It’s over…

DSCN1950.JPGCame across this stump while at camp this weekend…

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This is my banter for Tuesday September 3rd…

Howdy everyone:: How was your weekend? Mine was great, and the weather was perfect.. The visit to camp was amazing.. My son smoked ribs, and chicken for dinner.. The ribs were fall off the bone good.. All of us kept telling him how good the ribs were.. Both of my son’s are good cooks, and they cook quite often.. With good food and conversation the day passed by way too quickly.. We would have spent more time there, but we needed to get back to the puppies.. I managed to get several photographs while I was there.. Two hundred and two to be exact.. The first photo I posted above caught my eye, and I could not help but find a certain attraction to it.. It’s only a stump of a tree with a web around it, and a curious hole in the stump.. It’s not a big hole but still the hole had me wondering what is inside of the stump.. Was a city of beetles living there, or perhaps a colony of ants had moved in there.. Much to my surprise, I now know what is living in the hole.. If you look closely at the photo you will see what is in there.. It was looking me over as I snapped the photos.. I didn’t see it then, but once I looked at the photo on the screen, I’m glad I didn’t see it.. Take a good look, can you see it.. It kind of creeps me out.. 

DSCN1962.JPG         Bees do love the nectar from these flowers.. 

We got to spend some quality time with our new grandson.. He is such a cute little dude, and you can see how much he is loved by his mom and dad.. I believe a lot of the pictures were of him as wiggling around, and making unusual faces.. My hubby got some real good quality time with the baby too.. I think they may have a good start to a good bond between them.. My oldest son had his dogs there with them.. They had a site just a two sites away from his brother.. I spent sometime at his camp and when dinner time was upon us we all spent time at the other son’s site.. Have I got you confused yet?? Well, I feel like I’m getting that way.. ‘You had to be there anyways’.. I took a short walk to see where a set of stairs went.. I must of startled a baby bunny.. He scampered away as fast as he could.. All I could see was this cute little white tail heading away from me.. The stairs just went down to a parking place for visitors, I guess.. Surprisingly the bugs were not an issue.. It must have been too cool for them.. I was happy about that, because there is nothing worse then bugs landing in the food you are trying to eat.. I always have the vision of that bug living in my stomach.. The thought of it makes my skin crawl..

DSCN1953.JPG       This stump with all the textures on it, drew me in..

I just love the uneven cut done to this stump.. The way the fugus has taken it’s place among the peeling bark.. I also love how the stump has a new cluster of leaves that are attempting to grow.. Nature is a wonderous thing.. I hope a lot of people went away this weekend.. If it was anything like the campground we went to, it was busy.. There was a line up to get a visitor’s pass, and the hubby stood in the line for over a half an hour.. The line never went down in size.. In fact the just kept growing with people wanting a camp site.. I would chance to say that all the camp grounds this weekend were busy..  And here we are now starting a new week of work for some and relaxation for others.. It’s the first day back to school.. Children will be dressed in their new duds, with backpacks filled with  school supplies.. Buses will drive them to their schools before the bell rings.. My grandson is starting high school tomorrow and I wish him all the luck on his first day.. 🙂

DSCN1969.JPG      These flowers have such a beautiful color to them…

College students moved into residence this weekend.. Some of them are returning to further their education.. Others, are just new to the college shuffle, and being away from their parents and the safety of home.. Their freedom is a new experience for many.. Their lives will change over the course of the school year.. New beginnings, with new friends, plenty of studying, and partying.. There are no rules.. No time to be in at dark.. No one to set the alarm to wake them up in the morning.. They are  responsible for themselves.. Their education, and their future.. It’s now up to them to control their destany.. Well guys, this chick is getting tired.. so I will be on my way.. Till later.. Keep the right side up..  🙂 🙂

I would like to take this time to thank all my wonderful readers for coming by each day to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂   The photos in my banter are taken by myself.. Enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

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One more…

DSCN1719 (2).JPG                So dainty, and the color blue…The flowers look like they have been added to the picture.. But they are the plants flower… Amazing.. 

