I have seen…

IMG_0570.JPG          Spider’s web, so delicate..

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This is my thoughts for Wednesday November 6th…

I have seen, the dew on the spider’s web on a cold crisp morning in October… I have seen the fields covered with fog, and the fog hanging on the trees.. This beauty of paradise right before my eyes.. I have walked those fields behind the plow.. I have seen boulders of all sizes, as my horse trudges along dragging the plow behind.. I have seen the wheat grow tall and fall in the winds that blow.. I have seen the trees with fruit for all to eat… I have seen the corn so tall that you can not see above it.. I have seen the bounty in the fall, as the leave turn colors from green to gold… I have seen the call of the wolf in the cold of a December night… I have heard the wind howl out my name in the darkness.. I have been here before…

DSCN2652 (3).JPG           Sister and brother…

I have seen the smile of a child and the love he has for his sister.. I have seen the interaction between a sister and brother… I have seen their joy.. I have seen a mother’s love, as she holds her child close.. I have witnessed the strong hands of a father gently leading his child through life.. I have seen the child tumble and fall, as it’s tiny feet take their first tiny steps.. I have seen the child grow tall and strong, as they grow older… I have seen a family hold their lives together as one.. I have witnessed the end of a life, as age takes them away… I have seen a son hold his father’s hand for the last time.. I have know the memories left behind… I have seen a new life being born, as an elder leaves this earth… I have seen….

DSCN1489.JPG             The moon behind the trees…

I have seen the darkness fall, as the moon peaks from behind the trees.. I have witnessed the rivers flowing to the seas, and the bubbling water from the ground… I have been in crowds of people who pass me by.. I have seen friends come and go in the blink of an eye.. I have seen the horses run free, and the whales travel the oceans blue.. I have held the sun in the palm of my hand.. I have howled loudly at the moon, as I see the sunrise come.. I have walked this planet from end to end, and still I wonder far and wide.. I have seen the unknow, I have faced the devil and held God’s hand.. I have given my heart to one man to protect forever… I have seen the world begin and I will seen the world end.. For I will see…

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS…  Take care, and be safe till we meet again..:) 🙂

 

 

Today’s wind…

windy day lady.png                           The winds blow…

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This is my chatter for today Tuesday November 5th…

Today the winds blew, and whistled through the cracks of the aging fence that surrounds me.. It’s sound was like the eerie creak on the boards of old crumbling barn floor.. The wind had done it’s best to take all the leaves off the trees.. The trees sit bare except for a couple along the street.. The skies had a grey tone to it.. The kind of color that made even the happiest person feel down.. Clouds piled on clouds filled the skies with a message of bad weather to come.. The wind is a powerful force.. This wind could knock over chairs, and anything not nailed down.. To walk in the wind today was chore taken by those that could fight the wind.. It was not a day for a senior to be out for a walk.. Blustery winds with a hint of cold.. Bone chilling cold.. The day rolled on much as it had started this day.. Just a, ‘I want to stay in bed’ kind of day..  I stayed inside as my to do list was pretty full..

laundry.jpgI had spent my Saturday attached to the stove and the washing machine.. The pile of laundry was growing.. Blankets and bedding were taking over the laundry room.. What was I to do but, put my nose to the grind stone and make it disappear.. I wondered where all the magicians were on that lovely day.. They would be able to wave their wand and all the laundry would be done.. For me there was no magic that could over come the mound of dirty laundry I had in front of me..  I took a deep breath and sorted piles of wash.. ‘Oh my god,’ I had eight loads that likely would take me the better part of the day.. I loaded one, and made my way to the kitchen.. ‘Darn’ I forgot to get the large cooking pots from the basement storage room.. I made my way down the stairs and returned to the kitchen with two large pots to cook in..

