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Me and my Husband on vacation


Here is me and my husband, Wendell, enjoying a much needed vacation! We went down to Branson for a week and stayed at the Big Cedar Lodge. This was our first vacation alone EVER. We did not even have honeymoon, we got married on a Friday night, went home, and Monday morning Wendell was back to work. In the 26 years we have been married, this was the very first without our kids, or other family! Better late than never I guess, so may it be the first of many that are yet to come!

Love life and breath deep


Snow Trees

Here are some of the trees around our home after all the snowfall.  They are quite pretty.

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This is so unique, even the tiny branches closer of the trunk are covered with snow.  Looks like lace.

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This is another example.

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This is the top of the biggest tree in the front yard.  The weight of the snow is almost too heavy for that one leaning branch.

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The snow shows the shape of the three branched limb.  It is so  neat.

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That is a lot of heavy snow, the branches are leaning far over to the ground.


Snow, snow, snow, everywhere!!!


Here is the tall tree from the other side, and looking up the dark branches stand out against the snow on the top of them.


The two everygreens in the front yard.

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Enjoy whatever weather you are experiencing:), I am.

Love life and breathe deep,


And Then There Was . . . Snow!

We Missourians are used to snow, a little at a time.  However, we have been the target of Mother Nature twice in the last 5-6 days!!  I remember when I was a kid we got quite a lot of the white stuff, enough to tunnel through and build snowmen all day, for days.  The snow stayed around a long time too, not just a couple inches, then melt away as the pattern has been over the last decade.  Oh it gets cold, but alas not much snow.  Not this season.  We averaged around 10-18 inches last Thursday, February the 21,  in our area.  Snow fell again to measure  8-13 inches more on top of what we received last week.

I could not resist, I bundled up and took the camera outside.  This is what awaited me – a Winter Wonderland!!Picture 515

I had to zoom at the neighbor’s house, it looked too charming in the frosty air.

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 This is a fir tree in the front yard.  Love the billowy boughs, this snow is heavy and wet!!

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 Molly smelling something in the air next to one of my big pots with last years’ plant debris.  The snow is hanging on to it pretty good.

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This is the end of the driveway and I am in the road looking east, that is our mailbox closest to me.  You can barely see the edge of the road where last weeks snow was piled up.

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This is looking west from the same spot.  You would never guess this was a gravel road.

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Here is a view of our home from the same spot.  It is going to be sloppy and muddy when this all begins to melt!!  However, that is OK, we desperately needed the moisture.

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Here is the neighbors fencing.  Some of the snow has already fallen off, but enough is still clinging on to make an interesting view.

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This is a closer look at the front porch.  The snow reminds me of frosting on a cake.

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This is yet another view of the house and the shrubbery with dollops of snow for a blanket.  (Never realized how unsightly the satellite dish looks until I see it now in the picture!  Uuuuuugllllly! Don’t look there, ok.)

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Here is the west side of the house.

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Molly thinks she can find some critter under the snow.  She dives nose first then roots around.  Sounds cold to me, bbbrrrr.

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Maybe she knows what she’s doing.

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Just then some geese flew over head at a pretty fast clip, I pointed the camera up and  clicked.  I could not see if I captured them or not until I got inside and found I did.  They are just above the wispy limbs of the weeping willow tree.

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The snow is perfect for a snowball fight, which we will have later.  Maybe a snowman or 2 or 3 or maybe a whole snow-person family. 

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Love winter, love the snow, and love that spring is next month:).

Love life and breathe deep, the air smells wonderful!!


Our Favorite Family Getaway

Years ago when my parents were married, back in 1965, they traveled to southern Missouri for their honeymoon.  They went to a small park known as Silver Dollar City.  In those days you parked right up next to the Homestead Cabin!!  Now you park 1/2 mile away and ride trams up to the entrance!  I  went to Silver Dollar City as a small girl and loved all the rides and sights. I remember riding “Fire In The Hole” an easy-going roller coaster in the dark, and yelling, “Fire  in the hole!” that whole trip.  I went back as an adult and wow had things changed!!  The park was massive with lots more things to  see and do.  My husband and I took our family there many, many times.  We are guilty of purchasing season passes for several years, going down for most of the different festivals they host each year.  They have super shows during the year and at Christmas, including “A Christmas Carol”, and their new one, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, which I will see soon:).  The food is amazing, the 2 million lights are spectacular, the old-time crafters are fantastically talented, my favorite is the wheel-thrown pottery, and the atmosphere is truly family friendly.  My absolute favorite attraction during Christmas is the 5-story tree lighting every evening at 5:30. After the story of the birth of Christ is told,  all the lights in the Town Square, the smaller pine trees, the lights draped from tree to tree, the lights wrapped around the trees (I’m talking about real 40-50 foot oak trees here!), including the ginormous 5-story tree are programmed to an outstanding light display to “Carol of the Bells”, it is truly marvelous, I cry every time.  Then comes the light parade, where every float is plastered with colored lights.  This festival is DRIPPING with Christmas Cheer!!!  Hope you can visit Silver Dollar City yourself and enjoy some!

Here are some photos of their “Old Time Christmas.





Love life & breathe deep,