Costa Rica Banana Hammock

colorful hammock

Summer days have been wonderful with our grandson resting comfortably on this colorful hammock. Our daughter brought it back from her trip to Costa Rica. We enjoy this beautiful gift every summer.

Photo for Blue Monday

raindrops appearing while resting on the hammock

Always a chance you take towards the end of July for a summer sprinkle... a few raindrops appear!

Photo editing for Mandarin Orange Monday. I've added a water texture to the same above photo.

summer storm appears while grandson plays outdoors

Adding more water texture once again so it appears to be raining buckets on our grandson! :=)

Just wondering... do you have a hammock or a favorite lounge chair while resting outdoors?

Enjoy your summer and thank you for reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Corn and Green Beans for the Picking

canning green beans

Everything is happening all at once in our garden and the produce is ripe for the picking. I'm just getting ready to can our green pole beans. We've already been sampling some of our corn but here's an earlier photo of our grandson Ryan in a small corn patch with his blue hat on.

grandson in the corn patch

green beans from the garden

pole beans reaching towards the sky

Photos for Blue Monday and yes, those are Kentucky Wonder green beans!

sweet potato vine starts in water

Each one of the sprouted vines from the main sweet potato are now broken off and are re-rooting in a shallow dish of water. When the roots are longer, they will be placed in prepared soil to grow much bigger. Later on, one can see purple flowers all over the vines growing everywhere.

orange kitchen with sweet potato vines

So, we started growing more and more sweet potato slips for the garden in my pretty orange kitchen and oh, my goodness... those vines sure took off in the soil beds! Here is the same photo edited with a texture and color boost for Mandarin Orange Monday

orange kitchen with photo editing

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Thanks for reading,

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Quilts and Editing

photo editing of child's quilt

The photo of the quilt was edited by inverting the colors. So here we have Tinker Bell in blue. This is a bit different and not my favorite but you get the idea that you can reverse the colors. The original fabric is purple. Photo for Blue Monday.

Fairy, fairy, in the garden,
Will you come tonight?
Dancing in the cool moonlight,
All silver sparkling white!
Fairy, fairy, in the garden,
Will you come tonight?
Dancing in a little ring,
What magic will you bring?
Fairy, fairy, in the garden,
Did you come last night?
I can tell that you were here,
My little fairy dear!
(sung to the tune of Mary, Mary Quite Contrary)

quilt pattern rising sun

Hopefully, all the little fairies have danced with the moonlight before the 'rising sun' quilt appears!

handmade doll blankets

I had lots of flannel pieces of fabric saved. These little remnants were perfect for doll blankets .

Tinker Bell quilt for granddaughter

Here is the original Tinker Bell Quilt. Her wings are a slight turquoise blue. I put a saw-tooth border around the edge so that the pointed triangles would go with the fairy wings.

quilt photo editing color

adding weave to the picture

The Tinker Bell quilt now has a new look in reddish-orange, with a weave added for texture.
Mandarin Orange Monday

quilt for boys

Now my grandsons would like a music quilt. I think the shades of rust and gray look nice together.

Have you made a quilt before or own a few? I have made so many over the years and have given them to my children and grandchildren. Each one tells a story and I like that.

Be sure and visit these nice memes today by clicking on the photos.


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

Copter and Boat Ride

bridge at miniland

copter ride at legoland

pirate ship at legoland

photo edit of pirate ship at legoland

Throughout the Legoland Adventure Park it was easy to spot primary colors. There were so many fun rides to go on and we especially enjoyed the 'helicopter' and 'pirate ship' immensely. My photo sharing is for two wonderful memes, Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday.

1001 Pirate Things to Spot: Rob Lloyd Jones

Usborne offers 1001 Pirate Things to Spot, a hardcover activities book. It's written by Rob Lloyd Jones, along with Teri Gower's illustrations.

pirate party music

You'll find children's pirate music on iTunes and I must say, I think my grandson looks fabulous and could easily fit in with a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers! What do you think?

grandson dressed as a pirate

Since I've been blogging for awhile, it always amazes me what post of mine, whether it be on my book review sites or piano blogs, which ones get the most page views. If you'd like to see more information on Pirates that has over 5,000 page views, visit International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Pirates are very popular on the west coast with children. How is it where you are?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

Dino Island

Lego Dinosaur

Legoland Hotel

Legoland at Carlsbad, California

My husband and I decided to treat our 5 year old grandson (and ourselves) to a trip to Carlsbad, California at Legoland... Wow, what an amusement park!! Have you been there? Well, we pretty much spent the entire day visiting the different 'land themes' and going on most of the rides. Yes, it's tons of fun and a dream come true for Ryan graduating from Preschool and heading to Kindergarten this Fall. One thing for sure, it's very pricey. I'm not sure how young families can afford it, but if you plan for it and save your money all year long, the park has great rewards for summer fun and family memories.

My photos are for Blue Monday and since I took a whole bunch of pictures, I'd like to share some with you over the next few weeks... and if you're looking for some dinosaur books, here's a few in our library that we enjoy reading together.

Dragons and Monsters

How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?

Thesaurus Rex

lion at legoland

Notice the dinosaur over Ryan's shoulder?!

lion for orange art meme

For  Mandarin Orange Monday, I used an orange texture and color boost to the same above cropped photo with some editing for this meme.

Thinking of you and wishing all of you a Happy 4th of July!


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis