Monday, August 31, 2009
This moth and a dozen others like him, plus several bees and other insect critters, were having a pollen party this afternoon on these pink flowers in the backyard. They must have been celebrating the deep blue sky and Fallish temperatures.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Brother in law Don Foy, hubby Neil, sister Jane Foy and nephew Chris Mabry down some dogs and chew some fat to help raise money for Alzheimer's research.
A 25 cent ticket will get you a painted face, or a shot at the corn hole board, or a spot on the cake walk. Sarah and Julia did it all and brought home some goodies.
Real men (Chris) wear painted lady bugs on their bearded faces--for a good cause. And just cause it's fun.
"Nowhere Man" from 'Yellow Submarine'! (It's really Julia...sshh...don't tell).
And then things really get crazy when Mom gets in on the act. She's a party animal, she is.
The cake walk haul--assorted muffins won by Ashely, Ethan, Julia, and Sarah. Can you say "Breakfast!" ?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Shelby winds down from her school day by becoming one with the couch as she watches 'Fred' videos on You Tube. And if you haven't seen the 'Fred' videos, you must be living under a rock or something.
Elijah, on the other hand, never winds down. We hit the trampoline this afternoon and did a bunch of other stuff, too. He got on the tree swing and I pushed him in dizzying circles, while he giggled uncontrollably. Now that's the way to chill.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This is the face of a snake killer.
This is the killed snake, left belly up on the deck this afternoon. I don't know what kind of snake it was. I'm just glad it wasn't anything poisonous, or else the snake killer would have been dead meat. Ah, the joys of living with a cat.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Keep Your Eye On The Ball
Swing, batter batter! Elijah Man keeps his eye on the ball and smacks it out of the park. Or at least knocks it onto the deck so Granny won't have so far to walk when she retrieves the ball. "It's your turn, Granny," he says. So I get to bat, too. He's a sweet kid like that.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Summer is fleeting. Autumn will arrive in less than a month. August in my neck of the woods has felt like Fall lately anyway, which is crazy. Nice, but crazy. I think I'm starting to miss Summer already and longing for the beach and the Emerald Coast. So here is a scrapbook page from our trip to Destin, Florida, back in July, 2007. This was the first time grand daughter Shelby ever saw the ocean. She had her own little disposable camera and captured her own special snapshots of this awesome view. Maybe we can go back next Summer. In the meantime, I'll enjoy the Fallish weather we're having and visit Destin in my dreams.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This is our son-in-law Kerry Kimbrough. He turned 32 this past Tuesday, August 18. I was totally remiss in not wishing him a happy birthday here on 365. He's married to our daughter Kelly, but he's been a part of our family long before they got married a little over a year ago. Kerry is so very one of the good ones. He already knows how much we love him and that we wish him all the best on his birthday and every day, but I'm sure he won't mind hearing it one more time. We love you, Kerry Berry!! (Ma and Pa Ranft)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
To begin with, I can't believe my hubby Neil sat there and allowed this to happen. Not only that, he let me take this picture. It's hard to take a clear photo when you're laughing. This is the second shot. Neil has definitely mellowed when it comes to cats. I'm sure those of you who have known him for a while will agree.
Friday, August 21, 2009
My sister Ann and her husband Terry Sissom were married August 21, 1982. Here they are back in their dating days (Terry looking like Lindsey Buckingham) and Ann looking way too young to date! Flash forward 27 years later and they're still the same loving,
happy-to-be-together couple they've always been. Thanks for showing the rest of us old married folks how it's done! Wishing you both every happiness today and in all the years to come! Love you guys! You rock! And roll!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This little Maple leaf was floating in a birdbath in my yard yesterday afternoon. Looks like it has designs on Autumn already. I think it sailed in from a Maple tree that lives across the street. Her top most leaves can't seem to wait for Fall--my fave time of year, but hey, let's not rush it.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Look what God made! Cute little flower bud....
Look what else God made! Cute Bud(dy) Cat....
Okay, that's my attempt at humor for the day. Hope it made you smile just a little.
