Saturday, July 1, 2017

My Favorite Photos from June - from HappyMom

I love this collage photo above - I saw an add on Facebook to order your name spelled with cool images.  I snagged this from their name-generator and love it!  I'm a summer and beach person, so when I say this "has my name on it" - I'm not kidding!

Time sure is going by fast, isn't it?  This year is half over, and I wish I knew where it went!  June was busy, and I saved a bunch of photos to share with you, so here we go!

Early in the month, I added two new members to the family -- "Sonny & Cher" are two society finches, and they are just adorable.  Apparently, you can't tell the males from the females, but the pet store clerk said they only sell males.  Imagine my surprise when I found 7 eggs in their nest! 

I am learning as I go, but apparently, females can lay eggs that aren't fertilized, so I guess we'll find out in a few weeks.  Aren't those the most perfect little eggs?

This next photo was one I never expected to take.  My son drove all the way from Chattanooga, home to Richmond, to surprise us for Father's Day!  It was an awesome surprise, and we had a great dinner out at The Boathouse Restaurant.  He got in at 6 AM on Saturday, and had to leave Sunday at noon, because he had to be back at work on Monday.  We sure enjoyed seeing him!

These next 3 pictures are from my visit to Chattanooga.  I'm here now, celebrating my son's birthday.  We had dinner at Terra Mae, in the Dwell Hotel, and we went to Sunset Rock at Lookout Mountain -- Absolutely gorgeous!  

So, that's my share for the swap this month!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos, and appreciate you posting a rating, so I know you got this.  And even if you're not assigned to send to me, I would love to see your photos too.  These are some of my favorite swaps on Swap-bot!

Have a great July, and I hope to swap again soon!

Let Freedom Ring,

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Share Some Photos!

I really enjoy seeing others' photos and sharing mine as well.  I'm on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat - Yes, this 60+ year old lady is SnapChatting.  I love technology and have never been intimidated by learning new things.  I am a Regional Manager for a software company, so working with technology is a constant for me.  I decided to put the photos for this swap on my blog, and I hope you enjoy the visit.  Thanks for stopping by -- and feel free to share your pictures with me too -- I'd love to see them!

My first photo is a selfie I took to share with my co-workers last Monday.  Our HR Manager put together a cute Power Point of all the selfies she received, so I snapped this one.  Now you can see what I look like.  I'm much more comfortable taking the pictures, instead of being in them!

And while I'm talking about work - I'm sharing my new project management board that I put together a few weeks ago.  I read about Kanban and Agile Project Management, and thought I might be able to use something like that myself.  I color-coded each task and I really like having everything right in front of me.  I know it's probably not super-exciting photo subject matter, but I love it!

This picture is my parakeet named Kiwi.  I just took this last weekend, and sadly, Kiwi passed away on Wednesday.  She lived longer than most parakeets, but I still felt bad when she died.  

Part of me wanted to rush out and get another parakeet, but I decided to wait a few days.  Yesterday, I brought home 2 finches and they seem to be adapting just fine.  My daughter named them Sonny & Cher.  We're hoping they're both males, as I really don't want any finch babies!  But they're very cute, and I hope they like their new home.  

Here's one of my favorite photos I took earlier this year when my son was visiting from Tennessee.  He brought his dog with him - Pica - she lived here when he was college and couldn't have a pet.  She's a handful, but I do miss her!  My dog is the black & white one.  Her name is Leia, and she is the most laid-back dog ever.  Both dogs were adopted from shelters.

I'm also sharing some pictures of my kids.  I made this collage showing them as babies and now as young adults.  They're the loves of my life and I'm so proud of both of them!  

I'll leave you with this one.  Caught a beautiful sunset out in the country last weekend!  

Hope you enjoyed the photos -  Look me up on Instagram or SnapChat.  Thanks for visiting, and for being part of the swap.  Please post a rating so I know you've received this.  

Friday, June 2, 2017

My favourite picture of the month May

Hello Swappers and Friends!  May was a busy month and I'm excited to share some of my favorite photos with you!

This first photo is my first-ever contribution to National Postcard Week here in the USA.  I sent out close to 100 of these, and received as many back from other swappers.  

If you're interested in seeing others' offerings, or in participating next time around, visit this site:  NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK

Next up is a photo I snagged from my son's girlfriend's Instagram.  She moved to California, and he's still living in Tennessee, so the long-distance thing is tough!  My son is a 'hopeless romantic' like his Dad and he flew across the country to surprise her.  Crazy kids!

