Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Where has the Summer Gone!

Here it is August already! The kids in our area have gone back to school. They have year round school, that they started when my daughters were in middle and high school. Loved the schedule. They are now all grown up, 27 and 29 years old.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and her family visited us for 4 days as they had another wedding to attend in Peoria. My son in law has lots of family there. I treasured every second they were here because we won't see them until Christmas.

In this shot Max and Cora kept running up to the garage door saying "cheese" because I was taking their picture. :)

This is the sandbox my daughter (pictured to the right) played in when she was a little girl. That's my son in law Michael and Cora. The week before they got to our house hubby cleaned out the sandbox. For years it was filled with weeds, sticks and ash from years of burning leaves in the fall. About 5 years ago they banned burning in our area. Hubby bought fresh sand and it was as good as new!

Here's my little blondie Max. He is the most sweetest little boy. Now I'm missing them again. Oh well...time to get on Skype again.

The deer are still hanging around in our neighborhood. I don't see them as often as I was. Here's a couple shots that I caught of them today. The babies are getting bigger.

Now that my grand kids have gone back home to North Carolina, I've gotten back into sewing and jewelry making. Working on snowmen and pumpkins. I've had several requests for snowmen already! I'll be sure to update about them when they are finished.

I've made a few pairs of earrings with my photo's for my Red Oak Images etsy shop. They are for sale now. I love the way have turned out. I'll be listed more as I'm getting my shop ready for Christmas!

They measure 1" long and little over a half inch wide.

Impatiens from my flower boxes

New Guinea Impatiens

Pretty Much Picasso Petunia's 

Sweetunia Mystery Petunias

My Ornamental Grass is starting to bloom!

OK I need your help. This is my first time growing strawberries. I had 3 strawberries in the spring when I planted this. They didn't last very long as the birds got them. I haven't had one blossom since. What am I doing wrong? The plant looks really healthy!


  1. Your Grandkids are adorable and love the jewlry but I'm no help with the strawberries.

  2. Sounds like a nice visit with the family. What adorable grandchildren. I have never grown strawberries, so I can't help you there. But you must be doing something right, the flowers are beautiful! Blessings~Sara

  3. I planted strawberries in the ground last year and didn't get but a few berries, this year I've had a few handfulls (even with the drought). Maybe, they need to mature another year? BTW, gorgeous grandkids and picture trail!

  4. Looks like you have had a fun filled summer with the grands. We have a sandbox too and the kids love it so much. Your flower shots are beautiful. I can't wait to get a new camera and some fun accessories to take beautiful pictures like that too. I bet you can get online and find out what is going on with the strawberries. That is how I figued out what was wrong with my raspberries. Have a great weekend. -Steph-