Sunday, September 10, 2017

Signs of fall...

"The stiller you are the calmer life is." -Rasheed Ogunlaru

Hurricane Irma has hit Florida, and the repercussions of the storm will be felt here tomorrow.  We are expecting winds of 58 mph, and rain up to 6".  This is nothing compared to those in Florida.  The danger here is downed trees and power lines.  We expect our generator to be of great comfort and use tomorrow.  Since the storm is expected tomorrow, I went out today to take photos of the signs of fall that is around the corner as well.  My thought is that the leaves and flowers will not be as gorgeous after the wind and rain.  I love all the fall colors that are in my yard.


Gaillardia...seeds from New Mexico...gathered before I moved.

Coreopsis

This little bug carries the color of fall all the time!

This plant is growing up my mailbox.  It looks amazing.

More Gaillardias from Roswell, NM seeds

Lovely rose bud

Cosmos

Coreopsis (and a bumblebee to the left in the flower)

Marigolds...these keep the rabbits from my herb garden.

Zinnia...another flower from seeds brought with me from Roswell, NM

Black-eye Susans...Seeds from Roswell, NM

Flowers in my planter.
My grandson wanted to do some crafts with spiders today.  When we went to the store, I found this huge, very colorful Spider.  It measures about 2.5 feet across.  I like it because of the colorful legs.  I love bright colors, so I was very drawn to this.

Stay tuned for pictures of our windy, down pour expected tomorrow.
Be blessed, and encouraged.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Birthday and others

Whatever with the past has gone, 
The best is always yet to come.-Lucy LarcomCelebration, celebration...of the birthday sorts to my son.  He wanted to celebrate with the Sunday brunch at The Grove Park Inn.  That is exactly what we did.  He told his boys they could eat whatever they wanted and as much as they wanted.  They chose to eat cupcakes, donuts, gummy bears...and there was a few chicken nuggets in there, and some bacon. 
See the donut, and cupcake wrapper?



We all had our fill of good food too.  Since it was his birthday, Luke got a very special birthday finish from the restaurant.

Birthday boy...



After lunch, we went to Luke's where he opened his presents.  I help the boys shop for their own gifts, and sometimes they do pick some unusual gifts.  His birthday cupcake plays the Happy Birthday song and the candle lights up.  After the song plays, you hear someone blowing out the candle and the light goes out on the candle.  It's pretty cute.  I thought they were going to have the cupcake worn out before they gave it to their dad.


They also bought him a bat mobile, and some hot wheel racers.  Gifts I am sure the boys will reclaim later on.
Excited over their gifts for their dad

Tate bought him shoes...just like some of his shoes... so they could wear the same kind of shoes...


Funniest thing of all was the gift we gave him...biking gear...only when he opened the boxes there was nothing in them.  His dad had wrapped empty boxes.  He had removed the gifts, and had put them in another box, but he had forgotten he had done so.  

Then there was the solar eclipse...I went to my friend's house where we were able to experience 99.7% of the eclipse.  
In the background you can see it got dark enough for the street lights to come on.  It was rather eerie.

Looking at the eclipse


Last of all, here are some pictures of the boys.

We go to the library once a week.  They love reading books





First day of school


Picking them up from school.  These signs have to be in the dashboard.


That's all for now.  Be blessed, and encourage one another.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What's happened around here...a very mini look.

"Happiness held is the seed;
Happiness shared is the flower." -John Harrigan

I belong to the best camera club ever!  We go on the best field trips ever for capturing great photos. Our latest one was at a place called Poppins and posies.  I love, love, love flowers, so this was like paradise to me.












Friday, August 11, 2017

Catching up with the twins...

"People are forever watching things.  They should be seeing.  I see the things I look at.  I am a see-er." Patrick Rothfuss

I have taken my camera along with me when I have taken care of the twins for weeks now...alway intending to get some photos.  At one time, I wanted to take some everyday to get better at photographing kids and to document our life.  Well- I had good intentions.  Finally, I decided I was going to get some photos.  Here they are:







The boys always want me to shrink them and place them in some crazy scene.  So here is what I did for them.

That's the photos.  I think they had a fun time with the photo shoot, and I did too.  I love these crazy guys dearly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What's happening around here...

"A portrait is not made in the camera, but on either side of it." 
                                                                     -Edward Steichen

July 4th is my favorite all time holiday... I like it more than Christmas.  I love the red, white, and blue colors, our country, food, fireworks, and fellowship.  When we lived in New Mexico, we had family and friends gather at our house for all the festivities.  I really miss the celebration and all the people.  This year the 4th was sort of a dud for us.  Warren had his hand surgery on July 3, so he was not feeling very festive, and I managed to catch some sort of bug that had me under the weather.  I did talk Warren into driving to a place where we could sit in the car and watch the fireworks. We enjoyed that very much.  Luke took the boys to a Tourist baseball game (the Tourists are the minor league farm team for the Colorado Rockies).  When the game ended, they had a fireworks show.  Luke had tickets for us as well, but as I said, neither of us were in any kind of shape to go.  The boys had a great time.  Sawyer in particular.  He is a friend to all.  He quickly started up a conversation with the guy next to him.  They became fast friends.

(These photos were taken by Luke...I just edited them)



The next photo was taken of me by another member of our camera club when we were on a field trip at Chimney Rock.  He entered this photo in the camera club's print competition.  It does have the flag in it...so I think it is perfect for July 4th.

photo by Bob Coffey
Back to Sawyer.  The boys like looking through my photos I have of them.  They want me to make cards out of the pictures they select, they add the words, and they give them to people of their own choosing.  On Wednesday, we were looking through photos of Sawyer for a card project when he asked me to go back to one particular photo.  He told me he wanted to see his "Raffie" (his stuffed giraffe cuddle pal).  I went back to the photo, and he said, "I miss him so much."  I did not know Raffie was missing. This was news to me.  So I inquired as to how his favorite thing in all the world came to be missing.  Sawyer said he had been playing hide-go-seek with Raffie.  Raffie hid, and won.  I thought this a rather interesting explanation since Sawyer was the one who had to hide Raffie.  He just couldn't remember where he had hidden him.

The yellow object held against his mouth is his Raffie
 I am happy to report that Raffie was found hidden in the window seat.  I am sure it was a joyous reunion!

We have had some glorious rain lately.  I love to go out to photograph right after a rain when the sun tries to peek through the clouds.  The light is usually perfect.  That is just what I did yesterday.

"Wherever there is light, one can photograph." -Alfred Stieglitz

Our oriental day lilies...

Coneflowers

more oriental day lilies...I love the beauty of these flowers.

Queen anne's lace...in the rain.




While I was editing my photos, I made some photo art of them.  I could do photo art forever.  I love experimenting.



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