Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Small Town Truck Stop

You can’t miss this one! I pass it in the mornings, day after day after day! The owners have placed the semi so the truckers traveling I-81 can see it. This is where I get off the interstate - when I drive the it rather than the country roads - and onto my school road. We have two very large truck stops which provide towing services and repairs, but for some reason this one really appeals to me. It appears to be an old Mom and Pop business looking at the 2 door. It makes me smile each time I see it. Am assuming the 65 does not mean $65 an hour but rather the hours it is open...6:00-5:00.

This post is linked with Lesley’s Signs, Signs

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Love Those Old Buildings

Welcome to Old Time Farming in Rockbridge County 

This post is linked with Tricia’s "Barn Charm.”

Dream ~ Dream ~ Dream

This post is linked with 

A Piece of Me ~ {in the picture} ~ 52 in 52 ~ #9

 Almost But Not Quite

No, I am not dressed for Christmas but rather for the beautiful snow last weekend. It was way deeper than we had expected...over a foot. Trying to take a “selfie” was not so easy, but it is never easy for me. You are actually looking at the front of me. I aimed the camera at my right foot, but as you can see got the rear one. As it turned out, I am sort of glad it worked out that way because now you can see just how close I came to having snow in my galoshes and even colder feet that I already had. Hopefully my computer will be up and running properly the meantime I am posting this from work.

This post is linked with “In the Picture” on Flickr
and sponsored by "The Urban Muser.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Work Verification and My Problems with It

In the last month or so, I have found that the “word verification” words and letters have taken on a new format and are next to impossible for me to decipher. There have been many times when I have tried at least 5 times before finally giving up and moving on to the next blog. That is a shame because in these instances I really did want my comment to go through. I could handle - sometimes with difficulty - the old format with the one grouping of letters, but this new one is way out of the ballpark. It looks like the one I copied and pasted below. After 6 tries I finally got  something I could read and duplicate correctly. As far as spam goes, I have received a couple of questionable comments - nothing rude or crude -  in my “comment moderation” list, but I have simply dropped them directly into the “spam” folder. I have had no problems since starting this many months ago. By no means am I trying to get you to change what you are doing. I just wanted to share my experience with you.

This is what the new “not a robot” looks like. Similar ones used to appear every once in a while, but now it is almost always. 

Happy Hump Day......genie

Edit Genie said...
This is one gorgeous sky. Your capture is stunning in its beauty. Lovely photography. genie
February 22, 2012 11:52 AM

I first read about not using the word verification while visiting: 

Here is her button which I have on my blog. You will find it and the HTML code under the button on Beatrice’s blog :

The following is quoted from Beatrice’s blog:

"For those of us who like to comment a lot, word verification is a pain.  Some bloggers will not even comment if they must go through the deciphering process.  And believe me, it is a process. One mistake and it's back to the box with letters harder to decipher."

Help spread the word by identifying  your blog as a "word verification free blog."  It's a courtesy to those who take time to comment on your posts. “


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It’s Snowtime on Route 60 West ~ Our Road

This is another shot of the road which runs in front of our house. I posted it last week, but just a few days later it looked quite different after the snow. The new pictures were so pretty  I just had to post one of them. The snow started late Saturday afternoon and lasted until the afternoon on Sunday. We had no school on Monday, and then today it was all gone...the perfect snow...beautiful, wet and heavy so it stayed on the trees, and short lived.

I processed this with RadLab. It looks as if it is nearing dusk as the sun is setting. For me, experimentation with different processing programs is such fun.
“There are only two mistakes one can make 
along the road to truth; 
not going all the way, 
and not starting." 

This post is linked with "Our World Tuesday.”

Snow Bonnet

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up,

snow is exhilarating;

there is really no such thing as bad weather,

only different kinds of good weather. 

~John Ruskin

This post is linked with "Macro Monday" 

Our First Snow of the Winter of 2012

Thank goodness I have a little Acer Notebook computer as a back-up. The problem is my fingers do not do well on those little keys, but at least I am able to get up my barn photo from this weekend’s snow. This is the barn across the road from us which I have used in the past but not with snow. The picture was taken during my morning walk. It was gorgeous on our road. Hope I get the iMac and Macbook Pro back up and running properly soon, and I am able to get all of my photos found and reorganized. Please forgive my delay in least, I am looking at your posts while I am waiting. 

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret it patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This post is linked with Tricia’s Barn Charm.

