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...the baby ducks brought this to mind...

 
 

lilac 4-17-15My lilac bush began in my Grandma's yard as far back as I can remember. I always loved that bush...and it got bigger as I got bigger each year.  My mom plucked me a half a dozen twigs from the ground from that bush many years ago (the year I got my Masters Degree) and brought them to me to plant in our yard.

Yes, I love lilacs and yes, I love purple. Double happiness in the gift Mom chose for me.

 

Three years ago, when the Leap Day Tornado happened in our neighborhood, about half of my then 12-15 foot lilac bush was torn from the ground...gone. During the last 3 years it has grown beautifully...and presently in bloom. Our backyard smells like what I would imagine Heaven to smell like...lilacs and Grandma all rolled into one. Both my Grandma and Mother have passed and so I really look forward to it blooming each year. Good memories all around. Hope you enjoy them even half as much as I do!

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 8 (Last: SuBe · 4/21/15 3:43 AM)

When I saw Ditty's post on facebook, instantly thought of Lori...don't know it they are practical but sure are cute!

 

http://jezebel.com/5851711/the...or-penguins-affected

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 4 (Last: Lori · 1/6/14 8:30 AM)

These are so darn cute and I love black olives, cream cheese, and carrots, you know I will be having me some of these.  Saw these on FB (I know, that is a bad word) but thought Lori would love these too!

  

Penguin olives

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 4 (Last: Lori · 11/20/13 6:44 AM)

For the month of August, Geocacher's all around the world will be accepting the 31 day challenge...can you find one cache a day for the 31 days of August?  We are going to try it...so far we have met out goal for August 1st.  One down and 30 to go!  Anyone else going to give it a try?

 

http://blog.geocaching.com/201...#blog_subscription-4

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 28 (Last: Lori · 8/26/13 8:40 AM)

Happy Fourth of July from our home to yours...hope everyone is having a great day.  Enjoy, and give thanks for the ones who fought for our freedoms... 

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 6 (Last: Lori · 7/5/13 3:58 PM)

bangstyle.com today Food Park in Seattle

 

http://www.bangstyle.com/2012/...ood-park-in-seattle/

 

That would be so cool....would love to visit that!

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 7 (Last: Lori · 6/27/13 7:29 AM)

Happy Memorial Day to those who served and didn't return, and to those who served in the service everywhere...enjoy your day, you deserve it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y64zTRlrmo

 

 

 

 


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Scott and I went to the falls Sunday afternoon and loved the sound of the waterfall, especially since it had rained off and on for 2 days!

 

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 11 (Last: Lori · 5/13/13 3:15 PM)

susan

 

One year ago today about this time in the evening, I received my phone call from Barnes Hospital Transplant Division, and 1 year ago tomorrow I will of had my transplant, a ten hour surgery.  Monday and Tuesday I will have my 1 year checkup, parts of it will be easier than others (I especially do not like the bronc).  Thank God for miracles.  I also want to thank my family for dropping everything to be by my side (every day I was in St. Louis, someone from my family was with me), for the team of doctors and nurses who cared for me, and for all the prayers sent my way. Many of you came to visit me, sent cards, and gifts. I thank you everyone!

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 9 (Last: Lou 61 · 11/10/12 7:56 AM)

http://www.standard.co.uk/news...enguins-8204752.html 

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 2 (Last: Rosemary O'Neill · 10/10/12 6:59 AM)

Thanks to each and every one of you for your thoughts, prayers, and cards that was sent my way when I got my phone call back in November 2011...can't hardly believe that was 7 months ago.  And I certainly could not have made it without my family...I don't even remember most of the first two weeks after the transplant. 

 

Wednesday (6-6-12) I walked on the bike path for the first time!  It took me 29:05 minutes to go 1.03 miles (I jogged 4 minutes of that time)...I was so excited to have finally made it on the bike path!  I am still in rehab to tone up my muscles, you know those muscles I hadn't used for years.  And believe me, rehab is getting more aggressive every week, they keep finding new muscles to make sore  But I am determined to get past this phase too.

 

Other than some soreness I am doing really well...it was a GREAT day when I sent all the oxygen tanks, bi-pap machine and everything else out the door...I can breath now!  Oh yea, I now have made it over 100 pounds!  WhooHoo....

 

PS Thanks Lou and Betty for the flowers you sent me while I was in the hospital.  Every one of the nurses said they were going to take them home but I managed to make it home with them.  

