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… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

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.. 🙂 🙂

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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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Impending storm…

 

DSCN1607 (2).JPG               From the box garden…

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This is my banter for Wednesday August 21st…

Hi there:: It’s really nice to see all your smiling faces out there.. How was your Tuesday?? I hope it was great, and another day gone this week.. We are on Hump Day, and there is no other way to go from here but to the weekend.. It’s funny how people use the weekend as carrot to get them through the week.. It was the only way I could get through the week when I used to work.. Then, when the weekend comes, there is not enough time to do all the things you like to do on your time off.. We all shuffle our feet, pouting, kicking and screaming all the way back to work on Monday.. I vote for four day weeks and long weekends every week.. Now a days, there is very little time for family. We hustle here and there, for this and that.. Whatever happened to just saying, to heck with it all and just kick back and relax.. We all strive too much for the all mighty dollar.. The more we have, the more we want.. That includes me as well.. Life is too short.. Tomorrow, could be our last day.. As morbid as it seems that’s how life goes.. I long for the Sunday dinner, and nothing but family time.. It’s a waste to have given that up for our desirer to be rich.. I don’t know if any body thinks or feels the same as I do.. Life is passing by way too fast.. I’m getting older, and haven’t quite come to terms with that..

DSCN1573 (2).JPG               This bee seems to have been working over-time….

Tuesday was a hot one in my part of the world.. Kind of muggy. But, curiously there was a warm yet calming breeze.. I ventured out to water the plants, and hang out with the dogs. The skies above look pretty dark at times, but there was no rain.. After dinner we watched the news and found out that our area is right on the tail of a storm.. About thirty minutes ago the rain fell in large drops, but only lasted a bit of time.. The good old weather man said the storm was going to be a big one. He gave everyone a few  signs to watch out for in the skies.. When the rain was tapping on the gazebo, the sky was greenish black, with the sun shining off in the distance.. That may have been it.. If that’s the case, that’s a bonus.. At this point there is a lot of the day to go through.. There maybe more rain.. I would be very unhappy if I woke up with the wind slapping against the bedroom window. With things flying every where.. That’s not a way to wake up.. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that doesn’t happen.. Whatever happens I will be here snuggled in with the dogs.. Where ever you are I hope and pray that you are safe..

DSCN1597.JPG               This is Sun flower plant…

There is a story to this plant.. It started to grow in spring, in a pot on the deck after the winter.. We had no idea what it could be, nor how it got there.. I didn’t plant it, nor did my hubby.. It just appeared in the pot.. While it was growing the top of the plant was snipped off and taken by a nasty squirrel.. Not only did it take off the top, it took it with him.. We figured that was the end of the plant.. We did not get rid of it, we just left it there on the deck.. A few weeks ago the plant started to get blossoms on it.. During the time that happening, we found out what the plant was… Guess what it is a Sun flower.. So, the mystery of the unknown plant has been solved.. My day has been a slow one with not too much to do.. I played that nerve bending game. I won a couple times but now I am stuck in the same place.. Crap!!! I’ve almost been near the point of deleting it off my device.. But that would make me feel like a quitter.. No way will I let this game beat me.. ‘I will fight to the end!’ ‘I don’t know if my nerves can last that long.’ So, if you see me wondering around the streets in a daze, you will know the game won.. Till later.. Take care of those you love, and never take a wooden nickel… 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all those who read my banter each day.. 🙂 🙂  The photos in my banter have been taken by myself.. Hope you enjoy them.. 🙂 🙂

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Sun then rain..

DSCN1531.JPG              Bright color of yellow.. Beautiful..

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This is my banter for Friday August 16th…

