Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I've been blogging since 2008...
I have met some really nice folks....
most of you I have never met in person...
but feel like I know you from your wonderful blogs...
and your sweet comments...
I even have a real life friend in Linda...from
Linda's Life Journal...
come to find out she lives in my town...
now she is part of our "Fun Girl" group....
blogging has been a struggle for me for the last 6 months...
to much to do...to little time to do it...
so I have decided to take a blogging break...
if you are interested in being friends on Facebook...
send me an email...
I want to stay in touch....
I'm not saying I will close down for good...
but for now...it's the best choice for me...

Monday, July 7, 2014

 old pals...
former "River Rats"...
they grew up in the same neighbor hood...
so nice to have old friends around.....
 
 Hubby taking a turn.....
(I stay on the bank)....
 
 my avocado...I started it from a seed...
I don't know if it will ever grow any avocados...
but it is growing...so I am happy...
 
 we have watermelons...
lots of baby melons...
some are on the fence...
Hubby is building little cradles for them...
out of old t-shirts....
 

a little visitor...taking advantage of all the May flies...
smart bird...


it was fun watching everyone take a turn on the jet skis...
I think the adults were just as excited as the kiddos...
the men even more so...
of course they are all just kids at heart...
back to work Monday...
ugggg....
so enjoyed the weekend....
but back to nose to the grind stone...
until I can sneak off to the lake again...

 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

 It has been a wonderful 4th of July weekend....
Friday started with me at the lake at 7:30 am...
getting our spot reserved....
 
I brought my flags along....
to show our true American Spirit...

 our jet skis finally running...
well...most of the time...
they still have a few kinks that need working out...
they got lot's of runs....
 
 this beautiful flower...is in my garden....
 
 another beautiful flower....
my Mom...
 young love....
ain't it grand....
my daughters boyfriend is definitely a keeper...
 
 we had a great group...
of family and adopted family....
kids and grownups...
we even managed to meet a few new folks...
 
 it was a beautiful day.....
fun people...
good food...
lot's of laughing and fun...
 
 "J" was our safety patrol...
he made sure everyone stayed safe on the jet skis...
 
 there is nothing better...
than seeing a Mom and child...
loving each other....
 
 except for maybe this tough guy...
tough on the outside...
squishy on the inside...
 
this was our table...
didn't take long to fill it up...
with special people...
good stories...good food...
awesome memories...
 

 Speed Racer....
I am told these are May flies...
they were all over the trees...
every time you walked past a Mesquite tree...
they went to flying...
we decided they looked more like Fairy's...
made it easier to  be around them...
they scared my poor niece to death...
she had never been around that many bugs at one time...
Yesterday Mom and I canned 12 quarts...
4 jalapenos...and 8 pickles....
it sure was fun working with her...
using the bounty from my garden...


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

well...when a photo doesn't come out right....
you know....
I just have to play a bit...
thank you Sandra...
for telling me about PicMonkey...
such a great place for editing...
(and playing)

 I'm learning a lot about lighting...settings...
and fixin' what I got wrong...
 
 sometimes a little imagination...
turns an other wise ready for the trash photo...
into a one of a kind piece of art...
well...in my mind any way...
art is definitely subject to each persons thoughts...
or ideas...
she didn't have her hat...
so I just gave her one...
I'm having so much fun....
taking photos of these dance girls...
playing and experimenting...
and aren't they adorable little Guinness pigs...
I love my hobby....


Monday, June 30, 2014

 I had a little photo shoot with ....
String Bean...My son...and my DIL...
we do photos every year for String Beans birthday...
this year we got to include My son...
you notice String Bean found a stick...
 
 the whole time I was taking this photo...
I was thinking please don't get your head stuck...
too many Dennis the Menace's I guess...
 
 String Bean is getting so tall...
I love to see the love between him...
and his Momma...
 
 he had a blast down on the canal...
a new adventure...
 
 just the guys hanging out...
they were looking for alligators....
we have a new book "Zack's alligator"
a really cute story...about a little boy...
who gets a alligator key chain in the mail...
from his Uncle in Florida...
his Uncle tells him to water it every day...
well the alligator grows...
gets into all kinds of mischief...
then at the end of the day...
goes back to key chain size...
String Bean loves the adventures...
he asked for a alligator key chain for his birthday...
we are still looking...
 
it was a fun family shoot...
I got to be bossy...and they listened without complaining...
Happy Monday....


