Thursday, January 23, 2014

The view from where I'm sitting...

...and by sitting, I mean briefly perching before chasing this adorable fella!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mack's Baptism

Mack was baptized Sunday, following in the footsteps of his sisters Ellie and Emma as well as his cousin Bo.  He was very calm and collected, grinning his way through the church service until time for his big moment. He and Bo left the sanctuary after the baptism; the girls stayed and were amazingly good. Later when I was complimenting Emma on how good she was, she gave me a conspiratorial look and whispered, "I was quiet."  Precious.

Mack's fans took up the entire pew.

Patiently waiting.

Making sure his mama and sisters are in place.

Sweet Mack is baptized. Ellie and Emma are taking it all in.

No one in our family would consider a gathering to be complete without a feast. 

The men (minus Jay, who was in Alabama).

Bo makes a friend. Freddie tolerates anything!

My two babies. So proud of them.
These days, our times together involve a good bit of giggling, squealing, running, and general merriment, thanks to the five and under set. They are great entertainment.

Playtime
 
Sweet Emma shares Cinderella with Mack. He's a fan.

Emma gives Bo a guitar lesson.

Cousins

Wait. I thought today was about ME!

Bowers Men: Four Generations


Saturday, January 18, 2014

PJ Saturday

Off to get the paper with E.W. 

Filling up the bird feeder.

Running wild. In pajamas. Redneck baby!

Finally out of those pajamas. Wait.
I have to put another pair on and go to bed?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hoarder or Collector?

January is always a good time for clearing out and throwing away. I've ditched a lot of stuff, but how can I part with my 45s? Some of them date back to second grade (the teenagers next door were a heavy influence!). 

Here are a few from the collection (collection sounds better than hoard stash):


What does one do with such? 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Long and Winding Road: The Jug

I come from a long line of people who do enjoy a costume. This 1960 photo shows my parents dressed up for a party at the Fort Clayton Officers' Club, Panama, Canal Zone. Daddy was partial to dressing up as, well, I don't know what. It usually involved fake or blacked out teeth, crazy attire, and a goofy look.  For this party, mama dressed as one of Li'l Abner's girls, apparently, since she's got some kickapoo joy juice

The thing to note here (once you get past how silly my daddy looks) is that jug. My parents won it (full of wine at that point!) at an Oktoberfest dance contest when living in Germany in the early fifties. Everywhere we moved, that jug was always somewhere in the house.  


Eventually the wicker was destroyed but the plain green jug still hung around. About fifteen years ago it came to my house, where it did some more hanging around. 

Then Kate and I started noticing that lamps made from glass jugs are everywhere, like HEREHERE, HERE, and if you need more, HERE. For the frugal, there are tutorials on how to make them; HEREHERE, and HERE are just a few. 

So now the jug is in Kate's home. After about sixty years in the family, it's moved into its next adventure!

Friday, January 3, 2014

The paparazzi is relentless.

Putter is an unwilling victim as I get to know my new Nikon! It even picks up the random white hairs in his fur.



Miss Scarlett, on the other hand, is all about the pose.


I promise I'm not a crazy cat lady, but when there are no grandchildren around, I have to improvise!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lights Out

A power outage put a bit of a damper on watching the Sugar Bowl*, but I did get to practice in-the-dark photography. 



*Thankfully, power did come back on for the second half!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Hoppin' John with pepper jelly, turnip greens with hot sauce, ham, and cornbread...a must for New Year's Day!

 
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