Sunday, September 25, 2011

Genie is Missing in Action ~ No WiFi ~ 9-26-11

WiFi has been down since last Tuesday morning and today is Monday, Sept. 26th....I have called and called to no avail. It is STILL down. Please forgive my not commenting on your posts and not posting anything myself, but hopefully it will be back and running again this week sometime. I have gotten only double talk from the provider....i.e. we sent in work order for you and another person out where you are, but Century Link only got the one...sure. I really believe that one. The other house got fixed two days ago. Ours was supposed to be up and running yesterday AM at 9:21 at the latest, but NO SUCH LUCK. We use WiFi to operate our Verizon black box that boosts the signal for our cell phones out here in the boon-docks. We watch Net Flix and Hulu on the TV because we refuse to pay the inflated prices of Direct TV and that requires no PBS or National Geo reading books, cleaning, and fretting and grumbling...grr, grr, grr. Can’t wait to see all of your posts from the last week. I know they will boost my morale. Thanks for my GF across the mt.,  I am on line now just for a bit. Take care and I will be back on line soon. When will this end...almost a full week now:-(

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Signs, Signs ~ 9-22-11

Kerrs Creek Dumpster Site Recycling Containers
I took these shots with the trusty iPhone on my way to work yesterday...another very foggy morning. I drop off the garbage each morning faithfully. The garbage containers are on other side of lot. Our area of the county is very recycling oriented, but sadly we are not provided with enough containers. The clean-up is leased out to a private company, and the drivers come at least 3 time a week to haul it all off. Still, that seems not be be enough. There is one main recycling center on the other side of the county, but most people do not want to drive all the way over there to leave their items.

"What we are living with is the result of human choices 
and it can be changed by making better, wiser choices.”
~Robert Redford
This post is linked with Signs, Signs, one of the most”fun” memes online. Be sure to check it out. A visit always puts a big smile on your face.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Watery Our World Tuesday ~ 9-20-11

This pond is less than a mile from the house and on the route I drive when I go to see my best friend. Buddy runs and bikes by it everyday, too. So many people have ponds like this our here in our little part of the country.

“When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing ~ just sitting and looking at the sea or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?”
~Ralph Marston

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday and Watery Wednesday.

The Homeplace Barn ~ 9-19-11

Barn at the Homeplace
Catawba, Virginia

This barn is part of the old John Morgan Family Homeplace, set on 600 acres, and built in 1907. The Morgan family raised purebred horses, beef cattle, and later ran a dairy farm. In 1978, the buildings and 63 acres were purchased by Harold C. Wingate. Renovation on the home structure began in 1981, and The Homeplace Restaurant opened for business in 1982. The Wingate Family currently owns 150 0f the 600 acres. The restaurant in the old homeplace is out of this world, serving country style meals which we think are the best. A full dinner with 2 meats is only $13.00, and for a 3rd meat you will only pay a dollar more. Their roast beef is to die for.

"As much as I converse with sages and heroes,
 they have very little of my love and admiration. 
 I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds 
and the prattling of my children.”
  ~John Adams

This post is linked with Barn Charm.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mr. Bug Eye ~ 9-19-11

Mr. Bug Eye Sitting on My Mini Sunflower
(taken with my iPhone)

The photos in this little mosaic were developed in an iPhone app called “iBooth.” It was the best 99 cents I have spent in ages. There are all kinds of funky and cool things you can do once you import your photo. These three are called: kaleidoscope, light tunnel, and swirl.

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
~Pablo Picasso

This post is linked with Mellow Yellow Monday,

Surprise Shadow ~ 9-18-11

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge ~ Virginia Beach, VA
(I do not have a clue who these two gentlemen are in the photo, but the shadow is moi.)

"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures."  ~James Thurber

This post is linked with Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Spider Web or Christmas Lights? ~ 9-16-11

The Spiders Are Very Busy Here on the Creek

"Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.”
~Frank Lloyd Wright

Skywatch Friday ~ 9-16-11

Sun Setting behind the Teaford House
Rockbridge County, VA

“Once while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden he was asked, “What would you do if you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today? He replied, “I would finish hoeing my garden.”

This post is linked with Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Signs, Signs ~ 9-14-11

 Getting Ready for the Virginia Beach Marathon
Thank goodness for the Elite Seats Port-a-Johns.

Guess this is Mr. Elite lowering one of the facilitles...

There were several getting lowered from the back of this truck...

 Lots of Elite Seats....

Lots more Elite Seats......

And we have what I think is one of the Elite Seats Sucker Uppers!

After the intensity of the weekend and the memories and memorials to 9-11, 
I thought I’d post these shots for a bit of brevity.

"Brevity is the soul of wit.”
~William Shakespeare

This post is linked to Lesley’s Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our World Tuesday ~ 9-13-11

September 13, 2011 ~ The Drive to Work
A Foggy Morning in Rockbridge County

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
~Henry Matisse

This post is liked Our World Tuesday and The Creative Exchange.

 For these three photos I used a combination of Kim Klassen’s
 “zenthing” and “magic4” textures.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday ~ 9-12-11

Stella De Oro Daylily at End of Season

"I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love.”
 ~Conor Oberst

Just A Different Point of View

This post is linked with Mellow Yellow Monday.

Rebirth ~ 9-11-12

A Rebirth on This Sad Day ~ 9-11-12
(new begonia bloom)

"For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.”
~ Deepak Chopra, M.D.

This post is linked with Scenic Sunday and Macro Monday.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another Shadowy Weekend from the Beach in Black and White ~ 9-9-11

          Aug. 30, 2011       5:38:44pm        5:38:48pm       5:38:49pm          5:38:58pm            5:39:00pm

Fun and Games at Sandbridge ~ VA Beach, VA.

I am still in shock that I was able to get a shadow and a reflection, both, in the first picture. I had no clue until I saw it on the computer screen.  

“Sweet childish days, that were as long as twenty days now.”
~William Wordsworth

This post is linked with “The Weekend in Black and White,” “Weekend Reflections,"

Skywatch Friday ~ 9-9-11

Twin birds and planes....pretty cool. Who would know from these skies that we were 3 days late for our beach vacation due to Hurricane Irene. This is the way the skies were the entire time we were at Virginia Beach in the area called Sandbridge. It was amazing.I am not so good at capturing the likes of water fowl and planes in flight because I get dizzy when I look towards the sky. Somehow I managed to pull it off this year, but I really do wish I had a better telephoto lens. Maybe I will ask Santa for one.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward,but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
~Ursula LeGuin

This post is linked with “Skywatch Friday.”