Decorated…

IMG_5628.JPG           Decorated for Christmas…

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This is my post for Tuesday November 19th…

Well, the weekend has come and gone.. We are now into another week of  expected snow and rising temperatures… The snow that fell today,(Monday) was wet and heavy, and now the snow is melting slowly away.. Today, I had seven Doves in my backyard and on the porch looking for something to eat.. Before, they were on the ground they had all been sitting side by side on a branch of the maple tree in the yard.. It was cool to see all them lined up together… It was sight you don’t see very often.. I had a grey squirrel, that we see seldom.. He was hogging all the food in the feeder just for himself.. That little devil.. I ended up putting bird food out a second time later in the day.. It seemed like all the Dove’s were happy for the second helping.. 

 

IMG_5636.JPG      A Chihuahua for the tree topper…

We have our Christmas tree up, and on the internet there are many people showing off their trees too… Ours is small, but it satisfies both of us.. There are many of the usual decorations we use each year, as many of us do… We put a Chihuahua on the top of the tree instead of the usual angel or star.. The reason behind our tree topper is that we have two Chihuahuas that our the babies of the house.. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find that I have certain ones that mean something special to me… I hope you have favorites too… I have several photos of the ones I like, and I will try to explain why I like them…

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These two little ornaments are cute, and mean a lot to me and my husband.. These were made by Doug sister Wanda.. She made them in the likeness of my hubby and I.. You can see how they look just like us…  They are in memory of the passing of Mom… They have the breast cancer symbol on the front of them… I think you can see the symbol… 

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The next three ornaments are precious to the both of us.. The ornaments of the Santa couple remind us of ourselves.. The minute my hubby seen them he said they looked just like us when we get older.. We were a bit younger then, and could move a lot faster without it hurting…  The Lamp Leg was from the Christmas movie we see each year in the month of December… A Christmas Story.. In the movie Dad has the award delivered to his home.. The anticipation was driving everyone crazy, as Dad torn into that wooden box.. The look on Mom’s face was priceless.. The way she tried to keep the Leg Lamp out of the front room window was honorable… Dad went outside to let the world know his award was displayed in the window.. We had been on the look out for the ornament for a span of time, and we finally found one.. 

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The Nutcrackers are an ornament that I seem to be drawn to, and just love the colors they display… 

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The drummer boy is another favorite of mine.. He reminds me of the Little Drummer Boy…

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I found these two ornaments in an Auction… These are not just cute little mice, but they are bells.. Which you don’t come across everyday.. They look to be quite old.. I like them…

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This the tree topper we are using this year… My sweet husband bought this for me on the weekend.. He knows how much I love anything that is Chihuahua or Pug… Those are the dogs we have… 

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This is a very welly decorated ornament that I came across a couple years ago.. The beads are so beautiful… Who ever did this ornament has some pretty good imagination and talent…

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Last, and the most prized part of my ornaments.. This piece is hand blown glass that has been etched with a most interesting design.. It is so pretty and I believe it is very old.. It reminds me of the ornaments Grandma had on her Christmas tree when I was a young girl… I hope you have enjoyed a few of my very favorite tree decorations…

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I stood tall…

DSCN2328.JPGA tree among many others…

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This is my blurb for Thursday October 24th….

I once stood tall with many of my friends in the forest.. I was the tallest tree in the part of the forest I lived in.. I could see far and wide.. I would talk with the smaller trees and let them know what I had seen that day.. I was the senior to all those trees that reached to touch the sky.. I was the first to see the storm as it rolled our way.. I would warn all others to hold on tight to the ground.. The smaller trees would wrap their leaves around my trunk.. My roots have been deep in the ground for many years and were strong.. I am the king of this forest.. I protect those that grow here.. The storms that have tugged my branches are many and those that have taken some of my limbs.. Year after year, the weather has been cruel and unkind to some of my forest friends.. The remnants of their once strong branches, lay on the forest floor.. It takes strength to survive the torcher of the winds.. My friend now rests up against the closest tree to where he grew.. 

DSCN2457 (2).JPGLeaning on each other..

