Water Fun

We bought this inflatable pool from Wal-Mart during our one hundred degree + temps and last week when the Colville kids came for dinner we had the Grands try it out.

The air was hot the well water was cold.

It took awhile for sister to make the commitment to step all the way in. They came out to warm up wrapped in a towel and then they would head back in for more cold fun.

The next day at the river they had more water fun.

We kept the pool up and inflated with water in it just in case the deer could use a drink and today we spied one drinking for a long while. I’ll share some deer photos on another day.

Addy and JJ started swimming lessons on Monday at the city pool.

Timely Advice…

P1040463Several of these photos were taken from our stop at a roadside Inn on our way to Cornwall.


Wells to Porthtowen food1

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The rest of the photos are some advice from other parts of England…

London Sunday 045

St. Ives sunny 118

London Saturday 184


My last bit of timely advice to you is this…Set your clocks back tonight or you will be way too early for Church tomorrow!

Messing About in Boats…

” O God, Thy Sea is so great and my boat is so small.”

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat”  Jean Paul Sartre

“We are all in the same boat in the stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” ~ Rat from The Wind in the Willows

“A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile.  Never does she look so delightful, as when the sun is brightly reflected by the water, while the waves are gently rippling, and the prospect receives life and animation from the glancing transit of an occasional row-boat, and the quieter motion of a few small vessels.  But the land must be well in sight; not only for its own sake, but because the immensity and awfulness of a mere sea-view would ill accord with the other parts of the glittering and joyous scene. ” ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

“He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.”  ~George Herbert

“Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them.” ~ Psalms

“So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis

The sea hath no king but God alone.  ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The White Ship

We really had a lovely 3 hours out on the water on this beautiful day. For most of us this was our first kayaking experience and now that we know what to expect we hope to go out again with a little experience under our vests. Hope you enjoyed the quotes I found for this post. This trip was out of Bowman Bay in the State of Washington close to Deception Pass. Thanks for stopping by today.

I’m linking up with Susan at The Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

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Just For Fun ~ Open a Book


Open a Book

Open a Book
And you will find
People and places
Of every kind.

Open a book
And you can be
Anything that
You want to be

Open a book
And you can share
Wondrous worlds
You find there.

Open a book
And I will, too.
You read to me
I’ll read to you

Unfortunately, I don’t know who to give credit to for writing this little poem.  I’m laying low today reading and recovering from my lower back spasms. Thanks for your kind words and thoughts. I really do feel a lot better but am still moving slowly. Still working on memorizing 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18. Have a joy filled day!

Fun Monday ~ First Celebrity Crush?

Oh boy is this one going to age me. Actually I’m aging just fine with no help 🙂

There probably was someone on the Mouseketeers that I had a crush on in the 50’s and early 60’s. Then there was Ricky Nelson (Ozzie and Harriett) that I might have had a crush on but the first out there in public crush that I had was for the Beatles. I think I liked them all but Ringo was my favorite. I sat there and watched them on the debut in the U.S. on the Ed Sullivan show. I was giddy with delight! I learned all their songs by heart and went to see all their movies.

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Fun Monday ~ Quotable quotes and words that inspire

Robin at Pensieve has chosen this theme for today’s Fun Monday.

Quotable quotes and words that inspire.

Here are a couple of quotes for you. One from a Russian and one for an admired American.

“How easy it is for me to live with you, Lord!
How easy it is for me to believe in you!
When my mind is distraught and my reason fails,
When the cleverest people do not see further than this
evening what must be done tomorrow
You grant me the clear confidence
that you exist, and that you will take care
that not all the ways of goodness are stopped.
At the height of earthly fame I gaze with wonder at
that path through hopelessness-
to this point from which even I have been able
to convey to men some reflection of the Light
which comes from you.”

-Alexander Solshenitsyn

Solshenitsyn: A Pictorial Record, 1974

“All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled only with sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty.”

Billy Graham

Day by Day with Billy Graham, 1976

To read more Fun Monday Quotes click over to Robin’s.


Fun Monday ~

 Swampy is hosting Fun Monday and this is a short version of her assignment for us.

Choose a topic/theme and make an alphabetical list of words, phrases, photos…however you want to share your topic/theme.

For Spring I assembled this flower collage with an ode to it below using the letters of the alphabet in consecutive order. Not Shakespeare by any means just my zaney attempt at being clever. Enjoy…


A beautiful collage delights. Every fragrance gentle, heavy, intense,  journeys kindly lingering midst new odes poetically quipped resting still tantalized under vines with Xanadu yearnings zealous and zaney!

And because yesterday was Easter here are some ABC words I associate with it…

Angel ~ Blessed ~ Christ ~ Delivered ~ Empty tomb ~ Freed ~ Grace ~ Hope ~ Infinate ~ Joy ~ King ~ Lord ~ Mercy ~ Nails ~ Omnipotent ~ Praise ~ Quench ~ Resurrected ~ Savior ~ Throne ~ Unblemished ~ Victorious ~ Wounded ~ eXalted ~ Yield ~ Zion

For more fun Monday click over to Swampy’s.

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Eggs and Kulich

Our Easter preparations are on their way.

Katie colors the eggs each year.


I decorate the show piece of our food celebration, the Kulich (Russian Easter Bread). I did say decorate. I didn’t say I baked it. That is still on my list to do before I die.


We will celebrate all day tomorrow with friends, family, food, hallelujahs and hosannas to our Resurrected King.

Blessings on all your preparations and celebrations…

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Table is Set for Corned Beef and Cabbage!


My kids are coming over for dinner, corned beef and cabbage. I’ll be making some fun green drinks and we’ll eat and celebrate being together and surrounded by green. I’ll post the people photos later! 🙂


I tweaked the table some more before my guests arrived.


My beautiful children, with one missing and Dear is in California till Friday, so dinner for four.

The meal was enjoyed by all…
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