Friday, September 15, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 37

I am starting this week with some photos of our youngest son Ben. As you must know by now, he loves to play the piano and sing, join in with a karaoke session, and perform in a pantomime as he has for a few years now. Well this year he joined in with a group of friends mostly made through the panto company, and together they put together a show. They decided to use songs from films and shows. They did everything themselves from hiring a theatre, designing the posters, promoting ticket sales, and most importantly arranging their own music and dance routines. 

There were only eight of them, so they sang and danced their way through solos, duets and groups numbers, and managed to perform a whole programme of entertainment.
It was a charity event, and altogether they raised £1,313.31 for the children's ward at New Cross hospital in Wolverhampton.
Here is Ben doing what he enjoys best, and looking pretty pleased with the result. They gave up every Sunday for the past few months to rehearse together, and I am very proud of him, and all his friends.

I am also quite proud of myself this week too, but for a much lesser reason. Firstly I almost finished the chopping up of the bougainvillea branches. There is just one small pile that the wind has sent down to the bottom corner of the yard and wedged against the little fence there. It has dried to a crisp in the sun and wind, but I will deal with that this week. Otherwise it is all clear and tidy out there.
Then I also finished the cataloging of my stamps. In this picture you can see a big box at the right end of the shelf. It is the one that was full and overflowing with loose stamps, not to mention all the odd ones wedged around it.
Now they are all filed away, I have taken over the box to put my finished Christmas cards in as they had become too many for the A4 box they were in at the start of the year.
Then on the shelves below them are all my files that I sorted the stamps into. I have changed some of the categories, or split them into two folders when one became too full to manage, so they all need new labels now, but a least they are all sorted and should be much easier to find.
I don't think I should buy any more rubber stamps. There just isn't space for them. This is one of the reasons I now tend to choose the digistamp option if there is one, but I do like getting inky sometimes too.
I was scrolling back through my blog posts, to try and identify the make of a few stamps that had lost their wrapping, and I discovered that I last had a sort out of stamps in 2012!! No wonder I had so many to do. I am determined not to let it happen like that again.
Needless to say that has taken up a good bit of my week, but I have a done a little bit of actual crafting as well. Here is the next 'random' scrapbook page I made. The technique I was stuck on was how to use a photo template page, but spread one photo behind more than one frame. If you are not familiar with using templates you may not see what the problem is, but it is an effect I have often seen on other folk's pages, but have not made a good job of doing myself. I follow a facebook page for one of the template designers, so I asked for some help and guidance on there, and was immediately given several ideas. One of them made perfect sense to me so I tried it out and here is my finished page. As you can see the top right hand corner is one photo behind two frames. It is free of added embellishments this time as I didn't want to detract from the photos. I may add a few bits later but I don't think it needs much.

It is a good thing the gardening got me working outside as the other things have kept me indoors most of the week. But we do get up to walk the dogs in the mornings and one thing I noticed on the slip road at the front of the village is this lovely jacaranda tree. There is a row of them along there, and usually they have lovely bunches of lilac flowers on their bare branches in the spring, and lush green fern-like leaves in the autumn, usually interspersed with big brown seedpods. But as you can see, this year they are in full bloom again, and the flowers look so pretty with all the leaves behind them, and a deep blue sky for a backdrop of course.

And now it is just on to some sky photos. This week it is all about the faces! As you know, I do see faces all around me, and this week there have been so many of them in the sky. They are really obvious to me, but my husband sometimes gives me funny looks when I show him. I wonder if you can see them too. This one is probably the least obvious but I can see it quite clearly.

This one would be hard to miss. It was a really clear night, but this face just popped up on the horizon.
It is not a very happy face I know, but just look at the definition in the eyes.

Then last night I took this one.
If you look in the top right hand section you will see a much happier face this time. I cropped it in to make it clearer.
Then as it faded away, a second , lighter one appeared below it.
Again cropped in for clarity.
You are probably like my husband and think I am going dippy, and you are more than likely right, but these things fascinate me! 
And on that cheerful note I will bid you Good-bye until next week, and go and link up with Rocking Your World and Annie's Friday Smiles, and then go and get 'himself' some tea.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 36

Here we are at Friday once again, the day when we look back on our week and try to focus on the good things that have happened. I happened to see this meme on facebook one day and I took a copy as it seems to embody the true ethos of these posts. Don't you think so?

