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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Back to School

 Welcome! - Yesterday was the start of school here again for another year.
As is my tradition I'm posting Coleen's "back to school" photos.
She is starting her Senior Year in High School. - Where has time gone?

 She was rushed yesterday so not much time for many pictures.  She just had her hair dyed the day before.  
Here is the "side by side" comparison shot between grade 11 & grade 12

 And finally below is a collage from Kindergarten through Grade 12
Lots of changes over the years.  

 Wishing her the most wonderful year.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Awww Monday - August 8, 2022

 It's been awhile since I've joined in for Awww Mondays so I'm joining today (a day late) with a cute little post.


We took Red to the Splash Pad in July and I am finally getting around to sharing a few of the photos I took of her there.

 Several years ago I took Coleen when she was about 11 years old and the pad had just opened up. 


 So now it was time for her little sister to have some fun.  You'll see Coleen here as well.


 Lots of fun for sure.  



Thursday, July 7, 2022

Fourth of July Fun

 So last year I didn't go out on the 4th of July as I was still recovering from having Shingles and it was blazing hot last summer.
This year, it rained in the morning but cleared off by midday.  So we walked up to the park to take in the booths & music. 
One of the bands that played - They were a "bluesy" type of band.  Not bad but not my style of music.  I went to high school with the guy in the blue hat in front.

 We had a barbecue and fixings at the house.  Invited my niece and her husband to join us. - We ran into them at the park and they didn't have anything planned for dinner.  It was fun having them join us.

Coleen took this shot of Grandma (that's me)  and little Joelle watching a sparkler. 
A nearby neighbors fireworks, they get the big ones.

One of ours, we shot off some. Didn't go out to the local community fireworks (I wanted too but no one else did).
Had a pretty nice day all in all.



Friday, July 1, 2022

Willy Nilly Friday Five - July 1, 2022


My gosh it's been over a month now since I've posted here.  - I guess it's because I rarely go anywhere (other than the grocery store or out to eat) so I don't seem to have much to post about.  - Okay, whining over...

For today I'm joining in on WILLY NILLY FRIDAY FIVE  hosted by Tom (The backroads traveller)
 1. Going back to May for a couple of shots... Just never posted them but wanted to share.  My mom's lilac tree was stunning this year (until the heavy rains came).  I captured this shot of some of the blooms.
2.  I try to document hubby's accidents so I can remember when they happened. - This one was May 5.  He'd been out of town working and after he got home that night he told us he'd fallen and bumped his head, elbow and knee.  After looking at the "goose egg" on his forehead we went to the Urgent Care.  - No broken bones and they didn't think he had a concussion so after a couple of hours they sent him home.  - He felt pretty sore for several days afterwards.

3.  He requested Meatloaf for his birthday in May and since I hate mixing it up my daughter and "Red" came over and helped out!


4. I got to attend a small circus with my daughter and granddaughter. This was one of the acts.  I shot this for 52 Frames Triangular Composition theme. - It made the (52 Picks album!)

5. Some strange looking clouds I noticed one night. Shot in BW

6. Every year a bunch of White Pelicans shows up and I happened to spot them one day.  - I decided to try and get a better view of them so I drove to a different spot and started walking down to the water.  Just before I got there they decided to fly so I only managed to capture this image of them.

7.  Bought a new lily from a catalog and planted it.  It should look like this one from the catalog...
Must See Lily This is what I got....  I'm not sure that I like it, what do you think?
8. While driving around trying to find something for the Everything In Focus challenge I spotted these weeds growing in a wheat field and snapped a shot of them just because.

That's it for this round. - Hopefully I'll get out more and snap more pictures like I use to so I'll have more to share.


Friday, May 6, 2022

Willy Nilly Friday Five - Random Things

 Hello & Welcome!
Joining Tom (The Backroads Traveller) for WILLY NILLY FRIDAY FIVE 
 1.  Curvy - Spotted this curvy grass out on a walk.

2.All in a Row - Love this group of trees a few blocks away from where I live.

3. Feeling Squirrelly  - One of the many squirrels that stop by for peanuts at the feeders everyday.

4. - Fenced In. - Part of a fence a few houses away with a backdrop of Dogwood Blooms.

5. -  Reflections - Some cattails and reflections at Rooks Park.

6. - Spring White  - Spotted these pretty white flowers, (Snowdrop Anemones) out on a walk one day.  They sure are pretty.

7. - What? - While out for a walk I noticed this unusual sidewalk job. 

8. - Easter Cutie - We celebrated a week late as the kids/grand kids had the stomach flu Easter weekend.  Ugh!

9. - Furry Cuties:  Our two youngest,  Rowdy & Rascal enjoying some bonding time.


 My favorite girl singer:That lady could belt out a tune!


Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the mothers both past, present and future. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

In Memoriam - One Year Later

 It's been 1 year today since I lost my middle brother, Richard.  I didn't get much of a post put up the year he passed away so today I want to honor him.

This is one of the earliest pictures I could find of him.  He's the baby on the right.  The one on the left is my oldest brother, Russell.

Here's another baby shot of Richard when he met Santa for the first time.

He didn't seem impressed at all.

A couple of school photos from his early years. - He was always smiling and laughing or making funny faces. - In fact he had a reputation at school as being the, Class Clown!
That's him on the left.  We all attended church and participated in a program called, CYC (Christian Youth Crusaders) and these were badges we earned for various things.  The others in the photo (Russell, Me & Roger my youngest brother)


See that goofy smile - He's on the right.  Now this is a funny story but my oldest brother (in the middle) and the kid on the left (Oren - or Chuck - Who happened to be the Pastor's son) tied Rich up to a clothes pole one day and put a bunch of paper around his feet and were just lighting it when our mom step outside and asked what they were doing.  - They were burning him at the stake! - Mom never told the pastor's wife until years later about this incident.  

 Here he is with a Salmon he caught.  We use to go fishing all the time with our dad.  Once on the ocean he caught a shark!
Russ, Mom & Rich

 Here he is being goofy again.  - He use to walk by a mirror, look at himself and say,  "I just keep getting better and better looking everyday!"

Mushroom hunting was a favorite thing he enjoyed doing.  On the left is one of his buddies. -  He use say he was the best at finding mushroom and that he was a (blind, veteran) - He really wasn't totally blind but in his older years he did have vision issues and was considered (legally blind) but he could still see, he just didn't have peripheral vision.
This is one of my favorite photos of him and our mom:

 I decided to join in on the fun.

A goofy family shot with our mom. - Rich is the one in the Rams shirt. - He loved football and the Rams were his favorite team.  It was so exciting this year and also bittersweet that the Rams made it to the Super Bowl and Won!  - We all watched the game and rooted for them in his memory.

 This is the last time the four of us were together.  It was at our mom's Celebration of Life service - 4/24/2021.  Less then two weeks later he passed away. Rich loved life and was a fun person.  He enjoyed, gardening, gambling, mushroom hunting, fishing, the mountains, and so much more.  I miss him so much but I know he is enjoying his new life in Heaven and that I have many, many great memories of him. Rest in Peace Rich - Forever loved.