Friday, September 5, 2014


STOPPING BY to say HI!  I had the wonderful chance to spend a couple of days up at my mountain cabin last weekend, and really enjoyed the quiet time after a busy week of helping my oldest daughter move to a new home. This is my second daughter to move this summer. WOW!  REally glad that I don't have any more kids who are moving in the near future.  I was shocked when I was at my cabin to see the beginnings of early signs of a change in season.  hard to believe that it could possible be almost fall so soon, but.... as you can see, it  is definitely starting.  Many reds in the sumac, and also purples in the American Beauty Berries, and lots of other tiny purple flowers.  Hope that all of you had an awesome Labor Day, along with safe travels.

Have started a new Journaling Course that I am really excited about.  As a long time journaler, I am ready to find some new techniques and have fun in a large international group of journalers.  If any of you have an interest in journaling, you might check this group out.  It is done by Susannah Conway, who recently did her, third August Break which I participated in at least part of the month.   Anyway, her JOURANAL MY LIFE  group has started for the fall group, but will be restarting again in December.   Check it out.  I am in the first  week and am already loving it.

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Friday, August 29, 2014


It feels like absolutely forever since I  have done a blog post, but have been off having a bit of summer fun on  our long anticipated trip to New England, and have been pretty crazy trying to get back to work and also help my oldest daughter get moved in to her house before her baby is due.  Anyway though, here I am back again and wanted to share a couple of shots that I took while we were on our trip.  Todays prompt for Susannah Conways AUGUST BREAK  is NATURE, so wanted to share a bit of this experience.   One of the places that we went while we were in the Boston area was up to the tip of Cape Cod, in Provincetown.  I had planned to go on a DUNE BUGGY tour with a local tour group and to spend some time on the National Seashore around the dunes, so off we went with Art's Tours for a sunset trip on the beautiful Cape Cod dunes. This is national park land, and interest ingly enough, there were very few people there.  It is an area that is very limited to access, and because of this, it is very pristine land. There are a few tour groups that drive in in there dune buggies, but otherwise, there is not road access in to this area.  The primary access method is by foot, and wow, what a long walk  that would be.  You really go over quite a few dunes before you ever see the ocean, and what beautiful scenery it is.  So many lovely sea grasses and the sand is pristine. We had a chance to stop and do some playing in the sand, and my grandson loved it.

There was a group near us along the shore that was having a clambake, and they were kind enough to give Sam some bubbles which he so enjoyed.

Truly this was a place that Nature was at  its finest. Would love to go back and spend more time here.  Nothing better  than the ocean, and so fun to see  this beautiful place and also think of the history here. This is the area  that the pilgrims first arrived in, and sat   along these sandy dunes for days exploring to see if t hey could find a place that would be more hospitable for farming and starting a homestead place.  Love the history that surrounds New England, but this seashore was one of my favorite spots!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


SO  enjoying Susannah Conways August Break, and today the photo challenge is for REFLECTIONS.   I have to admit that i have not been up at dawn today to shoot this photo, however, it is one I took on a recent trip to Rockport, and this was take predawn, while i was wandering around in a strange place trying to find a field where the sandhill cranes were supposed to come early to feed.   This is a time of the morning that i just love, and so enjoyed seeing this beautiful heron resting out here before the day really began.   If you want to check out Susannah's post for today, it is written by Tracey Clark , the founder of Shutter sisters. You can enjoy this post  at Susannah Conway's blog which is    HERE

Monday, August 4, 2014


 The daily August Break photo challenge today was for WINDOWS, and wanted to share a couple of shots that I did  for this.  I had an absolutely wonderful  day yesterday spent with my  youngest daughter who recently moved in to her new home and has been having alot of fun with getting her house in just the order that she wants it to be in.  One of the projects that she has been working on was to get her guest room decorated.  She has never before had an "extra" room for guests, and she told me that she wanted to  fix a room that I could come and stay in for visits, a room that would feel very cozy to me.   Anyway, she did get that room ready, and invited me to come and spend  the nigh t and go for a bike ride.   I was pretty excited about that as our time is so limited  to spend together.  Anyway, once that invitation came, I was packed and ready  to go.     It was a wonderful  time, and one  that I will so treasure.  Her decor was just beautiful, and so many little touches that said love to me.    I so appreciate this  and was filled with love and pride.  So many little touches  that were special, and we did have some wonderful time together.  There is nothing quite like having a wonderful daughter, and it is one of my most important  things in my life that I am grateful for.

