What Do These 5 Summer Vacation Photos All Have In Common?

Family, Friends, Nova Scotia | Posted by Jannie on 26 August 2014 @ 7:53 PM 39 Comments





(my feet at my parents’ cottage.)


If you’re thinking “Hey… Jannie is in every one of those,” you’re absolutely right! And you win a prize!!

The prize is… I’ll write you a short poem on any topic you want in a comment below.

So give me a word or short phrase, and I’ll totally write you a poem. Totally, totally!

And even if you weren’t thinking “Hey, Jannie’s in all those” you still get a poem if you want!


xoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo from Jannie, who recently had the privilege of going HOME with Kelly and Jim!!

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  • 1

    On 26 August 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Jennifer Susannah Devore said, 

    Salut, Mlle. Jannie :)

    La belle vacance au beau Canada! J’adore Quebec, moi-meme, Vieux Quebec la plus … si historique!

    A poem? How grand, how truly priceless! I shall be bold. Moi, je voudrais une poeme des mes livres “Savannah of Williamsburg”. I know you read my Blackbeard tale; I would love, love, love a wee poem about my wee Savannah Squirrel, Herr Ichabod and Master Dante in glorious, luxe, Colonial Williamsburg.

    a Plutard,

    Jennifer S. Devore 😉

  • 2

    On 27 August 2014 at 2:26 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie – so good to see you at home in Canada ..enjoying seeing your parents, friends and sister … Hardwick and BB would enjoy a poem … I love the way Kelly looks askance in and at a lot of the photos you take …?!

    Cheers and Big hugs from us here … Hils xoxox

  • 3

    On 27 August 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Sara said, 

    YEAH…you’re back. I’ve missed you, but it sounds like you had a wonderful time and I loved the pictures. In everyone, there you were with a smile. Well, to be honest, I’m assuming you were smiling when the picture of your feet was taken! Oh, my gosh…Kelly seems more grow-up, especially in the picture at the restaurant!

    Boy, this is FUN. I remember a time when it was fun to joke about blog verification words. So, I give you a few of my favorites to pick from: Eyelumes, Barmarv, and Flumand.

    Have fun and it’s good to have you back:~)

  • 4

    On 27 August 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Until I got to the feet I thought it was a mother-daughter theme. And then I thought it was generational.

  • 5

    On 27 August 2014 at 6:09 pm

    L. Moon said, 

    Beautiful memories. Glad you got home.
    Hope its a great beginning of fall for each of you.
    thanks for your visit
    Love from the moon

  • 6

    On 27 August 2014 at 6:35 pm

    brian miller said, 

    hey…i got that right…smiles….so you had a good summer?

    i want a key lime pie poem….smiles…

  • 7

    On 27 August 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Mary said, 

    Very nice photos. I see you were in Nova Scotia. I truly love Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and PEI & would visit again in a heartbeat.

    How about a Halifax-influenced poem? (Thinking of Nova Scotia!)

  • 8

    On 27 August 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Loved the photos, Jannie! Looks like you had a wonderful summer. :-) Big hugs to you!

    Possible poem words if you are so inclined: cashews, root beer floats, and/or listening to a transistor radio 😀

  • 9

    On 27 August 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Steve E said, 

    Gosh, it seems like YEARS have gone by. Where has “time” gone, how has it slipped by without a sound…my word, if your muse will honor me:

    and yes, i DID realize the one pretty item in each of the 5….was YOU!

  • 10

    On 28 August 2014 at 2:17 am

    claudia said, 

    smiles… i got it right as well… so what about a haggis poem… hehe

  • 11

    On 28 August 2014 at 8:37 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Beautiful & Handsome ones!!

    I’ll be writing your poems here on the weekend.

    Party on, peeps!!!!


  • 12

    On 28 August 2014 at 9:18 am

    humbird said, 

    Oh, wow, my first time here…I like how you enjoy every day! how you celebrate every occasion! Thank you! ~ Enjoyed all photos! ~ Thanks for visiting my blog! :)x

  • 13

    On 28 August 2014 at 10:28 am

    Jannie said, 

    Okay, actually…

    I have 2 of your comment poems penned…


    “Haggis” for Claudia

    She danced in Edinburgh
    in the autumn of her spring,
    looking prettier than summer.

    She actually passed up the haggis
    to go for the mashed bangers

    then drifted ed down a jazz street
    where budding tulips leaned in to
    bloom by the light of her smile.


    “Nova Scotia” for Mary

    Once you’re past
    the airplane smell and
    the Customs aroma

    it’s the pines that
    might grab you first
    or burning leaves

    or hyacinth by the
    olden gazebo where
    your new favorite song
    will always be playing.

    whatever the
    olfactory veil of
    Halifax charm,

    outside there
    it’s guaranteed
    to be either light,
    dark or reflecting
    luminesence off
    the hulls of tall
    ships filled with
    your best days.


