Tuesday, July 29

A Look at the Lake

Last Saturday, the boys were to come over around 10 am. We planned to go fishing and then plant the coleus that I'd bought a couple of days before. It sounded like a good plan and a way for everyone to get out in the sun and have a bit of fun.

The best plans of mice and men sometimes go awry. First, the boys were late getting here and arrived about 11:15. When they came in the door, I told them that we'd best get going if we wanted to fish because a storm was moving in. That's when they told me they hadn't had lunch.

To us, 11:15 is a bit early for lunch, but last year the school board changed recess and lunch periods. Instead of having two 15 minute breaks and an 1 hour for lunch, two 40 minute Nutrition Breaks were set in place. That means the boys either eat at 11:00 or they wait until 1:45. So the boys are used to having lunch at 11:00 and a snack at 1:45.

Since I know the boys' schedule when they are in school, I knew that I should give them something to eat. By the time that was done, it was 12:00 when we set out for the lake.

Just as we got there, it started to pour. Since I had not taken my camera along on the last fishing trip, I made sure I had it this time.
This area of the lake is almost completely overgrown with bullrushes and other water plants.

The lake looked beautiful in the rain. The bullrushes were swaying in the breeze and sea gulls were screaming overhead.

If you look closely at the above photo, you can see the rain hitting the water. It was a gusher.

The overcast sky made the water look blue and a bit blurry, but that is how hard the rain was coming down. I like the way this photo shows the blue of the sky and water. In the foreground wildcarrot and milkweed give a splash of color.

These beautiful yellow flowers were growing alongside the road. You can see the water of the lake in the background.

Well, there were some nice photos, but unfortunately none of them were of the boys with their catch. We headed back home and got here just as there was a lull in the storm. We got in the house as fast as we could, but there was no planting of flowers. Instead we had a game of Mario Baseball. The first game Brandon beat me and then Jordan played Brandon and lost. Then I had another game with Brandon and Jordan aided me in beating him. Those boys can't fathom that at one time Grandma was a young girl and played on a baseball team. We had lots of laughs with the game and it was a great choice for a rainy day even though we would have rather gone fishin'.

Enjoy the week and be sure to take some time to do something for a child. A few minutes of your time is a precious gift to kids. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. You are such an awesome grandmother my friend.

  2. Grandmas have so much fun.. I think we enjoy the outings better than the children..

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  3. Beautiful countryside! Too bad it rained so hard, but the baseball game indoors sounds like a hoot too!!

    YOU played baseball as a kid too, huh? Oh me, me me! I too played. A lot. With my brothers at home and in the park. Even for P E at school. I was either pitcher or short stop.

    Have a fabulous Tuesday dear Mary. And congrats to Brandon for whipping Grandma's butt with Mario Baseball....[kidding!]

  4. I don't know if my computer screen does it justice but I really liked that photo that you commented on the blue with. Mary, there's just never a dull moment with you. You are a wealth of knowledge and I really appreciate your blogs. I'm learning a lot from you too as I am from all of my blog friends. Thank you for all that you write! It brightens my day.

  5. Sorry that your fishing trip was put off. However you did get to spend time watching rain with your grandsons. Great bonding time.

    I am off on holidays starting today. Hope to have lots of pictures of Nova Scotia to post when I get back....and figure out how to do it on hubbies old laptop.

    God bless.

  6. Sounds like you all had such a great time! Love the pictures of the lake...:)

  7. Mary,

    What beautiful photos! I'm sorry you and the boys didn't get to go fishing. It sounds like you all had a great time anyway! Don't you get a kick out of how children seem to think we grandmas were born exactly as we are now?!?! LOL

    Have a great week!


  8. Pretty photos, Mary.
    Oh,yes...aren't we so blessed to have grandchildren. I am so looking forward to a first great-grandchild. Don't know when that will be, tho!!
    hugs, bj

  9. What a shame no fishing could be done but you sure took some lovely pictures anyway:-) Sounds like you and the boys had a fun time playing that game...isn't it funny how kids think we never played games or such when we were little? lol I love computer games and my DIL's 6 year old nephew is always amazed that I can actually play Super Mario and beat him! hehe Oh don't you worry about not being able to call last Friday, I know how busy days can become. I'll be home tomorrow afternoon as well as Thursday afternoon so if you get a chance, call then:-) xoxo

  10. I love the picture of the raindrops on the lake. What a beautiful spot!

  11. Mary,

    The photos of the lake in the rain are gorgeous! And though the plans went awry, you all had a great time together. That is the important thing. You'll have some pictures of the boys with their catch some other time, I'm sure. I love reading about all the fun times you and the boys have together.

    Take care, my friend. Have a great rest of the week.



  12. What a wonderful day spent with your grandsons, even if it did rain! Sounds like a great cozy day inside having fun!!!

    Your lake pics were beautiful! Looks so serene!

    (((((( HUGS ))))))

  13. I loved the photos. I wish I had had a Grandma like you. Those boys are so lucky. Peace

  14. a great outing for you and the boys...even if there was no fishing involved this time,,
    say, I forgot to tell you what a great job Hootin'anni did on your blog design...I love it!!!