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This is my banter for Monday August 26th…

Hello everyone::  Well, how the heck is everyone on this fine day?? I know, I know Monday is crappy and the start to another week of work, chores, meetings, and god knows what else is waiting for you.. Just think once we get to the end of this week we will be celebrating the last long weekend of the summer.. I will be celebrating my oldest daughter’s Birthday, as she was born on Labor Day September first… Yes, I was one of those lucky ladies in the hospital.. Waiting for September the first to arrive.. My daughter will be fifty this year, and I can hardly believe she is that age.. She is aging well, and does not look near her age.. I recall the doctors, and nurses tossing water balloons at each other while they waited for her… The water balloons were plastic gloves filled with water.. Hey, they had to find someway to celebrate Labor Day.. I was too frozen to be worried.. After all I was in good hands and so was my daughter.. All the fine things  you go through when your young.. I wish you all a free flowing Monday, that glides along quickly enough to make things not so stressful.. Just keep repeating.. ‘The Long weekend is coming.’

DSCN1730 (3).JPG          This bee was filling up before he went back to the hive…

Both days this weekend were filled with sun shine, and cool breezes.. Just the right kind of day to explore the water front, take a walk in a park, or just heat up that barbeque, and have some fun with friends.. I did get spend lots of time outside, and take photos that caught my eye.. I chased bees around to get good pictures of them.. I just love being a shutter bug.. I know lots of other great shutter bugs that chase down that one photo that will catch everyone’s attention.. I take so may photos of one subject.. I take different angles, and pick the best out of the bunch.. I want very much to go to a camping type park to capture whatever I see of interest.. Sitting on the deck I seen an older couple on a two person bicycle.. It looked like it was an original.. I started to take off the lens cover of  the camera, but they were gone.. I almost think I should have a camera in my hand every minute.. With my luck the camera would shut down and by the time it comes back on the moment would be gone.. ‘Darn.’ That picture of the couple would have been a beauty.. Sunday night as I let the dogs out to do their business, I could hear tree frogs singing.. That’s the most beautiful sound ever.. Add a couple crickets and you have wonderful music.. The sounds of nature.. It’s better than the smells of a skunk… The cool breeze and no sun set the stage for a beautiful night to sit outside.. 

DSCN1772 (2).JPG           This photo is one of my favorites…

This photo is truly beautiful.. I love the way the sun casts it light on the middle of the flowers, and seems to bleach out their true color.. The shadows on the leaves tell a story of a place to hide in cool darkness.. Even the bee can not escape the sun’s light.. I could go on for quite awhile, but I won’t.. Like I have said before, there is always that perfect photo that draws you in, and makes you pause and stare.. My dog is doing well after seeing the vet last week.. She has a fair amount of meds, and has to wear a thing around her neck for a whole week.. She is not too happy about that.. I wouldn’t be either.. I makes it hard for her to drink, and eat.. If wearing, what I call her helmet, is not bad enough.. The pills make her hungry and thirsty.. Plus, she needs to take more frequent visits outside.. I just want this week to end so she feels better.. I have to hide her meds in peanut butter or she won’t take then.. She is just like a baby and as finicky as heck.. She will whine if she wants a drink.. At least she lets me know.. It’s a tricky thing to do with her helmet on her neck.. I’d  have a hard time eating with one of those things on me too… 

DSCN1771 (2).JPG            Busy little Bee…

Well, people this chickee is about to get going, and try to accomplish something today.. All of you take care of those you love, and be safe… Till later.. Never be a liar..

I would like to thank all my readers for taking the time out of your busy day to read my banter.. Thanks.. 🙂 🙂   The photos you see in this banter are taken by myself.. I hope you enjoy them.. 🙂 🙂

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Amazing day…

DSCN0987.JPG                    A comfortable place to sit, and enjoy the day…

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This is my banter for Tuesday August 20th..

