Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Carving job courtesy of the husband.  Costume photos to follow.  I'm going to be a bat.  What will you be dressing up as?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Finding Surprises

Oldest's girlfriend and I went for a walk today, and I found this pine cone just sitting in the middle of the street.  A pleasant surprise since I didn't find anything to take a picture of yesterday and used a pic I took a couple of weeks ago on a trip to a local cemetery.  I wanted to show the original pic, as dull as the colors were against the concrete (I liked the shadow though)...
and then against some grass in the yard once we got back home.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dee's Cat Nap

Today's photo ops were really lacking, so, when I caught our cat, Dee, sleeping in the recliner a while ago, I snapped her pic.  And I think she has the right idea here.  Off to sleep.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Today felt more like winter than fall.  Spring-like temps were replaced with a high of 55, rain and wind.  Yuck!  I wondered if the colder weather would hamper my photo opportunities, or would I hamper myself simply because I don't like being out in the cold any longer than I have to.  It's not even as cold as it will get, so we shall see where this challenge takes me.

As for the cold, this stack of board games  in our game room inspired me as a photo op and things to enjoy on a cold day/evening.  I have a thing for sock monkeys.  Trouble was always a favorite game of mine when I was a kid.  Zombie Survival is a game that Oldest bought at a comic store on a trip to Denton.  Clue (I forget where we got it) is fun but I totally stink at it.  Monopoly we've had forever, but I'm not real good at it either.  I like to save all my money but then up end losing because I don't have any property. 

What kind of things do you like to do when it's too cold/wet to enjoy the outdoors?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Cat Named Fish

Took Youngest to the doctor today to find out what's going on with this pesky fever and sore throat of his.  Not sure we learned much of anything, other than the strep test was negative.  We did blood work to confirm, or rule out, the possibility of mono.  Should hear something on that tomorrow.

While in the waiting area, Youngest took this picture with my cell phone.  It's all of I've got for today, so I thought I'd use it.  Feel better soon, little guy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Double Vision

covered by a shroud of fog
a blanket of mist

Okay, so the poem above has nothing to do with my photo for the day, but I was thinking about all the different opportunities that presented themselves as photos - the wonderfully creepy fog while driving Youngest to school, our glowy feet Halloween decoration (reminding me to keep moving forward), the water droplets on a pumpkin and leaves - and none of them worked for me.  Until this afternoon when I'd gone out to get the mail, turned around and was suddenly inspired by what seems like a normal looking gate, albeit in need of repair, on the side of the house.

I don't know if it's a great shot, or even any good, but I liked it.  I liked what I could shape it into and make it work for me.  That's the idea, right?  Making your vision come to life.  As I look around different photography blogs, I'm finding that it's just like any other art - subjective.  In a way, it's like writing.  Each writer has a distinct voice that's all his/her own, and photographers have their own voice, or vision.  Of course, I know more about the rules of writing than I do photography, but I continue to learn.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

For the 'love' of the game

When I was 10, my mom signed me up for tennis lessons.  I don't remember expressing an interest before then, but I do know I liked it once I started.  My first year of junior high, I was on the tennis team, however briefly.  I didn't play much after that.

Since the weather has cooled down from the triple digits we were having just a month ago, Oldest, his girlfriend and I have been playing tennis at the high school courts on the weekends.  We played today, and I'm already sore.  Working muscles that normally don't get worked.  Fun stuff.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Picked out some pumpkins at the pumpkin patch today.  This isn't one that we chose, but I liked how it sat against the pretty flowers.

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Books

I'm glad I didn't self-impose an actual time to post photos, because I didn't get this one until late this evening.

Oldest, his girlfriend and I went to a local used bookstore.  This stool stacked with books is just part of its appeal.  As one who can appreciate independent booksellers, I thought it captured the atmosphere of the place well.  It sits just outside the door, welcoming customers into the quiet, cozy warmth.  Inside, it's almost like tiptoeing into an old, dusty attic and cracking open a trunk full of treasures.  I love these kind of stores.  Kelly, the store owner, is super friendly, interested in knowing what you like to read, and going out of his way to find what you're looking for.

I got four books.  I was in search of J.D. Robb's "Ceremony in Death", and was pleasantly surprised to find it on the shelves.  Two other books were also from the same series ("Visions in Death" and "Born in Death"), and I got Nora Roberts' "A Little Fate".

Since starting the "In Death" series, I've been hooked and have been adding the next book to my library as I finish reading.  I'm a stickler for order, so I'm going in order and trying to fill in gaps where I'm missing books.

Off to read some treasures.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Okay, third day and this challenge is already proving to be, well...challenging.

Most of the day, I had no idea what I'd take a picture of until late afternoon when I received a package of books from a friend who lives in California.  That's when it hit me.  I'll take a picture of the books!  Aren't they pretty?  I love getting packages, especially ones with books in them.  The "Written in Blood" book is mine that she sent back because the author had signed it for me and I wanted that for my keeper shelf.  Good read, by the way.  Can't wait to dig into the others.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Cupcakes

I've been in the Halloween spirit since the middle of September, buying decorations, setting them up.  It's my favorite holiday.  A couple weeks ago, I bought a classic yellow cake mix, chocolate frosting, sprinkles, icing and decorative toothpicks.  Today, Oldest's girlfriend helped me decorate them.  They're so yummy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photo Firsts

Welcome to my photo-a-day blog where I'll attempt to post a picture of something, anything every day.  I've always liked to take pictures, and have found a new passion for learning photography. 

The real challenge, aside from posting every day, will be to come up with one subject and use only one photo.  Did I mention that I like to take lots of pictures?  Recently at the State Fair, I must've taken well over 50 pictures both with my Nikon Coolpix L100 and the camera on my iphone.

Today, the temperatures dropped down in the '60s making it feel more like Fall, so I decided to take a picture of the pumpkin we have on our porch.  It's a white pumpkin that I hot glued black glittery leaves to.  I knelt down, ready to snap the picture, when the wind that's accompanying the lower temps picked up and whisked one of the leaves right off the pumpkin.  It landed on the porch mat.  It was one of those moments that I suppose I could look at in different ways.  I like to think of it as a 'go with the flow, sometimes the unexpected might turn out to be a better photo opportunity' moment.

I hope you'll stop by and enjoy the journey with me.  Feedback is appreciated and always welcome.  Until next time...