Friday, December 31, 2010

ABC's of 2010

A - Anxiety – This has been quite a roller coaster year for us. Things would be going really well then it would seem the bottom would drop out. In hindsight though, all was not as bad as it seemed at the time.

B – Business – Our online cutlery business caused a bit of the aforementioned anxiety. We had a strong Jan. & Feb. Then 5-10 orders a day dropped to 3-5 orders a week. THEN, it went down to 1 or 2 orders a week. We began to see things get better in August and steadily improve since then. Here’s hoping for a prosperous 2011.

The oldestC – Carmon, aka the Eldest. He fully recovered from his accident last fall. He got a promotion in Feb. and moved to a new store. Things didn’t work out too well for him…management promised things and didn’t deliver so he parted ways with them. He’s hoping to start a new job next week. He completed the interview process today. Oh, and he’s engaged! So hoping he can get his act together before he takes that leap!

D – Dad – My dad has had an educational year. He has macular degeneration and is legally blind. His ophthalmologist suggested he begin braille lessons, which he has started. He’s also received some rather cool equipment to help make his life easier. It’s so cool to see him get excited over his new gadgets.

E – Egg – Kaleb was Scramble, the egg mascot for the Chicken&Egg Festival this year. He has had a blast “performing” for the crowd & loves his new celebrity status.

F – Flowers & Herbs – I planted a really large flower bed (that didn’t do so hot) and an herb garden (that flourished). My favorite crop from both ventures was the butterflies. We got hands on experience watching caterpillars become amazingly beautiful butterflies.

G – Garden – We also had a veggie garden. Not nearly as large as in years past but we had plenty of tomatoes, cukes & summer squash.

H – House – Our house got a new roof & a new paint job. We still need to do the trim. That’ll be a nice spring project for us to tackle.

I – Intern – Nathan served as an intern for one of our local TV stations early this year and was one of the student reporters for the Chicken&Egg Festival. It was an awesome experience for him.
J – Jogging – We bought a treadmill this year and Kaleb & I have made attempts at starting an exercise routine. No real weight loss for either of us but I can tell we’re both in better shape.

kaleb sepiaK – Kaleb – He graduated from elementary school and is now a high schooler (middle school actually but it’s all housed in the same buildings) and a teenager! He’s enjoying his new independence and I’m so impressed w/ what a pleasant young man he is becoming.

L – Loss – We lost our pony, Pearlie, this summer. It was quite like losing a family member. She was almost 19 yrs. old so she had a long, happy life.

M – Mom – My mom fell on Valentine’s Day and broke her shoulder. Had to have the ball portion replaced and after a few months of therapy, is doing well.

nathan wall webN – Nathan – The middling graduated from high school and is now attending a nearby jr. college. He moved out after high school, to my dismay (I still cry when I think about it) but moved back home a couple of months ago. He’s had some job woes too, but had a final interview for a local bank yesterday and should receive word today.

O – Oreos and Dr. Pepper – Two things I indulged in far too often.

P – Photography – I’ve put in a lot of work on my ‘picture takin’ this year and I see improvement! I entered 2 photography contests and placed in both. HUGE confidence builder.

Q – Quiet – Too much of this at our house the past few months. Sometimes it’s nice but when it goes on for days (because too many birds have flown the nest), it gets lonesome.

R – Retired – I decided not to return to subbing this fall. I sometimes regret the decision and I may end up going back but am hopeful that between the cutlery biz & photography, I’ll become too busy to miss it….much.

S – Summer – We didn’t go on any trips or anything this summer but I’d have to say it was one of the best. I had to get out of my depression and Kaleb was my medicine. We rode our bikes together every day, we worked out together, we watched a meteor shower and we became very close. We’ve always been close but the closer he got to 13, the more private he became. I’m loving our new relationship.

1/365T – Three sixty five. I attempted a Project 365 this year. I made it to November and then quit. I’m terribly upset w/ myself but am planning to try again. I learned SO much by doing the project. I hope it has the same affect next year.

U – Us…my hubby and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this year. Love him so much!

V – Vaccine – my first year without a flu shot in a long while. Fingers crossed that I don’t regret it!

W – White Christmas – What we awoke to Christmas morning! My sweetie drove me around so I could get photos!
christmas morning

X – Xcited! What I was when I received my prizes for an Enya contest early this year!

Y – 43 Years. How old I am. I used to feel way younger than my age. This year, I’m feeling older. Bah!

Z – Zinnia and Finch – an idea/new business venture I’ve been stewing for the past few months. Hopefully will launch next year. More info…when the time comes. :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

202/365 Theme: eyes

Blue eyes to match the mood. Just learned that the middling is making some dumb choices (nothing illegal or anything...just dumb), but alas, he is a "grown-up" or so he says. Hard to just sit back and watch a train wreck happen though.