kitchen.jpgI gathered the vegetables that I would need to make chili and spaghetti sauces.. It will take me most of my day to have it ready by dinner time.. I sat at the dining room table and chopped up the wash vegetables I had gathered.. I had a case of mushrooms that had to be washed and cut up to go in the pots.. The onions and celery took a short amount of time to finish, but the mushrooms would take longer.. The meat was in the pot, and starting to cook on a medium heat.. I still had to get up and stir the pots every so many minutes.. I sure didn’t want this food to burn.. I added spices to the burger meat and stirred the pots again.. The smell of the spices and the garlic aromas filtered through the air..  I could not escape the smell that was making my stomach rumble loudly.. I continued to clean the mushrooms, and drain them on paper towels.. With a large mixing bowl in my hands, I made my way to the table.. 

vegies.jpgThe time had come to throw laundry into the dryer, and add a load to the washer.. I swear I went, what felt like 700 times down to the laundry.. Back up the stairs I trudged.. The pots needed stirring so that was my next move.. It takes a while to cook the meat properly, so I had time there.. The mushroom cutting was tedious, but the result were worth the time.. The running upstairs then downstairs became a repetitive, and my hips were starting to tell me that they had enough.. I added the tomato’s, and sauce.. It was time to put everything into the pots and let it cook on a low heat.. This was a big under taking that would make meals easier, when time was limited.. As I added each item I noticed the pots were getting very full.. It was time to get two more pots and lessen the amount in the large pots.. The stove I have is like most stoves and only has four burners to use.. Now, I had four pots.. Two of chili and two spaghetti sauce.. This batch was going to be a good one.. 

stirring.jpgAs the day went on the laundry started to disappear, and I felt pretty good.. My to do list was almost done.. The pots were doing just fine, and by six-thirty it was time to have dinner.. The chili was the best ever, and the spaghetti sauce was really tasty.. By the time the dishes were cleaned up and all the storage bowls and jars were filled, I got the time to sit down.. With a glass of wine and my feet up I felt content in my days work.. 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.. Till later.. Be safe..:) 🙂

 

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… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

Lovely…

DSCN2072 (2).JPG           A stream of light quickly reveals a lonely mushroom..

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This is my banter for Thursday September 19th…

Hello everyone:: I imagine your day was pretty darn good, and as I say ‘lovely’.. I hope your families are safe, happy and in good health.. My family is great and seem to be in good spirits.. You know.. I like days, like today.. The breeze was cool and moderate.. I got to get out and harvest some more seeds from the gardens.. I do this every year and use them to bring bright colors around the back yard… I also had to un-pot a few plants that had withered away and died.. They had a good run during the spring and summer.. I have several potted plants that are still blooming, and have right from the start.. I have been keeping a close eye on the peppers I planted from seeds.. They have flowered and are growing larger each day.. Soon it will be time to prune back all the taller plants in preparation of the winter.. Some of the plants in the gardens are still blooming and suppling food for the bees.. We can’t clip those yet.. Maybe with some sweet talking I can get Douglas to wait for a couple weeks before pruning.. I like the bright colors and want to enjoy them till the end.. 

DSCN2113.JPG       They are watching us…

It was funny to look out the window and see pair of eyes on the tree trunk.. To tell you the truth, it took me awhile to realize the eyes were there… Douglas never even seen them, until I pointed them out.. It was cool to see them keeping an eye on the campground… The silence in the park was a wonderful treat.. It sure was a change for cars revving their engines, and speeding away to something important.. There was no loud music to hear when you were trying to sleep.. All the sounds of a busy city.. I loved the change… I found it lovely.. There are many surprises out there in the world you just have to look out for them.. They’ll surprise you for sure.. Since returning from camping I have felt a calm that I find wonderful.. I know one thing the dogs were glad to be home and around familiar places.. They bark at the squirrels and the little chipmunks.. I encourage the dogs to use their inside voices.. They know what I mean as they lower their voices to a quiet woof.. But, that doesn’t last too long… And the barking starts all over again.. That’s puppy dogs for ya.. 🙂

DSCN2032.JPG        The fog covers the murky waters with a spooky mist..

