Monday, June 30, 2014

Playhouse Square Chandelier

Last month we went to Playhouse Square to see Jersey Boys.  We hadn't been to a play since last year when we dropped our membership.  The plays were getting very raunchy and I really didn't appreciate them. We held on for a while because we enjoyed being with our friends.  We would always pick them up on our way to Cleveland, stop at Creekside in Brecksville for dinner. Ron and I almost always shared a steak.  They have a  salad that beats all others, in my opinion. We would order an extra salad.

The middle picture here n shows the river as it was at that time after having lots and lots of rain this year.

The big surprise for us was the structure in the intersection in front of the theater. The picture shows it fairly well There was a gigantic chandelier. The whole area had been redone and looked fabulous, but I'm certainly glad we didn't have to miss that intersection. It was beautiful.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Girl Friends

Leah and Devin are good friends. I love this picture.

It isn't hard to make a nice layout with such lovely girls and a sharp photo. It seems like lately I've been working with some less than perfect photos. I do have tricks for making them better, but those tricks don't work on all photos. So I especially enjoyed working with this one today.

My life has become somewhat cluttered with chores I'd rather not do, but must.  So I'm cutting his short tonight and may be some time, until the time that I may catch up on layouts. Our recent trip furnished me with way too many pictures and I am short of time to work with them..

May God watch over your comings and goings and may you love the lord with all your heart.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Feed the Pigs

Caleb is featured today in these pictures from the farm. We were able to visit the farm with him while we were in Colorado and were able to meet Rosemary, who  owns the place.  We were very impressed by her farming abilities and her business acumen as well.  Perhaps it is her husband with the business side.  

These pictures were taken more recently after they had found chicken eggs in the horse barn.  They had no idea how long they had been there, so they fed them to the pigs.

It is hard to tell just how long the Muslims have been planning to make our country into a land of Sharia law, but we know that our president had been coached all his life by communists. How the two mix is an interesting question. In my opinion, they are using each other, even though they don't like each other's philosophies, just to beat us and throw us into ruin. Their plan is working day by day.

Our only hope is in the Lord. Praise Him today and ask that He restore our land.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rubik's and x6

Our grandson, Aussie, loves his puzzles. I wonder if he works it in Chinese;)  He got so good at the
Rublik's Cube that he took up the 6x6. I'm not sure about the history of that cube,  but he has done quite well with it, as you can see. He'll be going to nationally competition in August.

I'm praying for all of you, wisdom to trust God in all things. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Movie Star Dog

Lacking someone to talk to (lol), I talk to Maggie while I comb her out each day. One of the things I frequently call her is my little movie star dog. She looks so pretty with her little top knot and big eyes. Her hair is so silky, but it can't stay in place without constant combing knots. That makes her a little princess.  I tell her that this kind of beauty doesn't come easy. There is a price to pay.  

Well she had gotten tired of all the fuss and so did I, so we relented on our plan to never cut her hair. She has gotten a puppy cut since this picture  was taken.  To our surprise, she is still beautiful in our eyes. Don't worry, sooner of later, you will see her new look. It really isn't much different. She still has the tiny puff on top of her head.

Hoping that things start to look a little different in Washington. With all the unconstitutional things that have been done there in the last few years, one would think there would be a price to pay.  But instead of those who are pulling the punches having to step back and rethink their moves, they are continuing to soar away unchecked. We are the ones who are paying the price.  But today one of these tricks has been stopped...that being the appointment of officials to fill high level vacancies while Congress was supposedly  in recess, but not really. Today, the Supreme Court ruled to stop this practice. One for the Gipper!

Now, if we had a hundred years, perhaps we could put a stop to all the rest of the illegal things that are going on in the oval office.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


I wrote about Bee earlier, I believe. On May 20, she  reached 100 years of age. She is in very good shape, lives alone and reads a book every day.  She has a friend, named Greeta, who will be 100 in September of this year.  Coming up behind them is Rita, who will be 93 next month.  I feel so young when I'm with them.  I guess one could say that age is relative.

