Great times…

DSCN1539.JPGOne single flower standing on it’s own… Perfection…

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This is my banter for Monday August 19th..

Hello everyone:: How the heck is everyone on this Monday in August.. I would almost bet that all of you had a great time with your families and friends.. The rain fell here a bit on Saturday, and later Friday evening. The grass sure loved the rain, as it seems to have grow since then. The plants are tall and bright colors, and fill our backyard with beauty.. The squirrels are raiding the bird feeder, as they always do. The chipmunk has come out of his hiding to grab a bite to eat.. A noisy Red Cardinal stopped by to pick berries from a tree next door. They are such a beautiful bird, and I would imagine soon I will see mom with their little babies on the back fence.. I see them there quite often, as mom shows them the place to get food.. The babies make their way along the fence like a tight rope walker.. Every once in awhile they loose their balance and stagger to one side of the top board of the fence.. I love sitting and watching them grow stronger, and get their colors.. That is one of the things I wait for each year and they have returned each year and raise a new brood of babies. Same with the Blue Jay, and many other birds..

DSCN1577.JPG        A blend of blue and yellow is bound to brighten up any spot….

This weekend brought the Finches into the backyard.. They are so tiny and beautiful.. With their bright yellow and black plumage.. They flit through the air as if they had hitched a ride on the tail of the wind.. We are all so fortunate to behold such beauty around us.. It’s almost, as if you blink you will miss something extra special.. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.. I love to watch the animals with my camera by my side. I try to capture those special moments forever as proof to my memory.. For, in the winter I can gaze back on the beauty in pictures.. Friday night, I made potato salad, and deviled eggs for the dinner on Saturday.. This way I was not burdened by the preparation of those items.. Friday was a nice day to spend sitting on the porch, and watching the world go by.. We had been talking about renting a camper and going camping for a week.. I began going through the internet trying to find a place not too far away.. I found one and it is with-in the one hundred miles I reserved for travel.. The place is quaint, and family oriented.. We drove there on Friday afternoon and booked a few days stay.. Now all we have to do is wait for the time to come around.. Personally, I can’t wait.. :0 :0

DSCN1584.JPG        Inviting falls to cool off in, or just to sit and be in love…

Saturday came early as there was still a lot to do before company came.. The steaks had to come out of the freezer, and the chicken was in the fridge, ready to go on the barbeque.. I drank my tea, and while I did that my daughter called and asked I they could come to the house earlier then mentioned.. ‘Of course I said yes.’ Their time of arrival was to be an hour and a half.. I jumped to my feet and made my way up stairs to get dressed for the day.. Vacuuming was the first thing on my list. Finished that, and got help with the bathrooms.. The dog needed to be washed, and I tried my best to get my hubby to take her to the spa.. The pet store near us has a spa area. There you can wash your dog, and they supply shampoos, conditioners, and good smelling sense for your dog..  They also give you towels, doog hair blowers, and it all costs only ten dollars.. A very good deal and easier on the back then, the bath tub.. He was reluctant to go, but after he was there he realized how much easier the work was using the spa.. I filled my time with the cleaning I still had to do.. The dog smelled fantastic and we were ready for company.. 

buzzy beeOne of life’s wonders, and a big part of pollination..

Turns out the hour and a half turned into about three hours.. My daughter and Shawn were riding a motor cycle, and ran into very wet weather.. They needed to stop at a Walmart and purchase new clothing and whatever they could find in the line of weather protection.. My daughter still had wet socks, and one wet boot when yhey arrived.. Shawn had a wet tee shirt, and a soaking wet helmet on the inside.. It wasn’t a good ride for them, as it was pretty chilly.  At least they arrived here safe and sound.. We talked and they relaxed in the warmth of the inside.. If anyone has been caught in the rain on a motor cycle, you will understand how uncomfortable and dangerous it is on the roads.. It was getting time to put the chicken into the barbeque. The time went by quite fast, as we neared the time for the other guests to show up. Once the rest of the guests arrived it was time to start cooking the steaks.. While I was doing the cooking, a cloud opened up and got me a bit wet. But, not enough for me to quit cooking the steaks. We set the table and everyone got a seat, and dinner was served.. I got a good review for the steaks, and how perfectly they had been cooked.. That made me feel pretty good, as I milling around making sure everyone was doing fine.. The baby was being a bit cranky, and he was hungry too. Mom gave him his bottle and he fell fast asleep.. After desert everyone talked and joked about pretty much everything.. You know, I love seeing my children, and am very proud of  the fantastic people they are today.. 

I just love it when a good day, and good company gather in a place of love and happiness.. I love all of you, and am proud to have you as my children..  🙂 🙂

I would like to take this time to thank all my readers, for being here to read my banter.. 🙂 🙂  Seems like I took the photos in this banter, as I have a few times.. Enjoy.. 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS..   Thank you for being  who you are today.. 🙂 🙂

 

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… 🙂 🙂

gran driving red  lips (2).jpgMAGS.  Thanks for dropping in and keeping me company.. 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

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… 🙂 🙂

gran driving red lips (2).jpgMAGS.   Thank for popping by… 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

 

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 (7)

DSCN1192.JPG         Our friendly Chipmunk….

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Jody had found that talking with her dad was much easier than she had anticipated. With mom and dad holding her hands, Jody was able to tell her story. Dad was very happy that Jasper was never going to get out of prison. Jody and Tory would be safe….

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Rain (9)

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     The feeling of rain…

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Percy had met his new daughter for the very first time. He was smitten with her cute cubby cheeks. Mercy was doing very well, after the birth. She had been told that she and the baby would be spending the night in the hospital.

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Rain (7)

ran      Walking in the rain….

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Percy was not going to put up with anymore crap from pimp boy. He was done. It was time to respond to the situation that was about to happen. Pimp boy and his thugs were about to be taught a big lesson. And Percy was ready for a fight.. 

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Rain (5)

pouring.jpg     The rain pouring down…

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Life was good for Percy and Mercy. A home on wheels was perfect, as they could travel anywhere they wanted to go. Choosing to eating their dinners by the roaring camp fire. Or just starring at the embers from the camp fire, as they danced their way up into the dark sky…

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Lazy Daisy (9)

DSCN0628 (2).JPGOur resident Chipmunk …….

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Daisy’s father looked like a natural at the helm of Dave’s yacht. Dad was so excited, and fell in love with the yacht the minute he boarded. Daisy could not believe that something this beautiful could be her chariot for the day. 

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Lazy Daisy (8)

DSCN0843 (2).JPG         Eating form the bird feeder….   Photo by: Mags

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After a great day in town, and watching the sun drop down from the sky. Dave invited everyone to his camp site to have dinner. A fishing and swimming day had been planned for the next day. Daisy’s dad was so excited to have the chance to fish with Dave.

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