"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Thankful Thursday October 21, 2021

I am so thankful for all our young relatives who are being raised so lovingly and caring- they will be such wonderful adults!
And many thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Wordless Wednesday! October 20, 2021

Photo shared by a good friend.

Have a lovely day!


Happy Tuesday!!! October 19, 2021

Here are the latest cutie pies I made
quilts for! Twin boys who are just too 
darn cute! 
And here are their quilts!
Similiar motif, but different!

Have a Happy Tuesday and many thanks to Sandee!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

One Image a Week on Sunday! October 17, 2021

  Thanks to Cecilia of  https://thekitchensgarden.com

I will be participating in her Sunday post where we all will be making a short video of what we see out our front door!             Feel free to participate! The more the merrier! 

Here is my first little video:

And here is the link to Cecilia's video! 

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Feline Friday! October 15, 2021

Remember the burros from Awww Monday??
Well- here's the indoor kitty from the same home!
What a sweet little cat!

We love all our four legged friends!
Thanks Sandee!!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Happy Tuesday! October 12, 2021

Our adorable Grand niece
celebrating her second birthday!
Everyday is a Happy day for Vivi!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

AWWW Monday! October 11, 2021


Yesterday we went to a friends home for an 
October Fest Party!
Very fun event and we had a great time. 
Especially visiting his three darling burros!
The two above were so friendly, but the
sweet little one below was very shy.

Have a great week!
Thanks Sandee!

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Thankful Thursday October 7, 2021

Thankful for our helpful squirrels!
Seriously- our little friends grab the acorns
I put by the little sculpture
and sometimes they eat them up and other times
they plant them- I keep hoping an Oak tree
will show up! The acorn is right in front of the sculpture....

They are cute aren't they!

See... the acorn disappeared!
While we were down in Weed CA I gathered 
up a lot of acorns to see if I could get the acorns 
to propagate up here.
Many thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!
Have a great day everyone!

Wordless Wednesday October 6, 2021

Those were the days my friends...........


Monday, October 04, 2021

Happy Tuesday October 5, 2021

We had forgotten how immense the open land 
and sky could feel!

And how amazing home grown veggies look!

These garden tools have a remarkable history!
Have a very Happy Tuesday-
where ever you are!

AWWW Monday! October 4, 2021

Surprise! It was my 79!!! Birthday this past
weekend and we decided at the last moment to
spontaneously drive to Weed California
to celebrate with good friends! 
Needless to say we had such a fun time!

Thanks Sandee for Awww Monday!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thankful Thursday and Early Feline Friday September 30, 2021

I am so thankful today for all our good friends
that we have in our lives and especially all our 
good four legged friends that have blessed
our lives by choosing us .
Lucy chose us almost 11 years ago.
And everyday has been fun with her.
Here's the first photo I took of her-
you can see she still isn't quite sure of us.

But very quickly she came to love us as much
as we always loved her !
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!
And Thanks to Sandee for Feline Friday!
Have a lovely day every day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Monday, September 27, 2021

Happy Tuesday!!!! September 28, 2021


John Wagner, a Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when 'fill in the pumpkins' was about the extent of his art classes at St John's Catholic School in Leonia, N.J.

John remembers doodling as a preschooler and says both his grandmother and his mother encouraged his artistic interests. He eventually attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and landed at Hallmark as part of a new artists group. But it was the birth of the humorous Shoebox Greetings (a tiny little division of Hallmark) in 1986 that added a new dimension to John's professional life. The Shoebox way of seeing the world unleashed his talents and he created Maxine.
Why the name 'Maxine'?  'People at Shoebox started referring to the character as 'John Wagner's old lady,' and I knew that would get me into trouble with my wife,' John says. The Shoebox team had a contest among themselves to name the character and three of the  approximately 30 entries suggested 'Maxine'. John says the name is perfect.     
John, who says he's humbled by such acceptance of Maxine, admits he's proud of her. Now you know the story of how Maxine came to be.   

Have a very Happy Tuesday!
Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Awww Monday September 27, 2021

Dinner with Rick and Debbie- 
plus their 4 hens-a-laying !!
They have such a wonderful backyard.
Room for the chickens and lots of veggies!

Below is a version of what my Bro-in-law
cooked for us! Needless to say the shrimp and veggies
were delicious!

Have a lovely and delectable week!
Thanks Sandee!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Happy Tuesday! September 21, 2021

Well our little Kitty pals are adjusting to us. 

Fifi has actually allowed me to come in where 

she was reclining and she did NOT run under the bed! 

She allowed me to almost pet her with one finger!
She did sniff my finger before turning her nose up!

Meanwhile Lola chowed down her food before 
wanting to go for a walk.

So sorry Lola- we are not allowed to take you outside as we don't want to have you get lost! You will have to wait for your family to return in a few days!

And meanwhile Muffin is inhaling her food!
Enjoy your tasty meal and we'll be back tomorrow morning! 
We love these sweet kitties!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Awww Monday September 19, 2021

We are taking care of our friends three cats while they are on a little 7 day vacation. They do not stay with us - we go visit 
and play with them - some are more shy than others!
Here are photos of Muffin and Fifi.
I will post Poo's photo another day!   

Fifi is so shy I could not convince her to look at me
 let alone come out from under the bed! 
Darn- she's a sweet kitty.
Muffin is a bit more sociable 
and I finally convinced her to play!
By the end of the week they will all relax.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wordless Wednesday and Our Return Home September 15, 2021

 The Parowan Gap

Russell and I set out early Monday for Salt Lake City on our three day return drive knowing we would do a bit of exploring on the way! 

Our first stop was the Parowan Gap- a site full of petroglyphs! We spent a few hours there - I had never seen petroglyphs before and was fascinated by these ancient drawings on stone. If you click on the images they will be easier to see.

Final photo- this gives you the idea of how huge these cliffs are. 
Before we drove away I took this photo as a comparison to ancient petroglyphs and today's ? petroglyphs!!

And I also took this photo of the sunflowers we have been seeing all along our drives through Utah.

Our next stop before Salt Lake City was the historic Cove Fort.
We spent quite some time exploring this fascinating restored site. Cove Fort is a fort, unincorporated community, and historical site located in Millard County, Utah. It was founded in 1867 by Ira Hinckley at the request of Brigham Young. Here are a few photos:

Russell standing by the original cabin

Here's the restored fort. 
The flag was at half mast.
  Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox had ordered the flags of the United States of America and the great state of Utah to be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunset, August 26, 2021, until sunset on August 30, 2021, in honor of the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

The community vegetable garden.

Russell reading the historic information plaque. There was a lot to see and learn about at the site. Really glad we stopped here.

We finally arrived back in Salt Lake City! 
And the next morning found us legally speeding!

Holy smokes - what was interesting is that driving these speeds actually improved our gas mileage. Instead of the usual 28 mpg we were getting 35 mpg! 

Now driving through Idaho and the speed limits are the same.

Ahhhh finally we have reached the Columbia River! Our friends in Baker City Oregon will be happy to see us!
We had a great time on our 9 day drive- but it is always good to be home and cuddle with our Lucy! 

Have a great Wordless Wednesday!
Thanks Sandee!