Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DAY 352 Fair Pics!


Hi Journal & Friends!

Uh oh, I took 111 photos at the Fair! Guess I'll choose my favorites, and divide them up. Today I feel like re-living the more amusing ones. And that's what it feels like, getting the pics ready to post: re-living it.

I can still hear the sounds of the Fair, feel the hot sun, the refreshing mist of the water-mister fans that cooled us down. 

The smells of the Fair food, the petting zoo and the moo cow barn.

The noisy children, crying babies, and laughing people. 

The colors and wild designs of the games Midway, with the banter of the barkers trying to draw us into a game. 

Oh, the colors! It was a feast for my eyes. Was it cheap and tacky if you looked close? Absolutely. And I loved every minute of it.

Life!

Oh, how much I've missed out on... how much being "morbidly obese" has robbed from me for too long. It might be no big deal to most people to go to a Fair, but it was huge for me!

But I'm not looking backward today. I'm excitedly looking FORWARD to more life! And look out next year... I want to drag along everyone willing to join me! LOL! And I'll bet I'll be able to go on some of the rides, too... nope, forget the Zipper! (can click pics to enlarge)





Yesterday I showed my "before the fair" pic with my pink umbrella. Well, right after that, Jim put his hat on my head to see if that would be better than carrying around the umbrella... and said to take off my sunglasses. Yikes! It was so bright I could hardly see!






This was an old-fashioned country Fair, with 4H exhibits, arts and crafts, carnival rides and a games midway, and homemade food competitions and ribbon awards. 

It was so much fun! Brought back so many memories... and I cracked up at this homespun "planter" made from a pair of athletic shoes. On the back side was an old split-open football made into planter. Yep, some of us'ns is cuntree, here in Orygun.






And then there was the Ant Parade! We grow ants BIG here in Oregon. A little known fact is that there is a lot of volcanic ash around here that blew down from the Mount St Helens eruption. It has affected generations of ants, and they have unusually hard shells and larger than average body size. Really. It's true. Honest. Here are the pics to prove it.








And then there was the Moo Cow Parade! Actually, the 4H girls were leading their moo cows to another barn... the one that you can NOT enter unless you are a moo cow. It just struck me funny (maybe too much sun?!).






This next one had me choking trying not to laugh out loud. I was trying to remain "invisible", so I could get a good picture. Do you see what tickled my funny bone??


The ride looked Spikey... and the little boy in the front left staring at the Spikey ride had a Spikey mohawk "do".  I was cracking up!! I would never have shown his cute little face online, so fortunately for me he was intent on the ride, with his back to me. Too funny!





Did I mention we also grow Dinosaurs here? Metallicasaurus Rex.




Vevie is rarely alone all day... one of us is usually here. So when I got home yesterday afternoon, she ran up, sat down right in front of me, and gave me a very serious, accusing look... just staring at me for the longest time. 

I  apologized for leaving her all day. 
She forgave me. 
We're good now.



From Dr Phil's book: "Describe yourself in a manner that reflects a winning identity."

My verse for today: "I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me."

My quote for today: "The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created. First in the mind, and then in the will, next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating." --John Schaar

Enjoy the Journey,

Loretta
=^..^=


18 comments:

Lisa said...

Love the pics. The spikey haired boy wanting to get on the spikey ride is too funny:)

Cats are so funny. My cat was not pleased with me one bit after our week away. The dog was so happy to see us and acted like a complete nut. The cat, Milo, was intent on holding a big of a grudge.

Diana said...

It looks like you had a blast at the fair. Also sounds like you're living your life in the present, fully conscious. I'm trying to do the same. Enjoying the little things to the fullest. Seems like I've waiting all my life to get skinny to enjoy life. What a sad waste of a life. At least I finally figured it out. :)

I love fairs and can hardly wait until the Puallup Fair here in Washington. Doin' the Puallup!

Kimberley said...

Love the shoe planter! LOL! It certainly looks like you had a terrific day. I am thrilled that you got to have your day out at the fair.

Here's to more days out for fun in the sun!

The Orange Kitteh said...

I love the pictures!!! Thank you for sharing! My Tommeh Kitteh never looks so sweet when he's left home alone...he likes to fuss at me something terrible...and then he plops over and demands a belleh rub!

kathyj333 said...

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

cmoursler said...

got the mohawk ride thing rightaway..very cute.
We left home for two weeks while my friend amber watched our cat and dog.
My cat wouldn't 'talk' to me for three days after I got home. I tried to pet him, he would move away. He was annnngry. lol.
love the shoe planter.

Deb Willbefree said...

:D LOved this--and you look beautiful! The best is yet to come, WLW. :D Deb

karen@fitnessjourney said...

There is a fair just like that starting in my area today. I totally get what you are saying about loving it, tackiness and all! It's just good clean fun and good people watching too.

So glad that you are getting out and enjoying all that life has to offer.

M Pax said...

It looks like such a lovely time and I love hearing how jazzed you are about it. Love the boy with the hair matching the ride. Very cute.

My cats get mad if I'm gone too long. Then I have to suck up.

Sharon said...

I love the fair pics. Am trying to get caught up with your blog back posts to know your whole story. I love what I've read so far.

Being the travel nut that I am, I'd love to visit a county fair and a farmers market in every state. Maybe I'll come go with you next year!!!

Ann said...

I enjoyed this posting, Loretta! Who doesn't love a good fair?! They should make a movie about that ... (wink) ... Vevie looks like she's saying, "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! WELL?"

Ice Queen said...

Sorry sweetie, but I am not buying the giant ant thing. lol The sculptures were cute, tho. Why are real ants disgusting and sculpted ants terminally adorable?

He he . The kid and the Scrambler having matching 'dos. I love it.

Marley doesn't care if we leave and he isn't eager to see us when we get home. But, let me go in and take a shower and the little orange weirdo is sitting right outside my bathroom door, staring at it, waiting for me to come out. lol

The Brown Recluse said...

Loretta, I could just feel your excitement! It almost brings tears to my eyes because I know how much this means to you. And it's just the first of many, many new adventures!
You are such a joy!

anne h said...

Lookit how much fun you have - out and about in the real world.
I love this and I LOVE the cute look on your sweet face!

Joy said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time!! I am so glad you went!!!! Isn't it fun reliving things you forgot about...There will be so many more things you will get to experience!!! I get to do more and more each day. Keeps me motivated!! Hugs!

dailyseeking said...

Love the pictures, felt like I was there!

Paula Rodriguez said...

Oh thanks for taking me to the fair--just reading your words puts me in that very moment. I enjoy county fairs much more than the state fair because of the animal exhibits.

You're rockin that hate by the way... I enjoy reading your quotes. Gives me pause to think.

Christina said...

You had a blast! I am so happy that you enjoyed yourself so much! The picture of the spiky-haired boy in front of the spiky ride is great!

Vevie is a doll. :)

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