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Friday, May 22, 2015

Willy Nilly Randoms, Cats & More.

Lot's of Memes here today.  Done in Alphabetical Order

Feline Art:  The cat from yesterdays post (not the fake one)  Editied as a watercolor image and framed.

Feline Friday: 

Our own little, Bandit playing a game on Coleen's kindle.

Six Word Fridays:

I tell you it is hard to only use (6) words sometimes.

This weeks word:  Face


     That face, that funny face - Sure brought a smile to my face!

Spotted this guy last week at the Ducky Derby Race.  He looks bored and well he should.   More on that next.

Willy-Nilly Friday Five.

1.  The Ducky Derby Race this year was quite a disappointment.  Yes they held the event but the ducks weren't allowed to float down the creek like normal.  Instead they just dumped them in an open field and some guy pulled out random ducks as the winners.  Pretty boring if you ask me.  - I'll post other photo's of the race in another post but for today you get this photo of the ducks waiting to be dumped out onto the grass.

2.  I went to the bank the other day and saw the neatest flowering shrub there.  I asked the ladies what it was and was told it was a Rhodendron.  Well not having ever seen a Rhodendron that looked like that I had to go look it up.  After much research I discovered it was actually a Pink Mountain Laurel.  I went back to the bank to take pictures and to let them know what I found out.  I would love to have one of these bushes.  Apparently they grow back in the eastern part of the United States. 

3.  Spotted this classic car in someone's driveway.  I thought it was cool looking so I took a photo.  Don't you just love those "fins."


Coleen and I took Pixie (my mom's dog) for a short walk yesterday.  Coleen picked this up and showed it to me.  I told her it's the seed pod off a Cottonwood Tree.  They make such a mess in the spring with all that white fluff floating through the air.  I found a really cool story though about the "Fluff"  here:   I think you'll enjoy it.  I know I did.
5.  It's Crazy Hair Day at Coleen's school today.  Her mom did up her hair last night and here are the results.  Note I could not get that girl to smile naturally for me so what you see is what you get.

Oops I almost forgot CAPTION THIS:  The Winner This Week Is.......
Once again Theresa (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) made me laugh with her caption:

Thanks to all who participated.

So here is this weeks CAPTION THIS photo. 

After next week I'll be posting all the Caption This photos to have you vote on the best one for the month and then choose a winner to receive a prize from me. 

Well that's it for me today.  I've got to get busy and get stuff for the picnic we are going on tomorrow.  -  Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Good Fences#61 - Scaredy Cat

It's been a bit of a "frustrating" week Internet wise here.  We didn't have any all weekend long so that meant trying to catch up on hundreds of e-mails on Monday.  -  Then today I accidentally deleted all the incoming e-mails from yesterday and the new e-mail program we have doesn't save them like it use to so I've probably missed a bunch of stuff.  If I haven't been by your blog or commented on something you've said on mine please accept my apology.

Let's move on to something much more fun by joining Theresa (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for GOOD FENCES.

I was out and about with Coleen one afternoon and she spotted something on a fence that she thought was funny.  I didn't have time to get a photo that day and it was a cloudy day anyway so I waited for better conditions and went back to take a couple of photos.

Sometimes it's not the fence but what is on the fence that catches your eye.  In this case a scary "fake" cat.  These people seem a bit (odd) if you ask me.

Here's a close-up of the cat....

Pretty creepy huh?

On the way up to photograph this though I happened upon this sight and quite frankly I like it so much better.

So pretty and so friendly.  It came right up to me and let me pet it too. 

So which cat by a fence do you prefer?

Join in the fun by checking out all the other great fences when you visit Theresa's blog.

Have a great day. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Willy Nilly Time

Happy Friday! - Let's join Tanya (Around Roanoke) for some WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE fun.

1.  I spotted this piece of Southwestern art in someone's yard and stopped to take a photograph of it.  I think it's pretty cool looking.  I like Southwestern type art so I decided to look around for some on Google and well my mind wandered from one sight to another and eventually I found this place:  It's of course very different art from this piece but I liked it.  On Page 4 is my favorite piece, The Bull Rider.

