A journal of sorts about family, hobbies and travels, mostly day trips Steve and I enjoy taking especially in my State of Virginia.
I love to especially explore and snoop in places off the beaten path.

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Thank You - bsh

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

lunch and a view

Steve and I headed out for an early dinner Saturday in Port Royal.   Stopped on the way at an antique shop and bought a few embroidered handkerchiefs for a buck a piece.   Will make a few lavender sachets with them.
Our usual stop is River Haven restaurant.  We like to have lunch here because of the great shrimp and the views of the water.
Appetizer as always

looking to the Belle Grove Plantation - birthplace of president James Madison


Reflections in the river



the trip home due west right into the sunset

Power lines - not so pretty

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Friday, February 5, 2016

anniversary

Today is our anniversary.  I went out for doughnuts for Steve as he LOVES  jelly doughnuts, along with a breakfast sandwich.

Lemon and berry in shape of hearts



A surprise waiting for me








Aquamarine -

The earrings I received last year for my anniversary match perfectly



Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day.    - Gene Perret  


Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the pink

Mom had a fall and broke her upper arm bone literally in half on the worst snowfall day of the year which was last Saturday.   A ride by ambulance to the emergency room was taken.   Her appointment with the Ortho. doc was not til yesterday the 29th.    On Thursay the 28th , the night before she was taken  by my sister Donna  with severe UTI in which she was very weak from not eating because of nausea.  

What a difference a night of medication makes. She was in very good spirits Friday.    Donna, I and the two grand girls took  her to the Orthopedic doctor ,  she actually enjoyed the get together.   She is 94 and is one strong lady,
  She will have a clam shell cast put on her arm tuesday after swelling has lessened.   She does not want an operationa and neither do any of us as,  at 94 it would be a little too dangerous.


Great grandma and great grandchildren.    Genevieve wouldn't get to close because she was scared of mama's arm being hurt.   She kept watch from a distance.
We hope to get by to visit her tomorrow or Monday,  hopefully tomorrow.


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Feeling like the words of Marilyn Monroe today--

 "Imperfection is beauty,  madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring".  
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Gotta have fun and live life while we have it and be thankful.

Today I am wearing  my pretty pin and M.M. chiffon scarf given to me by my friend Jennifer,  we have know each other since we were 13 years old.



The pin is a little fuzzy but still pretty and the grape necklace next is a very old vintage piece.




A glimpse of outside from downstairs window
Happy Saturday Everyone!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

We got snow!

Been asking for it and it came.   Still falling now and looks so pretty.


below looking through the jalousie porch


down the driveway




the front porch

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Office visit

Adalyn on a visit with us to Opas office at Christmas time after seeing the pretty Christmas lights downtown.  
 She enjoyed sitting at the desk in an Itech hat with a football.   We had to tell her it was time to go home in order for her to remove herself from the chair.  She seems to really enjoy an office invironment.

Deep in thought here



This barometer thingy is something she was fixated on


She did find the candy and that certainly put a smile on her face




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Virginia Museum of Fine Art and Rodin

French sculptor Auguste Rodin; the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th century.  Almost 200 works are on display.   One of which just about everyone is familiar with:

The Thinker




Much of his work presented in North America for the first time



The hand of God


From rough matter made by the original Creator comes smooth bodies of a man and a woman










The Cathedral







So much more we took in including never before exhibited photographs.

VMFA Richmond, Virginia

Monday, January 18, 2016

I am - so back

Finally got back onto my blogs.   I messed up somewhere or another with my passwords and gosh knows what else.  My husband worked it out with google help forum.   Tech was very helpful.   Got the answers to the problem that was needed - whew thought I would have to lose my stuff,  now back to saving what I have posted in the past.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

winter mantle

I took Santas down and left some of the bones for a winter feel on the mantle.  We are not having much of a winter here so far.   I love winter and this is probably as close to feeling it , it seems.
Now with that said,  a monster will probably move through and dump tons of snow.







Steve especially loves Owls.   I have seen one sitting up in the tree when I occasionally walk the neighborhood in the late evening.   He watches very carefully as I walk by.

First seen in the Virginia colonies was the great horned owl.  Strong with prominent ear tufts also known as Hoot Owls, Cat Owls and Winged Tigers.
Wild Owls usually live up to 13 years in the wild, captivity to  38 years.

Info.  from - owl pages. com


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Birthday Girl!!!

Happy Birthday Annette!!
My daughter who is 44 and sweet as can be.
Didn't get to see her as she lives in West Virginia and has her farm she started a year ago.   I do love getting the eggs for sure and good meat that they raise.
This picture taken on Christmas Eve
Pretty black hair and blue eyes