Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Color My World

Today the hubby and I took a day trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!!  
Our fall colors are just starting, but in the U.P. they are near peak, 
and just beautiful.   

See for yourself!!!







And that's the way it is.......................

Monday, September 15, 2014

Its Pumpkin Time

Today, I drove to the butcher shop, and on the way home, I found a place that was selling pumpkins.
Driving down the long driveway, I found a house and along the fence line were the pumpkins for sale.  No one was home, therefore I was on the 'honor' system.


And to keep the honest people honest; this sign was right above the money box.



They had quite an assortment of pumpkins and prices.


Some gourds and a few squash were also for sale.


I chose three pumpkins, one for each step of the porch that leads to our door.


Just wait until you see how I decorate those pumpkins... but that's for another day.  Because I did say I went to the butcher shop and now I have meat to repackage and put away!!!

Driving out of the driveway, this sign made me chuckle!!!



And that's the way it is.........(in Northern Wisconsin)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Goofing Around

When my granddaughters were here last summer, they had so much fun pressing their faces against the glass window.

  
As I took each one's picture, they had to immediately see what they looked like.  


Boy oh boy, did we have a good 'belly' laugh.  


I hope their smushy faces bring a smile to your face too!!!


And that's the way it is...................

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"F" is for Football


We went to our grandson's (#87) sixth grade football game.  This team has some real tradition for me.  When the Raiders began they were called the Hollandtown Raiders, coached by Bob Wurdinger.  Back then the boys had make-shift uniforms;  
I know that for a fact because my brother played 'Raider Ball'.  
When my son started 'Raider Ball', he was in seventh grade and played for two years.


Oh, my gosh, last night, I witnessed the third generation of Raider's.  I am getting old!!!


The uniforms have really spruced up since those beginning days; the boys start younger, and the name has changed to Kaukauna Raiders sporting the orange and black colors of the Kaukauna High school team.  


Those sixth grade boys played their heart out.  I enjoyed watching them develop their personal skills and learning to be a team member.  


They'd get in the huddle to discuss the next play, then on to the field to  "get 'er done!"


And "get 'er done" they did....  
They won 22 to 0 over the Menasha team.



And that's the way it is......................

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The First Day of School

All my grands started their new school year today. 

 Grand #1 is a Junior in high school, #2 is in sixth grade, #3 is in third, #4 in second and #5 is in first.  

I thought about them last night, going to bed with anticipation of the new school year;  wondering where they will sit, who will be sitting next to them, if their teacher would be nice and all those other unknowns that make one anxious.


I remember those first days of school when I was young.  I went to the local parochial school, there were only 13 kids in our class.  We didn't have kindergarten; so when we were six, we hit the ground running.  

When we were in first grade, we shared a teacher and class room with the second graders.  They taught us the ropes!!!  So every other year we were with a different grade, either the grade ahead of us or the grade below us.  

I remember those smells of a fresh class room in an old building, the hardwood floors were all waxed and shiny.  The chalkboards had been re-lined and oiled.  Every thing had been cleaned and polished in anticipating of the upcoming year.  

My brother and I walked up the hill to school, and ran home for lunch every day. We ate quickly and hurried back as not to miss one precious second of play time.  

  Some of the kids who lived farther out brought their lunch and ate at their desk.  

Don't we look excited to head back to school?
We did survive those memory filled eight years, only to board the bus to be transported to the area high school, where we were merged with a class of 350+ students. 


Here's to the class of '66!!!  
(Who by the way are all turning 66 this year!!)


And that's the way it is...............................

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My World

I was down by the lake the other evening.    
The natural lighting was perfect for taking photos, and the winds were calm.  


Yesterday I found the following quote by Anthony Douglas Williams.   
His quote sums up my life in the Northwoods perfectly. 


“I would rather be amongst forest animals, 


and the sounds of nature,


than amongst city traffic

and the sounds of man.”


 



And that's the way it is.................

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Late Birthday Present

Last year, I took the youngest grand to Build -A-Bear for her birthday.  When she showed her older sister her birthday present, the older sister was just crushed that she didn't get one for her birthday. It just broke my heart that I could have been so thoughtless.  I then made a promise to her that I would take her to Build-A-Bear for her next birthday.   
 So this year, true to my promise off to the mall we went.


Her choice was a white puppy.  I don't know how much her mother will appreciate the color.  But Oh Well!!!
She then picked out a heart and sealed it with a kiss; gave it to the attendant to put in Lacy.  


Next we went to the computer area to create a birth certificate for Lacy.  Lucky Lacy getting a big hug from this precious grand.  


As newborns do, Lacy also needed a bath before she was dressed.
  


Two outfits were chosen for Lacy, one purchased by me and the other as a gift from her Aunt Kel.



The whole adventure was completed with a crown for Lacy's new owner.


Our next adventure was clothes shopping at the Justice Store.  


Shopping is right up this little one's alley.  You can just about see the wheels turning...

It was a perfect day... 



And that's the way it is...............