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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Busy…

DSCN1456.JPG         I wonder who lives in there…..

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This is my banter for Tuesday August 13th..

Hi there everyone… Today was pretty hot out and I did my very best to stay out of the heat. Like most people I tend to become cranky when the heat is too much for me.. The day was truly beautiful in every respect, other than fairly hot. My little pup, that likes to sit on the deck in the sun as she guards her yard. She had to come in because it was too hot. For her that is not her usual.. She has fun watching the squirrels till she think they are used to her, then she goes taring after them at a high speed. The squirrels don’t care, they just sit up in the trees scolding her… It’s quite comical.. I did go out long enough to water the plants on the deck.. Then into the house I disappeared.. Once in the house I drank my tea, and wondered about what to make for supper.. I know, I know, it was too early to think about dinner. But with two hungry guys coming home wanting food as soon as they enter the house. Well, I decided that dinner would be pork chops, potatoes, and a vegetable.. I went into the deep freezer and found out that the pork chops where buried under mounds of other frozen items. I’ll tell ya, it is not hot in there.. I came out of the freezer with the tips of my finger cold as ice.. These fingers could have anyone jumping out of their skin.. Mission accomplished meat out of freezer, and thawing in a ice cold sink of water.. Time to get back at drinking my tea, and waking up.. Or should I say, I am awake thanks to the cold freezer…

DSCN1462.JPG        This curious looking item at first looked like a Dragon…

                     It’s a beautiful piece of wood..

While drinking my tea, I stared at the carpet with disgust. I knew it would have to be vacuumed. But the dirty patches from muddy slippers, dog feet, and splotches made by spills. I do not have a large carpet cleaner, and the only one I have is for spot pick ups.. The little green devil is what I believe the store calls it. I was going to clean this carpet today, and that was final.. I made my way to the basement to get the machine and the cleaning products.. I filled my arms with bottles containing liquids for stains, something for bubbles, and something to deodorize the carpet. I held the small machine in my loose fingers… Up the stairs I trudged. I tried my best not to let anything get away from me. As I made it to the top step, I juggled the bottles in my arms, and stood watching them roll down the stairs and come to rest on the floor.. ‘Shoot!’ I said, as I opened the basement door and placed the machine on the floor of the hallway. I turned and made my way down the stairs to gather all the bottles up in my arms… There was no way I would let them get away this time.. I had left the door open to the basement, so I didn’t have to juggle the bottles again.. Into the kitchen with the bottles, and placed them on the counter.. I went back to get the machine, and close the basement door.. I actually felt a little more alert after the stair exercises I just did.. Maybe I will make that trip on the stairs part of my wake up routine.. ‘NOT!!’ I don’t know if I want to be that awake..

DSCN1461.JPG       This is another view of the dragon in the forest…

On bended knees I scrubbed the spots, spills, and dirt away. The water from the carpet was a dark murky mud bog color. I could not believe how terrible the water looked.. The carpet looked great, and was actually softer on the toes.. And the pile of the carpet looked brushed and beautiful.. I had done what I had set out to do, some two hours before.. I knew it would be a long process, but the results were worth the time.. My knees were not too happy at all. They were red and sore.. And they stayed that way for the rest of the day.. ‘Ouch!’ I’m glad that’s over. Well, I have run into the dinner time area of the day.. It’s time to cook, or should I say barbeque.. That seems to bring out the true flavors of the meat.. With table set and hungry fellas standing close by, it was time to eat.. And man, where those chops tasty.. A nice relaxing dinner, and everyone full.. Time to watch the news to see what has happened in the world today… After the news was done I finished up the carpet by vacuuming it.. I was done for the day, the rest of this day was mine, and mine alone.. 

DSCN1464.JPG        The forest has eyes.. Look closely and you will see…

I love a day when everything comes together the way you planned it.. Grant you, I have had plenty days that got blown out of the water by interruption, a catastrophe, or just things not working right.. But, Monday was one of the good days.. 

Join me Tuesday as I share my banter with all of you… Take care and be good.. And if you can’t for whatever reason, just do it well… 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all my readers for stopping in to read my banter… 🙂 🙂  Like usual all the photos in this banter were taken by: me  Maggie… 🙂 🙂

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Another banter…

DSCN1329.JPGAs seen through my eyes….

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This is my banter for Friday August 9th.

