Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fallen Leaves for Sale

This page is dated November 17.  That was the last time our yard has been relatively leaf free. The leaves fell so late and then the weather took a quick turn toward winter. Since that date, we've had a lot of rain and even snow and Ron worked on his equipment.

Our yard at present still has snow on top of several inches of leaves, which continue to fall.  Ron has been waiting, waiting and then waiting for a chance to get those leaves dry so that he can load them up and then grind  them into  fine little bits for disposal.  We are thinking that any day now, it will warm above freezing and  dry those things. In the meantime, if you don't have oak trees and would like some leaves, we would be willing give you a discount... No, we'll give them to you FREE, we'll even thank you for taking them. It's our Christmas spirit. Get them free and give them as gifts. It is a DEAL. Come  one, Come all, Get a remembrance of Fall.  Again, I repeat... FREE!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Thank God for FaceTime

I am in a thankful mood. Right now I am so thankful for my family, all of whom are loving  people.
That is of most importance to me. On down that list is  something that we haven't had for most of my life, but now when we really need it, we do. That is FaceTime. I would never have the chance to see and talk to my family in other states (and even when they are out of the country) without FaceTime. 
I would have never seen this sweet expression as Julia told me how very much see likes her new warm sweater with a hood.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Happy Fifth Birthday

I've been on a mission of trying to think positively recently.  It is helpful, but today I took a few minutes to pity myself because I have never been with  this sweetheart kid  on his birthday. Today was the big day, he turned 5. What a boy. 

About a week ago I was talking to him via FaceTime. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he said, "Well  I already have  my Paw Patrol", like he  had that, he didn't need anything more. It tickled me because that is what I gave him last year.  

It is so difficult to know what to buy when he is so far away. What does he have already? I don't know. So  I usually put a burden on his mom  to come up with something.  And then there is delivery time and cost that complicates things. This  time his mom helped me very much by finding something and  calling me from the store. That worked very well for me. But then she had to wrap it.  So a shout  out to a special mom who is so very considerate of and old grandmother who lives too far away.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Just a Hint

I'm not sure where Ashley and her mother were shopping, but I did get the hint that she likes this big old moose.  It sure makes a great picture, and her  room is not small, but neither is it the huge room this big boy would take up.  I'm personally glad she saw it and thought to get this photo. It is pretty special and it does show her love of animals and her willingness to add animals, other than tigers to her wish list.

Ashley, you look very pretty.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

At this  time of my life, I really don't expect to catch up. Besides being behind on the book I'm working on right now, I  have  4 other books I've planned to make. Doesn't  look possible at this point.  I'm slower than ever. But at least I keep at it. It is an enjoyable task.

Tonight's post is from  October 26 when Chelle cast her ballot for the midterm election.  It is a smart move. Glad it is a possibility. Glad she votes. Many do not. However I would prefer that those who do not know their history and do not keep up with what is going on in this country and the world. not vote. One can't watch the news on only one channel or read only one newspaper and be sure to know the truth.  We must gather our information from several sources including history and make decisions using common sense.

Remember History repeats itself and that is happening in our country right now. Many of the young have been brain washed with a love for socialism which has failed over and over again in the past.

Friday, December 7, 2018


One of our favorite stores to shop when we are in Fort Collins, Colorado is Clothes  Pony Dandelion

Toys. They always stock the best things and the atmosphere is great for shopping. As you can see here, on one of  Julia's last trips to the toy store, she found just what she wanted, five little babies. Wait until she finds out how much work that makes for a mommy. Well at least they will sleep though the night ;).

She and I make a great  pair.  She likes to do cute things and I like to make layouts of her. With her mom and dad taking the pictures, it is a perfect match...a great family.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

New Museum in Nashville

I'm generally not interested in museums, but when I am, it is hard to get me out. I have not yet had the opportunity to see the new Tennessee State Museum, but I'd like to give it a chance. Guess I will do that the next time I get to Tennessee.