One of my favorite things about warmer weather is the opening of our farmers markets.  

I started a weight loss program back in November, and have done really well with it.  I eat 30 grams of protein with every meal, and limit carbs.  When I bought this large bag of dog food, it struck me just how much weight I've lost.  That bag is HEAVY and bulky!  To think that I was carrying even more than that around every day was quite eye-opening.  No wonder I feel so much better!

 I've been trying to walk my dog at least 5 days a week... We like the dog park not too far from here.  Leia is the black & white sweetie in these photos:

My last two pictures come from dance recital season.  The one on the left is my daughter with a little ballerina named Addie, who's the daughter of her friends Drew and Megan.  The collage on the right comes from an old photo album of mine, with several pix from my daughter's recitals when she was little. I asked my daughter how it felt to be on "this side" of the recital, and I could tell she was stoked.  I have to admit that I was too -- I love seeing my daughter grow up, and dance was a big part of her life, as well as mine.


And, I'll leave you with this -- I'm ALWAYS ready for summer!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  If we're partners on Swap-bot, thanks for posting a rating for me.  And even if you're not partnered to send to me, I'd love to see your photos too!  Thanks a bunch, and have a great month!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Getting to Know You #3 from Happy Mom on Swap-bot

Once again, I'm uploading my swap answers to my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading the post!

What is your favorite family vacation? 
We went to Hawaii for our 20th anniversary, in 2005.  I lived there in the 1970’s and my family had never been there.  They finally got to see the place I’ve been obsessed with ever since I left.  We had a great time!  Here’s a picture of the 4 of us:

Long flight from Virginia to Honolulu, but so worth it!
November, 2005

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking or yard work?
Definitely yard work!  We need some serious TLC here.  I’d like to replace the azalea bushes in front of the house and figure out why our grass won’t grow all around.  We could use a new deck, storage shed and overall clean up too.  When can you come?!

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
My family called me “Leesie” and still do.

In the evening, would you rather play a game, visit a relative, watch a movie or read?
Watch a movie.  Or binge-watch something on Netflix.

How would your friends describe you?
I hope they’d say that I’m dependable, honest and a good friend.  I try to follow-through with my commitments, and it drives me nuts when others don’t.

What are your hobbies?
Mostly mail-related – like pen pals, swapping FBs, postcards, voice message letters.  I also enjoy traveling, but I don’t know if that’s really a hobby.

What is the best gift you have been given?
Being a wife and mom…and eternal life!

What is the worst gift you have received?
I’ve never gotten any bad gifts!

What's your favorite zoo animal?
The Giant Pandas at the National Zoo in DC.  Or the giraffes at the Metro Richmond Zoo – love them all!

How many pillows do you sleep with?     2

Would you rather trade intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
Can’t I have both?  Please?  If I absolutely had to choose, I’d rather be intelligent than gorgeous.

What's your favorite holiday?
My birthday. 

What's your favorite snack?
Fruit in the summer or cheese and crackers in cooler weather.

What's your favorite type of foreign food?
Depending on how it’s cooked, I usually like Vietnamese or Asian food – not greasy or fried, and made with super-fresh organic veggies.

What's your favorite fast food chain?
The only fast food I eat is Chipotle every once in a while, and lately, I’ve not been too crazy about it. 

What's your favorite family recipe?
Any comfort-food casseroles.  Our latest favorite is called Cheeseburger Pie.

Do you love or hate roller coasters?
I love them, but they hate me!

Do you collect anything?
Postcards, Willow Creek figurines, Starbucks “You Are Here” coffee mugs, Tervis Tumblers

How many languages do you speak?
Just one – English. 

What is one thing you will never do again?

Never say never!  But one thing I probably won’t do again, sadly, is ever live in Hawaii again. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

My favourite picture of the month April

Hello friends!  Here are my favorite photos from April - It was a lovely month and seeing all the trees, flowers and grass growing is one of my favorite things!

I decided to play tourist on a recent road trip through my territory, and I visited Jefferson's Monticello and the Trump Winery when I had meetings in the area last month.   

View from the Trump Winery property

Angelique Tulip

Later in the month, I spent 2 nights in Roanoke, and stayed at a newly-remodeled Hampton Inn in Salem, Virginia.  They did a great job with the renovations!
Mountains in the distance

Comfy room!

