Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day One Hundred Eighty One 2011

Mom/Granny/Great-Granny's Lunch Bunch today at Mom's place. From left around the table: sister Ann, niece Julia, grandson Elijah, niece Sarah, brother Ken, MOM, sister Jane, great-niece Ashley, nephew Chris, and great-nephew Ethan. The greatest family on the planet and always good for a laugh or two. Until next you all!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day One Hundred Eighty 2011

"I am...a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then." ~John Ford
Found this one hiding under a hosta in the front yard this morning. Someone once said, "All mushrooms are edible...once." Mushroom pizza sounds good right now.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Nine 2011

Grand daughter Shelby, always the artist, drew a face in her McDonald's ice cream cone at lunch today. We all agreed that it looked like the Disney fish, Nemo (of Finding Nemo fame). Cute face. Both of them.
Wishing my Big Brother Ken Mabry a very happy 62nd birthday today!! Love you always!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Seven 2011

I didn't take a picture today, so I'll share with you a blast from the past--the grandpeeps and me from June 29, 2007. Time sure does fly.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Six 2011

One is the loneliest sunflower. After hubby Neil hacked down the jungle that was flourishing on our back hillside, he discovered this lonely sunflower growing there, thanks to some bird or squirrel that must have dropped the seed in the weeds. It is a pretty pitiful specimen. I've never seen one with petals growing out of the center of the seed pod. I guess we'll leave it out there and see what comes of it. I love sunflowers, so one is better than none.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Five 2011

Blowing bubbles with grandpeep Elijah on a TGIF. He said the bubbles looked like diamonds. It doesn't get any better than this. Hope your day sparkled, too.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Four 2011

The sky was undecided today. Loved seeing blue for a change. No rain here. Yet. There was a tornado warning about 15 miles east of our back yard this evening. The sirens were blaring as the sun was shining. Go figure. Hope nothing came of it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Three 2011

Grandson Elijah's tee shirt says I've Got Game, and he did, pretty much all day on the Wii. He and Shelby played Super Mario Brothers, which I think is Elijah's favorite video game. Then they both did a little target shooting with this way cool gun. They both ran out of video game steam this afternoon when Shelby dug out paper and Sharpies and made some art, and Elijah curled up on the couch. It would have been nice to spend some time outside riding bikes, but we got soaked again, so the bikes got to spend the day in the back of their mom's truck.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy Two 2011

I got in a little closer today with my long lens while the momma starling was feeding her peep. The little one seems to be the only one in the nest and in no hurry to leave home. With all the rain and stormy weather today, I'm sure that nest feels pretty cozy, especially with home cooked meals served in bed.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy One 2011

Biker Peeps. Grandpeeps Shelby and Elijah brought their bikes over today and enjoyed riding up and down the sidewalk and street. Elijah had a bit of a meltdown this morning because his brand new red bike still has training wheels. He wanted them off. Now. I eventually dug out a wrench and tried to remove them, but I couldn't budge the bolt or nut or whatever it's called. Elijah gave it a shot, too, and when he saw they weren't coming off, he calmed down and enjoyed his bike. Last I heard as they were leaving this afternoon, his dad was going to remove the training wheels, and Elijah was going to learn to ride without them. Hope he wore his helmet.

Bird Peeps. They blend in with the tree trunk, I know. Hope you can see this blackbird or starling (not sure what kind) feeding her peep. She stays busy all day long, bringing them food (sounds like more than one inside there). I'll be surprised if they're still there tomorrow. This hole in the trunk of this maple tree is a popular spot with this bird--if it is the same bird. She comes back year after year it seems. Peeps almost ready to go. No training wheels.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day One Hundred Seventy 2011

Daddy Neil and Daughter Kelly~Happy Father's Day!

The Beetles. They were all over this hosta earlier in the evening and then we noticed them all clustered on this one leaf right before this huge storm blew through town. Wonder if they knew it was coming?

A mighty storm blew through here this evening with fierce straight line winds that blew this rather large limb out of our silver maple and onto a deck chair. The wind was scary!

