We Walk!

Each Mother’s Day, for the last several years, we Race for the Cure at the Mall of America and yesterday was no different. Though it always seems to start out in a bit of a hassle, in the end I think we are pretty pleased and happy with ourselves for doing it. Well at least I am, and I am very thankful that my OH, daughter, son-in-law and grandson join in with me in my support for ‘the cure’.  Breast Cancer is an awful disease and has touched just about everyone I know in one way or another.


Part of our ‘team’ getting ready for the walk.


Getting placards in place.


I am all set.


Readyyyy….Set…… Go!



Though the subject is dead serious, people can still have fun! There is a very upbeat atmosphere for the most part.


It is over before you know it and it is photo op time!



Before leaving we always stop by a pond for a few reflective moments which never fails to bring tears to my eyes. It is filled with memories of loved ones lost to this disease.

Though upbeat…..

We do NOT lose sight of why ‘WE WALK’!


Pats on the back to all for a job well done and heading out to meet the rest of the day. We celebrate Mother’s on this day….we celebrate life… we celebrate ourselves!

We live, We love, WE WALK!

True Color Thursday Celebrates Cerise!

The color for this True Color Thursday is one I had never heard of before, so first I had to define the color: Cerise.

ce-rise n.  A deep to vivid purplish red.

[French, from Old French, cherry; see cherry.]

cerise – of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

cerise – a red the color of ripe cherries   

There are many Shades Of Pink, just click on the link and you will see an array.

And upon definition of the color all my notions about today’s blog went down the drain.  It is a purplish cherry red, and at least for me, much harder to find.

Here is a pair of Cerise earrings:


I knew this shirt would come in handy one day. There is some Cerise in there somewhere…just have a look! Cerise

A close up of Cherry Blossoms.

And what about this smiling critter….the Cheshire Cat!

chesire-cat                          “We’re All Mad Here!”


Greyhounds Share

This afternoon Vinni decided, like he often does, to take over a dog beg in the sun. Generally this leads to pacing and whining at me to let me know that one of the kitties have taken their bed. Occasionally though, the hounds just find a way to sleep around the cat. Due to the limited sunshine streaking though the windows, today was one of those ‘sharing days’

Blue shares with Vinni

They took turns sharing. Here is Blew with Vinni.

Scooter shares with Vinni

Here Scooter shares with Vinni.

 Renner shares with Vinni

Renner is now sharing with Vinni.

And if you look closely you will notice that during all these hound transitions, Vinni doesn’t give an inch….doesn’t move from his spot. He is large and in charge!

Scooter and Vinni sleep

Greyhounds and Cats get along pretty well most of the time as long as the hounds don’t mind sharing. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz…….

ABC Wednesday – The Letter ‘P’

My first inclination is to say this ABC Wednesday Letter is ‘P’ for ‘Pain’! My back is still causing a lot of Pain and I am hoping soon it will GO AWAY so I can get back to normal. That said …I’ll move on.

Meet A Puddle Monster!

Puddle Mosterpuddle Monster2

puddle monster3 

Some lovely Peonies growing outside my daughter’s house.


Sitting Poolside

Sitting Poolside

Playing In the Pool

Playing In the Pool

Pipestone at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, Minnesota.











Path Up Pipestone Stairs

Path Up Pipestone stairs










 Pups At Pipestone National Monument

pups in pipestone national park


A Pissed Off Pussy Cat (Vinni)

Pissed Off Pussy Cat

With Just a Couple of Good Showers

We see the flower garden starting to ‘POP’!


Grass starting to grow and trees starting to sprout bright green leaves. 

Tree blooming

Finally, proof  that spring has indeed sprung!

Hopefully by mid-June it will look like this:


And I am trying something new this year! We used to have a garden plot as well where we grew tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and a variety of peppers like banana peppers. Years ago we gave that up. However, I have really been missing the home grown tomatoes so this year, inspired partially by a tour of a place that grows veggies and such in a hanging position, I am going to give this a try! We purchased this little device that I will try growing tomatoes while they hang ‘upside-down’ .

The container I will use for this looks like this:

Upside down tomato growingI will try and keep posting on how it goes.  I already have the tomato plant (starting with just one) and am keeping it inside until it is warm enough to plant it outside. Here in Minnesota the general rule of thumb is not to put tender plants out until Memorial Day weekend (end of May). So just before that I will be moving the plant in and out in order to harden the plant and acclimate it to the outside. Then will put it out the end of May. It will hang from the eaves of our house over our deck. Should be interesting and I hope will yield some yummy tasting home grown tomatoes.