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Friday, March 27, 2015

Random, Willy Nilly & a Tea Cup Exchange

Happy Friday!

It's time for some fun.  So let's join Nancy & Tanya for RANDOM FIVE FRIDAY & WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FUN. - Click on the link to be taken to the fun.

1.  I recently participated in the Tea Cup/Mug Exchange hosted by the lovely Stephanie (The Enchanting Rose) and today is the link up for what we received from our partners.    Here is what I received from the wonderful & fun, Mary Burris (Jingle Jangle Jungle)

 Look at those adorable cat mugs...Mary must know how much I love cats. They were "purr-fect"! - Also some great mint tea, a favorite of mine. A pretty candle, some lovely smelling lotion and a note pad.  Thanks, Mary everything was wonderful.

 I just had to show off the mugs one more time. - If you've never participated in this check out Stephanie's blog and sign-up the next time she hosts.  It's so much fun and you make new friends along with getting a fun mug/cup.

2.  Spring is in full-force here now.  We had a couple of rainy days this week (typical for spring) and then yesterday it was 75 outside.  Coleen and I took a walk after she got out of school.  I snapped this shot of a flowering tree along the way.

Textured with one of Nancy's great textures from her Little Women collection.  The one I used was, Beth.  I was excited to get a "bee" in the shot too.

3. We saw a few butterflies, those little white ones that are pretty common around here but I couldn't get any pictures of them.  I did however get this picture of a butterfly bench we spotted in someone's yard.  Isn't that cool!

4.  We love squirrels around here and I leave peanuts out for them along with seeds for the birds.  Apparently other people around town enjoy squirrels too.  Look what we spotted in someone's yard.

5.  Since it was nice out yesterday and I was actually feeling half-way decent I got out and trimmed up the roses bushes.  They took a hard hit this winter when we had a super warm spell that was followed by a super cold snap.  I may have lost a lot of them and will have to replace them.  In the meantime lots of other things are blooming.  My Bleeding Heart plant is up but hasn't bloomed yet.  I did spot this one on our walk and thought it was pretty.

Joining Steve too for FELINE FRIDAY

                                  Eric the cat asleep on the End Table

Let's give this one a "caption" - Give me your best idea's and I'll pick a winner and feature your caption next week.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good Fences - Two-Fer (Weeks 52 & 53)

Hello & Welcome.  - I must say it's been quite a week here.  We are still dealing with health issues for my husband (although he is feeling better) and for my mom & myself.  Both my mom & I have caught bad colds with a nasty cough yet again so we've been under the weather.  -  Plus on top of that I learned that my mom fell in her bathtub late last night.  She's okay, sore & a bit bruised but now we will need to figure out how to prevent that from happening again.  -  It seems like things just keep piling up on us but I am trying to "hang in there" as they say. 

With that said let's join Theresa (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for some fun with GOOD FENCES.   I missed last week so I'm going to do both weeks here with a couple of different fences.

Last weeks:

Spring daffodils from behind a fence.  The next shot is a little closer view.  I spotted these in a little alleyway/street on the way to taking Coleen to school.  I thought they were cheery looking and fitting for spring.

This next fence I spotted on one of my neighborhood walks one day.

It's not a very big fence but I thought it looked interesting enough to share.

My favorite feature on the fence.....

I hope you've enjoyed these two different fences.  Don't forget to check out all the other great fences from around the world.

Have a great day.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Hello

Hello my friends.  It's been a few days since I've posted so I thought I should update you all on what has been happening here.

Last Friday was the 1st Day of Spring and also my birthday.  - I had planned to do a birthday giveaway that day but was unable to post due to unforeseen events with my husband.

Wednesday night he started having more problems with his joints hurting.  Thursday was the day I planned to go to the Wildhorse Casino for my annual "birthday" celebration with my mom & Greta.  I didn't want to leave Mike alone so he called a friend who came and spent the day with him until we got back.  We had fun but really didn't win anything but we didn't come home broke either.

Friday (my birthday) he wasn't do that well so I ended up taking him back to the doctor.  They did some blood work (finally) and the doctor made what he said was a "clinical diagnosis" based on Mike's symptoms.  Here's the real kicker.  According to his doctor Mike contacted some kind of an infection from the IV's he had while in the hospital for his heart problems.  That infection in turned caused him to get a "rare" case of Rheumatic Fever in his joints.  He said it happens although he said he's only seen it maybe about once every 10 years or so.

He put Mike on a Steroid course immediately and he's starting to show some signs of improvement.  This of course may take a long time to heal and we have to keep track of his heart more closely now as it can be damaged from the Rheumatic Fever.  So far he hasn't shown signs of further heart damage though so we are grateful for that.  He did go back to work this morning but will most likely come home early as he gets tired easily now and needs to rest so he doesn't have a relapse.

