Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Week in Review

Nothing much to report this week. It was a week of hanging out at home, chores, with a couple of trips into town for grocery shopping.

I have a bedroom that needs repainted. It has a ton of repaired nail holes, which left a litter of white spots. We tried to paint match, but we were not successful. Guess we, or more than likely—me, will be repainting the whole room. When I work up the energy. I expect I will be scrambling to get it done next time we are expecting overnight guests. Procrastination is my middle name.

We did get some snow. Gus tried to jump through the window to get this poor rabbit. Not sure where he lives, but see him quite a bit in the back alley.

I like to drive around and take pictures in the snow, but was too cold and lazy to clean off the truck windows, so didn't get out until the next day. The snow was almost gone by then. It was still snowing a little when I got to the covered bridge.

Wednesday evening, Gus was barking and jumping on the window again. I looked out to see what had him so agitated. The rabbit was back. I took a couple of pictures and watched him until he hopped away. I discovered the little devil is living under our storage shed in the back.

Thursday we had lunch at A&W. I love me a frosty mug of ice cold root beer. Even in cold weather.

The Mallards have arrived at The Rez. They were enjoying a bounty of something wonderful in the grass. I don't know what the white duck was doing there, but they seemed to be friends.

Of course, in the middle of their photo shoot, a truck drove by and scared them away.

Linking to Willy-Nilly Friday 5 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shady Dog Soap

This is kind of a commercial, but I love this soap so much I decided to share.

A friend of mine, Staci Szybowicz, recently started a new business called Shady Dog Soap. The name comes from her love of some pretty awesome pups, No, it is not dog shampoo, although I think Gus might smell a little better if I lathered him up, but I'm not sharing.

My order from Shady Dog Soap, was promptly received. Excellent customer service. The packaging is very nice. When I opened the box, the fragrance filled the room. The soaps are so pretty I almost hated to open them, but of course I couldn't resist.

I purchased the 3-pack special which included my choices of Lavender, Rose, and Sweet Orange. I've always thought Lavender was my favorite fragrance, but now I'm not so sure. They are all excellent!
Do yourself a favor and go visit the website below. I'm thinking Christmas already.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Week in Review

DAC, had a doctor's appointment on February 28th. His health is much improved since his heart issue last July. When we got home from the doctor, we decided to take off for a few days. It wasn't easy deciding where to go, but ultimately chose the horse races in Hot Springs, AR. It is an easy 7 1/2 hour drive. So we left the next day.

We took Gus with us, which turned out to be a lot of work. Next time we will probably board him. He enjoyed himself, but gave a few people near heart attacks by barking his mean bark out the window. He isn't used to seeing strangers. He looks innocent, but remember, looks are often deceiving.

Post time.

Cyclone Betty was running in the first race, so thought I should place a bet.

This is Cyclone Betty. She came in 2nd, which means I lost my $1. But it was fun screaming at the poor thing.

I have been to the horse races many times, especially when I lived in Texas. Never have I ever seen a horse or jockey injured until this time. 2 jockeys went to the hospital by ambulance and two horses had to be put down. It was very sad. When a horse runs, all of its weight comes down on one leg as in the picture below. Occasionally, a bone breaks and the horse goes down. Very sad.

Linking to Willy-Nilly Friday 5 

Monday, February 27, 2017


In January we went to Texas and Oklahoma. This photo was taken at an observation area along the interstate in Oklahoma. I thought it was a rather strange place to find graffiti, but I guess even rocks are fair game.

I have heard graffiti referred to as vandalism, but in most cases I believe it to be art. I'm not sure I feel that way about drawing on these rocks though. This looks more like vandalism to me.

Wikipedia defines graffiti as writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted on a wall or other surface, which dates back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In modern times, when done without the property owner's permission, it is considered vandalism and a punishable crime. 

Graffiti artists prefer to be referred to as writers. The first modern day Graffiti Writer is considered to be a person called Cornbread, from Philadelphia. In 1967, he started writing, or tagging, on walls to impress a girl. In the 80's galleries started showing graffiti as art.


Broader view

Linking to Monday Murals

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friendly Fill-In

1. I wish real country music would come back in style. You know, like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. Even George Strait isn't played on the radio like he used to be. The new music, like Sam Hunt, is more pop with some hip hop in the mix. I don't consider it country at all.

2. I always have mints and gum in my purse. Unless I'm out, of course.

3. I think that I need to make a daily schedule. Since I retired, I find myself not being very productive. I have come down with a case of adult ADD. Start doing something, get sidetracked, and off to something else. this results in not getting anything accomplished.

4. Being late when I'm supposed to be somewhere at a specific time is a pet peeve of mine. I also dislike showing up at a movie theater and missing the beginning of the movie. If I'm going to spend time watching a movie or TV show, I want to see it all so I know what is happening. Oftentimes the important scene is at the beginning. DA is really bad about turning on a program after the show has started and thinking I will be interested in watching it. Especially NCIS reruns. I have never watched the show and he has seen them all, so he knows what's happening.

Linking to Friendly Fill-In

The Week in Review

1. Saturday - Daughter and one Grandson came for a visit. I don't post photos of the kids, but will post this old blurry picture of daughter from the 80s. She was a huge Police fan. She will not be happy if she reads this post. Telephone to her ear and The Police. That's my girl.

2. Sunday - Went to a photography show at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, Illinois. We enjoyed seeing the exhibits, but didn't stay for the critique. Our local camera club may be having a photography contest this spring. Nice to see what other people are taking photos of. We had lunch at Applebee's before heading home. As we drove by the Elliott's cemetery sign, we decided to stop. I enjoy walking through graveyards. Weird? or not? This particular cemetery is supposed to be haunted, but aren't all of them? I wouldn't want to be caught after dark in one. This one had a spooky tree.

3. Monday - Gus and I went for a long drive looking for photo ops. Found some really cool things, including an old washing machine inside a falling down house.
Gus still pees like a girl dog, but he learned how to hang his head out the window and enjoy the wind blowing through his ears. He's making progress.

4. Tuesday - I was excited to see the first Robin of the year in the back yard. They are a sign of spring. I think they might be early since we have a chance of snow Friday night.

5. Friday & Saturday - Went to visit daughter and see granddaughter's Jazz Band Concert. I was absolutely shocked to see her playing the saxophone. She plays several instruments, but this one was news to me. She is a brilliant musician. Proud grandma here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017