Thursday, July 2, 2015


Today we return to July, 2010 when Pat and I wandered the grounds surrounding the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art. There is a name for this area, but I am old and don't remember it. Give me a break, it was 5 years ago. I do know that it was free when we visited, and that is no longer the case.

The house is huge, and the gardens leading to the house are magnificent. You can meander for hours, sitting in the shade or baking in the sun. We have been to quite a few older homes in various parts of the country, where wealthy people resided and had grounds such as this. I am envious. Of course, they also had hired help (who were paid next to nothing) to maintain all of this.

Times gone by. Enjoy.

Monday, June 29, 2015

alisaburke: lettering with makewells: the art of the ampersand...

alisaburke: lettering with makewells: the art of the ampersand...: Hi guys! It's Megan and I am back today to talk all about the ampersand. I have a love/hate relationship with the ampersand.  ...

There is another artist (Megan) posting on Alisa's blog today. A free download for coloring, as in an adult coloring book, is being offered. This is a trend I am seeing of late, and find it fascinating. Just thought I'd pass this along. Have fun!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

When it rains, it pours

Backyard petunias

Hydranga during the rain

Cone flowers and hostas

Lilies, don't remember what variety

Love these flowers but have no idea what they are
I ran outside on Friday afternoon, between downpours, to take a few pics with the new phone. Really liking this feature, but need to see if there is a ratio setting for the finished size. I'm sure there is. Still blows my mind that you can hold a computer in your hand, and oh, by the way, make phone calls with it.

We are heading to sheep herding this morning. Say a prayer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday at the dog park

Rylee and Libby

An incredible summer day. In the 60's, windy, and the sun is playing peek-a-boo with the clouds. Mostly overcast, but then big, fluffy white clouds drift across the sky. We have been to the dog park twice: once this morning because the original forecast called for more rain this afternoon, and then after lunch when it didn't rain. My two dogs are worn out. This is my goal. I love it when they are too tired to bark.

Cheryl sent me a text message to tell me she was at the park this afternoon, so her two girls were already playing when we arrived. Libby is growing so fast, legs are getting long. She is a sweet pup, not afraid of anything because she knows big sister Rylee has her back. And Libby has made Rylee young again.

All of our dogs are around the same age now, 6 to 7 years old. We all started at the dog park at the same time, so it isn't unusual to see white muzzles, signs of aging. I hope we all have our dogs for long, long lives, but if something happens I know I will be there for the mom and/or dad that needs consoling. As they will be for me if something happens to mine.

Life is good.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN.

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park

Gardens at Indianapolis Museum of Art
The above photos are from July, 2010. Pat took the bus down from Chicago, and we wandered Indiana for a few days. If you have never been to the Nashville, IN. area, it is well worth the trip. Besides the charming town of Nashville, the surrounding countryside is beautiful, full of ravines, forests and streams.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Phone

Gracie at the dog park

Jake on a bench at the dog park
I kept my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone for 31 months, which is a very long time for me. Normally, when the 2 year contract is up, I am at Verizon shopping for a new phone. But I was happy with the Note 2. Then I started to hear that the Note 4 wasn't what we all hoped it would be, and had some problems. So in a spur of the moment decision, I ordered a Samsung Galaxy S6 instead. This was only after the Note 2 became possessed, and started doing weird shit.

Verizon or Samsung don't know I'm writing this.

Reviewers stated that the camera on the S6 is one of the best. From what I have seen so far, I have to agree. The clarity, sharpness and color rendition is superb. I am still experimenting, but so far I truly like it.

I have yet to receive a phone call on this phone, so am unable to say how the calls sound. No one calls anymore. The phone came with a "fast" charger, and yes, it is fast. Usually takes about 30 minutes, which is a very good point because the battery life sucks eggs big time. I think, because the American public demands so much from a phone, we have entered the era of charging our phones twice a day. Yep. Get used to it. Carry a car charger, folks.

The touch screen sometimes gets touchy. As in, I tap an application to open it and it doesn't. You may tap 2 or 3 times, and nada. This happened on the Note 2 so I think it is a Samsung or Android issue. Not annoying yet, as it doesn't happen often. This phone easily fits in any pocket, something I had missed over the past 2.5 years as the Note 2 didn't. I miss the size of the screen on the Note 2, but like the convenience of being able to always carry this phone with me no matter how I am dressed. It fits.

Some of the features on the Note 2 are not on this phone, yet it has new features that I find very convenient. I am not one to sit and mess with a phone for hours. That is for the younger ones, so when I can't figure something out, I ask my neighbor. She messes. That's cool because I get my answer.

The true test is how long this little baby will last. A 2 year contract is a long time, and for this period I did not take out insurance. It has become ridiculous in price, in my opinion. My reasoning is if this goes belly up and I need to buy new, I will spend some of the kid's inheritance. Yep. What kind of a statement is it that you have to go into your savings to buy a telephone? Scary, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


My pink Hibiscus from 2012

We are having a ton of rain, like pretty much everyone else in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and I think, Ohio. Our area was low on moisture, but this past week we have caught up. Chicago is getting slammed.

Several things have come together at once to bring me a great deal of stress. Nothing I can't handle, but the body is reacting with some fairly intense pain in the back. Sigh. Being old is not for whims. And knowing that stress always hits your weak spots is half the battle of dealing with the situation. So today I will exercise and try to remain calm. There is absolutely no sense in getting upset or anxious over what you can't fix. My mantra right now. It helps.

Have a great day.