Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Papa Gives The Princess Advice

MyHero loves giving advice
to everyone.
Most nod their heads and say
"uh-huh--uh-huh"
But when he gave
Baby Bright Eyes advice?
 THIS is her response!
She listens about as good as I do!

No time for a longer post this morning.
I had a house full of people since last Thursday 
and some are leaving today.
And now----
I am off to the VA for 6:00AM

I will be back tomorrow with some pictures 
of the back yard and other work
I got done before the 
Fourth of July holiday
AND 
ONE PICTURE TOMORROW
will give you a 
BIG BELLY LAUGH...
a spurt-your-coffee-out-your-nose kind of laugh!

Have a great day!
I will be around to visit when I get home.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL OF YOU!!!

It is a day for celebration
for most of us.
We wave our flags 
and grill our burgers 
and wolf down our hot dogs.

We stand in line for dripping
ice cream cones
and we stare at the sky
in awe as fireworks 
feed us a feast for our eyes.

We are free.
What a blessing to be free.
But that freedom comes at a cost.
A big cost.

I see it every day I work at the VA.
I see the sacrifices made by men and women
to ensure our freedom.
So, take just a moment today
and whisper a 
THANK YOU
to all those that fought for us
on this, and foreign, land.
Wing a prayer up 
for those families left behind 
when their sons and daughters
gave their lives for all of us.

I will leave you with one of my 
very favorite photos.
This was taken on our dock
about 4 years ago when the 
fireworks were
bursting in the air over the bay.
THAT is 
WONDER & AWE!

My family is here for a few days
so I will be back on Tuesday 
as full of the devil nonsense as usual.

Have a Happy & Blessed 
FOURTH OF JULY!

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Few Pictures Of The Yard/Plants/Work Around Here

I am anxiously waiting for my
daughter, Mimi, and her sweet family to get here.
To prepare for the upcoming
FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY
I have been working non-stop on whipping 
the yard and porches and flowers 
and the old man into shape.

I took so many pictures but don't have
enough time to edit them all.
There are a lot more pictures
here than I usually post at one time.

So, I will break this up into a couple of posts
so you can get a peek at things.

This beautiful floral came from my oldest daughter
for letting the girls stay here for the last few days.
It sits on the glass-topped cherub "shelf"
that sits under the living room windows
that overlook our front porch.
It sits next to an old Eastlake wicker rocker.
Across from the chair is a swing that the kids
spend a lot of time on when they are here.
I see I took this before I had the bench pad on...
oh well...it is what it is!

If you look towards the road from the swing
this is what you see.
This is right in front of the porch.
Those pillows are NOT staying.
I tossed them there and forgot to remove them for the photo.
Not sure why some of these pictures are so washed out looking...
Hey- Never said I was a PHOTOGRAPHER,
 did I? No. No. I didn't!
This one is a bit better!
This hangs between the tree and porch.
The birdhouse is all wonky because it has
a nest in it and I didn't want to disturb it
by "straightening" it.
The bird flew out in my face and
scared the devil out of me
well, not really-the devil is still
lurking here somewhere...
I think he is downstairs reading
his Bible and praying that I will be a good girl...
This is looking towards the garage 
which is an ell to the right
(which you can't see)
Taken by the base of the front steps.
Next to the front garage doors
 (there are back ones, too)
is this huge clematis.
I must have done something right with this one..
neglect maybe?
Okay---this is the true color...
It's a beaut, isn't it?

Here's another BEAUT for you...
Courtesy of Walmart!
Ready?  SALUTE!!!!!
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Is that the 
MOST PATRIOTIC MAN
you have ever seen?

You didn't really think I was going to let you
go away smiling over 
MY FLOWERS did you?

Happy July 3rd!
I will try to visit if I can---
I may be just sitting around holding
STUMPER!
Can't wait to see her walking
in that little cast she has on.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sunset On The Bay

I worked outside 
ALL DAY LONG 
yesterday.
That's three days in a row..
no-wait---that is 
FOUR days in a row.

Yes- I can barely walk now-
thanks for asking.

