To be perfectly honest, it was an Aww…some week-end. Friday we made the three hour drive to celebrate the college graduation of our middle grand daughter.
Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. the graduation ceremony at University of Central Arkansas began.
As you can see, our seats were pretty high in the arena and they happened to be on the opposite side from where the grand daughter was located.
Fortunately my telephoto lens saved the day. We found her and she found the camera and gave us a wave. That smile of pride and relief did not leave her face all day.
Again our seating location prevented me from capturing her facial expression when she received her diploma.
The proud graduate is now looking forward to graduate school which begins in July. Two more years and she will have her masters degree in sports therapy. Her goal is to be a trainer on a major league baseball team or NFL. That’s a lofty goal but don’t be surprised if I am blogging about it in a few years.
Proud parents, proud grand parents, and proud family. It was AWW…SOME!!!
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This week is a free choice theme week at 4M. Yesterday was Mother’s day and here’s wishing that all of the mothers, grandmothers and great-grand mothers had a blessed celebration with family and friends, making memories with those who make you happy. So in honor of the marvelous women in our lives, here are few songs about moms. Have a blessed week.
Saturday morning I drove to the local farmers market, on the town square. It’s a little early in the season to expect much in the way of veggies, but there was plenty of jelly’s, cinnamon rolls, and craft items. There is always a unique collection of people and pets.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
This is a freedom of choice week and 4M. Saturday night Garth Brooks performed at the football stadium where the Arkansas Razorbacks play. He sold out an 80,000 seat stadium! There are very few artists that have been recording for over 30 years and can still sell out a stadium, none in country music other than Garth. Garth turned 60 in February and this is his farewell stadium tour. One only has to look at the stage to realize how much work it takes to put on one of his shows. So as a tribute to one “Okie” from another, this week will feature Garth Brooks music. Enjoy.
This week I can cover two themes at once. It is Aww Monday so I am supposed to post an image that makes the viewer go “Aww-w-w” and the theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me is songs that celebrate Pet Owners Independence Day which is supposed to be a day that pet owners are able to just lay around the house and the pets are supposed to try an bring home the paycheck. Use songs with these in the title or band name dogs, cats, birds, or pets in general. Lucy is in luck, both of us are retired so there is no job to go to. Okay, here we go.
This is Lucy’s baby picture. She was 10 weeks old and just over 5 lbs. when we brought her home. Lucy is a Christmas baby, born on December 24, 2016. She came home to live with us in March of 2017. Every day is a better day with Lucy in the house.
Her first favorite toy was this duck. She would fetch it and play with it until those baby teeth finally chewed a hole in the binding. Lucy is about 6 moths old here.
At 5-1/2 years of age, Lucy is mature young lady that loves everybody, loves to go get the mail, and still loves to play fetch. She is one Awesome dog!!!
As Pooh would say, “It was a cold and blustery day in the hundred acre wood”. Thursday I went to a local high school track meet to photograph an event for a friend. It was overcast with temperatures in the upper 40’s and a north wind gusting to 30 mph. In fact the high jump and pole vault events were canceled because they could not keep the cross bars in place.
The upside to a track meet is there are multiple events happening at the same time so you always have something to watch. The downside is there are multiple events happening at the same time so it is impossible to see or photograph every event. When your two favorite events are at opposite ends of the stadium, you can be a very busy person. Fortunately the high jump was canceled so I could focus on the triple jump, or as I like to call it “Hop, Skip, and Jump”. It takes far more coordination than I have to be successful at this event. My friend has a foreign exchange student who competes in this event so I settled in at the long jump and triple jump pits. Here are a few images of the event.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
It’s another free choice week at 4M. I am going to dig back into the archives and find another great female vocalist from the past. I believe that the 60’s & 70’s produced some of the best pop, rock and country female voices ever recorded. Previously I named Linda Ronstadt as my all-time favorite in this category, but lets not forget about Rita Coolidge, Carole King, Ann Murray, Grace Slick, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris…and the list goes on. One of my favorites was Bonnie Rait.k Not only can she sing, she can shred with the best of the blues guitarists. Get ready to Boogie.