    Now to eBay! Goal is 7 new auctions up today!

  • 14

    On 28 August 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Other Mary said, 

    Yay! I guessed right! And of course I want a poem about an adventerous voyage! Looks like you and yours are having a fun summer, glad to see it! Can’t believe it’s almost over!

  • 15

    On 28 August 2014 at 4:38 pm

    GDK said, 

    A little Quote from a song for you “Those were the times that was our life, I probably wouldn’t change one little thing if I tried. Moments together mapped out like stars in the sky. Now you’re in the things that I do, still I miss talking to you.” You are the common light in all of the photos. Will be walking those same beaches soon with my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  • 16

    On 29 August 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Jannie said, 


    “Time Is A Road” for Steve E.

    Time is a road
    paved with violins
    and belly laughter,

    flanked on either
    side by wild roses
    and chestnut chords.

    i’m glad i get to
    share time’s road
    with you, Steve.

    “Love Back To The Moon” for Leslie — a haiku

    love back to the moon
    moon who owes her sugared glow
    to Leslie’s sunshine


  • 17

    On 31 August 2014 at 11:27 am

    Dr. J said, 

    Home comb roam foam!

  • 18

    On 31 August 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Jannie said, 

    “Key Lime Pies” for Brian

    when limes
    for pies are babies
    their tree village

    throws bonfire parties
    on beaches where the
    limelings fall asleep
    in dune reed slings,

    of the graham
    crackers that
    are dreaming
    of them.

    “Anticipation” for Jennifer Susannah Devore

    I just ordered
    a real live book
    to hold in my hands,
    off amazon.com,

    “Savannah of Williamsburg: Being the Account of a Young London Squirrel, Virginia 1705 (The Savannah Series,Tales of An American Squirrel.)”

    breath is
    now suspended
    in air like


    that will drop
    into the water
    as i drop into
    this cozy chair
    to lose myself
    in the ruffle
    of the pages.

    “Paris Cafe” for Hilary

    Hilary, BB
    and I

    snag the
    best of the
    two window
    tables at



    the rainy

    and go

    in the

    And there you have a few poems.

    Sara, ye shall be next!


  • 19

    On 31 August 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Jennifer Susannah Devore said, 


    What a perfect ode to my Miss Savannah Squirrel!! In fact, with your permission, I should like to post it at the “Savannah of Williamsburg” FB page as well as JennyPop.com :) Une mille mercis!!

    I truly hope you love Book I in the series!! I’m currently scribing Book IV: set in 1754 at the beginning of the French and Indian War. (Lots of French in this one!) Should be out by Christmas!

    Tout a l’Heure,

    Jennifer 😉

  • 20

    On 2 September 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Lynn said, 

    I admire your poeting skills, Jannie Muffin! Looks like a lovely, peaceful trip. I love sitting around a table with family like that. And looks like brussels sprouts in that bowl at the top? My favorite vegetable. Write a poem about that. :)

    Sorry to be late to the party!

  • 21

    On 2 September 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Linda said, 

    Hi Jannie,
    Sorry I’m late to the poem party. Glad you had a wonderful vacation. I loved all the photos, especially the one of you and your daughter at the water, and your toes. Funny what we take photos of, isn’t it?

    As for the poem…potatoes is my choice. Looking forward to it.

  • 22

    On 3 September 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sara said, 

    Okay, I’m waiting for that poem:~)

    BUT I loved all of the ones you’ve written so far. My favorite lines (and it was a difficult choice_ were these:

    “…where budding tulips leaned in to
    bloom by the light of her smile.” AHHH, that’s just beautiful, Jannie.

    You had me laughing at the book, “Savannah of Williamsburg: Being the Account of a Young London Squirrel, Virginia 1705″ and then I looked it up. It’s a real book. Are you enjoying it? I actually previewed some of the story and it’s pretty good if you like historical books, which I do. It is definitely a very clever idea for a book, if I do say so.

  • 23

    On 3 September 2014 at 10:08 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Yay, finally bbsitting again after a month away. Not me, them.

    I thought they were all taken on your vaca up north of my place here-

    Look at all those free poems!

    Hope Rosie has a wonderful year!
    Looks like you had fun too- Good for all of you,
    N bet
    “Your toes were COLD!”

