Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Color

There’s color even in the dead of winter. This is a pic of a sunrise over Sunnen Lake at the YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi MO during February.

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”
― Oscar Wilde

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Change

Life as she knew it changed on the day we welcomed her baby sister into this world!

My poor little niece Esme was used to having ALL the attention to herself and really believed that she was the center of everyone’s heart until the pesky day that her baby sister made her debut! lol Can you see, by the look on her face, that her world is about to change? This was June 4, 2012. The change has not fared well for poor Esme but I believe that there’s hope and she’ll learn to adjust before she turns 18! lol PLEASE God, let there be hope!

This quote really could have been written for Esme’. She follows NOBODY’S rules and has no respect for authority. I guess that can be a good thing if channeled in the right way and TRUST me, we’re ALL working on it. It really does take a village to raise a child in the way she should go and she’s got the love and attention of not only her parents and older sisters, but her extended family. Most especially her old doting Auntie / Godmother Michelle 😉 Maybe she’ll be the next Steve Jobs?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Future Tense

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

I pray that my most PRECIOUS, intelligent and beautiful granddaughter will always be able to dream and have the courage to follow her dreams.

Here she is dreaming about who knows what. Maybe she’s dreaming of her knight in shining armor who will one day sweep her off her feet… or maybe she’s dreaming of the day she’ll take over the world! lol The important thing is that she dreams…

Snow day FINALLY!

We FINALLY have an official winter storm!  Yay Missouri!  I KNEW we had it in us to produce at least SOME snow!  The funny thing is that when I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there was ALWAYS snow.  Tons of it.  We made igloos like this one:

(this one wasn’t ours but this LOOKS just like it)

We climber mountains  hills in our back yard and got lost.  By the time we made it home, we had frost bite.  Oh and we didn’t die! lol  We were better for the experience.  We ice skated in the caves behind our house and we (even the adults) made bon fires at night so we could warm up when sledding down the hill by our house, in the dark.  I can’t figure out why we don’t ave snow like we used to?  In 1982, we had over 3 feet of snow.  Most snow falls were over 6 inches.  NOW?  We’re lucky to get 3 inches and we’re ALSO lucky to get more than 2 snow falls during the winter.


I feel SO happy that we get to be snowed in today!  Here’s a pic of when it was just getting started early this morning.


White out at 2:00 pm


white out now.

More snow and ice predicted and a weather emergency has been declared.  We’re watching the traffic jam on the news now.  I’m amazed that some employers forced their people to come in, especially when we were told YESTERDAY that MODOT wanted everyone OFF the roads by 10 am!  They’re telling us that some employers didn’t care and wanted a regular work day.  NOW people are trying to get home and are stranded on the highways.  Some people have run out of gas, some people have just run off the road.  I’m feeling pretty thankful that I don’t have to work.

It’s nice to stay snuggled under the blanket, where it’s warm and so close to the refrigerator!  lol

““I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened”
― Rachel CohnDash & Lily’s Book of Dares