Friday, May 1, 2015

I Have Finally Picked Up My Camera Again

In Memory of My Dear Friend, Melanie

Yes, I am back trying, with great difficulty, to relearn what I was doing when I decided to close up my computer and put it away at a time which seems to be years ago though it has not really been that long. The saying is true....if you do not use it you lose it, and I have definitely lost it somewhere in this old head of mine.  It is so hard to reteach myself. I cannot figure out to locate a picture on the page or how to add type. Where is my dashboard. How do I add my beloved textures.  It’s turning out to be a very slow process, but I am enjoying it. My family is on the mend, but I try not to think about what the sat year and a half have been like. Photography seemed to be calling me so here I am.  Since I last posted, I have become a Hospice volunteer caregiver, and I adore my hours with my patients. What a meaning and touching experience for me. I visit Melanie’s mother twice a week. On Mondays we eat lunch together, and on Thursdays we go out with a friend to looks at wildflowers. I substitute every now and then when my back will allow it. Right now I am at my son’s in Richmond. I came to see his 10 year old, Eloise, dance with the Richmond Ballet. Oh, my, what a treat for a grandmother’s eyes! Then, Saturday my other son from Baimbridge Island is flying in for a quick visit with his brother, Gene, Patti, Eloise, and me. Buddy is still running his Ultra Marathons, and this weekend tried to do a 100 miler over in West Virginia, but he became seriously ill at about the halfway point.  Sleet and rain, shivering and chattering, vomiting, eyes glazed, and making no sense, so I had to drive out at 1AM they narrow and curving WV unlit road to get him. He really scared me this time. I tell you...he is like the Ever Ready Bunny. HE WILL NOT STOP. I am so proud of him. He says he is going to do it next year...he was running 4 minute miles, singing, and having a wonderful time when it all hit. Hope to start visiting all of your blogs again soon. Take care, and it is my wish that this finds all you, my dear blogging friends, well and happy. I am not posting to any blog sites, yet. Am just dipping my old feet into the water a wee bit at a time.

(This is one of the lilies a friend sent after Melanie passed away a month ago from pancreatic cancer. The little chair is made from a champaign top.)

~True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” Dave Tyson Gentry

 “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
                                                         ~  Mark Train
  " True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” 
                                                    ~ Dave Tyson Gentry

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Canna-Bus

While my son, his wife, and our Eloise were visiting his brother and family near Seattle, he spotted this bus as his wife and daughter were crossing the street.  It was such a one-of-a-kind picture I just had to share it with you all. It makes me grin.We are definitely living in a changing world.

Join is the Lesley’s Signs, Signs to see some great examples of unusual signs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cranberry Bogs ~ West Virginia

On Saturday, August 16th, Buddy and I drove over to WV to walk through Cranberry Bogs. This time there were flowers to see and lots of pictures to take. After a long summer inside, it was heavenly to get back out in the woods. The day was gorgeous and the temperature perfect. We had the best time. There’s a bunch of photos in this post, so just whippy-doodle right on through them. I culled lots, but these were my favorites.

These are all taken along the boardwalk through the glade.



These are the flowers we saw. They were all so pretty.

Here we have some bees and a hummingbird moth.

Some Mushrooms

Two Views from the Top of the Nature Trail with the Blue Skies

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Woods Creek Trail in Black and White

Wood’s Creek Trail is one of the prettiest walks in the city of Lexington. It wanders along the creek through Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. There are low water bridges, the old iron one going into our little town, and then the tall one connecting the W and L campus to the sorority houses. A few days ago Buddy went down there with his iPhone and captured these special shots in black and white. They were so pretty I decided to post them for him. He is busy setting up his blog...finally. I have been trying to get him to do it for years. Can’t wait to see it up and running. The address is

 The old iron bridge at the city limits running above Wood’s Creek.

 One of the longer footbridges. It is another low water bridge.

Approaching the little tunnel with the big connector bridge above.

Wood’s Creek runs along the right of there path going thru the tunnel. When you want in, it feels like there is an air-conditioner blowing on you it is sosososo cool.

 Can’t you feel the coolness in this shot. It is a magical spot.

Here are some pictures from our little neck of the county. 
A ray filled sunrise.

I think a little gnome could pop out from here at any moment.

The beloved basketball net. They never grow old.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Insanity Quilt

Well, I am down to binding my Insanity Quilt. It is made from one Jelly Roll, one and a half mini Charm Packs, the borders are from a Layer Cake of all different polka dotted fabrics, and the back and the binding are pink and white polka dot fabric. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to how the strips of the Jelly Roll are sewn together with the solids in between, so I think of the front as the insane part of life and the back as the sane part.I couldn’t call it my Crazy Quilt, so I opted for my Insanity Quilt. It is very colorful and soft, but I tend to lean toward the more traditional patterns for my pieces. I will repost when the binding is finished being hand sewn, and it is washed and fluffy.

This post is linked with WiP Wednesday over at Lee’s blog, Freshly Pieced.