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this sums up how I feel today......  this is a song called "America's Song"



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I am behind in my blogging again... come to think about it I never even finished reporting on our trip to California..... that may never happen unless I find a time when I have nothing else to say..... those of you who know me, know that will be the day......

I have had a busy selling season...... I did shows this year in Scottsdale, Arizona, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Kansas City,Missouri.... So I guess I have a good excuse  for not keeping up with my blogging....... I won't bore you with the details of the shows, I will go straight into the fun stuff......

Like our  Annual Picnic.....
We had a great turn out with loads of friends and family......

Some of our artist friends who weren't doing a show came.....






A few of our postcard friends who weren't out buying postcards showed up......


and other friends and family who could work us into their busy schedules came to enjoy the day.....
    

     


     


   

   

      

   

We had BBQ chicken and sausage from the Salt Lick  (perhaps the best BBQ in Texas or the World) and pot luck sides.....



Ken announced the start of the Annual Treasure Hunt......


And the kids went after their first clue.... they just had to figure out how to get it out of the bottle.....


Then they were off to the next clue.....



at the gate
    

they followed the rest of the clues and finally found the treasure.... Lea and Julie helped divide up the spoils......

   

There was a clue in their treasure to lead them to the Adult's treasure (under the potato salad) and Connie did the honors of opening it up.......


And the kids swam.......



and they swung on the old tire........



And they rocked and rolled ......
     

   


Needless to say, a good time was had by all........
Thanks for coming, everyone.......

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Have I ever mentioned that our grandson, Nate is a baseball player for the Red Socks?

I think he looks like Robert Redford in "The Natural" ..... well, if Robert Redford was 6 years old....




Oh, here is another view of him without the hat.......





See what I mean? a six year old Robert Redford...... very handsome.....


I have been so busy getting ready for shows that I haven't been able to watch one of his games until Ken and I went this Wednesday....

 When we all got there, Jake took him out in the field to help him practice.....



Then Jake went off to his practice..... He is in the Red Socks, too but in another age bracket......


Nate was first up to bat.....












He is a good, strong hitter...... Nate made it to first base and then the next batter got him to second and he stole third.... and then he made the first score of the game..... He runs pretty fast, too....

During the next inning,  they had him covering third base.... He looked like he knew what he was doing and if someone would have just thrown him the ball, I think he would have put out every player who whizzed by him......









Well, I was impressed........

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It is time to brag again..... this time it is about my wonderful step daughter, Lea.....




Well, at her school she is known as Jessica..... or Mrs. Turner......
Anyway, her new title is TEACHER of THE YEAR at her school....





And this means that she is eligible for Teacher of the Year in district and of course the state...
she is the kind of teacher any child would want..... Lea has more patience than a saint and she has a gentle but firm way of keeping kids in line.....

She is in charge of the Science Fair at her school and we have volunteered to help judge it for many years..... I have always loved watching her give all the judges instructions on how to jury.... She is so self assured.... I admire that in her....
She is amazingly organized and so creative in her thinking..... She has also been involved with robotics and we have gone to see her class take part in robotic demonstrations....

I am so excited for her to be chosen and Ken is busting his buttons .....
No one could be more deserving.....
So..... congrats to Jessica Lea Turner..... Teacher of the year.... and Mother Extraordinare....
and a Fabulous Person.....



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I posted Barack Obama's video about change and only to be fair I must
post Jack Nicholson's video promoting Hillary.... He did it with Rob Reiner and I find it bold and clever..... and it made me smile.....

I think we are very lucky to have both Obama and Clinton running.... I will be happy to see either one as president and representing us to the rest of the world....
I have to decide on Tuesday which one I will vote for and that is difficult because I really do like them both....

I generally don't make my decisions because of which celebrities are supporting the candidates but I must admit that Jack Nicholson and Rob Reiner hold a little more punch than Scarlett Johansson and I hate to admit, Oprah Winfrey....(after all, she is ALWAYS telling us how to think).


Anyway..... here is something else to make you smile......


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and here is another one.....

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Please forgive me for posting this but when I saw it, I got tickled....
It is far from the other "Got Talent" videos that I put up since that was
a man who sang opera but if you need a chuckle..... watch this.....
Just for fun....


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Yesterday, we went into Austin to watch Ned run the AT&T Austin Marathon.... We went to mile marker 21 to cheer him on as he ran by ....







Ned felt like he could finish the race in 3 hours and 30 minutes so he ran with that group who were pacing themselves for that speed.... Below is a photo of the runner with the 3:30 marker on him....



I had crossed the street to get the ultimate shot of Ned running by and our cheerleading group encouraging him on but the pack of 3:30 pacers was large and I was swamped by the crowd..... this is the only photo I was able to get of him as he went by ...... You could tell that he was tired but he was still holding strong...



So then we all drove to about the 24 1/2 or 25 mile marker to cheer him some more....



Across the street from us, there was a band playing, encouraging the runners not to give up.... Ned told us later that there were bands all along the way, as well as bag pipers, marching bands and people with boom boxes, one playing the "Rocky" theme....


I wondered who had planned out the course because I turned around and saw a hill that they had to run before the finish line..... were the planners NUTS or just not thinking.....



The 3:30 pack had thinned out by the time they came by us and Ned wasn't with them but he wasn't that far behind.....


And he was really tired by then but he was STILL keeping a pace that amazed me.....


I wondered what he was thinking when he saw that last hill.....


Nate and Jake decided to run next to him for a little while but I think Ned had his eye on that last mile and a half....


And Ned made it in 3 hours and 32 minutes.....


They put a chip on one of their shoes so that they could time them during the race and as they come over the finish line....so get this.....
out of 5,134 finishers, Ned's overall place was 578....
out of 3,093 males to finish, his gender place was 501.....
and his division place was 88..
And his pace varied from 7:37/M to 7:49/M with his finish pace being 8:02/M. and his total pace at 8:06/M..... it all boggles the mind.....


Congratulations, Ned...... You are amazing... and hopefully, not too sore today.....

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Change Cannot Happen UNLESS you VOTE...... whether it is for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton..... Just Vote.....






Lyrics:
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

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