Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, July 8, 2016

Family Day Celebration and a New Puppy Coming Soon~

On a personal note...I will see my surgeon on Monday and I am hoping after 7 long weeks of non-weight bearing walking, I will be released to walk without the use of the quad cane, but still use the compression hinged brace a while longer.  I am scheduled to have two more visits for Physical Therapy and I am feeling positive.  Cannot wait to begin walking again, though it will still be a while before I can maintain my normal routine...all is moving in the right direction...thankful hearts~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

                                                     I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:


                                                                       Saturday's Critters


Stewart for:

The middle of June every year we celebrate Family Day and this year was great fun. The family decided to add to the festivities a cupcake decorating contest.  They enjoyed it so much, they said it needs to be on the agenda again next year~

A sweet little story to read with your morning coffee... A few years ago a little Long Coat German Shepherd puppy was born and her name was Janka, and she was very fragile and it was rough going for a couple of weeks. Yet with expert care by her owner Theresa, she survived and would be renamed Vou Vrey. She was always a special girl to my heart. She is the picture of health and beauty now, a lovely, wonderful dog! Then there came along a big handsome boy named Inaki and he also belongs to Theresa. He is an amazing, well structured, very happy boy! Now then as things happen after a few years, it was decided that a pairing of these two dogs would produce some amazing bloodlines. I had shared with Theresa, that if there was a small female in the litter, I would be interested. Four weeks ago Vou Vrey gave birth to 6 males and 2 females, one of which was very small and fragile. I knew right away, she was meant to be ours, but we had to first pray for a miracle in this little one, just as we had her mama before when she was a puppy. YES, we pray for animals! That little puppy is now doing great, so sweet, she is a survivor and Theresa says she is so brave, Bill and I have already named her Svetka Krommer and about 3 weeks from now, she will join Meaka and Silveit, as well as kitcat Survhee Pipka and be a part of this forever family. This will be the last pet addition to this family and we can hardly wait to meet our girl. Thank you so much Theresa Dettmer, we love you to the moon and back~

Silveit and Meaka cool it with their little wading pool, hot, hot hot already this Summer~

A little Tree Frog surprised me one morning as I weeded around my Hostas~

A pair of Killdeer brooded 4 eggs for nearly a month before all of them one day went missing~

Eastern Kingbird

Yellow-shafted Flicker~

Two weeks ago my dear friend Teressa Mussler​ 
invited me to her friend Nancy Smith​'s home 
in Crestwood. She grows thousands of Daylilies and they are magnificent. There was a tour of 8 Daylily gardens in KY that weekend and this was one of the homes selected. Some 600 people walked past these Lilies that Friday and Saturday, and they all had a real treat! Gorgeous! All of the Daylilies that bloomed each day have to be plucked at nightfall, as they are every day, and it takes two people an hour and a half to two hours to get the job done. I got to even taste a Lily and it was very nice. I would enjoy a salad with them in it just fine, and it would make the plucking of them worth a bit more as food, rather than going into the heap of them all spent after just one day of beautiful bloom time~

The twins came by and Cullen was trying his best to blow bubbles with non-bubble gum, while his brother Kerrick went looking for a ball to play with.  We found a Salamander in the garden while weeding also~

Yet another sad time here in these United States of America. The world has gone wild and we are right in the mix of it.  Texas is where I was based as an airline stewardess for Braniff International first home away from Kentucky, where I married my high school sweetheart after he returned from Viet Nam and it was so peaceful it's heartbeat is beating even faster and innocents have been murdered.  My heart is thinking of so many innocent lives lost to violence in the country in the past months, it is getting worse and when will it ever stop...God bless us all!


  1. Family Day celebration is a great idea. The photos of your happy grands are priceless.
    Feel well and go on enjoying your family and your pets!

  2. Your family day looks so much fun with the grandkids playing and staying cool. The pics of your new puppy are adorable! Our grandkids left for home yesterday and our house is too quiet. Have a great week ahead. Blessings, Pam

  3. All the smiles were uplifting. Then you left know...with reality. I'll try to just keep the critters in mind.


  4. What about it, the very best of birds, those are beautiful Mary.

  5. Great mix of photos. I hope you are back to walking without assistance soon. And it is nice to hear you are getting another puppy. Pets become a part of the family.

  6. Hi Mary, it's my first visit after seeing your thoughtful comment on my dear friend Poppy's blog, and any friend of hers is a friend of mine, not to mention you're clearly a fellow animal and nature lover. That's the trifecta!

    Your pups are simply precious! I've had a look around and you manage to capture so many lovely nature shots. It seems whenever I see a bird I don't have my camera. You must be a very patient woman!

    This must have been an even tougher week for you than most, having close ties to Texas. I wish I had an answer, but sadly violence and discord seem to be all too commonplace.

    Keep making and spreading beauty. It's the best medicine.

  7. Family images full of joy!
    Best get well wishes,

  8. Hello Mary, what a great post. Wonderful captures of your family, birds and the sweet new puppy. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  9. Lovely family images. It all looks like fun! Beautiful flowers and birds. Good luck with the new little puppy and best wishes to you as you work towards more mobility.

  10. You are having a great time with the family. Very lovely puppies.

  11. What a wonderful andinteresting{ost Mary By the wyyou lool ;ov;ey in tht hat and the new puppy is adorable. I see the kids were havinf terrific fun by your photographs. Al the flowers are gorgeous adn I hope your halth improves wuickly adn you are back walking normally soon.

  12. Wow! So many birds, animals, and even a new puppy. I hope you are back in photo action soon. Good luck with the surgery.

  13. Fabulous photos, as always!!! I will be praying for your legs to get better and better and the surgery to go well! Love the family day...the kids look so much cooler with their water guns! :-) The puppies are adorable, and I love all the birds!

  14. Love the smelling faces in this post - although the question at the end seems to have no answer. We live in strange times.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. Family Day is a beautiful idea. Congratulations on your new addition; she is an adorable puppy. I almost can't believe you are taking these wonderful pictures while you can't walk unaided. it seems like a miracle.


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