That means I did not get 
any pictures taken yesterday.
So---At dusk I went out to take
a picture of the sun setting over the bay.
This is taken from my kitchen door.
This was taken with my iPhone
AND
what you see caught in the 
sun's path across the water
is the American flag,
quietly hanging its head for the night.

I didn't notice it until I had
downloaded it onto my computer.
Glorious Old Glory!

I will get pictures today
of some of the things I got done
around here in the last few days.

Yeah---meanwhile for your pleasure--
I ran to Wallyworld for a few 
Fourth of July things.
I found some!
Ready?  Fingers to your forehead and 
SALUTE!!!!
Hooray for the RED-WHITE & BLUE 
~and Gingham?~

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW WORD WEDNESDAY

Today's word is not just
ONE WORD.
Today's words are a take 
on how kids perceive things.

My oldest son was pretty literal
when he was little.
Sorry-the albums are in the basement
but here is what he looks like today.
He is SOOO going to hate this....shhhhh....
He'll never even know it's here!
He has been minus the mustache for a while now...
like I said---shhhhhh
When he was four he was watching 
the news with my brother, Charlie.

He came running into the kitchen
yelling for me to 
"Come watch this, Mom.
You won't BELIEVE this".

THREE GORILLAS ARE 
CHANGING THE TIRES 
ON A BIG AIRPLANE.
WHAT?
What?

What........
I go into the living room and my dear brother
is chuckling to himself.

"What is he talking about?" I ask dumbly

Just what he said, Di!
THREE GUERRILLAS 
HIGH-JACKED A JUMBO JET!
This was back in the late 70's
when planes were being hijacked..
long before all the precautions were
in place that we have today.

S0-anyway-
That is what the kid heard.
GUERRILLAS= GORILLAS
HIJACK= JACKING UP
The simple reason is
 to change the tires on a big plane!
Right?

Don't you wonder just what else
kids 
DON'T REALLY GET
that we never know about?

Next time I might just tell you about
MyHero and his Uncle LEAD.
You are gonna LOVE that one!

Happy JULY FIRST!
Have a great Wednesday.
I am counting down to the 
Fourth of July here!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THREE DAYS OF NON-STOP WORK!

This has been a 
VERY WEIRD SUMMER!

I usually get my flowers by the end of May.
Not this year.
No sir-re-bob! 
I didn't get my porches cleaned.
I didn't get the playhouse cleaned.
I didn't get the patio power washed.

I could blame it on that lingering cough
OR 
I could blame it on the weather
OR
I could blame it on laziness.

Let's go with the cough!
So---here is a hydrangea that I am 
"babysitting" for my daughter until
she gets moved into her new home.
This will be the 
ONLY PRETTY THING 
you see on my blog today.

Instead- I am going to give you a dose of 
REAL LIFE at MY HOUSE!

Ready?
This is how this looked when I started.
Then I moved on to this area!
This was after I had stripped things
and piled them in anticipation of
cleaning...it did not look like this
in the very beginning.
Then the wind carried me out to 
The Playhouse!
THREE BIG PROJECTS
in
THREE DAYS.
Yes- I can still move---
but barely.

And on Day Three
I enlisted some help to 
power wash the patio-
uh-huh!
Yes- He's a pastor but I am pretty sure
I mighta heard a naughty word or two.

Oh-Wait- Maybe that was ME saying them!

So- on Thursday-
If you are very, very good and promise not
to put the leftover soup from your bowl
back into the pot 
I just might show you some
AFTER PICTURES
of the above three areas.

Betting MyHero wishes he were back here.
Oh- Yeah...
I almost feel sorry for him...
A-L-M-O-S-T!

I'll be with my buddies at the VA this morning.
Can't wait!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rain- We Got Rain- But We Need It!

I know a lot of you have had
WAY TOO MUCH RAIN
this year...
but our grass is just starting to brown
so we NEED it!

There are days that
hint at rain and then,
like trying to slip
into a pair of your
 old "skinny" jeans,
it just doesn't happen.

