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Friday, October 19, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday Five

Hello! - Well it's been a couple of weeks again since I've posted but I'm back today to join Tom (The Backroads Traveller) for:

1.  This past week I took my granddaughter and her friend to the local Corn Maze. - Didn't get any pictures because we went at night but though you might enjoy this little video of this years maze.   Click on the link:

It was a lot of fun.  We had to ask for a couple of hints to get out but for the most part we did the maze on our own.  Took us about an hour to get in and back out.

2. Coleen is really into Skeletons this year and I spotted this on the Whitman College Campus so I decided to take her to see it.  After we got there though she informed me that she'd already seen it on a field trip to the campus, bummer!  Still it made for a great photo to share.  They do have some "strange" art work on the campus.

 3. This weeks Black and White Shot and a colored version as well.

4. Some Halloween fun spotted out and about.

5.  Fall is still in glorious color.  I liked the way the sun was shining on this tree and the leaves on top of the roof.

6.  Spotted this on a drive this morning.

7.  It's Balloon Stampede Week here in town.  So far this is my favorite shot that I've taken of the balloons.  More to come in another post.

  So in honor of our Balloon Stampede I'm leaving you with this musical selection.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Willy-Nilly Friday Five - October 5, 2018

Welcome - Yes,  I'm still alive. - The last couple of weeks though I wondered about that. - Caught a bad cold that turned into that nasty, hacky cough and just didn't feel up to much at all.

Anyway here I am today joining Tom (The Backroads Traveller) for:

1.  One evening a about a week ago Coleen came inside and told me to grab my camera quick and come outside.  She spotted this on one of my Azaleas bushes.  We took it off the bush so I could get some photographs.  The darn thing was nearly 3 inches long.  After doing some research we discovered this is the caterpillar of the White-Lined Sphinx Moth  If you click on the link you can see the moth and the caterpillar which comes in two colors.  Green and Black like the one we found.

2.  Hubby had a fall about a week and a half ago.  Slipped on some scaffolding and did this to his knee.  -  It's healed up now but it looked pretty gross when it happened.

3.   Two of my entries for the 52 Frames Photography Group I participate in.  The first one was for the theme: Five and the next one was Inspired by a photograph.  - Lately I've been having fun with humorous photography as you can see from these shots.  I hope you find them amusing.

4.  I've also spotted some interesting things on cars/vehicles lately.

Took this one because Coleen likes anything that has skulls on it.
Spotted this next one in the parking lot at the grocery store.

5.  Fall is in the air.  Spotted this beautiful bunch of trees while out on a drive yesterday.

6. Bonus shadow shot.  Some flowers in my moms garden.  I though it looked like there was a little bird sitting on a branch in the pattern of the shadow.

That's it for today.  - Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.
 In honor of the arrival of Autumn in the US your musical selection today is:  Leaves that are Green.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review - Reason to Breathe

Welcome! - Today I am reviewing the book:  Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney.

This is the 1st book in the Chandler Sisters series. - I love it when I get to start a new book series.

I like to read a variety of book genres and this series is listed as Christian Romance.

I love a good, clean romance story and this one turned out be just that.  From the moment I started reading the book I was hooked on the Chandler sisters,  Phylicia, Joanna & Britt.

This book features Pyhlicia (Phee) as the main female character of the story.
The sisters have recently lost their mother and their father takes off to Florida leaving them to deal with the selling of their family home and trying to understand their father's unusual behavior and why he left them to deal with things on their own.

Their father arranges to have his business partner, Quinn to get the 3 sisters to agree to buying a piece of property with three (fixer-upper) cottages and renovate them to rent out to tourists. 

Along the way they learn a family secret that rocks one of the sisters and threatens to change everything they have ever believed about their parents.

So what I liked about this book was the camaraderie between the sisters, the mystery of the family secrets, the love story that begins to develop between Phee and Quinn and the way their faith binds them altogether.

It was a fun read and the characters were believable and interesting.  The best part was that there will be more books in the series!

If you are looking for a quick, easy and enjoyable romance story I would highly recommend this one.

I received an advance copy to read from Net Galley for my honest opinion of this book.

If you would like to read this book you can Pre-Order it HERE.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday Five and 1000 Posts

Welcome! - Today is a "milestone" day for this blog.  This is my 1000th Post.  I started this blog back in September of 2007.  My first real post was this one:  featuring a Tortellini recipe.

Alot has changed since then but I'm still blogging (when I can) and enjoying sharing with those of you who continue to follow my blog. 


1.  Wild Elderberries. - Now I've heard of people making Elderberry Wine but I've never tried it.

Found this website with several recipes to use Elderberries with.  Maybe I should give them a try sometime.

2.  Spotted this while out on a drive one afternoon:

Zebra or Horse or perhaps Zeborse!  Also there seems to be a photo bomber peeking over the top of this critter.
3.  Last weeks 52 Frame shot (Texture - was the theme)  - This is Eliza a handmade doll that Coleen made all by herself.  She's such a creative person.  I hesitate to call her a child anymore since she's 13 now.

This weeks theme was (Beautiful Chaos) and here is the photo I used:

4.  Another view of wheat fields after harvest.  That machine looks so tiny but I was high up on Scenic Loop shooting down into the valley.

5.  Creepy Crawly....This weeks Black and White Shot.

Featured Cat of the week:  Ghost  -  Isn't he a handsome cat.


Musical Selection:

Here's to 1000 More Posts!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Gottcha Day

Today is Caramel Honeybun's "Gottcha Day." 

But before I share her photos.  Last month was,  Pepper's "Gottcha Day" and I forgot to post her picture so here goes:

That's Pepper when we first got her in August of 2015.  She was a kitten that someone had "dumped" and left to fend for herself until we mananged to catch her and bring her inside.  She adopted Coleen as her "person" but we all lover her very much.