On a happier note, I :heart: my kitties. Got a shot of his gorgeous blue eyes. Note the insane person reflected in same eyes acting like an idiot to get his attention. *L*
blue eyes

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Woefully behind

My poor blog has been neglected. Prom, graduation, etc caused a large part of it. Then, the middling left home & his mama didn't deal w/ it very well so I let several things go while I had myself a big ol' pity party. Then, the garden started coming in so I've been pretty busy.

I am pleased, however, that I didn't give up my Project 365. You can see the things that didn't get posted here on my Flickr.

My favorite shot of the summer has to be my firefly shot.

I was bummed by the blur of her head & was hoping to attempt a more "perfect" shot but their numbers are dwindling daily so I'll settle for what I have.

This week's 365 theme is "eyes".

Sunday's shot - eyes of needles *L*

Monday's - my eye...please pass when did I get old?

And today's, my kitty, Monty. I lurves his eyes!

I'll try to do better from now on. *L*

Saturday, April 3, 2010

92/365 Go west, young frog!

The frog from yesterday's photo. Just a new view. Love how he looks as if he's pointing.
Bokeh envy?

Go west, young frog!


Lots of glass frog in the green grass w/ small purple flowers for accent. :)


I'm quiet, shy, reserved. I'm envious of those who stand out in a crowd...without being obnoxious.

tiny flowers

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings


I'm envious of those who get great moon shots.


And I love ivy. I have an arch w/ it growing all over it covering the sidewalk at my side entrance.


Green jello

jello 88/365


Green with envy
This week was a combo of things I envy (though I'm not an envious person by nature) and just green things. Today's just a green thing.

His name is Limey.
bird 87/365

Sooo far behind....the rest of my night time photos 81-86/365

Things are absolutely crazy here. Everyone going in 3 different directions at once. I'll try to fill in on the news w/ TODAY's post (if I get caught up).
Anyhoo, the night time theme was a challenge for me. Yes, I took photos...just didn't get them blogged.

I live in a rural area & it's dark. No street lights, few cars passing by (I waited 45 min. before giving up one night trying to get the streaking tail light shot). Here's what I did get...

Mon. 81/365
A flashlight "painting" try:
The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.

Tues. 82/365

Wed 83/365
My hummingbird feeder at (almost) sunset
Nothing gold can stay

Thurs 84/365
My house at night
night house

Fri 85/365
My trusty ol' alarm clock. Long exposure while zooming. :)
my my time flies 85/365

And Sat 86/365
Another flashlight painting
flashlight 86/365

Plus one of my kitty--she kept turning her head so that accounts for the ghostly appearance.

Next theme will be "green with envy"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

80/365 Night time

It was raining so no night time photo for me. I had to improvise.

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. ~Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, March 20, 2010

76-79 of 365

Worm's Eye View

Worm's Eye View



The middling

My middling

Another go at "Little Brother"

little brother2

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Theme: perspective

I've wanted to do this for a while & finally got the kick in the pants I needed to attempt it.
However, it was late in the day with a cloudy, dreary sky so I didn't get quite what I was after. I'm looking forward to another attempt.

This was totally in camera...NO photoshop (except for the exposure correction, noiseware & sharpening). N was about 4 feet in front of me & K was about 10 feet behind him. I couldn't get N to keep his thumb down, grrr. *L* I needed to close up the aperture too, to get K in better focus...that kinda ruins the effect for me. Oh well.

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Monday, March 15, 2010

74/365 Toy Jeep

This is something I've wanted to try for awhile. This was not the greatest photo for it. The photo needs to be from a higher angle & it's better if there's lots of "stuff" in it but, it was fun trying. Here's a link to the tutorial if you want to give it a go yourself... Tilt-shift effect

And here's today's perspective photo:

toy jeep

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Rain, rain go away.
Well, actually it's not raining today but it has for the past two days & the ground is saturated. I know where a gorgeous field of daffodils is, I have a senior girl who is willing to pose for me in said field, but, it's too icky to ask her to sit or lay on the ground. I'm afraid the daffodils will be in bad shape before we get to go take pics so I'm hoping for bright, sunshine-y days soon!

This week's themes are perspectives and feet. Should be an interesting week! *L*

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. ~Marva Collins

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I think my life is starting to slow down. Mom's doing well and learning to do so much for herself now. She has PT coming to her house 3 days a week. Her dr. seems pleased w/ her progress.

This week's theme is "something old" and here are the rest of my photos for the week.

