Sunday, August 13, 2017


I make no apologies for the fact I love water and being around the ocean or a lake really floats my boat. I hate being landlocked. I will go out of my way to find a new beach or body of water to explore whenever the opportunity presents itself. Recently it did. We went on a mini vacation to the Heartland to a lake we’ve never been to before. It was in quite a nice Ohio State Park. We heard about it because every July they have a big country western concert there featuring popular stars, like Blake Shelton and Little Big Town. It is a hit with the local yokels and out-of-towners flock from miles around to attend.  Though there was no music playing the weekend we went, a fun time was had by my hubby and myself. I saw a baby heron. That made my day. Unfortunately couldn’t get a picture, try as I might. We love seeing all the wildlife, campers, boats and people… out and about. But mostly we love the boats. Nothing like being in a pontoon boat out in the middle of a nice lake to explore the sights. Have you ever been boating? Do you like it?


Sunday, August 6, 2017


When I was a small child... my parents and grandparents wanted me to go on a double Ferris Wheel at the state fair. I loudly screamed and protested my disinterest.  They couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. But it stemmed from fear, pure and simple. I was scared of heights. Ferris Wheels are pretty tall. I still get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I see carnival rides. Especially the ones that fly high. Merry- go - Rounds are more my speed. They are down to earth. And so is the cotton candy readily available at such venues. This week a carnival came to town and I caught this picture of the Ferris Wheel being put together. Notice the missing cars haven’t been attached yet. In my mind they are better left undone, to disable them. Are you scared of something that is seemingly innocent?

Saturday, July 22, 2017


When I was in elementary school, over 50 years ago, I had a pet toad. I loved it to pieces. Took it to school for show and tell but it escaped.  Made me very sad. So imagine my delight seeing this little one sitting on a patio chair, five decades or so, later… I almost missed it because it blended right into the background. I thought it was a leaf. Have you ever ALMOST missed seeing something, that under closer observation revealed itself to you?  

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I’m getting antsy for autumn to come. These hot days of summer  are getting to me. The humidity especially. So imagine my delight when I saw CANDY CORN sitting in a bin at a store I frequent. It reminded me of  the fall season, up and coming... though still months away.

 I screeched with excitement. And that only intensified  when I saw Halloween stuff out and about... to boot. 
witches hats


old butlers

jack o lanterns

 Though for most people, I admit,  it’s a tad bit early to see these seasonal items on display...  but NOT for me. The timing was perfect. Gave me the emotional boost I need to get through the rest of this oppresive heat wave... one day at a time!

Monday, July 10, 2017

A chance encounter with a LEGEND

On a short trip to Michigan look who we encountered at a rest area. Made me wish I had worn a pair of blue suede shoes. 

My husband hammed it up with the King.

But I didn’t. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017



HAPPY 4th of JULY.


Sunday, June 25, 2017


Beauty can be found in simple things. And the joy something brings to one’s life can be priceless.  Tonight when I was headed out to my car after an unproductive store expedition I happened to glance down at my feet. There in the parking lot was the head of a rose that had been disconnected from it’s stem. Damaged... it lay there ignored by all the passerby’s except me. I instantly scooped it up off the ground... and found a place for it in my van’s cup holder... until I could get it home, and make a space for it on my computer desk,to admire it's beauty. The universe knew I needed a little 'pick me up' tonight. Who knew I'd find it in the form of a discarded flower? The pleasure this gift of nature has brought me is immeasurable. Have you ever found joy in something totally unexpected?