This is an interesting photograph.. One that can make a person wonder what is out there in the water.. That’s what I had in mind as I watch the water creep closer to where I was standing.. Was there a creature of unthinkable size lurking in the waters.. Could it be an Anaconda slithering it’s way towards a snack that was going to be me.. I stood there watching as the fog drew closer and closer.. My heart was racing as my mind filled with despair and agony.. A frog jumped into the water behind me… I jumped and turned to see what it was.. I seen nothing.. Was my mind playing tricks on me.. There could not be something that large in this shallow water.. But, I was not taking any chances as I backed up the bank of brush and slippery mud.. I kept a close eye on the fog till I was safely inside the trailer.. I should know better than to let my mind wonder into darker places.. :0

DSCN2110.JPG          Another set of eyes making like they are not watching…

As you can see those eyes on the trees keep a look out for the campers that stay there.. The only thing that bothered me was every time I looked out to the front window of the trailer… There were those eyes.. It was as if  the eyes changed their direction each time I looked at them.. And this set of eyes is sporting a long beard.. Really.. That is actually funny.. I wonder if he gets wood chips in his beard??  Well everyone, I’m on the run… Gotta go.. Till later.. Have a great day..  🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all you wonderful people for stopping by to read my banter.. Thanks…:) 🙂  I’m going to take credit for the photographs in this banter.. As I took all of them.. Hope you enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.. Be safe, and have fun today.. :0 🙂

 

 

 

Warm day…

DSCN2239.JPG          One small cluster of flowers struggles to see the light…

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This is my banter for Wednesday September 18th…

Hello everyone:: I just realized and am amazed to see that this month is melting away before us.. It’s the eighteenth of this month already.. It feels like it had just started a week ago.. Time moves way too fast for me.. It seems like the days are too filled with stressful events.. Events that drag you down and make you feel yucky.. We received news today that a young man in his forties was taken to heaven.. I am a firm believer that our children should not pass before us.. Jamie is my step-son from another marriage.. My sons both kept in contact with him all the time.. He had a heart attack, and his wife found him when she returned home on Monday.. His young wife and everyone who knew him will miss him a lot.. So sad how life is taking away so many of our young people.. He is in heaven, and will live on in our thoughts… There will be another bright star in the night skies.. Jamie will be missed… ;-(

DSCN2252.JPG           Through the branches you can see another camper…

Today was not only sad, but also quite warm.. The sun shone down on all of us.. I sat for a while outside, and took in some of the sun’s warmth.. In the morning it was cool but comfortable.. I sat thinking about our next camping adventure.. I thought of a few places that we did not get time to visit.. I wish to go to the park where I took pictures along time ago.. I had several of my photos placed through out the park paper.. I won the photo contest for the park.. I believe I had four photos in the paper.. It was very exciting at the time.. I had a hard time believing I had won.. We have booked the week of October sixth to the fifteenth.. I can hardly wait to take a million photos of the fall colors.. There will be no internet, and no phone service.. Just the way I like it.. Lots of piece and quiet.. I will let everyone know later as to when we will leave.. Till then, I will be here passing on my banter to those that drop by to read my words.. I thank you all for your time..DSCN2261.JPG        The small river that runs from the falls…

This particular picture has caught my eye and remains as one that will stand out like none of the others.. I found such beauty as the water rolled by our camp area.. The sounds of frogs jumping into the water as we sat peacefully in our lawn chairs.. I found the invisible factor of the water intriguing and captivating.. The fallen pieces of limbs tell a story of their vulnerability to the seasons.. The winds, and stormy weather.. A time when a piece of life was stolen from a growing tree.. The limbs will lay there beneath the water, only to tell it’s story to someone else.. I will cherish that story which I had the chance to see and hear.. The river rolls on through the camp, but I know not how far it rambles.. I may follow it one day soon, and reveal where it goes.. 

DSCN2257.JPG          Blurred in the mess of leaves is a humming bird feeder…

This blur of red stood out behind the clustered leaves.. As I looked further into the leaves I came upon a Humming Bird feeder.. I found the tangled leaves interesting.. They were almost like a porous wall dividing the camp sites from one another..  The flashes of bright sun light fought to find their way through the leaves.. Small creatures could be seen busily moving along as they harvested the treats they need for winter.. Spiders watched through several eyes, as they poised to jump on it’s next victim.. It’s web stretches from limb to limb.. Don’t go running through those limbs as you will be the spiders next victim.. 🙂 ;0  Take care of your loved ones and be safe.. Till later.. Keep your nose into the wind.. 🙂 🙂

I would like to take this time to say thank you to all my wonderful readers who join me each day… 🙂 🙂    All photographs in my banter are taken by myself.. Enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

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

 

 

An adventure…

camp - Copy.png                 On an island somewhere in this world….

