Tag Archives: Recreation

Families Come in All Sizes

English: Family of Canada geese in Northfield,...

English: Family of Canada geese in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We were out and about on a little joy ride.


It was a beautiful day.


Not too hot.  Company was grand.


Detoured through the quiet, cool, beautiful Glens.


Turned towards home.


Then, there on the side of the 4-lane highway we spotted them.


Hmmm, one…




three of them.


Three families!


Oh, look!  : – O


They’e trying to get across the road!


But they’re cutting out in traffic…


Will they be able to make it???


There is Mama one, leading the way, with Junior following right behind.


Then Mama 2 with her 3 little ones.


Lastly comes Mama 3, also with her 3.


Cars are waiting at the light for them.


I hope those going in the opposite direction will see them and not be going so fast as to hit them!?


But in my rear view mirror I can see the last of them climbing up to safety onto the sidewalk.


Yeah!  The goslings and their mamas have all gotten safely to the other side, right from where they chose to cross!  🙂






Kite Festival

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park.

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park. (Photo credit: adhocbot)


It started out as a typical Saturday.


Sleep in, exercise, a bit of yardwork, breakfast.


Then getting to work in the home office to continue the relentless battle against paperwork.  In this ongoing, no-end-in-sight, endless conflict there is unfortunately, often no clear victor.  At times we seem to be gaining.  Next thing you know, it has the upper hand multiplying as though there were no tomorrow!


We were determined to get ahead this time…and then the phone rang.


An invitation to enjoy the local kite festival.  It’s just down the street.  It’ll be a welcome diversion.  Cars are parked all over the neighborhood a good mile in almost any direction.  Too bad the city did away with half the parking when they improved the park a couple years ago.  😦


So we went on foot.  It was a beautiful day, a tiny bit cool, cloudy, and windy.  Perfect kite-flying weather!


As we got closer we could see a myriad of kites in all shapes, sizes, and colors flying in the sky with colorful tales waving in the breeze behind them.  It was a beautiful sight!  Next into our view came the picturesque inflatable bounce houses, then the vendor tents, and finally the crowds of families all there to enjoy the festivities and camaraderie.


There were kite-flying contests, booths, a live band, police vehicles, fire fighting equipment, and art projects.  And for a fee you could face paint, have your caricature drawn, walk inside a giant ball, ride the little train, even climb a rock wall.  Not to mention all the various foods for sale.


After walking around for over an hour, I was ready for a break.  I found an open space on the grass and let my companions go on without me.  I sat and enjoyed looking at the various types of kites in the sky, and the various children and adults flying them.  A couple times I witnessed someone having difficulty getting a kite airborne and someone stopping to help.  It was great.  The music was toe-tapping and the whole thing was filled with an air of friendliness and fun.


What a great, and out-of-the-ordinary, day!  🙂



Always Look Where You Are Going!

OK, I tend to be “miss mild-mannered” a lot of the time.  But on occasion, especially behind the wheel of a car, I become someone completely different!

Take this morning, for instance.

There I am, minding my own business, driving to work.  The drive isn’t too bad because it’s still close to the holidays.  I do wish traffic was always this light!

Anyway, I’m driving down this 4-lane highway (2 lanes each direction).  As we’re starting across the overpass, I know I will have to go over a lane because my lane will become a right turn only lane.  But then…

The person behind me is coming a bit close to me.  The car to my left has moved ahead of me and I don’t see any cars right behind him in my rear view mirror.  Now I find myself starting to think that the car behind me may try to hurry and move over to the left right before I do and cut me off from being able to get behind the other car.  The nerve!

So, I start signaling left and start easing my way into that lane.  I only briefly realize that I normally would have moved over more quickly.

By concentrating so much on the guy behind me, I missed seeing the car that was in my blind spot to my left until I saw the front of his car out of the corner of my eye in my side window just as I heard a brief honk from him!  I immediately slowed and moved right again, looking quite embarrassed with an apologetic wave to that driver as he went by, then (finally) checked over my shoulder to ensure the path was clear and move over.

I am thankful that someone, it certainly wasn’t me this time, was paying attention to the situation.  And I thanked Father in Heaven for watching over me, and the others around me.  I will remember to always look where I am going!



Funny Hubby

We were watching a couple of the Mystery Woman movies.

One of the characters on there is Philby, played by Clarence Williams III.  Hubby remarked that on the pilot episode Philby was played by another actor.  Then he said, “It must have been Phil A!”

Later, when they mentioned the murder weapon was “bee venom“, the first attempt at shooting her had missed, hubby pipes up with, “A bullet, bee venom”.

Funny hubby.

That must be why we’ve lasted over 30 years!  🙂

By the way, reuniting the military family is the best thing the Rose Parade has ever done!!