic I will never forget! Thanks for the memory jog! :). I'll be coming to the picnic if at all possible! Hugs always!


Pat Martin
Pat Martin
27 jul. 2019

Hi Linda! Miss you much but love following you and your beautiful posts and pix. The weather is SoCal has been a bit too hot to have an afternoon picnic just yet. But an indoor one with flowers and succulants would do the trick in the meantime!

Loved the Twinkie/strawberry idea! Much love,


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