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This is my banter for Friday September 6th…

Hello everyone:: Thursday went way to fast.. I hope your Thursday was an acceptable one.. We have come even closer to the weekend and a break from the money making hustle.. Driving down busy streets or highways is an endless journey many people take each day.. The countless hours lost with family.. The all mighty dollar calls all of us.. It shapes what we are and how we live.. Our habits, and our needs.. Sometimes it makes us who we are.. Our future evolves around money making.. We are slaves of the corporations that pay us that all mighty dollar.. We march to the beat of their drum.. It’s an endless march that is broken when the weekend comes.. Then we are independent operators of our lives.. We do what we want and when we want to.. For two or three days we are in charge.. Then after that brief escape we are poisoners again.. I thank god for the time we get to breath and relax.. So take in that deep breath and enjoy your weekends.. 

van - Copy.jpg                           On an adventure…

I will be on such an adventure for the next ten days.. I will not be posting any banter, from Saturday September 7th until the day of  Tuesday September 17th.. There will be no internet where we are going.. Hence, the lack of banter being posted.. There will be peace and quiet.. Away from the rate race, and city life.. We will be able to gaze at the stars in the sky in pitch darkness.. The only light we will have is the fire or lantern light.. We will be able to hike to the top of the mountains.. Look down upon the beauty below us.. We will hear the call of the wild.. The screech of the hawks, and the coo of the owls.. Birds will be singing.. The cicada will buzz as I lays it’s eggs in the trees.. We will hear the crickets sing, and tree frogs calling to each other.. We will hear the buzzing of the bees.. I will smell the fish in the waters before me.. We will hear the crunching of the branches as a deer walks past.. We will swim in the cool waters of a lake.. We can walk down abandoned railway tracks that lead us into the fog.. We shall walk through the forest haze.. We will see the shadows that follow us there.. 

P9230997.jpg        Railway tracks that lead me into the fog…   photo by Mags

We will feast on food that has been cooked over an open fire.. We will dance around the fire as many have before us.. I will feel the cool breezes caressing my face as my mind wonders into the light of the fire.. I will watch as the fire flies dance in the night.. I will feel freedom from that which is left behind.. I will visit places I have never seen, and talk to people I do not know.. I will be here where I have wanted to be for so long.. I will carry my camera by my side and capture the beauty I see with my eyes.. I can share that which I see with everyone I know.. I will gather memories to keep for all time.. To look back on the past, and feel calm inside.. For I will be there once again..

shadow person.jpg                           The shadows follow me..

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a good week coming up.. I am looking forward to the adventure that we are embarking on.. The time away is going feel like a renewal of my former self.. Go find your adventure, and rejuvenate yourself.. You’ll love the journey.. Till I return in ten days.. I wish everyone hope, love and peace.. This gal has got to get moving… Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.. Be safe when you travel and enjoy each day.. Till later.. Keep the shiny side up… 🙂 🙂 🙂 :0

I would like to thank all my readers for being here each day.. Thanks.. 🙂 🙂   I would like to thank all the fantastic artists for their creations in this banter.. Enjoy  🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpg MAGS… See you in ten days.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

Weather change…

 

DSCN1742 (2).JPG             Bright colors to compliment a beautiful day…

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This is my banter for Tuesday August 27th…

Hi everyone:: How’s everything going? It’s been reasonable here. Today the weather has been the best, and very comfortable if you want to spend time outside.. How has the weather been where you live?? I hope it has been pleasant like it was here.. Our weather man has thrown a curve into the whole weather forecast… He had predicted good weather for this whole week.. Well, this evening (Monday) the forecast has all changed.. It does not look good either.. It looks like we are looking at rain falls at 80% and 90%.. So, I guess Tuesday will be wet and very soggy day.. It’s a day for rubber boots and rain coats.. I just had a vision of a child with a yellow rain coat  a hat and big yellow rubber boots.. It’s actually very cute.. The boy is with his puppy. They are staring down at the puddle they are standing in.. The little boy starts to jump up and down in the puddle, as the puppy rolls in the water.. The kind of sight that can make you smile and chuckle.. It gives us a glimpse at our childhood times of the past.. It also dragged me away from the sadness of a day of rain.. Well, I enjoyed that little walk away from the negative.. I know, the rain is good for the plants, and the water table.. But, come on it’s nearing the end of summer.. All I want is nice going outside weather.. ‘Please’..

