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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Five on Friday - The Month of May!

I'm joining Fast Blog for Five on Friday, and I thought I'd share

Five things we did in May!

Since I didn't blog for most of the month of May, I thought I'd show you a few highlights.

ONE

We celebrated Mother's Day and Mom's Birthday! 

We also celebrated my three year old great nephew's birthday!

This is a picture of the youngest and the oldest in our family

Can you believe we celebrated her 82nd birthday!  I hope I look (and act!) this young if I reach 82! 


Mom and Dad and  I spent Mom's actual birthday in the Noblesville/Fishers area.  We went to Barnes & Noble, Home Goods, and Allisonville Nursery.  Dad was trying to decide if he 'needed' this plant.


I loved the Fairy Gardens.


TWO

My Shug and I went on another date!
We went to Beef & Boards in Indianapolis and watched Eliza Doolittle become  a lady!

We weren't allowed to take pictures during the play, but who doesn't recognize her flower cart!  The food was mediocre, but the acting and singing was SUPERB!   If you ever have a chance to see a play at Beef and Boards, GO!
On our way down to Indianapolis, we stopped at Altum's Garden Center.  These three plants reminded me of the ocean, so I bought them.
Of course they had lots of Fairy Gardens too!

And owls were everywhere!
We brought this one home with us.
See the little toad/lily pads I put in the planter.  Well I got those from Patti Beck at Herbs and Clay Pottery and her open house is today and tomorrow ONLY.  She opens three days a year and these two days are two of the three!  Just google Herb's and Clay Pottery and you'll find Patti and her wonderful creations.  I've also done several blog posts on her.


THREE

We had major flooding in the month of May, more than once!


Our entire woods was flooded....more than once!






Pic above and below is our pond.  It's way out of the bank.
The trees and bushes you see below are usually on dry land.
We went down the road to see the flooding (along with the other neighbors out perusing) and I thought it was kind of funny that there was a huge frog in the road, this bluebird was eating all of the worms on the road, and suddenly something started swimming across the road!
 There were a few days when our pond looked like a lake!
 My little Dixie was afraid of all of the storms.
FOUR
I'm still a beekeeper!
I said if my bees died this year (last winter) I was done.  They did not die!


I even got a couple of swarms this season.
and cousin Vickie helped me get them.



FIVE!

5 K and Indianapolis 500 Parade!
These events were both on the same day. 
Me, Ashley, Vickie, Theresa, Taylor
Me, 2nd cousin (Vickie's daughter), Cousin, Sister, Niece
all went on a 5k walk/run (we walked!) in Noblesville to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
My sister worked at the Boys & Girls Club in Tipton and Noblesville.
Then my sister, her husband and my niece went to the Indianapolis 500 parade.
I LOVE PARADES and have never been to this one.  It was GREAT!
If you ever get the chance....
My sister and I took a selfie with spider man, only he didn't know it!
I probably took 500 pictures, but I will spare you.
There were lots of floats, balloons,

Bands
This is my sister's husband's Uncle!  He is a band leader and his band was in the parade.  What an honor.


All of the race car drivers were in the parade.

Indiana historical vehicles

dignitaries...
Thing 1 and Thing 2!


And one of my nieces!!!!
The young lady on the far end holding this sign is my niece!
And that's my five! 

Check out other bloggers that joined Five on Friday by clicking here!

Have a great weekend!

Cindy Bee

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Puerto Morales

Hi everyone!!!   
I think maybe I've taken a long enough blogging break!
I wanted to tell you about a trip we took a couple of weeks ago. 
We went to a little seaside fishing village town in Mexico, called Puerto Morelos.  We have never been to Mexico before, and I have to tell you I loved it. 
The main question I was asked, "Did you feel safe?"  Yes we did.  But this is a little village type town, there were 20 of us, and we were told by a local that this town has it's own "presidente'" and SHE has worked hard for them to all "feel like a village, work together, and help each other out."  Sounds like a woman, huh!

So let me show you some pics....
 We stayed in a house, actually, two houses. They were side by side, full kitchen, living room, five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms.  Each bedroom had a full bathroom in their room.  And this was the view out of either house.  From the kitchen you walk onto the patio, jump into the infinity pool, or walk on the beach or swim in the ocean.
Our pool...
 The pool next door.  We visited each other often.  This "pool boy" took too many breaks!
 Nap time
hmmm.... Must irritate nappers....
 Male Bonding at it's best
 This child has "waited her whole life to get her hair braided!"
She really has!  LOL!


 That view....
 The best French fries ever, right there on the beach in Mexico!
 hmmm....what's happening on the beach?
 Ohhhh....it's the kids in our group and some of the adults thought it might be a good idea to get a picture of them all jumping up.
Well this guy is having nothing of it!
 So here's an idea....when you have this many kids, don't count on getting a picture of everyone jumping at the same time!!! 
This was hilarious I must say.
 
 Shopping.....(I have to say I learned early on to put my hair up and forget the make-up because I just dripped it off sweating.)


 Twenty of us ate out several evenings and they were always accommodating.  They would pull tables together for us and I don't think we ever waited longer than five minutes.  But it is off season right now.
 Us
 That view....
 Happy hour at Unico and female bonding at it's best!
 
 That view I'm tellin' ya!

Eating again

 Kidlet bonding
 Sister bonding
 My Shug

So...We had no idea Liz was wearing a wig, but we OBVIOUSLY know these guys are wearing it! 



 Even in the rain....this view!
 A different view!
the crooked lighthouse

Yep, our own private pool allowed for adult beverage consumption.  Corona's never tasted better than in Mexico, in a pool, on the ocean.
 So....put your hands together and clap like this....
clap.....clap.....clap  clapclap clap clap to the tune of "car wash"
Someone (my shug) started it....and everytime we would start clapping like that.....
someone would get a "free trip" (see the head secretly under the raft)
under the "car wash".
I know...silly .....but we had fun with it.
And that car wash water was cold. 
The pool water was perfect!


 Us
 Here's another photo taking hint.....
 Just know that when you are trying to get a good picture of 20 people....
 you are never going to get
 one of everyone smiling!
 But it doesn't matter....they are all good!
 Fun times...
 with friends, family, food and fun!


 And....
say it with me....
THAT VIEW!

Cindy

You can get a look at the houses we stayed in by clicking on Casa Margarita & Casa del sol