Monthly Archives: May 2010

the old lady who swallowed a … fly

These are the boys I pulled on the tube before the girls I pulled on a tube that was pulled by a rope that the dog tried to bite before I held the rope in the air as the wave-runner spun in a circle and sucked the rope up that wound tightly around the drive […]

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Cathy - May 28, 2010 - 1:49 pm

OH. MY. GOODNESS. PATTY!!! Who ever thought I’d say “thank you God for banana clips”??? Rest on your tummy and demand said 14 year old bring you cool drinks and massage your feet. And I think an 18 year old would hurt after all that!!!

Ruth - May 28, 2010 - 3:02 pm


Hope you are better soon.


Kellee - May 28, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Ohhh Patty. I’m so sorry! I agree with Cathy, that 14 year old owes you some pampering now. :) I hope you are feeling better soon!

Cate - May 28, 2010 - 8:13 pm

Oh my – look after yourself girl. No, better yet, that 14 year old better be looking after you!

Kim - May 28, 2010 - 9:17 pm

And you can work out like nobody’s business after a fall like THAT? When you said you had fallen, I thought, “ouch.” That was definitely and understatement here. You should whine more. I’m sorry your butt is bruised. Is it swollen? Did you ask Ron “does my butt look bigger?” Sorry, I just always have to try and make you laugh, I think it’s becoming expected. You’re a jewel.

Wendy @ Almota Roses - May 28, 2010 - 10:06 pm

Oh my goodness!!!! I hope your children made you breakfast, lunch, and dinner in bed for that one!

I love the post about your son and baseball. They grow up so fast, don’t they? (and mine are still so young…)

Lovely photos, all of them.
Hope you have a *safe* and happy weekend!

Gayle - May 28, 2010 - 10:35 pm

Patty, you are so clever! Ouch on the bruises and stuff. Oh, and you are not an old lady, because if you’re an old lady, I am too. :)

joann - May 29, 2010 - 5:41 am

wow. First of all, that’s an amazing photo.
Second of all, thank goodness for banana clips!

deb @ talk at the table - May 29, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Patty !!

I am going to lounge around in sympathy pain for you. I am cringing and shrieking just imagining what that felt like. Or still feels like. The tailbone thing is going to hurt for awhile.

Darn kids and their toys.

Amazing picture if that is any consolation. :)

Anna K. - May 31, 2010 - 4:17 am

Yikes, Patty! Saved by the banana clip…wish that you’d had something to protect your other end…you know what I mean!

Other than the “owies and boo-boos” I loved your take on “the old lady who swallowed a fly”. Very witty!

Kelly - June 1, 2010 - 9:24 pm

That was great! Very witty!

imoomie - June 2, 2010 - 3:00 am

Ouch! I hope you feel better soon! My goodness, so much for a fun day out on the water, huh?!

You had me laughing, I know it wasn’t funny that you got hurt, but you told it in such a funny way…

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Top photo is Cathy’s, bottom is mine. ***** I am 45. Some days, I’m proud of that on account of how young I really am. Other days? I’m sure I’m knocking […]

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Cathy - May 27, 2010 - 12:31 pm

ok, your words are just beautiful, patty! how DO you do that?! funny thing…after working in the yard all dern day yesterday, i noticed i was kinda limping, kinda-really sore, and couldn’t quench my thirst…even through my soreness this morning, i am thinking “wow! what kind of vessel could still work so well after 45 years of constant use?!” yep, we’re worn alright…but even when our wheels are spinning, they’re moving :)

Celesta - May 27, 2010 - 12:37 pm

Your pics are amazing! Really amazing. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad to find yours.

Searcy - May 27, 2010 - 1:37 pm

Dear Patty, thank you for having visited my blog. Your images are lovely, and I look forward to reading your blog, too.

Kellee - May 27, 2010 - 3:39 pm

I really love your image, Patty. I love the various textures and colors. Character develops through age and life experienced. I don’t think you’re wearing, I think you’re ripening. :) Women are SO like wine. :)

Cate - May 27, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Being only a few months behind you (45 in October) – age has been weighing on my mind a lot of late. Particularly as I’m really seeing it now in my non-botoxed face and neck. My joints have started aching too – yet inside, I’m the same person.

