Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Some of you will read this on New Year's Eve, and some on New Year's Day, but wanted to just wish you a fabulous 2016. I've had the opportunity to get to know so many of you over the year 2015, and we have been very blessed. There have been a few ups and downs, but for the most part, my hubby and I have landed on our feet, have a lovely new home, and we have our health. What more could you ask? Wishing you and yours a

Linda Kay

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sunset in Texas

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #50 and the end of this meme for a while. I'll come up with something different for my Wednesday posts. Hope you have enjoyed the pictures and stories!



As I close out the meme for the time being, It seemed appropriate to post this picture of sunset in Texas. It's interesting to study the cloud formations and the separation in this photo from the apparent darkness on the left and the bright light on the right of the picture. Just thinking back to the Christmas holiday this last weekend, the photo depicts the view of the holidays from different perspectives. 

A good friend lost her mother two days before Christmas. Another friend is observing the holidays for the first time without her husband, who died in June. I've met with some families who are nearly destitute without a place to live or enough to pay the rent and have children to support. Others may have loved ones serving in the military at war. And all over the world people struggle to live in the shadows of terrorism. 

For those of us who can look at the holidays with joy and celebration, how blessed we are. And how much is required of us to offer ourselves to others, whether it be with money, with time, or just a personal touch or a note. Maybe with our help, next year will be better. I offer this quote:

 “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
Blessings to each of you as you begin a new year in 2016.
Linda Kay

Monday, December 28, 2015

After Christmas Thoughts

It's been a rainy weekend in Fredericksburg, and it's very cold. It was 75 on Saturday, and dipped down to the 30s by this morning. So it's a great time for reflecting on the weekend.

We enjoyed a quiet Christmas Day, sending messages and calling friends and family to wish them a Merry Christmas. We ushered at the church on Christmas Eve, and chairs were brought in to accommodate the huge crowd of people....640 in total....at the 5 PM service. We handed out bulletins and electric candles for the candle lighting service. So beautiful, but I forgot to bring in my camera for a picture. There was an additional service at 8 PM, one at 11 PM, and again on Christmas morning at 9.  Obviously we didn't attend every one.

In the afternoon, despite my dislike of action type films, we went to see the Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. It really was pretty enjoyable, but I was never caught up in the first Star Wars, so don't have that point of reference. How about you?

Saturday was our big day for celebration. Two of my granddaughters, one husband, and one boyfriend all arrived at my daughter's (Angel) in Kerrville Christmas night. We all met up at daughter #1 Heidi's house for a noon meal. Also arriving were friends and family of my son-in-law as well, totaling around 25 people. What a huge crowd! We had decided to cook Italian for dinner and Heidi's sister-in-law makes a killer spaghetti sauce. She brought the sauce and past, I made lasagna, two others brought salads and appetizers and bread, and we had quite a feast. Before we ate, we all joined hands, and each person expressed a prayer of gratitude. Even Carson had his prayer to add. 

Hope your holiday was a happy one. For those of you who have been sharing in my Wednesday Wit and Wisdom, remember this is your last chance to link in this week!

Linda Kay

Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Elf on the Shelf

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #49! One more chance after this week.


Elf on the Shelf:

Some of you may not be familiar with the craze of the Elf on the Shelf. Here is the Wikepedia explanation: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children's picture book, written and self-published by American author Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by CoĆ« Steinwart. The book tells a Christmas-themed story, written in rhyme, that explains how Santa Claus knows who is naughty and who is nice. It describes elves visiting children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, after which they return to the North Pole until the next holiday season.

My daughter has lots of fun doing things with the elf for my grandson every year. Every night the elf does something mischievous or just funny, and Carson has to look for him to see what he has been up to. And there is some sort of gift if he's been good. Here is the whole layout of the adventure. 

One morning, my daughter had popped popcorn in a pan on the stove. The elf was sitting in the popcorn and had "scattered" popcorn all over the stove and onto the floor. 

Just a thought....the Advent calendar would be a much better tool for the season, in my opinion.