Hello all you beautiful people:: Monday has come and gone and we are starting our walk through the week. I hope your Monday was prosperous, and fun for all you came in touch with.. Last night it rained a lot, and for along time.. I went out in the morning with the puppies and stepped into a puddle of water.. I didn’t expect there would be any water on the porch rug.. As I looked towards the stairs, the rug was dry and so were the deck boards.. I think the coolness of the water startled me, as I turned to see what the wet was from.. It was the kind of surprise you get when you are walking around, looking out for doggie bombs.. You watch so carefully, missing everyone you see.. As you turn one doggie bomb gets ya, as it squishes between your toes.. ‘That kind of surprise’.. And, yes.. I have found a few of those, doggie bombs over the years.. The feeling makes your whole body shiver. The water did surprise me.. The air had a coolness to it, yet it was hot. That could be because of the direct sun light we get on our patio doors. I have thermal, black out curtains, and they seem to do a pretty good job. The sun does shine full out on the windows for the better part of the day.. But, any hoo the day was starting out pretty darn nice.. I even found time later in the afternoon to sit on the porch, and play my game.. 

DSCN1507.JPG         Beautiful peach colored Begonias..

This game drives me insane.. All I want to do is master the cards, so I can win.. The saddest part of the game is that half the time, there are cards that come up and you can’t use them anywhere.. It’s crazy when you are doing good, and you run into a deck that hinders your winning.. It’s very frustrating.. I have had a couple games that if you purchase points you will win.. But, is that all worth it.. I like to keep going on and trying to out smart the game.. Somedays all you can do is win, then there are those days when the game messes with your mind.. I am not a gamer, just a solitaire, yatzy, and cribbage player.. Helps me pass the time when there is nothing to do.. It calms me down, then heats me up again.. My hubby will laugh at me sometimes, as I talk to the game. ‘Yup, that proves it.’ ‘I am going loony.’ It’s a space filler in between loads of laundry. ‘Yes today was the day for doing the laundry.’ ‘I didn’t have much, which was nice.’ That was done and over with long before dinner time.. The couple next door had their grand-daughter through out the day.. They were in their yard, and my two little dogs barked at the little girl.. They would never hurt her, they just act tough.. I have this house that emits a sound they don’t like. I turned it on high and two little dogs stopped barking went inside the house.. It’s nice when things work like that.. DSCN1549.JPG                   Tiny flowers…

As I have said before, picking out something to make for dinner is stressful.. If it was just me I would have a grilled cheese, or egg salad sandwich. That would be good for me.. Unfortunately, that won’t feed two hungry fellas.. There has to be something else to fill the hunger.. Tonight, it was pork tender loin on the barbeque, potatoes, and some kind of veggie.. Right now, I can hear my mind thinking about tomorrows dinner.. ‘Hey, how about Kraft dinner??’ Not in this house.. I’m the only one who would eat it.. I have a meat and potatoes kind of hubby, and grandson.. Once in while a sandwich with fries will hit the spot.. I like to cook, but just sometimes I want a break away from the stove.. I had no idea that Princesses had to work so hard.. Ha! Ha! Only in fairy tales and the movies.. I guess we are all facing the same dilemma each day.. And we carry our burden with pride.. So, cook on, and be proud of what you create.. 🙂 Till later.. Take care and be safe.. 🙂 🙂

At this time I would like to thank those who take the time out of their busy lives to read my banter.. Thanks.. 🙂 🙂  The photos in my banter are taken by myself.. Maggie Enjoy!! 🙂 🙂

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Relaxing…

DSCN1470.JPG          I love the textures, and colors….

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This is my banter for Wednesday August 14th..

Hello everyone:: Today has pretty much been a day of relaxing.. Doing the little things I enjoy, and catching up on whatever I have let lag behind.. I have plenty of art pieces that someday I am going to finish off. I have one piece of art that I started on in 2002.. I found the sketch I had done, and figured it was time to bring it to life with pastels. This is my first time for oil pastels. I actually enjoyed doing the color transformation. Once that was done my hubby cut pieces of base board wood and I created a picture frame. Because the sketch has the red mountains in it, I took crushed pieces of colored stone, and attached them around on the frame.. I wanted to bring the earthy feel into the frame.. I think it turned out not too bad.. I like it.. 

