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July 24, 2011

Portrait of a Summer Evening

I don’t have to tell you it is hot.  Seems most of the country has been experiencing a heat wave over the last few days.  Thankfully, at least around here, it seems to be breaking today.  Highs should only be in the upper 80’s and we have a chance for showers throughout the day.  Due to the heat of the day, evening has been the more pleasant time to head outside, and it is a nice time for taking pictures.

The girls came outside for a swim and hand-stand practice:

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The day lillies glow in the evening:

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One of my dahlias showed a deep red that I have difficulty capturing in the daytime:
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The sky was painted with swirly clouds:

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And some of my favorite summer creatures came around for a photo session:

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Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

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Hummingbird moth

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and my hummingbird took his evening post.

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Daphne says, “I don’t care what you think, Mom, it is still too hot!”

January 19, 2011

Picture Winter Day 19

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“A Different Kind of Story”

The photo prompt got personal today: “Today, share a little something about you: where you’re at, what you’re doing, how you’re feeling. It can be serious, revealing, playful or a little of each. Anything goes. Capture something that will give us a glimpse into your world.”

I realize this shot is no masterpiece of photography.  It is, however, a glimpse into my life.  I was trying to think of a way to show the general tumult of my daily life, while still showing some of my interests that help to make me, me.  While I was arranging the books and trying to fit them into my shot, Meghan popped in under the table and I started catching little corners of her face.  Then Teddy’s nose snuck in too, and it just seemed right.

December 26, 2010

A Quick Christmas Follow-up

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I’d love to style this post a la Gerry with a poem in the style of “A Visit from St. Nick,” but I’m too pooped to be creative.  I did want to share a few pictures from our weekend.  I’ve been on the go since Christmas Eve, prepping  for two Christmas celebrations here at my house – one with mom yesterday and one with dad today (mom and dad are divorced).  On Christmas Eve, I cooked all these ahead of time for Christmas Day:
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(mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry bread, zucchini bread, homemade cinnamon buns, thumbprint cookies)

I used this recipe from Sweet Savory Life for the cinnamon buns.  Yummy!  In addition to what is pictured above, I also made a chocolate pudding pie and, for the first time ever, made brine for my turkey.  I followed Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  The turkey was very moist, but I’m not sure I’d bother doing it again.  I didn’t notice any flavor added from the brining.

On to Christmas Day.
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I’m quite thankful for having kids who no longer need to be up crazy early to open gifts.  I do miss a little of the “magic” of Christmas with young children and the excitement of Santa, but things are nice this way too.

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Teddy puts up with a little Christmas decorating by the kids…

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…and with being a pillow after a big day of visiting with people, who of course only came to our house to visit the dogs.  Are my dogs the only ones who think this way?

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Happy, funny girls

Can you take another food picture?  After a big dinner, served early afternoon so poor hubby could eat before he had to leave for work, we had quite the selection at our little dessert buffet:

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It came a day late, but the snow has finally arrived here.  It started snowing this afternoon.  We have a couple inches right now, with possible blizzard-like conditions tonight.  Predictions are for 10 to 15 inches by the time it is all done.  I guess Andre will finally get his introduction to snow.