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 6 (Last: Lori · 6/10/12 4:13 PM)

I saw this on facebook today and had to post it here...I have never seen a penguin laugh before!  Amazing.

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 13 (Last: Lori · 5/8/11 8:04 AM)
In the geocaching world, a trackable tag travels from cache to cache.  

Whiskers the Cat Travel Tag Whiskers the Cat Travel Tag 

began in Harrisburg, Illinois USA in October of 2010 and went for a European vacation to Rome...passport included!  Since that time Whiskers has traveled 6,130 miles and has landed in Germany to find her first friend!  (or at least her first friend that has a picture to show for it). 
We are so proud of her and hope she makes it around the world with lots of pictures and stories to tell along the way.   

Check her out at geocaching.com
 
 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 5 (Last: Rosemary O'Neill · 2/28/11 9:35 AM)
Check out this video from Brookfield Zoo in honor of national penguin awareness day (even though it was 6 days ago).  The newscaster gets to feed the penguins...what a treat.  It is still a good watch!

http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&assets=videos&assetID=10004568
 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 10 (Last: SuBe · 2/1/11 7:56 PM)
my favorite singer and one of my favorite Lennon song...

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 5 (Last: sbevis · 12/18/10 5:04 PM)
love the kids reaction to this video...

 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 3 (Last: Blizz'ard · 12/4/10 8:16 PM)
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We were out geocaching a few days ago and it started to get dark on us and we decided to keep going since we were close to three more on this old county rural fire road. Needless to say, it was a road that was not traveled much, you know the kind, the kind that has grass growing in the middle. You get the idea...

Anyway, all three of the geochaches were close to the road or within a hundred foot of the road  and we found all three of them.  But one point I want to make is when I say it was starting to get dark...what I meant to say was, on this road and with the overgrowth, it was very dark...

The best part, besides finding the geocaches, was the brightness of the moon.  We had to stop and take some pictures.  

One lesson I learned that night was to not let go of the camera when it's on a tripod on the hood of the car...it will take a nose dive off of the car...and it did..and it was enough to make a grown person cry!  But it is ok, except for a scratch or two...and we had fun!
 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 7 (Last: SuBe · 10/19/10 11:48 AM)
Happy birthday sweetie...
Happy Birthday PaPa
Although your birthday is today, we began celebrating it Friday evening by going out to an Asian Bistro...what a great time that was.  Saturday we surprised Scott with lunch at the Giant City Lodge and of course climbing the tower was a must.  Sunday we went geocaching...we wanted to reach 55 finds by my 55th in July and another 55 by Scott's 55th ...success we reached 110 yesterday. 

Today, he is off to work with donuts for everyone...that is the tradition, the birthday person brings the donuts for all.
 

 

 


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Blog Entry CommentsComments: 8 (Last: gramom · 10/5/10 1:18 PM)
Today we started the day off with Jillian being dropped off around 9 am and after a late breakfast we were off to begin a morning of geocaching.  We headed for Rend Lake and soon found it to be full of people and more arriving fast.  This was going to be difficult to find and not be seen getting this one.  As you can see by the pictures we found the geocache, which turned out to be a gallon size container, but was soon surrounded by other kids.  It really surprised me they did not see it sitting by my feet.  So Scott ended up hauling it off to a tree and Jillian and I soon followed to investigate the contents of the geocache.  We barely had time to dump it out and sign the log before some kids began to follow us so we had to hurry and put the stuff back and just threw it up against the tree for Scott to put back where it belonged as we herded the kids back to the playground area. And we had never met these kids before.
Our second geocache with Jillian was in a cemetery and it was hid in a cannon.  It was our third trip there before we found it. Talk about tiny, it was a micro cache, barely room for a log.
After lunch, Jillian headed home and we settled in for a cool afternoon in the AC at home.
For the evening we met Harold in Marion for dinner and more geocaching.  Some people are pretty creative on hiding places... One of them was in a drilled out hole in the side of a wood frame for an electrical box for a business.  One the size of a hockey puck was buried at the base of a tree and hid behind a rock, another was hid in a night light.  It is amazing that a lot of them are hid right out in the open but you just overlook them. A person can be looking right at it and not see it. Right? Harold...
All in all, we had a wonderful day with Jillian this morning and visiting with Harold this evening.   And we had a pretty good geocaching day...
 

 

 


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