Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving

It's raining cats and dogs. Has been for a couple of days. It pours and then it lets up and then it pours again. Everything is soaked to the roots and way beyond by now.  Supposed to stop overnight and be dryer tomorrow.

With the time change it gets dark so early. Last night I thought it was about 10 p.m. or so and I was shocked when I looked at the clock and it was well after midnight.

Last week 10 members of my family got together to eat and to celebrate the 9th birthday of my great niece Kaylee. Here's part of us all in the photo below. We believe in being comfortable! I am the tennis shoe on the left.  My nephew was a little worried what people might think about us all standing in a circle in the restaurant parking lot! He said people might think we were crazy or something. I told him it made no difference what they thought and it only took a few seconds to get the picture.

I enjoyed it. It's always so nice to visit with the family. I think we are going back to the same buffet restaurant for Thanksgiving, at least some of us are.  I'm looking forward to that and I'll do my best not to over eat. Ha! No promises though!!! 

Meanwhile, I hope that everyone out there has a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving. The current church sign that I take so many photos of has this sign up now;

Get rick quick.
Count your blessings.

True words for sure. 

Here's my wish for your Thanksgiving as well (and mine too!)

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey plump,

May your potatoes and gravy

Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs!

(author unknown).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!!

What do you think of this cute squirrel bench?? I saw this being made up at a local store and I asked the lady what it was going to be. These are made from concrete and are poured into a mold. They had a squirrel sitting there partially painted. The lady there told me that it was going to be a bench. They already had a turtle bench there that they have sold several of, with the back end of the turtle on one end of the bench and the head on the other. They are not near as cute as the squirrels, in my opinion anyway. I asked her the price and she said they are $70 painted. I told her that I wanted that one. They delivered it for me free too! I was thrilled, because I think it's so cute! The squirrels come up almost to my knees, so that gives you an idea of how tall they are. I had it put on our front porch. This one in the picture is one I took in the store that they are using for display now. She said it was supposed to be mine but the squirrel fell while they were working on it and broke an ear off. So he repaired it and they are using it for the display and they made another one for me. Mine is just like this without the white towels that they have under the bench part on this one. The bench part has rebar steel in it so you can sit on it, but I think it's more decorative and won't be sit on that much. Concrete isn't the softest thing anyway! I have a pot of mums sitting on mine on the porch. I have some photos but haven't downloaded them yet. You can click on it to make it larger.

Here you can see one of the squirrels closer up. See that huge acorn in his paws!!! This is the one that got his ear broken off.  The white is a towel that they had between him and the bench. Maybe to just keep it from getting scratched maybe? He did tell me that it was okay to put them out in the weather but if you had to use the weed-whacker around them then you would scratch them up and he didn't recommend it. These would be so cute on a paved patio though!

It has gotten colder here and last night was below freezing. I think it froze my Mandevilla vine that has been climbing on the porch. I hate to see it go, but I knew this time would be coming any day now.  I know some areas have had snow already. No snow for us yet but it's time for the temps to start dropping down colder as winter draws closer daily.  

I have already moved one mountain of leaves over the hill. I hate raking leaves and we have lots more to fall. Yesterday was quite windy and  blowing just perfect so that if the oak trees would have let go of their leaves they would have all blown over the hill. But no, they were mostly still clinging on tight so they can wait and fall in our yard, so I'll have to get rid of them later! 

Happy Veteran's Day today. May we all remember our veteran's near and far, and not just on Veteran's Day either, but every day. Our flag was flying proudly today!

I do hope everyone has a great weekend!

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