Sunday, June 29, 2014

 Saturday night was Fun Girls night...
look at this cool wall the hostess (with the mostess) made...
photos from our other Fun Girl times...
also the crafts we have done...
 
 Linda from Linda's Life Journal joined us...
I caught her snapping photos...
surely to be seen on her wonderful blog....
Linda also won the door prize...
a bucket of squash...cucumbers...jalapeno peppers...
from my garden...
 we painted glasses this time...
a very fun craft...
 my beautiful daughter was able to join us....
 
 This is one reason we are called "Fun Girls"
we like to have fun....
 
 I haven't seen this gal...since graduation....
way back in 1980...
she next in line after me in line...
my name was Rich...hers was Richardson...
 
 Our hostess had everything set up...
all we had to do was bring our glass...
start painting...
 
 besides painting...
there was lots of laughter...talking...and remembering...
I love this group of ladies...
everyone is just themselves...
 
Our bungalow for the evening....
such a fun time...it ended too soon...

Friday, June 27, 2014

 String bean is very helpful...
when it comes to hiding his face...
 
 when he grows up...
I'm sure he will wonder why Oma has so many photos...
with out his face showing...
I wonder if there will still be blogs then....
 
 a lot of my photos would be erased by most folks...
no...not me...I do not like erasing photos...
I usually just play with them...
to come up with something I like...
 
 this one would be erased by most...
but I like the way the water is flying from his fingers...
and I can use it on my blog...
cause no face is showing....
 
this one shows movement...splashing...
color...but again no face...
leaves a little to the imagination...
something that seems to be lost these days..
I guess I'm a little different than most...
I see beauty in things most don't see as even attractive...
I like unique...different...old...moldy...rusty...
well you get the picture...
We have String Bean this evening so his Momma and Daddy...
can have a date night...
finally getting to do String Beans 4 year old photos...
with his Momma and Daddy both this year...
Fun Girls night Saturday...
a pool party...and yes...
I'm taking my swim suit...and wearing it...
saggy baggy legs and all...
I read an article....
about Mom's and Dads missing out on the fun...
sitting on the side lines...
because they worry about what they look like in a suit...
I don't want to sit on the side lines...
I want to be part of the fun....
flabby arms and legs and all...
There is something about being over 50....
you see things in a whole new light...
too back I didn't learn it sooner...
So get out there...
put on that swim suit...
Thunder thighs....saggy butt and all...
don't miss out on the fun....
tell them Deb said so....


Thursday, June 26, 2014

 my flowers and plants are loving the rain we have had...
but so are the weeds...skeeters...and flies...
 
 I don't remember my parents entertaining us all the time...
as kids....sure my Mom did lot's of things with us...
but we used our imaginations....
came up with things to do on our on....
we didn't have to be entertained....
 
 I didn't entertain my kids...
I gave them ideas...or supplies...
they came up with the fun...
I played with them...but they could play without me...
no computer games...cell phones...video games...
just imagination...
I worry about todays generation of kids...
it seems they need to be entertained all the time...
we are working really hard with String Bean....
he has a wonderful imagination....
 

 The bees are buzzing...the sun is shining...
we have had a very wet week here in Texas...
no complaints...
unfortunately some have had flooding...
on the bright side some of your lakes are up 4 or 5 feet....
 
 while String bean is enjoying the pool...
I decided to play with the settings on my camera...
I mainly use the automatic settings...
but today...I decided to try the manual settings...
do a little experimenting...
 
 I love Zinnias...bright...colorful...sturdy....
 
 String Bean enjoyed his Birthday lunch with Aunt DiDi...
he loves Olive Garden...
 
I'm not up on soccer...
but boy is there a buzz about it...
the guys enjoy the sport...
I'm thinking the ladies...
are enjoying the eye candy...
atleast that is what I have noticed on Facebook...
Go America....
 
 Goal.....
 
This is one is from my playing with the settings...
it came out really white...
so I just turned it black and white...
added color to his glasses with PicMonkey...
a little artsy fartsy....