~~~~~~~~~~It is still hot and no rain in sight. The yards and gardens look so dry and, although we water every night or early morning, things just look tired already. I know it is this way over so much of the country. Thankfully the evenings have been cooler so we could take a walk or just sit on our deck.
~~~~~~~~~~I have added a few new links to the left...please pay these wonderful ladies a visit! You will truly enjoy yourself!
~~~~~~~~~~I giggled when our Jafabrit commented that she thinks she KNOWS which officer spoke with me! Uh huh...he was very young! And, as another dear friend mentioned, why did I not take his picture!? I thought of that after he had walked away. That would have been perfect! If only my mind would fully engage all the time!
~~~~~~~~~~I do know he was teasing me a bit (and it was funny!) but here is a *not as funny* story I did not tell you all earlier. While at the festival Friday evening, I was enjoying taking some pictures of Grace, Bill and Grace's friend, as well as some of the rides and lights. During our last hour there, I was approached by a security guard who told me I would have to stop taking pictures immediately. I asked why and he said I could not take a photo of "Those little girls". When I informed him that "Those girls" were with ME, he sternly asked, "How do *I* know that?" I had to go over to Bill and the girls and *prove* it. He then got even more snippy and told me NO cameras were allowed there at the festival. (No, there are no sign posted) As I had seen many people with cameras all evening, I asked why. "Someone could take inappropriate photos." Okay, this is sad enough in itself I know. But, as I told him, couldn't someone just as easily, and more probably, take inappropriate pictures with a cell phone camera? Cell phones were everywhere and many were using them to snap pictures. He made no attempt to stop them. I want to assure you that I am a pretty respectful person. The only time I ever got disrespectful with a uniformed city individual was in 1989. It involved an animal control officer, a young police officer and 2 very sweet dogs that they were taking from my neighbor's yard. LONG story but I was dragged away, sobbing, by my husband after I attempted to intercede and threatened with arrest. In the end, I received an apology from the city, a thank you from the neighbors and many wet kisses from 2 dear dogs. I only say this so you will know I am not at usually uppity with uniformed people, or any people for that matter! Of course, it was then, after I asked what he deemed *Rude* questions that he got really ticked with me and informed me that if I continued to snap pictures I would have my camera confiscated and be escorted off the grounds. I will also tell you that while we stood there, I saw 3 families go by with cameras...all snapping away! I guess I just looked evil or twisted. The innocent, chubby, middle aged lady! Bill had no idea that this conversation had continued after *IDing* me for the guard so was rather upset to know about it. We left at that point and the whole thing really upset me. Of course I know that there are people out there that use cameras for *non innocent means*. I also know that we can never look at a person's appearance and tell whether their minds hold devious and crude intentions. I also know that, with as many people who were there that evening, a great number with cameras and cell phones, that this made no real sense to me. Why was *I* sought out as wrong? But I did as I was told...put the camera away and left the grounds. The girls were not told about it and had a wonderful time. My mother and friends have asked me to call the church's offices and inquire about this. I have not yet done so but may very well do this tomorrow. *sigh* I do try to always look at the sunny side of life (Thank you Eric Idle) but something like that does bring the darker, unseemly side into focus.
~~~~~~~~~~So, now that is off my chest, so to speak, thank you for indulging me! I wanted to add this little bit as a fun way to close out today's post....
~What I Learned From Noah~One: Don't miss the boat. Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat. Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. Six: Build your future on high ground. Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs. Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. Nine: When you're stressed, float a while. Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals. Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
Hugs, Susie Q