When my grand-daughter was here a few weeks ago, she saw me trying to take a selfie and said"Grandma, you are doing it all wrong!" Apparently I was holding the phone too close, and too low down, which is why my photos were always distorted. She showed me what to do so I had a practice. I was much more pleased with this one so she was a good teacher, and I decided to use it as my online profile for a while, as my current one had been the same for years! I know some folk don't like to use their own photo as a profile, but I have to admit that if I see a name I recognise but can't quite put a face to it, I often click on to their profile, and I find it very frustrating if I just get a picture of their dog! etc.

I am even going to bother you with a second one I took when I was trying to persuade Kim to pose with me, but he wasn't having any of it. I gave up in the end, but I have included this picture so you can see how huge our bougainvillea is again.  It was only last year that we cut it right back to the fence-so hard I thought we might have killed it. But no, it was growing back in no time, and this week it was almost as big as it was before, and long branches were stretching across our narrow back yard and annoying me every time I needed to pass them.

When I came home from my sewing group on Wednesday,  I found Chris had tackled it again, cutting it right back to the fence, though not quite as hard as last year. It always amazes me how much debris there is after such a job, and this was no exception. Just outside the kitchen door there was a mountain of branches along with leaves and the dead bracts from last year's flowers. Seeing as Chris had done the cutting down, I promised I would deal with these today, so when I got home from the market this morning I settled myself on a chair with the mountain of branches on one side and big bin in front of me, and two pairs of secateurs so I could keep changing them when my hands got tired. We don't have individual dustbins out here, but there are big bins known as basuras (meaning rubbish) at stages along the road. We are not supposed to put garden waste in these, but they will take anything if it is in a black bag, and as we have nowhere that it is safe to have a bonfire, we have little choice. So we try to cut any sticks into short lengths that won't puncture the bags. I spent a couple of hours cutting, by which time my hands had had enough - and they will probably complain loudly by tomorrow - but I had two black bags full of disposable twigs and a small pile of bare branches that were too hard or thick for me to cut. I'll put those through the shredder later. I could have shredded it all, but the younger green branches and the leaves would have choked the machine very quickly and I would have spent more time un blocking it than I would have saved.
I have managed to clear the big mountain, but there is still two much smaller piles to tackle another day. But it will be a good job out of the way when it is done.
All that is left for me to do..
Ready for the shredder..
Here are a couple more photos from the garden. These are my little pots of succulents that have been very neglected this summer. But of course it is their nature to survive in harsh conditions, so after the rain last week they are looking quite good again. The picture made me smile because if you look very closely, right in the centre behind the black pot, you can just see the little stripey head of Luna. She is one of our campo cats and we don't see much of her indoors except when it is feeding time. She is a born huntress and spends most of her day roaming the green zone and catching lizards, grasshoppers etc, which she sometimes brings home for me! Aren't I lucky? But just occasionally she chooses one of our chairs to sleep on, and she must have just looked up as I took my photo. 
And while talking of grasshoppers, I don't mean the little things we have in UK. Out here they are huge. This one came to sit on our fly free netting and it is about five inches long. Luna has the lovely habit of catching them and chewing them up, but leaving the legs for me. They must be too tough for her!

A couple more garden pictures. This one shows what a few days of rain can do in a barren land, even in August. The ground around the orange trees next door is sprouting tall grass this week. I love to see it looking so green. It is really warm again now so this may all burn off again, or it may last into Autumn. We can only wait and see.
And one more. When I went to take a picture of this morning's work, I found Tango, laid out in the shade of the low wall, enjoying his siesta, and completely oblivious oto my presence.