Here, two of the triplets, Mason and Ashley visited the museum in November. It opened in October, so it was still nice and new. One of their NSA teachers gave extra credit for the excursion. They had two friends go along,. They wanted that extra credit as well.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thanksgiving Color

April was ready to go back  to Parkersburg and the house hunt. But we had to get a picture first. We are usually so busy that we forget these little things that mean  so much, especially  later when we look back on the years.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

She Loves Horses

I love this picture of Julia.  I don't know a story to tell about it.  I wish I knew what she was thinking. I do know that her dress is one of the cutest I've seen.  I doubt there is another one like it. It is just too her. It is covered with horses and she LOVES horses. It is the perfect fit in more ways than one. She is our little cowgirl.  And  I do believe she was born to ride. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Soccer Rules

Oliver started  soccer practice this year and seems to have gotten into it well. I like the expression on his face. He certainly looks like he has a handle on it and is enjoying the game.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tea Cup Sized

Our  Life Group meets at our house once a week and we cherish these visits. Recently we added a new member. Her name is Zoe and she would definitely fit in a tea cup. She belongs to her mom and dad, Tammy and Dave. They have found she likes to come along with them. A funny thing about this is, the first time  this tiny little girl came to our house, our 14  pound Havanese, Maggie was afraid of her. She ran and hid.  It has taken a few visits, but now Maggie is glad to see her. They are not yet best of friends, but they do get close enough to touch noses. on occasion. And of course all of us love her. She is just too cute!

Friday, November 30, 2018

October Snow

I'm glad this snow was in Colorado instead of Ohio. Not only am I not ready for it, I have no desire this year to go out and build a snowman or in any other way enjoy the snow, except from my window.
It is very much fun, however, to see the younger members of my family have a big time in that cold stuff. On the 14th of October, John was out in the weather helping the kids build a snowman, while the boys also enjoyed throwing it around and Julia had fun rolling in it.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cyber Monday

The term Black Friday has been used for years. I am quite familiar with it even though  I  don't get out and take part in it. 

New to my ears, if not to the world, is the term Cyber Monday. I guess once a person does the black Friday thing and the sales following that and they don't find what they really want, they can go online the following Monday and shop til they drop... their phone...or crash their computers or overload their credit cards.

Now that is something this man of mine can like. He certainly does like to order things online. We do get plenty of packages delivered to him. He  feels like it is easier to  do that than to get in the car and go to the store. 

I  abhor shopping least most of the time. It could be because I rarely buy anything but food and clothing these days. There are seven  grocery stores within 5 miles of me.  One is right down the street. It is so easy to buy food, probably to our detriment.  And clothing, in my mind, has to fit and that is often impossible  without trying it on.

Obviously there are plenty of people who enjoy the convenience and ease of shopping online! Thus we have Cyber Monday.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Harvesting Memories, ORU Spectacular

Back in October  I posted a layout of ORU 'girls'  together in  Ohio for several days. Our Texas cohorts had come to enjoy some fall days with us. We had a wonderful let your hair down time together..

Tonight  I'm posting one page from October 12 and one from October 15. Eventually, I may have layouts to represent all the activities for that week.  

These are two of several pictures that were taken at Pine Tree Barn. Jill was the first to arrive from Texas. We didn't waste any time, those of us who could take off and  go to Wooster for lunch jumped at the chance.

The bottom layout is just silly. We had to show our youth by doing something silly at my house with only one husband Ron, the camera man. Not everyone my age for sure can throw her leg up on the kitchen counter. I'm saying that, though I've never actually seen anyone else  do it besides me when I challenged my teenage granddaughter at Christmas. Oh yes, she could do it as well.

I really have to confess that not all these ladies are as old as I am. I am the oldest with the youngest one here at least 15 years younger.

I feel I must explain the comment about Texas girls. All of us in the  bottom picture either live there at present or used to live there (one was born and raised there) or in my case have Texas roots. My dad was a Texan before he married my mother.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Early Snow

Here in Ohio,  we have a little snow.  It was a late autumn, so leaves are still falling like crazy from our oak trees.  Snow covered lawns of grass are very smooth and pretty, but there is a certain charm here to snow covered oak leaves smothering the lawn. Of course that  could be attributed to 'beauty being in the eye of the beholder', or maybe just a positive attitude.  I am enjoying the sight.

These pictures above show our little Julia on her back deck in Colorado,catching snow flakes on her tongue this October the eleventh. It was an early snow. She might not look as if she was ready, but she enjoyed those snowflakes just the same.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Trump Winery

I'm  not sure about this, but this looks like the Trump Winery. It is in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Our granddaughter, Leah was  there with her boyfriend's sister Katelynn in October.

Although Leah works in admissions for Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, she frequently visits Charlottesville.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Couple of Nuts?

Here is our granddaughter Brittanie with a 'couple of nuts'.  It is just what takes over sometimes when you are 4 (Ava is)  and especially when taking selfies.   I hope she enjoys  this when she grows up as much as we do now. She is a cutie.

We are so happy that  Brittanie's grandmother came to the states when she married an American missionary. (We in the United States like immigrants.) Ameda is a very sweet lady. Brittanie's mother is one of Ameda's children.

As much as we love immigrants, we do not have a place for those who invade our country. as those who are in Tijuana  now are attempting. This type of thing has been going on too long and we are finally resolute on protecting our borders.  I am praying that those intent on breaking the law in order to come here, turn around and go back home. Let them come the legal way and we will welcome them with open arms.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Pretty as a Princess

Julia met a princess at a new pizza place in Ft Collins.  I'm not sure, but by looking at her, I would guess she is very impressed by her lipstick.  

I'm not sure about calling all the little girls princesses. It seems too many of them are growing up these days thinking they really are.  

In spite of my belief, I think our little Julia is as pretty as a princess.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

More Fun in the Leaves

What can be more fun this time of year than playing in the fallen leaves? Sharing a pile of them!

Oliver jumped into the leaves and close behind came his big brother Caleb. They  enjoy the leaves and I enjoy the colors and the photos of my sweet and funny grandsons...It's the perfect combination.

Hopefully we know the real story of Thanksgiving, not just the watered down, faith absent story they've been telling us for decades now. The pilgrims were people who were fleeing their countries in search of a place where they could be free to worship as they thought they should, not like they were being commanded by their country. It was a very difficult trip of nearly 3 months across the sea. They started out with about 40 of them among the other passengers going for adventures sake, I suppose.  Half of the those freedom seekers died that year of illness, starvation, whatever. By the next year they had found friends in the Indians and they learned from each other. In November of that year in celebration of  one year in their new home, they had a feast with the Indians and worshipped the God of heaven for  giving them what they needed. It was a true Thanksgiving.

Praying that you all have a very special Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fall Colors At Last

For more than one reason I'm missing all the gorgeous colors this year.  It isn't that  I've not seen them. I have, but it was for such a short time. They didn't turn until really this month and then they didn't stay long at all. Not only that, but I just haven't had the opportunity to get out and make any trips just for shooting photos. I just don't have many pictures that lend themselves to layouts with beautiful fall colors. 

But I just  got these  pictures of Caleb and the leaves piled up in their yard.  I'm so glad  Caleb and his siblings had a chance to make  some great fall shots  for their mom's 'camera'.

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Farm Meets Technology

I love the fact that  our grand children are familiar  with  the new technology info skills,  yet still make time for meaningful real life activities like sports and nature studies. I love the fact that they have been well schooled in farm life at Laughing Buck Farm School in their hometown.

We used to call that well rounded. Is that generally a thing of the past?

Since I don't know if one can read the message on the layout above on a cell phone, I'm copying it here: "Technology brings instagram to the farm. This picture, most likely taken with a cell phone, was sent to instagram  where we see the photographer up in the corner and a list of farm activities. We can show our approval and add a comment. What a  cool world it is when technology comes to the farm, but doesn’t interfere with all the natural fun the kids always have there.

On your right, Oliver interacts with a chicken at farm school."

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Family Love

I think we may have the computer back in working order. It is backed up and every other little thing that might keep me from posting on this blog has been vanquished, hopefully!

I love the picture above of our sweet granddaughter and her maternal grandmother who is a real joy to know.  She came to the states from Ecuador as the wife of a missionary. They settled here in Ohio many years ago.

Legal immigration is a wonderful thing. I support it wholeheartedly.

Tomorrow I will undergo some testing nearby, but should be ready to  blog soon after that.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Painted Gourds

Laughing Buck Farm is a wonderful place for the kids of Fort Collins. They have so many learning activities during the year.  This year they provided  a lot of autumn fun.  They dressed up their farm friends for Halloween. They made leaf ghosts and dolls, they carved pumpkins and this day they painted gourds.

I myself am  quite ignorant of gourds. We never raised them, I've never cooked them. I've never  even seen anything like this one before. But I love this picture of Oliver with this big brightly colored one.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Chelle

I finally have gotten things together with a computer that is working well and has a functional Bridge.
(Bridge is Adobe's  desktop media browser and powerful digital asset manager that allows one to efficiently locate, organize, browse, preview, and batch process content files.) 

Now that you know more than you ever cared to know, it means I am able to find things on my computer, work with them and bring them up when I want to use in putting them on this blog. Ron and I have had a rough couple of days getting things to work again.

This is a birthday picture of Chelle with her family.  It is one of the  things I've been trying to get done  since Monday, but I just couldn't get things together.  All is fine now. I can relax now.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Artistic Chelle

While Ashley was doing anime in Atlanta, Chelle was running around with her artist's palette
looking for something fun to do. The painted Bible page was one of her activities the next month,  but  I added it to this page because the colors look so very nice together.

I guess this will could be her birthday page since  I published pictures of her husband on her birthday. This one will suffice until  I make another one tomorrow  with much better pictures.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11

There are several reasons for Ron and me to celebrate this day. Of broader importance is the fact that it is Veteran's Day, which will always be on November  11.  Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. That was ended, not only on the 11th month and the 11th day, but  also at the 11th hour.

I salute all the Veterans out there.

The next in importance to me is it is our third daughter, Chelle's birthday. Next, it is my cousin, Linda Turner's birthday.

And then last and perhaps never again, our Harvest  Dinner at church fell on November 11th this year. It was quite the thing with lots of good food. Just what we need...maybe not, but oh so wonderful on the tastebuds and lots of great company.

The pictures above have nothing to do with November 11 at all, but I did design the page today, November 11. It tells about our son-in-law's play Twilight of the Gods,  which ran again this October in Nashville, Tennessee. This time Greg played the part of Edgar Allan Poe. I certainly wish I could have been there to see it.  I lament the fact that I didn't.

By the way, Greg is Chelle's husband. So he was in on celebrating her birthday today.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

On Lake Time

Well we still have to adjust our clocks like everyone else when Daylight Savings Time  comes around and when it goes away, but there is still a little bit of freedom here at the lakes...during boating season at least.  One of the best relaxers  I know is to just go out on the lake and forget what time it is...just relax.

This picture was taken 2 months ago. Oh what has happened  in that  time. It has gone from pleasantly warm to snowing. The biggest issue with me  is, the leaves have just started to fall...they are very late! There are lots of them all over the ground and we can't  get them up easily  while they are wet with snow.  Perhaps it will warm up some usually does...Indian summer. I hope that does happen this year or we may have leaves on the ground until spring.

It is always fun to take someone out on the boat who has not been at 'the lakes' before. It is a wonderful area to share with friends.

This time, Laura was here from Texas, visiting her sister and my friend Phyllis. It was a good day.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Community Service

We're going back some tonight. When Ron joined the group of people at church who were  doing a community service project in June, I was extremely busy working on pictures for  our middle son's funeral.  So,  I just didn't get this done.  I had made a book covering that time frame, but had not included mention of that wonderful day of service to the neighborhood in Cuyahoga Falls.  I ran across these pictures tonight and decided to go back in time. Glad I did. 

Writing of Mark's funeral was coincidental to the fact that today we went to a very nice funeral service for a lovely friend at church. She was the 97 year old mother-in-law of one of my ORU friends, Paulette.  It was a beautiful celebration of her life.

It is wonderful when we have no question at all about the destination of the deceased and that is certainly the case here... She raised a very special family as a result of her steadfast faith.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Our Sweet Maggie

We are  both so very glad that five years ago, Ron chose  to give me a little dog for my birthday, even though he had wanted a big  dog. This little girl was the best choice for us. She is my little princess and her daddy's Tomboy.  She is the perfect mix between prissy, smart and pretty, yet  the down right dirty work outside, ride in the truck and on the tractor kind of sidekick. 

She doesn't play favorites and she communicates with us very well. She understands everything we least it seems she does. 

So with all our children out of state, she is the center of attention around here. Our oldest daughter claims that her dad treats the dog better than he ever treated any of them. She is right. However it is a good thing. The world would not appreciate a person spoiled as badly as our dog.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Old Town Churn

Old town Churn is a brand new ice cream shop in the original part of Fort Collins, Colorado called Old Town. It is a great historical place to visit. Caleb, Oliver and Julia went to it's grand opening with their mom and dad, on the 27th of October.  As part of the party, they were offering to paint faces...and of course these cuties were up for that! And how cool they look. 

These are not their Halloween pictures, but the time was right and they do have masks painted on their faces and they do have special ice cream treats. So, I added the Trick or Treat title for a fun page.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Carving Pumpkins

It's fun to watch mommy and daddy carve pumpkins, but it is even more fun to do your own, right Caleb? 

Julia, Caleb and Oliver show their  cool jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

Well, I have to admit, I'm a little spooked right now as they count votes. It would be very hard to watch things go in the socialistic direction once again.

 Hopefully by morning God comforts me enough to carry on...I know He can.  And besides. This world is not  my home, I'm just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Ghostly Fun

Tim and Carolyn really made a beautiful appearance with these grand costumes.

 Well. I've had a few very busy days and I'm heading to bed early.  At least I was able to post a Halloween picture.

Hopefully we  won't be scared tomorrow night when the results  roll in.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Witch Only on Halloween

Last nights post showed Ashley and  Mason trick or treating at their own house along with two neighbors.  Their mother was passing out the candy, dressed as a witch. And here is the layout with her in costume. Like I said last night. There is no trouble coming up with costumes at their house!

Tonight  I'm concerned that many people will be tricked into voting for people they really wouldn't want if they new the truth. Some of  those  people  are not being on the up and up about what they stand for. If they have changed their tune lately, it is not a good sign. They see the writing on the wall and now want to appear to be what the people are looking for this election.  Before you vote. Check to see what the candidates have stood for and done in the past. That is a better sign of what they will do again.  

I was speaking  to a friend this morning about the many thousands of illegals who are heading to our border in caravans. He didn't realize there was a problem.  It would be an invasion if they were to cross into our nation. Those who refuse to listen to both sides of  the story do not realize how dangerous this is.  They can't be blamed really for not knowing.  It is the job of what is called the fake news to keep them ignorant, so that our country can be overthrown. It is very difficult for me, one who loves this country and always have, to  imagine why people want  to throw away their freedom like that, but there are many who have been schooled that way all the way from pre-k by teachers who have been converted to Marxism. 

Those of us who lived through it with our eyes  open saw it happen. When Khrushchev of Russia, told us they would bury us, he meant it. They set out to  plant Marxist professors in the journalism and education classes in the universities. Most teachers these days went to those colleges and universities and had to learn socialism...another word for communism. So did most journalists. So we are now educated by those teachers and get our news from those journalists. Our textbooks are also slanted that way. 

It is a sad state of affairs. But, like I said, some of us still have a clear head and a complete picture of what they are doing. They have brainwashed a large portion of our population,  but not all of us.

Please educate yourself by listening to or reading both sides and VOTE this Tuesday if you have not all ready.  Please don't  vote more than once or encourage illegals to vote...if they get caught, they will be thrown out of the country. Hopefully, all the dead people who have been voting in past elections have been found and removed from the voting  roles. It is about time!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trick or Treat

Well there should be no reason to go without a Halloween costume in the Greene family. Since their dad has a theater and writes plays, there is a big love of costuming. Chelle and Ashley both love to make costumes. So there is really no problem finding something  to wear on Halloween.

Here, Ashley is wearing one of her cosplay outfits, that of Link,  which you've seen posted on this blog earlier this week. And Mason? Do you recognize him on your right? He certainly does look different. He might be  dressed as someone you know.  I can't say that  I recognize what character, if any, he is; but he really does look scary. I mean if I looked in the mirror and my hair looked like that, I'd be frightened.

When  this picture was taken, they were begging at their own  house, where their mother was dressed in costume and handing out treats.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Backyard Fun...Climbing Dome 2

More pictures of the kids on their climbing dome. Back yard fun.  

I need to get to work now and get some more layouts done. I caught up with two books. Now  I'm ready to put October in the next issue. I'm not sure I'll have enough pictures, though. I'm thinking Halloween, for example. We miss it here. No parties. No children begging on this main street. We miss all the fun. All I have to look forward to is pictures of the grandchildren and sometimes our grown children in their costumes. So far I have four pictures...just four. I will post them as I get them, hopefully starting tomorrow.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

More About Link

I'm posting more  pictures of Windwaker Link and I just found out something I had not known before. It is very interesting and of course, if I played the video  game Legend of Zelda,  I would have known all along.

Ashley had dressed as Link before at another cosplay event, but I didn't know that Link has  different looks for whatever protagonist he happens to be. Now I just need to find out how many looks  there are.  

In the meantime, I think I'll just work on scrapbook pages for my fun and leave the game playing and cosplaying for the younger ones.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pretty in Pink

As much as I would have liked to splash some vibrant fall colors on this page tonight,  I just couldn't do it.

 I've fallen in love with this little great granddaughter and her very pretty pink dress and just had to do a layout. It demands soft pastels, so here we are with a sweet, flowery post.

How is it that all of us think that our own grandchildren are the prettiest, cutest, smartest, best all around?  I know it is not just me.  Oh don't get me wrong, I can also be realistic on those days when...oh, you know as well as I do. All of them have little things they do that you wish they didn't, but then, you still love them so much. 

