If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Levi!

Happy Second Birthday, Levi!

Glad you are Terrific Two!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Workin' it...

On a hot day, our cheeks seem to get a little red and the stray hairs tend to become unruly curls...
Yet, when the camera points in her direction...
She knows how to turn on the charm and share that cuteness factor...
Ah, little Luci, you are a stinkin' mess!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy Birthday, Lillie!

We hope your days are filled with fun times and sweet memories!

Happy entry into the double digits!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Posing for the camera is fun when your sister is playing with Grand B's camera.
Some pretty good photos result as well!
Then, there are the ones that a sister will someday believe are not as flattering...
There are the ones that document every move...
The ones that are taken from an angle that we might not want folks to notice...
The ones which catch us off guard...
And when we catch a glimpse of our sister with the camera, snapping each and every move...
We might give her 'the look' and snip a word or two...
Of course, that doesn't really stop her...
She just keeps snapping that camera shutter...
So, let's just give her a cute pose in the end!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Break Time

Working on a project that requires intense physical labor, outside, with the summer sun beaming down, on the hottest day of the year may not be the most fun thing in the world.

Then, when you toss into the mix that the project tends to touch the emotions, a whole new aspect comes along.

After a couple of hours of sorting, and gathering, and arranging tools on wagons, we noticed that the labor force was dwindling a little bit.

So, we glanced over at the shady grave yard where the cooler filled with water bottles was nearby and found it to be somewhat magnetic.
Lynn (one of the owners of Tradition Auction Services) looked at me and said, "I think it is time for the Union Break."
I know this photo snapped by Lillie is a bit blurry but it really shows the heat exhaustion and need for a cold drink of water we all felt.
This image of Bob and Mama shows how we were drooping from the heat.
I also like that this photo includes a vital part of our day - wasp and hornet spray was kept at hand and used frequently!
Lynn also shows how the pecan trees and the Gosey cemetary embraced us as we needed rest and shade and a break from the heat and sun.
Mike, who has worked in the heat of the day for years and more conditioned to it, was ultra- hot as well.
Our clothes were soaked through with the sweat of the morning!
We sat and shared tales and laughter and memories before ambling toward the next stash of tools and equipment and sorting, gathering, and arranging for the sale continued.
On to the next barn...

We are grateful for the patience, guidance, hard work, and expertise of these guys (Bob, Lynn, Roy, and Gerald from Tradition Auctions and Cary, Mom's neighbor).  They made a hot, difficult job move along faster and with purpose while encouraging us to wear a smile.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Lillie and Lydia have become really good little helpers.
On a hot summer day, they helped to provide a cold drink of water from the fridge for our auction-prep work-force.  Lydia got a nearby bucket and Lillie documented it with a photo.
Lydia grabbed water bottles one after another and Lillie documented it with a photo.
At about the time the bucket was filled by Lydia and Lillie documented it with a photo...
Lydia seems to have reached her limit of being the doer and Lillie documented it with a photo.
Guess who carried the full bucket to the ORV?
...and Lillie had her hands too full to document it with a photo!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Who Drank It?

I had half a soft drink left and decided to stash it in Mom's utility room fridge for a treat later in the day.
Somehow, when I went back for it later in the day, that half-full bottle had dwindled significantly...
I wondered what happened...
I wondered who had been sipping or guzzling my treat...
I wondered who would do such a thing...

I think I found the culprit!
(Photos courtesy of Lillie's sister, Lydia.)