Monday, September 30, 2013


Ever try to fit a big ball into a small hole?  Luke does it, kind of. 
Put the ball in the hole...
Checking it out....
Now give it a good whack....
And off the ball goes.....repeat numerous times....

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Ashley over at Ramblings & Photos is the host for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Not sure what this is?  Here's are the rules....

The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate.
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (with so many new participants each week, it’s the only way I know to be inclusive
  6. Have fun!
I love doing this meme as it lets me explore different things with my camera.  And here are my interpretations of this weeks photos.

{Alone} Billy all alone.  Everyone is either napping or outside.  He's just laying there waiting for someone to come back in the house.
 {Lines} My purple afghan has rows(lines).
{Made Me Smile}Bella marching along with her flower.  Love the expression on her face!
{Rule of Thirds}I really have trouble with this one.  I always want to center the picture,  I have to make myself not do that.  Which is really hard to do when your just snapping pictures.  This is the way I would normally take this picture
But this is the rule of thirds.
{Together}Everyone in the front yard.  The twins like to "steal" the flowers out of the pots.  My hubby puts silk flowers in them.  That way we have "blooming" flowers all year. 

Don't forget to head over to Ashley's place and check out all the pictures everyone is sharing.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


This weekend is the The Duck Tail Run and James Dean Festivals.  All taking their place here in my town and a town about 4 miles from us.  It's an annual thing, the last weekend of September.  We have a flood of people and old cars.  We don't have to go anywhere to see the cars.  They come past our house.  Our road is one of two that actually goes across town.  So it's a pretty busy road.  While sitting out in the front yard you will see......

55' or 56'

And this one...not sure what year or make, maybe the 30's.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


They are very subtle, but they are there if you look close enough.  I found some signs in our back yard on a little walk with the twins.
The Ash tree is turning colors...
and dropping some leaves.
The Pear tree is loaded, but they aren't very good until the first frost, which we haven't had yet.
And of course the chilly weather calls for cloths, which you can see here.  The twins all dressed for fall.
Just click on the picture to see it up close and personal.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


We have lots of birds around here.  Sparrows, Blue-Jays, Robins, Black Birds, Cardinals and lots more.  We also have birdhouses spread around the yard.  But this one is a lopsided.
Not sure if these fellows could help but fall out.  Maybe that's why they sit on this wire. lol

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Some people call it a hobby, some call it crafting.  I just call it something to keep me busy.  What is it??  It's my crocheting and quilting.  I've been working on a ripple afghan off and on for almost a year.  It finally cooled off enough that I could finish it. 
And my son requested a dog quilt.  So went looking for a suitable pattern.  I found one of a dog bone.  It's a 9 inch square and the bone is appliqued on.  I'm using unbleached muslin for the bone and found some really nice black/blue fabric for the filler block.  I've got a lot of work to do on this one before it's done.  But this is what it looks like now.
So what would you call this, hobby or crafting??

Saturday, September 14, 2013


The hubby found this car stroller in the trash and brought it home.  It doesn't move unless someone pushes it, but the twins like to sit in it and pretend to drive.  Every once in awhile someone gives them a push around the yard.  Daddy gave Bub a ride.  Love the expression on his face.

IT'S BACK.......

Remember the fungus in the tree??  Well, it's back.  I guess all the hot humid weather we have been having gave it some time to grow again.

And more...

And one more...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


The Mourning Hours - Paula Treick DeBoard

Product Description(
A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test in this haunting and unforgettable debut.

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years-not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny-the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe-not even those closest to Johnny-but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion.
Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  I'm really interested in what this new author will write about next.  I'll be watching for Paula's  next book.   This book was so absorbing in that I couldn't put it down.  I wanted to find out what happened to Stacy.  All the love and agony that this family went through is written in this book.  I could really feel the tension and the agony.  The story is told through the eyes of a 9 year old, Kirsten.  Her agony of things she should have told about what she saw leading up to the disappearance of Stacy.  Being only 9 years old at the time, she was torn between telling the cops and saving her brother.  But what could a 9 year old really tell, that she saw her brother and Stacy arguing, that they had sex in Johnny's bedroom.  These are things that a 9 year old doesn't know what to do with.  When the family comes together again they soon learn all the truth.  But I can't tell as it will give away the ending of the book.  Which was a total surprise to me!  If you have a chance to read this book, you'll really like it. 

Friday, September 6, 2013


 The Misremembered Man - Christina McKenna
Product Description(
The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy.

MY THOUGHTS: This was my book clubs book for August.  I haven't read this author, that's one reason I like book club, it gives me a chance to read new authors.  You might say it also takes me out of my comfort zone in books.  I also love reading about Ireland.  The main character of this book was left at an orphanage along with his sister.  The life at the orphanage was not a good one for him.   As an adult he has problems with depression and can't seem to find a reason for living.  But with the help of a friend he finds someone through a newspaper advertisement.  I won't tell you what happens to the him and the lady, because that would give away the ending of the book and it isn't what you think it is.  If you like reading about Ireland and farm life, this is a great book.  There is also a happy ending, which I like. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


On a walk to the barn it's usually a race as to who gets there first.  The first one there gets the pick of the chairs.  And believe me, the twins have their favorite chair.  But unfortunately, they both like the same chair.  Keep your eye on the green lawn chair.
I got here first...
Bubby sneaked in behind me....
I was here first, move over bubby.....
It's all mine...
I'll just go over here and pout about it....

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Bella stole the basket that holds the toys outside.  She ran off with it and jumped in the car.  She's wearing it like a helmet.
And then Luke decided he wanted a ride.  So he hopped on.
These two are so comical.  It's a laugh a minute around here.