I Always Look Like That

Every now and then I like to update my photo I have on social media.  My hair style changes, it’s longer or shorter or my face has changed with a few more laugh lines.  Hee hee, laugh lines, yeah right.

But the real truth is that I’m rarely put together enough to warrant taking a selfie.  Rarely do I have days that I actually wash, dry and style my hair, apply make-up and put on a semi-decent looking outfit.  All at the same time!  So when I do AND I have time, I’ll try snapping a selfie to update my social media accounts.

When I say I snap a selfie, it really means I snap about 50 selfies to get one that I think looks halfway decent.

I like to try taking them from different angles to see what looks best.  I find selfies kind of difficult.  I usually hold the camera out and just move it around and snap.  Here’s a few that didn’t make the cut.


What the heck is that bottom right one about?  When do I ever look like that?  Lol.

This weekend I was actually put together enough and took that(those) selfie(s), since my current photo was about a year old.  Selfies are such a weird thing, especially when you’re the type of person that really doesn’t like having your photo taken.  And then you go and post them on your blog.  Contradictory, I know.

When you change your photo on Facebook, it goes into your feed.  (Maybe you can change that, but I haven’t taken the time to look.)  Then everyone comments on your photo.  Of course, I choose a photo that I think looks alright, but I’m not seeking compliments.  But that’s what you get.  Not that I don’t appreciate nice comments.

So here’s my selfie from the weekend.


No compliments required.

But please, no negative comments either, I’m not seeking them either.  Ha ha ha. 

Oh, how times are changing and the world of selfies.

Do you take your own social media photos or do you have someone else take them?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Nature’s Glory

Yesterday we went for a walk around Como Lake, a popular lake for walkers, runners and bikers.

It’s only about a mile and half around the lake, so it’s just an easy but beautiful trek around.

You can rent a bike for a “Nice Ride” too.

(The guy at the end of the row of bikes kind of photo bombed my photo!)

nice ride

We were watching these birds that we couldn’t figure out what they were.

They were black and looked to be a cross between a Heron and a Duck.

We ran into two other people who were questioning the same thing.

It turns out they are a common bird around lakes in Minnesota, called a Double-Crested Cormorant.  We learned something new!



Here are some other things we saw.


duck family

duck family2







The beauty and the wonder of nature never ceases to amaze me.

What did you do over the weekend?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Sunday Stealing {Summer Meme}

summer meme

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Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim’s meme. (It’s our way of saying “Thanks!”) Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme.
Let’s go!!!
From: Quizopolis

Favorite summer flower:  Daisy

Flavor of ice cream:  Strawberry

Mode of transportation:  Car

Music:  Pop

Food:  Watermelon

Favorite game to play:  Tennis

Earliest childhood summer memory:  Playing with the neighborhood kids on our block.

Favorite Drink:  Iced tea

Favorite Snack:  Fruit

Place to read:  On the patio

Most annoying:  Mosquitoes

How I handle the heat:  It just doesn’t bother me that much.

Pet Peeve:  Rude people

All-time favorite bathing suit:  Back when I looked good in one, I’d wear a bikini.

Best Time of Day:  Late afternoon

Most romantic:  ????

Summer movie:  Dirty Dancing

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Saturday 9: Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire


Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Ring of Fire  (Click on the title to get to the Saturday 9 page.)
(because country music was recommended by Colletta’s Kitchen’s Sink)

If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.
1) Recorded by Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” was written by his wife, June Carter. Johnny’s daughter Roseanne says it’s about “the transformative power of their love.” What’s your favorite love song?I have always loved I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher.

2) Though more than 50 years old, this song is still popular today. Country Music Television named it one of the best and most requested of all time. Are you a country music fan?

I have been off and on through the years.  I did like Johnny Cash when I was a kid because my parents would listen to his albums.

3) This recording features mariachi horns, inspired by Mexican folk music. Have you ever been to Mexico? 

