Tuesday, November 08, 2011


I've been busier than usual the past few days, but I did take time out on Sunday to visit my younger daughter. This little guy was also visiting with her that morning:

That's my great-grandson, Owen, who's 19 months old. (That dark stain on his T-shirt had been ice cubes minutes earlier.)

I don't know which was more fun, watching Owen's antics or watching the grown adults, including myself, literally dancing to his tune. He requested  "mu-sick," which to him means only one song: "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Owen danced, and we danced with him and for him. And we laughed. And we danced some more, until he tired of dancing and wanted to do other things. He's a very busy boy.

The weather was warm and beautiful that day. It's remained warm enough that I've had to turn the air conditioner on again, although it's supposed to cool off at least back to sweater weather tomorrow.

We still have only a smattering of autumn yellows and golds. I guess  that's better than having no signs of autumn at all. Since I had my camera with me on Sunday, I stood in my daughter and son-in-law's backyard and snapped photos of trees on the edge of their property, then snapped a few more on the way home.

See? Still mostly green:

A patch of pink peeked through these sunlit leaves:

This live oak tree was graceful and lovely, even in its humble, behind-someone's-garden-shed surroundings:

And this dead oak tree was beautiful in a different sort of way:

(Sigh.) Family gatherings and photo ops both give me warm, fuzzy feelings.


  1. Hi Linda, Your great grandson is adorable. What a cutie!!!! I have 5 grands --but so far, no great grands... (My oldest grand is almost 17 now....)


  2. Owen is so cute. I love this age, when everything is so new to these little ones.

    I could take photos of trees forever! Each one has a different personality and some have the most interesting faces.

    We have snow showers today. And it is quite cold and windy. No air conditioners needed here, heh!! xx

  3. It looked like the perfect day for a family gathering! Such a cute kid. I still can't believe you're a great-grandma!

    I always wondered why they were called "live oaks" as opposed to what? dead oaks? ordinary oaks? Still, they're so pretty, with Spanish moss hanging off them.

  4. Sigh... You've got me feeling homesick...

  5. Owen is an absolute doll! And those tree shots are lovely.

  6. Betsy, I love watching my baby girl with her grandson. It turns out that each new generation is as precious as the one before it, only with a lot more available babysitters between you and the little one.

    Marion, I like what you wrote about the trees' different personalities. It's true. Wishing you warm fires inside and beautiful snows outside your windows.

    Janet, sometimes I have trouble believing that myself. As for the live oaks, I'm not positive, but I think they're called that because they stay green all through the winter and don't lose their leaves until they die.

    Holly, you get homesick for this area, and I get homesick for Missouri. We all have those special places that tug at our heartstrings.

    Duly Inspired, thank you.


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