I don’t have a fictional or imagined story to go with this one because the real story is just too damned cute as it is. I went to the wedding of the cousin of my former dance teacher(groom) and a former student of mine(bride) (how’s that for small worlds?). They had two adorable little flower girls who did a perfect job walking and gently scattering petals from their baskets. At one point during the ceremony, one of the little girls must have decided it was also her job to pick the petals back up again after she scattered them because that is exactly what she is doing in this shot!
July 19, 2015
July 18, 2015
“Harold, why are we stopping here? Are you sure this is even a pond?”
“Yes, dear, of course dear.”
“But Harold, this pond has such hard edges, and I’m pretty sure there is a human stalking us!”
“Yes, dear, of course dear.”
“Harold, are you even listening to me?”
“Yes, dear, of course dear.”
“Harold? HAROLD!!! I’m going to shove that beak right into that feathered patootie of yours if you don’t start listening to me!”
As you may remember from last year (or click here if you don’t), we had to replace our pool when the heft of the heavy snow collapsed the wall of our old one. We certainly had our share of snow again this past winter, and it took its time melting in the spring. Sometime in March, I believe, my husband decided to loosen the cord around the cover of the pool to allow it to relieve some strain from the weight of the snow. As it melted and became more icky, he decided at the end of April to remove the cover in an attempt to keep the goo from falling into the water. I was dubious about this move since late April is not a time in New England when one wants to be concerning oneself with keeping a pool clean. His decision so I let him deal with it in his way and kept my mouth shut. As May progressed, as I had predicted to myself, the pool was looking quite a bit like a pond. These ducks made regular visits through most of the month, having a swim and hanging out by their private pond. By the end of May, my husband starting taking care of it and making it more like a pool again, and the ducks didn’t return.
July 17, 2015
Much to her surprise and dismay, the owl carrying her letter for admission to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry got hopelessly lost in its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Denied the chance to perfect her magical skills as an 11-year-old, Sarah often found herself running as quickly as she could and trying to fly, and avidly following any news she could find involving quidditch matches. At the age of 17, she came as close as she ever would to flying without the aid of a broom….
I took this photo at Sarah’s final home track meet. She competed in long jump and triple jump and managed to get quite a bit of air – which I enjoyed photographing. It was rather bittersweet, seeing my senior girl compete for the last time.
July 16, 2015
Or… “Foxen!” *
“Billy!!!! C’mon, c’mon, mom’s not around let’s play!”
“You wanna play Iggy? I’ll play! Hi-Ya! Karate chop!”
“Ulf, I’m gonna get you for that one!”……
Real story This past April, I discovered fox kits living under the shed in my back yard. I had seen the mother fox patrolling along an old stone wall at the back of my property throughout the spring time, and often heard her strange calls in the night. One late afternoon, movement caught my eye from the kitchen window. When I realized what it was, I quickly grabbed my camera with the telephoto lens attached and started shooting approaching that gate in my backyard. I wish I could have taken the picture without the gate in the way, but I’m sure I never could’ve gotten close enough to do that without scaring them off. As it turned out, I got closer than I thought I would before Mama Fox returned and they dove back underneath my shed.
* “Foxen” is a family joke. There is a great sketch by a comedian named Brian Regan called “Stupid in School” that my daughters introduced me to several years ago that we laugh about and quote lines from it all the time. I think my girls could probably quote it verbatim start to finish if I asked them to. Take a minute and watch it – have a laugh. Do you remember the part about making the plural of ox? That has become a regular joke around here for any word that ends in ox. In fact, last year when we were on vacation in Maine visiting a candy store called “Len Libby’s”, famous for its life sized chocolate moose, there was a sales display full of toy stuffed animal moose. Sarah gleefully called out “a boxen of moosen!”
July 15, 2015
Hello Blogging friends. It has been well over a month since I’ve posted. Time for me to try jumping back in again. I recently commented to Robin and to Carol that I’ve been having trouble getting back into the swing of things even though I am out of school for the summer and have much more time on my hands. Where should I begin? Which stories and photos are worth sharing? I started scrolling back through the shots on my memory card when I remembered that way back in May, Dawn invited me to do the Five Photos, Five Days challenge.
I continued my scrolling, now with a purpose. Which five shots could I tell a story about?
Now, as you may recall, I’m not one for sticking strictly to the “rules” when it comes to blog challenges. I often like to find a way to make something my own. If I remember correctly the “rules” for this one were only to post a photo 5 days in a row with a story, fiction or nonfiction, to go along with it and to invite another blogger to join in each post. Well, here I am making my own so-called rules.
First of all, I think the Five Photos, Five Days challenge was out and about long enough ago that any of you who are regular visitors to my blog who might enjoy this sort of thing have probably already participated. Honestly I’m wondering if I will still have regular readers after this blogging break – I guess I will find out! If you are that soul who hasn’t been invited but would like to participate, consider yourself invited!
Secondly, I found 6 photos that I have inklings of stories to tell in my head at this time. Right now, it is my plan to do Six Photos, Six Days.
And third, regarding the fiction vs nonfiction aspect of the stories, I feel like I could possibly create a bit of a whimsical story to go with each of the photos I’ve chosen, or at least maybe the beginning of a whimsical story, but that I’d also like to give you the real story behind the photo. I think these shots can help “catch me up” a bit with what I’ve been up to.
So that’s my plan. Whether it really works out that way, I don’t know. I haven’t written the posts yet, so I guess we will see over the next few days.
In case you were wondering about the flowers meandering through this post, they are flowers you would’ve seen had you had the chance to meander about my yard at various times throughout the spring and early summer. Many are in the ground, and long since passed by, while some are in containers around my deck and still blooming.
