Sunshiny day…

DSCN1827 (2).JPG         From my garden to you…

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This is my banter for Friday August 30th…

Hello everyone:: We got to Friday, and we all know what that means.. That means the start of that long weekend we have been waiting for.. Yahoo!! Get your jeans on and your tee-shirt add some comfortable shoes and pack up the car… The radar shows Florida is bracing for a hurricane.. My thoughts go out to all that live in the effected areas.. Which means that some where along the way, we will be receiving more rain.. As it stands the whole weekend looks fantastic.. Sun and cloud.. It maybe a bit on the cool side so pack up those jackets, sweaters and warm pants.. Get out there for the adventure you have been putting off for too long.. It’s the dead line for the last long weekend in 2019.. Just be safe on the byways…. Have fun, fun, fun… 🙂

DSCN1825 (3).JPG        I found this on the top of a small flowering plant..

I think it looks a lot like a dandelion, but the curious thing about it is I looked for a stem or the reminisce of the plant but there was none.. I looked around under the plants around it, but again there was no stem to be found.. This thing seemed to be wrapped around the top of a flowering plant… The plant has bright blue blooms, and absolutely no white on the plant.. I would chance to guess, that it may be a caterpillar.. It’s just weird how it was just thirty minutes laterand wow it vanished. Today (Thursday) I sat in the cool winds and sunshine of the day.. It was so peaceful, and relaxing, with the exception of a few tiny flies that kept landing on my nose.. They seem to b not afraid of being squashed.. I got a couple, and possibly ate a couple more.. Yummy, protein.. Just what I needed.. ‘I was a little hungry, but not anymore.’ I seen a spider coming across the deck.. He was not that big.. So, I stomped my foot on the deck to scare him off.. ‘Ya right, he wasn’t afraid.’ As small as he was he charged at me at full speed.. ‘Freaked me totally out.’ I was on my feet and looking for something to kill him with.. I turned to find him and he was gone.. What is it with spiders now?? All of a sudden they became brave.. ‘Heck, I had one sneak up on me while I sat on the couch.’ I almost peed my pants it scared me so much.. It wasn’t because it was there, but that it charged at me.. Thank god I was up off the couch or it would have been on me.. I won’t go into what would have happened if he was on me.. :0 I don’t like spiders.. Period..

DSCN1802 (3).JPG       Squirrels.. One of the funniest rodents in my back yard..

Today I captured these two small squirrels as they played in the bird feeder, and chased each other around in the branches of the trees.. This little fella climbed to the top of this plant hook and balanced himself there for quite a bit.. He was looking at the dog, who was watching his antics.. As you can see his buddy is just chill axing on the top board of the fence, and he is watching the neighborhood… He is also sitting on the two by four at the top part of the fence..  Just waiting I  guess.. Or perhaps he is catching his breath..

DSCN1803 (2).JPG        His freind seems to be waiting…

No matter what we think he is doing… I think he’s watching me take his picture.. You notice, he is giving me his best side, and the little paw under the chin… Now, tell me he’s not a diva.. I have a series of photos that depict the climber eating in weird positions..

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If I had to eat like that I would fall on my head, and I would never be the same again.. Look how he’s holding on.. It looks like he is defying gravity.. Here’s another shot…

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Don’t ask me what he is doing here.. I’m wondering if he is watching the chipmunk underneath him on the ground.. No matter what it is, he looks pretty weird.. Now this a photo of him eating..

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Darn, I wish I could hang on like he is.. On the rim of the feeder.. What a show off.. No matter what anyone has to say.. They are a delight to have around.. Even if the older squirrel picks off the buds on the daisies, and sun flower.. Heres another photo…

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Another upside down eating pose.. What a ham… He just loves the camera.. 

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This young one is resting with his butt on the owl.. You see, the owl gets thrown off the tree from time to time.. The owl’s eyes light up at night.. I have attacked the owl with two bungie cords instead of one.. The last cord they chewed through and sent the owl to his death at the bottom of the tree.. As you can see they have managed to push the owl on it’s side, as before it was upright.. My hubby told me this squirrel put his tail over the eyes and the eyes lite up.. Scaring the squirrel out of the tree.. He won’t forget that one .. Now he will really be after the owl..

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We have these ornamental frogs on the tree.. The frog on the fence was not put there by us.. It was put there by the squirrels.. It is supposed to be under the other frog attached to it’s hooks.. We find the frog on the fence on the ground lots.. He’s easy to knock off the tree.. 