Hello everyone:: How has Your Thursday been? Mine has been productive, and somewhat busy.. I hope yours was about the same as mine was for me.. My day started off quite early as I could not sleep all that well last night.. If I was lucky to get six or seven, that would have been better than what I actually got.. A whole three or four hours, and I can’t believe I haven’t fallen down yet.. I would imagine by eleven I will be crawling up the stairs to bed.. And I will be crawling, not because of the spirits people drink, but because I will not have enough energy to walk up-rite.. I was going to catch a nap earlier, but for some reason I couldn’t find the time.. Just, plain old busy.. On Saturday morning the only thing I will have left to do is vacuum, and wash the floors. Oh, and clean the toilets…My favorite job.. ‘I hope you don’t believe that’.. It’s far from my favorite thing to do.. ‘Way far’… Friday will be a bit on the busy side as well… I have things to prepare for eating.. Speaking of food.. We had pancakes and sausages for dinner.. I got the idea when I was in the basement putting the laundry in the dryer.. I looked up and there staring at me from the pantry cupboard was a bag of pancake mix.. I wonder how many times that would ever happen to anyone, just by looking at somethings.. The pancakes I make are similar to crepes except they are thicker.. As light as ever, with lots of bubble holes.. They sure were good, and my stomach was so sore after I ate just one and a bit.. That was dinner done for another day… ‘Boo Ya’…

DSCN1534.JPG           Pretty in purple.. With a little blue thrown into the mix…

First thing in the morning I went with the hubby to an appointment he had.. That was at 8:30 a.m… Then off to breakfast at the Sunset Grill.. Scrambled eggs, and ham that didn’t excite the palate too much.. Actually, the whole meal was a little on the bland side.. ‘Shoot, I know what I didn’t think of asking for was Frank’s hot sauce’… ‘That stuff will put a zing into anything you eat’.. Once I arrived back home, the darn barbeque had not cleaned itself yet.. ‘Poo, now I have to clean the darn thing’.. I changed into grubby clothes, got a hot bucket of water, some Windex, paper towel, a glass scrapper, and a clean cloth… ‘The cloth would likely never see the light of day again… I advanced on the covered mound of metal in the corner of the deck.. Was there something in there, that would make me regret my choice?? I removed the cover. The dirty mound of metal stood there in front of me.. I flipped the lid open..

DSCN1544.JPG            Yellow with red.. What a striking plant…

‘Oh my God’…. A mouse was looking at me.. I stood back for a moment to give him time to retreat… He made his way down form the barbeque, and ran for cover.. I must have scared the heck out of the poor thing.. ‘I laughed at myself and told myself to buck up, and don’t be wimp’.. Removing the racks and the burner covers, made me a little dirty, but I knew this was going to be dirty job anyways.. I stood back and aimed my Windex at the barbeque as I sprayed everything on the barbeque.. I felt like I was the exterminator… I had all the power in one hand.. I let it set for a couple minutes… With the glass scrapper in my hand, I rolled cooked on grease off the sides, like it was putty.. It was disgusting, and really gross.. My hands were greasy and nasty.. ‘Water would take the oil off,’ I said to myself’.. ‘Guess what it didn’t’.. I kept scrapping as grease and other cooked bits of food fell to the bottom tray.. After about an hour, I had done it.. ‘It was clean!!!’ I put it all back together and covered the huge mound of metal in the corner of the deck.. I was greasy, and looked like had been working under the car, changing the oil.. I cleaned myself with dish soap, and the grease went down the drain…

DSCN1537.JPG             All I have to say is beautiful…

The sun was a little on the warm side and the plants all needed water.. I got the hose attached it to the sprinkler.. Turned on the water, and immediately got wet.. ‘Wow, that feels cold’.. As I ran from the reach of the sprinkler, I felt cold water on my back… I was wet, but I still had to get the water to fall in the right places.. ‘Crap’.. The sprinkler and the trees had ganged up together, and made me even wetter.. I looked like a drowned rat… ‘This look is so fashionable’.. Finally I got the sprinkler in the right spot and went into the house to wipe off… Once the watering was done, I cleaned up, and went inside to rest.. While I was playing my favorite game, I glanced out the patio door to see it was raining.. ‘Are you kidding me’?? After all that the rain watered the grass too.. ‘Oh well’.. The plants will have plenty of water now… I had some laundry to do, and went down the stairs to the washer.. I loaded it up and hit the buttons.. On my way up the stairs, I thought, put pop in the fridge.. I was going to take the half full box, and when I picked up the end furthest away from me was open.. I stood in disbelief  as I watched seven cans of pop dance down the stairs.. ‘Great’.. You know, I was lucky. None of the pop cans opened. But, the cans were not the same shape anymore… There is always a bright side to everything… 🙂 🙂

Well, I need to run… You take care of those you love and have a great Friday and weekend.. See you next week.. Till later.. Always tie your laces… :0 :0

I would like to thank all my readers for coming to read my stories.. 🙂 🙂  As usual the photos in this banter are taken by yours truly:: Maggie… 🙂 🙂

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Beautiful Day…

DSCN1477.JPG           This Dragon fly sat still while I took several photos..

