Flower Frame


20160826_143928The Weekly Photo Challenge “Frame”, brings me once again out to our garden.  This year Steve was able to grow HUGE sunflowers.  He did everything in the garden from seed this year, and as you can tell this bee [framed by the beautiful petals and seeds of the sunflower] is having a grand time of it!

Check out Frames from other bloggers that I enjoyed!

Frame: Statue of Liberty

Framed!

Frames of the World

Cell Phone Frame

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Cat Chat


I just came across this draft of a post from 2013 that I never published.  I still like it, so here it is.  Our cat still sits atop the jelly cupboard every day, perhaps with the hope of a reply from the faces in the picture…who knows really what cats are thinking?


The Weekly Photo Challenge, Dialogue, prompted me to find pictures I’ve taken of our cats.  I often see Bubba, sitting on top of the jelly cupboard staring into this framed print.  He does it for several minutes at a time and occasionally will make a few small meows into the reflection.  I’m not sure if its the dog, the cow, or the blonde haired girl in the picture or “the other cat” he sees, that’s most interesting to him.  Nothing, not even treats in the window, will tear him away from his friend in the picture!

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Lucille (weekly photo challenge)


This week’s photo challenge (Rare) got me thinking about how rare it is for me to have an elderly person in my life.  Last week we took our friend and former neighbor, Lucille, out for her birthday–her 89th birthday!  been in assisted living now for 3 years; since her third, and last, fall in her home.

She does not have much family and  no one really visits her with any regularity, except for me and my husband.  That’s not to say though, that she stays cooped up in her room all day.  Not Lucille!  She takes advantage of every road trip, bingo session, sing-a-long, or any other activity that’s offered at her residence.  Either my husband or I take her shopping at least once a month and stop to visit when we are in her neighborhood.

Lucille has let us know, often, that we’re “her people”. I’m grateful today that I’ve had the chance to get to know her and call her a friend.

Lucille

Bugs on Flowers


“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Robert Capa

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I’ve been completely enamored by our garden this year.  Because my husband, who normally takes care of our garden–from seed to supper–was having his hip replaced, I took over.  I planted everything that he’d started under the lights in the garage in March.  I don’t necessarily enjoy gardening, but I will admit that the peaceful, cool mornings before the sun hits the flowers, is an amazing thing. This is one of the pictures I took recently and am grateful my the camera on my phone can get so up close and personal!  It is presumably a cucumber bug, but it was in the pumpkin flower!

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Early morning busy work!

Liam Love — Sunday June 19th 2016


Pressure Support


Every day during the month of May, my father, Liam’s Grampa, made bowls in his pottery.Like children, these bowls are one of a kind, made with love and in the moment. Rough around the edges these handmade stoneware bowls will be smooth and food safe inside. On June 19th, Father’s Day, My father and I hope that you can join us in the ISB Gallery of Rhode Island School of Design (55 Canal Walk, Providence RI) for Liam Love, a pottery sale to benefit the Liam the Lion Fund.

In addition to dozens of handmade unique stoneware bowls, the event will feature the unveiling of this year’s limited edition Olson & Son Hopyard t-shirt available for purchase in some sizes and orders for others, and also our brand new branded 12oz belgian beer glasses will be for sale.

Attendeeswill be treated to a retrospective exhibition of the wonderful paintings of

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What to do?


We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

I have a variety of go-to activities to keep me on an even keel.  Reading (a most favored activity particularly with the Kindle I got for Christmas), baking and watching television.

When I lived alone the tv kept me company.  I’d turn it on when I got up in the morning or home from work, and then go about my business around the house.  The sound of the news or a rerun of Star Trek The Next Generation, MASH or Mad About You, provided a feeling of security–there was someone nearby and I wasn’t alone.

Now, television is a way for my husband and I to decompress, escaping into first run or reruns of the Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly or Elementary. Our newest favorite is Grace and Frankie on Netflix.  The brilliant writing and acting has us laughing hard enough to cry!  Lily Tomlin (75) and Jane Fonda (77) have me believing that aging is nothing really to be afraid of. The fact that we have to wait until 2016 for the second season is a drag!

Today’s thanks goes out to the reruns that kept me company on days now long gone, and the ones that keep me laughing today!

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Vivid…Color


I’m going to work on posting more over the next several weeks.  Have been out of the groove for months, this is easy way to post.  This picture for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken in my yard before these plants made their way into the ground.  I’m amazed at the shots my little phone can get and love this one!  To me it looked as if little diamonds had found a home on the leaves of the lupines.

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