“Worn” -but still going strong :-)

(Love the wabi sabi philosophy too)

Cate - May 28, 2010 - 7:32 am

I am SOOOO with it this week!
I already have my “Way I see it” post up – are you proud of me? huh? Huh?


Gayle - May 28, 2010 - 10:37 pm

I’m there some days, too. Sigh.

imoomie - June 2, 2010 - 3:07 am

I’m with ya, sisters…

[…] that I’m not as young as perhaps I […]

of little boys and baseball bats

The school year is over, another season is past, and I’m left with regrets for not being there more, for not being his cheerleader when he was the hero, for not telling him how proud of him I was even when he wasn’t. I wash out his uniform for the last time and I am […]

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cathy - May 25, 2010 - 10:44 am

beautiful, patty. made me cry.

SarahinSC - May 25, 2010 - 11:15 am

What a great photo story. Neat!

life with Kaishon - May 25, 2010 - 11:38 am

What a beautiful post and tribute to your son. Very, very sweet. I loved it.

Kristen @ High Heels and a Hammer - May 25, 2010 - 2:14 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your son. Love your photos. This was my son’s first year playing baseball. He loved it.

Petie - May 25, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Beautiful story with great photos. My son is 11yo and has played baseball for 6 years…I can appreciate all the time and effort that goes into practice, playing, coaching and parenting them thru this great game :)

Heather - May 25, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Beautiful sentiment and wonderful clarity, in the words and in the shots. As a mother I can absolutely relate to what you have said here. Thanks for sharing.

Kellee - May 25, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Oh this is really love, Patty! Just lovely. What a strong, determined, and capable young man you have there. It is amazing what sports can do for a person.

Mary - May 25, 2010 - 6:41 pm

That was a beautiful post and a great tribute to your son as well as the coaches. They have a big hand in helping us raise our boys. We have been very fortunate to have such good coaches with our sons. Sports help teach our boys (and girls!) some really good life lessons!

kendal - May 25, 2010 - 9:27 pm

Awesome photos as usual! Check out my baseball piece. I linked to this….

Kim - May 25, 2010 - 11:19 pm

I know I say it every time but this is the best one yet! I hope you make this into one of those picture story books for him. Someday this will mean the world to him, maybe even now.

Cate - May 26, 2010 - 3:59 am

Breathtaking Patty – both the words and the images. You’ve grown a wonderful young man.

melissa stover - May 26, 2010 - 4:54 am

that is so beautiful! that post made me want my son to be a baseball player and that’s something i thought i’d never want.

Amy - May 26, 2010 - 1:41 pm

Hey there, I’m new here. A few things…I grew up livin on a baseball field with my brother and i could still smell the field as you were writing. Secondly…my 18 month old little boy is walking past me dragging his plastic bat right now. Love it…and love your blog.
Nice to meet you!

elk - May 26, 2010 - 7:21 pm

a stunning tribute in words and photos ..pure and special

edie - May 27, 2010 - 2:12 am
love you all,

Amy - May 27, 2010 - 3:07 am

Hi Patty, thanks for your lovely comment. I’m a Kiwi (New Zealand) girl with African roots. And I love your blog too! What a great eye you have :)

joann - May 27, 2010 - 3:26 am

Oh, I love this. I love how your door was sacrificed. I have two little boys, and I feel like I’m seeing into the future.

mrs medicority - May 27, 2010 - 3:45 am

Wow. That was wonderful and oh boy did it bring back memories. My son just graduated from college, and these past 4 years I have missed baseball, so much. Your photos are wonderful, and your story, touching and alive. And the running home…way too funny!

Kelly - May 27, 2010 - 6:44 pm


Gayle - May 28, 2010 - 10:40 pm

Patty, you have got to make this into a book for your son! So beautiful.

Sheri - May 29, 2010 - 4:57 am

Oh my, this made me cry. I have a baseball player of my own, and I get teary eyed as I watch such a fine group of boys growing into fine young men under the watchful eyes of many coaches and dads. What beautiful pictures and words, such a lovely tribute to your boy.