  • 24

    On 4 September 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Jannie said, 

    “Above The Street” for Sara Healy

    Sara was waiting
    on the balcony

    two doors over
    and one floor up

    from where i
    stood outside

    the Barmarv,
    our favorite pub.

    i recognized her
    immediately amidst

    the other revelers
    by the flumands

    on her little
    cloche hat

    she waved at me
    with gloved hand

    and even at that
    distance i could see

    the moon painting
    starlight onto the

    eyelumes of her
    long dark lashes.


    Yes, i do believe I was smiling with my whole spirit that beachy-toes moment. Oh, and I expect Jennifer Susannah’s book to arrive any day now. Maybe even today!!!!! whoohooo. I’m totally gonna have to brush my hair and put on some mascara for such an awesome event as to hold my own copy of her book in my hands.

    Shoot — reminds me, gotta put my parcels out for Postie!

  • 25

    On 7 September 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Jannie said, 

    “Generational” For Alice Audrey

    How did we get to
    these Internets

    from generations
    not long past the
    yoke and the plow?

    And that’s your Sunday Flash Fiction 15!!! :) :)


  • 26

    On 9 September 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Jannie said, 

    JSD — they sent me the 2nd book!! :) So, re-shopping shall i go. That’s great, tho to have the 2nd in the series. Still, I want to read the First, first!


    “Sunbeam Landing” for Humbirdstar.

    then Humbird hummed in
    on waves of Vivaldi

    surfing into my blog
    right up onto the sand,

    to flash that
    rain of hope smile.


    “Song Mystery” for GDK

    something tells me Green Day
    but I’m probably wrong

    as i try to remember if
    i know such a song.

    you’ll have me googling
    but it shouldn’t me take long

    to learn why this tune
    clings to you so strong.


    “The Sterling Silver Antique Comb” for Dr. J.

    out walking one night
    when i was almost home

    i spied on the sidewalk
    a gold inlaid comb

    I said “Hey there, hair tool
    from where did you roam?”

    It replied “from a time
    long before styrofoam.”



    Not what anybody was expecting, of course! :) :)

    GDK, off to Google the lyric, then perchance to blast the tune on my $40.00 boom box!! :) And perchance even further to write a poem about listening to the song…


  • 27

    On 9 September 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Jennifer Susannah Devore said, 

    Oh no :( … yet, Huzzah 😀

    I’m sorry they sent you the wrong “Savannah of Williamsburg” book!! However, as I like to tell folks, Books I-III may be read in any order; they are each written with a very different flavour and with just enough referential info., from the previous title, to entice the reader to return to the other books. Still, one, two, three is an excellent manner in which to proceed!

    “Start at the beginning and when you come to the end, stop!” -The Mad Hatter



    P.S. Bought something lovely from your eBay store!!! Can’t wait!!

    P.P.S. Book II (The Blackbeard tale) is my fave! Then Book III.

  • 28

    On 12 September 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Sara said, 

    AWWWW…I loved it and you got all the words in:~)It would fun to meet at the Barmarv. I’d even wear my new “cloche hat.” This one has THREE peacock feathers — you definitely will not miss me:~) But just in case, I will flash the crimson eyelumes on my eyelashes for you!

    While I should have known you could do it, you still amaze me with how WELL you do on impromptu writing. I’ve read them all and each one has delighted me. You should do this more often. However, given your time limits, it might be best to pick one from the group and write about it. To me, it doesn’t matter who you pick because I enjoy reading whatever you write.

    I also love that Jennifer Susannah Devore visited your site to talk about the book. I like it when authors do this. Maybe you can write a review:~)

    Happy Friday to you, Jannie!

  • 29

    On 18 September 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Linda said, 

    Hi Jannie,

    I know there’s a long line of folks waiting for their poems. I just thought I would pop in and see how it’s coming. Have a great weekend!

  • 30

    On 18 September 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Linda, yeah, I need to sit and pencil out my next few days, get those poems in!!! :) :) :)

    And see the rest of y’all later.


  • 31

    On 22 September 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    I can totally tell which person in that picture at the restaurant is your mother! And I didn’t just deduce that from the fact that there’s only one female person in the photo aside from you and Kelly, and this post is about your family — she really does look like you! But you don’t have to write a poem about how you resemble your mother in case that would be awkward for some reason! :) Love, C

  • 32

    On 27 September 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Jannie said, 

    “Adventure” for Dearest Other Mary

    adventure can be
    lunch near a tree

    the sound of a train
    getting caught in the rain

    adventure is always
    here for the taking.

    and bread always
    there for the baking.


