Monday, November 30, 2009

Blue Monday - Taking a Trip

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A few weeks ago, we took a trip to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren who live out of town. The firstborn, Caeli, had just turned nineteen, and we had a song to sing to her.

On the way, I noticed so many spots of blue. Of course, we saw some blue vehicles, like this truck.




Amongst the blue cars, I spotted this gorgeous, shiny blue motorcycle. Look at that blue sky!



Look! He's even dressed in blue with his blue shirt and blue jeans. LOL (It took me several shots to get this. I'm glad this fellow didn't seem to mind being photographed!)



There were many blue signs.


A visit to the Necessary Room is marked in blue.



Keeping us on track is marked with an important blue sign.



Oh, I hope we don't need this blue place anytime soon!



We saw plenty of places to stop to eat or sleep on blue signs like this one. Of course, we drove right on by. We had a destination in mind.



We bought our gasoline a tad cheaper: $2.63 a gallon. These prices can cause a person to become blue.




Look at this underpass made more beautiful with a blue mural.




Here's the birthday girl, dressed in blue with Johnny and me. There's a bit of blue in my shirt too. It's so wonderful being able to visit our daughter's family more often now that we've moved. We've managed to celebrate most birthdays in the past, but it took over six hours before we moved. Now, we're there in two hours.

Blue Monday Participants
1. LaVoice
2. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
3. Charlotte
4. Fifi Flowers Teen Glamour Room
5. Mona Sweden
6. Mary@OnePerfectBite
7. carolynUSA
8. Karen @Elsie Eleanor Designs
9. peggy gatto
10. Elizabeth
11. Slee @ Paisley & Pretties
12. Mar
13. Linnea
14. Debra Kaye
15. Sheila
16. Irene, Norway
17. katherine
18. barbara jean
19. LUNA
20. Clara
21. gengen
22. Coralie @ A Vintage Cottage Home
23. Shirls Rose Cottage
24. Knitty
25. Carol
26. Maria's Space
27. Paula Grace Designs (Art Glass Ornament Giveaway)
28. mizhelle
29. Coffeedoff UK
30. Blue Snow Flakes
31. cindy
32. bj @SWEET NOTHINGS
33. jeff.
34. Ivory Spring
35. charmine
36. charli and Me
37. JLS Hall (Joysweb)
38. Helen
39. hapzydeco
40. COZY KITCHEN BY THE SEA
41. Candy
42. Shy(USA)
43. Jensmere
44. ThriftyAnnabella
45. Kathy
46. Tricia @ Altered Schoolmarm
47. The Bliss Journey
48. Jeanne,backyard neighbor
49. Gunsside - Norway
50. Joy - Books and Life
51. Myrna @My Enchanted Home
52. Carly's Photography

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Happy Blue Monday!



62 comments:

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Sally!

that is wonderful that you are closer to family! And what a beautiful birthday girl!!

Have a great day!

Charlotte said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally. Love the photo with the birthday girl. And isn't it amazing what you can see out on the highways.
Have a great week.
Charlotte

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks like a FUN filled BLUE road trip!

Mona Sweden said...

This is my first time on Blue Monday and I love the colour blue. I can see you captured many blue things on your trip. I really like the shiny motorcycle. Have a great week!

Karen said...

What a great photo! There is nothing like family and it is so wonderful you got to celebrate your daughters birthday with her! Did she wear blue just for you? I love seeing all the blue you captured along the way too.

Happy Blue Monday!

peggy gatto said...

Always love seeing families together!!!
Happy blue monday!!!

Elizabeth said...

I see blue (and pink)everywhere since doing these memes. How great that you can be more a part of your grandchildren's lives. I know how important my sister thinks that is for her kids.
I love your new nativity header!

Slee said...

Hi! it always amazes me just how many blue cars are on the road. love the motorcycle.

Mar said...

Loved all the blues you found on the road!!
Happy Blue Monday!! my post is here.

Neabear said...

Fun blue pictures. You are closer to your kids than we are to ours. Even though we were just in Florida visiting our kids, I miss them so already. I recognize the I-75 sign. See those in Fort Myers too. Actually we have driven I-75 between Tampa and Fort Myers, because sometimes we fly into Tampa and rent a car and drive down. Sounds like you had a great trip!

Debra said...

Sally,

You did a great job getting those blue pictures in motion!! I'm impressed...I never can get them quite so well.

Happy Blue Monday to you!

artis1111 said...

Love the idea of the trees painted!!!Kathy

katherine said...

wow...lots of blue...and happy bday to the blue lady.

Oh, i love your header. perfect.

happy blue monday.

mine is up now.