IMG_E5197              And so… This is what I came up with.. Finished…

I never seem to do the ordinary.. I always come up with what my mind sees. As you can tell by my photographs, I see what others do not see.. I have a painting I did around the same time as I did the sketch you see here.. I did it in acrylic paints, which are easier to use.. At least that is what I think.. 

IMG_E5199.JPG          This is the acrylic I had done back in 2002…

This is my hubbies favorite painting… I do other forms of creating.. When I’m relaxing I create my best… All are one of a kinds, and none two are the same.. I enjoy taking photos, creating sculptures, painting, I even created a few Halloween creatures.. There are no limits to what I can achieve.. Today was very hot again. The sun was a little too much for a few plants. First thing I needed to give the droopy plants a drink of water.. It amazes me how plants can bounce back once water has been added… We have a lot of water plants that need constant water to live.. There is no neglecting them, as they will be dead in to time.. I also took a few plants and pruned them and took out all the dead flowers, and old branches.  They look one hundred percent better now.. It’s hard to keep them healthy at least during this time of the year..

DSCN1458.JPG                  Now, this looks like a pretty nice place to relax….

I did not stress over dinner today. Fries, and sausage on a bun was easy and tasted good too.. Simple eats can fill the tummy just like a full course meal.. Sometimes cooking becomes a chore that I would prefer not do some days.. I get all stressed out thinking about what to make.. Don’t miss understand me, I love cooking, but day after day is so hum drum. I feel like a robot that just repeats what has  been done a million times.. This Saturday I will be cooking for our family barbeque.. Now that I am looking forward to, and my menu has been set in stone.. I love to see people enjoy the food I create.. It will be fun to have most of the family together at the table..

DSCN1451.JPG            A nice bike ride through the camp ground…

As the day drifted away, the air became cool and bearable. So cool that sitting out on the deck was quite relaxing.. Once the sun has slipped behind the trees. The sun casts long shadow across the yard. I like that time of the day. It’s so calming. Sitting on the deck watching all kinds of people walking by. Dogs on leashes, and children complaining while asking. ‘How much further?’ You would almost they are going to die, by the performance they give their parents.. I see a lot of ladies walking and talking loudly on their cell phones. I would think, loud talking would be somewhat of a security blanket.. Away to deter those who prey on ladies who are alone in the dark.. You can hear them approach, then disappear into the darkness. I love the little children who play with no re-guard for others.. They run like lightening, and say hi to everyone.. Oh to be a child again.. I often wonder how many people would change the life, as they have it right now. And want to get a chance for a new course and direction.. This way your future would not be as it is.. Oh to be young again.. My body would not hurt anymore..  

I must be on my way.. I hope to see all of you on Wednesday, as it is a new start for all of us.. Till later.. Stand tall and don’t take any unnecessary crap.. 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all the readers who take the time out of their busy day to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂 As usual all the photos, and works of art are done by ME:: Maggie.. 🙂 🙂

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Visiting camp..

DSCN1457.JPG   Walking around the camp ground.. This caught my eye..

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This is my banter for Monday August 12th..

This weekend we went to visit the camp site of my son and his beautiful wife.. The day was a little on the chilly side, and I actually had to wear a sweater. Wow, what a change from at home.. It was really good to get away. The site was right next to the road in the camp. There was just enough room for them to park their trailer. The space between two trees and the extended awning was six inches. A tight squeeze for sure. And the awning had to be put in when they wanted to use the fire pit. The next time they camp at this KOA, they know which place to ask for by number. The place is set up really well, with trails to walk on, pools to swim in, horse shoe pits, and a large barn where the young and old can go to watch movies. There are a lot more things and adventures to be had by the many campers who stay there all season, or just drop in for a couple days. I would camp there myself, after all the place is well kept… The people seemed nice and friendly as they drive by in their golf carts. There were a lot of golf carts being used. Even a couple for the clean up crew for the camp Those golf carts had rakes, shovels, brooms, and anything else needed to clean up any mess they found. And this camp did recycling. That’s the first time I have seen that.. KOA camps are famous for the environment, and making sure the forested areas are not ruined. 

