Birthday Wishes


My mother, long ago

This is my mother, at about age two.


This is my youngest grandchild, Isa. She is one year’s old today.

I have only seen her one time, when this picture was taken. I am one of the legions of grandparents across this country who are not part of their grandchildren’s lives. I think about her, and her sister, Freya, every single day.

And it hurts.

I hope you are well, sweet baby. I hope you know that you have my blood coursing through your veins. I hope to hold you again….someday.


Last Night’s Full Moon

Last night we went outside to take pictures of the huge “Super Moon.” My husband set up the tripod for me and I took about a dozen shots before it had gotten so far up into the sky that it was no longer “huge.”

This photo was the first one I took, and this is “straight out of the camera”. I took it before he had the tripod set up for me, and this was the automatic setting with a flash, which I was sure would not turn out.

Funny thing is, it’s the best shot I got. I guess I still have a lot to learn about photography. And that’s why it’s such a challenge, so engrossing and so much fun, y’all!

Teleportation to Key West and Other Sucky Ideas for Topics

Oh Bless My Sweet French Toast,  I’m behind on this blogging thang, y’all.

On January 1st, I promised my hundreds of readers myself and two others that I would blog every day this year. It was a challenge on WordPress called, (what else?) the Daily Post. I figured it would help keep me motivated and give me lots of new ideas of things to write about.

It hasn’t exactly worked out like that.

Well sure, I’ve been a bit more motivated – a promise is a promise after all – but the daily topics that WordPress suggests?  They suck are less than inspiring. Take today’s topic, for instance. “When teleportation is finally possible, where will you beam yourself first?”

Seriously? What the heck is a teleportation?

Listen, I’m a 53-year-old woman, dealing with complicated issues like menopausal mood swings and middle-age acne. I just don’t have time for crap frivolity like that!  Some days, it’s all I can do to remember where I left my tweezers, much less worry about time travel that hasn’t even happened yet.

This week has been tough. My work schedule was four,  twelve-hour day shifts and that leaves no time for personal maintenance at the end of the day. I don’t have time to slather on foot creme, do my physical therapy exercises, pluck my eyebrows, trim my bangs, fix any problems with my manicure, call my mother or blog.

I worry a lot about how I’m neglecting my blog for three whole days. I think about how nice it would be to retire and write full-time. I think about how I wish I was wealthy enough to travel, because I would surely be in some exotic location sipping an umbrella drink in a hot tub, instead of working a stupid twelve-hour shift, neglecting my fingernails and all.

So. Rather than talking about a stupid time machine fantasy, or whatever the heck the transporter thing-y is supposed to be, here are few pictures I took when we were in Key West a few weeks ago. I suppose if I were able to “beam” myself somewhere, this would be The Place I’d go to again.

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You Capture Autumn

I’ve been trying to participate in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Autumn.”

We went on a road trip last week to see my son and his family. Where we live, on the coast in North Carolina, there are not many trees that actually change colors in the fall. But we sure did see a lot of gorgeous fall colors in Ohio and Michigan.

There were a lot of signs along the way, advertising pumpkins, hay rides, beef jerky, antiques, apple cider and corn mazes. I wanted to stop  and try everything, but my husband is a Yankee (sigh) and he believes in making me hold my bladder until I’m in tears pressing on until we reach our destination.

I caught this photo through the window of our moving car, so forgive the blurriness. But I love how so many folks had their yards decorated for Halloween.

Even the sunsets cooperated with a beautiful display of autumn shades.

My son’s yard was full of fallen leaves and shadows…

…..and this (be still my heart) adorable little pumpkin!

Y’all didn’t really think I wouldn’t squeeze in a photo of one of my grandchildren, did you?

Nah, I didn’t think so.

Head on over to Beth’s to see more Autumn photos, or to participate with some of your own. Next week’s challenge is Halloween and Silence. That should be interesting.

I Heart Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The folks over at I Heart Faces are doing their part – the theme this week is “Pink.”

I like to take pictures of strangers when they aren’t looking. With my zoom lens, I’m able to zoom in on the action and get some very candid shots. This lady was emerging from her car in downtown Wilmington, on an ordinary spring afternoon. I was standing there, with my zoom lens on my camera and presto! I had an interesting shot of a woman wearing a hot pink feather boa. See? This is why I love taking candid shots of strangers. You just never know.

Who wears feather boas anyway, y’all? Do you think she might be a breast cancer survivor? By the way, have you had your mammogram this year?

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

Scenic Sunday Paradise


This is my third week of posting for Scenic Sunday. Scenic Sunday is a photo meme of the scenery. It can be landscapes, buildings, flowers, or anything you feel is a scenery photo. This meme is held every Weekend. To join, just post your scenery shots on your blog and link back to Scenic Sunday. Please visit every body’s photos and comment. You won’t believe all the beautiful scenery you’ll find.

We stumbled across paradise when we were looking for the beach at Xel Ha, a eco-waterpark in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. On a cruise, celebrating my 50th birthday and our 7th anniversary, my husband and I took thousands of pictures of the local scenery. Every where we looked, the beauty of this place was overwhelming.

I wish I could say we took time to sit in these chairs and enjoy the view, but we were on a mission that day to see and photograph and record every single inch of the park. I guess I’m glad we did, or I wouldn’t have so many beautiful pictures to share!


Play this meme, y’all.