Barbara Jean said...

Sally,
Those are some great blues!!

Thanks for hosting

barbara jean

Luna said...

Hallo Sally, I love the photo with the birthday girl too!
And the "hot" biker...;D
Have a wonderful Blue Monday!...Many hughs Luna

Southern Lady said...

Caeli is beautiful, Sally, and I know she loved having you there to celebrate her birthday with her.

Best wishes for a happy week getting ready for your move.

gengen said...

The b-day girl is pretty and all your blues are also cool! Am playing Sally...

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing your BLUE family pictures and for once again inviting us all into your lovely blog home! Have a HAPPY BLUE MONDAY! Coralie

Luna said...

Hallo Sally, now, I'm be to Blue Monday present with my blog http://natura-luna.blogspot.com/ too....
Please, give him to the list!
Hughs Luna

Knitty said...

Great blues again, most notably your granddaughter. Wouldn't it be lovely if all underpasses had murals?

Happy Blue Monday!

Carol said...

Beautiful blues & birthday girl! I decided to join in the fun this week. Come visit me for my first give-away!

Marice said...

wow lotsa blue! my fave is the last photo! sweet!

Paula Grace Designs said...

Happy Birthday to your granddaughter!! Those blue signs are so helpful along the way espcially the ones that say FOOD!

Today is the art glass ornament giveaway and of course one is blue. Stop by and register to win!!

Happy Day!

Paula Grace

Boogieboard Cottage said...

Looks like you had a fun trip! Happy Blue Monday, Mary :O)

jeanne said...

Good morning Sally. Interesting blue and I especially love your photo. Happy birthday to Caeli. She is a very pretty girl.

I also loved the underpass with the blue art work. Amazing.

Sally, I cannot post anything today. Typepad is showing some weird icons and the only thing I can do is ask them for help. I did that. Sigh. How frustrating this is. I had pre-posted several days ahead when I was in FL. Now nothing.

Thank you for your comment about the gators being 12/0. We are thrilled and the game was terrific. We are lucky to have these season tickets. Now they would cost much more and we are grandfathered in. FSU and gators are not a good mix. Laughing here. I am glad your grands are going to UF. In my opinion both colleges are excellent for a good education.

I'll post later if typepad solves my problem. Beverly tried to help me and now her site is doing the same thing as mine. What a mess.

I am so happy you are able to be closer to your loved ones. This is a wonderful move for you.

Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

bj said...

That's a great pic of the 3 of you. I am so tickled that you now live so much closer to them. I can see how much ya'll enjoy each other.
Happy Blue Monday...
(I will admit that I stretched it a little to get my post in your Blue Monday...blue eyes count, tho...right??) ;O)

ivoryspring said...

What a sweet family shot! ;) And you guys even had blue in your outfits!

charmine. said...

Sally,it's nice of you to spend the day with her,she's pretty.Love the art work on the underpass.Happy blue monday!

Melissa Wertz said...

You had a very nice trip to see your DGD on her birthday Sally!

And speaking of blue, your 'Gators' are going to be tough on our 'Crimson' next Sat.

Happy Blue Monday!

charmine. said...

love your new header.

Charli and me said...

What a neat and creative post Sally. I'm so glad you are able to spend more time with your family. It's really what life is all about. Sharing all those precious moments with the people we love. Happy Monday ♥

JLS Hall (Joysweb) said...

Well, it looks like you had a nice blue (but happy) trip! And it seems that those signs to the "Necessary Room" are getting more and more important as I get older and older!

Nanna said...

lots of gret blues there Sally! I"m so glad to be back in the swing of things, Happy Blue Monday to you !
Helen

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Very clever post! It looks like you had a fun time. I hope to have time to start participating again soon.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I love your picture with your cute granddaughter! She is adorable, and I hope she had a great birthday. You all look SO happy! Love it! :-)

I tried to stay awake to post last night, and I actually fell asleep in my chair with my neck down! I finally limped on and got my name on the list, but I have no idea what time it was. I just signed on and went straight to bed! LOL! I'm just getting online now. I went down my list on my blog, and now I need to do the list over here. I'm tired! LOL!

Got a lot of shopping done yesterday. I was happy! Mr. Magpie is feeling better finally for which I'm grateful. As much as I missed being with our godchildren, I am also grateful we didn't go to NC because I think it would have worn both of us out. Being a caregiver is tiring, too. And now I'm a good way into my shopping, and I need to go get some things today. But I wanted to try and visit as much as possible beforehand.