    JSD!! I feel having your Savannah Trilogy will make my awesome life ever more awesome — 2 down and 1 to go, buying that is. Reading will be savored in the future. Currently I am reading Hinton’s “The Outsiders.” Never have, and it’s proscribed (is that the word?) for our daughter’s English reading so I thought… what the hell… :) AWESOME book so far, about 2/3 done now. You ever read it? I remember I first had to read Camus’ “The Stranger” (Or The Outsider, maybe, translation?) in French. Weird. But interesting. Read “Jalousie” first in French, too. Anyway….. I have been home-schooling Kelly of late in French, but it seems we will have to put it off to weekends, as her school won’t allow her to have 2 classes off daily. She already gets 1 with her PE waiver for the gymnastics. Oh well, it’s all good. And she can continue choir with one of the very best in the country, if not the world!! I call her The Choir Whisperer. Kelly was a bit bummed she did not make varsity, but all doors open for better reasons. And we might completely home-school her for 9th Grade. We’ll see how it goes! :) xooxoxoxoxoxoxo

    “Brussels Sprouts” for Dearest Lovely Lynn.

    I picture you
    at a Tuscan
    harvest table
    overlooking a
    purple canyon.

    no mosquitoes,
    and the white
    lights in the
    olive trees
    turn to stars.

    i pass you the
    brussels sprouts,

    you pour me some
    more Pinot and

    all of us at
    the table know
    everything is
    always golden.


    P.S. Does Tuscany even have olive trees???? :) :)

  • 33

    On 28 September 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Colleen said, 

    I was going to say “happiness” and “smiling faces” until the feet threw me, but not entirely because the polish was pink. I think I did not win though.

  • 34

    On 2 October 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Talon said, 

    Jannie, I’m sooo glad you got to go home for a visit and dip your toes in the ocean. :) Hope you and Jim and Kelly had a remarkable and beautiful summer. She is growing so tall! And so pretty (like her Mom). Miss you! xxoo

  • 35

    On 4 October 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Jannie will return here soon (again!)

    Love you all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • 36

    On 10 October 2014 at 11:53 am

    Jannie said, 

    Let me see if i can recreate this comment, as my computer (or probably the operator) just went whacky… :)

    She loves ’em boiled
    and she loves ’em fried

    loves them as a main meal
    and loves ’em on the side

    truth be told
    i loves ’em too

    and potatoes
    iz good for you.

    That was “Potatoes” for Linda.

    (Linda, please scroll down to see I remembered the original second verse!!)

    “Then Came Chris” for Chris.

    Then came Chris
    with a suitcase
    of photo acumen
    he’d bought on
    a cruise in his
    twenties to Alaska
    via the South of Spain

    In his backpack
    is a Martin backpacker

    In his duffle is
    a Baby Taylor.

    And in his hat
    ~~ a piano!


    And that’s pretty-much where my computer jumped. And Linda’s potato poem was not quite exactly like the first version, but maybe it’ll come back to me… :)

    Linda, perhaps it was actually…

    truth be told, she’s a lot like me
    i loves potatoes wherever i may be

    Who else has been dangling here for weeks and weeks in these comments??? :)

    Colleen! And your comment reminded me that the shape of my toenails could be construed as happy pink smiles. So… you DO win a poem!!

    “What shall I write a poem to Colleen about?” for Colleen.


    Smiles on toes
    or clothesline clothes?

    the sound of a leaf
    as it flies to the ground

    “wheeeeeeee” it goes
    on the merry-go-round.

    TALON!!! It was amazing!! It’s funny you say tall because Kelly is so petite for her age. But yes, she certainly is stretching out and up! You aaahh too kaaaahnd, thank you, my dear for the lovely compliments. And now, how about a poem, because everybody else has gotten one in this comments, but let me copy all this, so I don’t lose it a second time…

    “Then Came Talon” for Talon

    we were just two
    ordinary people
    pre-blogging days



    you had your hills
    and i had mine too

    then our cameras
    met at that party
    and it’s history!

    BFFS now!!!


  • 37

    On 12 October 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Wow, a flash 15! I’m impressed. I’ve occasionally considered doing a Sunday 180 blog hop. Everyone would have to tell a story in a hundred and eighty characters. Think the old Fiction Friday crew would be interested?

  • 38

    On 16 October 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Linda said, 

    Jannie, thanks for my poem on taters, uh, I mean potatoes. Love it! Have a great weekend.

  • 39

    On 28 October 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Alice Audrey — currently not an iPhone user, my Samsung Montage allows me only 160 characters per text. I have to get very succinct to fit longer thoughts into that short, 180 characters would open my life up so much. :) Yes, I bet the old Flash 55ers would go for that too! Good on ya, btw for the Friday Fictioneers. I miss the whole crew.

    Linda — you are so WELCOME!! I actually like how your taters poem turned out, a lot! Maybe some day I’ll publish it in a book of poetry called “Poems You May Have Missed In The Comments.” Or maybe not, :) we’ll see how it goes.


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