Saturday, May 30, 2009
While I'm spelunking (there will be a full report with pictures), please enjoy the following images from days gone by...
My Daddy and me
My Mom, me and Mamaw Collins
My Aunt Francis and me
Maternal Great Grandmother
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday we went exploring (read Leia's account here) and had an awesome time just driving and taking in the scenery. We visited Grafton, IL by way of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The view was breathtaking with limestone cliffs on one side and the Mississippi River on the other.
One of my favorite places to visit while here is Main Street in downtown St Charles. The quaint shops, the folks in period costumes, and the city's historic significance are just a few of the reasons I love it. There were 2 couples being married at the gazebo and then enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride while we were there.
We ended our day with a late-night viewing of the new Star Trek movie. Being a Trekkie, I enjoyed it immensely and appreciated the "back story" for the characters. If you are not a fan of the series/franchise, there is no need to worry - the story and action are compelling! There will be some "inside" jokes that non-trekkies won't get, but you'll never know that you missed anything! I highly recommend the show to anyone!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I am looking forward to spending time with my girl and her hubby but am looking forward to the wonderful food just as much! Indy just doesn't have the restaurants that St Louis does. My all-time-favorite pizza is from Nick and Elenas (I had her bring me 2 large pizzas the last time she came to town) and I can't wait to have it again. The crust is super thin and crispy and they have this wonderful cheese product called Provel that they use instead of mozzarella - it is glorious and melts to a creamy goodness instead of a rubbery, stretchy goo.
I'll have loads of pics to share but until then I'll be busy packing and visiting with my little guys before I leave.
See you in St Louie!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
I am submitting this photo into the http://www.iheartfaces.com/ Blurb Book photo contest. I am granting I ♥ Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I ♥ Faces web sites.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Gams and her JayBob
JayBob and my niece, Shelby up on the farm (my sisters place)
Daddy and the Dillybar
Big brother JayBob with the little Dillybar
My youngest daughter and my oldest nephew at the Indianapolis Zoo. She is now the beautiful mother of 3 sons and my nephew is now like 7 feet tall and in college!
Monkeys Jump when she was just a wee lass.
The above photo of my youngest and the Dillybar taken by http://monkeys-jump.blogspot.com/ who also happened to place 2nd in the I Heart Faces contest this week with another photo of her sister (this is the proud momma part)
Friday, May 15, 2009
I love the color of this Clematis.
Hostas have always been a favorite and are thriving.
If I do relocate, I will likely leave the plants behind in hopes that future tenants will care for them or at least appreciate them; however, this guy is coming with me! Geeko calls it the "beebee." He stops to say hello whenever he visits.
Last year I purchased a few flats and I thought it looked very nice - especially considering it was my first attempt outside of potted flowers.
I'll make due without the landscaping for this year in hopes that next year I can color my little corner of the world.
So, internet... how grows your garden?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The geese are scarce today (perhaps they've found a bigger, better home!) but this handsome fella showed up.
I don't see them often, but the Blue Herons that visit are just glorious! What purty birds they are!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
I struggled with which picture to enter out of the thousands I have archived. Ree at
http://thepioneerwoman.com/ is this weeks judge - picked a heck of week for my first time entry, huh?! While photography is just a hobby (ok, an obsession) I do try to get quality shots with my limited knowledge. So... here goes nothing!
Be sure to visit http://www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com/ for some really awesome photos!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The photos above were taken by my talented daughter, Leia.
The Battle Ensues
The Littlest Jedi
Oh, and Obi Wan, about the littlest Jedi.... you'd better be quick as the Force is strong with this one and I'm afraid he may be leaning toward the Dark Side.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
The Dillybar sleepover has ended. The funnest part of a sleepover at Gams' is getting to stay up as late as you want - thanks to Pappy who is a "twittering" night owl (check out @IndyEnigma on Twitter) who lovingly carries the very heavy 4 year old upstairs after he has finally crashed.
I am suffering with "day-after-a-sleepoveritis," and will shortly be seeking my bed. I will leave with you my all time favorite video of the Dillybar hoping it will bring you a chuckle or two. He is about 20 months old, or there about.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Dillybar, Dillybar, Dilly, Dilly, Dillybar....bah bump bump bum!
There will be games and cuddles and lots of Nickelodeon! Unfortunately there will also be repeated watchings of the same episode of Drake and Josh (argh... I wish On Demand would change episodes weekly instead of monthly)!
The sleep over tradition started a long time ago...
...things were a bit calmer then. There is nothing like a nap in the recliner with a sweet, cuddley baby!
These days, the activities are bit more rambunctious.
I am surrounded by Power Ranging...
I'll let you know if I survived!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
These little guys are lovin it though.
At last count there were 34 babies that live at the lake behind me.
They are the cutest little fuzzies! Hopefully they will grow up, leave home and become responsible young geese and NOT move back in with the folks when times get tough. There is more goose poo than grass right now. I don't want to think about the massive amount of poo generated by 34 additional full grown geese. My patio stays relatively poo free thanks to the efforts of Rugby.
At least it did until his run-in with a momma goose. Now the poor fella just lays around waiting for the little poops to grow up and leave the neighborhood.
I'll have to tell you about the other wildlife that comes around to torment him in another post - who knew squirrels were so mean?
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Who needs tv when you have this around?
The Force is strong with this one. I've lost count of the number of Light Saber battles I've witnessed - Obi Wan would be so proud!
And this guy... Mr Attitude/Personality/Imagination. I could devote an entire blog to this one! Stay tuned for details of his antics.