Monday, August 31, 2009


Today I tried something that I haven't done in quite awhile.....Golf. Well, it was just hitting golf balls on the driving range, but the way I was hitting them didn't resemble any kind of golf I've ever seen. I think "whacking at the ball" is a more accurate description of what I was doing.

David was doing very well and I really was trying, although you would never know it to watch me!! By the end of my bucket of balls, I was getting a little more consistent about at least hitting them into the air and several even went around 125 yards. If I keep practicing, I may actually go to a golf course and play a round.

All in all, it was fun, but I will not carry that bag again, it's way to heavy for me to tote uphill.

This is my favorite photo of the day!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Fast Trip to Bennett Springs State Park

We just got home from an overnight stay at Bennett Springs Park and all I want to do is relax and unwind, but I have photos, lots of photos to get ready for posting here and Facebook, or for printing.

We had a good time at the park, but our bed was not the best and we both awakened with sore backs, knees, heads, you name, it is sore! David even developed a sore heel. The next time we visit, we will take our home on wheels...the trailer. That way we will watch what we eat, we will have a comfortable bed and we will still be in pleasant surroundings.

Sunday: August 16, 2009:

Bennett Springs State Park surrounds the spring that supplies water to the Niangua river and is mainly geared to trout fisherman. The park has a trout hatchery and regulates the trout fishing. It was fun watching everyone line up to fish and the rain didn't bother them at all.

The surroundings are so pretty and getting close to dusk, the mist rolled in and we had to watch out for moisture on our lenses. All in all, we had a very good trip and can't wait to go back.

I wish I could cast a line like these guys! David and I plan to take a fly-fishing lesson or two. Maybe will even catch a fish.

Monday, August 17, 2009:

We got up early this morning and headed for the river to set up our cameras for early morning (before sunrise) photos. We weren't ready for the mist and our lenses immediately fogged over. We had to wait until the lenses cleared up before we could take photos. FACT: very cold water and warm air = mist. We will remember this in the future. We did finally get a few photos before leaving the park.

I was getting ready to head for the car when I turned around and saw the reeds through the mist.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ella's First Visit

My granddaughter was born in February 2009 and I didn't get to see her during her newborn stage. I have photos of her when she was first born, but I had not had a chance to hold her or make her laugh or rock her to sleep. Well, that changed last week. My Army son, Sean, was attending a class/seminar at Fort Leavenworth, KS and he stayed with us for the three weeks of the seminar. My daughter-in-law, Cassey, and my granddaughter, Ella. came to visit last week. It gave me a perfect opportunity to take some photos of Ella. What fun!

Cassey said that the newborn photos included a lot of Ella (as expected), quite a few of Ella and Sean, but very few of her and Ella. I tried to get some of Ella and Cassey, and then found that I only had a few of Sean and Ella. This feels like a merry-go-round!!

I love Ella's cute little cheeks and her dark, dark eyes. She is so sweet and friendly. She smiled at me right off and let me hold her without crying. She is a sweetheart!

Ella looks a lot like her Mom and her Dad. She is Cassey from the nose up and Sean from the nose down. She likes to stick out her tongue (David, her grand-father, taught her this trick) and she laughs every time she does it.