Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Swimming Song

It has been a wonderfully cool summer! I am really enjoying it. I just don't do well in hot weather. It was warm enough to take the grandkids swimming at my cousin's house this week. We had a good time! It brought to mind a song I know about swimming, written by Loudon Wainwright III. You can hear it here

The Swimming Song

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet 
And I moved my arms around
I moved my arms around.

This summer I swam in the ocean
And I swam in a swimming pool
Salt my wounds, chlorined my eyes
I'm a self-destructive fool
I'm a self-destructive fool.

This summer I did the back stroke
And you know that that's not all
I did the breast stroke and the butterfly
And the old Australian crawl
The old Australian crawl.

This summer I swam in a public place
And a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was informal
At the former I wore my suit
I wore my swimming suit.

Oh, this summer I did swan dives
And jack-knives for you all
And once when you weren't looking
I did a cannon-ball
I did a cannon-ball!

Avery and me. We're both pink.
In the hot tub. They loved the hot tub.
Volleyball. Ethan had a great time playing with the other kids that were there.
And he made some new friends.
Selfie. Edited a bit. 
I couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I posted them both.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Dad

This is my dad, born August 27, 1924. Soon to be 90 years old.
 I took this picture down from the wall in my parents' bedroom.
I photographed the picture, downloaded to Lightroom and did a little editing. I wanted to see how many grandchildren and great-grandchildren resembled Dad.
I've really never noticed Dad's almond-shaped eyes before, since he has always worn glasses.
 I love the sweet baby dress he is wearing. I wonder who made it, did his older brother, Paul Fletcher, wear it before him? 
What do you think? Who do you see in that little sweet face?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Every year I like to go to Holcomb Gardens to see and smell the lilac garden. This year sister Patsy was in town, so we went there one day. Alas, most of the lilacs were past their prime, the big juicy purple  ones, but we found some pretty pink ones. Oh my, there's nothing like a good sniff of lilac in the Spring!


Holcomb Gardens is such a beautiful, peaceful place.

We got kind of silly from smelling the lilacs and decided to pose with some of the dead ones.
Didn't know this guy, probably a student at Butler, but I thought he looked like a modern day "Thinker" statue.

Monday, May 19, 2014


I have a lot of pictures to share today. It was such a fun day, I can't just choose a few.

We had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch at Cousin Helen's house. Great food, company, and HATS! We must have taken a zillion pictures. The following are a choice selection of mine.
The food was delicious!
The table set so beautifully!
It was a beautiful day and we had fun taking pictures. This is me and my beautiful niece, Sarah.  Her hat was outrageous and suited her perfectly!
Me and my two sisters.
Another of me and my two sisters.
Cousin Helen's husband is involved with the Indy 500 and they have a pace car for the month.
Cousin Helen took the aunts for an exciting ride in the pace car!
Sister Beth having a quiet moment on the veranda.
Sister Patsy also having a quiet moment on the veranda.
Niece Nellie waited until last to decorate her hat. I guess the flowers were all gone because she only used leaves. Nellie looks gorgeous in anything!
Niece Sarah making the most out of her hat.
Sister Beth and her two beautiful daughters.
Hats from the back.
Niece Sarah making goo-goo eyes.
Mom and Nellie having a moment together.
My creation.
Sister Beth and Mom.
Lovely photo of Mom and her three daughters.
Last, but not least, Sarah photo-bombing our picture. Cute!

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Spring has arrived and suddenly my life is very busy. Here are a few snapshots of the events from last weekend.

Nolan had his 2nd birthday while they were at Disney World, so his parents had a little party for him on Saturday. The cake was not only adorable, it also tasted delicious!

On Easter Sunday, I went to a gathering at my cousin's house. It was also Aunt Patty's birthday. This is the view looking down from the upper deck. It was a beautiful Spring day!

My cousin's backyard was beautiful, a kid's paradise. The swing was fantastic! I tried it out, and it was like flying.

Now, you know I'm not much of a cat person - I have no pets - but this cat was very special. He loved to be held and was limp, like a rag doll. Adorable.

Here is the birthday girl with the kitty.

Easter dinner was at my house. We had a great Easter egg hunt. I was so busy, though, I didn't have a chance to take many pictures. 

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A March Hike to Wolf Cave

On Sunday I took my second grandson hiking at McCormick's Creek State Park. It was a beautiful day in the winter woods.
We hiked to Wolf Cave, a hike I have taken many times. 
Fortunately, at least for me, the cave is closed now, with a fence around it, the path diverted. There was no temptation to try to go through it, like in the old days.

This was a much-needed day in the woods for this boy, a day away from school projects and his little sister.
The woods were so gray and bare that even the littlest splashes of green stood out.
The moss on the trees and rocks was a glorious green. 
It is my belief that every boy should have a day in the woods, become familiar with crossing a little stream, have time to clear his mind.
And get a little mud on his shoes.