I have shed many gallons of sappy tears for all those that have gone before me.. I move my leaves to give the saplings below the sun they need to grow.. My bark has been picked away by bugs and beetles.. Elmwood disease has claimed many trees.. Now the Asian Beetle is taking a big bite out of our forest and urban area trees.. We are fading away… Do humans know just how important we really are to them?? We clean the air they breath each day.. We make shade for human’s to ling under.. Benches are placed at the bottom of our trunks.. People often come to sit and talk with other human friends.. When the rain falls the humans find shelter under my leaves.. I have been struck by lightening.. The sun has bleached my bare branches white.. The winters, and summers have worn me down.. I am old…

DSCN2571 (2).JPGSitting in the shelter of my branches..

My bark has long since dropped from my trunk, my branches have fallen to the ground… I am no longer the king of this place.. My branches lay on the ground in a pile of decaying wood.. There will be many trees to follow me and take my place.. They will be the kings of this ravished forest, where once I was the king..

DSCN2583 (2).JPGI have returned to where I began…

Our world is a much better place thanks to the trees we plant each year… And the ones that grow in the cover of the kings are our future… 🙂 🙂 I wish everyone love and prosperity… Be kind to each other, and strive to be all you can be.. Till Tuesday… Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.. Smile often 🙂 🙂 🙂

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By the Lake…

DSCN2549.JPGThe day was the best, as we stood gazing at the lake…

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This is my blurb for Tuesday October 22nd…

We stood mesmerized by the way the bright sunlight sparkled on the calmly rippling water.. We could have stood there forever and enjoyed the still, stress re-leaving, calmness around us… We were immersed in the beauty that held us in it’s grip.. Mother Nature was showing off her beauty on this Fall day.. With her warm finger tips, she touched each tree, turning them to golds, reds, coppers, and yellows.. Our eyes took in the colors around us.. 

DSCN2563 (2).JPGEvery part of the lake drew us in to it’s beauty..

DSCN2517 (2).JPGThis was God’s country and we had a front row seat…

 

DSCN2533 (2).JPGSo much to see in such a large space…

DSCN2518 (2).JPGA feast for the eyes…

DSCN2537 (2).JPGThis photo was extra ordinary.. I see this photo as a painting and not your typical photograph….

We have a sweet little Pug that has a mind of her own.. When she doesn’t want to do anything, or go near water she will plant her feet and not move.. We took a walk through the woods on a trail. Our Pug did really well until the walk back to the car came around.. Our sweet little Pug was done, pooped out, and dragging her little butt as she walked.. She would stop, rest up and then move on a bit further.. Needless to say the trek back to the car took longer than we had expected.. 

DSCN2525 (2).JPGThis photo shows just how beautiful the lake really is and how close we are to the water.. 

As you can see, our Pug is not going any closer to the water.. I guess the vastness of the body of water must have freaked her out.. She was ‘NOT’ going any closer to that water.. Her feet are planted firmly in one spot.. Her harness is being strained by the tension on the leash.. She is quite funny and we had some pretty good laughs over her stubbornness.. Even when I pick this photo to share with all of you I could not help but laugh again.. Each one of our pups have quirks all their own… All in all we enjoyed our time spent at the lake that day..:) 🙂

I will leave everyone with well wishes, and blessings for a good day on this Tuesday October 22nd.. Keep safe and help others when you can.. Till Wednesday, keep movin’ on.. 🙂 🙂

DSCN2570.JPGDiamonds in the water, created by the bright sun light…

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So cold…

 

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I seen this mushroom growing between the patio stone at the front of the house…

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This is my banter for Friday October 4th…

I wish to let all my readers know that as of October 5th to October 18th… Unfortunately, I will be unable to post my words.. My next post will be on Monday October 21st.. Thank you for your understanding… 🙂 🙂 MAGS..

This is my banter for Friday October 4th…

Hello everyone out there in this big world:: This week has passed by with the speed of a moving train.. The fluctuation of the weather patterns have made being outside almost impossible.. Once this week it was way above seasonal temperatures, and the next it’s so darn cold.. Not only has it been cold but I have heard stories of a faint snow falling… Yikes!! “Why?” It’s not time for that kind of shenanigans… I haven’t harvested all my seeds yet for next spring…There has been a fine mist that has a granular feeling to it, falling from the heavens.. I think that is supposed to be snow.. I hope where we are headed, there are much better conditions.. I really don’t want to pack my long johns, but it maybe smart to do that.. I hope the weather is a little bit nicer where every you may reside.. I wish to send all of you good wishes for the weekend and Thanksgiving.. I hope your turkey is fat and your bellies are full.. I will have turkey, and likely fall asleep… If you have to take a nap… Blame it on the turkey..