It is like God is with his children, you and me. He knows our every thought, so he knows if we just made a mistake  or if we really don't care what we do...or ever worse if we do something on purpose to hurst someone.

We can hurt Him deeply by turning away, but He still loves us. Remember that. He loves you. He is hurt if you do something of which He doesn't approve; but He loves you anyway and He will welcome you back anytime you turn around and reach out to him.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Ashley as Link

Link was another character that Ashley portrayed at the Atlanta Cosplay this September. She dressed in four different 'costumes' and this is the third  I've posted, so there is one more to post. Ashley is an artist and as well as doing cosplay of Japanese characters, she draws them as well.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

More Cosplay


Some time ago, I posted pictures of Ashley dressed as Morgiana for a cosplay in Atlanta. She actually portrayed four different characters that weekend. Here are some pictures of her as Jirou. It was good to have her mother with her to capture some great shots.  

Since these were taken in late September, Ashley has been quite sick. We are hoping she is now on the road to recovery.  Some of her problems have been bronchitis, strep throat and walking pneumonia; so for those of you inclined to pray, please remember to mention her. 

It has been very hard on her and her brothers who have also been sick. Just pray for the family. I would appreciate it and they would as well.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Good Job, Runners

This is a running family. When Caleb started his running club, the younger kids decided to run as well...and they did. The coach now gives them a foot charm each time they do. On September 27, these pictures were taken of Julia and Oliver counting their lap sticks that showed the distance each ran that day. Oliver had run 1 and 1/10 mile and Julia, who just turned  2 1/2,  ran 7/10's of a mile.

I cannot even imagine how much Caleb, the official runner, ran. Of course we are proud of them all.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

Climbing Dome

The Climbing Dome was a new addition to our son's family's backyard in September.  It  surely has provided a lot of fun and exercise for the kids. Here are Oliver and Julia playing on it while  big brother Caleb was at school.

I did mention the big brother here. Caleb is an especially good big brother, unlike the one in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. If you haven't read that book, you should. Too many people, in ignorance,  are wanting to adopt that way of life now.

Catch and Release

These grandchildren of mine never cease to amaze me. I could hardly believe it when I saw Caleb just reach up and grab a fly in mid air. Now his younger brother, Oliver, is doing the same. While I wouldn't want to do it myself, their quick reflexes really do impress me.  

It certainly does beat chasing the fly around the house for 10 minutes while wielding a fly swatter. 

Not only does he catch the fly, but he practices catch and release as well. Not that I am for catch and release, I'm not. But in the fly's case, it is fine with me give it freedom, to let it go freely on it's way outdoors. It just has to respect my borders.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

ORU Officials

This is the first time in several years that all the officials of ORU have gathered in Northeastern Ohio.
It was a planned reunion of Ohio representatives and those who now reside and preside in Texas. The main purpose being the enjoyment of not only each other's company, but to also the beautiful fall leaves.

Although we had a wonderful  and productive visit, we were disappointed that the leaves were late turning colors.  I suppose we'll just have to try it again in the future.

Meanwhile we did enjoy tending business while we were together. At present, not all our  earth breaking decisions have  been released to the public. I'm not sure they are ready yet. Stay tuned here and be informed at the right time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Well, I'm Back

Since I'm not caught up to the present right now with my scrapbook pages or my life in general, I'm posting a flashback of our grand daughter, Leah, at Carter Mountain's Bold Rock orchard, vineyard and cidery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lovely lady, beautiful scenery. It is a great location for photos. I love the soft shades of color there in February...and Leah has just the outfit to emphasize that color scheme.

Will I ever catch up?  As much as I would like to do that, it doesn't seem likely. Every move I make is slower than in the past. I even think slower sometimes. But making layouts is my love. So glad I can do it; so I'll stick with it as long as possible.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brain Vacation

Yesterday, I posted a page about Ashley as Morgiana.  I made at least one mistake in the text. The anime cosplay was near the end of  September. She had been back to school for some time before that weekend.  I copied the rest of the info about the convention straight from the web, so it may be wrong as well.

If my brain is going to be on vacation, I think I'll just take one.  I suppose it needs a rest. I'll be back on the blog in one week. Please don't think I've stopped blogging all together. As some used to say when I was very young, "If the Lord is willing and the creek doesn't rise"  I'll be back.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cosplay Morgiana

Greg was busy with his play this year, so  Chelle took Ashley to the anime cosplay convention  in Atlanta this summer. They also worked together to put together all the costumes, two of which were new this  time. She portrayed 4 different characters that last weekend in September. Morgiana was the first  one.