My mammaw's china. When we were cleaning out her house so we could move in, we found 2 big boxes full. Never used. No one knew she had it. She did have probably an 8 piece setting of it that she did use for everyday. Knowing her, she kept the other packed away to replace broken ones. I would love to know the story behind how she acquired it. I've researched it and it was made in the late 40's/early 50's...around the time mom was born.

Each violet peeps from its dwelling to gaze at the bright stars above.

Each violet peeps from its dwelling to gaze at the bright stars above.


My mammaw's earrings.
She gave them to me when I was 16 & I wore them religiously, even though they were clip-ons and did dreadful things to my ears. I was going through my Madonna material girl, rhinestone & lace phase. It tickled her that I loved them so though she had a hard time believing I "actually wore those old things". The doily was made by either she or my great-grandmother. I'm fortunate to have a bag full of these little jewels that they made.



This was a ring I wore when I was little. I think it was an Easter gift.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.


DH & I are rock hounds. Not so much now as we were when we were younger but we still get out & go for a hike occasionally, looking down for a glimmer of flint all the while. Here are some treasures from our most recent finds.

When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.


When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.


One of Mammaw's old canning jars, filled with her buttons, sitting on one of her doilies with keys that unlock secret places that I've yet to find.

She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went.

She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went.

Monday, March 8, 2010

67/365 You had me at hello

This is my first camera. My dad first placed it in my hands when I was about 8 years old. He began trying to teach me about aperture and shutter speed but I was impatient & it was all over my head. The lessons turned into aperture on "A" (which I assume was automatic? not sure) and I'd turn the shutter ring "until the black line is in the middle". Of course, no auto focus on this thing but I love the way it did focus. You'd have "double" of something until it was in focus and it became one. I might could handle manual focus today if it acted that way instead of blurry to clear.

I carried the camera to Disney World on a band trip when I was 12. As I was getting off of Space Mountain, the camera slipped out of my hands and the flash (yep, I had the flash too!) popped away from the camera & I realized the hot shoe was broken. I was soooo afraid to show him. But, he never raised his voice and a week or so later, he gave it to me. At first, I thought it was to remind me of what I'd done but later, I realized that he knew I had a love for photography and he had gotten a better camera so he passed the other on to me. In fact, I think that he was secretly thrilled that I'd broken it because of the upgrade to the Canon AE1. *L*

You had me at hello

Sunday, March 7, 2010

66/365 Something old

LOVE this week's theme. Something old. The other group's theme is sun which is good because it has decided to make an appearance this week! Maybe I'll get lots of shots for both.

Today, it's only "old" though.
We live in what was once my grandmother's house, which was built in the late 30's or early 40's. This doorknob is on our bedroom (once was my mom's) door. When I was little, I always thought it was a huge diamond. I'd go into mom's old room, pretending it was a palace (where else would you find a door w/ a diamond for a doorknob), playing dress-up in her old can-can crinoline slips- they make great princess dresses, and snooping around for other "treasures".

I took several shots trying to "get it right" and those can be seen on my flickr but this is my favorite.


What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. ~Cynthia Ozick

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Last for my color accent theme.

Our annual chicken & egg festival is coming up and they have a photo contest. I've missed the deadline every year for some reason or other & want to enter this time. I am trying really hard to get a nice "portrait" of a chicken. Chickens are NOT great models. Here's one I won't be entering but I thought had good accent color.


When arguing with a chicken, a grain of corn is always wrong.

Friday, March 5, 2010

59-64 of 365

I've neglected my poor blog but I'm not giving up. *L*

My mom had her surgery & is doing well. Will start PT on Monday. She ended up w/ a "ball" replacement.

I'm learning a lot about patience. I'm doing a lot of tongue biting. I know she's in pain & I try to remember that it is the pain talking. I'm learning to be a hairdresser. I now know why God gave me all boys. I was born w/o the "do hair" gene & any girl children offspring would've suffered, most likely w/ boy cuts. I haven't learned to "tease" hair yet. I just don't get it. Curl it w/ a curling iron, hold it up a bit while spritzing w/ hair spray...THAT'S teasing to me. *L*

This week's themes are "color accent" & winter...

We did have a snow event so I have one snow pic for winter...

Thankfully, spring appears to be peeking through.

Now, for my color accent shots:
I'm not crazy about any of these. This has been a tough one for me.

My new Nikes

Mandarin on teal

What's up, Buttercup?

Buttercup, Take Two

Helen, a lovely lady in our little group, mentioned the 60/30/10 color accent rule for interior design. This is an attempt at that.

Ted's sister, Tallulah, in blue

Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet.