Thursday, June 30, 2011

Camper Tales: Donut meets Flo 06/11

Why is goat planter, Donut, so excited?
Not only is she all jazzed up for the Fourth of July, but she is all loaded up in the truck and off to the camper to meet her new friend, Flo the Flamingo...

$1 from Dollar Tree
Flo the Flamingo has been all alone at the camper, holding down the fort, waiting patiently...

Added purslane, rose moss, small Shepard's hook, small wind chime, and metal flower stake to planter...
Flo and Donut hit it off great, and Donut even shared some of her red white and blue bling, and let Flo hop on her back, giving Flo a much needed break from the hard, hot, rocky drive.
Add in a Ladybelle basset camper mascot and you are ready for anything!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

COT: Bendy Blu

Princess Blu Bayou really enjoys her nap time...
and her flexibility...
She carries 'slinkyness' outside as she sits and enjoys the view...

You will also notice Princess Blu is working on her camouflaging ability... 

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We don't call her "Blu" for nothing...

This message was approved of by our great Queen Uno

~All Hail Queen Uno~
~Long live the Queen~

Blu, like her mama, Froggee, likes to sleep in twisty positions. 
Not old Uno, she is too much of a lady.
Blu and Froggee ain't no ladies.

Cats On Tuesday

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Son-Day: "You Are God Alone"


You Are God Alone

- Phillips, Craig & Dean

 You are not a God
Created by human hands
You are not a God
Dependant on any mortal man
You are not a God
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that's just the way it is

You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

You're the only God
Whose power none can contend
You're the only God
Whose name and praise will never end
You're the only God
Who's worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that's just the way it is

You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone

That's what You are

~God Bless~


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fertilizer Friday: 06/23/11

Succulents, mini day lily, mini rose
My goat planter, Donut, is all ready for summer...

And the Fourth Of July!!
This message has been approved by our Feline Queen Uno...
~All Hail Queen Uno~
~God Save The Queen~

Fertilizer Friday

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cuteness Runamuck: Lake Picnic

DD Misty, and SIL Ralph invited us to join them for swimming and cookout at the lake!!
After the water fun, and great food, the grands headed home with Poppy and me, while their mom and dad 'camped out' alone.
So much fun!
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Son-Day: "I Believe In You"

I Believe In You
-Don Williams

I don't believe in superstars,
Organic food and foreign cars.
I don't believe the price of gold;
The certainty of growing old.
That right is right and left is wrong,
That north and south can't get along.
That east is east and west is west.
And being first is always best.

But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.

Well, I don't believe that heaven waits,
For only those who congregate.
I like to think of God as love:
He's down below, He's up above.
He's watching people everywhere.
He knows who does and doesn't care.
And I'm an ordinary man,
Sometimes I wonder who I am.

But I believe in love.
I believe in music.
I believe in magic.
And I believe in you.

I know with all my certainty,
What's going on with you and me,
Is a good thing.
It's true, I believe in you.

I don't believe virginity,
Is as common as it used to be.
In working days and sleeping nights,
That black is black and white is white.
That Superman and Robin Hood,
Are still alive in Hollywood.
That gasoline's in short supply,
The rising cost of getting by.

But I believe in love.
I believe in old folks.
I believe in children.
I believe in you.

I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.

For my sweetie on Father's Day.  Love ya baby!!!

~God Bless~

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Daylily Welcome

Wild double orange, Yellow Hyperion, and mini purplish Can't Remember:)
After two weeks away on vacation, and a wonderful GREEN adventure up in the northern states, we returned to HOT summer here in East Texas.
 I was so happy to see these daylilies doing their thing with NO rain. 
They just seem to say
"Hello Mama, we missed you!!"
Of course I went right over and told them "thank you my sweets";).

Fertilizer Friday

Cuteness Runamuck: lil Big Red

Granddarling Kale is 6 whole months old!! 06/16/11
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Birthday 5

We finished our workcation with a LONG drive
1387 miles home.
We did a 'drive by' the Washington Temple...
Seeing this from the highway was just amazing,
close up even more amazing...
The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Washington DC Temple

Loretta Lynn's

Then we decided to zip by Loretta Lynn's house.
I could have burst.
We didn't do the tour.
Kind of wish we had.
She even has a RV park.
I can see us driving up there next year, staying at the RV park, doing the tours, then zipping by Dollywood. 
Yep, I'm a hilly-billy...
From there, home. 
Home Sweet Home.
3500 miles round trip.
We were super ready to be home.
The dogs were super excited too.
The cats, however, wouldn't speak to me.
I had to bribe them with food and lots of loving.

Thanks to hubby (you are one fun fella).
Thanks to DS DJ for feeding the beasts.
Thanks to SS Aaron, SD Tiffany, and DS Taylor for letting us stay with you. 
Especially SIL Colyn who helped us suprise Tiffany, and DIL Lindsey who let her new mother-in-law (me) sit on her couch for a D.A.Y.S. 
AND Grandgirls Audrey and Katherine for showering us with grandlove!!
Y'all are delightful!!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Heavy Drinker?

Or water shortage?

Ever the lady, Queen Uno drinks from her paw...
Guess who's water bowl was empty?
Guess who didn't get the 'hint' when Uno came to inform of the issue? 

Guess who got up and filled the bowl?
AND said she was sorry...

~All Hail Queen Uno~

~God Safe The Queen~

Monday, June 13, 2011

Birthday 3

On our 'workcation' in Maryland, our son wanted us to go to Arlington Cemetery and Monuments in Washington DC. 
I had never been and was very excited...
The weather was overcast, warm, and lovely...
Arlington Cemetery, JFK's burial site
The cemetery was lovely, and so was the look out from John F. Kennedy's burial place.   We didn't see all the cemetery, or go to the grave of the unknown solider.  Everyone was so nice and reverent.
With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own   John F Kennedy

The (long) walk toward the Potomac River, was lined with huge statues of every war.

We happened to be there on Rolling Thunder 2011, a HUGE motorcycle rally on the Capitol in memory of all soldiers.
The web said over 40,000 and I believe it.
Beautiful, moving, and loud.
VERY loud.
We finally found our way across the street to the monuments.

Lincoln Memorial, looking out toward Washington Memorial and US Capitol

I love Abraham Lincoln. 
So cool to see so many reading his amazing words of wisdom printed on the walls of the basement area.
Also there is a great view of more monuments.
I first thought the Capitol was the White House.
WWII Memorial
See the flags surrounding the Washington Memorial? 
Actually that is the World War II Memorial, shaped like a Roman Colosseum, it is amazing...
We decided that was as far as we could go...
So the menfolk walked the miles back to the truck and picked us girls up:). 
Nice to be a girl.
We tried to drive by the White House (sweet hubby actually drove by THREE times), it is tucked in between two HUGE buildings, off the road, and you have to walk to it.
By that time we didn't want to walk another step.
And that is ok.

Granddarling Katherine actually saying CHEESE!!
Can't get enough of this cuteness!! 
GD Katherine, DS Taylor, DIL Lindsey and puppy slept all the way home.
What a tiring, wonderful day!

to be continued...

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Son-Day: "Cry Out To Jesus"

Cry Out To Jesus
Artist: Third-Day

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They lost all of their faith in love
They've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering

When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight...

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
Love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

The Psalms

The LORD Is Thy Keeper
A Song of degrees.
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.

~God Bless~

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Walk In The Park...

Recently, hubs and I were able to visit our youngest son, Taylor, his wife Lindsey, and our year and a half grandgirl Katherine in Maryland.
Tay took us to a cool lake/park with an awesome walking/bike path. 
Maryland is right in their spring, unlike Texas that is summery, so everything was cool and green. 
Lindsey, Katherine, Taylor (and puppy that refused to walk;)

Kousa Dogwood
The apartments that bordered  one side of the lake had mature gardens, and this Kousa Dogwood knocked my socks off!!

Iris, Peonies
I have never seen Peonies in real life. 
Just WOW. 
If I lived up north, I would have LOTS of peonies. 

Geese family
One side of the park bordered a thicket where we saw geese parents, and their gosling babies. 

Then I saw this beauty.  What is it? 
Looks like our privets, but the blooms drape more. 


(I liked it so much I went back and took a cutting, it graced my kids' table til we left, then it rode the 1400 mile trip back to Texas in the back door of the truck. 
No one even blinked an eye. 
Guess they are used to my plant adventures by now...
or at least they SHOULD be...)

Poppy and Grandgirl Kat..
I caught up with my peeps to see this...P.R.E.C.I.O.U.S...
{Seriously, if you know what that plant is, tell me, I'm very curious}

Fertilizer Friday

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Birthday 2

Day Five: Maryland!!! 
This is where hubby needed to actually 'work',
so we stayed a whole five days at my son, Taylor, wife Lindsey, and one and a half year old grandgirl's.

Katherine is not one to smile for the camera...I really had my work cut out for me:). 

One day we dressed up and had lunch with hubs and Tay. 
Katherine loves her little purse.
Most of our time was just enjoying this sweet family.

One day we went to a lake/park with a great wide concrete path to walk around the lake. 

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Too cute...

to be continued...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Birthday Wish Come 1

For the first time in probably my whole life, I left my home for TWO WEEKS!!!
Hub's work allowed us a two week workcation and we were super excited!!!
For my 45th birthday, I REALLY wanted to go see my step-son Aaron, and step-daughter Tiffany (and fam), which I haven't seen in three and a half years. 
This made it possible. 
AND as a bonus, we were going to be able to see my baby Taylor (and fam) who moved in January.
(Thanks Powers That Be:)
Looks like we are moving doesn't it?
Everything went  except the couch:)
We were driving in a truck so we had lots of room to take 'extra' stuff that my son left behind when he moved in January. 
My son, Taylor, talked hub into bringing him a basset puppy. 
It just so happened the breeder who we bought our Ladybelle from had a new litter,
AND it was on the way, so we stopped and picked up this darling.
Day One: we left Texas, and made it all the way to Kansas.

John Wayne's birthplace, Winterset, Iowa.
Day Two: IOWA!! 
We detoured to John Wayne's birthplace. 
Hubs loves the John Wayne, and so does the son we are visiting last. 
We had to have a picture of his new puppy in front of  the Duke's home.
We didn't inside for the guided tour, we really wanted to keep going...

Of course the best pic is fuzzy:(

To see this guy!!!  Step-son Aaron!!! 
Aaron is going to Iowa State, a
nd he graciously gave us the grand tour of the college (so pretty),
his concrete engineering projects (very interesting),
and town. 
Thank you, Aaron, for sharing yourself with us!!!

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Day Three: Wisconsin!!!
How wonderful to see Step-daughter, Tiffany, her hubby Colyn, and darling four and a half grandgirl Audrey!!!!
Audrey modeled all her 'school work' for us (what a beautiful ham:),
loved the puppy (so did her mom and dad:),
counted to 50:), 
drew us orange juice with extra fruit,
and was just darling. 
Thank you Tiffany, Colyn and Audrey for sharing your sweet family with us!!

to be continued...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Son-Day: "God of Wonders"

God of Wonders

Lord of all creation
Of water earth and sky
The heavens are your Tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on high

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are Holy, Holy

Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
When I stumble in the darkness
I will call your name by night

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are Holy, Holy

Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Hallelujah to the Lord of Heaven and Earth


~God Bless~