Sunday, July 24, 2016

A little catching up...Roswell visit...

"Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." -Rev. Larry Lorenzoni

Our family has a lot of birthdays to celebrate in the month of June...3 to be exact...all within days of one another.  First to have her birthday is my sister-in-law, Mara.  The next day is my birthday, and the day after mine is my grandson's birthday.  Whew, that is a lot of cakes.  Warren and I flew to Roswell to celebrate birthdays.  When we landed we learned the Obama's were on vacation to Carlsbad Caverns, and had landed at the Roswell airport, then were flown by helicopter to Carlsbad.  Here's some shots of Air Force One sitting on the tarmac at our little airport.

This was taken from our window seat as we were taxiing in to the terminal
I took this as I was walking to the terminal



On my birthday, I had to get some lab work done, and my friend, Karen,  picked me at the Dr's office, so we could go on a birthday breakfast celebration.  She made me wear this birthday hat.  Although I  felt a little silly, it was a lot of fun, and I had a lot of "Happy Birthday" greetings from strangers as well as friends.


Driving to breakfast...
I took off the hat for my photo...do I look a year older?

Of course, my grandson had his birthday as well...


One of the things I promised to do when I was back in Roswell was to do a photo shoot of my neighbor's dog.  Buddy, the dog, was a very cooperative and a most wonderful subject.  I think he is a very handsome, intelligent dog.  I thoroughly enjoyed taking his photo... Here's Buddy...


Mary and Buddy...best friends and companions...



Buddy was not my only photo shoot.  That night I went with my good friend, Gennean, to do some night photos.  We wanted to shoot a windmill with the Milky Way over it, but unfortunately the moon did not cooperate.  We need a new moon (totally dark) to get a good photo of the Milky Way.  The moon was full  during the time I was there.  A fully moon has too much  light, so the Milky Way cannot be seen.  We decided to do as the old cliche says..."when given lemons, make lemonade."  And that is just what we did.   We took sunset, and the moon rising photos.

We did not have a spectacular sky, but I sure liked the windmill.  See the nest built on the windmill?





Right after the sunset, the moon rose.






It was a gorgeous night... the temperature was not too hot, the mosquitoes were not out, no snakes were seen, and the photos were all right.  Most fun of all was time spent together.  We had the best time catching up, and doing what we like to do...take photos.  So it was a success!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wow...where has the time gone...

"Beauty of whatever kind, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." -Edgar Allen Poe

Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted anything.  I decided I was going to have to remedy that, so this is a quick fun, and beautiful post of roses and rain.  It rained an inch in a very short time today.  How I love the rain as it lingers on the greenery, and flowers.  It is magic happening right before your eyes.  The wonder of it all...


"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." -Mac Riboud
 Pink Majesty...

 " Magic is not just something you read about, it is what life is all about." -Pamela Leigh Richards


"A rose is a rose is a rose..."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Strange Hummingbird...

Luke has a hummingbird feeder hanging on his back porch.  Imagine our surprise when we noticed this creature partaking of the hummingbird juice.  A strange hummingbird indeed...






He left after draining the feeder dry. He was a pretty sticky mess since the juice ran all over him.  He didn't seem to mind...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New outdoor furniture...our home...

"You see... I do look out of my window a lot." -Quentin Blake

We are almost completely settled in.   Our outdoor furniture finally arrived.  In boxes.  Warren spent 2 days putting it all together.  Our screened in porch has now become our favorite room, and where we spend a lot of our time...




Here in NC, the porch is an extension of your living space, because the weather is temperate, and mild.  I now find Warren out on the porch eating, reading, or relaxing.  Something he never did in Roswell unless he was forced to.  The porch really is divine.  Warren, also, got a grill for the unscreened porch that is connected to our gas line from our fireplace.  No more running out of propane while grilling.  We have a very nice table, and 6 chairs.  Pictures of our other porch will be in another post.

And here is our living room with all the wonderful light flooding the room.   I just threw these pictures in because I liked the light.





I have been painting more furniture...my armoire, and a clock.  Both were dark wood, which did not go well with our light colored furniture in our bedroom.  So I painted them...rather brightly, just like I did the table on our porch.
table on the porch

Top view...

large view of the heart...

Another view of the top
This is my armoire...the beige color is the color on our bedroom walls.




And here is the clock with a photo of Warren and I taken a long time ago...


Maggie spends much of her time gazing out our bedroom window, making sounds that sound like a machine gun when she sees some critter out there.  I know she'd like to be outside trying out her hunting skills, but we are more afraid that she will soon become the hunted.  She is strictly an indoor cat now, but is a keen observer...

She's sitting on my night stand on top of my YMCA exercise schedule...


I've been trying to take photos of all the critters that visit outside our bedroom window.  The one that is the most annoying is a gray squirrel.  He robs the birdseed from my feeder.  And he eats my bird feeder roof.



Looking innocent
Notice the tape on the top of the bird-feeder.  He chewed a hole in the roof, and almost through the wire.  I had to use a twisty to keep the feeder hanging.  I thought about shooting this fellow, but opted to buy a squirrel proof feeding instead.  It seems to be working.  He can't get the feed anymore.
But he's not innocent...he's guilty...caught in the act...
I do like the white squirrels though... they have never bothered my bird feeder.  They have more manners.



Recently, a chipmunk showed up... I think it's pretty cute.




And of course, the many birds...










This is a woodpecker...there are some beautiful red-headed ones I have yet to get a photo of...
That's a picture of our world, and our home...and I love it!  I hope you do too!
 
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