The rest of the week has passed me by, but I have kept busy. I suddenly decided that as a follow up to clearing my desk and tables in my craft room, I should tackle another task that I have put off for probably three years or more - filing my 'new' rubber stamps. Some of them are not so new now! I have a bad habit of opening packages when they come and trying new things, and then leaving them in a pile on my desk until I am tired of moving them, so I throw them into a big box on the top shelf of my bookcase. I know what is in there, and when I want to use one I root through the box to find it, but the longer I leave them, the harder it is to do something about them. I should say at this point, that I do not have space to store bulky wood mounted stamps, so I always remove them from the block and back them with mounting foam. I do the same to any unmounted ones I buy, and then I store them on laminated pages with a stamped index for each page, in big lever arch files. There is one file for each topic e.g.floral, words, backgrounds etc. Some categories are subdivided so I have four Christmas files - Nativity, Traditional, holly, trees, etc, Cute, snow, candles and bells, and Christmas words. So sorting my box was a big task and the first thing I did was to make separate bags for each subject. Then I backed any that needed mounting foam, and one by one I am stamping the index and arranging the pages, then filing them in the appropriate folder. So far I have managed to put away about half of them, and I shall keep going now I have started, until they are all in the right place. That will give me a real sense of achievement, and it will betide me to put any further purchases away when I get them!

We took a break yesterday to visit the kennels where Kim and Foxy will stay while we are in UK next month. Unfortunately neither of our house-sitters are available, so we have no choice but to put them in kennels. A friend will look in daily to feed the cats, who would hate to  be confined in a cattery even for a few days, but kennels are a better option for the dogs. So when we had checked out where they would be staying, and filled in the paperwork, we drove on down to the playa at Mojacar. We keep away for July and August when it is full of holiday makers and the traffic is a nightmare, but this week it was fine again. We stopped for a drink and a snack at one of our favourite places. We like it because it has a big patio where you never feel crowded, and it is surrounded by palm trees and has a sun cover to give some welcome shade. On top of that there is a lovely view out across Mojacar beach, and the food is very good.  

On Wednesday our choir met for the first time since the summer break. It was good to get back singing again, and to meet up with friends, who mostly live over near Albox where we practice, so I don't get to see them during the break.

We had the plumber here this morning so now I have a new drinking water tap in the kitchen so my table top won't get flooded any more whenever it is turned on, and that makes me happy. We also have new taps in both the showers. As the plumber was working there, I couldn't use the kitchen to cook our lunch today so we had a snack and now we are off to a local bar for some food. That's a nice bonus.

I had a quick whizz round Turre market this morning for the first time in ages, and I was able to get some new walking sandals. I have been looking for some because my others have split across the base and are becoming a bit of a hazard. I wear them when we walk the dogs in the mornings, as the dust ruins my good shoes.

I will close with a few photos of the sky that I took on Tuesday evening. These were all taken within a few minutes of each other. The sky was grey with a streak of light that didn't look very promising, but before long it was aflame with pinks and oranges, and then it was gone. I was just glad I was outside at the right moment to catch it.

Now I will quickly link up with Annie's Friday Smiles and Rocking Your World, and then I had better go and feed the dogs and get ready to go out, or it will be for supper instead of dinner! I'll be back later to see what has made everyone else smile this week.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 35

Well, what a week we have had. I promised you a shorter post this week and that is what you will have, mainly because not a lot has happened in it. After a fine weekend, Monday was our son's last day and it was quite cloudy and several degrees cooler. He didn't mind and still went down to the playa, did some last minute shopping of things to take home, and had a final swim. The cloud had thinned during the afternoon and there was quite a nice sunset, though the purple haze over it was a warning of a storm to come.

We decided to sit up late as Tom had to leave for the airport at 2.30am, so it wasn't worth going to bed. By the time he left, there were a few drops of rain, and his road to Alicante was lit by frequent flashes of lightning, but there was little thunder nor any real rain.
However, we had been warned that an unseasonal storm was on its way, and by Tuesday the rain had started in earnest. It continued with heavy showers all day, but as darkness fell we had an almighty storm. The lightning lit the sky up like it was daytime, and the flashes were almost continuous. It was mostly sheet lightning, but later there were a few forks as well and I did my best to capture them on camera. It is almost impossible to time it right but I did manage a few.

The thunder eventually rumbled away, but the rain was heavy all night and the next day.

We were really sad about this because we had been looking forward to Wednesday. Remember I said last week we had one more event to look forward to. On Wednesday the big cycle race La Vuelta, (like Tour de France, but it takes a different route through Spain each time), was passing across the top of our village, coming up through Turre and on to Sorbas, and we were all set to watch it. However there had been so much rain all over Spain that there was talk of cancelling this leg. In the end it went ahead, but because they took advantage of the best conditions as they occurred, the timing was not exactly to plan. 
Chris was unwilling to stand around in the rain for too long, so we didn't go out for the promotions caravan that normally passes two hours before the actual race. But we did drive to Turre for the race, but got stuck in a line of traffic because the road had already been closed. I got out and walked the last bit but I was too late. It had gone through about half an hour ahead of schedule, and I just saw the last of the support vehicles that follow the cyclists! I was disappointed, but some things are not meant to be.

