Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cattle Drive

On our trip back to Texas through Oklahoma, we spent the night in McAlester, OK. Just as you are coming into the city from the north, there appears to be a cattle drive. The sculptures are so well done, they appear very real.



This is my entry for Saturday Critters. Thanks for hosting, Eileen.

Everyone have a fabulous weekend with lots of sunshine.

Linda Kay


Friday, May 29, 2015

Skywatch Friday



Lake Eufala, Eufala OK, where the lake is so full of water that it appears to be just about to come over the road. The stormy sky is in the background.

Your Skywatch Friday hosts are YogiSandy and Sylvia. 

Linda Kay

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Country Fence

Two views of a lovely country fence row.




We had a quick interval from the constant rain to snap these pictures, but note the sky above! Beautiful entry for Good Fences today. Thanks Theresa.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wedding Photos

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can 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.


Today I'm using this blog to tell you about the wedding and share a few pictures of this beautiful day and venue. And I'll share the story of Lexi (Alexis) and Ty (Tyler). The two of them started dating when they were just sophomores in high school. For the past four years they have been going to school and working. Ty is in a pre-med program, now applying for entry into dental school. And of course my granddaughter Lexi is loving and beautiful!



Lex and Ty after the ceremony, my daughter Angel with her three daughters, Lexi, Kenze (just graduated from high school) and Macy (now 20). Macy thinks she was probably adopted since she is the only non-blonde in the group.


Inside the barn, a wagon for the little tots in the wedding, the table for the sweets (remember when I was working on putting this together?), and the guest book table.



An old truck that says "Two less fish in the sea", grandson Carson with his job assignment, Lexi and Ty at the arbor, and finally the bride and groom.

video

We will see if this video loads, but gives you an idea of how much fun everyone was having. This was the entire wedding party performing for us.

We are back at home after driving through torrential rain in Oklahoma and Texas.

Please join me with your story and picture for today.

Linda Kay


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Tractor's Sexy

This song came to my mind this week as I was on the farm. I got to ride on this monster tractor with my brother Dave. The tractor sort of drives itself through the field, dropping seeds just a couple of inches from the fertilizer that was applied at a previous time and recorded on a computer.  Kenny Chesney - "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"


Here's the beast - all connected to the planter that has 16 planter boxes for dropping the grain.


Just one arm of the planter. 


Looking back with my bird's eye view.


Looking ahead through the windshield - long rows of very flat ground with fertile soil.


Inside the cab, a computer tells Dave how many seeds are dropping and shows the map the tractor is traveling, as it follows the line of the fertilizer.

You might not think it's so fantastic, but I guarantee you that Dave thinks his tractor is sexy....he spends many hours in the field driving it!

We are back in Texas as you are reading this, so I'll be getting pictures posted soon of the wedding. Hope you are having a great week!

Linda Kay

Monday, May 25, 2015

Blue Sky and Windmills

We are traveling today, so I have a post to show you the farm land at my brother's. He recently leased a spot to the wind turbine company, so the view from the road is a bit different from my childhood memories.






Connecting today with Sally on Blue Monday.

Along the Highway 122 leading into my home town in Illinois, the American Legion had put flags probably every 100 yards on both sides of the road to commemorate Veteran's Day.
God bless our soldiers and veterans on this Memorial Day.

Have a great week!
Linda Kay

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Riley the Dog

Farmer Brother David has the most beautiful dog. His name is Riley. We aren't sure what his "mix" might be, but we suspect maybe some Husky and a yellow and a black Lab. He appears to have a big smile on his face all the time. He hops in any vehicle Dave drives, whether it's a truck, a car or a tractor. Riley is my entry for Saturday Critters.



I'd say miss Polly has met her match!

I'll have pictures next week from the wedding, coming up later this afternoon. Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be traveling for the next few days, so may not be in touch.

Linda Kay

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Busy Week

Thought I'd share a few things with you from our week of traveling. Tonight we will be enjoying a rehearsal dinner sponsored by the groom's parents.

