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Saturday Snapshot

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I had a really rough week which you can read all about on tomorrow’s post, so I haven’t had any camera opps. So here’s something from my closet. I am a collector, as most of us who have libraries probably are collectors of more than books.

I collect everything from Precious Moments and other various figurines to books to Barbies. I worked at a gift shop in New York for a few years when a teen and it caused my collectors’ habit. I’ve slowed down in the doll collecting fields due to space, but thank goodness my daughter can hold half my collection in her room, and I can have about another quarter in my closet which you see here:

If you look towards the middle and to the right, there is a Francie doll there in the blue coat. She was Francie with Growing Pretty Hair from the very early seventies.
There is my very own Annie doll to the left, and more to the left of her is my baby doll that my mother used to make me and her matching dresses. Under her is my favorite Barbie doll I played with, Loving You Barbie from 1983.

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and I am blessed with an amazing walk through wrap around closet that is bigger than my old bathroom + master closet combined…plenty of room for collections, jewelry, perfumes, storage boxes, my clothes, full length mirrors, seats and even my husband has his own side with a pretty row of picture frames. Yes, when we were touring the house before we made an offer, this closet was KILLER and really helped make my decision to buy it. I say all this to those home buyers out there: closets closets closets… they are essential!

So what you see here are dolls from my very own childhood that I played with and new additions. There are Cabbage Patch Kids (& a Koosa!) on the bottom, and then some more Barbies that I’ve collected since about 1994. I pretty much stopped when my father passed away almost four years ago, as he was the one with the disposable income to get me the pricier ones, and I’ve moved the collecting bug towards books, which thankfully I have a library for.

If you look on the bottom shelf, there is a Barbie dressed in black pretty much alone (Suzy Goose furniture keeps her company), that pretty Silkstone was one of the last Barbies my father gifted me.

I have more Barbies, actually many many more in their boxes, but you get the point.


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Saturday Snapshot

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One day this last week I was walking out to the mailbox and I FINALLY was able to catch a picture of the pretty bird that always flies away when it hears something.



Can’t believe I was able to get this close!




Flying away.

And after she flew away, my pond and the late afternoon sun offered another photogenic opportunity for Reflections:


Reflections

  

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Saturday Snapshot

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At the old house, we had planted Moonflowers, and they pretty much took over the garden and even had a vine that was growing through a crack in the concrete. My husband destested them because of their invasive nature, I loved them for the majestic flowers.

At the new house, we can’t get anything to grow especially because of the wicked drought last year and the soil is much more harder clay over here.

Mother gave me some moonflower seeds (I hid them from my husband) and then I planted them in a big pot on the front porch to see how they would do. They are doing well.

Here it is a few months ago, as it started to grow.
Before…

Angel trumpet, aka Moon Flower

  

I can’t wait to see it when the flowers begin to bloom, which are at night as it reaches for the moon. Can you see where the flowers are on this photo?


Taking over the porch column!

Now I just need to keep the grasshoppers away!

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Saturday Snapshot (Proof a Blogger Convention needs to come to Rockwall)

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I missed last Saturday’s post because we were finally out on the town.. our very own Rockwall Harbor

Lake Ray Hubbard
On the boardwalk, behind us would be the Hilton Bella Harbor resort

Cinemark theater in the background, where we saw Madagascar 3
after this picture was snapped!
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This is where I think the next book blogger convention should be. This is a great place for us all to meet each other, have fun and hang out. That’s what it should be all about. And then on the side, the publishers, authors and publicists can have their meetings in the Hilton, and we can choose to attend if we would like..

The Hilton Bella Harbor offers a 20,000 square foot conference center and lodging right on the lake. And we have tons of entertainment options and other hotels close by.

From May through July, there is even a free concert by the lake; sit on the grass, listen to great music and watch the sunset.. they have a stage set up for these weekly concerts.

So, if we had like 200 bloggers descend Rockwall & stay at the Hilton, they would be able to go to the movies, see a concert, walk along a lake, even take a catamaran ride, eat at many different retaurants all within easy walking distance. No cab needed. Oh, yeah.. they can do the convention thing.
Just sayin’.
Happy Father’s Day to everyone’s fathers and hubbys .. blowing kisses to my father in heaven!

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Saturday Snapshot

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Card for Miss Cassie
Yesterday was my youngster’s last day of daycare. These endings that symbolize new beginnings can be bittersweet, especially when a caregiver like Miss Cassie truly cared for my boy..
I found THE PERFECT card on the FIRST try for her.. which told her about what a blessing she is
and told her Thank You for sharing her gifts with my son.
And so she wouldn’t have his face fade over time, a picture to go with the card, and of course an informal toast with a Starbucks gift card.
How tough it must be to be a teacher, and to have to say goodbye each year, but there is hope that they will see the children in the halls the next year.
With a daycare provider like Miss Cassie, Oliver is growing up and moving on, after she took care of him for almost four years.. What sadness it must be to let go. It was very difficult to say goodbye.
She couldn’t even open the card while we there, because she was already having a tough time holding it together (me, too).
Much Love to Miss Cassie.

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Saturday Snapshot

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A lot of our trees have suffered or died due to the crazy drought here in Texas last year.
Half of this tree is dead.
The other half, is bearing fruit.
There is hope on one side, sorrow on the other.

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Saturday Snapshot

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After several sunsets/sunrises for my Saturday Snapshots, I will share a picture of two of my dear family members (Sweetie and Ollie), in my favorite room (library), with a favorite view (a green front yard).

My Favorite Things (DOES NOT include the actual huge cat tree!)
Click to enlarge.

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Saturday Snapshot

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Over the past few days, I’ve been reading a fantastic novel, Where The Lilacs Still Bloom, by Jane Kirkpatrick. Inspiring and mesmerizing, it has touched my soul and is a favorite book of 2012, probably number one on the list.

I can’t capture the beauty the book has instilled, but I did want to capture the colors of the sunset last night. It is a shame though that I have so many trees blocking the view of the sun, yet I am still thankful for those very same trees.

Click on the photos for a larger view

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Saturday Snapshot

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Alyce posted a gorgeous sunset, I posted this am’s sunrise, complete with birds. The combination of noisy birds, and my cat, woke me this Saturday morning at 5:15 a.m.

Good Morning!

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Saturday Snapshot

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June 2011
June 2011

Time flies.. summer is almost gone.. taking with it fleeting memories of nature’s freedom

Quick .. catch him while you can..

As we prepare for the autumnal changes and wait for the season’s majestic hues.

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