Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween!!!

Thought you might enjoy this picture of one of many costumes my daughter and I created for her and her little girls. From left to right, Lexi (21), Kenze (18), and Macy (19). 



We look forward to many Trick or Treaters tonight, have bags of candy ready.

Linda Kay

Friday, October 30, 2015

Plants and the Deer


  • I wish I could get a picture of the dear deer that are snooping around my landscaping at night. They have discovered our new plants! Some of the plants, they obviously have no interest in. But others become victims. I know they are hungry, as we had so much drought. The good news is that many of our new plants are already showing flowers!

Mint Marigold (the leaves are like Tarragon) 

Yellow Bell Esparanza 

Honeysuckle bush - the deer ate some of the blossoms 

Orange Esparanza 

Mexican butterfly weed 

Purple lantana

Nothing left on my bougainvillea, so sad. Will have to move it to the back yard.  

Tiger lily leaves seem to be really tasty!

  • Carson won't make it to our house for Halloween, but I took him a Trick or Treat bag and a glow stick with some candy and cookies this week. The neighbors have warned us. The traffic for Halloween in this neighborhood is heavy. Better get lots of candy.


  • I'm so excited to have my very special retractable clothes line to hang sheets and such outside. It's too long to stretch tight, so we have to use a prop in the center. Don't you just love having sheets on the line. They smell glorious! 
Have a special Friday, my friends. Got my candy ready for Trick or Treaters tomorrow night!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Last Prayer

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 #41!




Pamela stood on the beach looking out at the setting sun, her heart heavy. Tears welled in her eyes. All the mourners were now gone. They had stood inside the tent that shrouded the grave to support her in grief and to participate in the internment. But not one could understand the depth of her sorrow. He was so young and many plans were now impossible for her without him. How could she go on? Why did God take him so soon?

A breeze picked up from the water. She felt his presence beside her, as though she could reach out and touch him. The wind seemed to whisper his voice in her ear and brought her comfort. On this beach at sunset, he would always be with her. It occurred to her in that moment her prayer would no longer be for an answer to "why", but a prayer for "what's next?" It was time to find her way.

I have a dear friend who is struggling with loss, and this picture reminded me of her struggle to move on. Now it is your turn. Find a picture, write a story on your blog, and link back for this writing exercise. 

Linda Kay 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Reminder

It's Tuesday! That means you have just one day to put together a blog post with a picture and a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. I'd love to have you join this writing exercise.


Linda Kay

Monday, October 26, 2015

Lighthouse #3 - Portland Light

Supposedly one of the most photographed lighthouses in Maine, the Portland Light was the last lighthouse shot we secured on our way south from Camden. We drove down some beautiful streets to get to the point.  There wasn't an angle that didn't show off the beauty of this one.


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I love the sound of the sea gulls and the water. Hope you can load this one. Linking today with Sally for Blue Monday, again sharing the beauty of the ocean and sky.

Have a peaceful and exciting week ahead. Halloween is just around the corner.

Linda Kay

Friday, October 23, 2015

Grandkids

Most of you will remember that we traveled to Illinois for our granddaughter, Lexi's marriage to Tyler. Here is the video that was completed for the wedding. Since I'm the grandma, it made me tear up a bit.



The girl with the darkest hair is her sister Macy, and the blond with dark rimmed glasses is her sister Kenze. Such lovely girls!

Many of our days include driving to our grandson's (Carson) ballgames. He is currently on a football team and in baseball. Sometimes he gets to pitch, so here he is in action. This is the first year of "kid pitch" as opposed to the coaches pitching to them. For 8 year olds, they are only allowed 40 throws.




This week I used points from my Southwest Card to secure flight for two of the granddaughters to fly here for Christmas week. We got really reasonable flights for them, and the guys who are coming with them are paying their own way. Daughter Angel is working that out with them. Macy and Lexi will be here, but....

Granddaughter Kenze has secured a new job with OSF Hospital, and she won't be able to get away during the holiday. All of the kids and their significant others (or husband as in Lexi's (Tyler) case), are in school. 

The other tickets we have secured are to fly to Illinois in mid-December to attend Tyler's graduation from Bradley University. He will then be on to Dental School, and we don't know yet where that will be.

Such exciting times with grandchildren. Sharing today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.  Thanks for hosting, Tanya and Amy!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Linda Kay

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Migration

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join 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 you have your blog 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 is #40!



We sit here huddled
Our feet upon the fence boards
Ready to take flight.

Our tummies are full
For the long flight south ahead
Where we will find warmth.

Keep feeders full
To help meet our needs today
And yet tomorrow.

