Saturday, July 31, 2010

New on TDIPT Mercantile!

I just updated my page on the Mercantile. If you have some time please check out my new offerings. Can you say"Halloween" ? :)

You can check them out here. Thanks!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Miss Miriah Kelly

I would like you all to met my new pal Mariah Kelly,isnt she a doll ? Believe me when I say she is every bit as beautiful inside as outside.Mariah loves to have her pictures made and its something I love playing around with. I have been doing this for years and there is so much still to learn but with every photo I take I see what I need to correct the next time.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures I took of her. Starting with one in front of a very old tombstone.
This one was taken from the spring river bridge in my hometown.
I was amazed with the heat index well ablove 100 that Mariah did not sweat. I was sweating like a preacher in a whore house.What's with that ? Maybe it's a old age thing.:)
I remember goofing off on this bridge when I was a teen.Now it scares the poop out of me.Guess thats another old age thang. ;)

I was not too big on taking pictures at the train tracks but my brother thought we should do so. Now Im glad that I did,I got several good shots of her there.
This song came to mind when I seen this picture.

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Can you hear and do you care and
Cant you see we must be free to
Teach your children what you believe in.
Make a world that we can live in.
Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cartoons for Twisted People

These funnies were sent to me by my friend Charlotte(thanks Charlotte). Some I have seen before and some were new to me but even the old ones are still a hoot.

I love this one!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Zooming in on Black Bart

I got a new zoom lens Friday for my Olympus DSLR. A 70-300MM zoom. Oh this baby is so much fun to play with. I can hide behind trees and sneak pictures of unsuspecting people.
I have not left my little homestead since getting this so it was back to taking pictures of dogs, flowers and as you will see,my horse Black Bart.
He was quite always from the house in these so I took full advantage of my zoom.

If you look closely you can see a haze in the distnace, that's our lovely humidity, our free for all outdoor sauna.;)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meeting Cookie♥

What a fun evening and following day I had when I got to meet my buddy Cookie AKA Curds & Whey. I came to know Cookie when I joined TDIPT several years ago. I have meet people on the internet and imagined what they would look like or act like if I ever met them in person. Well let me tell you, Cookie was everything I imagined and more. Meeting her for the first time in person was like seeing a long time friend. There was never a moment when we were at a loss for words. We laughed and cut up the whole time we were together. Cookie and her hubby Darrell are 2 of the finest, sweetest, coolest and funniest folks my husband & I have ever had the honor of meeting.

One of the places we took Cookie & Darrell was the Grand Gulf State Park in Thayer Mo. This is a really cool place but in the fall or winter when its cool or even COLD, NOT in the summer when the weathermen are warning to stay out of the heat if possible. Plus with the leaves on the trees it was hard to see the sights. Sorry about that Cookie. :)

I believe this was 118 steps :)...for a total of 236 steps in the peek heat of the day :)))
Often referred to as Missouri's "Little Grand Canyon," Grand Gulf State Park offers visitors a chance to view a variety of natural wonders. From a canyon to a cave to a natural bridge -- this state park has plenty to see and much to do. The 322-acre park presents the most spectacular collapsed cave system in the Ozarks. Part of the cave's roof forms one of the largest natural bridges in the state, spanning 200 feet with an opening 75 feet high and 50 feet wide.

The first stop of the day was at Mammoth Springs State Park.

Mammoth Spring is Arkansas's largest spring and the second largest spring in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly. Forming a scenic 10-acre lake, it then flows south as the Spring River, a popular Ozark trout and float stream. Located near the spring, the park's 1886 Frisco depot will take you back in time to an early 1900s train station. Parked just outside the train station is a Frisco caboose to explore, too.

Mr GoldieLoo Woodworks and Mr Curds & Whey ,"Men Talking"

Beautiful Spring River near Hardy Arkansas
The best "chest shot" ever.Cookie & Darrell.~ And no I was not drinking. ;)

My friend since first grade, Marsha,Cookie & myself at a quant little B&B,Biggers Bluff.
These 2 pictures were taken shortly after first meeting Cookie. What a sparkplug she is.

 Marsha and her Bo came along for the meet & greet.
On the way Marhsa's Bo kept asking me,"now how do you know these people?"LOL . I tried to explan from my TDIPT selling group and assured him they were good people. He is a believer now.
Thanks Cookie for such a fun time. I cant wait to see you guys again!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Adopt Your Next Best Friend

I received a email last week from Wannda Turner, Director of Northeast Arkansans For Animals. She sent me this picture of a sign I had donated that was adorned by the sweetest little puppy that was for adoption.

 I had donated this sign and another similar one to NAFA as I thought it would be great addition to their table when they have pet adoption day as they do most every Saturday at Petco. Wannda and the other volunteers with NAFA work tirelessly to help find homes for orphaned pets and they do a remarkable job.
Thanks Wannda for sending me this sweet sweet picture and a great BIG THANKS to everyone with NAFA for all you do.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jessica Denee' Draper 1991-2010

 I find myself setting hours at a time going through picture albums and thinking about my times with Jessica,Devin & Spencer.I have so many stories about them. I'm so thankful for my memories of  the 3 kids together and of Jessica.

Here is a couple of Jess and Biscuit not long after we rescued him. Jess was a animal lover like me.

Jess was always happy to model for me.

This is not such a good picture but I love that we all were together and had the giggles. Great memories.(My BIL Gary,Spencer,Devin,Jess & silly Aunt Pam)
I love this one.Always happy to strike a pose, Jess pointing the toy gun was priceless.This is my very favorite picture of her.

Jessica was a amazing poet,song writer and had a beautiful voice.

"It's not where you go in life,its the love in your heart and how you choose to use it. Smile at everyone you catch eyes with and give all your friends a hug,becasue it truly is the small things that touch people the most.
Jessica Denne' Draper.