Well, I am here to tell
you that 
WE GOT RAIN!
Can you see the line of
heavier rain moving towards
us across the Bay?
I am one of those weird people
that loves a storm.
As long as it is not a damaging storm,
that is.
I love the thunder and lightening
and clouds scudding across
the sky at an accelerated pace.
Rain for the berm.
 Rain for the patio.
Rain for the...
what the heck?
Oh- Yeah..
Rain for the Rabbit.
Yeah, Yeah,
I know it is a bad picture.
Let's see how good you would
do out in a thunderstorm with
a flipping, running rabbit!

It rained so much
I hung the swimming pool
out to dry.
HA!  Bet you never saw
THAT BEFORE,
did you?  

Have a great day
and
 if you need rain
I hope 

you get it.

ps.  When we have parties and I serve
COLD food out on the patio.
I fill that little 3' blow up swimming pool
]with ice and settle the salads and cold dishes
right down into it.  
Works perfect!!!

And here you thought I was just a 
DUMB BLOND!

Hey!  I heard that!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FRENCH FRIED! Silly Saturday ADS Post on Sunday


Another AD that I cut out 
and put my own
"spin" on it!
Ready?

Jacques Johnson
was beyond embarrassed
when his Gramama dropped
him off in front
of his new friend's house.

His new friend, Chloe,
 was a lovely young girl that
had offered to tutor Jacques.
It wasn't bad enough that
Gramama had chosen 
French name for him....
or that she drove a bright
yellow, rusted-out, beat up old
Renault (made in France),
but when she yelled..

Practice your Frenching with that

new frienda yoars...

he liked to have died.

Gramama meant well,
but with her failing hearing.
 she had only heard part of the conversation
when he told her that he was going
to be practicing the French Horn
with his new tutor.

When he got home he told his Mother
that he would be
walking to any further tutoring lessons.

What do you think?
Are you liking these little TAKES on ads?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SILLY SATURDAY IS SUSPENDED THIS WEEK! BRIGHT EYES UPDATE!!!!

There is a lot going on around here
this weekend.
My daughter and her three girls are here visiting.
Always lots of little mini dramas going on 
when there are little girls involved.

AND
Down in Indiana there is
MORE DRAMA!

Our little
BRIGHT EYES 
has a cast!
See?
I LOVE the expression on her face
as she is studying her new "leg".  
Couldn't you just kiss those little toes?

Here is what the pediatric orthopedist says:
The jury is still out.....

It is probably a hairline fracture of her tibia, 

so they put her in a cast for 10 days, 

just in case. 

Hopefully this works:)

So, keep our little girl in your prayers and

healing thoughts.

We are just thankful because

it could have been so much worse.


Have a wonderful, wonderful Saturday!

I will be around to visit as I can~




Friday, June 26, 2015

Finish It Up Friday's FIVE FOTOS & Baby Bright Eyes Update

Good Friday Morning!

So---Some of you know I took a little trip
with MyHero and my granddaughter, Lulu.
We didn't tell anyone where we were going-
we just went.

We ended up on the upper coast of Florida.
So-here are a few pics of our trip.
Is there anything better than sunrise
AT THE BEACH?
We stayed in this sweet little cottage.
The big banks of windows overlooked the ocean
and we were only steps from the water.

Lulu made a friend a couple of days after
we got there.
They hung out and did 
"girl things"
like painting their nails.
Her little friend was just darling and from 
NAWTH CARAHLYNAH!
LOVED the accent!

My Hero relaxed and enjoyed himself.
Hmmm...maybe you should wear sunglasses
so you don't have to SQUINT...just saying....
I made the mistake of telling him I thought
PIRATES WERE KIND OF SEXY..
You know - like Johnny Depp...
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UH...yeah.......uhn-huh...
Let me check...
NOT WORKING!!!
 Thus ended our romantic getaway!

Here is the news from my daughter about  
Baby Bright Eyes.
 Thanks everyone!! It was her tibia (shin

bone) and it isn't fractured, thank God!

 We are going in to see the pediatric

 orthopedist tomorrow morning to try and

 figure out why she still isn't 

putting any weight 

on her leg (4 days after her fall).

 Prayers appreciated and thank you, again!

Poor little munchkin-
has to sleep in a basket....lol
Have a GREAT Friday!
I will give you another update on our 
little babydoll tomorrow after she sees
the specialist.