DSCN2447.JPG These intriguing shapes are delightful…

I would chance to say that these mushrooms are not of the edible  kind… I still like the shape of the lid of the mushroom.. It’s distortion is amazing.. Bending and weaving as it grows.. The things I find interesting that there are many things happening in the mushrooms growth .. Today, I had a lady come to patch up the ceiling in the kitchen where the old fluorescent light used to be.. I was a bit set back by the contractor being a lady.. I don’t know why!!! I just did.. And when I spoke with her on the phone I was envisioning a lady with large muscles and a big thick neck.. Kind of like the Hulk’s sister.. LOL But, I was way off point.. She was tiny and quite pretty.. She was older, and very friendly… I enjoyed talking with her.. Tomorrow she will return and sand and paint the covered part of the ceiling.. Then no one will ever know the old light was there.. Mission accomplished.. I have to shop tomorrow and that is one of my dreaded tasks.. I nearly have a stroke each time the total shows up.. Food is way too pricey.. I would imagine that most people feel the pull on the wallet when buying the necessities of  life.. 

DSCN2449.JPG    This is a view from above looking into the top of the mushroom..

Friday is the day that our grandson moves out.. We are going to miss him a lot.. The house will be much quieter, and the meals will be less to prepare.. We have left him with these words.. “You will always be welcomed back here, and the bed upstairs will be made up waiting for your return.” We told him to keep his key and just unlock the door and come in.. We wish him good fortune, and happiness.. We love him very much.. ;(  I know he is going to be fine.. He’s a man now, and can make his own life.. But we will still worry about him, as we do all our grand-children.. 🙂 🙂

DSCN2445.JPG     The water is filling up the mushroom tops..

It’s Thursday night and I have pretty well gone over all I wanted to say and more.. One thing I wish to do is wish my friend Kelly a speedy recovery.. Get well real soon girl.. Take care of those you love and be safe out there… I will see everyone with a bunch of words and photos, once I return… Till later.. Keep on truckin’…

I wish to thank all my readers for being here each day to read my words.. Thanks… 🙂 🙂    Enjoy the photos.. 🙂 🙂

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Go west…

DSCN2366.JPG          This an oldie but a goody.. 

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This will be my banter for Monday September 30th…

Hello to everyone:: I hope all is well with all of you… The weekend is now over, and for those who work it will be back to work again.. “I know, I know.” That’s a dirty word to say on a Sunday evening.. But reality will be kicking you in the butt soon enough.. I feel pain for all of you that drag yourselves into work on Monday.. But I guess the all mighty dollar has to be earned.. Anyways, Monday is the last day of September… I sit here and wonder again as I always do.. “What has happened to this month??”  Today, Sunday has been down right cold where I am living.. I guess fall has given us notice that it is here.. “I wish to ask a question”… “Does Indian summer come after the first frost, or in September???”  I would appreciate someone letting me know the answer to my question.. Also, Thanksgivings day is coming pretty soon.. I see a lot of decorations, and small squashes in the stores.. The dollar stores have displays for the table, and outside your home… You can purchase the goods to whip up a wreath for your front door.. All these items for a dollar?? NO.. They are sold for dollars… Not a dollar like we used to pay.. Now they are one dollar plus several dollars.. The place is not cheap anymore.. But it is a convenient place to pick up anything that is cheaply made.. No matter what we all seem to visit there from time to time…

DSCN2364.JPG           This is the drivers seat of this Winnebago..