DSCN1409.JPG        A friendly game of horse shoes was had by the fellas…

Little children rode by on their tricycles, and bicycles. Moms and dads walking behind or riding with the children. Our area had a round about, and the active little ones kept riding past us. A mom had stopped to ask if we had seen the little ones riding by. We gave her the direction they were headed in, and off  she went to catch up to them. The next time we saw the little ones they were on scooters their size. They definitely were not going as fast. I guess maybe mom could keep up to them a lot better that way.. There was one little cute gal that tipped her scooter upside down and was pulling it behind her. She actually had the bunch of us giggling as she went by.. She was so cute and smart.. Like I said the place had a safe feel to it, and was very family oriented. The kind of place where the permanent campers watch out for the children. This way everyone knows the children  are safe…

DSCN1423.JPG        Another interesting area that caught my eye….

We sat talking, laughing, and watching Parker as he made the cutest baby faces.. He really has become a camping baby. He loves being outside, as long as he has a place to kick his feet. Once, he had started to get fussy and I put my tablet on a hook on the stroller, and he laid back watching the movie I had put on for him. I have great photos of him kicking his little feet and touching the tablet with his toes.. I even captured great photos of papa and Parker together.. My grand-daughter and her friend rode their bike all over the place in the camp. They even watched a scary movie in the big barn with other people.. We went for a stroll, and I was not paying too much attention to the people, and more attention to the trees and rocks that hid within the trees.. Everyone was wondering what I saw in the trees. But, I knew what I was looking at, as I click my camera, and captured beautiful photos… I have always been able to find images, and interesting parts nature has hidden away from site.. Over this week I will share some of those photos with all of you..

DSCN1459.JPG      There are many hidden treasures. All you have to do is see them..

We had such a wonderful time, and will be doing the trek to camp on the long weekend in September.. It will only be a visit, but I’m very certain the visit will be fun.. Last time I was at this camp ground was when, I used to bring my children there and they always had fun there.. Till then I will be patiently waiting for that weekend to arrive.. This time maybe we will even stay for the camp fire, and sit staring at the ambers dance and float up towards the stars.. There’s no better way to enjoy a fire, except for roasting marsh mellows over the fire, on the end of a stick.. I find the food tastes better when you are camping.. Maybe it’s all that fresh air you breath in while you are there.. 

Thank you for joining me, and reading my banter… Till tomorrow… Be safe.. 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all the great readers I have. I appreciate your coming to visit.. Once again all the photos in this banter are taken by me.. Maggie… 🙂 🙂

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Long weekend..

 

DSCN1258.JPG            In my garden grows…..

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Hello everyone.. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. The weather here was very hot during the day and cooler in the evenings. Nights like this always make sleeping a little more enjoyable. In my little corner of the universe, we had a gathering of artisans selling their wares. A Festival, that falls on the first long weekend of August. The walkway along the lake, was packed with people, everyday during the long weekend. There are lots of artists that flock to this area, just for the chance to explore the works of others. Or, to have their talents recognized by other artists. There were countless people looking for just that one item that would add a special touch to their surroundings. For those on the hunt for food, there was plenty to eat, beer to drink, and even a few ice-cream venders. I think they used to be called them the Dickie-Dee. These were carts that stood stable in one area. Heck, you could even find the right size of hot tub, or Infinity pool to install in your back yard. You could even put it in your house, for year round fun and exercise. That sounds like a very good deal.. Just think, splashing around in a nice warm pool, while you watch the snow fall outside. ‘What a way to live…’  You could add a new barbeque to the list of summer items you desire. One with three cooking grills, or one that could be used as an entire part of an outdoors kitchen design. The uses and designs are endless… 

