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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tea Cup Exchange

Recently I participated in a Tea Cup/Mug Exhange hosted by the lovely Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose).  This is a lot of fun.  You get a nice surprise in the mail (either a Tea Cup or a Mug) and a chance to make a new friend.

Stephanie posted the LINK to the exchange earlier this week and I forgot to get my post up on time (shame on me).  Anyway here is the mug I received from my partner, Kathy Weisz.  Kathy has an Etsy shop which you can visit HERE:

Isn't that Tea Cup pretty.  I really liked the colors and the dainty rose pattern on the cup and the gold accents.  She also included a wonderful selection of her favorite teas.  Some of which are also my favorites, particularly Earl Grey.  -  Thank you Kathy for a wonderful exchange.

Thank you Stephanie for taking the time to put this all together and match people up.  I look forward to doing this again.

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Willy-Nilly Time and a few other things.

Happy Friday! - What a week it's been.

Let's get started celebrating the weekend by joining Tanya
for Willy-Nilly Friday Five.  I'm including 5 Random photos that may or may not have anything to do with my Willy-Nilly 5

1.  Every year since 1974 there is an annual Hot Air Balloon Stampede here in May.  This year ZERO balloons went up due to bad weather conditions.  The new organizers of the event want to move it to October in hopes of better weather conditions.  Today was a "test" launch and several balloons went up.  Sadly my camera is acting up again and doesn't want to focus on sky shots (anyone have any idea why?) but I managed to get a few decent shots.  This is one of them.

2.   Long Story being made as short as I can. Two weeks ago I called a TV company about Coleen's TV not working.  They told me that it was a problem with the Access Card and it would need to be replaced so they would mail me one.  After several days of the card not arriving I call the company up again.  They said apparently the Postal Service had lost the card and this time they would send me one by Fed-Ex - Overnight.  In the meantime the mailed card finally arrives but I don't want to use it because they are coded and I was afraid it wouldn't work since I was suppose to get another one via Fed-Ex.  Yesterday I call the company again, they have no record of the one being shipped over-night.  I'm on the phone with a Technician for an hour and we still can't get the card that came in the mail to work.  Finally he tells me that they are going to have to send someone out to our house.  That guy arrives, looks things over and says he'll just switch out the entire box and that the problem had nothing to do with the Access card.  He fixes the problem and leaves.  About an hour later the doorbell rings and what should show up.  The card from Fed-Ex!    -  Now you know part of what my week has been like.

Full view of the fountain on Whitman Campus.  A section was featured last Sunday in the Scavenger Hunt for the prompt, Saturated.

3.  It's been raining here off and on all week long.  These clouds were taken earlier in the week before the rain started.  I thought they were pretty.  Much nicer then the gloomy gray of the sky today.

4.  We love to drive around and find fun Halloween decor.  Spotted these ladies and just had to take their picture.

5.  A friend sent me a bunch of pictures in an e-mail the other day of odd looking vehicles but I couldn't find the link to where she got them.  Instead I found another one and thought you might enjoy THIS:  Which one is your favorite?  I like the Peanut one and the Lobster one.

One of the paths at Bennington Lake that you can hike on. 
See I told you the photo's would not necessarily match the 5 thoughts.
I've had a bit of a "Willy-Nilly" week so I thought my post should reflect that.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Good Fences - October 23, 2014

Welcome! -  I have been absent most of this week from my blog and also from visiting, commenting on your blogs.  Sometimes "life" happens and that's what took place this week.  I'm sorry for lack of commenting on your blogs and I hope to be back at that this week. 

So now with that being said let's join Theresa (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for GOOD FENCES.

Coleen and I were out and about taking photos when we spotted a couple of interesting fence scenes.

Here some tomato vines are cascading over this wrought iron fence.

We really liked this little bird house sitting above this fence.

Now be sure to pop in and check out all the other great fences, there are lots of them.  You won't be disappointed.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review - Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review of the book
This is my very first review for Bethany House Publishers. 
This book is the last in a series of books by Leslie Gould.  It is written in the "First Person" style of writing which is something that I normally don't care for when I read a book.  However....once I got started in the story I became more interested in the characters rather than the style of writing.
Bea and Ben are the two main characters of the story.  They have been friends and rivals in school for many years but are now grown up and finding themselves at a crossroad in their relationship.  Will love bloom between them or will they go their separate ways? - This is an Amish Fiction story and while I've read other Amish fiction this was my first by this author.  I did enjoy the story and how the author wove the characters "past" in with the present.
I thought the author did a great job in describing the characters and their feelings and what was happening throughout the story.  There were little "subplots" woven into the story as well which held my attention because I wanted to find out how they were resolved.
One thing that did bother me somewhat was that the author used words from the Amish language or way of speaking that I was not familiar with.  Some I could figure out because of the context of what the author was writing about but it would have been easier had she explained what they meant.
I would recommend this book if you enjoy Amish fiction or even a love story.   I would suggest reading the other books in the series first though as characters in this book were introduced in previous books so it might help you to know who they are before finishing up this series.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - October 19, 2014

Welcome.  I hope you've all had a great week.  Let's finish it up by having a great hunt with Ashley (Ramblings and Photos) for SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY.

This weeks prompts were:  Book, Mail, Star, Saturated, and Wall.


I knew I didn't want just any shot of a book for this prompt so I drove the 17 miles needed to snap this little book reading frog at the Public Libray in Milton-Freewater, OR.  Isn't she cute.


Our cat, Snickers provied the perfect "mail" shot the other day when she hopped inside this box that was laying on the floor.  Would you like to receive this in a package?  (If you hate cats feel free to not answer).

STAR:  -  I think he pretty much was a "Star."  -  Elvis lives on.

This mural is actually pained on a stone wall so I could have used it for both prompts. 

Saturated:  So I looked this up to make sure I had the right idea.

sat•u•rat•ed (ˈsætʃ əˌreɪ tɪd)


2. thoroughly soaked with moisture; wet.
3. (of colors) of maximum chroma or purity; free from admixture of white.
So I'm actually sharing photo's for both definitions:
The fountain on Whitman campus is certainly "saturated" with moisture and overflowing.
I'd say these Oak leaves are "saturated" with color, wouldn't you?
WALL:  Here again you'll be getting a bonus photo.
This stone wall is a few blocks away from our house but I just love it.  It makes a great backdrop for taking photos and I like the design of it too.
So remember the Elvis wall above....this is also painted on a section of that wall along with another picture of Elvis which I didn't post this time.
So that's it for my part of the hunt.  Be sure to check out Ashley's blog and the other participants.  If you want to join in next week here are the prompts:
1. Paint
2. Pumpkin
3. Family
4. Looking Cute
5. Photographer’s Choice