These were all taken with that 85mm lens that I was so thrilled to have purchased this past March. The shots are all SOOC, completely unmessed about with in editing programs. I’m still extremely happy with it and it is becoming my “go-to” lens unless I need telephoto or wide-angle.
Post number one should be up tomorrow… and away we go….
June 6, 2015
So, my friends, this happened:
And this happened…
I have many pictures and lots of thoughts to share with you but time is just flying by in a blur. I can barely believe my youngest, my baby, is done with high school. We’ve been crazy busy with a week of senior events, and dance recital is still upcoming next weekend, and let’s throw a friend’s upcoming wedding into the mix just to keep us a little busier.
I’ve got 8 more days of school left (boy it is tough being the only one in my house that has to get up for school these days!) and I’m hoping the days will slow down a bit when I’m done. I still have Sarah’s graduation party to get ready for, as well as her college orientation but those at least happen when I’m out of school for the summer.
I’m still doing my best to keep up with you all in the blogosphere with commennts and “likes” so that you know I’ve been to see you, but now you know why my posts have been sporadic at best.
Congratulations to members of the class of 2015 everywhere!
May 17, 2015
Hi there! I unexpectedly have taken almost a month off from blogging. My intentions have been good but my follow-through has been bad! It has been a busy spring, once it finally arrived here in New England. Much to do with never enough time to do it. So many photos and ideas. Here’s a little peek, via my iPhone photos, of just a bit of what I’ve been enjoying this spring.
On Mother’s Day, my two daughters went shopping for, cooked and cleaned up after this delicious meal. Those are grilled chicken thighs and a salad with spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges and toasted pine nuts. It was delicious!
After school that day, I went to Sarah’s final track meet at her high school. Since it was the last home meet of the season, this was the meet for the celebration of the track team members who are seniors.
Traditionally, I mow the lawn for the first time each year during the first week of May. Spring was slow to start this year, and so was I! I finally did it for the first time this past Thursday. By the time I got to it, all these pretty weeds were filling the back corner of my yard like wildflowers. I felt kind of bad mowing them down, but I really couldn’t let the lawn get to a height where it would be difficult to deal with it.
Due to the heavy amounts of snow we received this winter, my husband made the determination to release the edges of our pool cover while there was still heavy snow on top of it in order to prevent any chance of the walls collapsing under the weight. He decided to completely remove the cover a few weeks ago. It won’t be actively taken care of on a daily basis for a couple more weeks and in the meantime, this pair of ducks has been stopping by for a swim! I guess it does kind of look like a pond right now.
The days of school are winding down – 22 more for me, only 9 for Sarah, my graduating senior. I hope it won’t be another month before I post again, but busy days are ahead. I hope your spring is treating you well!
April 20, 2015
This quote is so true in so many ways. I’m here to focus on the beautiful this morning, despite the fact that today’s weather is less than beautiful.
Spring has been very slow to arrive in the northeast this year, but we have finally been experiencing some days of warmth and sunshine. Last Sunday was warm and breezy, and I took a little time just to sit outside and appreciate.
It is school vacation week here in Massachusetts. Today is Patriot’s Day and Boston Marathon Day. A blogger that I read, Amy of “Plain Mama” is running this year. Best of luck Amy!
I got to kick off my vacation week in one of my favorite ways. Jennifer, Renae and I headed up to Pickity Place once again. Saturday’s weather was lovely and sunny and warm, and flowers were popping out all over, despite Pickity’s New Hampshire location. We figured they must have started some of these plants in their protected greenhouse and then brought them out.
What beautiful changes are you experiencing this time of year?
April 6, 2015
Wow, it has been 5 years since I began this blog – WordPress kindly reminded me when I logged in today. I remember not knowing how long I would keep this up when I began, but here I am still blogging when I feel like it. You just never know when a post will show up around here!
I hadn’t planned to blog today, but since today is the 5 year anniversary, I thought why not?
Back when I began, Meghan was a freshman in high school, and Sarah was still a middle-schooler in 7th grade. Meghan is nearly finished with sophomore year of college now and Sarah will be graduating from high school in 2 months.
Back when I began, I was still shooting photos with my frustrating Olympus camera. Now I’m still using my first DSLR, my Canon Rebel, but I am happily learning and growing with new lenses for it. Has my photography improved? I hope so, but I’m still creating photos that make me happy!
Back when I began, I was very casual about my health and exercise routine. Today, I’m continuing my fitness journey. I’m happily maintaining the weight loss I achieved last year and I am working on building strength. I’ve moved on to weight-lifting routines and am hoping to achieve a new level of fitness.
Back when I began, I was still hoping to become a social studies teacher at my middle school. Those dreams are pretty much dashed now, but I’ve moved on to a new goal. I am actively studying to pass the state test that would allow me to become licensed as a middle school math teacher.
Back when I began, the Red Sox won their opening day game against the Yankees. Today I am enjoying watching the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day (it is the 7th inning with a Red Sox 4-0 lead as I type this post)!
Back when I began, we were enjoying record-breaking high temperatures in April of 2010. It certainly has NOT been that way around here recently, but I have hope that spring is finally coming through. We have a cloudy but mild day today.
I will take it! And a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee to go with it!
Over the course of 5 years, much has changed but much has stayed the same!
April 4, 2015
Hey Robin, look what I found today under the melting snow!
Maybe they won’t be as late as I thought! :-)
Lots of snow melted around here yesterday with the 60 degree day. It isn’t quite as warm today and it’s rather blustery, but still above 40. Looks like temps are going to stay that way over the next week, so maybe the last of the cursed white stuff will finally be gone.