Monday, February 20, 2012


If someone needs an expert to mess up their Apple computer, then I am the on to call. My iPhoto library on the MacBook Pro went bonkers this afternoon while I was trying to drag one event into another, and all 9,000 photos are now OUT of their events and helter skelter in iPhoto. Well, the saga does not end here... there is more bag news. I then went to the big iMac and the same thing happened there, but this time it was 22,000 photos helper skelter in one event instead of 100 or so events. Again, many photos are missing. Have been on line with Apple Care for hours, and we are going to continue trying to start back tomorrow after I get home from school to reconstruct my iPhoto on both computers. Wish me luck because I am going to need it! The part that really upsets me is this was our first foot of gorgeous snow and I was out as the sun was coming up photographing this morning and then again this afternoon, and all of the shots are gone. Being my silly self I froze myself half to death making a snow angel “selfie”. It is nowhere to be found, either. So, now I am off to bed totally frustrated and furious with myself as it had to be me and not the computers. As soon as I am up and running I will go back to commenting on your photos.

A Piece of Me ~ {in the picture} ~ 52 in 52 ~ #8

Taking selfies is really difficult. Here I am in my “cellblock” without any discipline referrals. My principal allows me to read, knit, or do hand work...even mess on my computer when I am not inundated with students. The decorations on the OLD blackboard - the only one in the building - are drawn by my little 6 year old granddaughter, Eloise. I am working on the hand stitched and stuffed Valentines I gave to people for Valentine’s Day this year. I haves the Rebel set on timer, and it is sitting in front of my at another desk.

This post is linked with FLickr’s {in the picture}.

Standing Guard

 We finally got our long awaited least 6 inches. Oh, Happy Day!”
There is NO SCHOOL. Oh, Happy Genie!"

“Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strike to attain.”
~Doug Couplan

Thanks to a suggestion by Kim Klassen, I downloaded the free, 30 day trial of RadLab and am having the best time playing with it textures.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Just a Country Road ~ Our Road

Route 60 West ~ Our Road ~ Rockbridge County, VA

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;  
not going all the way, and not starting."

This post is linked with Shadow Shot Sunday 2
and Flickr’s SOOC. 

Always Choose the Road Less Traveled

“I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. “
~Robert Frost ~ 1874-1963

This post is linked with "Weekend Reflections.”

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Bridge at Chestertown, MD

Chestertown, Maryland, is one of the nicest little towns we have ever visited. So much history is there in addition to the Chester River. It you look closely, you will see the controller’s house where he raises and lowers the middle span so the larger boats can go through. I have never been there when it was open, but maybe one of these day we will get to see it happen.

This post is linked with Weekend in Black and White and Sunday Bridges.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Piece of Me ~ {in the picture} ~ 52 in 52 ~ #7

I am one of those older women who has to constantly watch her weight. It is either walk before I leave for school in the mornings or drag myself out on the highway and walk after I get home in the evenings. This was taken with me fully dressed for work this morning about 6:45 at my 1/2 mile point The minute I got back to the car (my 14 minute mile complete) I took off the sneakers and put on my school teacher shoes. Then I pulled off to drive the 30 minutes to my school. Today it was beautiful so I was able to walk another mile when I got home this afternoon. I am not doing very well with my iPhone photos, but at least I am keeping my bargain of 52 photos in 52 weeks in 2012.

This post is linked with  A Piece of Me ~ {in the picture}~ on Flickr

Tru Ade vs Fanta Orange

We purchased "Fanta Man" at the  American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.
We found the True Ade thermometer
in one of our old outbuildings. FYI...The hair is made from steel wool!

“An esential aspect of creativity 
is not being afraid to fall."
~Edwin Land
(I need to continually remind myself of this!)

This post is linked with Lesley’s Sign, Signs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Carvin’s Cove ~ Roanoke, VA

Carvin’s Cove ~ Near Roanoke, Virginia

Somehow I cannot get rid of the black line on the right side of photo. Hope to figure it out before too long. I have given up for now.

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. “
 ~John Muir

This post is linked with "Watery Wednesday.”

Two Silos and a Tree

The barns on this farm are being used, but it appears that these silos are not. What I found interesting was they are brick and are the first I have seen since becoming a part of Tricia’s Barn Charm.

This post is linked with Tricia’s "Barn Charm.”

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day 2012

From my world to your world...
Happy Valentine’s Day to All of You

When I am not taking and processing pictures, I have a needle and thread in my hands making little things and some larger ones. I adore creating gifts for the different holidays, and I love quilting. For years I was an ODC cross stitcher and knitter, but Mr. Arthritis in my thumbs put an end to that. These are stuffed hearts I made for a Valentine’s Day swap sponsored by my friend, Debby, over at The Cozy Blanket.

Here are three of the valentines 
I received in the swap.

This post is linked with 
"Our World Tuesday."