We were pelted with hail in all shapes and sizes. Thankfully, nothing fell on the cars and house and the storm came and went pretty quickly. This has been one crazy wild spring!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Nine 2011

Some of the best banana pudding on the planet can be found at Bobby Q's restaurant here in our little town. Daughter Kelly is visiting this weekend, so we got three to go. Yum!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Eight 2011

Hubby Neil took the day off today and spent much of it installing tin ceiling tiles in the living room. Progress is slow but steady. Still much to be done, but it's getting there. Happy TGIF, everyone!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Seven 2011

Monkeys at the zoo? Nah! It's just grandpeeps Elijah and Shelby inside the playground at McDonald's during lunch today. Although, it did sound like a zoo in that area of the restaurant.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Six 2011

All things being equal, the saying goes, so I guess it's no surprise that after such a gorgeous day yesterday we'd be bombarded with hail and lightning storms today. All day. I'm not sure if it's over yet. At least the plants got a good soaking.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Five 2011

Spent a pleasant late spring afternoon with peeps at my mom's place out on the porch in the swing and rocking chairs, talking about weird dreams (think flaming skulls with helmets and swords) and laughing and eating Kit Kats and M&Ms and playing a neat game called The T Shirt Game (similar to Apples To Apples), then picking big fat cherries and slamming them into the pond scum. Now that's a fun time; I don't care who you are. Love ya, Peeps!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Four 2011

Hubby Neil is putting up tin ceiling tiles in the living room. Slow process. 14 up, 85 to go. Every time he fires that nail gun, I feel like I've been shot. Makes me jump every time. Long way to go. One day I'll show you the finished product.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Three 2011

This is what you get when you try to take a picture of a hydrangea bush in no light with no tripod and a slow shutter speed. My blurry pic looks kind of impressionistic (is that a word?). After Neil cut down the tree it had been trying to grow under, it finally got some sunlight and is growing up and blooming like crazy. Maybe I'll take another picture of it sometime. In the daylight.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty Two 2011

My hubby Neil was sitting there holding one of the tin ceiling tiles soon to be installed I hope. I asked him what he was doing. He said, "Contemplating." And I thought he was asleep. He's trying to figure the best way of going about laying this tile ceiling. The position of that first tile is crucial to how the rest of it goes up there. He's good at stuff like this and will make it look great. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty One 2011

Grandpeeps Shelby and Elijah are happy that their Granny and Grandpa finally joined the 21st century and bought a Wii. I must admit, it is very cool and lots of fun. Today they brought their Scooby Doo and The Spooky Swamp game and spent a good deal of the afternoon helping the gang battle weird and lethal zombies. In that screen shot, there is this huge zombie leading a musical band of zombies while he plays the harmonica and terrorizes Daphne and Fred. The gang and the grandpeeps were victorious in the end and advanced to the next mysterious adventure. As for myself, all I know how to do on the Wii so far is bowl. But I'm willing to learn, so who knows. Happy TGIF, everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day One Hundred Sixty 2011

My Kindle DX is all decked out in a new skin (or cover) thanks to son in law Kerry who has much patience and a steady hand. I've had the skin for months but was too chicken to apply it myself. Kerry's an expert at this stuff and didn't seem to think it was any big deal, but to me it's like wow! How cool is that?! Now my Kindle is all ready for the beach. So thanks again, Kerry! Here is the link to the web site if you want to check out skins for your devices:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Nine 2011

Daughter Kelly and son in law Kerry are visiting for a day or two and took grandpeeps Shelby and Elijah to Echo Valley Pool this afternoon for some cool fun in the hot sun. They had a blast and came home tired and hungry and happy.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Seven 2011

I think it's time for Granny to clean off the fridge. Maybe the grand kids will make me some new stuff to show off. Hint. Hint.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Six 2011

Grandson Elijah is very proud of his T Ball trophy. He and his team, the Muck Dogs, deserve kudos for a season well played. I'm so proud of you, Elijah!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Five 2011

Supper at Subway at 8:30 tonight. The turkey bacon avacado sandwich on flat bread is pretty good (I added melted Swiss cheese on top of the turkey/bacon). It tasted better than it probably looks, but it was late and I was really hungry, so who knows. Hope you are having a tasty weekend.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Four 2011

It's National Doughnut Day, which is supposedly a real holiday created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. It is celebrated on the first Friday in June. Doughnut shops around the country are giving away a free doughnut today. Hubby Neil and I will always take advantage of any excuse to head over to Ralph's Doughnut Shop and pick up one or two or three. (No freebies here) My fave is the cake doughnut with vanilla icing and sprinkles. I can't think of a better way to have a happy TGIF. Sweet!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Three 2011

Grand daughter Shelby amused herself this afternoon playing on a web site called Dress Up Girl. She enjoys dressing the models in different clothing and hairstyles and accessories. Not only can she dress up girls, she can decorate cakes, like she's doing here--don't you love her finished product?--groom cats and dogs, and decorate rooms, among other things. It looks like fun. I may try it sometime. And I'd love to have a piece of that cake!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day One Hundred Fifty Two 2011

It's June already. How did that happen? June means summertime. Summertime means dandelions all over the back yard. Pick one, blow on it, and make a wish.