DSCN1701.JPG           Beautiful yellow flowers.. Can you tell I like yellow flowers..

I know it’s going to be the pits Tuesday, so I will have to figure out some interesting project I can do during the day.. I have plenty of those little cleaning chores to do, but Monday was cleaning day.. I can’t do cleaning chores both days.. That will be out of  character for me, and anyways I just don’t want to do it.. ‘So there’.. I could do a craft that has likely been lingering around here somewhere.. I could have a home foot spa treatment, that will leave my feet feeling rejuvenated and silky smooth.. ‘Hm’.. That seem like the number one contender for Tuesday.. ‘A little pampering never hurt anyone, even if you are doing it yourself.. I am presently doing the laundry.. So that is out of the equation.. I could eat junk food till I durst.. ‘Na, then I would just have to clean that all up’.. I could chase the dogs around the house with the vacuum.. ‘That sounds like lots of fun for me, but not so much for the dogs.. ‘Hey, I should be able to bug them as they always bug me’.. ‘What should I do?’  I’m very sure, that no matter what it is I choose it will be fun.. I hope you all can find something to do on rainy days, besides watching television.. Reading a book sounds like a good way to pass the time. I would likely fall asleep, and get a nap… Naps are made for lazy do nothing days.. I don’t usually nap unless I am not feeling all that well.. Then the nap is warranted in that case without feeling guilty.. My hubby usually has several naps while sitting up.. He always says he is looking through his eye lids.. ‘Sure.’  ‘I ain’t going to fall for that one anytime soon.. 

yellow and black.jpg            This beauty, was a big surprise that I found in my box garden..

Don’t you just love it when you find a treasure like this plant.. I was blown away by the way it looks so much like a Black Eyed Susan.. The leaves a different, and the fine hairs are so prominent.. It’s a master piece of nature.. I will have to save seeds from this one flower and plant them next spring.. I am a flower nut, and find much joy in having such beautiful gardens that my hubby and I work so hard on.. When it comes to this time of the season the flowers loose some of their beauty.. It is nearing the time to prune them back and prepare them for the colder months.. I maybe getting a head of myself, but I can see the weather change showing on a few of the plants.. I have one other picture that I took while visiting with my son and his wife at camp.. The photo is truly breath taking.. I was drawn to this flower, and the way it was situated if front of a tree.. The setting was perfect.. I hope you all enjoy this last photo for Tuesday’s banter… 

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         This is a true sign of natures wonder…

I leave you tonight with this photo to gaze upon.. I love the colors, and the place where the plant is growing.. Take care of those you love, and be safe out there in this beautiful world.. Till later.. Enjoy life to it’s fullest..

I would like to thank all my readers for the time you take from your busy day to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂    The photos you see in my banter are taken by myself.. Hope you enjoy them.. 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS..  Thanks for being here… 🙂 🙂

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…:) 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.  Thanks for being here… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

Visiting the garden (10)

 

P5020264.JPG  Mother nature has so many beautiful things for us to see..

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Ellie the bus driver had taken up on Jody’s offer to come for coffee. Jody’s parents found Ellie’s company to be a refreshing breath of air. Mom had invited Ellie for dinner on Sunday night, and she excepted. Good friends had been made that evening…

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Visiting the garden (9)

DSC_0594_edited.jpg       Eating dinner upside down….

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With the back garden unfinished, and the real estate agents showing up. It was time for everyone to leave. Sally had called her agent explaining about the back garden. Sally did not want the agents to see her in the condition she was in. Jody and Sally gathered their tools and made a run for it…

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