Many of us  have become very concerned about the number of years John Boehner has been in Congress. He generally talks a good game, but he hasn't been sticking to his guns enough against  Obama.

Now, however, he seems to be taking some of the president's overreach of power seriously. He is suing.  "The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday.

In a memo distributed to House members, Boehner accused Obama of "aggressive unilateralism" and said if left unchecked, it would give the president "king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators."

Sounds like he has finally put two and two together and decided something must be done to save his place in the Republican party as well as defending us against the dictatorial manner in which our present president rules.

We need to stand behind those who are standing firm on the Constitution.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Home sweet home is a very bird friendly place. Although I quit feeding the birds sometime ago when they started fighting over the seed, we are still a very bird friendly place.  On this day in May, we had a heron perched on the garage roof overlooking this duck in the tulips.  Of course that heron may have been watching the goldfish in our pond as well.

There are some 'birds' that are not quite as welcome around here as these feathered fellows in our yard.

This email came to my desktop today. Think about it.

I bought a bird feeder.  I hung it on my back porch and filled
it with seed.  What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled
it lovingly with seed.  Within a week we had hundreds of
birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and
easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the
patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile,
the chairs, the table, everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb
me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my
own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the
feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day
and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch
anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days
the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down
the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be ......... quiet, serene,
and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see......
Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free
medical care and free education, and allows anyone born
here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegal's came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our
taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are
housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an
emergency room doctor; Your child's second grade class is
behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak
English.  Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to
'press one ' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people
waving flags other than ours are squawking and screaming
in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government
to take down the bird feeder.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Father and Son

So far, Oliver is a Mommy's boy, but he is doing better with his daddy.

Wish I were quicker about making layouts. It may come to pass that I'll just have to fill a regular book with pictures from our trip to see the grandchildren. I really don't want to do that, because I really enjoy the creative precess, however it seems like I'm getting  slower and slower and falling asleep earlier and earlier.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I have forgotten as much  math  as I could. Never liked it, never needed it...well at least not since we've had computers. Now that I've pleaded ignorance...I want to give you all a lesson in triangles. I had to check it out because I didn't remember what to call one with three equal sides.
  1. triangle is scalene if all of its three sides are different (in which case, the three angles are also different). If two of its sides are equal, a triangle is called isosceles. A triangle with all three equal sides is called equilateral.  (source: google)
Now, I haven't really seen many pictures of belly buttons, but  I've seen lots of them. Oliver's is the first  triangle I've seen or heard of before.  It has three equal sides, so it would be considered an equilateral triangle.  It reminds me of a caution sign.  Take a good look at it, you may never see another.  By the way, he is human, born on earth...just in case you wonder.

Oh, I can multiply and  divide and do simple algebra, but trig and physics, NO.

Friday, June 20, 2014


I am working on two books now. Have plenty of pictures, but  I found this one of Leah and her friend Tyler on FaceBook that was taken in November of last year and just have to include it.

I really need to learn to work faster, or to take some shortcuts.  But I find the creative process so rewarding that I overlook the problem of it being time consuming at the same time.  It is just too much fun, so much that I can't bring myself to just throw  some pictures together to speed up the process.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PaPa's Cool Bible Stories

I had so many good pictures with this set that I just couldn't limit them to a few. Caleb's expressions are priceless. So here they are...two large pages of picture after picture of Caleb listening to Papa's Bible stories.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Soft and Sweet

This    photo was taken the very first time I picked up my little sweetheart, Oliver. He was five months and 16 days old. It seemed like I would never get to hold him. We had seen him on FaceTime,  but any grandparent, no matter how thankful they are for technology, will tell you it is not the same. We need to hold those sweet little bodies next to ours. Thank you, Beth and John for this precious addition to our family, this little brother to our beloved Caleb.

