Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Patrick's fireworks!

My nephew, Patrick, loves his fireworks! He put on a nice show on the 4th of July for a few of his family and friends.
Patrick (age 13 and then age 20) with his beloved fireworks.

The grand finale!!! Thanks, Pat-good show!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Photo journaling (and a video!)

Some photos from the last few weeks and a video!

~~~~~~Some corners~~~~~~
My neighbor gave me a bunch of thread!

I finally did some cleaning up-this place was a pig sty!

Another cleaned up corner

Thank goodness for wildflowers 'cause I didn't plant any tame ones!  

~~~~~My daughter's cat~~~~~
Mr. Puss-enjoying the beautiful day

Mr. Puss-enjoying...ummmmmm???

Look at what we got at Trader Joe's!
Here are some other good things from Trader Joe's!  (Mary, I took your advice and bought some scones-delicious!)

A rose in the woods-at least I think it was a rose.  It smelled like a rose-I know because I stopped and smelled it!

A flag in a cemetary on the 4th of July

One of the frogs in my sister's pool.  I love listening to them.

Handsome Rocco looking out the glass sliding door.
The beautiful city of Pittsburgh-view from atop Mount Washington.  My daughter's been wanting to take me there, and she did the other night.

And finally, Buddy walks again!!!  (In case you didn't know-Buddy is my parents' dog and his hind legs were paralyzed from an accident he had just running around the yard.  He had spinal surgery a few weeks ago.)  He started taking a few steps on Father's Day-what a great gift for my dad.  This video was taken on June 20th.  He's still wobbly, but seems to be getting stronger every day.  Yay!

Have a great weekend everybody!

A little trip to Erie

I did something quite unusual for me-I went somewhere!  My sister-Jodie, niece-Jess, Jess's friend, my friend-Jessie and I, went to Erie, PA (about two and a half hours from home) last week and stayed two nights.  Below are a few pictures from our little trip.
A sailboat on the lake.

A cute, little lighthouse on Lake Erie.

I took this pic when we went on a boat tour around the lake. The tour was about an hour and a half long and very relaxing.  To me, well worth the16 bucks that it cost!

 (I learned an easy way to remember the Great Lakes thanks to Jessie and the tour guide guy.  Think HOMES-Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.  There's your geography lesson for the day!)

We went to the beach for a little while.

Lake Erie

A crane in Presque Isle State Park. (Presque Isle is French and is translated to 'almost island' in English.  It was named that because, well-it's almost an island.  I learned that from the boat tour too!) 

Jess and Darian are somewhere on there-at Waldameer Park.

Beach blanket in action-I made this one for Jodie.

This is Jessie's beach blanket that she made herself.  I love the prints in this one.

Here's the gang-Jess, Jodie, Me, Jessie, and Darian.
What we did, so I can remember:  Monday-the beach, boat tour, and dinner at a hibachi grill-that was cool!  Tuesday-Waldameer Park, dinner at Cracker Barrel, dessert at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, swimming in hotel pool.  Wednesday-we rode a surrey (think a four seat/four wheel pedal bike), ate at Chick-fil-A, then home.  It was a lot of fun, but good to get home too!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Photo journaling

Daisy back-as pretty as the front

Yellow hawkweed

I'm not sure what these are called.  Mary???  (It's called daisy fleabane-thanks, Mary!)

I guess I'll be taking pictures of mostly wildflowers this year...since I didn't plant one thing, not even one seed!

Cow trio

Back yard light show!

Bea-u-ti-ful moth!

I went to an Anthropologie store for the first time last week.  I've ordered online from them before, but I've never been in the store.  Since my daughter moved to the Pittsburgh area, we've gone to some new stores-like, well, Anthropologie, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods.  (Love Trader Joes, but Whole Foods?  Well they don't call it 'Whole Paycheck' for nothing!)  

Anthropologie window display.
  I love everything in the store-most things are VERY pricey, but some of their housewares aren't too bad.

Here's my only purchase from Anthro-a bowl from the sale table-haha.

Rain, rain-go away.  Rocco wants to go and play!
We've had quite of bit of rain this week, here in western Pee-Ay.  (That's how a lot Pennsylvanians refer to Pennsylvania, in case you didn't know.)

New life in the rhododendron bush-again.  This time only two eggs, and just one that hatched.  Baby robin is two days old in this pic.

Bedroom corner!

That's all for now-have a great week!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Photo journaling

A sunny little wildflower-hawkweed

Elephant cloud

Big cloud love

Daisy season!

My handsome, big/bad boy!  I say bad because he's been into chasing cars.  Bad Roc!

Same pose, different day

A wildflower I found in my yard.  I don't know what this one is called.  (It's called Star of Bethlehem-thank you, Mary!)

Only a few blossoms on my dogwood this year.


This is Buddy, my parents' doggie.  Buddy suffered a serious spinal injury a few weeks ago.  (He was running like a crazy boy in the yard (like always!) and came to a sudden stop.)  He blew out a disk in his back and his back legs were paralyzed.  Mom and Dad made the decision to take him to Akron, OH for surgery.  He's only three years old and healthy otherwise and they didn't want to let him go.  It's been a long road, but Buddy is coming along nicely and they are hopeful for a full recovery.  (Photo by my sister, Jodie.)

My dad and his best, best Buddy!!!  (Photo by my sister, Jodie.)

I forgot to include this photo in my previous photo journal.  These are Mother's Day gifts, given.  My mom wanted a canvas of this junco photo for her bathroom, so I went ahead and ordered it for her for Mother's Day.  My mother-in-law likes this photo of this eastern bluebird, so I printed her out a copy and framed it.

My mom's Mother's Day gift in action!

Livin' the good life!

The baby robins-a few days old, on May 17th.

This is what happens in 25 short days, May 27th.  They fledged this day.

On June 4th I noticed the robins were already freshening the nest-getting ready for round two.  I noticed yesterday, there's already a little blue egg in there.  :)
That's it for now, I hope you all have a wonderful week!