My first real attempt at a haiku, so comments are welcome. Now it's your turn. Find a picture, write a story or a poem as a writing exercise. Post it to your blog, then link in to share with others. 

Linda Kay

Monday, October 19, 2015

Lighthouse #2-Owls Head

We drove several miles and then walked a bit of a distance to view Owls Head Lighthouse in Maine. This first picture is from below the lighthouse looking up. We did climb to the top to see the view. Linking in today with Sally for Blue Monday.



And from our Lighthouse Tour at Sea


This from one of the websites about the light house:

Owls Head Light was built in 1825. The short, brick light tower sits atop a steep rise near Rockland Harbor. The keeper's house is down a set of stairs from the light; the house is used by a Coast Guard family. The station is inside Owls Head State Park, which is open to the public. Tales swirl like fog around this famous light. In one story, a lightkeeper's dog saved a distressed mailboat by barking continuously when the fog bell was buried in snow. In another tale, two lovers were trapped in a wrecked schooner during a vicious storm. The lovers were frozen together in an icy embrace; the light keeper rescued and thawed them. The lovers were later married. 

Feel free to click on the link to read more about this wonderfully preserved site. And for those who love to write, be sure to find a picture and write a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.

Linda Kay

Friday, October 16, 2015

TA-DAH!

I'm sharing with you today some photos of our nearly completed landscaping efforts, although some of the plants are yet to be planted in the beds. But first, thanks to all my followers, as I just reached 100 after a year and a half of posting pictures, stories and just stuff for Senior Adventures. So excited! Remember that we are set on xeriscaping to keep from using up all the water to keep grass alive. We have a 500 gallon water tank to store rainwater from off the roof, so we will be able to do some hand watering. Under the mulch beds you see in the pictures are drip lines that have extensions directly to any plants.


Sidewalk to the front door. Railing on porch is in place and a couple of bushes are planted. These should be deer resistant (there are many around us).


Looking off to the right, garage on the far right, three live oaks in the mulch area. We have trailing lantana and trailing rosemary that will spill over the rocks eventually.


We set up this cute little gazebo to keep a shadow over the table and chairs as the sun moves across the patio. There are still some minor things to do to finish.


Our side yard is large rocks and red granite, which is good for grass and cactus. In the mulch we have planted a turk's cap, orange esparanza, and some sort of orchid tree in the corner. There is a purple sage in front of the rocks, along with some trailing rosemary.


Looking from the garage to the front yard the red granite will be all cactus plants and my bougainvillea in the pot. I've already found the deer like the flowers! (sigh)


My silly picture for the day. Keep this in mind as you enjoy the weekend. Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October and November Memories

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join 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 you have your blog 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 is #39!

October brings to mind many memories of beautiful scenery and wonderful harvests from my home state of Illinois. My mother wrote of her memories in the book "Flavors From the Past", which you will find on my top bar of books. 
"Halloween was not a celebration that I remember as a child, other than it being a religious observation at the church (All Saints Day). We didn't drfess up, nor did we go house to house for tricks or treats.

One of my memories of fall is the pumpkins and squash. We grew these on the farm, sometimes planting them out in the cornfield, as they took up a lot of room for the garden. We would peel the pumpkins and the squash, and then can them. We just mashed the pulp of the pumpkin or squash, and packed it in a pint jar, which would be the right amount for a pie. I remember especially the long neck squash. They produced so much squash that it took only a few to get a good batch. I don't remember when I ever carved a pumpkin for Halloween....the pumpkin was for food."

Pumpkin Bread (my Grandmother's recipe - Elizabeth Weiland)

3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2/3 cup water
2 cups mashed pumpkin
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 cup nuts
1 tsp vanilla.

Beat eggs well, and add sugar, oil, water, and pumpkin, beating after adding each ingredient. Sift flour, soda and spices, and mix well. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and nuts and stir. Pour into greased loaf pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Makes three loaves.

Give the recipe a try. Grandma would be pleased! I'm linking this to Grantham Lynn for the Linky Party.

Now it's your turn. Find a picture that inspires you and write an entry in your blog, then come back and link in. This is a writing exercise for those who want to practice!

Linda Kay

Monday, October 12, 2015

Lighthouse #1, Maine

While in Maine, we gathered a number of photos of light houses, so I thought I'd share one with you today. Maybe there will be more to come, if you like. I never tire of them. The first of these is Curtis Island Light, just on the edge of the harbor at Camden, ME. The first shot is from the shore line looking out at the island. Click on the link for more details.



This is my favorite with the sailboat in the distance approaching the harbor.


This picture is from the sea and our lighthouse tour as we returned to Camden Harbor.

Because of the color in these pictures, I'll link in to Sally's Blue Monday.