1. My graduate! Kenze Beth is the last of my three granddaughters to finish high school. She is the one you saw in those cheerleading competition pictures. She plans to go to two years at a local college, then transfer into Eureka College (alma mater of Ronald Reagan).


2. Are you familiar with the Arch in St. Louis? This first picture is of the arch, just as we were approaching the bridge over the Mississippi. The second picture is of the old railroad bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis.



3. Things are progressing at the new house. Here is a shot of the front of our new house. Note the bobcat there ready to get the ground raised and leveled for the sidewalk to the front door.


4. Brother Dave has his corn planted and it's coming up quickly with lots of rain in Central Illinois. I took a walk to the field and took this picture of the corn just a couple of weeks old. Sorry about the shadow, but I was trying to get my foot next to the corn so you could see how small it is. Keep in mind that when this corn is full grown it will be wayyyyy over my head, up to 7 - 8 feet tall with tassels. Then about in September it will begin to dry out in the fields and finally harvested. The beans were planted this week.


5. My small hometown library, The Ayer Public Library, hosted a book signing event for me while I was in Illinois. I remember going across the street to the library as a grade school student from the elementary school. We walked quietly and stayed quiet in the library. It's funny how big the library used to look compared to how it appeared to me on Monday night. I've known the current librarian, Mary Ruth Lowry, for many years. The building was constructed in 1914, making it 100 years old. It was a delightful time with lemonade and cookies.


Lucy and Mel are former classmates of mine. We were together for a class reunion a couple of years ago, and it was fun to have them stop to say hello. 


Tomorrow is our granddaughter's wedding bringing this week to a close, except for the long drive back to Texas. Linking in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5, Five on Friday, and Celebrations. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Helen Fence

I have so much fun looking back through old photos to see if there is one that has a special fence for Good Fences so I can join in with the fun. Thanks, Theresa! 

This picture was taken in the lovely little Bavarian town of Helen Georgia, nestled along the Appalachian Trail. We had such an enjoyable time visiting Helen. Our hotel room opened out onto a clear running creek, so the sound of the water skipping over the stones was so soothing. We adventured during the day into the hills around town to view the beautiful water falls as well. Since my daughter's name is Heidi, we originally took this photo for her benefit (Heidi Motel), but note the little fence around the grounds. 



Be sure to put this little town on your places to stop to visit in Georgia.  Be sure to visit the Run Around Ranch Report to see other Good Fences posts!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mountain Lake

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can 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 picture has been taken down from my guest bedroom wall. As I looked at it, a little story came to mind.

The weather was perfect for a picnic by the lake on this wonderful summer day. Sandy and John stopped by the grocery store to pick up some roasted chicken and potato salad, then drove across town to pick up their friends Walt and Evelyn. With a cooler of wine, beer and sodas they drove to the lake. There, surrounded by the mountains, others were also gathered to enjoy the water, the boats, and the warm spring breezes off the lake. The trees around them were beginning to leaf, and flowers were blooming.

Sandy laid out a blanket on the ground. She and Evelyn began putting out the food for everyone to share and poured a glass of wine for themselves. Sandy thought she heard a noise in the bushes behind the trees. Out of the bushes and headed directly for the food, a bear cub appeared. Frozen in silence they all looked to one another for response. Walt was the first to speak.

"There has to be a mama bear nearby. We need to head for the lake!"

All of them abandoned the food, the blanket and the cooler and started for the lake. The little bear stopped at the food. Roaring out of the bushes came the mother bear. She was in hot pursuit of the four of them. Others stood up along the lake to see what was happening and everyone headed for the lake water. It seemed to be the safest refuge from the very angry bear. The water was cold as they swam out to put some distance between them. 

At the water's edge the bear stood up on her hind legs and roared a warning to all of the swimmers. Then she turned toward her cub, glancing back just once to make sure they all knew she meant business. Together they finished off the food at the campsite, then wandered off into the woods, the swimmers all watching them go. Shivering, they all finally left the water to return to their cars. 

