Saturday, April 30, 2011


The weather hasn't cooperated much this week. It's been rainy, windy and cold. I wish the warm weather would hurry up and get here. This is my week.

Getting the Softball Field ready.

A trip to the library and seeing Garfield.

A visiting Cardinal sitting in the Trumpet Vine.

Bella's eyes makes me think I can see what she's thinking.

The Lilac Bush is full of blooms this year.

Bella sticking her tongue out. She just learned to do this.

What could be more domestic then this? Bubba and Katie napping.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Bella has learned something new. She now sticks out her tongue. And it wasn't just an accident, she does it all the time now. If you stick your tongue out she will try to grab it.

I am joining Jennifer over at Mcdougall Photography for Fabulous Friday. Head over and check it out what everyone has to share.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


I thought I would join Jenny for Alphabe Thursday today. The letter today is "B".

I have a button collection that I got from my Great Aunt and my mom. I have them all separated by color. They are also in my mason jar collection.

My Lilac bush is getting ready to bloom. It's loaded with them. Last year a killer frost almost wiped out the blooms. It only had 3 blooms on it.

And this is the Blue Birdhouse that hangs in the garden. It has a nest of sparrows in it this year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Head over to Meg's place The Unexpected World of Mommyhood to check out the Project 365. And of course go check out Wordless Wednesday for some great pictures.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


You can see my reviews of my all my books over at my book blog, Just Books.

"Murder on The Orient Express" by Agatha Christie
Product Description(
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Pocket Books, Inc.; 35th THUS edition (1975)
ISBN-10: 0671784749
ISBN-13: 978-0671784744

MY THOUGHTS: If you have never read an Agatha Christie book, this is one I recommend you read. It is full of intrigue, mystery and of course murder. And with the help of Hercule Poirot and his grey cells they solve the murder on The Orient Express. M. Poirot must solve the murder of M. Rachett. A man who is not who he says he is. There are 12 suspects to go through and figure out where they were at the time of the murder. And how did the murderer get off the train in the middle of a blizzard or did he/she? You'll have to read the book to find out.


Monday, April 25, 2011


This week was a twin week. Most of my pictures are of Bella and Luke. They keep you busy eating and playing.

Luke eating ice cream, he loves the stuff.

A big truck getting a bath.

Bella and Luke hamming it up for the camera.

Daffodils blooming.

Bella and Luke snacking on Fruit Loops.

Bella wiggling to get down on the floor.

Bella eating ice cream and being happy. It's written all over her face.

Audrey over at The Daily Wyatt is no longer hosting the 365 Days in Pictures. So I am going to hop over to Meg's place The Unexpected World of Mommyhood for her Project 365.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


It's that time of year again. Spring cleaning, mowing grass and getting the Softball field ready for the season.

Want to check out more Straight Out of the Camera shots? Head over to Jan's place, Murrieta 365. You can also head over to Audrey's place, The Daily Wyatt to check out the 365 Days in Pictures.

Saturday, April 23, 2011



Bella is having her ice cream and she gets so excited. Then her daddy brings out the camera and she gets more excited. You can see the emotions on her face.

Want to check out more about 365 Days in Pictures? Head over to Audrey's place, The Daily Wyatt.

Friday, April 22, 2011



This is Bella trying her best to get down. She is wiggling around, she wants down on the floor since she's learned to crawl.

Head over to Audrey's place, The Daily Wyatt to check out the 365 Days in Pictures. And while you checking things out, head over to Jennifer's place, Mcdougall Photography for Fabulous Friday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011



Bella and Luke snacking on Fruit Loops.

Head over to Audrey's place to check out 365 Days in Pictures.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011



My Daffodils are blooming. They are kind of droopy because it's really not been warm. Highs in the 50's with a cold breeze blowing and rain.

Want to check out more Outdoor Wednesday pictures? Head over to A Southern Daydreamer to check them out. Also Audrey's 365 Days in Pictures over at The Daily Wyatt.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Product Description(
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family—especially Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother’s cells. She was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Did it hurt her when researchers infected her cells with viruses and shot them into space? What happened to her sister, Elsie, who died in a mental institution at the age of fifteen? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn’t her children afford health insurance? Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781400052189
ISBN-13: 978-1400052189
ASIN: 1400052181

MY THOUGHTS: This is my book clubs pick for this month. I had never heard of this author or book. It's a very interesting book to read. In today's medical world this could not have happened. Because of the laws in place for consent. But there are still fights going on over the debate of whether or not you own your tissue or cells or anything on your body once it is removed. What Rebecca Skoot has written about is astonishing! You won't be able to put this book down once you start it. It has so much interesting info and following the Lacks' children and grand children is really addictive.



Monday, April 18, 2011



This big truck is getting a bath.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This is Luke enjoying ice cream. He loves the stuff. Not the clean up after. These pictures are straight out of the camera, just resized them.