I’ve been to Mazatlan once for a vacation and I crossed the border from California once for a day trip. 

4) Cash’s birth certificate said, “J. R. Cash,” and “J.R.” is what his parents always called him. When he enlisted in the Air Force, Uncle Sam refused to let him simply go by initials, so he chose the name “John.” If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?

I actually like my name.  When I was younger I really liked the name Natasha.

5) Cash and his first wife, Vivian, had their first date at a roller skating rink. Tell us about one of your first dates.

Seriously, none of them have been that exciting.  First dates are kind of difficult, I think.

6) Cash died in September, 2003, four months after he lost his second wife, and love of his life, June. The cause of death given was complications from diabetes, but his children believe he died of a broken heart. Do you think that’s possible? 

I don’t know if I believe in dying of a broken heart, but I do think people lose the will to live after a loved one dies. You hear so many stories about someone dying not long after the love of their life dies.

7) Cash was known as “The Man in Black.” What color do you wear most often?

Black is pretty good with me.  I also like a fuchsia type of pink.

8) There’s a Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. What’s the last museum you visited?

The City Museum in St. Louis, MO.  We were there for a long weekend trip.

9) A stretch of Tennessee Highway 31E is known as “Johnny Cash Parkway.” What street in your town is named for a famous person?

I did a little research on our street names and of course there are many street names for prominent people that lived here.  There is a Van Buren Avenue named after Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States.

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Friday Fragments – Crazy Pants

It’s time to defrag and join Mrs4444 from Half-Past Kissin’ Time for Friday Fragments.  Let’s go!

Half-Past Kissin' Time


We’ve been watching the life cycle of a Tussock Moth.  I have Milkweed in my garden, which I was hoping would attract Monarch butterflies.

We found a bunch of tiny caterpillars and have been watching their growth process.  I looked up what caterpillars feed on Milkweed and found that only the Monarch and Tussock Moth do.  Unfortunately our caterpillars are Tussock Moths and not Monarchs.  This is what they look like now.  They’re kind of pretty as a caterpillar.  After it changes to a moth, it’s not quite as pretty.

Tussock Moth caterpillar

Mr.TinDC flickr image


But it’s been a very interesting process to watch as they cycle through different sizes and change appearance.  A good backyard biology lesson.


My youngest son and my husband returned home this week after spending four nights at scout camp.  They had great weather but unfortunately tons of mosquitoes, as I predicted.

My son found two ticks on himself during the week so now I have to watch for symptoms of Lyme’s.   My husband has had Lyme’s twice so we know what to watch for.

They had a lot of fun but they’re happy to be home.  My oldest son missed his little brother and was so excited the day he was coming home.  It’s great to see how well they get along with each other.  For now, at least.  Hopefully the teenage years don’t change that.  :-)


Our new washing machine was delivered this week.  It’s bigger than our old one and I really like it.  So glad to have that all up and running again.  I’m giving it a good workout catching up on wash and washing all the camping clothes.


I previously mentioned that the door broke on our dishwasher right after our washing machine conked out.  Luckily, the dishwasher still works but we have to be careful when opening the door so it doesn’t crash open.  This is our temporary solution to that problem!  Not pretty, but it works.


It works. {{shrug}}


This is for you super hero fans out there.  Did you hear that Marvel Comics is going to do a new series with Thor?  But this time Thor will be a woman.  Apparently, only someone that is worthy can lift the God of Thunder’s hammer and this time that worthy person will be a female.  Marvel Comics says they want to continue their tradition of having strong, female characters and this time she will be Thor.

Female Thor

Co.Design@FastCoDesign from Twitter


I’m currently reading a book titled, Going Clear, Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. 

Talk about crazy pants! 

The book reviews the history and origins of Scientology and it’s founder.  Very interesting but it’s so unreal how throughout history even, people follow such crazy beliefs from obviously crazy people.

Do you have any fun weekend plans?

Thank you, Great Spirit.