Friday, June 30, 2023

The 4th Of July House

 They are at it again! Remember the house that gets painted and decorated for each different holiday? Here it is from Easter & Valentine's Day in previous posts.

Well, now they have painted it again and decorated for the 4th of July.

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. “

~James Gillespie Blaine

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Welcome To Lake Hillier

 First, I will not be blogging all day on Thursday, as we will be gone for the day. Welcome to Lake Hillier, on Middle Island off the coast of Australia. and you are seeing right, it is bright pink! I took these photos from the T.V. show called Impossible Planet, and I did not change the color.

The lake is surrounded by the Great Southern Ocean. It is a constant pink color, and does not fluctuate with the seasons.

It was in 2016 that the reason for the color was discovered. It is from a red colored bacterium that is a long scientific word I cannot spell. The bacterium is not rare, but there is a lot more of it in this lake than any other one.

Care to go for a swim?

“If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.”

– Sri Ravi Shankar

Monday, June 26, 2023

It's Not October

 Yet we happened to be behind this car. So what's the deal?

It's nowhere near Halloween, so I really don't get it. Makes me wonder...

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Say "Cheese"

 Come along with me to The Cheese Shop, owned by local Mennonites. It is old fashioned, with a deli, homemade sandwiches, and all kinds of packages of nuts, candy, flours, trail mix, Whoopie Pies, etc.

A whole wall of cookie cutters

Handmade wooden things


Handmade aprons & purses

So, did you buy anything?

“Fettucini alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults.”

Mitch Hedberg

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Sunday Sunset

 The lower it got, the more red it got.

“From the Rising of the Sun to its setting. The name of the Lord is to be praised.”

– Psalm 113:3


Friday, June 23, 2023

The Magnolia

 The only blogger to get the exact details of my mystery photo right was Happy One at Life Is Good. It was a Magnolia tree seed pod. We have many Magnolias around here, and they have just finished blooming. The trees are huge, taller than some houses!

The blooms are as big as dinner plates.

And the leaves are glorious; thick, shiny, and huge, A different color on each side.

Interesting and large seed pods, too.

Magnolia trees have been on earth for many millions of years. They symbolize strength, longevity, and purity.

According to a Japanese legend, it is advisable not to sleep or stay too long under a blooming magnolia tree, since the intense perfume of its flowers could stun or even kill.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Mystery Object

 Can you guess what this mystery photo is? I'll tell you in my next post, and announce those who guessed right!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

A Real Cool Cat

 Today is the first day of summer, and the Big Cat is ready and dressed for it. Wearing a seashell bra and a hula skirt, I believe he is hinting at a trip to the beach. πŸ„

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." — Sam Keen


It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.

~Maud Hart Lovelace

Monday, June 19, 2023


 Over the weekend, we got together to celebrate Dara, our middle granddaughter's 12th birthday!

Dara's sister Jazz.

Presents included a journaling kit..

and a hand-stamping metal jewelry kit.

Here we all are after the gift giving and cake.

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.

~Jim Fiebig


 On the outskirts of town, we happened to pass this building. It used to be a gas station. But what a difference now! What was going on? One...