Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Winner & A Blogcation!

it's summer
 the livin' is easy
 and i'm goin' on blogcation!
so excited!
not sure how long
but, like any vacation
the plan is to have fun!

i'm going to indulge in summer activities
 while also focusing on my photography
and getting involved in online assignments
(only the fun ones)

no self-imposed pressures about posting 
no searching for words that also seem to have flown the coop recently

my apologies for having teased about a July challenge
but when the blogcation came knocking at my door
it was all happy-go-lucky and smiling and pulling on me to come and play
well, i just couldn't refuse

now don't worry
you'll still be able to keep up with me 
through FB and Flickr
they'll be my playgrounds while i'm on blogca
and, of course
i'll be packing all of you in my suitcase
because blog peeps and their activities MUST come along on blogcations!

but before i begin, there's one last announcement to make....

the June Water Challenge submission
ya'll voted for

Barbara Shallue
Congrats to Barbara!

fabulous capture of water!

be on the look-out for a little something from me!

so, until i return...


Monday, June 27, 2011

Time to Vote!

another fun challenge comes to an end
at least for submissions
16 players and 33 entries
thank you all!

now it's time to vote on your favorite
from the ones i already chose as my favorites

the main theme that seemed to run through many of the submissions was the ocean
it calls our names come the summer months
the surf hitting the shore 
the miles of beach line 
the sunsets along its horizon
replenish us after the bitter winter months

half of the favorites i chose were influenced by this theme
maybe because I haven't been to the beach in several years
and i yearn to go again 
the past several summers have been spent at our lake 
which i adore
but even that can't compare to the spell the ocean casts upon us

thank you all for all your entries
these challenges give us an opportunity to meet new friends
and interact with one another
i hope you enjoy them as much as i do!

i couldn't settle on just five this month, so i added one additional entry
voting will be through June 29th
and the winner announced on June 30th
anyone can vote
so please take a few minutes
if you haven't already done so
to view the following entries and say hi to the bloggers

by Missing Moments
a poetic remembrance of childhood summers

by Be Yourself....Everyone Else is Taken
what happens when children and sprinklers meet

by Barbara Shallue
a golden capture of a boat's wake at sunset

by Images by Jess
a mesmerizing ocean scene that transforms from photograph to painting right before your eyes

by Ripplespeak
a poetic tribute of a daughter's love of her father

by Tilting at Windmills
the ocean's compelling nature vs. its wrath


i can't get the darn poll to be centered!

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's All About Me....

I don't usually do this type of post, but this one came knocking at my door a few times this week.
First Knock: Kim Klassen's weekly assignment is people
Second Knock: I finally attempted a self-portrait, something I've been wanting to do for awhile.
Third Knock:   I visited a new blog and she had written a post of her ABC's which I thought was adorable.  
So, here they ABC's!
Age: I've reached the speed limit
Bed Size: King....although little Simon Pupparooni takes up most of it!
Chore You Hate:  Are you supposed to like chores?
Dogs: our Yorkie, Simon
Essential Start of Your Day: dang internet
Favorite Color: I really don't have a favorite, I love them all, but I do favor blues and purples.
Gold or Silver: a girl supposed to choose?
Height: 5’ 4.5"
Instruments You Play(ed): Organ (very short lived)
Job Title: VP of our Business
Kids: just Simon
Live: Atlanta, Georgia 
Mom’s Name: Judy
Nicknames: Bean, Jillsy
Overnight Hospital Stays: severe kidney infection (not pretty)
Pet Peeve: unmade beds
Quote From a Movie: "You had me at hello."  Renee Zellweger from "Jerry Maguire"
Right or Left-Handed: Left
Siblings: 3 brothers (what fun growing up)
Time You Wake Up: normally between 6:30 - 7:30
UnderwearYes. I admit it. I am an underwear wearer, and my name is Jillsy Girl.
Veggie You Dislike: pinto beans (I'm gagging just thinking about them)
What Makes You Run Late: dang internet
X-Rays You Have Had: dental, mammograms, broken wrists (both), kidneys (kidney stones, ugh)
Yummy Food You Make: Hubby says it's my Shephard's Pie and spaghetti (such gourmet dishes) 
Zoo Animal You Like Best:  giraffe

Reminder: Just 2 more days left to submit your entries for this month's Water Challenge!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Blog By Any Other Name......

never smells as sweet

Queen Anne's Lace ~ Applied Kim Klassen's "Granny's Cupboard" and "Magic 3"

 therefore; when i found it only costs $10.00 per year to have your own custom blog domain on Blogger
i decided i needed to snatch up my blogosphere persona before someone else decided to do it for me

therefore, my URL has now become

from what i understand, all syndicated feeds should be redirected so nothing has to be changed at your end
but, for those of you who so lovingly display my blog on your blogrolls
i believe you will need to update my URL so you will continue receiving my feed

 for more information 
and an easy tutorial on changing your domain
please check out this post on Spice Up Your Blog

Monday, June 20, 2011

Inky Dinky Spider

i honestly hate spiders

but viewing them through a lens

i feel protected 
and can appreciate their beauty

i know that's silly

Sunday, June 19, 2011

To My Husband on Father's Day

to the man i fell in love with
 and married eighteen years ago
when trusting a man did not come easy

your giving nature
putting others before yourself
your gentle ways
your ability to make me laugh when i feel like frowning
your loyalty and devotion to everything you get involved in
all these, plus many more
made it easier for me to trust
and easier to fall in love

so, with all that in mind
my heart breaks each year on Father's Day 
when the phone does not ring
and the mailbox is empty

my heart breaks 
for all those attempts to get answers
only to receive silence

my heart breaks
for all the lies and deceit

my heart breaks
for two daughters
who never gave their father a chance

you suffer silently
and keep a smile on your face
but i can feel the pain in your heart
for all the occasions
no notice or invitation was received

graduations that occurred without a dad there to tell her how proud he was of her
father-daughter dances that left a young girl wondering why
emergency visits to the hospital that were never relayed
times missed when only a daddy's hug or loving words could help mend a broken heart
and most of all
 unable to experience the joy and pride of walking a daughter down the aisle
on the happiest day of her life

no father deserves this
especially you

so i just hope 
the love i feel for you
can halfway fill the void
i know exists in your heart

 i love you so much!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Whisper Sweet Nothings.....

that only you can understand

and your loved one can lavish in

have a relaxing weekend
to all you fathers

Happy Father's Day!

gather up a flower or two and share it over at Bella Casa!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Become a Blog Fashionista!

are you blog savvy?

i know
it's all relative

one man's savviness
is another man's ignorance

on a scale of 1-10
i would probably rate myself
somewhere around a 3-4

that's because
i don't do html
at least any html that requires me
 to go into my blog's template
to make changes

no can do
 umm...maybe more like
no won't do

if i ever f*cked up my template
it's likely you would never see me again

therefore my blog savviness stops at gadgets
those are totally dispensable
mess one up
try again

that's why i'm going to tell you about 
this little tidbit of savviness
that will make you feel and look like a blog diva (or male equivalent)

ever heard of favicons?

they're those cute little icons that show up next to an URL
take a look, right now, up at the tab for this page (the one you're on right now for my blog)
go ahead...look, look, look!

do you see the tinier version of this graphic next to my blog name?

well, that a favicon!
cool, huh!

and what's even cooler
it is actually a new option on the design page
 of Blogger blogs

favicons even show up on blogrolls and bookmark bars
so instead of seeing the boring orange Blogger favicon that everyone else has
you'll be struttin' your own stuff in style!

so click HERE if you would like to step it up a notch
and become a blog fashionista!

NOTE:  if you do create a favicon, don't be disappointed if it doesn't show up immediately on browser pages. It took mine about 24 hours.

thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Interview With a Duck

and talking about water
see that little floating button over on the left?
make sure and click it 
to check out this month's challenge!

if you're interested in making your own floating button

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


a slight breeze in the air

huge white puffy clouds

a bright yellow bi-plane just sittin' there

a little guy looking for hand-outs

a plane taxiing

and making sure i'm not up to any funny business

a take-off...the first of several

some not just for pleasure

the sun settles 

lighting dots the tables below

a fire quietly burns close by 

a couple of after dinner drinks

a hanger making a visual statement

and skies that never sleep

one of those perfect evenings

and considering my perspective all evening was quite "low down" 
i'm linking up this week with Jan's Project 52 over at Two Scoopz

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Would You Do It Over Again?

i was asked this past weekend
if i had the opportunity to live my life over again
with no changes 
would i want to

even with a traumatic episode
in my late 20's

my answer
was a definite

y e s !


how about you?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


taken last weekend
when the boys met up with the girls!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

326 Posts and....

217 emails

after an extended girl's weekend
at the lake
i'm back

and obviously....
 there's lots of catching up to do!

see ya'll soon!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


some of us might get too much of it
some of us, too little
but come June
many of us love the heck out of it

we swim in it
we run through it

we boat on it
we float on it

we jump in it
we ski on it

we garden with it
we drink lots of it

 W A T E R 
and this month
we're going to fill our challenge board up with it!

take pictures

show us how much W A T E R  you can handle!

1. Photographers, painters, poets, writers, cartoonists, etc. are all welcome!
2. All photos, images, writings, etc. must be from this month (or recently, to get things going)
 and represent water in some shape or form
3. Enter as many images and/or posts as you like!
4.  Blog it, Flickr it, FB it, or however you'd like to add your entry to the board!
5. Make sure to title your entry
6.  Make sure to link back to this post if you'd like to be eligible to be chosen for the poll at the end of the challenge!

Grab the badge ~ it's yours for the taking

Looking forward to seeing how much your June is filled with water!

the challenge will be open through June 26th
 and since it was so much fun last month

i will, once again, choose five of my favorite entries
 followed by a poll for all of you to choose a winner
 who will receive a little something just from me!

feel free to post this Blog Hop on your blog as well!

W A T E R, water everywhere!
jump in ~ the water's great!