Monday, October 15, 2018

Sunday Fun.....

 Ted and I went for a walk on a walking path, where daughter Kathy will be moving in a week or so. Kathy was with us and took this shot.
  We also went to the little Japanese park in Carmel, Indiana. I love this place so much.  You can see the big Koi fish.
  They were yellow, white, orange, and black.  We saw a bass swimming with them.
  Plenty of ducks also. The lily pads have almost taken over the entire pond from when I first saw it in spring.
  I love the plants, shrubs, and trees around this pond. It's so beautiful and relaxing.
 There's color appearing in lots of the trees. It was chilly this whole weekend, we wore jackets both days.
  This is the city building nearby the park.  It looks like a coastal building to me. I think because of the steeple in the center.
  Doesn't this look like a perfect place to picnic?
  A water feature fountain. I hope no one ties to drink from this.
 There are picnic tables across the way. Some one was eating lunch .
  You can rent a bike to ride around on ,as the Monon trail runs by this park.  Look at the pretty sky shot here.  We had a wonderful  time with Kathy. Ate lunch at the MCL cafeteria.  Went to Kathy's  new apartment to check out the route the fellows will take to move her soon. Then we went to her place and picked up things she wants to store here for a bit.
 I found some pretty leaves on our walk and brought two home. :)  I wish our trees here had such pretty leaves.  Around our property the leaves are  brown and yellow only. We are to have frost in the wee hours of tomorrow. Brr. So not ready .
   Hope your week is a good one. Prayers for all in need. XO

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kids' Fun Times....

 I had to laugh when I saw that Luke likes to mow...look at his mowing outfit.  Long sleeved onesie and boots. :)
  Here Luke chases Max down the sidewalk.  Too funny.
 These boys get plenty of outdoor playing. Here at an outdoor play ground.
  This is inside. Luke is ready to go down the slide.
 You would think the boys would wear themselves out playing....no it's is usually the adults who don't have enough energy to keep up.
 This is in their own backyard.  Max is waiting to catch Luke. :)
 At the end of all that playing is baths , cuddle time ,and storybooks. Even time to snuggle and pet Madison.
 In the mean time...princess Layla is getting her nails done. Can you even believe it? Her other grandma gave her mommy some money to spend on fun...so they had their nails done.  I saw the end results, tiny little flowers on each little toe and finger.
 The youngest of the great grands  celebrated his 1st birthday with his dad Rick, mom Margo, aunt Sierra, grandmother  Angie (holding Leo ), grandfather Mark and uncle Jake. Times flies where children are involved.  Hold your babies, squeeze them, tell them you love them. The time goes so quickly. Wishing all of you love.
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Outside Decor......

  This is the wreath on the front door. ..you know the one I bought for a dollar at a yard sale. I have yet to get a ribbon on it to change it up from last year.
  I painted  our scarecrow's hat and spiffed up his face a bit.  Tore out the petunias but left the marigolds in this pot. Added  one of the little pumpkin and some fake fall foliage.
 Stuck some faux flowers and leaves into this container with the colorful potato vine. If it gets near freezing this weekend  at night, this vine will probably be a goner.
  I cut the bright green potato vine out of this container, except for one little spot. Added fake flowers and two little pumpkins. A wooden pumpkin plaque with a welcome sign on the handrail.
  Put some old sweater pumpkins along with faux flowers, ferns, and a small scarecrow, into a big basket for the table on the porch. A black cat silhouette is ready to jump from the table on your right. I keep the little shutters as a back drop when I decorate this table.
  My great granddaughter Layla made this pretty pumpkin for me. I have it on the fridge

                                        
 This is hanging alongside . It's a sweet picture of leaves and acorns. The acorns are the hand prints of Luke, Max and Layla. This is a keepsake. :):)
 Another scarecrow is by the flag pole bed. I did a lot of weed pulling  and chopping yesterday. Cutting out the lily stems ,that were like  cane poles,  they were so tall.  So ashamed that I let the beds go so long.  Came inside afterwards, I was getting plenty hot.  Then I did two loads of laundry., which is a breeze after weeding. LOL
   Another hurricane is headed to the southeast corner of our states. Please everyone be safe.  Praying for all. XO

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sunshine & Harvest.....