Loved how this little perfume bottle from Paris appeared to have a little window in it looking out the the lovely trees.  It was a symbol to me to look out through the window of time, and see the times of beauty ahead.

so proud of my lovely daughter. This is her home office, and in my opinion, she could practically organize the whole world with her skills.  I love it that she still somehow finds the time for all of the little things  that she does to show her love to her family!  Love her so much!!!!

Loved this view out of the kitchen looking out of  the window to another small cozy space
There is nothing more important in life  to me than the love and bonds of FAMILY!  So grateful to have this in my life!

Friday, August 1, 2014


 So today is the first day of Susannah Conway's annual event,  AUGUST BREAK. This is a month where you receive daily photography cues, and your "job " is to photograph something about that daily cue.   The first  days topic was lunch, and since I had a short work day I thought that lunch would be perfectly appropriate and a good way to enjoy a bit of summer.  Soooooo...... I called my oldest daughter, who is 6 months pregnant, and she and I got together for LUNCH.  Headed over to one of my favorite places, Blue Mesa Grill, and got a wonderful seat out on the terrace, and enjoyed the unseasonable cool and breeze. What a perfect summer day, one that we don' t see very often in Texas in July or August.   Anyway really enjoyed visiting and planning ahead for her soon to be born little girl.  Her second daughter...... Her first daughter is now 24, so this is going to be a really big change, and one that she is very excited about.
Enjoyed some "girl time", and then headed off for a short walk at the Fort Worth Botannical
gardens, enjoying the peace of the gardens, and then settling in for a bit of a rest on the garden Butterfly seat.  Still very determined to spend more time enjoying SUMMER which is so quickly passing. Want to enjoy the rest  of this in a mindful manner, so Susannah's  AUGUST BREAK will help me to get more in the mood of looking at the days of summer ahead.   If you are interest ed in joining in the fun for this, there are all sort s of fun prompts . You can still join in and can check it out   HERE AT THE AUGUST BREAK

Thursday, July 31, 2014


As I said before on a recent blogpost, I am really  struggling with trying to enjoy summer  this year.  Just seems like it is flying by while i am working and trying to "recover " from my work week.  The other day, read a great article about spending an hour a day just doing something fun, so thought I would really try that out a  bit more.  my first attempt at this was to go over to the Dallas Arboretum with my camera.  I have to admit that it was over 100 degrees, so I did not stay over an hour for sure, but tried to enjoy the ambiance of summer a bit.  Spent a little time on this bench in the fern garden and saw a great dragonfly that cooperated with me in getting his portrait done.  I got  out my 600 mm lens and got several shots of this lovely blood red fellow giving me his toothy grin.   Also took my lensbaby, so these blurry photos were done with this lens.   I think some how summmer can have a mystical quality, and I like how this lens seems to capture that.

Spent some time sitting in the terrace sipping a  frosty drink and just enjoying  the view of the lake and dallas in the backgrounnd.  As you can see, not too many people out on this hot day.  They have a new "birdhouse display", so plan to go back very soon and photograph this.  Was way too hot  this day , but hopefully soon will be a bit cooler
Also wanted  to share an annual summer event with you on Susannah conways blog.  This is called AUGUST BREAK, and I am planning to do this event.  maybe will help me to get out of the hot summer doldrums and use my camera more.   be sure to check this out as it tlooks like a lot of fun.  You can find i there at AUGUST BREAK.  Hurry on over as it is starting very soon!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


 I Have really been trying to focus on paying attention to this SUMMERTIME  as I have felt it was just speeding past without my noticing it.  While I was at my cabin last week, just spent some time sitting around listening and watching.  Saw the loveliest butterflies and really enjoyed watching them fluttering about their business. They are so delicate and have such beautiful patterns.  So sharing a couple of shots today with you for  SATURDAYS CRITTERS
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