What started out to be a beautiful spring day had turned out to be one of their scariest experiences. It would be a while before they would return to that spot for a picnic. And they would certainly be watching for the animals!

Have you had an experience with a wild animal unexpectedly? My daughter and son-in-law were chased by a bear on a hiking trail at Big Bend. Not it's your turn. Got a picture you can write a story about and share with others. Just post a picture on your blog, write your story, and link back with me on this post. Have a wonderful "hump day"!

Linda Kay

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Draw Them In!

As we drove northeast through Oklahoma on our way to Illinois, we passed enjoyed the beautiful green meadows and scenery along the way. The road (Hwy 69) wasn't the best traveling, as it's one of the bumpiest roads I've been on. In any case, we came to the town of Pryor, just a short distance before the turnpike (I-44).

I remember taking a marketing class and learning about appealing to your buyers if you are a seller. It's important to appeal to joys and fears. But as we passed by the car dealers on our right, we were surprised to see this sign. Most of you are probably aware of the huge number of tornadoes going through Oklahoma each year.



When we stopped to get a picture, a salesman came out to talk to us. Jake thought we might be looking for a new car, but we convinced him otherwise.  There are some rules and regulations for this "free" storm shelter.

So here's my question. I'm guessing this shelter goes into the ground up to the half way point. But would you be able to climb into this? Since I'm very claustrophobic, I'm guessing I'd take my chances in the house inside a bathtub or something. And what about air and water, etc? Hmmmm. What do you think. Would you be banned from this for any reason?

Linking in today with Two Shoes Tuesday and the words "beautiful" and "ban". Meeting up with long-time friends this evening in Morton, IL.

Linda Kay

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blue Reflection

This photo was taken of a lighthouse that sits out away from the shore in Wisconsin. My hubby took this picture at dusk, and it came out with this very unusual reflection in blue. So I thought it would be great for Blue Monday with Sally.



Lots of Blue Sky and that unusual light. Have a happy Monday! Be sure to check to see what other lovely blues have been posted at Sally's website. Thanks for hosting!
Smiling Sally
Linda Kay

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Roadrunner

The Texas Roadrunners are such fun to see when they go streaking across the road or across the lawn. This one stopped long enough for a photo!


Actually, I can take no credit for this one....it was posted by a friend on Facebook. Where is Wile E. Coyote in this picture. He might have the ACME dynamite hidden under those logs!

Joining in today with Saturday critters. Thanks Eileen!

Linda Kay

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Stuff

This is the first day of the time we will spend driving to Illinois for our youngest granddaughter's graduation (Kenze on the 17th), and our oldest granddaughter's wedding (Lexi and Tyler on the 23rd). Our dogs are traveling with us, and we will stay at my younger brother's place back on the farm where I grew up. I'll be posting some photos of all these events, mixed in with visits with friends and relatives while we are there. 

1. Last Friday was the initiation of the tree house. So here's Grandpa and Carson in the tree house before everyone arrived for Carson's birthday celebration.
There were 36 boys, 4 girls and 25 or so adults in attendance with food, water fights and ice cream cake.

Water Fight!


Food



Birthday Boy - Best Birthday Party Ever!

2. Here's a quote from Facebook to share with you. How many of you have felt this way?

3. Our house is sold, money in the bank until the new house is complete, so we are now renters! We had our new owners over for coffee to go over some things in the house on Monday. I have boxes packed everywhere so it's beginning to look pretty strange around here.

4. My book club met on Monday for a salad supper to select the books for the next year. The hostess provided salad greens, and we all brought something to add to the salad. It was delicious! Here are the books chosen for the next four months:
"A Year on Ladybug Farm" by Donna Ball
"Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chiaverini
"In The President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Serve" by Ronald Kessler
"Dead Lock" by Iris Johansen
Any thoughts on these? I have not read any of them as yet.

5. Newspaper headlines can sometimes be entertaining, although sometimes completely off base. This was amusing to me. Pretty sure it was intentional.

I'll try to keep in touch during my travels, but not sure of my wi-fi connections on the farm, etc. In any case I'll be back on the 26th! There are some posts ahead as well as others I'll add along the way.  I've listed five items and celebrations for a Friday, but may not be able to link back to the hostesses of the memes. Feel free to link me in, ladies.

Linda Kay

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fence, no a wall

I always enjoy putting in a fence for Thursday Good Fences with Theresa. I ran across this photo taken in Dubrovnik, Croatia several years ago of the city wall surrounding the old city. I think it could qualify as a very fortified fence! Some of our fellow travelers walked around the top of the wall.



Have a fabulous Thursday and be sure to join in with the others who are posting Good Fences. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Country Home

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can 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.


If you regularly stop by my blog, you know that I use this day as a writing exercise, so here is my picture for today's post. This picture hangs in my guest bedroom among lots of antiques and old photos.
The Country Life

"I found a place for us to live in the country!"

My husband was animated and took both my hands in his. His job was very stressful and living in the city didn't help much. Having been raised on a farm and enjoying the solitude of country living, the adjustment to city life had been very hard for him. I, on the other hand, was a city girl. Living away from the city and to not have all the conveniences I was used to was more than I could imagine. But I couldn't bring myself to argue the point, seeing his excitement.

We took a drive that evening to see the property he had found. The house was reasonably priced with lots of possibilities for upgrading. Outside the back door there was a small shed on the edge of a beautiful pond. Spring was in the air. Some of the trees still held the last leaves of fall, while others were still barren, awaiting the buds of spring. The mountains around the house were snow-capped and blue gray in the distance.

Tom literally hopped from one room to another, looking at the scenery outside the windows. "Can we put in an offer? What do you think?"

I nodded my head in approval, all kinds of issues arising in my mind about how far it was to the grocery, that I had no neighbors nearby, that I would be lonely. Maybe the deal would not happen, and we could stay in our city apartment.

The offer was accepted, the deal closed and we made our move to the country. We had to get a satellite dish to get service for the Internet and our television, but I was quickly online for my job as an insurance analyst. Each day when Tom left, I felt abandoned and alone in the country. Then one day I walked out to the lake, noticing that the trees were beginning to bud and that the birds were singing loudly. I took off my shoes and dipped my toes into the water, which was still a bit cold. The fish were swimming around near the shore. I went back into the house and began to write a story about our move to the country and suddenly felt alive with the freedom and peace that was around me. 

Have you ever anticipated fear and disappointment only to find joy in a change in your life? If you have a picture to share and a story to write, be sure to join in now and share with our fellow bloggers.

Linda Kay

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Flowers and Lunch

Mother's Day can be such a lovely day, and my mother's day was just that. We started out at a lovely church service where the ministers acknowledged "women of faith" rather than just mothers, although there was a gift for "newest mother" and for the youngest child. For example, there was a woman honored for the number of years she had taught Sunday School, and another for her age. The intent was to include all the women of the church, rather than just concentrating on the mothers among us, and I thought that was a very nice gesture. This action on the part of the church made everyone feel a part of Mother's Day.



An orchid from Daughter #2 (Angel)


Beautiful bouquet from Carson and his folks (daughter #1 - Heidi)


And a lovely lunch at BGs (Billy Gene's)....just good ole down home cookin' in Kerrville!
Note that I am linking in with Two Shoes Tuesday with the words intent and action! Thanks for hosting, Josie!

Linda Kay

Monday, May 11, 2015

Water Reflections

Reflections can be very beautiful. My hubby took these at a plantation in Georgia several years ago. They are so perfect that it is hard to tell if they are right side up or upside down.



Today is "sale" day, as we have an appointment to finalize the sale of our house. We will be renting it back from the new owners until June 30th when we will be in our new home. Keep your fingers crossed that all goes well!

Linda Kay
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