Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You Capture / Green

My friend Mary and I went out to the Dunes State Park to capture some green.

We had a lovely walk and boy, did we find some green.
I think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, but be sure and check out #8. I love the reflections on the pond. And...doesn't #4 look like where Luke Skywalker found Yoda?

If you head over to Beth's, you'll find some green or hands or chairs waiting for you. What are you waiting for? Go!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Nature at Her Best

I spent several days last week helping my sister get her yard ready for her granddaughters graduation open house. I went back today and took pictures. 133 to be exact. They don't do the yard justice. It is really beautiful and she can tell you everything about every plant. These are just a few of the ones that I especially liked. Maybe one of these days I'll post more showing the big picture. For now, enjoy these.
I really love this first picture with the bee.

Drum Roll Please!

Using, the lucky winner of the CSN Stores gift certificate is #3. That means that our winner is Christy! Congratulations girl! I just need you to email me and let me know what email address to have Jessica send your gift certificate to.

Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Capture / Down Low

This week we got down low.
I took all of these either on my knees, sitting on the ground or laying on the ground.

This is one of my hostas with an old railroad light.
Probably should have moved the ladder.
The start of my radishes in the garden.

My onions in the garden.

Poppa relaxing on Father's Day, drinking his beer and waiting his turn at bean bags.

They're over there grandma.

My girls riding their power wheel and Lizzy being a little unsure of the whole thing.

Just throw it down there, Aunt Kate.

Go get the low down at Beth's.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

True Confessions

No bull....isn't that what that symbol means? Well, no bull here. It has been a long time since I've confessed here and it's not pretty at all. They say confession is good for the soul, so we'll see if that is true. I am embarrassed to tell you that.....
1. I used to be a smoker. I quit quite a few years ago, but I didn't really quit. If we were out with friends in a bar and I'd have a few drinks, I'd bum a few off whoever was smoking at our table. Smoking was also my crutch when I was angry or upset. I could go weeks and not smoke, but if I'd have what I considered a crisis of sorts, I'd buy a pack. Maybe I'd smoke three, maybe I'd smoke the whole pack, but after that day, I'd throw the pack away. Then, I would go about my business and not smoke. Now, here is the good news. I haven't had a cigarette in seven months and I don't want one at all. I am confident that I will never smoke again. So, how do I handle my mini crisises now? You guessed Now here is the really bad news. My taste buds are like brand new not being dulled by smoking. If you have never smoked, you have no idea how good things taste when you have quit for a while.
2. The last month of school kicked my butt and then I got roped into teaching summer school. I didn't exercise for way too long. I was exhausted most days and could barely drag my butt out of bed in time to get to school. I had something going on almost every night. I had no time to myself. Here is the vicious circle....I was exhausted because my metabolism was shot from not exercising, but I was too exhausted to take any little bit of time I had to exercise.
3. My food choices have been pretty much crap. We ate out way to many times. Worst case example of late night snacking in one night...a three inch stack of mexican layered Pringles, a bowl of caramel praline crunch ice cream and a half a chocolate donut. Oh my God, who the hell eats that in one night?????
4. My body has pretty much gone to mushy, flabby and gross.
Now comes the good part of this sad confession.
1. I am done with school now and I have started back with exercising this week. I'm walking first thing in the morning no less than five days a week with a good friend and we do no less than three miles and are going to work our way up to at least five miles a day. I come home for that and do some form of exercise. Yesterday I did the kettlebell workout and today I did a Biggest Loser workout on the wii. Just a bit of info for you all...don't start your kettlebell workouts with an eight pound bell. It works fine for the below the waist stuff, but I almost knocked myself out trying to swing that sucker up over my head and control it for upper body work. I did it, but it was touch and go a few times.
2. I've been thinking about joining Weight Watchers for a few weeks. After some feedback from some people I trust last night, I am going to do it. Today is the day that I join Weight Watchers online. As soon as I post this, I'm heading over to their website. If any of you are doing Weight Watchers, please leave me some feedback about how you like it. I'm a little worried about how the points thing works, but I'm sure it will all come together.
So, that's it. The good, the bad and the ugly. Yesterday I started with a clean slate. I'm not proud or happy about the other stuff, but I can only start over and do my best. I'm not going to waste time beating myself up over it. Hey, at least I'm not smoking and I have to give myself credit for that.
Lastly, I confess that if you go to the post under this one, I have a giveaway going on. It's for a $40. gift certificate, if you'd like to check it out.
Once again, Blogger is messing with me and won't let me make paragraphs. Sorry!