DSCN1233.JPG Two baby Robins waiting for mom or dad to return with food for them…

As we moved along the walking path, we can upon a carnival set up with rides for the young and the old. Carnival games that required no skill to win. Then, there are other games that take a lot of talent to win, or just a big pocket of money to buy that one stuff toy for a loved one.. Cotton candy, caramel popcorn, candied apples, hot dogs, fries, burgers, and ice-cream by the buckets. Frozen treats to cool you down, and coffee just to give you that little kick you needed to continue on your way. The screams of excited children, as the rides tossed them from side to side, and up and down. The sounds of the carnival ringing in your ears, as music played loudly. So loud that it made me think that there was a contest going on for the loudest noise…. Parents taking pictures of children franticly waving from a ride that will likely scar them to death. Parent patiently standing still, watching, and waiting till the ride stops. The endless trek to the next ride, then wait all over again… ‘Oh, the fun of the carnival.’ The memories playing in your head of your youth, and how you want to run away with the carnival.. The time you barfed on Peggy-Sue, and how mad she was that day on the whirl-around.. What away to find out spinning was not your thing. 

DSCN1265.JPG      Fading with time, while new blooms wait to appear….. 

The lake filled with parents and children of all ages.. The shade of the trees, where lovers sit and play with their cell phones. ‘Oh, where did love go.’ Picnics on the grass by the lake. The smell of hot dogs, fried chicken, or maybe even take out.. The life guard perched high on a chair, above those seeking the cool of the water.. Little children running away from the small waves the lap upon the shore. Standing still in the water, watching the little fish nibble at your toes… The fun and beauty of a summers day by the lake. Softer music can be heard from the voice of a song bird, as she sings her tune to the people watching in the crowd. Groups on the stage, belting out the tunes, as people dance to the beat. The sounds of a summer festival.. We are now in August, and summer is slipping slowly away. The stores are stocked with back-to-school items. No more summer clothing can be found, as the clothes have been carefully packed away. The sounds of parents and unhappy children shopping in the stores. Parents on edge, as young Johnny decides to run away from them. There he is playing in the toy section of the store. Soon winter clothes, boots and coats will fill the hangers, where summer clothing once hung. Stop rushing the winter retailers. It’s too darn depressing to even think of, at least for me. 

To all those, that go to any-kind of festival, carnival, picnic by the lake, or family outing. I wish you all fun and safe journeys.. See you later…. 🙂 🙂

I wish to thank all of my followers, readers, or visitor for being so patient this last week while I was off.. Thank you… 🙂 🙂 As usual the photos in this banter have been taken by myself.. Maggie.. Hope you enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

This past week was rough at times, and still the head aches leave me unable to function. But, I press on and try to not let them stop me. If the weather is to blame, I wish it would stop bothering me. I do feel better than before, but not quite totally healthy. I choose not to go to the doctor as they tend to be quacks, who have no idea what they are doing. I have learned techniques to put my pain at bay. It helps the bad pain disappear. The lingering pain is a pain in the butt, but I will settle for that…. Till later… I wish you all well.. And be safe out there…:) 🙂

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Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is a time to tell dad how much you love him.

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Father’s day is one of the greatest days of the year. It’s a time when all dads, step-dads, fathers, and papas are celebrated. Every second Sunday of each year we celebrate Dads all over the world…

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Beach Babies

beach 1.jpg                 The Beach…

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Beaches are such a wonderful place to spend your summer days. The water crashing on the sand shore. Who could not handle a fun day at the beach? The sun bathes your body in a soft glow as your body relaxes.

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Rachel Slatter (#2)

Rachel had a wonderful time at her Birthday party, especially at the nursing home. In her own quaint way, Rachel introduced all her little friends to taking care of those who have no one. She edged her mates in the direction of something she loved, reading to the seniors.

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