So that is why I haven't posted much. - I will try to visit blogs when I can but wanted to let you all know what was happening.  I'll do my give-away at another time.

Thanks for your support, prayers & friendship.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday - March 15, 2015

 Welcome! - Gosh it's been quite some time since I've participated in Ashley's (Ramblings and Photos) meme,
SCAVENGER HUNT SUNDAY and I've missed it.

This week I just happened to have managed to find all the prompts:  Time, On My Plate, Animal, Negative Space and Photographer's choice.

TIME:  You get 2 photo's for this prompt as I couldn't decide which one to use.

This clock tower on the Whitman College Campus gives you a 4-way look at what time it is as there is a clock on all 4 sides of the tower.

It's "Nap Time" for Eric the Cat.

ON MY PLATE:  - Let's make that Coleen's Plate

We had Tuna Burgers and baked potatoes for dinner the other night.  She turned hers into an "Alligator."  She makes food a lot of fun.


This squirrel was watching me putting out peanuts and bird seed very patiently the other morning.  I was so close I could have reached out and touched him.


I really like how the "negative" space in this shot draws your eye towards that pretty open bloom.
I took Coleen to the annual WWCC (Walla Walla Community College) Cowboy Breakfast and Kid's Rodeo today.  After breakfast we wandered through the horse barns and I snapped some pictures.  I took a few in Black and White and this one is my favorite. 
I hope you've enjoyed the hunt and will check out the other participants.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fill-In Fun, Randoms, Willy-Nilly's & Cats

Friday's are so much fun!  You get to play along with Nancy (A Rural Journal) and Tanya (Around Roanoke) for their memes:


Plus I will be sharing as well for (Feline Art, Feline Friday and Follow-Friday for Fill-In Fun.)  Yes it's a lot to take in so hopefully you don't get overwhelmed with everything.  I could do separate posts if it's too much.  Let me know what you all think about including so many memes in one post.

So let's get started:

1.  Last Sunday when we got home from church we discovered that my mom's dog, Pixie had gotten out as the back door hadn't been closed tight enough and the little stinker pulled it open.  The Animal Control Officer had picked her up and left us a note.  Needless to say we were quite bummed out about this, especially my mom.  After doing some calling and pleading we were able to get her dog back.  Let's just say that we got her back on a Sunday by the "Grace of God" and a very kind ACO.  Speaking of dogs.....

 You all haven't seen our Pug, Cricket in awhile so here she is.  I wish she wasn't panting all the time so I could get a good picture of her with her mouth closed but I think this one is pretty cute anyway.

2.  Spring is in the air here and boy do I love it.  The flowers are starting to bloom and the trees are leafing and budding out.  Such a pretty time to take a walk especially when you can see this:

 3. Last week I mentioned that we are gearing up for a big concert here come August 13-15.  It's been generating a lot of news around here.  What's funny is now people are starting to complain about the location of the concert.  Home owners are worried about the noise and the crowds walking around the neighborhood, the city planners are trying to figure out traffic control, crowd control etc...  Shouldn't they have thought all that out "Before" booking these groups to play here.

4. This weeks (creepy) neighborhood find.  - A Chinese Dog/Lion? Which is it?  These people have two of these things side by side.  I find them a bit creepy looking.  Speaking of Creepy... What do you all think of Mattel's new Talking Barbie  -  I had one of those Chatty Cathy dolls when I was a kid and remember me & my cousin playing together with our dolls one night when she was staying over, I never thought of it as being creepy but this Barbie I think goes a bit to far.

5.  Wow Easter isn't far off and I was excited yesterday to see that the "Egg Tree" is up again.  I can't remember why this lady puts the eggs on the tree but I think it's really fun and so cute and springlike.


Coleen and ""Peaches" another neighborhood cat.  He is so cool and has the weirdest meow, it's like he has laryngitis when he meows.  Sharing with Steve (The Burnt Food Dude) for Feline Friday.

Also sharing this shot of Peaches (below) for Feline Art Friday:

Here is the original:

Joining Hilary for Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun.

The statements:
  1. The worst ____________ is _______________
  2. I would rather____________________  than _____________
  3. I can ________ but I wish I could ________
  4. The song ________________ evokes memories of _______________

My answers:  1.  The worst part of getting older (I have a birthday next Friday) is more aches and pains as each year passes.
2.  I would rather be at the beach than in the mountains.
3.  I can sing but I wish I could play the piano.
4.  The song, How Great Thou Art evokes memories of my dad, it was his favorite hymn.

Hope you had fun here today.  Be sure to stop back by next Friday as it's my birthday (20th), the first day of spring and I will be celebrating with a little Giveaway.