Now it's your turn to write a story about a picture and link back to share with us. Do you have a special Christmas tradition to share?
Linda Kay

Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday reflections

Several of us ladies from my old neighborhood were invited to lunch with a friend who had also built a new house. Her home is in some hills outside of Fredericksburg. We walked up to her front door, and when she opened it, this is what we saw:


Not a foyer that we had expected! Instead a wide patio with this infinity swimming pool looking out over the hills of the subdivision. Our hostess also loves flamingos, and she has quite a collection. A friend made her this creche. Now I have never seen baby Jesus depicted as a flamingo hatching out of an egg, but that's my friend's sense of humor. Please don't take offense.


The shelves are up in hubby's new shed, ready for all the gardening chemicals, etc. My job was to stain them to protect the surface a bit.


I thought you might enjoy this:

Poor Polly dog lives such a tough life. This is her usual spot with Dad while he reads the paper in the evening.


This will be quite a week! Two of my granddaughters will arrive from Illinois on Friday evening, and we will celebrate with the family on Saturday. Lots of fun to look forward to! Some blue in my pictures, so will link in with Sally for Blue Monday. Have a blessed week. 

Linda Kay

Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday, December 18th!

Not even a week until Christmas now. As you are reading this, we are on our way to or in Illinois, so I might miss commenting for a few days. And no link-ins today. The plan is to stay with my younger brother and his wife, then meet up with my son and his family to exchange some Christmas gifts. Then on Saturday we will be attending graduation for Tyler Flynn, our new grandson, married in May to granddaughter Lexi. 

Thanks to Janie Junebug for her contest with Michele at Angels Bark. I won a discount on Michele's jewelry at Accent Gem Designs & Treasures. Here is a picture of the bracelet and earrings I chose from Michele's wonderful collection of "healing jewelry".
The gems are Tiger's Eye and Aventurine, and Michele also sends along stories of the history and benefits of the gems. You must go visit and add something beautiful to wear or give as a gift. 

This funny little picture was posted on Facebook. All of you in the snows of winter will get a kick out of this. 

Have a safe and happy weekend, and I'll be back online next week!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Piano Lessons



Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #48!





We attended our Carson's recital at Heart's Home Acoustics. Don't you just love the red tie and white shirt? His piece was "Themes and Variations" and he played it flawlessly, accompanied by his piano teacher. It brought to mind how important the arts are in a child's development. Carson is taking piano and guitar and is required to practice each day on each. If you have followed my blog you will also know that he is a well-rounded sportsman as well; baseball, football and hunting. 
Where words fail, music speaks. - Hans Christian Andersen

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."
These are from BrainyQuotes, but they sum up my feelings about music and the arts.  I started piano lessons when I was in third grade, age eight. In high school, my teacher was also an organist, and my daddy bought me a small organ to play at home. Those years of playing piano and organ are a special memory. Unfortunately, while my kids were growing up and our money was scarce, those skills kind of fell off. About ten years ago, my husband and I bought a baby grand, and we both went back to taking lessons to reclaim our timing. I don't have the confidence to play for anyone but myself, but it's a gift to me. 

How about you? Do you play piano or guitar, or some other instrument?

It's your turn to share a picture and a story with us. Wednesday Wit and Wisdom will end this year. I've enjoyed sharing with you and reading your stories.

Linda Kay

Monday, December 14, 2015

It's a Parade!

Each year is a special celebration for the Christmas Holiday in Fredericksburg with the Light The Night Christmas Parade. A laser light show preceeds the parade. Luckily this year was warm enough to be out to watch the lights and the parade, so I'm sharing a few pictures and a video of the band. Note that it was hard to not get a glare from the lights as it was very dark and the lights reflected badly in the photos. The backdrop for these pictures is our courthouse decorated for the holidays. We had an amazing attendance.

The small town of Comfort TX is just a bit south of Fredericksburg


Not everyone would put a garbage truck in the parade!


Our local grocery store sponsors the parade, and this cart is their entry.


The reason for the season from our church


A big semi decorated, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus

And here's the band!

