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Thursday, July 31, 2014

FF: Fragments of My Heart

I have been making a lot of wishes this week. So many that my heart feels fractured into a thousand tiny fragments. Here are just a few of those fragments.

I've been wishing I could go visit my mother in California. This photo was taken when she was sixteen. She has been on my mind a lot lately as she is in her late 70's and just underwent triple coronary by-pass two weeks ago. Thankfully she is recovering nicely and I can call and talk to her often.
I've been wishing I could make a trip to Hawaii to see my lovely sister. I haven't seen her in 28 years and miss her something fierce. Thankfully she is healthy and happy.
I've been wishing my visit with my dear friend last weekend didn't have to come to an end. She is the BEST!
I've been wishing for a magic carpet. Just think of all the places one could go if one had a magic carpet!
Instead here is what I did this week.

 I made a mini top hat hair accessory!

 I photographed a pretty pink flower and shared it Here.

I went for a walk around this lake.

I wrote a fun little post titled 'When Cows Fly!'

That is what I have been up to. What have you been doing?
Please be sure to hop over to Mrs. 4444's and keep on fragging!
Half-Past Kissin' Time

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When Cows Fly!

When pigs fly was a favorite euphemism of my Grandmothers. Growing up I am certain I heard it at least a dozen times a day. She was a hillbilly and a writer making for a rather interesting imagination and vocabulary. I soon learned that there was not a more emphatic no than 'when pigs fly'. 

For the first 40 years of my life I had no doubts about the aerodynamics of four legged farm animals. Pigs, cows, sheep, goats and even the family dog did not fly! It was a law, or so I thought.

That was of course until I saw with my own eyes that cows in Iowa seem to have discovered the joy of flight. Imagine if you would my shock at discovering that my Grandmother may have been wrong all along. 

It happened on a sunny summer afternoon along a two lane road in the heart of Iowa. My fourteen year old son who had just got his learners permit was driving when we saw a pick-up truck pulling a cattle trailer approaching in the oncoming lane. From behind the trailer we saw a flash of black and white sail through the air only to land in the center of our lane and casually walk to the side of the road. As my son hit the breaks, I exclaimed "What on earth was that?"  "It's a cow mom, A COW!" 

Just then a calf flew out of the trailer, and I repeat, a calf FLEW. It did not fall out of the trailer but jumped flying through the air. Landing smoothly, the calf proceeded to walk toward the cow. By this time my son had slowed to a crawl and was honking the horn as we came even with the front of the trailer. 

A third cow must not have been convinced she could fly, for just before the end of the trailer came even with us, the last cow jumped out of the back of the trailer and unlike the two before, her landing was anything but smooth. She was okay though and got to her feet and wandered off to join her friends. The driver of the truck must not have realized what had been happening as he never slowed down, and soon he was gone. To this day I wonder what he thought when he got wherever he was going and found his trailer empty. 

So the next time you hear 'when pigs fly' just remember anything is possible even if only a little bit.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Storybook Island

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Storybook Island  is a free storybook themed amusement park that was created by the Rapid City Rotary Club. Last Sunday we decided to check it out and here is what we found.

As you can see Sissy is not camera shy at all. Getting a shot of Bubba was a bit harder, but I did manage to get a few.

Lissa had almost as much fun as Sissy and Bubba.

Of course Mrs. G and I didn't want to be left out of the fun so we opted for a few random selfies.

To say the least we all had a wonderful time and definitely recommend others check out Storybook Island.