Two Wheel’s Challenge

I belong to a Photo Challenge group and each month they change what we need to find and photograph.

This month it is: TWO WHEEL’s – anything from motorcycles or bicycles or whatever you find.

I took the challenge and have posted a few and still have a few to go but I will post them here.

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When I stopped to take this one today, the older gentleman that owns the property was mowing his yard. He must have been close to 90 and still on a riding lawn mower. After I took the shot he said he was going to get some water. Thank goodness I was a little concerned about him!

Air compressor

This is my hubby’s pride and joy. He blows out our water system in the late fall, he airs up tires, he blows the dirt out of the garage with it. I have hinted for a power nail gun for crafts but I think he is afraid I will hurt myself with it.

Power lift

And of course something every guy needs to change his truck tires in the winter.

Trash cartI

I believe we all have one of there that go to the curb once every week.

Look around and see what you can find on two wheels.

Monday again – It is a beautiful HOT day

I believe most of you can say that. It has been pretty much HOT everywhere. I feel so bad for those who have had so much rain it is flooding their homes and in some cases washing them away! Fire, Floods, Tornado’s, Lightening are causing havoc on a lot of places. I am sorry for anyone who has been through any of these disasters.

Once again = on my blog going away……. I have not renewed my Premium account so I am not sure what will happen when August 19th comes and goes. Sandyisms… is under the name right now but when my membership is up I am not sure what name it will go to or if it will disappear.

If you use WordPress and have gone through this would you let me know please? 

My prayers and heart go out to the families of the Service men that were killed this weekend also. We all need to be on guard all the time for these Muslin’s who are in our Country to destroy us. It is going to get worse I am afraid. I would love to go on a rant but that is not what my blog is about so I will keep it to that. Pray people pray.

Now to my weekend story – we have taken our two dogs on two trips to KC from Wichita and they traveled very well. This weekend we went to MO to my two Aunts homes. My Aunt B had rotater-cuff surgery and was wearing the black harness one has to wear. Our dog Nicky did not like that at all. She would not go to Aunt B and would bark at her when she came near her. I felt so bad. Having not seen my Aunt P, B and Uncle D Nicky was very on guard all weekend. She did not like any of them.   Buster on the other hand just went with it. He thought they were all fine. Nicky is a very timid dog where Buster is 9 pounds of German Shepherd spirit!

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This is my Aunts picking blueberries to make pies. You can see the brace on Aunt B’s arm.

Picking Blueberries

Remember when I told you we were going to start training them to Kennel again. Hey, they are pro’s at it now. Nicky even went in when she was uncomfortable around the family. It was her safety zone. I felt bad for her and them. I guess she won’t be going back to Springfield for awhile.

Okay, I wanted to show you my backyard flowers:


Replaced Dad's mums

Lemon Grass

The bottom one is Lemon Grass – it is suppose to keep bugs off you, but not sure if it helps. I planted 3 big pots of it. It is pretty though. The flowers around the tree are the ones I replaced my dad’s mum’s with. The mum’s were getting too large and woody, so I pulled them all out. They lasted for five years and were beautiful every fall but it is nice to have color all Spring through Fall now. I can always buy the same color mum’s as his for the Fall.

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Tornado shelter

My son sent me this from Shawnee KS right outside his hangar where he works. In the mean time they had his wife in the storm shelter with everyone at her work (she is on the far right). Like they say what happens when they say there is a tornado in Kansas? Everyone runs out with their camera’s! Yep, about right.

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Peace everyone until next time!

Monday – again

I guess I really don’t have to worry too much about Monday. Being retired has it’s perks!

I had an 11:00 AM appointment with my chiropractor this morning (another fall story). I called mom (about 10) and told her I would be over after I finished; about 11:30 or 12. She was going to Wal-mart to put her prescription in. I got to Dr. Wheeler’s office early and got in and out in no time. I got to mom’s about 11:00. Mom was standing by her car…… in the heat —- what?

When I got out she explained she had opened the passenger side and set her purse in it and her car keys, locked the door and went around to the drivers side. Her door was locked – with the car keys and house keys in the car. No her phone wasn’t in there it was by where she sits because she never takes it with her…. not that it would have done any good in the car. She gets so upset with herself when she does that. I ask where her key was she put outside. She can’t remember where she put it.

She had ask a neighbor to call a Locksmith. The neighbor came over just as I drove up – so here she had been in the heat for about and hour – at age 86. I got her into her house and a/c and we waited for the Locksmith. He came pretty quickly and was able to unlock her car. I am so glad I had gone to the doctor early, no human or pet should be in this heat for an hour!  We proceeded to get something to eat and she was fine.

