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It's as hot as blue blazes out there. I've been leaving for my morning runs as near to 7 a.m. as I can every day, hoping to escape some of the heat, but to no avail. I come home dripping and drenched with sweat, my shoes squishing. I think we all got spoiled by our cool, rainy June last month and now Ms. Summer is taking her revenge upon us. But, we're heading to Hot Springs this weekend and I plan on doing nothing but play in the lake, play in the pool, play in the lake some more, kayak on the lake, practice my underwater photography in the pool, do cannonballs off my FIL's boat . . . just stay wet all weekend. It's been far too long since we've been to the lake!

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I'm reading the following books:

The Art of the Photograph by Art Wolfe

The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum

My Sweet Kitchen by Linda Lomelino

Food Photography by Corinna Gissmann

Mrs. Lincoln by Catherine Clinton

and I'm expecting this book to arrive on Friday: Feast For the Eyes by Susan Bright.

I think I should be fixed up for books until Christmas!

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I went shopping the other day and scored some cute little pails and a candle holder that is holding the lime in the photo above this one. I also bought some candy molds and made home made sugar cubes. After scouring the local grocery stores for ready made cubes, I turned to Mr. Google (because he really does know everything) and asked him to find a DIY sugar cube recipe and sure enough, he delivered. It's as simple as can be, too:  1/4 cup sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon water. Stir together until crumbly (you may need to tinker around with the water to sugar ratio. I did, but then I was making 24 sugar cubes) and press a heaping teaspoon of the mixture into a candy mold, pressing down firmly. Let the cubes harden overnight and then store them in an airtight container for up to 2 years. (Here's the link to the full recipe: DIY Sugar Cubes).

Two year old sugar cubes . . . not sure if I really want to use two year old sugar cubes, but it's good to know that we can have sweets on hand in case of a zombie apocalypse! 

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Last Thursday, I met up with Meghan after she got off work and the two of us first did a little shopping before heading out to dinner and then First Thursday. First Thursday is an arts festival held every first Thursday of the month on the Fayetteville Square. Last year it seemed that whenever it rained, it always rained on Thursdays, so I didn't go much last year. This year looks to be a bit more promising, so I plan on continuing visiting the festival. It's a great place to people watch, which is one of my favorite things to do. 

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I've been playing around with a new toy I ordered last month and have been having lots of fun creating my dark and moody pictures that I like to make and that David gives me grief about.

So I made a bright and cheery one just for him!

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I'm out of news. 

Over and out.