Her she is today: This is a (Composite) shot I took of her yesterday.
Here she is with Coleen:

Now here is Caramel's photos:

Caramel as a kitten.  Look at those big ears and all that "kitten fuzz."
Here she is today:
She's grown into a beautiful cat.
Just for fun...
Happy "Gottcha Day" to Caramel and Pepper.  They are certainly well loved and keep us entertained.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Willly Nilly Friday Five and Feline Friday


Wow summer is almost officially over since Fall starts in 2 weeks.  Where did the time go?

Joining Tom (The Backroads Traveller) today for:


1.  The last time I posted for WNFF - I posted the photo below and promised to share a closer view of the sculpture so as promised below is a better view.

I really like this sculpture.  There was another one across the street that I'll share another time (got to keep you anticipating)
2.  We took a drive over the the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland) to a music store last month.  On the way back I spotted a bunch of birds sitting on some rocks on the riverbank.  I spotted a Pelican perched on a large rock and asked hubby to stop so I could get a photo.  It was posing so nicely.  Well just as I got down to where I thought I could get a decent photo the birds all flew off and this is all I got.  (No Pelicans here, just Seagulls).
It still turned out pretty cool.  The reason the birds flew.....

 Someone let their dog out...oh that made me mad.

3.  I love the area we live in.  Lots of mountains and fields to visit.  Took this shot of a plowed field while drive up Scenic Loop last week.

I found the patterns rather fascinating.
4.  I participate in a group called 52 Frames and last week my Purple Cow was chosed as one of the 52 Committee Picks for the weekly theme.  The theme was,  "Purple."  -  Coleen helped me by making me an Oragami Cow.  I was inspired by the little poem:

The Purple Cow

I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

 5.  More deer sightings.  Look at the impressive rack on the Buck.  I sure hope he makes it through hunting season.

 Bonus shot: 

A black and white of part of the Wedding Fountain in Pioneer Park.
My music selection today isn't my typical music style.  I was just surprised to learn that one of my favorite Hallmark Actresses (Alicia Witt) is also an accomplished pianist and singer.  I actually like her voice so may have to purchase some of her albums.

Something funny for FELINE FRIDAY:  (Comedy Plus)


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Can't leave without sharing one of our kitties to:
 Not the clearest shot but I had to shot quickly before he sucked that little tongue back in!  -  This one is Bandit.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

First Day of School

It's back to school once again.  Where did summer go?

As is my tradition here are Coleen's back to school photos.

She wasn't in the "mood" for pictures and was rushing to get ready so they aren't the greatest and the sun was in her eyes.  I need to find a different spot for the photos.

The hands are showing that she's going into 8th Grade.  Yep it's her last year in Middle School.  Time flies by so quickly.

Here is the Collage of 6th, 7th & 8th grade shots.

                                     She wanted shorter hair this year.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Book Review - Premeditated Peppermint

Today I'm reviewing Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower.  - This is the 3rd book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series.

I have not read the first two books and normally that might be a problem but this is a "stand alone" type mystery where you can jump right into the story and figure out what is happening without having read the first two books.  I would however recommend that you find and read the other two books because this one was so much fun to read that I'm pretty sure you would want to read them all.

Amanda has created some wonderful character's in this series.  The heroine of the series is, Bailey King who has returned from New York to her hometown of Harvest, Ohio to help run the family Candy shop,  Swissmen Sweets.

She suddendly finds herself meeting back up with her ex-boyfriend, Eric who comes to Harvest hoping to rekindle their romance and also to promote his new television series.  He wants Bailey to help star in the series but there is a slight problem...first off the Candy shop is owned by Bailey's Grandmother who is Amish and they don't allow people to take their photo's much less film them.  The real (dare I say) fun begins when a member of the Production Crew is found murdered and all fingers point towards Bailey's ex.

Now it's up to Bailey and her Policeman boyfriend of sorts to solve this crime.

I don't want to spoil anything so that's as far as I'm going with the story plot.  I want to say that I really enjoyed the situations that Bailey finds herself in during this book.  Plus you will fall in love with Jethro...who might that be?  Well it's not who you think it is.   Nope not the boyfriend...Jethro is a pot-bellied pig and he was just hilarious.  See him there on the cover of the book.

This is a very easy to read book and a fun one as well.  If you aren't into quick, fun and easy to read murder mysteries then it's probably not your cup of tea but then again you never know you might like it.  I know I did.

You can order this book on Amazon HERE and guess what?  There is going to be another book in the series!  - I can't wait to read that one as well.

I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley for my honest review. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Critters


I've been trying to get back into posting on this blog again but sometimes it's difficult to find the time to post and read posts.  At any rate I hope you still will want to follow me and continue to post comments when I am able to post.

Joining Eileen (Viewing Nature with Eileen) today for:

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I took a drive with my mom Thursday afternoon.  We drove up, Mill Creek and along the way up and back we spotted several groups of deer.  I'm sharing their photos with you today.

Spotted this one near a stream or pond and managed to snap a quick shot.

Turned around and drove back down and low and behold there were a couple more deer at the same spot.

Next up I spotted a nice looking Buck and a Doe in someones yard so I had to turn around to get on the same side of the road and managed a few shots of them.

I hate it when my camera decides to focus on the grass and not the deer but it made for an interesting shot I think.

I finally managed a good shot of Mr. Buck after he stood up.  Nice Antlers.

He wandered over to the Doe and I got a shot of both of them.  She sure was a nice bright reddish brown color.

Spotted one more Buck with a slight less impressive set of Antlers but they are impressive in their own "funky" way I think.

Looks like he's giving me the "raspberry" there.

It's always fun to spot deer in the wild and get photos of them.  I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I did taking them.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.