Grandma Barb’s This and That

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday's Ramdon 5

I have really been having a hard time getting motivated.  This winter  has had so many cold, cloudy, dreary days.  We haven't even had much snow to pretty up the landscape.  I shouldn't complain as we have not had the awful weather that others have been having.

I've been debating if I should quit my blog.  But I guess I'm not quite ready even though I hardly get around to posting or to visit any of you. I have been spending more time on Facebook and have connected with several of you there.

My visit to Mayo didn't give me quite the news I was hoping for.  So I will be going back in April for more tests and decide what treatment I will have.

I had a fun weekend over Valentines Day.  I went to my daughter's in Waconia and she and her husband took me out to eat for my birthday on Friday the 13th.  Then I spent Valentine's day at my granddaughter's school where they were having a Show Choir competition.  It is so fun to see all the different schools perform.  They come from all over.  Her group didn't compete because they were hosting the competition.  But they did perform.

Even though this winter has been pretty blah we have had a few beautiful sunsets.

Linking with Tanya at Willy Nilly Friday 5

Have a great weekend and stay warm!
See you next time.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Waiting for Dinner

More Heron shots from FL.  This Heron was standing right at the edge of a breakwater.  He barely moved  as I walked past him several times.  He was so intent on watching the fishermen's lines to even notice.   I think he thought he could swoop in and grab a fish from the line.  The only problem was the fishermen had only caught one fish all day.

Linking to  Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday

Happy February!  It looks like it is going to be 6 more weeks of winter.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a good week.

See you next time!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bad Hair Day

This poor white egret was having a bad hair day the day I took her picture in Florida.

Here is another one on a different day whose hair was a little better.  Can anyone tell me why one has a black bill and yellow feet and the other has a yellow bill and black feet?

I am joining Stewart at Wild Bird Wednesday here

Thanks for stopping!  I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe and warm.
Until next time

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Small Barn Quilt

A couple of weeks ago on my way to my daughter's in Waconia, I am across this barn with a small barn quilt.

A little closer look at the quilt.

I'll be joining Amy at the Barn Collective

Thanks for all your birthday wishes for my Twins
Thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Willy Nilly Friday 5

1.  My babies are turning 45 today.  How did that happen.  Here they are when they were about a year old.

Here they are again in 1988 when they were graduating.  Look at that 80's hair!

2.  I just finished reading the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.   Wow, what a story of survival.  I had always heard and read about WW II in the European theater , but didn't know much about the Pacific theater.  What an eye opener.

3.  Last week we had horribly cold weather with a blizzard one day that had wind gusts of 35 to 45 mile an hour.  One of my bird feeders blew away and I haven't found it yet.  Today though is sunny and 35 degrees predicted.  Much better.

4.  Next week I will be going back to Mayo Clinic for follow-up to see if the spots on my lungs have grown.

5.  Last weekend I went to my daughter's to see my granddaughter in her Show Choir performance.  What energy those kids have.  So fun to watch.

Guess that's all the Willy Nilly things I have for this week.  Stop over here to see what other people are saying for Willy Nilly Friday 5.

Thanks for stopping.  Have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birds on the Beach

These are a couple of birds I saw on my first day in Florida.

Sea Gulls


The sandpipers were very quick so I had a hard time getting a good picture of them.  I'll be showing more birds from Florida later.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good rest of the week.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My first time ever

Spotting a  Great Blue Heron.  Seen at a rookery in Venice, FL heading for his nest.

Head down in the nest.  He's either helping build the nest or feeding a baby.

Posing for me.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week
See you next time

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas from Florida

Well I'm not in Kansas Florida any more but I was last week.  Just a few photos to show now.  I have many, many that I will share later.

Christmas Tree on the beach on Captiva Island

Sunset on the Venice, FL beach

Lighthouse on the beach on Gasparilla Island

Lighted trees at Historic Spanish Point

I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year now as I probably won't get another post written until after the first of the year.  But I promise I will post lots more from Florida.  I could live here a few months during the winter!

Thanks for stopping by and I will get around to visiting you soon.  Until next time


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