It's been a long day, but  I did take the time to make this layout in what little free time  I could find.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Neither Caleb or Rado like to hear Oliver cry. I have to admit, it bothers me as well. It is so sad to hear him cry and not be able to do anything to make him feel better.

It is also sad to hear that  the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has been flooded with illegal immigrants who have crossed the  river from Mexico in the last eight months. There have been 47,000 children in the last eight months who have smuggled themselves across the river.  Most of the women and children seem to have been instructed to say they were escaping Mexico because they were afraid they would be killed by gangs. Do any of them get sent back? NO! once  they are across the border and they say they  were afraid, they  are pretty much retained about a month, then sent out to another part of the country.   Imagine us trying to keep up with so many children whose parents are still in Mexico, or  whose parents ware now hiding away somewhere, only hoping to be reunited with the kids.

We may all be very sad before long.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Strong Women

Lauren runs, but that is not all. She is especially active in CrossFit as well...She is one strong girl. But then, so is our daughter, her mother. April helped her dad build a wall today. Now that's a Father's Day present!

Both Kim and April are here.  Kim got here a couple of days before April and she told her dad she would help him build a wall along the drive.  She went to visit a girlfriend  and her family. She  spent the night and before she returned, April and Ron had finished the wall.

Both  these daughters had told us about a book called the Harbinger written by a Messianic Jew, named Jonathan Cahn.  Kim brought the video with her, so we watched it Thursday night. 

If you haven't seen it, I recommend you find a copy.  You can check it out  HERE

It points out the similarities between our country at present and Israel right before it was destroyed.

Saturday, June 14, 2014



I had seen pictures of Caleb holding chickens and it seemed so very strange. I decided I wanted to do it myself. Well this ignorant suburbanite learned something...chickens are really very soft. The one I had here felt like a silky soft comforter. I had no idea. She was not exceptionally happy that I'd picked her up, but I was able to subdue her by holding her wings so they could not flap. I wouldn't mind doing it again, but doubt I'll ever have the chance.

I'm adding this list of famous presidential lies to make it clear that I am not myself, a chicken.

Famous Presidential Lies   
             Written by, To The Point News
  • I am not a crook
GHW Bush:
  • Read my lips - No New Taxes
  • I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski
GW Bush:
  • Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
  • I will have the most transparent administration in history.
  • The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
  • I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
  • The IRS is not targeting anyone.
  • It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
  • If I had a son....
  • I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
  • You didn't build that!
  • I will restore trust in Government.
  • The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
  • The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
  • It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
  • Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
  • We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
  • I am not spying on American citizens.
  • Obama Care will be good for America .
  • You can keep your family doctor.
  • Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
  • If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
  • It's just like shopping at Amazon.
  • I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
  • I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
  • I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi .
  • I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
  • And, I have never lived with that uncle.  He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.
                  And the biggest one of all:
  • "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America .."
                I believe we have a winner!          

Friday, June 13, 2014


It has been a long, long time since December  10. I had not held my grand baby. Finally, we had tickets for our flight  out west to see our two youngest grandchildren.  It was over 1,300 miles in the air, but  was totally worth it and saved us two or three days of driving. Over 19 hours  on the road is a little much for two old people...even for Ron and me. lol

Pictured is Gramma and the boys. They have the key to my heart...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Mother

Back to Mother's Day this year. I enjoyed making his layout of Chelle and the triplets. She had sent me the pictures with different filters or actions.  As savy as I'm supposed to be, I don't really understand the difference. I just dropped them here and there on the layout and was pleased. They lay like that though for weeks.  Today I picked it up and decided on a more arty look.  That's when  I lowered the opacity on the top photo of Mason and his Mom.

