Monday, July 25, 2022

Monday Musings . . .

Happy Monday!  My week-end slipped away very quickly and now it's time to get back into the grind of everyday life.   Here's a quick re-cap of my week-end.

Friday night we celebrated, Breadon's graduation.  Breadon is my granddaughter's boyfriend.  He just graduated with a Bachelor's degree in business management, we are very proud of him.  We had cake and ice cream, and I met his parents for the first time and of course they are very nice.  He asked me if it was alright if he gave me his surprised and kind of cheesy smile...and it was!

Saturday morning we got up early to go to my cousins funeral.  It was a nice service, not very many there.  Howard, my cousin who passed away was 92 years old.  My grandfather used to go to funerals of older people that he didn't know, he said that he wanted to make sure that someone was there, even if he didn't know them.  

This is a photo of my uncle, my mother's brother.  One of his sons brought him to the funeral and I was so grateful for that.  He has Alzheimer's, so I was very happy that I was able to see him while he still knew me.  I had to remind him who I was several times.


I'm doing a photo challenge mainly to challenge myself to be more spontaneous and to get my creative juices flowing - it seems like they wax and wain lately.  Today the challenge was to take a photo of  - the view from where you are sitting.  This is the view.  We'll be analyzing the photos, make adjustments to our setting, work on editing and learning how to make improvements where we need them...this is today's photo, it needs some help but it's pretty much what I see from my sofa.  


On Sunday my daughter called us and told us that her husband had Covid, so we didn't attend church.  We had been with them on Friday night so we didn't want to take any chances.  We are fine so far,  but we will just stay home the next few days just in case.  I watched our church services on YouTube...thank goodness for technology!  This isn't my church, but isn't it beautiful!

(https://www.toddklassy.com/montana-blog/2015/9/22/photos-of-country-churches)

We are having some cooler temps today, it's only 87 degrees right now and it feels so good.  This feels like summer should feel.  My garden seems to be doing really well, especially for how hot it has been.  We weren't able to plant until almost the middle of June, so finger's crossed that it produces well.




When we went to celebrate the graduation I was able to take a few photos of the most beautiful sunset at my daughter's home.  It was the perfect ending to the perfect day . . . 



The perfect day is going to bed with a dream and
 waking up with a purpose. 
~A.J. McLean~


Stay safe, be kind and stay cool!
Hugs and Love,
Barb



Tuesday, July 19, 2022

My Daybook . . .

Hello friends!  I hope everyone is doing well and surviving the summer heat.   We have had some really hot days lately and very little rain and high winds.  Like most of the country, we are in a drought, and fire season is starting to rear it's ugly head once again in Idaho.  

I have been staying inside to stay out of the wind and heat, but occasionally I venture outside to check on my garden and flowers and give them a good soaking.  

On with my daybook -

I'm listening to . . . 

I love country music, not any country music...classic country.  Right now I'm listening to, Ray Price, Beauty is...The Final Session - I have always loved to listen to, Ray Price.  This is an album he made in his later years...it's just beautiful.  Here's one of my favorite songs from this album...for your listening pleasure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dju8JIz7Kzo

Outside my window . . . Today it seems a little cooler than it has been in the past week or so.  It's only going to be about 91 degrees today.  My poor garden is struggling, although we water it every other day, it just seems a little droopy.  I'm really hoping that our tomatoes do well, doesn't a ripe tomato from the garden sound delicious!?



My flowers are loving the heat, although they need a little more water when it's this hot.  Soon they will begin to get a little, "leggy". and will have to trimmed up a bit.  But it always seem like they love the hair-cut and come back even more beautiful. 

I'm thinking . . . I have been thinking about how quickly time slips away from us.  In the past two months, 3 of my mother's first cousins have passed away.  It makes me sad to think that the cousins my age and older are the dangling leaves on the family tree.  It seems like just yesterday I was a young girl without a worry in the world...ok, I worried about boys. ;0)  Those years have come and gone, and it's hard for me to imagine what the future will hold for me as the years go by.  Pretty soon my children with be the dangling leaves, and I will be the one that fell. 


A photo of my great aunt (the one on the left) from my family tree...one day my children will show photos of me as the one that fell, and I believe that I will see this great aunt again, and maybe we will joke about the dangling leaf. 

I'm thankful for . . . Today I am so thankful for living close enough to my children that I can babysit, and last week it was a fur baby.  Meet, Bandit, my daughter's 13 year old miniature dachshund.  He is such a sweet boy, we just love to watch him and he gets so excited when he gets to come and stay with us.



 One of my favorite things
. . . I love wildflowers!  here are a few we found on our last camping trip.

Sticky Geranium

Rocky Mountain Iris

Spreading Phlox (my grandson called it, vanilla daisies)

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

At the end of the day . . . 




Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.
~Kristen Butler~

Be safe . . . and kind.

Hugs and Love,

Barb














Wednesday, July 13, 2022

From Fireworks to Camping . . .

I just can't believe how quickly the weeks go by!  We have been busy or gone for the last two weeks, so I thought I would just do a quick photo update.





Backyard fireworks...I love the smeary ones!


















Home from camping...so much fun...so much work...can't wait until next time...success!

Stay safe...until next time.

Hugs and Love,

Barb



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