Well, that’s about it for my banter for Friday.. I hope you enjoy the photos, and my words.. Take care of those you love, and be very safe this weekend.. This gal is leaving the station.. Till later.. Rock on the smile you have… 🙂 🙂

I would like to say thanks to all my readers for taking the time to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂   The photos you have seen in banter have been taken by myself.. Hope you enjoy… 🙂 🙂

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Outside Time…

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                The color of fall….

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This is my banter for Friday August 23rd..

Hello all you smiling people:: Today was the nicest day in quite sometime.. I hope all of you had the same kind of day or something close to ours.. Friday marks the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend.. This week has flown by so quickly.. In a matter of a week we will be into the last long weekend of 2019.. That seems weird to say and hear that out loud.. I look back and wonder where all the summer went.. ‘Oh, yes’.. ‘I remember the heat, and all the beach goers.’ I seen the car back up on the byway as far as the eye could see.. All the cottage runners and the many campers out for a break from the big city rat race.. Heading for the great out doors.. A time to gather around the campfire, and toast marsh mellows.. People following people in the ritual of summer.. There is still time for the camping, swimming, and out door fun.. We are also running down on the amount of day light we get to experience each day.. ‘I even seen a post some where on Facebook that showed how many days till Christmas’… ‘Are you kidding me??’ Most families have a hard enough time worrying about getting school supplies for their children.. Let alone thinking about Christmas.. ‘Really.’ I have no idea how many think as I do, but I don’t mind waiting a bit to think about Christmas.. It’s not on my to do list yet.’

DSCN1666.JPG           This beautiful plant, is holding water in it’s up turned leaves…

This Thursday was nice and comfortable, with wind, and sun shine.. I did sit outside to take in the beauty of this day.. I sat in the rocker with one of my dogs beside me, and rocked back and forth for what seemed like a long time.. I played that game I love so much.. ‘NOT!’ It helped me pass the time while I got some sun.. I didn’t tan, just sat there and enjoyed the day.. It is still very nice out, but the breeze is getting a lot cooler than earlier today.. Either way, I loved it.. I seen a little chipmunk sitting on the railing of the fence and he was frozen in spot.. The dog was barking at him and I guess he figured, if I don’t move he can’t see me.. Silly logic, but it worked.. I chased the dog into the house and the chipmunk went on his way.. You know I tried the not moving approach.. A lot of good that did me.. I got run over by the dogs.. I ain’t trying that again.. You know I have the craziest little dogs around.. They love to bark at anything, and I mean anything.. They bark at a person talking a few yards down from ours.. They bark at other dog barks.. They drive me nuts.. I know it’s in their nature to bark, but give me a break.. ‘I’ve had enough.’ I have collars, and a sonic house that emits a sound they can hear.. It works, but I feel bad using these things on them all the time.. I think it is just my guilt that makes me feel bad about it… They know how to use their inside voice.. Which is a low woof, and the sign is thumb pressing together with fingers.. Like a duck beak… ‘Why can’t they be quiet?’ I love them and they have always been here for me when no one else was here..

 

DSCN1679.JPG            This is the chipmunk trying not to be seen by the dog..

Thursday was vet day for Doo.. Yes, her name is Doo.. She is my shadow, and sits as close as she can get to ya.. She is a treasure, that I would never give up.. She has been having some problems with her feet, and licks them a lot.. A little more than I would like her to do.. But, she is doing well, and has a couple meds to take.. By the end of them she should be as right as rain.. This weekend there is a western day, and a crash up burby on and I would surely like to go and see it.. There are a lot more things going on in our area, but some of them do not appeal to me.. The temperatures over the next few days will pretty much be a carbon copy of today.. I like the sounds of that.. In a matter of two weeks the children will be heading back to school.. I can almost hear the happy cheers of parents.. A young fella down the street was showing off his new back pack to anyone that would listen to him.. He’s a talker and runs like the wind.. ‘Oh, to have that much energy again.’ “I would likely hurt myself pretty bad..” “This body isn’t what it used to be when I was younger..”  ‘Hey, I have aged gracefully, and earned every wrinkle I have on my face.’ 

DSCN1673.JPG              I believe this is a corn flower..

I leave you with this lovely flower… It’s petals curve in such a way that they look like they could spin around in the wind.. This girl has to be on her way.. I wish you all a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend.. Till later.. Don’t go running through poison Ivy….

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Relaxing…

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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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Out and about..

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This is my banter for August 8th.