Easter Sunday is always special for my family.  My husband is a pastor, and he hosts a Sunrise Service and Open House at his parsonage.  He had a great turnout this year.  
Me, Michael, Callie on Easter Sunday
I always like to include pictures of the pets too.  Here's my dog, Leia, looking stylish in hubby's hat, and my son's dog, Pica, camping at New River Gorge, West Virginia over Easter weekend.

Here are two favorites taken when Leia and I went for our walks.

Azaleas in bloom
Neighbor's rosebush

Hope you have a fantastic, healthy, happy and fun May!  If we're partners on Swap-bot, please post a rating so I know you received my swap.  Even if we're not partnered, I'd love to see your favorite photos from April too.  

See you next month!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #2

This was a fun swap on Swap-bot, so I thought I'd post my answers here :)  Enjoy!

1.  How would you explain love to somebody who had never heard of it before?
I would explain that love is an emotion that makes people do goofy things.  Symptoms include getting tongue-tied when trying to talk to someone you think you love…putting someone else before yourself…or feeling like your world might end if you had to live without the person you love.  The Christian in me would explain that God is Love, and Love never fails. (Nothing like starting with an easy question, huh?!)

  1. What toppings do you like to put on your pizza? 
Extra cheese, pepperoni, onions, green pepper, mushrooms

  1. Where are you most likely to be at 8:00 on a Saturday night?
On my couch watching TV or on the computer working on mail.

  1. Where is the funniest place you have ever fallen asleep?
OMG – I hadn’t thought about this in years….but I was in a meeting with a former boss, and I was fighting sleep so badly!  It was just him and me, and I nodded out.  He must have thought I was high or something, but I wasn’t! 

  1. What is your favorite thing about your dad?
My dad was an amazing man…he taught me what “unconditional love” is all about.  My favorite thing about him was the special relationship we shared.  I was “Daddy’s Girl” through and through.

  1. What is your favorite thing about your mom?
My mom was amazing as well.  She was a trailblazer for women in the financial services world, and my favorite thing about her was how she excelled in everything.  One of her favorite says was, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”  Taught me a lot about doing my best all the time.

  1. Who was your best friend growing up and are you still friends?
In elementary school, my best friend was Jackie, and yes, we’re still friends on Facebook, but she lives in Illinois and I’m in Virginia.  We haven’t seen each other in about 18 years.

  1. What job did you have that you would never want again?
Bartender.  Couldn’t take the people, noise or hours!

  1. Would you rather be rich or healthy?
Healthy – Without health, the money isn’t much fun.

  1. What did you do during your childhood summers?
Summer camp – such great memories!  I attended day camp until I was 9, and the summer I turned 10, I went to overnight camp.  I was terribly homesick at first, but the camp was an incredible influence on who I am today.

  1. What do you do now during your summers?
Work – try to take some long weekend road trips and get to the beach at least once.

  1. What is your favorite season of the year?
SUMMER!  I live for hot weather.

  1. How do you manage stress?
Prayer, wine, tears and hard work.

  1. Have you ever been on TV?
Yes, co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Rockford, IL one year – probably 1978 or 79.  And, I voiced hundreds of TV commercials, but wasn’t on-camera for those. 

  1. Who taught you to drive?
The PE teacher at my high school. 

  1. Would you like to know ahead of time the day you were going to die?
Hmmm…  My first thought was no, but I’m not so sure.  I could see advantages in knowing, but I kind of like not knowing too.  If I knew the day, but not the ‘how’ – I would be a basket case!

  1. How old do you want to live to?
I don’t care.  I’d rather die sooner if my quality of life wasn’t good…but if life is good, I’d like to stick around long enough to see my kids get married and have their own kids too.

  1. If you were going to skip one meal, which one would it be?
Breakfast.  I’m not a breakfast person, so I usually have a protein shake in the morning.

  1. What do you remember about your grandfather?
Grandpa Leo (dad’s dad) was a Yellow Cab driver in Chicago.  I remember playing with his coin changer.  Grandpa Norm (mom’s mom’s second husband) smoked cigars and was mean.  My mom’s father died when she was 14 – I’m named in memory of him.

  1. What do you remember about your grandmother?
I remember Grandma Shirley (dad’s mom) being a great cook and I loved how she doted on my brother and me.  Grandma Lil (mom’s mom) was a classy lady who drank martinis.  She would let me eat the olive from her drink after she swished it around in her water glass.