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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer Summary

I'm still kickin'.  Well, maybe not kickin' exactly, but getting by.

Here is the extent of summer action around the place.
(I did spare you from photos of grass mowing and all the things that have bit the dust here in the last three months.  Oh, and all the appointments, phone calls, forms, signature guarantees, etc., which one has to deal with following a death.  So complicated.
Hopefully, I am about done with all that bother.

Some patriotic harvest, thanks to a volunteer little white pumpkin/squash.

Wheat field with some color.

Green wheat . . . 

Golden wheat . . . 

Rain . . . 

A visit to a friend's beautiful shady garden oasis. . . 

Some bathers . . .

Some eaters . . . 

Some bunnies . . . lots of bunnies . . . 

A couple of hunters . . . .  one stayed close enough to get a few shots - with the camera, of course.

Icky batches of insects all over the crape myrtles. . . 

And a great 50th birthday party for a good friend.

Hope everyone had a good summer.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blessings for Charleston

A porch in Charleston, South Carolina, U. S. A.
November 2014

Blessings for Charleston in the wake of their tragedy.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


The blueberries are almost ready.

This photo is from last year, but the same holds true right here and now.  Last year we had a bumper crop.  I gave them away, and still have bags in the freezer.  There does not look like as many on the bushes this year.  I'm kinda glad.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Barn Collective #31 - News

Just off Hwy 64 between Lawrenceburg and Pulaski, TN

Hello all.
I am happy to announce that Tom, The Backroads Traveller, would like to take up the barn meme.   Currently, we are experimenting with my existing linkup on his blog, so bear with us.  It might not go perfectly (or go at all) at first.

Many thanks to Tom!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gone to seed

Broccoli gone to seed in my husband's garden last spring.
Currently, his garden spot is grown up in weeds as he was not able to plant anything this year before he died.  I'm not sure what I'll do with it next year, but I'm going to keep the fence up and keep the weeds beat down this year until I decide.  I have visions of becoming the old widow woman in the gardening hat with hoe in hand in a garden full of flowers.
We'll see what next year brings.

I am going to halt The Barn Collective for now.  I don't know if I will continue it at a later time or not.  I will be happy for someone to pick it up.  Just let me know.

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and emails.  Words can be of such great comfort in times of grief.  We are very fortunate to have friends who have visited both at the hospital (two hours away) and at home, brought food, ran errands, looked after my mother, fed the cats, and even mowed the lawn.  My son and I are plodding along with each day.  He will be starting his permanent job next week after a delay due to the illness and death of his father.  I am glad he has something to occupy his mind.

Until next time.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Rest in peace, my sweet husband.

My husband, Tony, passed away this past week.  He was a wonderful man, husband, father, son, brother.

We miss him very much.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Barn Collective #30

Better late than never.

The view from my front door, from a few years ago.

Alrighty.  Three ambulance rides and three hospital stays in a month.  We must keep plugging along, though.
Die cancer, die.

Yesterday, our son graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with an Electrical Engineering degree.  A happy event and I can not adequately express how proud we are of him.  Unfortunately, his dad could not be there in person, but he was in spirit from the hospital.  Everyone is very disappointed that this milestone event was dampered with illness and absence.

Myself, Matt, and my Mother.  

I am posting from the iPad, so I predict that something will be wrong with the post and/or linkup.  Fingers crossed.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Barn Collective #29

Extreme southern middle Tennessee, U. S. A.
January 2014

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Barn Collective #28

Another from a few years ago on Hwy 64, between Pulaski and Fayetteville, Tennessee, U. S. A.
Still busy with my husband's medical issues.  Maybe I'll get around to visiting everyone soon.  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Barn Collective #27

This is one of my favorite barns from a few years ago.  One day the pretty rusty roof had been painted or replaced.

We have been home from the hospital for a few days now.  My husband had a partial hip replacement due to the cancer going there.  The hip surgery went as expected, but there were lung  complications and we ended up staying a week longer than expected.  He is better now.

Thanks everyone, for the well wishes.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Barn Collective #26

Appleton, Tennessee, U. S. A.

This is a repost from a few years ago.  I am not able to keep up much these days.  My husband has been in the hospital for over a week.  I hope to be able to get back soon to whatever our normal is these days.

Thanks for hanging with me!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Barn Collective #25

Somewhere near Columbia, Tennessee, U. S. A.

(I am trying a new script this week in hopes that trouble for some in fetching thumbnails is resolved.  I am away from my main computer and will probably not be able to help with any issues that may arise for a few days.  Thanks for your patience!)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Barn Collective #24

These were taken from I-65 in Franklin, Tennessee, hence, the blurriness.  Beautiful farms are everywhere in middle Tennessee.  And yes, this one has Buffalo (or Bison, are they the same?)  The Buffalo are in front of two large mansions on rolling hills.  I have never found out for certain if they belong to famous country music stars or actresses, but it has been said . . . . 

Friday, March 20, 2015


A friend and I went to a photography event a few weeks ago.  The field trip we went on was to an abandoned site of a pioneer village type attraction.  I got a few interesting shots.  There were several items that didn't quite fit into the classic pioneer time frame.  I suppose it depends on what you are pioneering.

That front piece of stereo equipment was Quasar, not even Pioneer.

Sharing with Madge @ The View From Right Here

Weekly Top Shot #170

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Barn Collective #23

Whoo.  I've lost my motivation to get out and work on my barn collection, so I'm cheating a little.  
This painting was done by my Mother several years ago.  She does quite well, and rural scenes are her favorite, so you may be seeing more of her work.  
This is one of my favorites.  It has it all:  red barn, dirt road, fence, big tree, round bales, summer green, yellow wildflowers, distant mountains, and blue sky.

Looking forward to seeing your barns, sheds, silos, etc.!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Barn Collective #22

This was taken in January 2011 when north Alabama had a foot of snow.  I think we measured 9 inches at our place.  The barn belongs to my mother, but is adjacent to our property.  That is my hubby on the tractor.  I rarely use artsy treatments now and could not tell you what I did to this shot.

We have had a snow and/or ice storm each of the last three weeks here, but I only got a couple of iPhone shots just for the record.  The past week's winter storm was all ice and sleet and stayed around for longer than one day.  I like a snow or two every winter, but three in a row is too much.  I don't see how you folks up north stand it for months at a time.

We are supposed to be in the upper sixties next week with rain.  I hate to complain, but that's getting kinda warm for me.  We go from one extreme to another.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Barn Collective #21

A few that need some attention.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi, U. S. A.

There are several gorgeous old pianos at the
Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi, U. S. A.

Some are in great shape, but this one above has some wear.

Others were in much better shape.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Barn Collective #20

Another barn of a friend's family.
I was trying to capture three buzzards circling around.  Two of them were uncooperative and flew out of my view.

Share your barns this week!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Barn Collective #19

This barn belongs to family of a good friend of mine.

I have several new followers lately.  Thank you!