Caroline@carolinecollie - May 29, 2010 - 8:36 pm

That was really lovely! Such a delightful post! Thanks for visiting and leaving comments at my blog last week… I am glad to have found you! :)

imoomie - June 2, 2010 - 3:13 am


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Restoring Jane: Balance, Good decisions & A Give-away

It’s all about balance, right? And making better choices for a healthier life. Extremism is never good and it’s not good in making resolutions, either. Resolutions like, I will NEVER… I  will ALWAYS… EVERY day, I will… FROM NOW ON …. will always fail. Very few people have what it takes to ‘always’ and ‘never’; […]

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cathy - May 24, 2010 - 1:36 pm

THANK YOU!!! I am always looking for new snack food ideas that are healthier choices than the usual. I wrote everything down — except the thin bread and the WW frozen goodies (love those). And it helps to know you did WW — here I thought you were always fit as a fiddle! There’s hope!!!

Teresa - May 24, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy your blog!

Alexandra - May 24, 2010 - 2:54 pm

Great ideas!!! The one thing I’ve done is to have fruits all washed and ready to go in little snack cup containers, at everyone’s disposal. People won’t grab grapes if they’re in a big bag, but if you have then on a shelf, like a vending machine, the kids love it.

I have these little round snack cups with snap on lids, and the whole second shelf is prefilled with baby carrots, blueberries, blackberries, cold peas, tangerine slices…they go for this right after school.

And I quit coffee. I feel better. BUt it’s really really difficult.

Kellee - May 24, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Ohhhhh girl, I have a serious sweet tooth and those popsicles save my life! I LOVE them. :)

I agree though, balance is key. There have been times in my life where I was super strict with myself. Never this.. every day this.. and I could maintain it for a while. Maybe even a few months, and the results were amazing. Until that one day where I didn’t. The one day I didn’t exercise, the one day I slipped and had something I “never” do… and everything unraveled and so began the backwards slide. It doesn’t work in the long term, and nobody can survive under that kind of pressure.

Focusing on each choice in front of you is the key to success. The last choice is made already, and even if it wasn’t a great one it doesn’t mean that this current choice can’t be great. :)

Kellee - May 24, 2010 - 3:09 pm

And P.S. You’re on twitter? Where?

Ruth - May 24, 2010 - 3:20 pm

It is definitely about balance and not depriving yourself all the time. I love the snack bag sizes of popcorn. My weakness is a good giant man burger. I do eat the veggie burgers sometimes but when I splurge it’s usually on a great burger.

I would love a chance to win that cookbook. I need some new and healthy recipes. The magazine sounds great. I will definitely try to take a minute to link up on Friday.

Thanks for sharing your health knowledge with us. It’s an encouragement to continue.

Mindy - May 24, 2010 - 4:34 pm

Oh I used to get Cooking Light when we were first married (a gift subscription from my MIL) but haven’t looked at it years!

Kim - May 24, 2010 - 11:26 pm

I like this post, but I must say I tried the fiber bars and I blew up, various parts of my body were collected all over Jefferson City, made a big ol’ mess. LOL

Barbara - May 26, 2010 - 2:43 pm

I don’t know the magazine, but I’d love to win the book, there must be very many good recipes!
P.S. I am in love with this beautiful penguin!

Mae - May 26, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Ooh, what a fun giveaway! I’d love to add it to my already too big for me to work through cookbook collection!

Lana Davidson - May 27, 2010 - 8:23 am

If only more people would hear about this..

tanie dzwonienie do polski - September 23, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Fatherhood is an adventure! Your photograph is creative and professional. I hope we get to see more of your work.

jak dzwonic do polski - November 12, 2010 - 10:02 am

Great shot beautiful pose and colours!

dzwonic za darmo - November 12, 2010 - 10:03 am

so nice, love the colors! sweetness,

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Kellee - May 24, 2010 - 1:37 am

Oh I really love that Patty. That is a wonderful question. I’ll have to think on that one!

Cate - May 24, 2010 - 3:38 am

Wonderful, inspiring, butt-kicking-into-gear quote!!

Have a wonderful week Patty :-)

elk - May 26, 2010 - 7:22 pm

you captured such magical moment here paired with a lovely quote to hang on to!!

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