Such fun. Hope you have a fabulous week with Christmas just a little ways away. We are venturing a trip to Illinois in the North, so hope we don't run into ice and snow and plane delays. Our granddaughter's husband, Ty, is graduating from college. The whole family will be there to cheer for him. I'll post pictures.

Linda Kay

Friday, December 11, 2015

It can't be Friday already!

But sure enough, it is Friday! I'll take you on a quick review of the week.

TA-Dah - The shed is finished and painted, with just some shelving to erect on the inside. I should have had someone making a home video of us spray painting this monster, hanging on ladders, etc. I needed a Jacuzzi when we finished!


How many of you are shopping for Christmas with husbands? I thought you might find this pretty amuzing.


We enjoyed our Friday Night Art Walk last Friday night, and this scene is constructed of tiny rocks and is called the Dance Hall. River Rustic Art Gallery is one of my favorites!


This was how I felt after climbing up and down a ten-foot ladder with a paint can!


Beautiful lights for the holidays on the San Antonio River Walk. Such a fun place to visit.


Have a super marvelous weekend. We have a holiday part on Saturday, and one again on Sunday and another on Tuesday! Fun times! Linking in with Five on Friday and Willy Nilly Friday Five. Be sure to stop by to see others' entries on these fun memes.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Out of Darkness

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #47!



Announcing my new book, Out of Darkness to Accepted Love, is published, I thought I'd share an excerpt from the story. You can purchase the book online at Amazon. The book is available, but the download isn't ready as of this writing.

If you have read my first book, Annie's Love, this book is a backstory of the two main characters in the book, Jeff and Carol. In this short excerpt, Carol is waking up from a coma:


Carol struggled against the darkness that enveloped her. I have to wake up! She could hear Lisa’s voice, and she wanted to talk to her. What had happened to her? Was she in the apartment? Like a bad movie, brief memories of a struggle raced through her mind. She felt frightened and alone. Slowly, Carol opened her eyes and saw the machine blinking beside her. Her vision was blurred, but she could make out the white walls around her and the blue picture. Am I in a hospital? She blinked her eyes trying to get past the blur. Finally, she could make out Lisa’s face. Her mouth would not open.

So now it's your turn. Find a picture, write a story, post your blog, and come back here to link in. This is a writing exercise.

Linda Kay

Monday, December 7, 2015

Blue Christmas

Just a quick picture to share with Sally and Blue Monday.



This glass angel was given to me by a deer friend. It is sitting by my blue star bowl and a dish of blue marbles. It's very hard to keep her halo on, as it breaks off every time she tips over. Kind of like me, I guess. (smile).

Linda Kay

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday thoughts

Some things to share with you on a Friday post:

I've been sharing pictures of hubby's shed under construction. We have had lots of rain, so it's a bit water-logged for this picture. Next step is gray paint to match the house. Daughter Heidi and I will fix it up and I'll post another picture.



Time to get Christmas decorations up, so here's the fireplace and mantel. The creche scene is mostly Willow Tree characters, and you will note there are a few of my Santa collection on the mantel as well.


Now those of you who are opposed to guns and hunting, skip over this one. This is Grandson Carson with his first deer, a 9 point buck shot right through the heart with his rifle. Pretty impressive, and he is so excited. For hunting families, eight is the age for getting that first deer.


Is this how you feel with the holidays in full force? It's so hard to not pick up a tasty tidbit to nibble on!


This is my favorite Santa from my collection, mostly because of the detail. I love the fox and note the baby fox in the grass at his feet and the little owl at his shoulder.

Joining today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting, ladies!

Linda Kay

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wurstfest Bridge

Last week, I posted some pictures from the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX. On our way to the festival, I captured this fence and some fellows in lederhosen. 




Joining in with Good Fences. It's been a while since I captured a fence for the meme!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Limerick

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #46!




As a writing challenge for a limerick, this picture was posted. My limerick follows. Want to give it a try? It's a 1958 Illustration by George Hughes.

My daddy did take us ice skating
To show us the skills of his youth.
Those tricks long forgotten,
He fell hard on his bottom
And went home with one broken tooth.

