Monday, August 19, 2019

Love That Breeze

This summer started out rainy. The 'spring rains' just kept coming and coming in torrents. Then it turned hot...VERY HOT as well. I feel a little badly about complaining about the humid heat, since so many people choose to live in places like that and others have no choice. But we chose to not live like that; but it has been given us this year anyway.  

I stay in air conditioned areas most of the time, but I do like to get  out to the swing once in a while and enjoy just watching the fish jump up, the birds fly over squirrels scurry by and water craft of all kind go by. 

This day,  I slipped out and put my legs up on the shaded seat of the swing, wishing to enjoy the fact that we live on the lake. But in no time, here came Ron and our little Maggie, who both wanted to share the swing. I really needed to keep my legs up out of the sunshine to prevent damage to my WHITE, easily burnt skin. So here we are piled onto the swing, both Ron and I with iPhones in our hands as if we were of a younger generation and had nothing to do but stick our noses in the phones. 

Yes,  we eventually put down the phones and enjoyed the view and the wonderful breeze from the lake.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Work Alaska

Brandon left his home in Florida for Alaska, when his job took him there for a couple of months. In my opinion, that was really a great opportunity in many ways...the first being to escape the heat in Florida during the summer.

We'll be seeing him tomorrow. He is here on his way from Alaska to his home to Florida. It is special time to see him because it is also his birthday. We will celebrate it as well as his niece, and our great granddaughter Ava's  birthday, which is also August 17.

Yes, it will be a pretty special day in this family!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tall Ships

Last month, Ava went with her mother, grandmother and her grandmother's friend, Ken, to Cleveland for the Tall Ships Festival. It was a good day at the festival and on the beach as well.

Ava is going to celebrate her birthday this coming Saturday. And next week she will be off to school.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Still Running

Well, I'm running again to catch up. All the while, I can't remember why I didn't post this yesterday. It was a long day, but not unusually so.

Notice, we are still back in July...on the eighth. Beth had taken the kids, Caleb, Oliver and Julia to Lory State Park in their area. It was a great place for hiking and for pictures. They produced some great smiles and made some good memories.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Story of My Life

At present, the story of my life would have to begin with, 'she was always trying to catch up'.
Here it is over a month later and I've just made these layouts of our Independence Day celebration
here at the lakes.

At the top were Phyllis and Judith, friends whom we invited to join us for the fireworks. The guys are sitting behind me in the second picture. Ron was at the wheel and Maggie on my lap. The story about why in the world a dog would be at the fireworks is there as well. Let's put it this way, it was not my idea. Anyway, we all lived to tell about it.

Although the fireworks were delightful. I didn't take any pictures because I was dealing with the dog. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

East Liberty Park Fun

The East Liberty Park is only 5 minutes away from our house, so it is a good place to go to burn off some energy. Here is our little Julia doing just that. Thankfully Mommy had a camera.  

Friday, August 9, 2019

While the grandchildren were here, this little spoiled one, who is used to being the center of attention became a recluse, often hiding  out in another part of the house from the activity.  

Since they left for home, she has reclaimed her 'rights' and has once again become the one we give  our  all to please.

I say she is spoiled, but it isn't because we  buy her all kinds of things. She is simply happy with a plastic water bottle...and those are quite plentiful around here. She will chase after them, bat them around the house and play keep away. She will grab it and run from us expecting we will run after her and we do. 

We love you Maggie. You keep us young...well maybe not, but you do try.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Glen Helen Nature Preserve

Here are our beautiful grandchildren, who were wading in the Little Miami River at Glen Helen Nature Preserve, near Yellow Springs, when they visited with their mother's family. 

I'm so glad they got to see their other grandmother, Aunt and Uncle and cousins  on their way here. They always find wonderful things to do and see. But I was still anxiously awaiting their visit.

I'm always thankful for any photos that I get and this one is especially lovely.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Family Fun

Back in 1989 we took a picture of John with his dad at Christmas. I recently saw online where people were finding old pictures and recreating them years later. We did that with this first picture, where we had John, now 6'2"  sitting on his dad's lap. That was really funny. Then we decided to do a similar shot with John and his son Caleb. This is the result. We really enjoyed finding similar surroundings and mimicking the shot. It was great fun. We loved the result. So I think we'll be doing this again and again whenever we are together.  I recommend it highly.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I'm Back

So sorry. I have been blessed to be very busy.  I have  enjoyed having our youngest son and family here for too few days.

They visited with two of his sisters on the way to our house and her mother and sister before there are LOTS of pictures  for my book.  I just need to get some little  things done before  I jump in and make that  next book.

Tonight I'm using a picture that John gave me from before they got here. It is of Julia, our youngest grandchild who doesn't want to miss a thing...NOTHING.  You'll understand when you look at this layout.    


Crating this  page was fun for me, even if it wasn't a great picture of her, it shows her fortitude. Love  these kids. You'll be seeing more of them soon.