I wish to chat about this beautiful machine from the past.. We entered this motorhome and found the old style steering wheel and column with the gear shift right there.. Also I have never been in one before and noticed that the passenger seat is made for two people, not just one.. That was fascinating to me and a bit curious at the same time.. The interior was decorated with the old styled colors on the furniture, and on the walls.. I love the size, and convenience of the kitchen and washroom areas.. This vehicle must have been a sight to see when it was new and rolled  off the assembly line.. Beautiful… You had to have a fist full of dollars to buy that one… 🙂 ” Go West son, they said…” Are you kidding me?? There isn’t any going west for this person.. It seems that the west gets the snow much earlier than most of us.. This weekend Alberta was looking at snow on Saturday, and Sunday.. The report said that the amounts would be up to 60 cm. of snow.. That’s why I’m not going west.. Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario will be looking at rain but no snow.. Thank goodness for that.. All that white stuff can stay out west till I find my long johns, and that could take me along time.. For all those that have never had the chance to experience a pair of long johns.. They are winter under ware  that keeps you warm, and sucks up the perspiration from your body.. They are also part of the layer system outdoor people ware.. First long johns, shirt and pants, a sweater, a coat and so on…  

DSCN2353.JPG           Another example of a vintage Glendale trailer.. 

The inside of this trailer, it had been spruced up and looked darn beautiful… I like the choice of colors on the outside and on the inside.. It was tastefully decorated, and had a lot of people commenting on the inside.. Lets put it this way… I would have gladly stayed over in that trailer for week..  🙂  Here in Canada the election campaigns are in full swing… With each candidate trying to convince the voters that they are better than the next guy, or gal.. I, like many have a hard time figuring out who is paying for the promises they are making.. Not one candidate has given that information up as of yet.. Heck, I’m just going to vote for the underdog.. Candidates seem to be living in a world where truth and honesty doesn’t mean a thing.. It’s perplexing and a joke to watch.. The things they promise will never be done with out the words of the party in second place.. There are rules and they are to be followed.. It’s a media circus, with twisted words and fingers pointing at the candidates with each word they say.. I’m glad I do not have to be in the drivers seat and navigate through this pile of  hollow promises.. 

DSCN2351.JPG      This is just one shot of the inside of the Glendale trailer….

As you can see the color scheme from the outside is drawn into the inside.. It is tastefully designed and caught the eye of many of the visitors who stopped by to take a peak inside, and ask question to the owners.. 😮 There are still a few more trailers that I have to showcase… I will be bringing a couple more trailers for you to  enjoy on Tuesday.. You have a wonderful Monday and be safe.. I’m off and running… See ya later.. 🙂 🙂

I would like to tip my hat to all you wonderful readers out there who pop by to read my words.. Thanks… 🙂 🙂  Enjoy the photos.. 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.. Thanks for stopping by… 🙂 🙂

Throwback…

DSCN2418.JPG       One of many Vintage Travel trailers…

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This is may banter for Thursday September 26th…

Hello everyone:: I trust your Wednesday was pleasant, and uneventful.. Mine has been about the same as yours in everyway… Not too much going on other than the gustiness of  wind outside.. I think if I was any lighter than I was now, I would likely take off in the wind… “Oh, look at me I can fly”… I’d be like Mary Poppins.. One thing about the wind blowing so hard, is that the trees will be minus a few leaves.. There is a Maple tree outside our fence that has bright red leaves on it as well as dark green ones.. I hope all the leaves don’t turn color before our holiday.. I’m sure there maybe a few leaves left on the trees.. After all our holiday is only a week and a half away.. I know it will be cool and damp, but neither of us care.. There’s lots to do.. Walking the dogs will be one of them, and exploring… The exploring is something that intrigues me.. There are so many places and things to do around where you are visiting or camping out… I know when most people go camping, you camp.. The trailer we first stayed in was moved to a new spot in the park.. That means new views from the windows, and different photos.. I’m getting excited already…

DSCN2419.JPG           This is some of the inside of the Shasta Trailer…. 

I am showing some trailers we had the honor of seeing at a Vintage trailer show at a camp grounds.. I had seen the event listed on my face book events calendar.. It was actually an adventure in itself to find the place.. We asked a lot of different places if they knew where to camp ground was?? “I don’t mean just a couple people, but almost six people”… We even went into a camp ground or two to see if they knew.. All that was shown was a round sign at the end of a road.. We turned into the lane… The road looked like we were heading into an old farm.. All we could see was a dirt road and a new building in the distance.. There was even an old barn with it’s doors open wide.. “Okay, we are down on the farm now”.. We could see a nice big pool beside the new building.. There also was a large trailer parked close to the building that was for sale… We followed a dirt road, and there were trailers on nicely placed lots with full services.. The place was really beautiful with the tall trees… We seen a tractor that was clearing more lots for campers.. We drove around, only to be stopped by the man on the tractor.. We asked him about the show.. Low a behold we were a day ahead of the show.. So we followed the dirt road back out to the road we came in on.. 

