Saturday, June 2, 2012


Dancing Calla Lilies

Red Dahlia

Yellow Dahlia

Yellow Lily

Just a few flowers from our yard.  I planted several this year...and these were looking nice enough for  photos.  The weather has turned very cool for a few days here in Missouri.  But predictions are for higher temps this week.  Thursday was our son-in-laws birthday and tomorrow is our daughters.  I made a German Chocolate cake for him and... I am not sure yet for Katy.  Maybe ice cream cake.  She has been thinking that she may be gluten intolerant and I found her a pizza that was gluten free and she said it did not make her sick like a regular one would.  Maddie had a virus all week and was not feeling well.  Yesterday about 3 pm it hit me and I crawled into bed and fell into a deep sleep at 4 pm when Katy returned home from work.  Today I got up for a while and then again around 1 pm I could barely keep my eyes open and slept all afternoon.
My eye surgery is set for the later part of June.  I qualified for a study that will pay us a few dollars that will help with the astigmatism correction...that the insurance will not cover.  I am only having one eye done so hopefully I will only be out of sorts for one week.  The cataract was really bad they I am really glad that it will be taken care of so I can drive safely.
Okay...that's all folks..hope to get more creative with my writing some time soon...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hatfield and McCoys

I watched the History Channel's series on "The Hatfields and McCoys "  I thought it was pretty good as far as the acting and all that....but I have a feeling it glamorized them in a way that was not accurate.  I hate to even say the word "glamorize" but the word does pop into my mind when it comes to this movie.  The bad relationships between these two families showed the very worse of what human beings are capable of doing when they allow hate and revenge to rule over everything else.  My guess is that all that hooch they cooked up fueled the fires also.  Alcohol can turn a saint into a monster.  Normally.. I  would not have even been interested in watching the show...BUT...I found out this past year that I could be related to the Hatfields through some contacts.  I haven't researched it myself yet.....but for the time being..the link would be through Valentine Hatfield...Anse's older brother...played by Powers Booth.  There was something about marrying first cousins (yuk)....yada yada yada.  Which brings me to wonder something.....what does blood relations really mean anyway.  What if you have nothing in common with your blood relatives..or just don't like them...don't want to be around them.  Does that make you a bad person.  I hope not.  Because I have a lot of relatives I don't see very often or even know how they are doing.  A few of them that I avoid...I have to do order to keep my own sanity and health in order.  There are some people that will suck the life right out of I feel they are best kept at a very far distance.
I have always wished and dreamed of having a family that I was really close to.  It just never happened.  I have a couple of cousins that I talk to once a year or so...and that is about it.  It wasn't always that way.  When I was little we visited all of my Mom and Dad's family and I think I knew what having a family really meant.  My Grandma and Grandpa really were the glue that held us all together.  It just seemed that after they passed we all drifted away.  At my age...most have all passed already.  There just seems to have been a real struggle in my have had a good bond as we all got older.

Sometimes our friends that we choose...are more like family.  Or at least for has been that way.  So of these days when I have more free time...I may have to look into the Hatfields as being in my blood line.  I told my two cousins that I see every so often about finding out the Hatfields and McCoys could be in our bloodline and they said...."Well that explains a lot about our family".  Ha...there are some funny stories we share and laugh ourselves silly over.  A few I have shared here and there on my blog.....

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Faith Ringgold Exhibit

Yesterday morning Bob and I headed down on Main St to get some coffee and breakfast at one of our favorite coffee places...Picassa's.   We had planned on going to see the Irish Festival on the riverfront...but the temperatures were already in the 90's before we went to the Art Foundry instead.  There was an exhibit of Faith Ringgold's work.  I was unaware of who she was so I learned a little about her.  She is an artist and writer, having won awards for some of her books.  She is best known for her painted story quilts.  These were some that were in the exhibit.

I think this one is called The Tar Beach.   

I really enjoyed seeing this style of quilting.

The very odd part of the day for me... was running into this exhibit of paper quilting.  Just the morning before we went here...I had awoke with thoughts of doing a paper pieced quilt with the kids.  I thought I had come up with an original idea!  Ha...was I ever surprised to walk in here and see that it had already been done....and...was in an exhibit no less!  I  would still like to do this with them.  At ages 4 and 2 though... I don't think it will turn out quite this good.  I don't have any scrapbook paper, because I just never could get into scrap booking.  I was planning on using some old magazines.

 Our weather has been HOT..HOT....HOT!  We are staying inside today trying to keep cool!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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