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This is my banter for Thursday August 15th..

Hello everyone:: Today was one of those days when you can not help but be outside. The wind was cool, while you were in the shade.. I really hope where every you may be, that you were blessed with a day like the one I had.. Thursday is to be a carbon copy of today.. If that is how it’s going to be, I will be outside most of the day again. Our dogs are used to being in the house all cozied up in their blankets, and sleeping soundly.. Today definitely messed them up good. They sat around outside waiting for me to go in the house. Their sad little faces perched on their tiny paws, was pretty hard to take.. The sight almost broke my heart.. ‘Almost.’ They look so cute when they are trying to get you to do what they want.. It makes me chuckle.. Our dogs are very attacked to me, and every where I go, you can be sure they are not far behind.. Heck.. Sometimes they are so close that I trip over them, or god forbid step on their tiny feet.. I certainly don’t want to do that to them.. Three furry, four legged best friends.. 🙂 🙂 🙂

DSCN1492.JPG        Last night the moon shone so brightly, and this is the photo I captured..

There were a few more plants in need of some tender love and care.. I removed all the yellow, and dead branches. The one plant looked like it was near the end of it’s time.. I did my best to clean it up, then gave it a blast of plant jungle juice.. Now all I have to do is keep my fingers crossed and hope it recovers.. I have a six by six plant box that I planted in the spring. Once everything was planted I covered it with a netting to keep the squirrels, and chipmunk’s out of the garden.. Today I took that net off, and cleaned the very few weeds out, and cut the dead flowers off the stems. The ground cover plants have made the base of the garden very pretty. It’s all white and purple ground cover, and various flowering plants.. It looks better than any other year, and we’ve been here for the past four years.. We are heading into our fifth year.. I’d like to keep the garden uncovered but, the rotten squirrels won’t leave it alone. They just love burring their nuts in the soil.. “Go figure.’ ‘Crazy little vermin.’ Every year I harvest seeds from the flowers and plant them in the spring.. I always forget what they are, but it’s a nice surprise when they start to flower.. 

DSCN1483.JPG     This is a young cat who has found the place where the birds hang out…

Tomorrow will be, clean out the barbeque.. ‘Yahoo!’ ‘I’m really excited..’ ‘Can you tell?’  It’s a filthy job, and the grease is hard to get off your body once it gets on ya.. I just have to remember not to wipe my hand nor arm across my forehead. I’ll look like I tried to grease up my face to go hunting.. We use the barbeque a lot, even for grilled cheese and garlic bread.. The garlic bread is make from a cut up baguette. The grill seems to bring out the garlic taste. Plus the bread holds up well, and has a crunch to it.. Anything you eat with a crunch is a hit.. Friday I start to prepare the deviled eggs, and the potato salad.. This way on Saturday I won’t be running around like a chicken with my head cut off.. That would not be a pretty sight.. Have you ever seen what a chicken does once it’s head is cut off?  They dance around, and sometimes they even chase ya around.. I know some of you may not like this, but it is the truth.. As a child and through till my late teens, I lived on a farm.. Eight children and we ate chicken a fair bit..

DSCN1489.JPG          This is another capture of the moon on Tuesday night…

I loved this capture of the moon as you can see the leaves of the trees. I did not think I had caught the image but there it was, on the camera.. I’m really hoping that Saturday is going to be beautiful with no rain.. The weather man mentioned sixty percent chance of rain.. But on the weather channel I seen no rain.. Well, we will see who is right on Saturday.. Well, like usual I must run.. Take care of those you love and be kind.. Till later.. Don’t try to run with your pants down… 🙂 🙂

I would like to thank all the people that read my banter each day.. You are wonderful.. 🙂 🙂  As usual the photos in my banter are taken by your truly:: 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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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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Visiting the garden (8)

DSCN1215.JPG         Beautiful flower.. Yet danger lurks for the beetle….

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Jody and Sally had a very busy late night, finishing off the front garden. The bright sun in the morning woke Sally. Sally nudged Jody, and Jody tried to hide under the cozy blankets. Sally was not having anything to with that kind behavior…

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