Monday, June 21, 2010

A New Giveaway

Do you remember CSN Stores? I'm sure you do. I did a giveaway with them a few months ago. They have everything you could possibly be looking for in one website. There are over 200 stores there. You could replace your tired old vanity or get some new Rachael Ray bakeware. I have literally spent hours just browsing the stores.

Here's the good news. CSN promo representative Jessica has once again contacted me with a great offer. I was given the option of doing a review of my choice or having a giveaway for you. Of course, I chose you. Jessica is giving away a $40. gift certificate to use at any CSN store you want.

For the mandatory entry, go to the CSN Stores website and look around. Then, come back and leave a comment telling me one thing that you loved . Simple enough.

For extra entries, post about the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave the link in a seperate comment. If your comment doesn't link back to a blog where I can get your email, please leave your email address in your comment. I will choose a winner using on the evening of June 28th. Good luck everyone!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

King of the World

Isn't that what we all think of our daddy? I always miss my dad, but today especially. It's hard to believe that he has been gone for almost 33 years. He has missed so much. It breaks my heart. I wish he could have been here to meet all my kids and his great grandkids. I know he would have loved them so much. He would have been so proud of the twins. They run on his side of the family. They all missed so much by not knowing him. My oldest daughter was the only one of my kids who knew him, but she was only two and a half when he died. She remembers a couple things which is better than nothing, but it's not much. I miss you dad and I love you so much.

I know that you would be proud of the dad and grandpa Dick is. He's a lot like you were. He spoils them all rotten and loves them very much. I'm sure you already know that though.

Enjoy the song by Point of Grace. I think it would make the perfect father/daughter dance for a wedding. It pretty much says it all

Happy Father's Day to the two most important daddies in my life!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Capture/Water

This is at a local park.

After one of the kids jumped in the pool.
Chicago from the beach.

Things are a little wet over at Beth's.

Catch up Again

Total peace.

Full Bodied
Lame, I know, but the other things I thought of couldn't be done in the time I had.
One more day of summer school and my time will be my own.
Do you see the drizzle of lavender?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Creativity Catch Up

I would call this fluid movement.

I sure hope I didn't jinx anything by taking this shot. I usually fly this flag from the first Notre Dame football game of the season to the last game.
Something that lends grace or beauty is the definition of ornament
I'm sure that this little girl thinks this crown is a beauty.

As Promised....

Here he is. Smiling Jack. Happiest little man ever.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Let me first apologize for being behind in my boot camp assignments. Things are a little crazy busy around here right now. This is my work for the "grow" assignment.
This is my daughter and her two girls. I tried to get the baby in there too, but he wasn't cooperating.

James Taylor is one is one of the few men that I have loved longer than my husband.
JT and I go back a long time. I just saw him in concert again last month.
This is probably my favortie song by him. It takes me back to my dating days with my husband.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

You Capture / Fun

Most of the family went to Wisconsin this past weekend for my cousins 30th wedding anniversary party. We found out that Natalie is much braver in the pool than she was in the fall. We got back to the hotel and Lizzy went right to bed and Natalie couldn't wait to hit the water. She had no fear at all. I'm not sure if that was good or bad. What it was was fun!

I'm pretty sure there are some fun things going on over here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Heavy Metal

Today's prompt was "heavy metal".
This was a little hard.
My first thought was to take a picture of a Mettalica album.
But, that would require my having to find a Mettalica album, plus the fact that it would be a lame attempt at the assignment.
I'm not sure these are great, but they'll do.

The iron wagon wheel that I use for my clematis.
The fence.
The iron bird bath.