Good-Bye Spring Flowers, Hello Summer Fun!

Today is the day of summer’s official arrival. In Oklahoma, they are expecting 100 degree days for this weekend…so I hear. Me, I don’t mind much. Give me a place to swim and I can deal….I love summer! the heat, the warm rains, the days of fun in the sun and ice cream! all my favorite things as a kid have not yet left me….Thankfully! 😀

Rt 66 IconThe Blue Whale was a swimming hole from days gone by that is now an icon along Rt 66 in Catoosa, OK.

Blue Hole is located in Salina, Oklahoma…I  have yet to visit here but I hear a lot of good things about it. That makes me curious…

so…How do you cope with summer? Do have a favorite “swimming hole”??

Tell us about it here! (in other words, leave a comment!)

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Genealogy…Faded Markers…Being Remembered

This post was actually inspired by another blogger’s post:

http://lyndamichele.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/abandoned-sarah/

I have run across several people who do genealogy. If you do any research into family history, you will eventually run across things like this more often than not. It’s one of those things that we usually try not to think about (in my opinion) because it isn’t productive and can be depressing.

But if you really think about it…..How many of us actually remember 4 generations ago?

My kids don’t know my grandmother because she died when I was 12. I have great memories of her and a few pictures too. However it takes more than pictures and stories to link the next generation to someone who was special to their parents.

 this is a photo from a similar blog that might interest some:

Someone born in 1825 such as the lady, Sarah, in Lyndamichele’s blog post probably doesn’t have anyone directly tied to her with enough personal memories to keep the headstone readable….it’s disturbing to think that we have that to look forward to…

but those we love are the ones that remember us. When the people who knew us are gone…well…we are just a page in a diary or journal, or a headstone marking our final resting place….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

time heals…time helps things disappear….and when time passes so quickly as it seems to in these modern times of technology, other memories fade as well….Generations later, a kind soul who knew people or was a great part of the community in some small (maybe even invisible way) or who gets curious about the history of their descendants finds treasures like these and some even take an interest in restoring them if they can afford it….why? Simply because they are family…..Family does mean something…even if it takes a few generations to remember that….

and in the mean time, what lies beneath each fading stone (in my opinion) is just the shell of what we once were….(though it is good to be remembered) I think the spirit lives on which opens up a whole other blog post when you start talking about the afterlife…. so… feel free to leave a comment on your genealogy experience or just regarding what I have to say…  🙂

Summer’s Inhabitants

Summer brings hiking into the realm of activities. I have hiked Redbud Valley Nature Center, Oxley Nature Center, and Springfield Conservation Nature Center trails.

Here are some of the things that have inhabited my summer hikes so far:

I love nature. I like to know what plants are what and the names of the flowers I see. I enjoy watching the butterflies and dragonflies flit from here to there….

I am a nature lover. I could spend all day just photographing the things I see on a hike…. or a walk… or just that appear from “nowhere”.

Nature intrigues me. I am curious and amazed at a lot of things….sometimes too easily. I still enjoy every minute of it.

I can’t always name what I see (if you can, please leave a comment)…but I love watching summer’s inhabitants.

 

 

The guys had as much fun chasing this little orange striped creature around and around the log….not sure if it was for my benefit (to photograph) or for their fun….but we all got our exercise and a photo out of it.

 

 

This black and yellow winged creature was actually in my Aunt’s flower garden alongside her driveway. I just happened to have my camera along that day and couldn’t resist snapping his photo.

I am intrigued with nature where ever I may find it…

I so dearly wish I had had a waterproof camera over the weekend. I had a swarm of blue dragonflies over the water on the Illinois River on our Father’s Day canoe trip….and I even had the amazing moment of having one land on my finger and just sit there and watch… sooo awesome! Unfortunately….no photograph to share of that one.  Maybe next time.

This little guy is one of a pair of barn swallows that have tried and tried to

make a nest over my front porch. However, that didn’t work out so well for them or their young. Three little chicks in the nest and none survived…..Can’t do that again this year… so I have washed away the beginnings of their nest each time they have tried to build it this year. They are beautiful to watch. They eat mosquitos and other insects so it is nice to have them around. I just wish there was a nice, safe place for them to nest other than my front porch (which doesn’t really workout for either of us).

Well….enjoy the summer and share your hiking finds here in the comments section!

Look forward to hearing more from you all!

 

Welsh Corgi Picnic

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June 2nd, 2012

Pembrook & Cardigan WELSH CORGI Annual Picnic

 Ally’s Corner has just published the first children’s book by Alice Singleton.

“Boomer: Just the Right Dog”

The Corgi picnic was a great time to share that celebration.

Thank you for the invitation and opportunity to photograph the guests at the Corgi picnic this year.  I hope to see you all again next year! Don’t wait til next year though!

I will photograph your pet any time! 😀

For those that were at the picnic, don’t forget to check out the photos available for purchase. Your Corgi’s were awesome guests! I loved the race and the family photo sessions too! I look forward to hearing your opinions about the picnic and the photos!

Don’t hold back! Let us hear all about it!

 Click here to see the GALLERY where the photos were uploaded.

Veterans of the U.S.

I know Memorial Day is past. I know that is the day of remembrance. But, that should not be the only time we remember….so today (not on a day specifically set aside) is the day I choose to do some remembering of my own.

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I took a trip to our local cemetery. I have many family members there. Our troops, our soldiers, our families….deserve more than one day of remembrance. This is my tribute to them….though it is not enough! I think of them daily…but it is good to set aside a day of remembering and thankfulness for the freedoms we have….thanks to our soldiers.

God Bless The USA…….