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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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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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…:) 🙂

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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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Visiting the garden (2)

DSCN0949.JPGLook who was taking a bath in the bird bath…

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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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Visiting the garden (1)

 

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    In the garden grows….     All pictures taken by myself.. Mags… 🙂

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We all have gardens of some sort around our homes. Gardens are thought out by those that design beauty around business and buildings. Gardens adorn the parks we stroll threw. 

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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 (6)

rainin.jpg            Cool rain….

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Driving into the danger zone was not planned. But, it was the worst thing that could have ever happened to Mercy and Percy. The pimp wanted his property back. Percy had no intensions on giving Mercy over to that animal..

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Rain (4)

rainy.jpg             Rainy days…

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It was time to leave the camp ground and the new friends they had made. Friends that wanted them to return anytime, and there would always be a place for them to stay. 

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