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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mystery Bloomers


I have clay pots on my patio – my little container garden. In the spring of 2014, I replaced the plants in two of the pots with Dahlias. Last spring I was looking forward to their return, when I noticed something else was growing in those two pots. I knew it wasn’t the Dahlias (which never did return), but had no clue what it might be. I felt fairly certain it wasn’t weeds, because I rarely get weeds in my containers. So I left them alone and just watched them grow. Before long I had these mystery bloomers displaying their beauty. They began blooming in early June and lasted through August. And I enjoyed every day of their season.

This year, they returned again. And there are twice as many as last year. I’m already looking forward to next year.


Here is a recent photo of the bloom above. You can notice that when one group of florets dies out, another group opens and covers up the spent blossoms. So it looks like the flower head appears to be lasting about three months.


Here’s a photo of the entire plant.

If you know what this mystery bloom is, I hope you leave a reply and clue me in. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

…stay inside and do Still Life photos. We are in the midst of another heat wave, the second one of this year. Today we are due to reach 109. The extended forecast shows triple digit temps for each and every day.

Here’s how I’ve been amusing myself –


Early morning is our only cool part of the day. I took advantage of this for the hydrangea shots.


Then it was back indoors for another Still Life.


I fairly certain there will be many more Still Life sessions over the next week or so…

Stay cool!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Getting Back to Normal


In the beginning of April I posted about this blog (and my other blog too) being a little under the weather. You can read about here. Conversations with Google Blogger went on for a number of weeks. Finally it became evident that this was a problem that could not be corrected on their end. I surprised myself about just how much patience I really had. Thankfully my other blog was not impacted to the degree this one was. I had it back to its old self in short order. This one was an entirely different story.

Images were missing on just about every post from the last 4 ½ years. While Google was trying to figure out what went wrong and what to do to assure it doesn’t happen again, I had a lot of time to think about how I might fix it from my end. The good news is that I knew what pictures went with each post and I still have them. It was going to be a big job to get things corrected. I knew I wasn’t up to all that. I decided that I would concentrate on posts I had a current interest in. That meant I could just delete the posts that related to prior classes I’ve taken and blog link ups that I’ve participated in. I am so happy to say I’ve got it all done.

The upside is that while I gave thought to how to fix mine, I also started thinking about taking my blog in a new direction. Many thoughts are still rolling around in my head and although I’m not sure where that new direction might lead, I can say that I am quite excited about it.  And looking forward.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Guy Stuff

When it’s too rainy to get outside to do some photography, I look for interesting things around my home. I found these items that hubby brought home from his last trip to visit his dad.

My Father-in-Law spent his working years designing machines for specific manufacturing applications. When he started in this field, he had pocket tools that he would take along with him. Here are a few of the pocket tools he carried.


The wooden ruler has brass has hinges that allows it to be folded from 12 inches long to 3 inches. The box is for protecting the thickness micrometer. I’m not too sure about this device, except that it says on the gage that it’s good for 1/1000 of an inch. My favorite of the three items is the “Useful Information for Business Men Mechanics and Engineers” – note that it does not say Businessmen. That makes me think it’s not really sexist. After all, we women deal with business, men, mechanics and engineers…We just don’t need a book to do so. Women have a much more practical idea of what a pocketbook should be. But I digress…This little book measures 3 inches by 2 inches and is 1 inch thick. It has over 940 pages…gold edged pages. When not in use, it has a protective slide-on cover.

I images these items got a lot of use about the 1940’s through the 1970’s. Next time I see my Father-in-Law I will have to ask him to tell me more about these treasures.

When the rains let up for a few minutes, I look for something to photograph outside. Sometimes, there just isn’t anything new and exciting to shoot. When that happens I like to take a picture of something that’s really not that interesting and see what I can do using some photo editing tools. This is the result of playing with Topaz Impression.


Soon things will be blooming all over my back yard, then there will be some home-grown photo-ops to come. I can thank the rains for that…

Monday, April 4, 2016

My Blog is a little under the weather…

I have two blogs with Google Blogger.  I posted to my other blog on Wednesday and to this blog on Thursday.  Everything is as it should be for the other blog.  For this one, however, all of the picture from 1/1/2012 and prior to the 3/31/2016 post I had added are gone.  All the posts and comments are still there – just not the pictures that went with them. 

What I’ve learned is apparently Google stored blog photos that are uploaded to Blogger on their Picasa server.  Now that they are letting go of Picasa in favor of Google.Photo, images are being moved.  Looks like this process will run through May. 

The good news is that I found my missing images.  The bad news is they were moved to Google.Photo trash.  Thankfully, I was able to retrieve them from there before they were permanently deleted.  They’re still are not added back into my blogs.  I’m not sure what the fate will be when all is said and done.

