Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wildflowers: Round 2

Jayne and I went for a nice 4 mile walk this morning while the breeze was still cool.  Luckily, I remembered my camera and was able to get some more photos of our Texas wildflowers in bloom.  These are all taken in my neighborhood, but not in my yard.  I will say I have a bit of fence envy now.  My husband has been wanting a fence and my walk today might just have convinced me to go for it.

Here is where we started.

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See what I mean about the fences?  Lovely.

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Just down the road was a mesquite tree in full bloom.

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Thousands of fuzzy berries covered the branches.

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I didn't have the right lens for close-ups, but I loved this bright pink flower and its buds (it's a pun, folks. The "buds" are actually on the flower next to it.  I assumed they were friends.)

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The butterflies were hit-and-miss cooperative with my camera.  Jaynewill tell you I tried to photograph ALL the varieties we saw.

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I just had to zoom in on these antenna.  Love the stripes.

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We spent some time at this amazing little pond in the shade.  It was so beautiful.  I was surprised I did not get better photos, but there was not a lot of contrast in colors.  It was special for the feeling of peace and quiet and calm that it evoked.

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And how about those big, blue eyes!  Love.

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It was a lovely morning, to say the least.

Friday, March 30, 2012

52 Week Challenge: Self Portrait

I find it funny that during the last 20 years there have MAYBE been 20 pictures taken of me.  I maybe exaggerating.  That number may be closer to 15.  Really!  In my family I do all the driving, I scoop the cat box, and I take the pictures.  That is just the way it is, folks.  That all changed today when there were 332 photos taken of me . . . by me.

Choice #1
As you know I am doing a 52 Week Photo Challenge and every week get a new inspiration word.

Choice #2
This week it was "self portrait."

Choice #3
There is no way around that one.  I had to take some pictures of myself.

Choice #4
Now you make think that 332 photos is excessive.  Really it's not.

Choice #5
Case in point:  I took the first 227 in a dirty mirror.

No, this is NOT a choice
Pretty bad, huh?  That is why I take so many photographs.

Choice #6
By now you may be asking yourself, "why didn't she change her clothes so all the photos don't look similar?"

Choice #7
The answer is a simple one.  If I only need to choose one photograph to submit and I like the blouse, there is no need for variety.

Choice #8
But let's move this along a little faster, shall we?

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Choice #12

I love the way me taking a picture of me is reflected in my sunglasses an the mirror.

Choice #13
And this one in the french door glass to the office.

Choice #14
The last one in my oven door.  Ignore the messy kitchen, it's Friday.

Choice #15
I may take some more tomorrow if the sun comes out and I can talk Regan and Jayne into helping me.  So glad to have their company and that of E.J. and Trevor as well.

Let me know what you think.  Do you have an opinion?  Maybe another staging idea?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Pinterest Favorites

You all know I am a big fan of Pinterest.  I don't spend all my time browsing the boards, but I always find something good when I do.  Here are a few of my favorite pins.  We will start with a few Christmas ideas.

How to Make Cookie Cutters

This article has great ideas for making your own cookie cutter.  This would be great used with simple coloring book pictures to make cutters of palm trees, leaves, animals, or anything else.  I think leaves would be cute in the fall.







Pattern for Half Eaten Gingerbread Man

This comes from Elsie Marley's blog and is one of the cutest things I've seen.  I simply must make these as gifts for next year's cookie exchange party with my coworkers.














Now to the yard.

How To: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots

I love to recycle, but I also love to reuse.  This idea from Skruben is wonderful.  I plan to do this using smaller drink bottles to start some gourds to transplant into the garden.














From Sunset Magazine

My backyard would be perfect for this set up.  I love everything about this: fire pit, rock seating, teak hot tub.  Yep.  Cut and Paste this right in and I will be a happy girl.













Tips for the home.

I can't get the original blog or website that this appeared on, but what a great tip.  Write on the top of the washing machine with a dry erase marker a description of the items being washed that SHOULD NOT go into the dryer.  Great idea.












Spring Cleaning

I wish I had learned this tip years ago.  The water stains on my shower controls have always driven me crazy.  This blogs before and after photos are quite convincing.  Besides, I love cleaning using natural ingredients.  Her blog, Broccoli Cupcake, has a lot of good tips.












I would be remiss if I did not give you a cooking example.

Coconut Chicken Tenders

This recipe from Savory Sweet Life is going to find it's way to my table real soon.  I love her photos and her recipes.  This chicken looks so good and may even make a great appetizer for a party on a short skewer.








Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

There is nothing about this recipe I don't like.  I am especially partial to the individual servings.  Take a peek at . . . in sock monkey slippers to see some more of her wonderful recipes.








Goodness knows, I have a lot more.  I just wanted to give you a sampling of some of my favorites.  If you are not using Pinterest, you ought to take a peek.  If you are, do you have any favorite things?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beautiful Fog Bank

The fog rolled in Sunday morning so I grabbed the camera and headed out.  Of course.  The sun was just rising.  This is the view up the hill from my house.


The sun rose quickly, but the fog hung around.










So beautiful.