Monday, April 24, 2017

FASHION SHOW 2017

Last week our community held our annual fashion show.




It was held in The Rife Center, our new entertainment facility.
There were a large assortment of gift baskets to be raffled off.











The tables were beautiful.
The centerpieces are donated by a local florist ..
Flowers by Vickerys




I must apologize for my pictures of the models.
They were too far away, moving too fast and rarely in full view.
The clothes were from J Jill and Mens Wearhouse.








Presented by our Auxiliary,
one can always count on good food and camaraderie.
Thanks to all of those whose hard work made this years event
a record success ..

Friday, April 21, 2017

SPRING IS SPRINGING

Spring has come..albeit in bits and pieces.
These trees bloomed over night...literally.















Easter Flowers











The first mowing of the year...














 The Dogwoods are just starting to pop!


Who doesn't love Spring??

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

EASTER DINNER



My sister and her husband came for Easter dinner.





I remember when there wasn't enough room around the table
for everyone.





I'm so very thankful that we still have each other...
There are more leftovers these days,
that's for sure..





My sister makes excellent pea soup with ham in it !!!


Monday, April 17, 2017

TAKING A BREAK....


From eating the very last buds on my Weeping Cherry.






All gone !!!





Have a good week..

Linking with Stewart..Wild Bird Wednesday
http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com









Friday, April 14, 2017

ITALIAN LAKE VISIT


Recently, I needed to get out of the house.
I went to the city (uptown) to visit Italian Lake.
I wondered if the swans were still there.


This is one of the old city High Schools overlooking the lake.
It is one of two city High Schools that stand empty.
This one has been closed since 2010  and is for sale.





The Zembo Mosque or The Zembo Shrine Building
can also be seen from the lake.
It's architecture is Moorish Revival and was built in 1930.
It cost one million to build and is now worth seven to eight million.
It has many Moroccan influences with
ornate hand painted motifs, archways and Chandeliers.
It is available to rent for weddings, proms, meetings, etc.





The swans are gone....for the winter?
Only Canada Geese, Ducks and Mallards remain.








I'm happy to see the clear water. 
Last July it looked like pea soup..too much vegetation or
too many fish.






Mr. and Mrs. ??










"Dance of Eternal Spring"
It's interesting history is included in the above link.
It's pretty rusty.







I took a lot of pictures but most were blurry..
I had Mollie with me and didn't bring her long leash.
She was pulling me everywhere..lots of new smells.
(Mostly Goose poop.)

Hope you have your taxes done..Happy weekend !
and
Have a wonderful Easter

According to legend, Eastre is responsible for the transition between winter and spring. One year she ushered in spring late. As a result, a bird's wings were permanently damaged by the cold. To atone for her mistake, Eastre transformed the bird into a hare that lays eggs on one day of the year: Easter. Missionaries altered this pagan tradition to align with Christianity. Both the rabbit and the spring became associated as symbols of new life and renewal.

The first recorded mention of the Easter bunny dates back to the 1500s in German writings. German immigrants settling in Pennsylvania in the 1700s carried the Easter bunny tradition from Europe to the American colonies. The children of these immigrants built nests for the Easter bunny who would visit and lay colored eggs. The egg-laying rabbit eventually started bringing gifts and candy in addition to the eggs. The first edible Easter bunny confection was made in the 1800s. The eggs and candy brought by the Easter bunny are now a major commercial aspect of the holiday.
    Learn more about Easter

Please don't bite the ears off your bunny !!
 
 
 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

OUTNUMBERED


Mollie and I were come home from our walk one morning.
We were almost a block from home 
when these quacking Mallards flew overhead.
Some time later, I saw this across the street.





At first I thought it was two of them mating.




It looks more like they were fighting for the rights !!




They spent the next hour or so chasing each other 
in and out of these bushes.
They waddle faster than I do so it was really tough to get pictures.





I wasn't sure how many there were until the next day.
Then I saw the female as well.
She may be nesting under these bushes.




The boys are still hanging out...




Here she goes with her entourage, the little hussy.




I spooked them a bit by going outside.
The morning light was awful through my storm door.








There isn't any water very near here.
I fear the Hawks may make quick work of this clutch.
We'll have to keep a happy thought.

Linking with Stewart