This is long, so I will end. I'm so very happy for you that you get to see your family more frequently. That is wonderful! It puts an even brighter smile on your beautiful, sweet face. :-)

Sending much love your way...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Candy said...

Great new banner for the season.
We got gas for 2.39 but didn't see any lovely under the overpass paintings, trees soften the concrete scene. Nice photo of good times together.
Happy BLUE blessings ;-)

Shy said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter Ms. Sally. You have a wonderful family. Im late with the news you already moved to your new house.

You are so quick in snapping your camera while you are on the road, you able to the picture of that blue motorcycle hehehe.

I enjoy with your entry. lotsd of blue on the road.

LV said...

As always, you find the neatest blues. I enjoyed your trip to visit your family. The art work on the underpass is great. I have not seen that on one before. Usually, it is something not too nice.

sara said...

wow, I am so impressed that you had the camera ready for that underpass!!!

your granddaughter is beautiful!

Jensmere said...

Hi Sally...so glad to be able to link up with you today!!!

I enjoyed your blue pics, especially the one with your granddaughter! She is lovely. How wonderful that you are close enough now to not miss a minute of each celebration! I know how much that means!!!

Bless you,
Susan

♥ Kathy said...

That underpass has got to be my favorite! They are usually so blah. Happy Blue Monday Sally ♥

Mama Zen said...

A beautiful birthday girl in blue!

Irene said...

Hi Sally! Thank for visiting my blog! I don't know the name of the building. There were so many in a short time! In a while I will post some more pictures from my trip.

Nice blue pics in your post! There's a lot of blue signs out there, but I have never reflected on that. Now I will :o)

Cindy said...

It must be nice to not travel as far to see your family! I like the motorcycle, too, really blue. I always like the rest area sign, I look often for it whilst traveling.
cindy

The Bliss Journey said...

Nice blues for a perfect day.
Kathleen

jeanne said...

Hi Sally, I have finally been able to post something but it still isn't right. I can't link your blog. I am still talking to typepad. Another thing, I haven't had any comments. Please send a comment so I can see if that is working.

Thank you so much.
Hugs, Jeanne

Gunsside - Norway said...

My first time on Blue Monday,love the colour BLUE. The sky over my Christmas tree is blue
Fun to see all your blue stuff on your trip.Have a great week ;)

daylily777 said...

Great Blues !Great you are closer to family now .8~)
~Myrna

xinex said...

So nice that you are closer to family, Sally. Unfortunately for us, we went farther. So many nice blues everywhere, isn't it?..Christine

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

How I wished we had a blue sky to view, but I'm afraid that won't be for quite sometime, cause the winter RAIN is upon the PNW. The mural under the overpass was something I'd not seen before. I wondered if someone was commissioned to paint it or if it was a wandering graffiti artist. Thanks for the tour. Best wishes to the Birthday Girl!

Sweet Holiday Wishes,
Sara

Darlene said...

Isn't it wonderful that you are much closer to your family now? There were a lot of blues along the way. I LOVE that painted underpass....neat!! Great picture of all of you.♥

Mary said...

Sally, your birthday girl is just beautiful and I loved your photos of the trip to your daughters home. I hope you have a wonderful Blue Monday.

Mr. Linky seems to have disappeared.

dhemz said...

I see lots of blue here.....love the last photo the most....:)

here is mine:

http://www.gregdemcydias.com/2009/11/blue-monday.html

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sally!

What a wonderful post! I love the photo of you at the end.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for entering the tespot give away on my blog I'll be announcing the winner on Wednesday!

shopannies said...

lots of blue along your trip
shopannies@Yahoo.com

Tricia said...

What a happy trip. I am sure it is nice to be able to visit your family in only 2 hours. It is great to be able to visit without having to make it a major production. My family is 900 miles away, so I know how it feels. Thanks for welcoming me to Blue Monday.

Have a great week.

Smiles,
Tricia

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

Happy birthday to your "little" girl! It's wonderful that you are so close. Thanks for pointing out all those lovely blue things for us.

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

For some reason, I couldn't find the link, so here it is:

http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/2009/12/blue-monday-wyland-gallery-2.html

Don't know if I'm too late or just too tired. Sorry. to bug you...

April said...

What a great collection of BLUES! Love your family photos...you all look so happy to be together! Makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Clif said...

It never fails to amaze me how much blue YOU are able to see. Good pictures.

Tootsie said...

birthday girl pic is my fave! take care friend...will be back full force soon!

Martha said...

Sally -- I tried to link this morning, but all I get is Mister Linky's main page -- help!

Linderhof

My blue Monday post:

http://www.linesfromlinderhof.com/2009/12/teapots-and-teacups.html