Friday, May 9

Show and Tell Friday

It's time for Show and Tell Friday. If you would like to participate, drop over to Kelli's at There's No Place Like Home.

I mentioned to someone in their comments that I had several stuffed animals and they asked me to share them. So, here they are. All of them still have the price tag. In the chair is the guest of honor, my panda. I love panda bears and I got him when I managed a toy store. He is brand new and I keep him packed away to keep him nice and clean. This old house is dusty and I wouldn't want him to be ruined.

On Panda's right is Freddy the Fox. When I was a child I read books about Freddy the Fox and when I saw this one, I fell in love with him. He is a hand puppet and he has entertained many children in his day, including my own grandsons.

On Panda's left is my reindeer that Santa left me one year. His colors are beautiful. I had never seen a blue and white reindeer until he came along. He is very unique, that's for certain.

Above Panda's head is my snow tiger. He has velcro on his paws, which enables me to hang him on the mirror of my dresser. The dresser belonged to Grandma and it has posts going up each side of the mirror. Freddy the Fox sits on the post and then the snow tiger hangs from the top of it. They certainly dress up the mirror.

So, that is my animal menagerie. I hope you enjoyed being introduced to my animal friends.
Thursday after school, the boys and I loaded up their bikes and headed to the farm. We also had a huge ball in the car. Getting the bikes in there was no fun, but we managed. We didn't arrive at the farm until 4:30 - late for us. We are usually there by 4 pm.

The boys rode their bikes for a while and then Jordan stopped riding to play ball with Conner who is at the farm after school every day. It seemed quite a while since we'd seen Brandon so Jordan hopped on his bike and went to find him. The two boys finally appeared and Brandon was dirty all down his right side. It seems he had hit a rut in the lane and taken a tumble, but he said he was fine. I breathed a sigh of relief that he wasn't hurt.

The boys and Conner played ball for a long time and even played Monkey-in-the-Middle. Remember that old game that we played when we were kids? Well I taught the boys how to play it and they love it. After that, the boys went on the trampoline and had a wonderful time. We headed for home at 6pm. It was a beautiful day. The breeze was a bit chilly by the time we were ready to leave, but the boys had a great time and I enjoyed watching them.

When they arrived home, the boys helped me get the bikes out of the car and rode down to the park. Their parents weren't home from running errands and so the boys raced each other down the hill at the park and had a good time together.

It does my heart good to see the boys outside playing in the fresh air instead of sitting in the house playing video games. They both love their bikes and it is great exercise, as is the trampoline. I'm not sure if it is true, but the child psychologist at the farm told me that playing on the trampoline for 10 minutes is equivalent to 20 minutes of walking. Do you think it's safe for this ol' gal to get on a trampoline. I sure could use the exercise. LOL

That's about all the news from here. Nothing very exciting is happening. Tomorrow is hubby's birthday and I think the boys are coming over for birthday cake. We will see what happens and if that works. Their parents might have other plans.

Enjoy the weekend, get out in the fresh air and sunshine and take some time for rest and relaxation. Be safe and remember not to drink and drive. The life you save might be your own.
~Blessings, Mary~

If you would like to read my memories of the Old Red Barn of my childhood, please click HERE.


  1. Happy Birthday to your hubby from Oregon. I'm hoping to get out in the sunshine tomorrow myself for a little digging in the dirt...

  2. I have one of those mini trampolines...... and it will wear you out!!!!!!!! I stick to the elliptical .... sounds like you and those wonderful little grand sons had a good day........ I hope your DH has a good day tomorrow....... bless his heart.. I do not even know him but my heart is tender toward him.... Tell him happy birthday for me..... I will email latter tonight.........

  3. Awe, they are so cute! How fun! Sounds like such fun to go on a bike ride with the boys! Tell your DH happy birthday!

    :0) Sharon

  4. Hi Mary,

    I agree about the boys outside playing. I hope you have a great Mothers Day and I will tell Connie you wished her one too.

    A happy biurthday to your husband from us too!

    Do take care,


  5. The way things have been acting on my side of blogland these past few days, I'm gonna leave my birthday wishes for Mr. Mary's birthday right here, right now. Hope he has a great, special celebration!!!!

    Yesterday on my side, the computer was NOT cooperating to say the least. First the modem was acting right, after calling in and getting THAT figured out, then Blogger wasn't working correctly. I finally gave up and cleaned house.

    Happy Friday Mary!!! I love your stuffed animal friends. Every ONE of them...of course you know I love critters. I think someday I'll get mine all rounded up, sit 'em on my bed and show n tell've been an inspiration here.

    I would love to go bike riding with your grandsons. I'm afraid my heart couldn't take it tho....but, boy does that sound fun to me.

    Hope your day is superb dear friend. Wish me luck on this computer today. rofl

  6. Sounds like you and the boys had a nice day, I am glad. I love your stuffed animal collection, thanks for sharing. Hope your hubby has a wonderful birthday. I love you.

  7. Hi Mary! I just wrote you a nice long note!! AND blogger said I had the wrong password and I didn't, and it took away my comments!!! Oh well here we go again!!!

    I am so glad to had such a wonderful spring day with the grandsons! How fun!

    I liked your collection! The panda is so sweet!

    Tell your DH Happy Birthday!! Tomorrow is the kids Dad's Birthday and he will be 75!! When I was younger I thought 75 was SO old!! Now I don't know where the time went! I will be 70 this summer and when did Gramps and Grams get old??? LOL!!
    Have a lovely Mothers Day, Mary! Love and hugs Grams

  8. Mary
    Your animals are cute and I like pandas too but do not have one. I have a ty baboon that I take everywhere with me and when I paint I put him atop my esaels. I am glad Brandon was not hurt and that they had another fun evening at the farm. You are a great Grandma. Have a wonderful Mothers Day and Happy Burpday to your Hubby. Peace

  9. Maybe we should all take up the trampoline although with my balance the way it is I don't know if I would ever be able to stand up on it.
    I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.
    Mama Bear

  10. Your animals are so cute...I have just one little Teddy that Beautiful Daughter gave me several years ago..and I love him !
    My post of the fridge was silly today but...I was in a silly mood. I am feeling so good, the weather is BEAUTIFUL here, all my family members are doing great and God loves me, even with all my faults. I love being silly sometimes...don't you?
    Oh, and if you love your Panda so much, you should keep him out where you can enjoy one will get a chance to love him, too, if he's packed away....
    hugs, bj

  11. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for sharing your animals with us! I agree with you that good outdoor fun is so good for children. In our neighborhood, we seldom see children outdoors like we did years ago.
    Happy Mother's Day!

  12. Mary,

    What a great collection of stuffed animals! I love panda's, too.

    It is wonderful to see the kids outside in the fresh air. I don't know if I would be up to getting that trampoline. But, then, I think I'm just a scairdy cat. LOL

    I hope Hubby had a great birthday!