DSCN2413.JPG            This is a Air Stream trailer we saw…

This trailer was really beautiful inside, and the man who did the reno on this trailer was very proud of his work.. He had a right to be proud… I found the inside of the trailer had too much metal for my taste.. But, that is my taste and I find the warmth of softer materials, used in a reno, very inviting.. I can see the glamour of the Air Stream that attracts people.. It’s a sturdy well built trailer.. It’s water proof design is well boasted amongst R.V. followers.. I will be enclosing at least one inside photo of the featured trailer each day.. This will likely be featured over the next couple weeks.. I like the style and durability of older trailers.. A lot of the trailers I happened to see were still owned by the couple that purchased them when they were new.. Grant you some people found these trailers, and did great renos of those trailers… 

DSCN2409.JPG       This is a photo of the kitchen inside of the Air Stream trailer..

This kitchen stands well above any of the kitchens I have seen in any of the trailers I visited that day.. Like I said, the man who is the owner of this Air Stream did a beautiful job.. I hope that all of you enjoy our journey through exploring vintage trailers at the trailer show.. Well, I am on the run.. Take care and be safe out there.. Till later.. Have  great Thursday… 🙂 🙂

Thank you to all my readers for reading my words each day.. 🙂 🙂  Enjoy my photographs in this banter.. 🙂 🙂 

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Rain drops…

DSCN2194.JPG           The church on the hill….

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This is my banter for Wednesday September 25th…

Hello all you lovely people:: Today (Tuesday) has been somewhat on the cold and miserable side.. Rain drops could be seen falling abundantly or just a few at a time.. There seems to be no clearing in sight.. I dressed myself in jeans, tee shirt, and warm winter style socks and a big warm sweater.. My hands are freezing, and if I placed them on your back.. I would guess that you would be jumping and shivering like crazy.. I kid you not.. My nose is even cold.. As I was cooking wings in the oven, I placed my hands in there to stop them from hurting.. They say, cold hands means a warm heart, but what does a cold nose mean.. I can’t wait for the real cold to show up NOT!! That’s the time when my nose is always red.. I look like a drunk even though I seldom drink.. I have a couple coolers that have been in the fridge for over six months.. That’s how much I drink… Getting back to the wonderful days we have been having.. pretty soon we will be taking down the gazebo and hiding away the lawn furniture.. I don’t know about your yards, but we are getting a lot of leaves on the ground already.. Last year the trees around here were definitely not ready for the white powder.. I even had plants that would not give up… They just kept growing even after the first snow fall.. I guess no matter where you live the weather has it’s way of showing you the seasons..

DSCN2020.JPG         Grazing on grass on a cool fall morning…

I’ve been pretty lazy today.. I have been working on the props I have, but other than that I have not done anything.. I feel tired, and I think it may have something to do with the weather.. All I wanted to do is lay on the couch wrapped in a warm blanket and sleep.. But I did not do that, and chose to work on the props I will be selling.. I have this one piece to sell and I have no idea what to sell it for.. It is a one of a kind and there is no other like it in the world.. To me it is worth lots but to others it may not be as pricey.. There are always people who expect something for nothing.. I should take it to Spirt Halloween and ask what they think it is worth.. I’ve had a lot of people want it.. But, I would not sell at the time.. I have to take photos of all the props before I can sell.. I will be at that point by the weekend.. I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend… 

DSCN2022.JPG          Grazing on grass with his buddy… The first horse photo…

This evening I chose to cook chicken wings for dinner along with fries.. I decided to mix it up and bake them in the oven with shake n bake.. Did they ever turn out really good.. The meat was so tender that it fell right off the bone… If you ever want to try wings this way you won’t be sorry… I cooked them in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.. I did two fully pack cookie trays of wings (about 75 wings), so time will vary for what you want to cook.. Oh and my guys eat a fair amount of food.. I have a few left over, but that will be eaten pretty fast as a snack.. I also whipped up a batch of moist brownies.. I did the taste test and they where very tasty.. Yum!! I could eat quite a few more of those, but those brownies go straight to my waist line.. ‘Darn’.. Like all yummy things we eat.. Oh well, now I go and cry over the one I ate while I look in the mirror.. ‘You know, I think my mirrors have been made like the ones at the carnival’.. ‘I’m sure of it’.. “Really”!!!