Today has been a lazy kind of day. With rain in the morning and rain in the early after noon. It’s been an inside day.. Boring… I had ventured outside in the morning rain to let the pups out to do their thing. The rain was like a soft shower, where the water does not peel off you skin… The kind of showers that you just want to stand in for an hour. I know you would have pruned feet, if you stood in the shower for that long.. But, you know what I mean.. I returned to let the pups back in the house, and the rain had stopped. I could not believe how sticky, and muggy it felt after just a few minutes before. Steamy is a better way to describe the outside air. I watched from the inside of the house as I drank my one and only cup of green mint tea. The sun would be blasting  heat, then it got dark. This repeated about six or seven times. It was really weird… I just relaxed and got myself motivated for some house cleaning.. I sat playing a game I like and the next thing I knew it was eleven-thirty…. I had not even had my bowl of cereal yet… I kind of get really caught up in the game, and I loose track of time.. Once the cereal was done, I just had to get dressed… My mind was telling me, ‘don’t get dressed, no ones coming over.’ My mind made sense, but going outside in my back yard in a night shirt seemed a bit too risky to me. Up the stairs I went to dawn my clothing. It was now twelve-thirty and I needed to vacuum as soon as possible.. The puppy hair was driving me crazy.. 

DSCN1332.JPG    Part off our garden, I believe this is a Japanese Fern….

The kitchen sink was littered with dishes, so I started to clean them up, and clean the over dated leftovers out of the refrigerator. I like to catch all the stuff before it turn green in color. If you have ever open one of that kind of container, you will know what I mean… When I open one a container like that, I usual say to myself.. ‘Oh, penicillin.’ That is before the smell can get to me.. I opened a container of milk once that was sour. Of course the only way to see if it is sour is to smell or taste it…. This brings back memories of when I was a child, and we stayed at my aunts place over night. In the morning the milk in our glasses was sour. We had to drink that milk. That was the worst thing you could do.. So every time I would rather smell the milk than taste it. ‘Totally gross.’ With dishes and kitchen taken care of it was time to vacuum.. I dusted the rugs with a deodorizing powder from gain. If you are even going to us this… ‘Don’t.’  My rug now is stained with white powder that the vacuum won’t pick up.. Thanks to that crap. I now have to shampoo the carpets.. Yahoo! Just what I did not want to do.. I have a very good vacuum, a Dyson… I chased the dog hair around the floor as my Dyson sucked up the hair. Vacuuming done… I look out the door and it is raining so darn hard. So hard that you can actually see the rain falling in a straight down line… Now, that’s raining, or should I say pouring…

DSCN1328.JPG         Same flowers different view…

Once I had finished all the clean up I needed to do, it was time for a sit down and a drink of cold water.. It was drawing closer to the time to figure out what to have for supper… Potatoes. ‘What else could I come up with?’ ‘Hummm.’ Pork chops. There ya go, and through in a vegetable, some bread and butter, and there you have supper. Now that I knew what I was going to make for supper, and I had a couple hours till then. ‘Guess what I did?’ I played my game till dinner making time finally came around. And that was my boring day…. 🙂 🙂

I hope you all Have a great Friday, and weekend.. I will see you come Monday with either some banter or maybe a new story… Till then.. Be safe and enjoy your weekend… 🙂 🙂

I would like to say thanks to all my readers for joining me and reading my banter…. 🙂 🙂 The photos placed amongst my banter have been taken by myself.. Maggie… Hope you enjoy… 🙂 🙂

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MAGS..  Thanks for being here with me… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonya Roche’s world(1)

meet10.jpg                                                 Friends are important.

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Each day we venture out into the world, and meet people we know and those we don’t know.  As humans we seem to need the company of others to round out our day. 

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Unwanted Company (6)

A sweet little girl, named Jolene had been found in the attic. Her parents had gone to heaven. While, on a walk with Jolene, she pointed out the place where her parents had crashed. Margo made her way down the hill and found Jolene’s parents.

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Bruce Blackwell (4)

Bob was so disappointed in his first round of bowling, as he sat down in a chair shaking his head. Annie had bowled like a Queen. She even did a victory dance. Now, it was Bruce’s turn, and after many years of not bowling, Bruce was nervous.

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On the Ocean(5 of 5)

This will be the final post for “On the Ocean.” During our cruise we stopped, at an island called Labadee, Haiti. The “Royal Caribbean” cruise lines have two home islands, where passengers can have fun in the sand and sun, and enjoy a barbeque. The island is the last place on our stop, before heading back to Florida.

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