We took a trip to Kansas City (really Shawnee) for the Forth of July; my hubby, daughter, me and our two fur babies. They are really traveling well. Casey and Jeremy invited us and we all had a great time. Casey started a fire in the fire-pit the first night to make s’mores. Let’s just say we are glad the tree above it did not ignite. (She is one brave gal; she moved all the wood out of the pit to make sure their Garden Snake was not in the bottom. I would have said burn baby burn!)  The wood burnt pretty fast so it was all good. I had my first s’more and it was really good!

On Saturday we went to IKEA and had Swedish meatballs for lunch (they are freckin’ good!) and introduced my daughter to the wonders of IKEA. To say the least I am glad we hadn’t driven a U-Haul she may have filled it up! ha Kidding. Then that evening we went to the parking lot of Casey’s work and watched fireworks. Jeremy made hamburger and brats that evening and Casey made wonderful Strawberry/Jello/dessert with a pretzel crust. It was to die for. We had a wonderful weekend of visiting. This was the first time our daughter had seen their place.

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See you on the flipside – who used to say that?

Site changes

I have updated my blog so that there are MENU’s on top. You can chose what you want to read by clicking on the topic you want to read. I hope this makes it easier to chose a topic without having to read through all the blogs.

I have a family recipe book which I am going to start sharing recipes with you. I don’t have photos of the recipes but I know they are great as I have ate them growing up. Some I have not tried but I am sure they are good. God blessed my family with great cooking abilities – he just forgot to give them to me! ha

I have a lot to write since I have been quiet for so long……. those will be coming.

Beautiful Fall Weather

Sunrise in Estes Park looks like fire on the Mountain.

A photographer sent this to me on Facebook. I agree with him, it totally looks like fire on the mountain when it is really a sunrise. Such beauty can be found in the mountains at any time.

Erik Stensland Fine Art Photography is the photographer. He has a calendar for sell for 2015 of many of his shots. Go to his studio if you are interested. I can’t wait to get mine. That way I can enjoy CO all year.
What have I been up too? I have been reading. A LOT.

Karen Kingsbury

  1. The Redemption Series has five books (done)
  2. The Firstborn Series has four books (done)
  3. Sunrise Series has four books (done)
  4. Above the Line Series has four books (on the fourth book)
  5. Bailey Flanigan Series has four
  6. and the Coming Home is a stand alone

22 books all together. My husband asks me if I get a prize for finishing them. I said yes, I had the joy of ready good clean Christian books that inspired and uplifted me. They are all wonderful. I have her newest book called “Angels Walking” to read when I finish these. If you have never read her you might want to pick one up. I am sending these to my mom as I finish them.

If you are an American Idol or any of the reality shows of singers you might want to read FIFTEEN MINUTES – this is an eye-opening book to how these shows change people. What they expect of the contestants and how they lie and get rumors going even when they aren’t true. It would be a good Christmas gift from any parent who has a child that wants to go to Hollywood or any of these talent shows.

Fifteen Minutes

My Aunt is on Facebook now – she ask me the other day about what POKED meant and what it was. I really don’t think this photo would help her, do you? I told her it is just when someone didn’t write but just wants to say “Hey – I haven’t forgotten you”.


My son and his wife were here this weekend to go to a wedding in Winfield. I don’t know why they didn’t leave sooner but they got to the wedding 10 minutes late and didn’t get to go in. Coming from Shawnee KS to Winfield was a long trip but they did enjoy the reception.


They looked very nice. We had our grand dogs for the weekend also. Maybe I am getting older but I was worn out when they left Sunday. That is a lot of movement with four dogs, five adults running around. (My daughter came and went to dinner with us also.) I think they have only been home one weekend since they moved. We have yet to see their house. IKEA is five minutes from them – HELLO, I need to get up there.

My daughter-in-law LOVES to sleep – well so does my daughter, I found this t-shirt that I had to post on her Facebook page. I hope she found it funny, I wasn’t trying to be mean.

Wake up

I know HALLOWEEN is coming up. Other then the tiny kids I believe it to be the tackiest holiday here is.  I did find one photo that I thought was the BEST:
Until later! Have a safe Halloween and take the little girls note to heart. Don’t forget to turn you clock back on Saturday night so you won’t be early for church. If you like my blogs please leave a comment, I would love to hear what you think. Thanks!

Training to Kennel; Estes Park CO

We are trying to get our two dogs to kennel. We would like to be able to take them on trips.


Buster on the top has never been kenneled and he is nine years old.

Nicky on the bottom was kenneled when she was small until she became completely house broken.

Now we are trying to get them to sleep in their kennels. Last night was NOT a good night.

Remember when you brought a new born baby home and he cried endlessly. Yep, that is what happened last night. I got up and yelled at Nicky to be quiet at 2:30 AM; then Buster barked until he almost lost his voice. Finally at 4:00 AM I got up and let them out. They went outside then zoomed to their beds in our bedroom. Not another peep until this morning.

We went and bought another wire kennel for Buster hoping that if he can see out more he might calm down. We will try again tonight. As with a baby, I believe we are in for some long sleepless nights until they are trained again. If you have any tricks please let us know!

We did go on a vacation a few weeks ago. I know, everyone says how can you go on a vacation when you are retired. A vacation is AWAY from home. Somewhere different. We spent our first night in Loveland, CO. Because of the floods of last year the 36 Hywy is not open yet so we had to take 34 Hywy from Loveland.

The next morning when we woke up to leave; someone had backed into my car. The desk clerk saw it happen and took the gentleman in and got his insurance and copy of his driver’s license. The insurance was canceled. Long story short they found him and he says he has new insurance. I pray he does so I can get my $240.00 copay back for having my bumper replaced.

We had a wonderful time. I wanted to see the Elk and got to see many of them. Listening to their bulging for their harem and watching the bulls practice their fighting. It is amazing how they get right in the front yards of houses and walk right down town and into the lake area.

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We drove up into the Rocky Mtn. National Forest Park and got a lot of beautiful shots of mountains and the fall trees. The photo of the orange mountain I caused by the sun rising. I got a beautiful photo when we went to the meadows one morning to see the Elk herds.

My photos are on my laptop and I have not transferred them to my desktop yet.  The photos below are not mine, they are put on Facebook by artist and Estes Park. They say to share them so I have. Makes you want to go up doesn’t it?


We drove to our hotel one day and seen a black bear in broad daylight in the trash can outside our room. He was about 200 lbs. Beautiful. Didn’t get a photo but I wanted to hug him! ha ha

The weekend we went to CO my son and his wife moved to Kansas City. It is really strange to not be able to drive to Park City and see them. We have yet to go see their new home. Wish is why we are trying to get the dogs trained. They have two dogs and two cats. So it would be a pretty full house if they aren’t kennel trained!

Have a great week.

You may lose friends, but family is forever.

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In the last two weeks I have lost both of my friends (in photo). I grew up with Barry and his family.  When Billie started coming to our church years ago I got to know her. She had a laugh that would literally put you on the floor laughing with her. They were God loving people with two wonderful sons and grandchildren. Although Billie had Stage 4 Cancer; Barry left this world about 13 days before her. They are now together again.

When you stop to think about all the friends you have had in your life – how many do you get with now? How many have turned their backs on you for whatever reason?

My husband and I have lost several friends to death. I don’t mean to view death as “forever” because I believe we will see them again when our time is up and what a REUNION that will be.

Listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on Sunday he too talked about how former friends are no longer friends because of differences in beliefs. How sad it is that if one doesn’t believe exactly like you then you can no longer be with them. We all serve the same God and he never preached to walk away except for certain reasons. The only reason I know that is biblical is if one turns their back on God and blasphemes Him. I know I have not done that.

NOW for more fun stuff!

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My only grandson just turned seventeen and has entered his Senior year! Wow, how can that possibly be? His mom took him to the KC and Vikings football game this past weekend. It didn’t matter to him which one won as he is a big fan of both. This photo makes him look like he has ear rings but he doesn’t. Must have been whatever he was standing in front of. Jennifer and he had a wonderful time in KC messing around.

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This is a photo she sent me on Facebook of them being at the California Pizza Kitchen when he was younger and then now. As any teenage boy can do he could probably eat the whole pizza by himself this time! ha

The Family of Jesus

I just finished reading The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury. It would be great for a Bible Study or Book Club. It has extra studies in the back of it.

Fifteen Minutes

I JUST finished this one; Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury. If you follow American Idol, or any of the talent shows this is a wonderful book to read. It tells what goes on behind the scenes and how the show works to it’s ratings advantage. I would recommend it to anyone. Karen Kingsbury is a Christian writer so you don’t have to worry about any bad language or stuff you would rather not read.

My son and his wife are moving to Shawnee, KS on Sept. 13th. He has already been up there working for almost a month. They found a house and she has found a job – at least for now. I am excited for them, yet sad because they won’t be as close. A mom never wants her kinds to move away but they do sometimes. I imagine once my grandson goes to college his mom will leave Wichita also. Will have to wait and see.

Have a great week everyone!

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