DSCN2165.JPG          This is the goose at the water front as I looked up…

Can you see what I meant by the twisted flowing lines.. It’s absolutely beautiful.. Can you imagine the pain staking hours it took to design and complete such a creative piece of art… There is a special talent this artist has, and he or she uses it well.. It’s getting late on this Tuesday night and I have to get off here.. I still have a couple things to finish up before I turn in for the night.. I wish all of you a wonderful Wednesday, and good fortune… Till later.. Enjoy your Wednesday… 🙂 🙂

I wish to send out thanks to all my readers who read my words.. Thank you for your time… 🙂 🙂   Enjoy my photos.. 🙂 🙂

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Drizzle…

DSCN2116.JPG         Down by the water on a beautiful day…

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This is my banter for Tuesday September 24th…

Howdy:: How has everyone been doing?? I hope Monday passed by like a lightening strike… I also hope your family members are all well, and safe.. My day started off not too badly.. When I let the pups out in the morning there was puddles of water everywhere.. I tip toe through the puddle to the gate that keeps critters off the porch.. It was not hot and muggy which made a pleasant day for having all the windows open to air out the house.. The breeze was some what on the shiver kind of cool.. But that didn’t bother me, as it was a pleasant surprise.. We did have one good down pour later in the afternoon, and a bought of drizzle that hung around for a measure of time.. I did notice that the plants were perkier than the last while.. The rain had worked it’s magic on the plants over night, and later in the day.. I don’t have to water them for at least two days.. I like that, as I tend to get muddy and wet during the watering process.. I did some chores around the house, and vacuumed the rugs.. Looks a bit more tidier now in the living room.. It won’t take long for the fuzzy dogs to mess things up again.. These dogs are my children and can make messes.. The youngest one likes all her toys put out of her basket all over the rug, so she can choose what she wants.. She’s my little deva.. All Doo has to do is walk and the hair falls from her coat.. She’s a shedder… And the middle one just likes to be comfortable in her blankets.. 

DSCN2120.JPG     This fella came to visit and stayed, while I took his picture…

During the past couple days I have been working on all my Halloween props getting them ready to sell on line.. I have a few pieces that I created from scratch, and others that I have picked up along the way.. At mine and the hubbies age our warranties have expired, and a lot of our parts are starting to break down.. Don’t you just hate when that happens.. We don’t spend a lot of time in the cold, as we seize up.. I used to love being outside waiting for the little ones… I would even dress up and be a kid again for the night.. Now, I will just keep warm inside.. 🙁 As I said I am working on getting them all ready for sale.. I don’t really know what to charge, but I will figure it out.. I got a little time left yet.. I have never stored my props outside… They have always been in the garage or the basement.. Most people that see the room I kept them in, call it the room with the dead people.. I just chuckle when they say that.. Once in an inspection I failed to warn the people of the room.. They weren’t too happy.. I think it scared them.. 🙂 🙂

DSCN2148.JPG      This beautiful flower caught my eye and here it is…

This flower was at the water front and I believe it’s strange design and color had me fascinated… I love the water front as it calms the soul, and sooths the stress away.. Who could not enjoy a place so peaceful.. Today, the Blue Jay returned to the bird feeder, and started to squawk… God he is a very noisy bird when he wants to be.. I could see him standing on the bird feeder looking straight at the door.. He wanted to be fed.. What is it with some of these birds?? Like I’m supposed to jump to my feet and fill the bird feed.. And now!! After I wasn’t there right away, he noticed the food that was left in the feeder.. I haven’t seen much of the Cardinal lately.. I wonder where they are these days.. The rabbit hasn’t been around much since the skunk got here.. The stinky thing has driven away quite a few critters.. The skunks had been trapped and where waiting for a pick up by the city.. The city was going to relocate them in the wild.. Some woman felt sorry for them and let them loose the day the city showed up.. Now we have them visiting our yards again.. What is the matter with some people???

DSCN2147.JPG   This silver goose watches over the water front.. :O

This beautiful silver bird is stunning… The artist who created this thought of every twist and turn of the metal.. When standing under the bird, you can gaze up at the twisted flowing lines.. My breathe was taken away by it’s beauty.. Well, I’m on the move.. Take care of your loved ones, and be safe out there… Till later.. Smile and see how many people return a smile back… 🙂 🙂

Thank you to all my wonderful readers… Happy to know you all.. 🙂 🙂   Photos are my game.. Enjoy them… 🙂 🙂

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It’s over…

DSCN2122.JPG        A quaint little town we passed through…

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This is my banter for Monday September 23rd…

Happy Monday everyone:: This weekend has come and gone in what seems like a streak of lightening.. I also found the heat and mugginess to be similar to the middle of summer… Our Monday is to be a repeat of the past few days.. And there is supposed to be rain mixed in with the heat.. ‘Oh boy.’ ‘I’m sure looking forward to a day like that again.’ ‘If you believe that, then I have some swamp land I could sell you.’ I detest days when your sweating so bad that your clothes are clinging to you and every time you turn your head your hair sticks across your face.. Times like that make me feel a lot growly.. And quite unpleasant.. I trust all of you had a good weekend, and your families are safe and healthy.. Did everyone have a relaxing weekend?? Did anyone go out on any adventures, or do something out of the ordinary?? I hope you did as it’s healthy to step it up, and change your usual day.. I find that it feels good to give something new a chance.. Get out there.. Go to the forest, and watch the wild life there.. Or go paddle a canoe on the lake.. Make some memories.. An old saying said; variety is the spice of life.. And it sure is.. Don’t get caught up in a rut.. 

DSCN2127.JPG         One duck doing his own thing..

This weekend we did something out of the usual to my surprise.. We went to the water front and sat listening to music.. The band was amazing.. They had the people tapping, and stomping their feet to the music.. It was a nice change from the everyday grind.. There was what we call a ‘Super Hero Stomp’ at the water front… I was super excited to get a few pictures of the super hero’s.. I got a couple.. To tell you the truth I was somewhat disappointed with the turn out.. I was expecting more people.. That’s what I get for expecting a grander event.. But, all in all the day was not a loss.. I took a lot of water front photographs that I need to go through yet.. In time, I’m not in a big rush.. I wanted to take a drive to a tower that lets you see the whole bay we live by.. It would have been nice, but my hips were way to sore for me to make the hike up the top.. I’m hoping next weekend I will be in less pain so I can make the climb… Even if it’s only half way up… The sight will be breath taking with the fall colors.. I can’t wait to take some beauty photos.. I have noticed that we have had a cat visitor hanging around the back yard.. That’s not a good thing.. The squirrels, birds and chipmunks are not fond of the cat.. The cat is pure black and has the most beautiful eyes… He sports a collar and a tag, so I know he has a home.. 

DSCN2169.JPG          The landscaping at this waterfront is beautiful.. 

This looks like a train done from the artist’s imagination.. It looked quite nice, and the plants do it justice.. Very pretty.. The water front had many birds, people, and even the odd chipmunk scampering around.. Boats and more boats.. Even a small cruise type boat, came into port to drop off passengers and pick up more passengers for a spin around the lake..  The line up to get on the boat was pretty long.. We would like to go on a dinner cruise one of these days.. I think it would be a fun experience.. As long as I don’t get sea sick.. I have found that I have a tendency to experience that from time to time.. If we don’t get to it this year then it will be a must for next year.. As I sit here tired and ready to end my day.. It’s Sunday night, and it’s warm in the house and outside.. I definitely can’t go outside to cool off, so going to bed soon and turning on the air in the bedroom will help me sleep.. I keep checking the peppers I am growing and they are doing so well.. At the rate they are growing I should have fresh peppers in a couple weeks.. Next year I want to plant a garden similar to how my grandma used to plant them.. Her gardens were very beautiful.. 

DSCN2131.JPG        A calming place to sit and watch the world go by…

I hope Monday for everyone is as pleasant as it can be.. I know Mondays are not received well by any of us.. But they keep returning each week to antagonize all of us.. So stiff upper lip, and before you know it the day will be over.. Well I am heading to a nice cozy bed.. Take care and please be safe.. Till later.. Have a reasonable Monday… 🙂 🙂

Hey readers thanks for making my day with your visits.. Thanks 🙂 🙂  Just some more of my photos.. Hope you enjoy them… :0 🙂 

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.. Have a wonderful Monday… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

Is it time?

