The Wet Zone

water pump at the safari park

grandson at the water pump

Whether it's on the west coast or east coast, two of my grandsons somehow manage to find the water pumps. Some boys sure do love the water!

old fashion blue water pump

I think this old fashion blue water pump is just right for Blue Monday

Wet Zone at the San Diego Safari Park

I just couldn't resist this cool sign while watching a father prepare to change a diaper in the Wet Zone!

The Water Is Wide (Song Lyrics dating back to 1600)

The water is wide, I can-not cross o'er.
And neither have I wings to fly.
give me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row, my love and I.
A ship there is and she sails the seas.
She's loaded deep, as deep can be;
But not as deep as the love I'm in
And I know not if I sink or swim.
I leaned my back up against an oak
I thought it was a trusty tree
but first it bent and then it broke
Thus did my love prove false to me.
O love is sweet and love is kind
The sweetest flow'r when first it's new but love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew.

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Lobsters and Sweet Nectarines

photo collage of nectarines

Maine Lobster

We went to visit my 94 year old mother-in-law. It was great to see her again. She invited us over to get some delicious nectarines from her tree in the backyard. Oh my, such an abundance of fruit this year! Then our sweet daughter who lives in Maine won a giveaway contest for 2 free Maine lobsters. She told me that she had entered my name... Oh my goodness, live lobster delivered to our door! We enjoyed them and had a delicious meal with these bugs! Do you like lobster?

My photos were made with CollageIt Free software for Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday.

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Candy at PearlMountain asked me to share with my readers the latest update on their photo software:

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

Do You Play Guitar?

toy guitar for grandson

It is Ryan's desire to play the guitar like his grandpa!

guitar and 5 year old grandson

 He practices his instrument often through the day, always with his Angry Bird hat on.

boy in office playing little guitar

After helping out on the ranch, our grandson steps inside his grandfather's office and learns to hold the guitar properly, how to chord and strum with the strings. Ryan doesn't want to change hats because he likes being a cowboy and a guitar player at the same time! :=)

Fortunately, Ryan's grandpa has played music for the church for over 30 years and has been a worship leader. My husband is very patient with our 5 year old and we're thrilled to be teaching our grandkids how to play a musical instrument. Get 'em started young, I always say...

Do you play an instrument, sing and enjoy music, too?

Photos for Blue Monday

boy playing guitar photo edit

Grandson playing guitar, photo edit with Orton effect and texture for Mandarin Orange Monday


“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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Local Car Show

turquoise plymouth car

turquoise t-bird at local car show

Last Sunday my husband and I went to a local car show here in town. It was a great turnout and there were so many entries. The turquoise T-bird sure caught my eye and the Plymouth is quite a beauty, too.
Photos for Blue Monday

orange truck display at car show

old orange truck with texture added to photo

For sure, this awesome orange truck is a show stopper. I added a little bit of texture here. Photo for Mandarin Orange Monday

Do you have an annual car show event in your town? I took tons of pictures of the Roadster, Lincoln and Woodies. This year the display took over all of the grass field at the Junior High. Big doings for our little town.

picture books about cars and trucks

My all time favorite kids book that is a hit with my 4 grandsons is:

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Do you have a popular one in your home library?

Read my review about Colonel Trash Truck, here and you can buy the hardcover picture book at
Colonel Trash Truck

“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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