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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, May 16, 2016

S is for STARS

Hi everyone and welcome to ABC Wednesday where this week we salute the letter S as in sausages, syrup, sunshine and sunrise and sunset, seaside, sundaes, shells, salad, sushi, sand, and salt.  Plus stupid me not realizing it was Monday and I hadn't done my script for this week yet.  It wasn't until I was watching the early feed of "Dancing With the Stars" tonight that I realized I hadn't done it and wondered omg...what will I write about?  Well, you got it - stars!

First, I've been a fan of DWTS for years - I think I started watching during the second season and was hooked.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea, though.  I mean, every season, I have no clue who most of the participants are and, at first, even the professionals.  But now I know all the pro dancers and just wait and see how things develop through the show.  Maybe it's because deep down I've always wanted to be a dancer - one of the Rockettes - you know part of that famous precision dance company. "Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1932 they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York City. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes present five shows a day, seven days a week. Perhaps their best-known routine is an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line, which they include at the end of every performance. of dancing, mainly ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. Normally, 400 to 500 women audition yearly."
I digress.  This season, there were one or two amateurs that I'd heard of, but the ones who have made it to the finals are total strangers to me.  But WOW are they great!  There are two women, one of whom is a meteorologist (weather girl) well-known in the USA.  The other is a mixed martial arts star in her own right.  And the third finalist is the winner of Tyra Banks' male American's Top Model, a deaf fellow who is absolutely spectacular, considering he can't hear the music!  I don't care who wins because they're all STARS all-caps!

Next, I used to have a dog named "Star."  She was so-named because of the white "star" on her forehead.  She was a brindle boxer that we brought home when she was only 8 weeks old and I used to carry her in a baby pocket thingy when I walked my second daughter to kindergarten.  I remember the first time I took her, all the Moms came running up to me thinking that I had a new baby!  But they oohed and aahed over her anyway!  And the children just loved her!  She lived to be almost 12 and had a wonderful life with the family.

Now, the star of my life is my baby girl Tegan (whom you all know by now!) and I love taking photos of her all the time.  One of her favourite sleeping positions is on her back and she looks so funny that I photograph her like that.   But the only thing that bothered me was that her "privates" were exposed and not so sexy, really.   I have just recently bought a new smaller Canon camera and uploaded a photography editing software on it so that I can put stickers in appropriate places. Like the following.
Oops I guess I startled her and woke her up!

Well, just a bit of humour to end this post.  With serious thanks to the strapping Roger, our administrator, who took over from the overworked but saucy Lady Denise, creator of ABCW.  Also, to the super team of support staff who swing by to each and every contributor to ABCW.  Without them, keeping ABC Wednesday going would be a struggle!


Trubes said...

I'm afraid I haven't heard of the Rockettes
but I have most certainly heard of Miss Tegan, I've
mentioned to you that you can get panties to cover
her privates..ha! PANTIES GED IT ? or PANTS for dogs.
We call them knickers....I'll knit her some for Christmas ...
lol Di. xxx
ABCW team.

carol l mckenna said...

Great photos and such fun ~ Your dog is The Star ~ love the photos!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Hildred said...

So clever, Leslie, to be able to put stars in all those appropriate (or misappropriate) places. Tegan looks a little startled about it all.

Melody Steenkamp said...

A shining entry from you Leslie, ;-) Loved it!

Have a nice ABC-Wednes-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

photowannabe said...

I've always had a secret desire to be a dancer too.
Never going to happen but I love watching it.
Your STAR is so cute with her STARS.

Roger Owen Green said...

My wife and daughter watch DWTS, but I do not. Most of the ":celebrities" are unknown to me!


Reader Wil said...

I also love pets, but they always die after 12, 13, or more years and we have to miss them. I was always so sad when one of the pets died.
Now I can't have any pets for I travel too much,
I wish you a great spring week.
Wil, ABCW Team

Photo Cache said...

I watched DWTS briefly one season, I think it was during Kristi Yamaguchi's season.


Vonnieb said...

I have 2 seasons followed DWTS
In the Netherlands, they make no more new seasons
Have a nice day

ellen b said...

I'm hit and miss with DWTS but I enjoy watching couples dance like I never could! Stars is a great choice for the letter S! Glad your dear pet survived the shock of you waking him...

Nora said...

Tegan has grown up! I like your Star posting. Tegan is so cute and beautiful.

Joy said...

Looks like Tegan might want to do some high kicks too, but from a supine position.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I believe the Star of your post is your sweet Tegan, and I'm not referring to her "privates." She is definitely a happy go lucky girl. Blessings, my friend!