Saturday, August 16, 2014

It Stands Alone

Alone in a farmers field it  remains
like awaiting arrival of youngsters.
A common tire from a truck, length of rope
from the barn, strewn over a big tree limb.

When passing it by in my car one day, it brought a
memory of good times. Just
a tire, a rope and a limb of a tree.

Me, a girl of eight, he a boy of seven,
laughing as one of us sat in that ring,
while the other was  pushing and laughing.

It wasn't as comfortable as a wooden seat,
but we didn't care as we though it just neat,
thinking  that Dad used what he had,
 just to give us a summer retreat.

Now it sits in the field alone,
the youngster of seven and eight much older,
No time now for that makeshift swing,
made from that old tire, tried to a rope, then tied to that tree

Passing it now, how lonely that scene,
still remembering the fun we had,
 that girl of eight and that boy of seven,
makes the memory grow even stronger.

by Diane Yates

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Boat

Okay, it is only a 16 ft. pontoon boat, brand new I must add and it is fun, relaxing and informative
I know now what waters, lakes, rivers are flowing in our state of Tennessee.  I also know which of them are not as clean as others.  See, informative.

This is our boat.  The Lady! Isn't
he sweet to name a BOAT after me?
We have had the Lady Di sitting right there for a couple of weeks waiting for the rain to cease. It finally did last week for one day, a Friday.  We packed our lunch, got our dog, trailered the boat and went to the nearest lake or part of the Tennessee River about a 20 minute drive from home. I feared it would be crowded with boats and fishermen being the beginning of the week-end but I was wrong and it was easy and nice and as I said before informative.  What I also found out was there are a lot of wealthy mountain people living on lakes around here and here is just one that simply amazed me as we puttered by.
Now, if anyone is checking my blog and owns this house please contact me I want to be your friend. :)
Yes, this is just one house.
I am now going to show you how much fun we had, all three of us!

So, if any of my blog friends feel the need for some fresh, cool air and lovely sunny day on our boat, please contact us. 
 I look forward to our third adventure on a different part of the Tennessee River.
Remember the add for Geico that goes "You put the boat in the water, you take it out of the water:you put it in the water and take it out of the water, it makes me nervous" but it does not make me nervous.                                                                                 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Family reunion 2014

Just got back from Siesta Key, Florida where our family 19 or 20 (just lost count) had a lovely weekend in the sun, on the beach, in same house and a little together.  We see each other maybe once  a year so it was an interesting time  together..  We did  miss  one  daughter in law and  one  grandson as they couldn't make it.

Dave and I
 Company at our feet.

I did have an incident with my leg and knee and ended up in hospital ER but got that taken care of  quickly.  Can't keep an old girl down! I say!

A side trip into Sarasota we passed this statue and if you were around when WWII was over you would have  seen this couple in the news  celebrating.  A sailor just grabbed the first girl he could, a nurse, celebrated with a kiss in N.Y. City as word was passed that the war was over.  This was all over the news  and the photo  had become an icon of that tine.

The statue is so real and tall and if you remember that time you would appreciate this memorial.

Then I was asked to take a ride with my honey in a three wheeled car up the beach and through the beach town.  Now that was a trip trying to get in it and out of it.

Next, last night we had a photographer  ready to take a family photo of us all with the sun going down in the back ground.  Well, we did that, only it was raining and we look like we just washed up from the ocean.  The photographer would not cancel and we  were leaving the next morn.

But, before our trip to the beach we stayed with youngest daughter and their family for the graduation of their son Jager. Graduated with honors, this young man of 18 is a pleasure to be around.  Love him a lot. Can you tell?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time On My Hands

So lucky to be retired and have time to do just about anything creative.
My friend in a Florida and I were taking a vacation together, with husbands, as seen in the previous blog from this.  She always manages to find some new, neat craft to try and this is it:

This craft is called Kimekomi, a Japanese craft.  Here is the book.

They are fabric covered smooth foam balls which can be embellished to your hearts content or just as pictured here.  These are three I have done so far.  They are easy and fun to do.  Keeps my mind and hands working.  Make for a conversation piece in your home or a give away to make someone smile.
Doesn't natter, I just find it fun to do!  Thanks Ramona.

Closer view

So, watch out friends and family I am on my sixth one now.  :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Town called Ellijay!

Just got back from a four day retreat (our own retreat of 4) to North Georgia, a little town called Ellijay.  Four of us, two from Florida and us ums from Tennessee,  rented a cottage on a river there which was dog friendly,  so our Katie went too.
This town has a lot of antique stores, consignment shops and thrift stores.  One consignment store had a small deli restaurant in the back which I might say has the best Reuben Sandwich I have ever had.

I did take photos of buildings that had artwork or a painted quilt on it of course.  The weather was cool in the morning, warm in the after noon until the sun went down and we were inside by the time it cooled of at night. 

We managed to go to a couple of winery places and buy some homemade wine. We even tasted some. $8.00 for five shots of wine and you take the glass home with you, who could resist that. Yes, we had a designated driver.

  We also went to a well maintained farm that had fresh meats, pickled preserves and farm animals for us to pet.  If we really had to pet, they were there.  Here are some pictures of a few of them.  Well, the goats would not turn around!

 The Amish store in town was filled with great food stuff to take home with us.
Ever have a Zagnut?  Delicious treat.  Pickled Eggs?  Yum

Down at the farm in Ellijay.

It was a very busy four days and a lot to see.  Here are a couple of photos of the town with
painted art work on them.

 I love to see artwork expressed on buildings and walls using a different source.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Taking a Walk!

First really nice warmish day for a walk.  I do not walk enough, to my children's dismay, but today was a perfect 70's day not to last too long, so I better take advantage.

My husband, myself and our dog Katie took a walk on a Greenway in our town that is 17 miles long. No, never be able to do that but managed to just walk around and see what Spring might have in store for us this year.

I am sharing some of the walk with you by taking photos of the budding trees and some flowers along with really nice opportunity to shoot photos of walkway.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I'm Not A Poet and I Know it but........

For some reason my brain is clicking into another part of my creativity.  If that is what you want to call it.  Writings!
Some may not call it poetry, or prose, but not schooled in writing I like to give it a try once in awhile.  So here are two I wrote awhile back, re-reading them and tweaking some of it.

Lake of Gold

The morning sunrise is mirrored in the lake
like liquid gold
All nature awakens as if on cue.
Large and small birds start their morning ritual
as they skim the golden water,
they land so gently, not wanting to disturb
what is beneath them.

Trees with the morning sun peeking through their green
leafy branches lift up as if to touch the suns' glow.
Dew that was left that evening
begins to disappear from view.

The golden water begins to spread, making wider patches
of its hue on the lake
The sun rises even higher now in the blue sky as a new day begins.

Welcome Morning!


Fog, rolling in like it knows where to go.
Over long stretches of fields, up and down  valleys,
through busy streets and fields of clover.

Mostly early morning before the sun sets for the day.
No one sees it arrive, no one knows where it goes.
Fog, it is seen,as a ghostly apparition.