Friday, July 04, 2014

Photobombing 101

I found a vase that I really liked, the colors are stunning, and I had to bring it home.

I promised my friends that I'd do a couple of photos of it, so they could either laugh at my taste, or OOOOH and AAAH
along with me.  
So off I go to a flat surface, that none of the family 
will show up and bother me,
the washer. 

I fixed a 'curtain' behind the vase
and reached for my camera...
First shot, 
Bubba says Hi.

OK so now you get the idea, Bubba has no intention of
leaving the room.
May be getting sleepy

No, just licking his chops.
Ok now, Bubba, it's time for you
to move along
and let 
finish my 
photo shoot.

Thanks Bubba, now I'll hide the vase
so you can't knock it over.
I love these colors, now to find a spot that it can sit
for awhile.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

WOMAN OF COURAGE by Wanda E Brunstetter

When Amanda Pearson's fiance tells her on the eve of their wedding day, that he no longer wishes to marry her, but is in love with her best friend, instead, she decides to travel to  the northwest to a Quaker mission set up by some people she knows, and work teaching the Native Americans about God.  Her father sells their home, and goew with her, hiring a guide to show them the way.  Little did they know how dangerous and hard travel would be, and how many heartaches would hit so close together.  Surrounded by an unfriendly war party, Amanda grabs her father's Bible, which had fallen out of her pack, and suddenly the war party started backing away.
Gravely ill, she is found by Buck McFadden, son of a white man, and Two Feathers, a Nez Perce` woman.  He took her to his friend's cabin, where Jim's wife who was the daughter of a Medicine Man took care of her, until she was well.  Then she asks him to either guide her, or find her a guide, to go on to the northwest.

I'd give this book 5 stars.  Ms Brunstetter has managed to compine action, descriptions of beautiful scenery, courage, and romance, along with a Christian story.  

I was given a copy of this book to read and give an honest review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A scenic drive, over the mountain and through the woods,

but not to grandmother's house. 
 Well, I they are grandparents,
 but not related to us in any way.
We'd promised to deliver 2 guitars to their new owners
this afternoon.  The way to get there was across 
Petit Jean Mountain.  
A pleasant drive most days, but
Just as we topped the mountain, and leveled off,
this is what happened.  
It downpoured all the way across the top, until just before we started down the back side
Here is the overlook, and as you can see, everything was wet and the clouds were beginning to break up.  I wanted to stop, but it was still sprinkling...Maybe on the way back...

I took some photos of some curvy roads, and some mini hills, that if you drive fast, you're tummy will drop, but some didn't turn out so great.

On the way back, it was sunny, and 
most of the road was dry
Here is the site of the old CC camp that was on the mountain. 
Daddy tore one of them down, for the lumber, when they were 
being removed, after the park became a state park.

Hoped for a better shot of the state park sign.

A short of the Arkansas river, as we come down 
on our side of the mountain.

And a shot of the another location, as we were heading 
this direction.

And then,
Some color in our yard.

Thank you for taking the tour with me,
I tried to get a shot of the old buggy, but
it didn't turn out so great.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Stop Thief!!!!!!!

Skylar and Stephen spent all day Friday and 
until about 12:30pm on Saturday with us.
Skylar brought a couple of her 
small dolls
 and a thief stole them.
Here is Bubba, discovering 

He's checking her out
trying to decide what he is going to do with her.

He know's he's been caught, 

Trying to hide dolly
until Skylar forgets
about it, and moves on.
She got my camera, and 
saved the evidence
of his doll playing.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What a Beauty

This morning
while dealing with 
tech support because
internet wasn't working, 
I look out the window, and this is what
I see on the other side of the screen.

 Underside of 
the butterfly, from inside the house.

And now
we go outside, 
here is the
other side of the butterfly 
It is a Lepidoptera.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

This is a Novella by Sarah Loudin Thomas that precedes her book, Miracle in a Dry Season.  It starts when Delilah moves from Chicago, to her sister's home in Wise, West Virginia after her husband dies.  She has no children, and really doesn't think her sister's husband wants her there. She is getting to know her young neice, Perla, and adjusting to the change, when her sister announces that they will be moving, because of her husband's job.  Delilah finds work at the local store, and loves working there, and really likes her boss, not realizing he is falling for her. 

Will she stay in Wise, or will she move with her sister and her family?
This is a surprisingly good Novella, and the price is right, you can download it free from  Can't beat the price, and you'll also get the first few chapters of the book that follows, when Perla moves back to Wise, and stays with her aunt Delilah.  I sure hope I'm chosen to review the book, Miracle in a Dry Season, I can tell you that what I've read so far, is very good.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Skylar

This is my Granddaughter, Skylar, whose birthday was today.

This is her, and her best friend, Kirstyn, who spent the night, so she could go to 
Skylar's party.

No, this isn't her party, but the guy in this
photo was told

that he had to show up for a short while to attend
Skylar's party
he is our minister.
At about this time, he's seen 
this and realized it doesn't
look like a young lady's cake
at all, and  we haven't got any girls
in our church named Frank.

Frank's wife, and a co conspirator in the

And now for Skylar's real party
Have you ever gone to a painting party?
Well, Skylar's Aunt Robin is an 
Art Teacher, and a very good artist.
She hosts parties for small groups at a
very reasonable price,
this was a 2 hour project,
with cupcakes and drinks for 
a snack, after they got their paintings done.
Left to right
Skylar's Aunt Julie, Kirstyn, Skylar, Shawn, and Hunter.
From their smiles, I think they had fun.