Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The first Mr. Stripey's and corn tassels!!!

Went out to check the corn, and we are at a new stage....the plants have made tassels. Is that the right name for them?? No ears yet, but should be soon.  Corn has been a lot of fun to watch.  The first two Mr.S tomatoes are shown here...finally tomato production is underway!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Doozey Wednesday!

I think 2 people have seen this photo via E-mail...but wanted to show you my sweet girl laying out next to me on the couch. What a life! Don't ya love that bent little back leg??? So sugary!  I would like to tell my brother hello, as he tells me he reads my blog daily! Wow...he is a great guy I tell ya...he tells me it is the only way he can keep up with me. That's true. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend

Here's a few things I am grateful for!!!

My husband came home from a week in Louisiana, and the grands had a ball at the airport waiting for him to arrive. They have a small play area next to a toy store, and a large area there where you can watch the planes land, take off and taxi. We went down an hour early, and had lunch there one of my favorite restaurants...California Pizza Kitchen!

Earlier Saturday morning I got pictures of what they were doing at the time...Emily had her new s i m b a
from recent Disney trip, and Donovan was building a helicopter with his Erector set.

These kids are the best thing that ever happened to me. Yea...I am very thankful. :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend..xoxo Julie

Monday, November 21, 2011

A new school for my friend Karen's Christmas village.

Daughter and I spent some time this evening (after sleeping all day with a cold and asthma).  It turned out so cute. It is made from 3 different a Toy Story bandaid box, one was a Toy Story gummy bear box, and one was a frozen popsicle box. I have to say that when I started out I intended to make a church...but once it was shaped...we decided it looked more like a school.

I put the prices of boxes together using masking tape...then covered the whole think with masking tape...painted blue with acrylic paint. Daughter decorated the trees for Christmas, and we decorated the windows and shutters with Christmas touches as well. Candy cane doors. A bell above the door, and the sign"The Wacky school for Toys".

It is slightly off kilter...but it adds to it's handmade charm.  Karen is leaving parts of her boxes showing, so we left the Toy Story guys showing.

This was fun. We may need to do another. I hope Karen will love it. Oh...and no snow allowed since we live in south Florida!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving week, from tropical south Florida!

When I saw this beautiful palm full of rusty orange seeds just dangling from it's core...I knew that had to be my Happy Thanksgiving photo for you all. Isn't it just gorgeous?...and they were hanging all around the whole tree. It stopped me in my tracks to photograph it.

Regarding my previous photos about where we had were right...we had been to Disney World (you saw the castle all aglow at night)...absolutely stunning to see...We went for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. A fun event from 7pm-12 midnight. We like riding roller coasters after dark! (I say "WE" in the most lose way...I only ride one...Thunder Mountain Railroad).

The pic of Emily in the rock (previous photo #2)was taken from the base of Hogwarts Castle while we were waiting for a few folks to get off of that ride. And speaking of the castle, here it is in all it's glory with sunbeams cascading down on it:

Here is a pic of a very sweet wizard holding Hedwig over at Harry Potter World.

And one in front of the combined owlry, wand and broom shop.

We did get to eat at The Three Broomsticks there in Hogsmeade...and it was delicious. We had smoked turkey legs, mac n cheese (the kids), and fish and chips. We drank Butter Beer (non alcoholic) and Pumpkin Juice, which was delicious I thought. The pumpkin juice tasted very refreshing and like pumpkin pie in a glass! The ingredients are simple...I would say it was half and half pumpkin puree and apple juice, and also a portion of pineapple juice, and some pumpkin pie spice. I will try it in the Vita Mix and see how it comes out on Thanksgiving day...for a bit of fun.

The more exacting recipe is HERE.

The last photo of the kids in front of the buffalo topiaries (previous photo #3), was from out front at the Wilderness Lodge, my favorite Disney Hotel (although we still haven't stayed there due to price, but we hang there to eat at Whispering Canyon, and observe the geyser that shoots up randomly out back.

The third day there, Emily got to ride a pony over at the campground area in Disney, with her 2 mothers by her side (my daughter and DIL).

Here are a few shots from Universal Studios...first Thing 1 and Thing 2 (and their daughters,Things 3 and 4 were there too)! We were in line right in front of this really neat family and the Mom and Dad had their wigs on too...and we shared our car with them through the ride.

And Emily June by her favorite car...the big shiny pink one outside the diner!

Here are two pics of a couple of birds just hanging out during my work day last was by a front door to a building, and one was next to my car as I was getting off I95.

Have a happy Thanksgiving week! xoxo- Julie

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Corn plants and others.

Some shots of my little cute plants outside today.

First the big Mexican Sunflower bush between my neighbor and is just covered in blooms right now. They seem to form on the bush at the top and on the side that gets the most sun (mainly the side facing south) on most bushes I have seen. This bush is actually my neighbors, and it is on the left side of my house, so we see all the blooms! The bushes on the right side of my house along the fence line on the other neighbors side...he gets to see all the blooms. That really irritates me too!!! :)

My corn plants are doing really well in their buckets.

The Gretel eggplant is growing well...soon to make some eggplants for us!!!

A cute little top to one of my gorgeous kalanchoe.

The Drift Rose is putting on a great show right now...there are two of these big flushes of flowers on the one plant, and a few other singles around too!!! Isn't it just so pretty??? WOW! Kinda makes me think of azaleas. They look so old fashioned to me!!!

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my little cuties!!! Have a wonderful rest of the week!
xoxo- Julie

Monday, November 14, 2011

Guess where we were in these three pictures!

We were in three different places in one city. If you have been there, you might guess #2 and #3. You can probably all guess #1. That will be the big clue as to what city we were in, based on the closest one of these (castle) to where I live! I will give you the answers in a few days!
#1 Castle

#2 cute girl in rock

#3 topiaries shaped like buffalo!

Fresh, homegrown, flash-fried okra for breakfast!

Say that fast 3 times! This is nearing the end of my okra season. Sadly. Will show a few picks of my corn plants tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hello my friends!

The birds are back here!
Their route is south once again.
My heart is singing!

In every sky,
And in rows upon the lines,
You give a great show!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful turkey, and thankful me!

Emily's class at school made this awesome turkey on the wall, and each child said something they were thankful for...each was written on an individual tail feather! I cried when I saw what my precious granddaughter had said she was thankful for.  I am thankful, so thankful for all of my family,  and all of my blog friends and readers. Thanks for always being there.