Monday, August 17, 2009
And here he is today. His mom and dad took him fishing at Center Hill Lake this afternoon. He said he caught some goldfish. (I think they were blue gill) I was so happy to get to see him today, as he usually spends his Mondays with his other grandmother. And I was very grateful for the opportunity to take his picture on his birthday. We love you, Elijah Man, and hope all your birthday wishes come true, today and all your birthdays to come!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This is just one of several in his collection and I hope will soon find its way back outside and into his hangar, also known as his "man cave". I don't venture out there very often, which is why there are never any pictures of airplanes on here. I feel kind of bad about that. His planes are pretty cool. I'll show them to you sometime.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Grand son Elijah celebrated his 3rd birthday this afternoon with a Scooby Doo themed party and his family and friends at his house.
The giant slide has become a birthday tradition. Here's Elijah man coming down fast!
He loved his new Spiderman bike from Granny and Grandpa and took it for a spin down the hallway.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Eddie returned to the vet this afternoon for his temporary shots, including the Feline Leukemia vaccine. Poor kitty. He was not a happy camper. I had to keep a firm hand on him or he would have high tailed it out of there. Eddie weighed in at a whopping 2.14 pounds at about ten weeks old. His age is mostly an educated guess. He was pretty scrawny when he showed up at my house just after the fourth of July. He eats like a pig these days. I can only imagine he must have weighed less than a pound a month ago.
Grand daughter Shelby was my helper for Eddie's trip to the vet just after school. She loves animals. I can picture her becoming a veterinarian some day. After two shots in his skinny bottom and some worm meds and ear cleaning, Eddie was good to go. Little does he know I've scheduled another appointment for him in four weeks when his manhood will be stripped away (Ouch!) without his permission. I hate that for him, but it must be done. He'll also get another round of shots--most likely a rabies vaccine. Poor thing. He cried all the way to the vet but was strangely silent on the way home. Maybe he overheard me making that appointment....
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Grand son Elijah turns 3 years old on Monday, August 17. He's going to partay this Saturday. He wants a new bike, so Neil and I got him this one at Wal-Mart tonight, along with a helmet to wear when he's burning up the road at his house. Shh...don't tell him.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Shelby, the reluctant third grader, poses for a first full day of school picture before making the long trek to the school building (which you can see directly behind her). She's got that "Aw, man! I can't believe this is happening to me!" look on her face.
Elijah, the dutiful little brother, has said his goodbyes to his big sister, grabs Eddie the striped kitten, and heads back inside where mini waffles and Scooby Doo await.
Elijah attended the open house for Mother's Day Out this morning and met his new teachers. For lunch, while his sister slaved away at school, he pigged out on a cheeseburger and apple fries at Burger King, then did some heavy climbing on the BK playground. It's a tough life, but somebody's gotta do it!
This was the weirdest and kind of saddest thing we saw at the BK playground. Elijah was the only kid in there and put his Crocs in the rack. But there was this one little pink sneaker just sitting in there all by itself.
I thought this was odd because it's an expensive Converse All Star tennis shoe (sneaker if you grew up in the fifties). Probably belonged to a three or four year old little girl.
Neil and I kept calling to Elijah to go down the slide. He called back to us that "There's something in here." I immediately flashed on the kid in The Shining (by Stephen King) who encountered "something" inside a big drainage pipe. And there was that one little Converse sneaker left in the shoe rack.....I was totally creeped out. Then Elijah called "It's a wasp." Oh well. I have an over active imagination sometimes. He did eventually go down the slide.
After lunch, he was down for the count for a couple of hours in my bed, then wandered into the living room and crashed again on the floor.
Time for Shelby to come home! He ran to greet her.
The devoted little brother watching for his beloved big sister to come home from her first day of school.
Here she comes, crossing the street to Granny's house. The school day finally came to an end!
Elijah gets left holding the bag as they march toward Granny's house where there will be Popsicles and mindless television after a day spent quite possibly growing some new brain cells.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Today is Shelby's last day of freedom for a while. Tomorrow school starts. The kids chose Ocha for lunch. Here are Holly, Shelby and Elijah after a big meal of rice and spicy chicken.
I was trying to get a picture without the rabbit ears, but it wasn't meant to be. This is our last weekday lunch with Shelby until the fall break in October I think. She is now a third grader and Elijah will be attending Mother's Day Out two days a week.