It is blueberry season. Oh to be in Maine right now picking blueberries on a hill overlooking Casco Bay. But Alas, a trip to Maine is out of the question right now, so I will have to settle for something almost as good as fresh blueberries: the Blueberry Premium Syrup I found from the fine folks at Black Berry Patch.

About the Blueberry Premium Syrup from Black Berry Patch:

“Handmade in small batches with only the finest ingredients the South has to offer, the 3 Ingredient Blueberry Syrup combines fresh blueberries, cane sugar and a little bit of lemon juice for a versatile syrup ripe for enjoying in a multitude of ways.”

Find the Blueberry Premium Syrup from Black Berry Patch.

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As a total germphobic, long before it was fashionable, I have washed my hand a ton over the years. I was always challenged when approaching a sink where you had to pump the soap to wash your hands. By pure purpose, it would figure that the part of the soap pump you had to touch was the dirtiest thing in the room. Which is why I love the automatic soap dispensers you find in many public rest rooms these days. It is rare to find this type of dispenser in a private home, but that is about to change, as I have found the Sensor Pump from the fine folks at Simple Human. Not only is a cleaner way to dispense soap, it is “greener” as you can just add more soap when it empties.

About the Sensor Pump from Simple Human:

“When dispensing, the flexible silicone valve springs open for a quick, steady flow, then snaps shut to create a seal preventing messy drips. The unique gear design in our high-efficiency pump is engineered to maximize forward flow and minimize backflow for faster, more consistent dispensing — in just 0.2 seconds.”

Find the Sensor Pump from Simple Human.

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c.1Florence and her Machine may say that “Dog Days are Over” – but, in reality, with the start of August, they are just beginning.  And I say:  bring them on!

I love that point in the summer – usually at the start of August – when summer is in full swing.  The novelty of warm weather and all the summer traditions have worn off and you can just lay back and enjoy the balance of the all too short season.

In addition to loving the Dog Days of Summer, I love dogs, and also use this time of year to pay tribute to all the great pups I have been fortunate to know in my life.  Since all dogs go to heaven, I pay special tribute to all those furry angels looking down upon us – like these little dude, Gussy and Tru who are romping in Heaven with their brothers Oscar and Harry and sweet little sister Boo.

So let’s raise a glass of perfect summer iced tea to these glorious days and to man’s best friend.



I have not been posting about my 2020 garden lately. Why? Well, like most other things this summer, it is not quite what it should be. Mostly my garden is lame because I started most of my plants from seed this year, as opposed to buying my plants from a local nursery which always gave me a head start. But, still, I have some great growth and hopefully I will be seeing some great production soon.

The big success so far is I have all the fresh basil I need – and I love fresh basil. I also have a ton of tomato plants which have yet to fruit but I have a lot of buds showing up so that’s a good sign.

I love visiting spice shops. I love walking in and being overwhelmed by the smell of different spices as if you were smelling all of them at the same time yet you can pick them our individually. Alas, I am not getting out to any spice shops these days so I head to one of my favorite places online for procuring spices: The Spice House. The fine folks at The Spice House source only the best spices from around the world, like my current obsession – their Hand Select Star Anise.

About the Hand Select Star Anise from The Spice House:

“Cooks from Saigon to Little Saigon infuse pho with this delicate spice. It lends Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup a sweet richness reminiscent of licorice. In Europe, it stars in poached pears and tea infusions. Our whole star anise is hand-selected by our staff to be perfect for presentation.”

Discover the Select Star Anise from The Spice House.

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One thing for sure it is hot right now in most of the northern hemisphere, so keep things cool is a priority. Sure, there all sorts of coolers out there for you to drag to the beach to keep your drinks cold, but none are more convenient or look as good at the Classic Cooler from the fine folks at ICEMULE.

About the ICEMULE Classic Cooler:

“The ICEMULE Classic™ Small has a 10-liter capacity and is the most portable size of the Classic. Perfect size if you need a cooler only for your personal use, or maybe a picnic with your special someone. The Small Classic has you covered by being the smallest, most mobile option we offer.”

Find the ICEMULE Classic Cooler.

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The summer escapist novels continue with the latest thriller from Brad Thor and his super super spy Scot Harvath – Near Dark. A pure thrill ride for anyone looking for an entertaining and suspense read on the beach (or anywhere this summer).

About Near Dark by Brad Thor:

“The world’s largest bounty has just been placed upon America’s top spy. His only hope for survival is to outwit, outrun, and outlast his enemies long enough to get to the truth. But for Scot Harvath to accomplish his most dangerous mission ever—one that has already claimed the lives of the people closest to him, including his new wife—he’s going to need help—a lot of it. Not knowing whom he can trust, Harvath finds an unlikely ally in Norwegian intelligence operative Sølvi Kolstad. Just as smart, just as deadly, and just as determined, she not only has the skills, but also the broken, troubled past to match Harvath’s own.”

Near Dark by Brad Thor is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

OK, if you are like me, you have way too many photos and other items taking up room on your mobile phone. Sure, cloud storage is great and helpful – but I like to have copies of all my pics and other media stored on my own local storage devices. Getting the photos from my phone to an external drive is not hard, but it isn’t super easy. Now, I found a great tool which will not only help me transfer files off of my phone – but it’s a storage device as well: the Portable USB Flash Drive I found from the fine folks at Kiwient. This drive is really cool – it attaches to your phone’s input and then easily converts to a standard USB device to plug into your laptop or other device.

About the Portable USB Flash Drive from Kiwient:

“The Portable USB Flash Drive helps free up space for your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You are allowed to?take all the pictures you want without worrying about running out of space. It is compatible with all iOS, Android, Mac, Windows devices.?After setting up the mobile app, the drive backs up your files when you plug it in! You can share your content while keeping sensitive files secure across your device. You can even watch videos straight from the drive.”

Find the Portable USB Flash Drive from Kiwient.

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And another … the absolutely gorgeous Breifcase I found from the fine folks at Estie Bags.

About the Breifcase from Estie Bags:

“Strong on the outside, soft on the inside – our carbon fiber leather and suede combo make this briefcase look and feel good from the outside in, protecting your valuables whilst staying light and slim. Fits both 13″ and 14″ laptops. Comes with a removable shoulder strap.”

Find the Breifcase from Estie Bags.

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A global pandemic that has basically made me a homebody who goes nowhere can’t stop me from coveting cool bags meant for going places – like the Pike Messenger Bag I found from the fine folks at Alchemy Goods.

About the Pike Messenger Bag from Alchemy Goods:

“The Pike Messenger Bag is a medium-sized messenger bag with an interior divider to keep your files or laptop secure and organized at all times, as well as a zippered exterior pocket to conveniently hold a cell phone or MP3 player.”

Find the Pike Messenger Bag from Alchemy Goods.

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