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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My sister's "yarden"......

Her and her husband work all summer on this and they've created a beautiful place.  Wouldn't you just like to find a bench (and I'm sure there is one) and just get lost in the beauty?  I'm promising myself that I will go over there next year.  It's quite a drive-over the Bighorns and thru the Wind River mountains.  But they come here sometimes so I know it's possible.  I think I'll go in July when the flowers are at their best.  Blessings, Diane

Saturday, August 13, 2016

If you look very closely............. can see the golden wings on this red dragonfly.  Such amazing creatures.  I see them occasionally in the garden but this one is so different.  It's been a very busy August as I'm sure yours has been, too.  Everybody trying to cram the last of the summer into the month.

My cousin Judee was here on a visit for a few days and we had a delightful time together.  She adored Rascal and he ate it up.  I haven't seen her since we were about 8 years old.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.                              Diane

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tiny creature -huge joy..............

Yesterday as I stood in the backyard with the guy who mows all of a sudden he said "Look! A hummingbird"  Neither one of us could hardly contain our joy.  It was a special moment and them the little creature was gone again.  A friend of mine has a lot of them because she feeds them.  I must, too.  It's such a thrill to see them.  He seemed to be attracted to the red, red verbena. Hope you have a special treat of some kind to brighten your day, too.    Diane

Friday, July 22, 2016


Almost everyone is worn down from this heat wave.  I just looked at the weather and it's 63 right now (heaven!!!) but it's supposed to be 106 later today (not heaven!).
I walked outside to find this beautiful hanging basket completely dried out and shot.  I immediately flooded it and flooded it some more and misted it.  Later that evening I was rewarded with the full beauty once again.

Whew!  Wouldn't it be nice if we could do that?  Just add lots of water and we're beautiful once again?  Wishful thinking.  I'm just happy that I didn't lose my flowers.   Stay cool.    Diane

P.S.  My brother got home from the hospital yesterday.  He has a long way to go before he is healed - 6 months probably.  He's in Buffalo now  so I'm going to go over to see him as soon as they get settled - I can't wait to see his face and also see if I can be of any help to his wife.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Such a busy life...........

Thought you might like to help me watch the avacado seed open.  It's been sitting there in the water for months and now it's going to sprout.........the neighbor was teaching a visiting little girl how to ride a bike in the middle of the street........the busy detour will begin again tomorrow but today the kids can play in the street............Rascal snores on his favorite sleeping brother is still in the hospital and he will be for 3 to 5 days, he's in Casper so it's hard to visit him but I talk every day..........the robins are having a hard time keeping track of their babies, they're constantly in a state of fussing and worrying........I scrubbed the birdbath.......put some things in the storage shed, hope to have another garage sale this summer and try to get it emptied out...........the town is settling down after the rodeo, I'm thankful that it's over for another year.........watched the Christian worship hour - it was interrupted by George Stephanopolis with a special report about another police shooting life in a nutshell this morning.     Diane

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Remembering Alaska...........

 I've made two trips to Alaska to visit Amanda and Gregg.  On this visit they took me to Halibut bay which is a ways across Kachemak Bay from Homer.  We had surprise reservations (to me) on one of the two boats which make the trip.  This one is an old mail boat, Stormbird which I think is a very reassuring name.

Going across there were two giant rocks which were home to many different species of birds including Puffins and Penguins just to name a few.   On one of my previous posts I named more of them. This was an honor to see these.

Lunch was waiting for us at Halibut Bay.  It's a unique place with buildings of every color along a boardwalk approached only by boat.  Magical!!

Back on shore I was able to spend time(not enough) with Amanda's friends and see their homes.  Above is Ellen  who lives alongside a lake and has a beautiful log home and 2 wonderful dogs.

Me, Amanda and Gregg after a flight in their 185 Skywagon.   He LOVES to fly so I can go up with him anytime as long as the weather is good.  Amanda is learning to fly now, too.

Thank you for letting me reminisce.  I know you've seen some of these pictures before but thanks for bearing with me.         Alaska is a magical place and these two treat me like a queen.  It's wonderful.    Diane

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful Sunday............

       Sunshine and cool yet
       Time - many times there has been none
       My little Rascal who always seems O.K. with the agenda
       My daughters, my friends, and you, dear reader
       My Lord

       Mostly it is well with my soul.              Diane