  This is just last week, the soybeans look so pretty. The sky was blue and the temperatures were in the 70-80's.
  This is how soybeans look when ready for harvest.
  The field across from our house. I thought it was getting harvested two weeks ago, but it was the field next to this one.  You can see our courthouse in the center , on the horizon.
 Three days ago, the farmer did harvest the beans across from us. He worked into the night, almost midnight. The combine, the wagons, trucks and semi , pulled out at 11:50 pm.  Now I can wash windows.

  Doesn't this web with the big spider just make your hair stnd on end? it give me the heebie-geebies.
  I spotted this luna moth in town. So pretty.
  My orange mums are blooming.  They really are brighter than they look in this photo.
  The clump of grass at the shop is looking pretty.
 Time to put the scarecrows out and maybe give them a bit of shine up.  I think they need new hair (raffia) and just maybe brighter hats. :):)
   Hope all of you are having cooler temperatures. Ours have been up and down...even though the weather forecaster predicted 8 days of 80's.  There was a slight cool down after the rains.  The rain was so hard and heavy at one time, I thought, hey I may not have to wash the windows. LOL
   Wishing all a beautiful weekend. Be safe. XO

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Decorating...

  Getting some decorations set out. Filled this little tray with some small things, to make a centerpiece. It's not in the center of the table in this shot.
 I got out the pumpkins I made last year from old sweaters, doilies , lace, and twigs for stems.
 Stuffing , twine and twigs.
 Some old paint -by- numbers , that someone painted long ago. Got these from a thrift shop.
 I love the bright colors of these paintings. I remember doing some years ago when we were so young and broke. LOL
 Anyone can make cloth pumpkins. You do not need to sew even.  Use ribbons, twine and strips of lace.
 I bought this pheasant planter many years ago, on sale. I love his pretty colors. I never put a plant in it.
 Found this little oil painting at goodwill.  I just love it.
 So I put the old paintings,  old books,  tiny fake pumpkins, and the ones made from the  sweaters.
 I even used a couple cards I have saved from last season. Don't forget a sunflower or two. :):)
Here's the pheasant beside a couple paintings. So the mantle is fully decorated.  Sorry I forgot to show the entire mantle in a shot.  I have a basket of fake pumpkins for the porch, but picked up three little real ones today. My daughters got some different colors for their decorating schemes.  I 'll get some pictures soon.
  We had the nicest weather this weekend. Today was really pretty and low temperatures compared to what we have had.  No AC...hooray.  It's been so wonderful to have the windows open.
  Wishing all a great new week ahead. Be safe. XO

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Catholic Church...

 I am not sure how these picture were taken, possibly drone. There's Tipton's Catholic church  in it's glory .
 The two story house just to the right, on the corner, is the priest's  house. Big and nice for one man and a housekeeper. LOL
 This shows a better view of that house.  My mom's house was four blocks north of this corner. So I have always loved this old church. I have gone there for weddings, baptisms, and Communions. I was baptized into the Christian Church. Another of my favorites.
 When I lived in town , I  walked by this church on many of my walks. I would always look up to the crosses. One high upon a steeple and one on the tower with the rosette window.
  Many years back, lightening struck the steeple and the steeple  burned. The church replaced it . But who ever was in charge of all that rebuilding ,hiring the builders, no one thought to check the structural  soundness of the entire church.  After all lightening is a tremendous force of power.

 Things started happening to the church's structure, tiles and the coating falling .  The church was deemed unsafe. It had to be torn down.  The steeple was removed and saved. The pews, the stain glass, and the statues were saved also. Many more things.
 You can see the brick under the layer of "stucco" , not sure what that is called. So all that is left of that beautiful old church is the steeple . There's been fund raisers of all kinds, to rebuild our Catholic church.

 Over the weekend there was a festival in the little town south of Tipton. My daughters went for the day. I used to go with them, but honestly my feet can not do that many miles of walk and standing around.  Sad but true.
My daughter Karen bought this for me, in memory of the church. The man called it a pen and pencil holder. It is made from the pipes of the church's pipe organ. So thoughtful of Karen. I am thankful for my beautiful loving daughters.
  I hope you are still reading. On Saturday evening , my classmates and I were celebrating our 55th reunion. We are old for sure. After dinner, visiting and picture taking everyone went home. There are couples in our class that married .
  One such couple went home and the husband decided to call his son once more before going to bed. He had called him twice during the day and no answer either time. So he just goes over to his son's house . Upon letting himself in, he found his son dead from a self inflected gunshot.  A tragedy that has left us all shocked. I am asking for prayers or good thoughts for this couple, please.
  Please talk with your children about suicide. This was suicide prevention month.