Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Little Teva Girl

This picture was taken at her cousin’s graduation from high school.

If you look hard enough you can tell the toenails are painted different colors. That’s my Eloise.

This post is linked with Nancy’s 
 "Your Sunday Best."

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Floppy Hat

Eloise loves to wear her mom’s floppy hat. 
We were hiking up on North Mountain 
when I took these photos.

"A grandchild fills a space in your heart 

that you never knew was empty."

~author unknown

This post is linked with 
“Weekend in Black and White.”

It’s Skywatch Friday and the Sky is Missing

Always before I have posted skies which were blue or blue with clouds.This day it was totally gray with no sky visible, and up there in the mountains you felt like you were in another time and place. The gray which usually is dull and not much to look at today took on a totally different aura. It was magical.

 Point of Departure up on the Blue Ridge Parkway ~ Rainy and Chilly

That pack was so heavy (30 lbs)...maybe because of all the rain gear, tent, food, etc. How he carries it I do not know. He only weighs 130 lbs. 

 Off He Goes

 Sometimes putting him on the trail is hard...especially when it is weather like this.

 Almost To the Trail
He turned around to give me that final wave.

My Last Shot~On the Trail

This post is linked with "Skywatch Friday.”

So Many Bales

"There is no reason to fear the wind 
if your stack of hay is well tied."
~Irish Saying

This post is linked with "Rural Thursday Blog Hop."

Fencing at Highland Belle

Buddy now rides his trusty bike the 7 miles from the house to my old school track, and then he runs the track for heaven only knows how long. After that he rides back to the house. During this time I am sitting on our front porch drinking coffee and listening to the creek. 

This post is linked with Jan N Jer’s “Friday Fences.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Storm Hill Farm

I was tickled to find a second Texas style entry and signage here in Rockbridge County. 

This post is linked with Lesley’s "Signs, Signs."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

For the Love of My Grandchildren

Three of My Six on Graduation Day
Crenshaw 20 ~ Willy 18 ~ Eloise 7
Willy’s Graduation from Saint Andrew’s School, Delaware 2012
Crenshaw graduated from Saint Andrew’s in 2010.
Ya gotta wear those blue blazers and school ties!

"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines 
from generation to generation.”
  ~Lois Wyse

This post is linked with:
With Me as a Mother ~ Black and White Wednesday

Like Christmas Everyday ~ Black and White Wednesday

Clemantis ~ Food for the Soul

When sad and down, go take a walk, commune with nature, and soon you will feel happiness in your heart.

"Flowers seem intended 
for the solace of ordinary humanity." 
 ~John Ruskin

This post is linked with "Outdoor Wednesday."

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunset on the Porch

Come Sit with Me
This is the time of year when sitting ouside with a friend, companion, or mate is a special pleasure. The days are not too hot and if there is water trickling by it makes it even nicer.

This post is linked with "Our World Tuesday.”

Barn Charm at Toad Hall

This post is linked with Tricia’s "Barn Charm.”

Monday, June 11, 2012

Out of Commission for a Bit

Dear Friends...
I am out of commission for a bit. Buddy is about to hike for 2 weeks here in Virginia, my 20 year old grandchild is here until Tuesday when he reports as a main counselor at Camp Maxwelton, and the younger one, Henry, comes on Friday for the start of the 4 week camp. Willy, the middle one, is in Colorado working at the Stanley Hotel for the summer, but his RA has flared up and may have to return. We are all so worried about him. Hoping it is just jet lag at  the moment and he will perk up.The other grandmother is ill with blood clots in her leg and is in a rest home for a week or so after surgery. Life is helter skelter for me right now. Sorry I have not been commenting as usual, but there really is not time for me to get to my computer. All I can say is thank you so much for being my friends, following my blog, and helping me so much with my photography. I feel so fortunate to have all of you along side me on this challenging  journey.Take care, post those pictures, and I will keep looking at them each night before I go to bed. I am thinking of all of you and hope you are having a nice summer.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Reflections from Belize 2005

From the Archives
January 2005 ~ Belize

This post is linked with "Weekend Reflections."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Iris in Black and White

My iris plants have finished blooming, and this is one of the last shots I got this year. I went back and forth between monochrome and color and finally decided on the black and white. It is a bit sad, but there is always next year.

This post is linked with "Weeknend in Black and White.”

I do not know about you all, but Blogger has ramped up its “mess” we are supposed to decipher. I am so tired of it. Now, I just click on the circle over and over again until I find one I can read, but a lot of the time I just let it go and move on.  I do feel that more people have opted out from the word verification. THANK YOU! I just wish everyone would stop. It is a big pain in the neck which I can do without.

Old Picket Fence 2

 Last week I showed my daughter’s house from the front with the old timey picket fence and roses. This is the driveway section of that fencing.

This post is linked with
 Jan and Jer’s "Friday Fences."

The End Came ~ I am FREE

The Cellblock is CLOSED!

It was a beautiful day for my last day at Rockbridge Middle School this year. It is still up for grabs if the school board will refund my position for ’12-’13 which just happens to be the LAST year of our school. It will be sold or rented out. We will move to a consolidated middle school in Lexington. I usually hear the week before school starts that I still have a job. This year I will be happy either way. I started this profession at 20 and I am now 73. Maybe it is time to pull the plug and let me really be retired.

Reserved for Buses and Genie 
The one spot to the right of the sign is for any spare buses that show up in the afternoon. Being the old lady I am, my principal lets me park in that spare bus slot. If school were in session and a driver needed that spot, the driver who always gets there first would come inside, get my keys, and move it for me.

Yep, on my last day of the year I parked 
my trusty old Pontiac Vibe right there. 

This post is linked with "Signs, Signs” and  "Skywatch Friday.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time for the First Cutting of the Hay

These pictures were taken on my way to school this morning.

Waiting To Be Cut 
Sensabaugh Farm Chicken House in Background

Cut But Not Baled

 Four Completed Bales

Waiting To Start Baling Again

This post is linked with "Our World Tuesday.”