As I walked over the bridge at Turre, the rambla was filling up with water, and was already like a muddy river. In the winter storms it was a raging torrent for a short while, washing debris and even cars before it. The rain eased a bit that afternoon so it probably didn't get any higher this time, but normally it is a dry, sandy bed all summer.
Anyway some stalwart friends who did arrive early despite the weather, posted some good photos of the cyclists, so here are just a few.
Team Sky as they left Turre towards Los Gallardos.
The conditions were horrible for the riders, but brightly clad road marshals kept them on the right track.
They were followed by the support vehicles who all had their lights on although this was only around 3.00pm.
The weather has caused quite a few accidents. Chris Froome crashed yesterday, changed his bike and immediately crashed again, but he is just hanging on to his lead by a few seconds, and there is still a long way to go.

Today the sun has been out for a while though it is cloudy again now, but it is still very warm - in the upper twenties. The first rain was filled with sand and made everything so dirty - also leaving a fine layer of slippery mud on the roads! We have seen storms like this before, but never in August. I feel so sorry for all the folk who came over for a week of Spanish sunshine before school starts again. They really have had a bad week. This was a page of the local newspaper this week.
It is referring to the Almeria province as shown in the map, and the headline says "More rain in three days in August, than in the last fifty years"!! 
There is no doubt that the ground was ready for a good soak, and the plants have enjoyed an unexpected drink, but they will all be ten foot tall by next week.

This is a photo from last week that I didn't have space to add then. It is rare for us to see a butterfly out here. I am not sure why as there are beautiful ones in other hot countries. Maybe it is too dry for them here. Anyway, we saw this one fly over our yard, but then, I am not sure whether it wanted a drink, or whether the wind blew it off course, but it landed straight in the pool. We rescued it as fast as we could, and I put it in the sun to dry. It had some damage to its wings, but later I moved it onto a plant and eventually it did fly away, so I was happy that we saw it in time to give it another chance. Isn't it lovely?

This may not sound like such a happy week, but everything has a silver lining.
1. The change in the weather has caused the temperature to drop just enough to be more comfortable. It is destined to go up again next week, but this has been a nice respite.
2.The plants have had an unexpected watering which has saved me getting the hose out every couple of days to keep the plant pots hydrated. It has also saved the local agricultural workers who pay for the water for their crops, and has refilled the reservoirs.
3. I have had more 'home-time' than usual so I soon got the rooms put straight after all our visitors. I even got most of the bedding and towels washed and dried before the rain came.
3. I spent a full day sorting out my craft room which is now much cleaner and tidier. I am an untidy worker and sometimes I almost lose my desk under piles of paper, rubber stamps etc. etc. Now it is all put away and looks much better again.
4. A tidy craft room inspired me to get some work done and I have finished off all those images I showed you a couple of weeks ago, and turned them all into Christmas cards. This week I have made sixteen which has bumped up my total considerably.
5. I found time to play with some new scrapbook layout templates. There is a lady called Annette Coriale who has an etsy shop to sell her digital template designs. I follow her on facebook and have recently bought several of her templates but never seem to have time to use them. Annette and other users of her Fbook page, have given me some helpful hints on one point that I was having difficulty with, so now I want to make time to try that out. But in the meantime I used one of her more simple templates that was a free gift last week, to record Kim's meeting with my visitors. And here it is.
Maybe I will have tried a more complex one by next week.
One other little item that has made me smile this week is that I have a new vacuum cleaner. That may not sound very exciting but I have been without one since our previous one died about six months ago when Chris washed the filters and put them back before they were quite dry! Replacing it seemed a bit unnecessary as we have all stone floors with just a few rugs in the bedrooms, but now all the animals are in full moult and every day is a battle against balls of fur in every corner, we decided that we did need one after all. So Chris splurged out and bought the new GTech one (as seen on TV!), that is specifically designed to cope with animal hair and it arrived on Wednesday afternoon. I have to say I give it five stars. It is by far the best one I have had, and worth every penny. Anything that makes housework faster and easier gets my vote, but this really is better than I had hoped for.
Now I will link up with Annie's Friday Smiles and Rocking Your World, as I am in danger of rambling again. 
Thank you to all who read last week's marathon and left lovely comments. I do enjoy hearing from you all.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Rocking Your World 2017: Week 34

I am not highlighting anything specific this week. I have had a lovely week, and have taken so many photos that it has been hard to bring them down to a manageable set for this post. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and that you enjoy travelling through my corner of beautiful Spain with me. 