And it gets worse…it’s now happening to my other blog.  And I am not alone in this mess.  It’s happening to other Blogger blog owners too.  Thankfully, Google is actively working on the problem. 

In the meantime, I need to muster up some patience and hope for the best.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I must be having fun…

…because time is flying by so fast. How can it be that tomorrow is the first of April? Not April fooling about that. We’ve already changed over to Daylight Savings Time, it’s Spring and it has sprung, and Easter too has even past.

So what have I been doing that’s so much fun? Well, pretty much the same stuff as always.

•Hubby and I still take the travel trailer out about once a month. Usually this is proves to be an opportunity to get some photography done.


•I am still on the journey of My One Word for 2016.  This year’s word is HEAR.


•Still taking classes on Photography and Photo Editing. – I won’t go into just how many classes that equates to. Except for this biggie…some time ago, I joined Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) for Lightroom (Lr) and Photoshop (Ps). Signed up for the year, and over that year I found that I had no trouble using Lr CC. Lr CC worked just like my purchased, stand-alone Lr did. Using Ps CC was another story. I kept going back to Photoshop Elements – I’ve used it for years and just knew how to do what needed doing. So after the year was up, I cancelled my CC subscription and went back to the latest version Ps Elements. During one of my (many) classes, there came something that I needed to do, that couldn’t be done in Elements. Yep, you guessed it. I subscripted again. Only this time I took Elements off my PC. I then became friends with Ps Help. And I signed up for a class that teaches beginners to use Ps. I wasn’t planning on adding another class for this year, but I’m so glad I did.


•What has brought me more joy than I ever anticipated is Scripture and a Snapshot (thank you Cheryl McCain). You can check this out on Cheryl blog here or on Instagram search #scriptureandasnapshot. These weekly posting seem to come to me in different ways. Sometimes an image I’ve taken reminds me of a scripture; sometimes I’ll read a passage and it reminds me of a photo I’ve taken in the past; or something while I’m out-and-about I’ll see something that reminds me of a verse, so I grab the camera and snap it.


Now with the days getting longer and warmer, I’m looking forward to spending more fun time outside. Even if we’re blessed enough to have those April showers that bring May flowers.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My One Word for 2016

It’s been a bit of a journey to reach my word for this year. This is only my third year of selecting a word to grow with throughout a year. The first two years were good, but left me wanting more. Late last year, I hear of the My One Word method – Christian based method for a yearlong word journey. I bought the book in the fall and from about Thanksgiving on, I prayerfully considered my 2016 word. I felt it was between two possibilities. Yet, on New Year’s Day – I still didn’t know which it would be.

Then it happened! During the middle of the first week, I felt that I was lead to my 2016 word. It was neither of the two I had thought it would be. The word was HEAR. Hear! Hear? Really? For many reasons, this just didn’t make since to me. So, back to prayer I go…

Lord, are you sure about this? After all, I am a gal who is totally deaf in one ear. At best, I can only half hear. Maybe I should be reconsidering the other two words. I’m just not sure I’m hearing you right. Amen

With that Amen, I head off to check email for my four morning devotions. I read the first…it’s about celebrating. Ah – now that’s good for yearlong consideration. The next three devotions, wait for it….all about hearing. All three of them!

OK, Lord. I got it. My word for 2016 is HEAR. Thank you.

Still, another week goes by. I find myself questioning the Lord again. Back to prayer I head…

Lord, maybe I misunderstood. Do you mean that I should focus my year on the word Listen? They are really different things, as You know. Per chance I’m off the mark a bit.

Then I do a little more reading from My One Word. The entire chapter is about being open to HEAR what God is telling you though your little word. I’m happy to say, I am done questioning Him about this being the word for me.

The next thing that’s suggested is to keep your word in from of you – so you don’t forget about it. That’s been easy to do in prior years. There is a plaque on my desk for a past word and charm on my necklace too. But for the word Hear… As I mentioned above, I am deaf in one ear. When someone says ‘turn a deaf ear’, I have no trouble doing so. On the other hand, when I’m at the dentist or doctor, they are usually on my bad ear side. And they talk in their clinical voices (that’s even quieter than using an indoor voice). I’ve often joked about having earrings made that have good ear and bad ear inscribed on them. Just to serve as a little reminder to them that I’m not ignoring them when they speak to me.


Also needed is a Bible verse to keep in view – another way to remember the little word. I did look up Hear in my Bible’s concordance and found that there are 21 references for Hear, Heard, Hearing and Hears. Before I had a chance to read these verses, the verse I selected found me.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27 ESV (emphasis added)

So, I’m happy to say, me and my one word are moving forward through 2016 together. I will try to post monthly updates of our journey over this year. If you would like to learn more about the My One Word project, you check out their website here.

Do you have a word journey that you’re doing for 2016?  If so, I would love to hear about it. 


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