Have a fabulous week!

Linda Kay

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Review

Camping friends and former neighbors are such a treasure. Here are some pictures for you. We typically spend most of our time at the campground eating and enjoying a glass of wine or bottle of beer!






We were at Lake Fork Marina and RV Resort. Lake Fork has the best bass fishing in Texas (according to their ads), and this was hanging on the wall in the restaurant on site.

Since we were only about 30 minutes away from the Canton First Monday Trade Days, we spent one whole day walking through the many huge buildings with vendors and crafts people selling wares. Needless to say I was exhausted after all that. One could rent a scooter and/or a shopping basket (or wagon) to help carry all the stuff out.



You could even buy a boat full of furry critters!


The book signing at the Llano Public Library was fun. There were also some wonderful speakers for us to learn more about our writing goals and ambitions. Six of us from our Women of Words Critique group in Fredericksburg attended.



If you look closely at the picture on the left, it is the cover of my new book, out next month, "Out of Darkness to Accepted Love"



This past weekend there were some 40000 visitors in Fredericksburg for our Oktoberfest. If you are a resident, it's best to stay away from downtown and the Marktplatz. So on Sunday we enjoyed lunch and a wine tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards about five miles out of town. Feel free to click on any of the links for more information.

Do you have big plans for the weekend? Our church sponsors the annual picnic with Texas barbecue and lots of fun this Sunday, so looking forward to that. 

Joining in with Tanyas Willy Nilly Friday 5 (are there five?) and Amy's Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Landscape Challenges

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join 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 you have your blog 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 is #38!



Wondrous variety in building and landscaping appear across our small city. The trend now is to avoid water-consuming grass and plants and to look for Texas native plants that survive on less water and still produce stunning landscapes. Rock for all types of landscape designs is available everywhere, even two feet under the soil in your own yard! Note also the tin roof, designed for longer wear. The rock fence is about five feet tall, set in with concrete mortar. The reddish color is red granite, a finer gravel. Larger stone is probably Llano river rock and consists of several colors and types of rock, including some quartz that sparkles in the sun. The boulders are probably 200-300 pounds and are usually moved with the help of a bobcat with a bucket.

Behind the house you will find a water retention tank, probably holding up to 500 gallons of water. The metal roof sends rain into the gutters and then into the tank. The water is used to water those native plants that only require water sparingly. 

We have incorporated much of this in our own landscape design. All of the plants we have now planted are native and drought resistant. I'll have some pictures for you soon of our progress. What about your area? Do you need to conserve water? Is xeroscape landscaping becoming popular in your area?

Now it's your turn. Select a picture for your blog that tells a story, post it along with your story, then come back and link in to share with others. This is a writing challenge!

Linda Kay

Monday, October 5, 2015

Big Bug

I probably should have had this included with Eileen's Saturday Critters. My hubby, Mr. Master Gardener, has to fulfill his volunteer requirement for the licensing. So he has several opportunities to work at some of the gardens around town with other MGs, usually watering, pulling weeds and trimming to keep them looking spiffy. To our friend Barbara's surprise, this fellow landed on her hat.


This is really a huge praying mantis. But also notice the blue visor on the lady looking on for my addition to Sally's Blue Monday.

A couple more blue photos from around the house: This is a little tin cup I found in Camden ME this summer. I thought it was so cute, but I can't drink coffee from it as it gets too hot!


#2 daughter gave me this beautiful pitcher and glasses. I found the cute little vase in Maine as well as the little tiny dish on the left. The cup in the front is a toothpick holder. They sit on hubby's grandmother's china cabinet with the rounded glass sides. 


How about a pretty blue and white pillow to add some color to a brown chair?


That's it for my Monday edition, and thanks for hosting Sally!

Linda Kay

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Stuff

This has been a very full week. As you are reading this, we are with our camping friends, staying in a motel on the campgrounds. On Saturday, I have an all day event in a nearby town library for a book signing, and Sunday is tied up with a number of activities. I'll be back to normal on Monday, really!  Today I'll share some pictures I've taken and have not yet posted, so hope you enjoy. The first of these are for Theresa's Good Fences, so thanks for hosting this meme for so long. It's been fun to always be on the lookout for unusual items to link.




This is also a fence, but a bit in need of repair, and behind it.......


This old shed really needs repair or maybe destruction. Anyone need some old barn siding?


Saw this idea on Facebook, and had fun making these for a cookout last Sunday. It is simply splitting a black olive in half, then cutting up one half into eight "legs", and arranging them on deviled eggs. The kids loved them! Although I'm not sure any of them actually ate one.


Hope your weekend is wonderful. Mine will be crazy!!

Linda Kay
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