You will know that we have had a fair number of visitors this year, and now just our son Tom is with us for a few more days. But we have had other visitors as well, from the noisy cicadas to the little, vivid darter dragonflies that bring a flash of bright red or blue to the pool. But one visitor was less welcome when he came to our patio late one evening. The dogs suddenly started barking furiously, and when we went to see what had disturbed them, this fellow was coiled there. He doesn't bother me too much as we rarely see a dangerous snake out here. This is a ladder snake and it is not venomous. Just look at the way his eyes have picked up our light.

When we opened the fly-free door, to turn the hose on him, he quickly uncoiled and slithered away.

But now onto happier things. For Tom's first week he mainly wanted to get away from office business, and just relax, dipping in the pool and soaking up the sun, while enjoying some Spanish food and wine. He usually has a hire car and takes himself off to the beach or to explore, and sometimes goes out on dad's bike for a cycle ride, but this week we have had a couple of nice days out together as well. The following a photos are a mixture of mine and Tom's.
On Tuesday we drove over to a beach on the nature reserve Cabo de Gato which is the land that forms the bulge at the base of the Andalucia region. It was not a beach we had been to before but we had been told about it. It is called Playazo do Rodalquilar. The road takes you through the nature reserve where there is mostly brown rocky promontories and sparse scrub land with a few palm trees.

It was a very hot day and we were glad we had taken our old parasol as, like most of the beaches in C de G, there are no amenities, sunbeds, parasols etc, so it pays to take your own. 

Parking is anywhere on a sandy area near the beach and it was very crowded that day, but we were happy to spot a space right by the beach.

The beach itself is a wide sandy bay surrounded by sandy cliffs. To the right is the Battery of San Ramón, part of the ancient row of fortresses that protected all along the coast. 

When we had had enough of swimming and lying in the sun, we packed up and walked up to this ancient building. From the pathway to it, we had a good view of the beach where we had been.

After the walk we were glad enough to get into an air-conditioned car to drive back home.

Yesterday we had our second excursion and this time we drove inland for two hours to the mountain town of Castril. As we left the motorway and headed in towards the mountains, the roads were lined with fields and fields of olive and almond trees. The olives are not harvested until around November, but the almonds were ready and the trees were laden with them. Most farmers pick them and take them to special almond presses that only open for a month or two, where the nuts are shelled, and the shells are sold on for fuel.
As our journey came to an end, we rounded a bend, and there just below us was the lovely town of Castril, a collection of white houses with two rocky peaks towering above it. Between these is the ruins of the old castle, Castril de la Peña.

We drove in through winding streets and decided to follow a car, hoping it knew where it was going better than we did. Mistake! It was two inhabitants of the upper town who were driving as close as they could get to their house to off-load their shopping. We were in fact at a dead end with one of the rocky towers directly in front of is. You can just see a statue at the top of the rock. The drivers of the car we had followed directed us to where we could turn around and go back down and we soon found a suitable parking place.
Our aim was to do a circular walk that would take us down into the gorge, along by the river and back up to the town again. Tom found a map online and we soon found where it started. As we walked down the first sloping path we could look back at the pretty white houses and the statue keeping watch over them.
Ahead of us the vegetation was lush and green so we knew we were on the right track to find the water.
There were clearly marked signs showing the way and they led us down a shady, tree-lined path.
Then we followed the sound of rushing water and soon came to the river.
There was a suspended board-walk (know as La Pasarela) that overhung the river and we followed that, stopping frequently to take more photos.
It looks very peaceful, and we were happy that it was not full of chattering tourists, but the sound of the rushing water was immense. 
We could hear birds twittering ahead, and round the corner, the opposite rock face was full of holes, both large and small, and they were all home to a flock of pigeons.

