Rainbows and chickens

Perfect rainbow today
 Oviedo chicken at the library
 I think he was in love with his reflection

On the way home from the library I saw a pink
rainbow.  I've never seen only pink.

 I like rainy, rainbow days


I wanted to blog more but...

I was going to start a new blog
using wordpress HERE
but it's so complicated I don't know if I'll ever
get around to getting it completely ready to go.
In the meantime, I'm going to continue using this one
until I get the other one up and running.  I got behind on
blogging and writing because I thought it would be easy
to get the other site going.  I decided I need to
continue writing and blogging so I'll just continue
here.  If I ever get the other site finished I'll let you know.

Anyway, on my Dad's birthday we decided to meet at 
his grave and set off a Chinese lantern in his memory. 

Doing this made me feel like we celebrated
Dad and that we miss him, and love him, and will
always remember him. I think it was good for all of us.

Jesse and Stuart got the job of trying to set the lantern off. 

 I was afraid to try because we let one go near our house
last year and it caught fire but kept going up and then down.
We held our breath as we watched it.  It seemed like it was going to land 
on someone's roof and catch fire to their house.  We watched till it disappeared and we think it just burned up and probably nothing was left of it.
Warning: Never let them go around trees, or homes, or in windy conditions. 
 Thankfully, this time it was successful and slowly 
rose until it disappeared almost in the clouds.

The sunset was beautiful over the lake at the cemetery.

Mom, Stuart, and Trish in the background

Jesse brought Finn.

 Skip to August which is birthday month around here.
We had a big celebration for Jesse's 30th!
 and Mom's
 and Chuck's Mom, Patsy

Jobee enjoyed the celebration chasing lizards.

 Jason got to come home for Jesse's birthday and will be here 'till tomorrow! Yay!

Chuck's sister Heidi with her new grand baby. He's a cutie!
Lindsey and her boyfriend and his nephew all 
came and joined the party.  I wish I'd gotten a 
photo with all of them in it.  They got here when
I'd reached my really tired point and kind of quit 
with the camera.  Next time I will make sure to
get better photos of everyone!  It's a goal!
I'll set up a photo background and do group shots, yes that's
what I will do from now on!

Patsy with her great grand son and Lindsey in the background
I'm really upset I didn't get a family photo with her in it.

Stuart took some of the photos.

Patsy and Mom opening gifts.

Patsy, Heidi and Frank

Jason and Minion - face off!

 Jobee was about as happy as Jesse to wear the Princess crown

You can see the new cabinet colors in this photo which 
took 2 months to complete working on weekends with
Chuck.  I don't think I put pictures of them on here before.

Jason's getting as bad as Jesse hiding from cameras.

Stuart and his favorite car

Me - our newer car

I think Jason's worn out and probably needs a vacation
from his vacation.
I feel really behind in my writing and blogging lately.
This is a start and will have to do until I have more time.
I hope everyone had a happy birthday!


Dad's birthday

Today is Dad's birthday.  He would have
been 83.  It seems like a long time
ago that he died and then it seems like 
yesterday.  Strange feeling.  I miss you,
Dad.  We all do.  You were a great Dad and
we love you very much!!!!  I am grateful
for the time we had with you here and look
forward to the rest of eternity with you in heaven.
You are loved and you are missed!!


4th fun

And what could be more fun than making the dogs dress
up for the 4th of July?
 I don't think she thought it was fun

Jesse made yummy cheesecake

Oliver just wanted to sleep

Getting ready for the fireworks show

Our official fireworks lighter person

Some of the neighbors went all out this year

 and I agree with some other photo takers I saw -
God's fireworks beat them all!
Hope you and your family had a happy 4th of July celebration!


smelling crayons

I got a letter from my health insurance company saying they aren’t going to pay for something my doctor wanted done.  I don’t really understand what it is except that I think it’s already been done.  Its some sort of scan that he wanted done 3-D instead of 2-D – from what I understand.  I could be wrong.  I’m going to have to fight it because I can’t afford to pay for it.  My insurance company also declined to cover something that I’ve been on for a while that helps with my neuropathy.  It’s a compounded cream that I put on my neck and arm and it really helps with the numbness, loss of feeling, and not being able to carry or hold things with my right hand.  I also draw and paint with that hand and it has helped me to be able to continue to do so.  I don’t know why they refuse to cover it but I think I’m going to have to fight that too.  The replacement they sent helps with pain but not neuropathy.  I was originally put on this topical lotion (cream, whatever) specifically for the neuropathy.  If the insurance company is going to just stop paying for things I need done what good will it be to have it and pay for it? So frustrating.

On a more positive note, do you remember when you were a kid and got new school supplies? 

Chuck and I were at Walmart the other day and I stopped at the crayon and colored pencil row.  I just got an urge to smell the crayons and reminisce.  So I bought a box of metallic crayons and a box of colored pencils.  Then I brought them home and played with them.  First I did an eye.  Eyes are my favorite thing to draw.

Then I drew Corey and Minion, crayons.

Then I drew a girl, crayons.  When I don't look at someone
when I'm drawing or painting it's less realistic or more
cartoon-y to me.

When I was somewhere between 9 to 11 years old, my grandmother was in the hospital. 
We had to do a lot of waiting at the hospital.  My mom gave me some paper, a pencil and pen, and I found a sale booklet of wigs.  The pictures were of ladies faces with the different wig styles or hair styles.  That was when I taught myself to draw faces and hair.  I went through the booklet and drew everyone of them.  It was actually a very good way to learn because the more you draw or paint the better you get.  I do wish I’d kept some of the pictures just to compare.  This is what it sort of looked like.  It must have had at least 25 or more pictures and I drew them all.