Friday, March 27, 2009

She lost her fight

Some of you may remember a post I made a few months ago about a young girl from Portugal who needed a heart transplant. Please read this
Her condition deteriorated in the last few weeks, and she slipped into a coma. Today, she passed into eternity. Before she became too ill to write, she composed a lovely farewell letter to all her friends and loved ones. When I Leave
Prayers for her parents and for her boyfriend.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Come join us for a cuppa!

Coffee corner
My hubby, known on Bookcrossing as MrHorse

At this time of year, when the days are not too hot and not too cold, we like to sit outside and have our coffee or tea or whatever.

Coffee tray on table

Coffee tray

I bought the little table (plant stand, actually) at Walmart for $6.00, and found the plastic tray for $1.25 at Walgreen's!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Whew! That was a scare!

I happened to look out the window and noticed something black running across my neighbor's yard. My neighbor lives across the road - a busy highway, with a speed limit of 55mph, heavily traveled by cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, dump trucks, delivery vans, and tractor-trailers. It was a cat, a black cat, a large black cat, just like Spite, my cat! I stood and stared out the window with my heart in my mouth, while traffic roared past. He (the cat) was watching, waiting for a safe break. I didn't want to go outside and possibly influence him to come at the wrong time. Suddenly, he sprung to action and ran at full speed across the road to our yard! I dashed to the back door (that seemed to be where he was heading, and we never use our front door) to let him in and give him a good scolding. Crystal was in the bay window, on the inside cat tree, and I told her, "Your brother is a bad, bad cat!"

Cat tree with cats

Then I looked up, and there was Spite, completely relaxed on the outside cat tree by the kitchen window!

Spite in window

I had to retract my words, opened the door to let him in (he wasn't even breathing hard), gave him some extra loving and petting, and told him how glad I was that he wasn't that other black cat across the road! A few seconds later, I saw the other cat go through our back yard towards a subdivision behind us.

I have seen Spite go across the side road to the cemetery, and that's bad enough, but I don't think he's ever crossed the highway.

(The photos accompanying this post are from my archives. Same cats, same cat tree)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More azalea pictures

All of these, below, were taken in my mother's back yard. Some of you may remember the snooty duck from previous posts! Some of hers are huge ~ as tall as the neighbor's garage!

Azaleas behind house

Azaleas behind house, 2

As tall as the garage!

At end of yard

Duck with azaleas

Young shrub

Here are some of ours. They aren't nearly as large; we've only been in this house 5 1/2 years, and the previous owners weren't azalea people.

By our living room window
By our front door
By the office window

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pictures from a visit to a local history museum

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I visited the Baldwin County Heritage Museum BCHM. It was an interesting place. Baldwin County, Alabama is rich in history; it was settled by many different ethnic groups in the early days, mostly coming for the rich farmland. There were colonies of Swedes, Germans, French, Italians, and Greeks, all in different communities, and all trying to make a living for themselves and their families in a new and strange land.

Here are some pictures I took with my cell phone, outside. (no photography inside)

Working windmill
Windmill

Dinner bell
Dinner bell

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Church exterior (Lutheran German)

St. Mark's Lutheran Church interior
Church interior

Display of antique farm implements
Farm tools

Inside, there were displays of home interiors: parlor, kitchen, and bedroom, with a great deal of information about washday and ironing day in the old days. I'm very grateful for modern appliances and conveniences! (Although I do love the scent of clean laundry dried outside in the sunshine!)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Azaleas!

Azaleas are popping out all over Mobile and Baldwin Counties, in coastal Alabama, USA. We are famous for azaleas; there's even a variety called "Pride of Mobile." I don't have any current pictures to show you, but here's a few from years past. I hope you enjoy them!

Pride of Mobile

Hope of Spring #2

Azalea season in Mobile!

Azaleas

Red Ruffles

Dogwood and Azaleas

Duck statue in flower bed

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snowing in central Alabama!

We are here visiting our younger son, daughter-in-law, and grandbaby. Yesterday it was warm and stormy in the morning, warm and sunny in the afternoon, and windy and colder in the evening. This morning, we woke up to snow! The temperature was about 34 degrees F., so it didn't stay long, but it was pretty for awhile. We went to church and to a restaurant afterwards in blowing snow, but it had stopped by the time we finished eating. It's still cold, though, and windy. I took some pictures this morning, but will not try to post them until we return home. Son's computer has dial-up access, and is slow as molasses running uphill in January!

Four of you responded to my last post, about my layout colors, and the reviews were mixed. So, I'll leave it as it is for now, but I will be changing it to a springtime theme soon ~ by the end of this month anyway.