Today was the kind of day for visiting and driving the car.. I don’t go out much, but today was my trip to see Parker my grand-baby and his mom.. Parker is growing like a weed. And he’s only three months, today.. I arrived just as he finished his bottle. He looked pretty sleepy. I interrupted  his nap time. He managed to smile, and talk a bit to nana.. While I was visiting, their dog was acting very strange. She was really clingy for some reason. Turns out she is like a barometer. When a storm is coming, she wants to be very close to you.. And that she was. She does not like storms with thunder, and really has problems during the storm. The funny thing is, the weather man is calling for a storm coming our way tomorrow. I will be ready for the storm… Thanks to the dog and the weather man. While I was visiting I seen the funniest thing ever. There was a talk show on about male stripers. The male host wanted to learn a few moves from the guys. He came on stage with the stripers for his lesson. The first lesson was the tearing the shirt off. That went well as he pranced out in front of the stripers with his chest pushed out. The next lesson was doing the tear away pants. He pulled the tabs on the pants and they only came off half way. He was pulling and pulling at them, but could not get them off. Finally one the ladies pulled the pants off while he was laying on the floor. He had pale green boxer shorts under the pants. The two co-hosts were killing themselves laughing as he pranced across the stage.. You had to be there.. Honestly.. And to top it all, the host looked like a peanut next to the other stripers. 

purple car.jpg          Driving my car on a beautiful day……

The host was a real good sport about the whole ordeal.. Time passed by pretty darn quick, and it was time for me to get moving along. With hugs and kisses taken care of, I was off down the road. The traffic was pretty busy on the roads. I was on my way to Costco. I sat at several sets of lights before I entered the parking lot of Costco. If I metered how busy it was going to be inside by the amount of cars on the outside, this was going to fun.. I’m not a crowds person. I get way too tired after being in one for a bit of time. And I mean a bit… I found a handy cap spot, after only once around the parking lot. That’s pretty darn lucky. I usually have to park quite far away from Costco. I armed myself with the short list of items I needed to pick up. Got a cart, and there in front of me was a very packed store. Moms and children, dads with children, the older set of folks, the cart racers, and the aisle dwellers.. These shoppers come in every shape you can imagine. The basket ball shopper, the short shoppers, the digging shoppers (the ones that leave the table a total mess of the nicely stacked clothing, because the top on the bottom of the pile might be better than the top one) It’s true there out there.. I make my way to my first item, and there was an aisle dweller. I negotiated my cart past the dwellers as soon as I had a clear way.

granny car.jpg         Racing through the store…

I needed to my next thing on the list.. I cut a path behind all the busy shoppers, and went where the freezers were. I was making good time. Buns, in the cart and off I went. Next, pork chops. That took a few minutes as I picked through the top packages. Found a good one and under twenty bucks. I zigged and zagged through the traffic, to the potatoes. I looked over the bag, then sniffed it for any bad potatoes. The only thing I could smell was good clean earth. Next, crackers.. This was a little harder and took more time than I wanted it too. Finally I found them in the middle of the aisle, got it, and off to the next item.. Fruit and that was in plain sight.. I did good all items in cart. Now to the check out.. Every check out was backed up.. I stood patiently as a lady beside was doing the Zumba while she waited. It took fifteen minutes till I reach the cashier. With in a minute or two I was out of there and heading to my car.. On my way to the car I could hear someone honking their horn, and not just once or twice. I turned my head to see a lady in a white car blocking a lady in who needed to get out. This lady in the white car, was the worst picture of inconsiderate that I have ever seen. She would not move for the lady who wanted out. Two people let her know the lady wanted out, and had to leave. But, nope.. She would not move for her. The lady in the white car did move ahead to let another lady out. That car was right beside the one she still had blocked in.. Go figure, what was wrong with that woman!  Then she backs right in beside the lady she had been blocking. The lady in the white car got out of her car and hurried into the store. By the time I left the lady who was blocked in was waiting for her confiner to come out from the store. Exciting day.. Wow! Some people can be so rude.. 

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The high way looked more like a race way. There were car darting in and out between cars. I picked a lane on the road and stuck to it all the way home…. I safely made a soft landing in my drive way. And so, my adventure was over for this week. Till we meet again… Be safe.. 🙂 🙂

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Long weekend..

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Visiting the garden (9)

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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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Visiting the garden (8)

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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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Visiting the garden (6)

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Mom had come across Jody and Sally kissing in the kitchen. Upon mom asking Jody if she was gay, the secret was now out in the open. After a talk with mom and some good advice to Jody and Sally from mom. It was time for the gals to talk with dad.

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Visiting the garden (2)

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Tory was a lucky young man. Papa had made him a secret place under the big stairs where he could read. Papa called Tory his ‘Mini Me.’ Tory was not happy when he found out what was going to happen today.

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Rain (8)

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The rain seem to be pouring buckets, as Percy drove his way down the high way to the hospital exit twelve. The splash from the transports whizzing by left Percy almost unable to see the road. Their baby was on it’s way. 

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