On a completely different line of thought. Have you read the Harbinger?  Tonight  we watched a video version of it. Wow! I never had considered the similarities between the fall of Israel and what could very well be the fall on the United States of America if we do not call on our God, mend our ways and seek Him diligently.  We have asked for it, and may very well be destroyed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Big Green Bus

These are new buses to ft Collins.  At 60 feet long, they are quite a sight, especially for a four year  old boy. He fell in love at first site and have been wanting to ride one. So he finally (after about one month on the road) got to ride one while we were there.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Backyard Helper

Have I mentioned that Caleb should be a model. lol  Here his is again, with that great smile. He does like his nice fenced in backyard. The day we left for home, he was out there snapping the numerous, beautifully colored  snapdragons they have growing there. I wish I had gotten a picture of them. I'm not quite sure how that happened, but I failed to get a picture of those gorgeous flowers.  I was really amused because I had never known that one could 'snap' them. I had never seen them snapped.

There are lots of things I still don't know at my age.  Are you surprised? lol
One of those things is how in the world the leftists have managed to brainwash our citizenry.  Oh wait, I do know that. As a college student, I was already speaking, for the John Birch Society, about how the Communists ( We didn't mince words) were infiltrating the colleges with journalism  and education professors.  Many ignorant people looked down their noses at those of us who were telling it like it was...but now it has all come to pass and we are in one horrible condition.

Pray that God sees fit to call us back to One Nation Under God and save us from our greedy selves.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ride That Pig

Caleb is not afraid of anything...well I forgot spiders. It is a just fear. When it comes to pigs, he'll hop right on. Of course, the pigs are not too happy about it. If my trigger finger had been fast enough, I would have a picture here of Caleb flying through the air after being bucked off by this not so domestic pig. It didn't matter to the boy. He jumped up, dusted himself off and went back for more.

Rosemary, the farm owner, watched the show. She opens her farm often so that children can come and acquaint themselves with farm life. Her program is growing well. there were many, many kids there that day.  However, Caleb had the inside track, since he is a regular for classes as well as open 'house'.

He was the center of attention in many instances. Not only was I, his grandmother,\sticking close, but so was a professional photographer who confessed she likes to follow him around. He certainly makes a good subject for the camera. He would be a great model.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Down From the Mountaintop

This page is just a start. We are down from the mountaintop, back home in Ohio. It was a busy and fantastic trip.  There are lots of adventures to talk about. I'm so glad we were able to visit this part of our family and enjoy some cool things together. Hope to be scrapping (making layouts) in the next couple of weeks.  Wish I either had more time or were faster at it...but I'll have a good time reminiscing while I work.  

As you can tell, this picture was taken at the top of Pike's Peak. Although we were told it was 39 and the wind chill was 16, I was quite comfortable in my lightweight  3/4 length sleeve nylon jacket. All I can say is, they must have a strange way of measuring heat. There was still was somewhat dry and not good for snowballs...but we managed to make some for the picture.  

Ron was particularly looking forward to this since the last time he was here 67 years ago, he had a snowball in his hand.  Caleb is now 4 and sharing this time with his PaPa.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Love To Hear You Laugh

Oliver has been running a fever for a couple of days, but today, he was full of big belly laughs. He kept us entertained,

By the way, if you are thinking of naming your baby, Oliver, think again. We thought  it was a good choice, but have heard of several Olivers (Ollies)  nearby. in the last couple of weeks. There could be a over supply by the end of the year.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Late Snow

Today Caleb was at the top of Pike's Peak where there was snow. He had his picture taken with family there...but I realized I had not published the last pictures taken of him in snow. They were shot at his home. He had made a great  big snowball. So here it is, before and after he threw it at the screen door.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mother's Day Revisited

Our daughter Chelle is a very busy lady with three children to home school.  Now I call that a full time mom. Happy Mother's Day every day, Chelle.

Charming Smile

Love this smile of Caleb's. He can be very charming.

While in Vail, we ate a couple of times at the Westside Cafe, adjacent to the Holiday Inn. I was impressed by the Inn there. It was classy, with a gorgeous central  entry. decorated with very masculine leather furniture and a very large centered fireplace. Caleb was humoring me with his  big smile.

God bless the USA.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

More Maggie

There are lots of things to photograph, but Maggie is so photogenic. She not only makes a beautiful picture, she is a sweet friend. Thinking about her...