2.  While out looking for some new fences to share on (Good Fences)  I came across this flowering bush that produces bright orange berries in the fall.  I stopped to take pictures of the blooms and captured this bee.  As I said my mind wanders...and I begin to think about expressions like, "Busy as a Bee." and decided to look up where it came from.  I didn't find that one but I did find some others you might find intersting.  Check them out here:

3.  I've been saving this photo (though I'm not sure why) for some time now.  One night we had "Breakfast for Dinner" and this was my hubby's plate of food.  I would never put ketchup on my eggs.  Of course hubby isn't allowed to eat all this kind of stuff now due to the heart issues but he does indulge in just a little of it now & then.  Like I've mentioned today I'm all over the place with Willy-Nilly stuff and since yesterday as I was at the doctor's I discovered Food Art I'm sharing this website with you.  This lady knows how to have fun with Banana's.
4.  Tomorrow is our annual Ducky Derby race.  I need to go buy my ducks today.  It's all for a good cause but one of these years I'd like for my duck to win the race.  You can check out more about this event here:

A shot from last year of one lone duck making it's way down stream to the finish line.

5. I had put my CAPTION THIS on hold for awhile since not very many were participating.  I'll give it another go around here today.  Here is this weeks photo for you to give a caption.  You'll have 1 week to do this.

I'll pick a winner on Thursday and announce your blog on Friday if you have the best caption.


6. We've officially fallen in love with our new little kitten, Bandit.  He goes in today for his 8 week shots.  I thought I'd share a fun shot of him and Harley asleep on the couch.

If you are up for some fun and interesting cats check out this website:  You'll be charmed for sure.

This is also being shared for FELINE FRIDAY hosted by Steve (The Burnt Food Dude).

Have an awesome weekend. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Good Fences #60 - A wee bit of "naughty!"

Welcome! - I hope you are all enjoying a lovely spring. 
It's time to join Theresa from (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for GOOD FENCES.

Today's fence isn't super fancy but I think you'll enjoy it.  Click to enlarge all photos:

This is one side of the fence.  I really like the pretty decorative grass that grows inside the fence.

This is the other side of the yard.  Here you can see it connects to a taller green fence.  What I was actually trying to get a picture of was their cat which you can see in the background although it's "blurred" -  There are actually 2 cats there, one is real and one is fake.  Can you tell which one is the real cat.  I never did get a decent picture of the kitty but I'll keep trying.

So what's "naughty" about this fence? 

They have a bunch of yard decor inside the fence and this little statue one of the pieces.  I think he's a wee bit "naughty" don't you!

Have a great day & don't forget to check out the many wonderful fences you'll find by visiting Theresa's blog and checking out the other participants.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review - From The Start

It's book review time.  Due to recent computer and e-mail issues I wasn't able to post my review last month.    This review is for From the Start by Melissa Tagg.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review.

Excerpt from Bethany House Publishing:

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jump start their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

My thoughts:  This was a "fun" read.  -  I enjoy light hearted books that make you feel good when you are reading them and this certainly fit that category in my opinion.  The character's were believable and you wanted to root for them getting together right from the start.

I think the author did a great job introducing each character and leading you into how they met and how their lives lead them to the place they needed to be.

I think if I had one criticism at all it would be that the small town of Maple Valley sounded a little to "good to be true".  I know small towns can be very close knit but everyone in this town seemed to know each other and support each other no matter what happened.  I'm not sure if in today's world that people actually would pull together that much to help each other out.  Granted not having lived in that small of a town I can't really say for sure if that is feasible or not.  It just seemed a little too much in my opinion.

Other than that I really enjoyed the book and being a Football fan I enjoyed reading about Colton and his career.  I also enjoy romance movies so to know that Kate wrote romance scripts for movies was also fun.

I also liked how there were various other characters in the book like Kate's family, the different town folk and people from Colton's past that were interwoven into the story.  You really got a sense of who these people were and what made them the kind of people they were in the story.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy an easy, light-hearted romance.