Now it's your turn. Find a picture, post it to your blog, and then write a story about it. Then come back here an link in with others who like to write.
Linda Kay

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Challenge for Tomorrow

If you would like to join in with Wednesday Wit and Wisdom for some fun, here's your opportunity.

As a writing challenge for a limerick, this picture was posted. My limerick follows. Want to give it a try? It's a 1958 Illustration by George Hughes.

Join in tomorrow on my website and share your limerick from the picture.

Linda Kay

Monday, November 30, 2015

Random

I had to share this video...funniest one I've seen in a long time. You dog lovers are going to want to train your dog to do this!





Please enjoy this article about the cannabis farm just outside my little home town of Delavan, IL on acreage where my nephew farms. My nephew is the new manager of the facility, and his dad is my younger brother. Two of my nephews and many of the people from my home town were very involved in bringing the facility to the area, and it will mean some additional jobs. My son has also gone to work there as the heating and air conditioning manager. Pretty exciting possibilities in medicine.

Had a lovely Thanksgiving Day and weekend. Since the roof of the building is blue, I'll link in to Blue Monday with Sally and all.

Linda Kay


Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday at Wurstfest

In keeping with the Friday Fives..I have some entries to share with you today. Joining in with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting, ladies.

1. The community of New Braunfels celebrates each year for two weekends and they call it Wurstfest. The town was originated by German families relocating to Texas, and the festival is all about the German heritage. However, one of the challenges each year is to find the craziest hat you can find to wear to the festival. All of these lovely people posed for me graciously.

We noshed on porkchops on a stick, potato pancakes and German chocolate cakes, while we enjoyed the Oompah band.

2. My daughter found this picture on Facebook, so she sent me the picture with her baby picture in the corner. She had such huge blue eyes, and still does, but the similarity to the other photo is too cute.

3. Here's a chuckle for you:

4. Imagine being a hunter in Colorado or other places north and coming home to find this in your driveway!

5. And here's one for all you "crafty" ladies out there with small children or grandchildren. Pretty clever.

That's it for my Friday post. Having fun with my friends in person and on Facebook. Have a fabulous weekend. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #45!



It's Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. 

The turkey is roasting
Stuffed with dressing
Basted every hour
To keep the skin moist.

Corn casserole baking
And pies in the making
Potatoes and yams
To finish the feast.

It is a time to give thanks
For the bounty of food
While many are hungry
Even in our home towns.

Do a good deed
To show your gratitude
For all that you have
While others have none.

Now it's your turn. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, and while you offer thanks for our meal, be sure to pray for world peace and the safety of our troops who are not home for the Holidays.

Linda Kay

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lighthouse #7 - Franklin Light

On our lighthouse tour, we were able to see this lighthouse from the sea, not usually visible from anywhere on land. This is the Franklin Island Light.


If you click on the link there is more history from the earlier days of the lighthouse, and it would appear that life there was miserable for the keepers.

In 1933, the light on Franklin Island was converted to an automated acetylene gas apparatus, and the station was destaffed. All the structures on the island save the tower and oil house were burned. The fourth-order Fresnel lens was later removed from the lighthouse and placed on display at Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor.

Keeper Pottle would likely be pleased that his island home was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973 and is now Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge, supporting nesting gulls, eiders, herons, and petrels. As such, the island is closed to the public during the nesting season that runs from April 1 to August 31.
Keepers:

  • Head: William Blaisdell (1849 - 1853), Peter Williams, Jr. (1853 - 1858), William Watts (1858 - 1861), J.W. Farrow (1861 - 1871), Charles A. Dolliver (1871 - 1883), Frank H. Whitney (1883 - 1888), George D. Pottle (1888 - 1900), Edward T. Spurling (1900 - 1911), Eugene N. Larrabee (1911), Almon Mitchell (1911 - at least 1912), Roscoe Chandler (1919 - 1924), George E. Woodward (1924 - 1926).
This is probably my last lighthouse post from our trip to Maine, so I will have to come up with something else for next Monday. Linking in today with Sally for Blue Monday.

Linda Kay
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...