DSCN2035.JPG           I came upon this little fella on my walk…

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This is my banter for Friday September 20th…

Hello, to everyone:: I am wishing all of you happiness, and good fortune.. ‘I know I usually ask how you are doing’.. This is just one of those out of the ordinary thoughts.. I have to mix it up or it gets very boring, as you read the same thing day in and day out… I know I have lost my touch with reality, and I care not to give a darn.. One way or the other.. The title, ‘Is it time’ refers to going to sleep.. Turning in, hitting the sack, or just plain going to bed.. ZZZZ… I had the worst night’s sleep on Wednesday night.. I tossed and turned.. Finding myself in my usual sleeping poses, but none of them seemed to work.. I lay there with thoughts of what I should have done or said.. Story lines would run through my mind, and vanish a few minutes later.. Sometimes I get stunning lines, that I dwell on for longer than I should.. Nothing seemed to be working.. I could hit myself on the head with my cast iron pan… But with my luck I would likely drop it on my foot and break my toes, and foot.. Then I would not be able to sleep due to the pain.. I seen the clock tell me it was four forty five a.m.. Holly crap.. The greater part of the night has gone by.. My mind told me it was time to sleep, but the body was not listening.. 

DSCN2073.JPGThis photo is plain and simple.. I like it..

My legs felt heavy, and my dancing feet were making the seventeenth lap around the dance floor.. I get really upset when my legs try to keep going.. I’m not partial to restless leg syndrome.. “Is it time to sleep” I kept asking myself.. I stood on the floor beside the bed, and made my way to the bathroom, again.. As I walked it felt like I was tap dancing across the floor.. :0 There was no music,  just the sound of my breathing.. I slathered my legs and feet with extra moisturizing lotion.. I had to be careful on the way back to bed.. I went carefully, placing each foot flat on the floor.. One wrong move and I would be sailing across the floor.. I was a greasy as pig at a pig chase.. Once at the bedroom door, I turned to look behind me and someone was following me.. :O Now, how could I sleep knowing someone was outside the bedroom door.. I hurried my pace and jumped into bed.. I pulled the blankets up over my nose.. My eyes darted back and forth and my heart rate quickened.. I was not alone.. I had my dogs with me.. They would save me should anything happen.. I was as wrong as could be, as deep under the covers they huddled… I guess I was on my own.. I turned on my side and watched in the direction of the door..

DSCN2087.JPGHow the heck does anything get out of this part of the forest??

It was dark in the room, and the only hint of light was a tiny night light.. I could see the door as the dim light reflected towards the door.. I waited and waited.. I had enough.. I needed to see what or  if anything was out there.. With a can of hair spray in my right hand, I opened the door.. I flicked the light switch.. No one was there, just me.. I looked at the foot prints again and placed my foot right on top of one of them.. Perfect fit.. This person wore the same size as me.. Is there anyone here? I asked.. But no answer.. I crept quietly back to the bedroom and closed the door behind me.. I jumped into bed.. The dogs started to bark.. How could I ever sleep with all this noise going on?? I reassured the dogs that it was me, and slithered under the blankets.. The bed was so warm and inviting.. I sighed, and turned on my side to keep an eye on the door.. It must have been another hour or more, and I was really wanting sleep to find me.. I welcomed sleep.. The clock reflected on the ceiling, what time it was.. Five fifteen.. I couldn’t believe it.. Was I going to sleep tonight or stay up..

DSCN2094.JPG    This crazy looking rotten stump looked like large dog..

I could feel my puppy licking my hand.. The feeling was so soothing.. I pulled her up beside me, and she put her head on my arm.. There must have been some magic in that little lick.. I don’t recall anymore story lines, fear, or anything till I saw the light of morning around ten thirty a.m. .. Isn’t it great how the body can drift off with a friend close by… 🙂 🙂 Take care, and be kind.. This exhausted lady needs to get a nap.. Till later.. Get some sleep.. :0 :0

I want to thank my readers for coming to read my banter.. Thank you.. 🙂 🙂  Ya already know the photos are mine.. Enjoy… 🙂 🙂 

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS..  ” Is it time??”  🙂 🙂