Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekend fun, an Award and Bugs

Okay my Texas Christmas loving blogging buddies, Donna and Kari! I know you two love Christmas so you both would have loved the Christmas in July party we went to this weekend. My son works at a restaurant/bar in downtown Cincy and they were having a Christmas in July party on Friday night. The place was decorated for Christmas, I'm not sure why my photo of the Christmas tree is crooked, I can't figure out if it was the tree or me. LOL But Santa was there, that top left photo is Santa with my sister Gail. Santa was passing out presents and his helpers were passing out Christmas cookies. I'm pretty sure Santa was not drinking milk, unless milk comes in a bottle that looks like beer. :-) They gave away an IPhone, a snowboard and a Saks gift certificate. I didn't win any of them and I really wanted the IPhone but I think since my son works there I probably wasn't eligible anyway. The bottom right photo is of me and my niece Stephanie at the party. Isn't she so pretty? They also played Christmas music the whole night. Christmas in July is a great idea and I think everyone had a good time.
I also went out to eat with some old co workers on Thursday night. We went to the Olive Garden (yum, yum). I worked with these gals at my first Travel Agency and we have been friends ever since. It amazes me that we still get together a few times a year. Our agency went out of business in December of 2001 because of the after effects of 9/11 and Kim and Elmira went on to work in other businesses. I was the only one who stayed in travel. That's Kim in the front and Elmira in the back left and me in the right of the photo. But we all have a love of traveling so it's always fun to get together and catch up. I went out to eat on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and my scales are showing it today. LOL
And my good blogging buddy Kat has given me this special award. Thank you so much Kat, I love this. I just cannot pick a few of you guys because all of you who visit me and whom I visit make me smile and laugh and make my day and you all leave me uplifting comments so I am passing this on to all of my blogging buddies. Now my blogroll is not updated (again," sigh") so if you are reading this, this award belongs to you, I mean it, take this award because you all deserve it. Here are the rules: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. **Link to this post with the award and ask your recipient to do the same** (Visit (Memoirs of a Mommy)for the story behind this award .
Okay now for the yucky part of this post. Let me explain something first. My sweetie and I are planning a project for our backyard in the Fall. Right now we have a two tier deck and a wooden fence that surrounds our pool, that's alot of wood and it is very old as in rotting old so it's all coming down. I'll share more as we get more into the project. Right now it looks like we going with pavers in place of the decks and add some kind of pond/fountain and the new fence is still being worked out. We need a fence around the pool but we didn't want to go with wood again. So we are in the process of getting estimates and going from there. Who knew fences could be so expensive? Anyway, back to these photos and how they relate to the project. There is a Magnolia tree that sits in between the two decks and as we were going around the backyard last night we realized the Magnolia tree would have to come down. There is no saving it, it has gown around the decks in an odd position and just would not look right with the new landscaping. It makes me sad because that little tree is so beautiful in the Spring. So anyway, we are looking at this little tree and I see these things on it that look like buds on the tree. So I of course got my camera thinking they were some kind of new buds growing and took a few shots. Some with the flash and some without. Well, I download it on my computer and realized these are not buds but bugs and they are all over the little tree. I'm not a fan of bugs. Does anyone know what these little guys are? If you click on the photos you can see they are some kind of bug. Now I can't go past the little tree without looking at all the bugs. Well, that's it for my ramblings today. Hope I didn't totally bore everyone to death. Now I am off to catch up on some blog reading. Have a great Monday!


10 comments:

Donna said...

I would have LOVED seeing SANTA!!!LOLOLHahaha....Gads that looked FUN!!!
Bugs??? Me & the Hubby have Absolutely No idea what they could be!!!....they're Pretty though!! Happy night sweetie!!...(going to bed tonight to dream of Santa..)hahahahaha......hughugs

Brenda said...

From the smiling photos, I see a load of fun was had!

Congrats on the award!

I think your bugs are some sort of Moth, they're either breeding or laying eggs for there to be so many.

Brenda said...

OR, they could be baby moths that have just emerged.

Karen M said...

Sounds like a full and exciting weekend. Glad it was a good one.

Hope your week is a great one.

LivingTheLife said...

I could use some of the Christmas weather about now...man oh! man! it was 105 today...and I made the mistake of staying out in the heat too long...and became ill...I had a "bug" over the weekend...and had not been eating much of anything...then I had blood drawn this afternoon to check for menopause...yea...that's fun...I know I'm in the throws of it...I don't know why he has to have a test to prove it...my night sweats and crabby attitude should count for something...anyhoo...after trying to work on my neighbors pool problems while they are in Phoenix...I stayed out too long...and got very sick...scared the beejeebies out of me...so YES...I'm looking forward to Christmas and cooler weather.

The bugs look like some type of moth...just as Brenda suggested...but hey...I'm not a bug expert...for I prefer to stay as far away from any creepy crawlers as I can.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...and remembering my sweet neighbors in your prayers...they certainly are going to need all the prayers we can send up.

Blessings...
Teresa

Maria said...

I don't know anything about the bugs. Sorry. But I loved the Christmas in July photos and the fact you keep in touch with old friends. My hubby and I went out with old friends last night that we haven't had dinner with in over 15 years. It was so great to catch up!

How are you doing those cute photo frames for your pics?

Sally said...

Glad you have a GREAT weekend. Merry Christmas!!! hahaha

I don't know nothin' 'bout no bugs!! You're gonna love the pavers, or at least I do not that I have any!! :)

Lille meg said...

Thank you for this lovely (!) award!
I took it on my blog, and has shared it with my blogfriends.

justabeachkat said...

Christmas in July...now that sounds like a fun party!

You'll have to let us know what those bugs are if you find out.

Hugs!
Kat

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

You know I'm am just eaten up with jealousy over your Christmas in July evening, right? lol Sorry it took me so long to get by here. I'm trying to catch up. Randey's gotten my computer back up and running so now I'm sitting here reading blogs and, while the bugs are sort of creepy, the Christmas stuff more than makes up for it. LOL I cannot wait until REAL Christmas time rolls around. It's funny because while I was in Florida, I was looking at some autumn stuff in Cracker Barrel and my niece said "why are you even looking at that? - you don't decorate for Autumn". I had to explain to her that I've been trying to do just that since last year, in the hopes that it will slow me down and keep me from putting my Christmas tree up before Halloween. LOL (Don't laugh - I've done that many a time. Even had to pass out candy canes at Halloween because I didn't have any other candy around. lol!)

Congrats on your award and good luck with that deck!!

Kari