The boards we were walking on were smooth and fairly even though there were gaps big enough for a small child to put their foot through. But they felt sturdy enough.
Less sturdy was a suspension bridge that we had to use to cross the river. It was made of plates of metal mesh and swayed on its cables, so I got over as fast as I could while Tom was laughing at me and taking a video!
He was much braver than me, and stopped in the middle to take more photos.
On the other side was very dark tunnel, that went round a bend so there was no light at the other end. Here I am braving the entrance.
Half way along it there was a passage off to the side that led back out to the river and gave a wonderful view of the waterfall. On our left, look how the sun is turning the top pool golden.
As it slid over the stones at the top, it made lovely swirly patterns and looked like polished glass.
Directly ahead of us, water from another source also pounded over the rocks to join the main flow.
Then together they flowed on down almost like a gentle river. It was strange to see it so loud and forceful one moment, and quiet the next.
Our path then left the river and we walked through rocks and quite fertile ground. It was good to see a chumba, looking very healthy and covered in prickly pear fruits. The white fly that has wiped out most of them around us, doesn't seem to have penetrated this far inland.
I love this tree. It probably fell over with the rock it is growing on, many years ago, and has gradually found its way skywards again.
We came to the site of the old mill, now a bar/restaurant, so we had a cool drink and then set out on the last stretch of our walk. So far it had been relatively flat and easy, but the web page had warned that the last part was difficult. It was quite short but very steep! Made up of steep gravel slopes and uneven stone steps, it was a challenge, but we were equal to it. We stopped every time a tree offered a patch of shade, to drink some water and get our breath back, and then it was onward and upwards again. I was too busy looking where my feet were going to see much of the view but I had to take a photo of these two rocks. To me they both have ancient faces looking down on anyone mad enough to do the climb! 
Zooming in on the right hand one, you can see two buildings clinging to the rock face. It makes you wonder how they even got building materials up there, let alone lived in them.
As I finally reached the top and sank onto the final step, Tom took this very unflattering photo of me. I have to say, he didn't look that much better himself!

We were now back in the village, and we made our way back round to the centre, stopping at a pretty fuente outside someone's house, to splash cool water on our faces.
We walked on passed narrow streets, steep enough to need a handrail, but not wide enough to take a car (I am glad I don't have to carry my shopping up there!).

We came to a patio where we could sit and rest, enjoying the breeze, and the shade provided by tall trees sporting colourful lanterns.
Tom really wanted to climb up to the statue but it looked too high and steep for me after our last haul, so I said I would sit at the bottom and wait for him. As it turned out, the road has been recently renovated and it was a series of smooth modern steps that I could have managed, but Chris has promised to bring me back when the weather is a little cooler, and I can try it then.
But Tom made it, and I used my zoom lens to catch this picture of him up at the statue.

He doesn't use a zoom, but if you look carefully, or maybe click on the photo below to enlarge it, you will just see me in the centre, looking up at him.
This is the best photo we have of the statue of Christ.
Tom took some amazing photos from the top and I am sharing just three. The first is the view over the village below.
The second is looking away from the village, where the swathe of green vegetation clearly shows the path of the river through the gorge.
And finally this one which he didn't even realise showed a bird of prey (I think it may even be an eagle) soaring between the two rocky towers. The right hand tower goes even higher to the place where the statue is sited. On the left hand tower you can just see a simple cross and this is where the statue was originally placed when Franco gifted it to the town in 1951.

Then it was time for the drive back home. As we reached the motorway, the sun was setting and we took lots of photos to try to capture it. We even stopped at a garage to get a better view. Out of the many we took, I have chosen this one. Before long it had changed to this...

 And as we got back home this was all that was left.
And so it was the end of a lovely day.

I am adding the link to short video that Tom took as we walked along la Pasarela. It will give you a much better idea of the surroundings and the noise of the water. I hope it plays OK for you. I photo-bombed it, waving my camera around as usual! To see it click HERE. It is a high resolution video so it may take a while to open and play.

A big thank you to those who have stayed to the end. I hope you have enjoyed  looking through this window into my world. Those of you who think I write too much, I am sorry, but please remember this blog started as a diary for my family to see what our new life is like, and the habit has stuck!  I promise that next week's post will be shorter, though we do have one event to look forward to. I wonder if you know what it is?
I will leave you wondering and go to link this with Annie's Friday Smiles, and Rocking Your World.