Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sweet Day Posing for the Camera

My Labor Day was Sweet.  My son and his family visited from
Missouri.  I wrote about one of our Family excursions here

My Missouri grand children are always ready to smile for the camera . . .  

This one tends to make me work for a decent shot . . .
Which is pretty hard because I am not a good photographer.  But I love it.  I love capturing the moments.

Like these . . .
 I was shocked when he started cheesing it up . . .
 He even posed . . . 
And went after the cat to join the party.  I never did get the shot I was looking for but . . .
It was a Sweet Day

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                                      Have a Sweet 'Gday'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Good Fences

One of my favorite linky parties is "Tex's" Good Fences.

Sharing a couple we see every Sunday on the way to church . . .

As we drove past the Cowboy stopped long enough for me to take a quick snap . . .

This guy is usually standing in the same spot every time we pass!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hodge/Podge Wednesday

I saw this at my friend Joanne's  I love birthdays and eating birthday cake so I thought I would join today.  Happy birthday Joyce

1. [The host of Hodge Podge is] celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, 'You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?

Hmm...That requires some thought...

 2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.

December 7...Pearl Harbor Day

 3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.'

On my birthday I want cake  

4. What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
Young-Riding Horse
Old-Feeling too old to ride

 5. When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'?

It's always a 'piece of cake' to spend time with my family.  I miss my Missouri kids

 6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage) 


7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.

Something Christmasy

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Not really so random...I just finished writing a post about R is for Rodeo.  My family was here from Missouri.  I miss them.  I miss having horses.  I just miss that life.  I miss living in a house.  We are talking about buying a house again.  I am wishin' .  I am praying. 

 Linking here

Alphabet Thursday--R is for . . .

Around these parts . . .
R is for Rodeo. . . For the best experience turn on the song

A few weeks ago the family was all together we did our favorite thing . . .
We've been known to drive a looooong way to get to a Rodeo.  Some came from Missouri to meet for a Saturday night in the Stock Yards

Not a seat in the house. 
The crowd waits . . .
 The Flag Enters and then . . .
Every performance begins with Prayer . . .
And then . . .
All is quiet.  There's a hush over the crowd . . .
The rider prepares . . .
The first event and most dangerous is the Bull Riding . . .
 The clowns protect the riders and entertains the crowd between events . . .

Our littlest Cowboy dreaming of the day he can chase the dream. . .
A two man event Headin' and Heelin'. . . two Cowboys work together to catch the cow . . .
 Another dangerous event Saddle Bronc if the rider stays on till the buzzer sounds he is picked up by a pick up rider . . .

Rodeo pickup man helping bronc rider off his horse
I couldn't find a photo from the Stockyards Rodeo but this is a great shot!
One of our favorite events to watch is always the last event of the evening . . .

 . . .
it's bulls and blood ,the dust  and the mud, it's boots and chaps, it's spurs and latigo, it's ropes and the reins, the joy and the pain and the call the thang Rodeo
Linking with Jenny for Alphabet Thursday


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outdoor Wednesday The Archive Edition

Sharing a few Outdoor shots from my archives.  Some of my
My favorite subject . . .
Always ready to help his Pa . . .
Looks like Fall but it is actually just before the Christmas party at his school.

And a current shot.  I love to take photos of their backs.  Most of the time the don't cooperate!  They are always in a hurry to get where

This one is special to me . . .
This was taken just a few weeks before we had to move from this property.  It was a very sad time for us.  This was the last horse
property that we had. 
From there we began the experience of apartment living. 
The last few years have been the hardest for us.  Seeing this photo
now reminds me of what I was reminded then that God is Faithful
and that no matter what happens he is in control. 
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Fabulous Fall LInky Party--Party On

Welcome to the Party
                                  The garden gate is open! 
 Come on in! And share your Fabulous and beautiful Fall posts!

I've had such fun the past few weeks visiting all the amazing posts!
Each the party grows and grows as everyone winds down from the summer heat and the temps cooperate and start cooling a bit!

None of the above photos are mine.  They are from my archives that I have collected over the years.
Way before Pinterest and way before I knew how to save their original source/location.

Did you realize this is basically a simple no rules party. 

No rules just a couple of suggestions.  It'd really be nice if you followed me. I am trying to figure how to make a button.  Anyone know how?
One more thing that I am adding just because I realized I needed to
actually say it.  Please be advised and agree to my using your post and or photos on a future post or on a google connect post to advertise the linky.  As always I will link back to you.  If your photo's are not watermarked I will be glad to do this for you before I repost on my blog.

Whew that was a lot for a no rules party.  Sorry. 
Now on with the Fabulous Show.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue Laundry Room Makeover

Small space living requires some juggling . . .
Well if I looked this cute I'd leave things as they are.
But alas.  This isn't me and clutter and having my things stored away annoys me. 

So I've had to figure out solutions.  It all started when I needed to put away the Red, White and Blue from Labor Day. 

I found a home for the red candles and candlesticks, the white
candles and the pedestal (which I love BTW...never will it be stored away!)  But those Blue candlesticks and the fun glitter didn't have a home. 

I debated about putting them in the cabinet with the dishes but.
Another idea came to mind. 

I walked into my laundry room and here's part of what I found.

Can you say 'Ick'.  I am embarrassed to show you this.   I am not a fan of advertising for the products I buy.  Call me weird but.  I just don't like brands and labels staring me in the face.  I want to see something pretty.  So hence the use of the 6 pack holder for spray air freshner.  Which didn't make it back into the holder before this pic!  It also holds my kitchen trash bags, swifter sheets, and doggie bags.  (It doesn't look like this now but you'll have to wait for the how to post!)

I'd been kicking the idea around for awhile to do something with the 6 pack holder which I did but I am sharing on another post.  Sorry.  I didn't get the pics taken. 

But I know your really wanting to see what I did with those gorgeous Blue Candle Sticks . . .
Here was my first attempt.  O.K. but still not pretty. 

Then, I remembered some Patriotic Laterns that I used at school.  I brought them home and hung in the sewing room (they were cheap,cheap,cheap, and I knew wouldn't last if I flattened them.) and it all came together.
The basket on right was a dumpster find that was filled with candles. (I will post about that find on a Thrifty linky party soon) It is holding light bulbs and extension cords.  Behind the blue candlesticks is my party tea server.  To the left are the candles that Cowboy and I made for the Valentines Dinner for our daughter and grandson.  I'd love you to visit that post!  Click Here. Just behind standing against the wall are my favorite red enamel trays.  I just love them.  Of course you can see the glitter and my red stones.
And my detergent that matches the color scheme.  (I'll have to save it to pour the next one in. I wasn't too found of this brand)
My empty Blue launder basket.  Yea to the empty part.  Sitting on my Thrifty bought Maytag washer.  We paid $100.00 delivered for it!  The dryer was only $30.00 but I had to pick it up.  I was a little afraid but the Cowboy said it was a nice couple selling it.  And it was they were very nice!  God was with me!

I am very proud of the shelf and candle storage I think it makes the room look so much nicer but I think this is my favorite part.

Can you guess what is behind the curtain?  Here's a peek . . .
I thought this was genius.  I just used a shower curtain rod.  And a piece of fabric I had.  I to find something blue.  But this works for now.

Here's a better shot . . .

And, the litter and scoop are blue!
I played around a little with the pics on Picmonkey.  My favorite place to make collages and mosaics . . .

Laundry Room Makeover
And now I am not embarrassed that the laundry room is right off the kitchen and the door is usually always open. 

I removed the background template.  It seemed my blog was taking a long time to load.  Can you tell a difference?  Please comment.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sleepover Saturday/Fabulous Fall Linky Party

Welcome to my First Sleepover Saturday post featuring my
favorite Fabulous Fall post! 

Did you miss the linky party?  I have had a wonderful time
meeting new friends and visiting their blogs! Linky Party is open all through the month.  Link any day.  Link any Fall theme post!

I have had such fun that I decided to pop in for a Sleepover!

Tonight I am popping over to the Fabulous Fabby's lovely place.

Fabby was so Sweet to meet me at the door with a cool drink.
I mean it took more than a nano second to arrive in Eucador
at Fabby's door  . . .

I had to take a stop at this Fabulous Beach.  Fabby posted about it
The beach was beautiful.  I wanted to stay . . .

But alas I was on my way to a Fabulous Sleepover at Fabby's.
I knew she would have a beautiful table set.    I wondered if
it would be something like  . . .

Set in the beautiful dining room.  I loved the beautiful Fathers
Day Buffet she shared at this post.

Look how she incorporated the funny little chickens in this formal space .  The flatware wrapped in simple red napkins with seashell
napkins.  How fun!

Of course since I am arriving so late maybe a simple supper in the kitchen it has such a breathtaking evening view.  And, just a beautiful place to relax with friends.  Such a beautiful post she shared here.

Of course after a quick late supper we'll sit around the beautiful
fireplace and chat on an on to the wee hours of the morning . . .
Here's where she posted about her beautiful mantle. 

I can't wait to see the guest room.  I can only imagine how beautiful it is.

And then in the morning . . .

We'll enjoy the beautiful view again and the lovely Fall table
she has ready! Which BTW she linked over here.

What a lovely visit with Fabby!  Thank you for letting me 'pop in'!

Come by the Fabulous Fall linky party!  I visit every link.  I'd love to visit you and come by for a Sleepover!

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