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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:29 AM

For the past week, we have had spectacular sunsets.  But, I have been waiting for the spectacular sunrises.  Certainly, if I decide to sleep in and photograph the sunset, that sunrise will be the one I have been waiting for.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:34 PM

Happy Monday.  I am building a play area for my hamster friends.  It is far more interesting than I thought it would be.  As soon as it is finished, I will post a picture of it.



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:56 PM

Very sad news today... Hajar, the sister of Hafden, passed away.  We hope miss her now and will miss her forever, but know she will rest in peace.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:37 AM

HAPPY PASSOVER 

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HAPPY EASTER

 

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 08:22 PM

Well, another adventure into Yosemite awaits.  At least two weeks of wandering around the park and seeing what I can photograph.  Wish me luck.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:04 AM

Did everyone enjoy Earth Day yesterday?  Who participated in the March for Science?  We planted two trees yesterday.  It will be exciting to see them grow.  

 

So, now I am off for Yosemite.  



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Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:27 PM

Hellllllooooooo everybody.  We have a new member to the family.  Herman, a beautiful grey hamster with black eyes.  Oh, is he gorgeous.  Herman was born 07 March 2017.  Pictures to follow.  But first, Herman has to have a day to himself to adjust to his new home.



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Posted 08 May 2017 - 12:11 AM

Hello, Horatio!! Yay! Welcome, Herman!!! Don't worry, you're in good hands with H!

 

I think I worked on Earth Day. I started a new job at a local health food store, and it's pretty interesting. Fun place to work.

 

Good luck with your Yosemite adventures!!!

 

MacKenzie is crawling and cruising and teething and babbling. She's been a very busy learner the last few weeks!!

 

Tonight I learned that if you microwave 3 slices of American cheese (the singles) with a tablespoon or so of milk for 30-60 seconds, it makes amazing mac n cheese sauce!



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello, Horatio!! Yay! Welcome, Herman!!! Don't worry, you're in good hands with H!

 

I think I worked on Earth Day. I started a new job at a local health food store, and it's pretty interesting. Fun place to work.

 

Good luck with your Yosemite adventures!!!

 

MacKenzie is crawling and cruising and teething and babbling. She's been a very busy learner the last few weeks!!

 

Tonight I learned that if you microwave 3 slices of American cheese (the singles) with a tablespoon or so of milk for 30-60 seconds, it makes amazing mac n cheese sauce!

 

Hellooooo Topazia!

 

MacKenzie is crawling and Herman found out what the ball could do last night.  He was cruising around at such high rates of speeds, that we needed to put up bumpers along the walls to keep him from an abrupt stop.  LOL!!!  We left him alone the first day and night at the house, to get accustomed to his new surroundings.  So, when he was introduced to the ball... he just loved it.  We had to watch the time so that he would not dehydrate.  We placed Herman back into his cage, he drank a load of water and then got into the wheel.  So, we placed him back into the ball for a little bit and he raced around some more.  Not wanting to tire him out, we only permitted him a short amount of time the second adventure into the ball.

 

Now that is an interesting mac and cheese creation.  My "skinny" mac and cheese version is as follows.  Take the powder and place it into a bowl.  Add a little water, stirring.  Keep adding little bits of water until it is all mixed.  You do not want to add too much water, just enough until it is blended and a little creamy looking.  Then add your macaroni.  This eliminates the butter and milk.  

 

Yosemite was terrific until the multitudes of busses arrived with a zillion tourists on each bus.  After the busses unloaded, the Yosemite Valley became overwhelmed with people.  Too many people in such a small location.  Overall, the park is big, but everyone wants to view the Valley sights, and that becomes difficult.  So many people, in such a small amount of space.  Consequently, I am avoiding the Yosemite Valley until the fall or winter.  The same goes for Yellowstone.  Only the winter and perhaps a little bit of the fall and the spring.  The majority of people really do not enjoy the park in minus twenty degree weather, so that is when I go to the park.  Besides, the buffalo look so much more interesting with snow all over their faces.  The push around the snow to find the grasses, hence their faces are covered with snow.

 

Little MacKenzie is really doing well.  How are the parents doing?  LOL!!!  I am sure that she has you running and keeping up with her.  It seems like only yesterday when you gave us the news of her birth.  Pretty soon she will learn the word NO!  I can not wait until we hear your stories of her terrible twos.  

 

Wonderful news that you have changed jobs.  I am thrilled!  Now we have our resident health foods expert.  Terrific.  I believe this is a much better place for you, than working for a company that does not appreciate it's employees.  

 

How is the writing progressing?  Are you still working on your novel?  I can not imagine that you have much spare time, with life, work, home and little MacKenzie.  

 

Well, next week I am off to a couple ghost towns in Nevada.  It would be terrific to be able to take good photographs of some of the life that was living in these towns over one hundred years ago.  More on that later.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:27 AM

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This was a rock along the California Coast.  It reminded me of a horse head that would be drawn by Picasso.  



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:29 AM

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A Pine Martin, who resides just outside Yellowstone Park.  Poor little guy is in need of some dental work.  



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:36 AM

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This is the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, in Yosemite National Park.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 11:00 PM

 

Hello, Horatio!! Yay! Welcome, Herman!!! Don't worry, you're in good hands with H!

 

I think I worked on Earth Day. I started a new job at a local health food store, and it's pretty interesting. Fun place to work.

 

Good luck with your Yosemite adventures!!!

 

MacKenzie is crawling and cruising and teething and babbling. She's been a very busy learner the last few weeks!!

 

Tonight I learned that if you microwave 3 slices of American cheese (the singles) with a tablespoon or so of milk for 30-60 seconds, it makes amazing mac n cheese sauce!

 

Hellooooo Topazia!

 

MacKenzie is crawling and Herman found out what the ball could do last night.  He was cruising around at such high rates of speeds, that we needed to put up bumpers along the walls to keep him from an abrupt stop.  LOL!!!  We left him alone the first day and night at the house, to get accustomed to his new surroundings.  So, when he was introduced to the ball... he just loved it.  We had to watch the time so that he would not dehydrate.  We placed Herman back into his cage, he drank a load of water and then got into the wheel.  So, we placed him back into the ball for a little bit and he raced around some more.  Not wanting to tire him out, we only permitted him a short amount of time the second adventure into the ball.

 

Now that is an interesting mac and cheese creation.  My "skinny" mac and cheese version is as follows.  Take the powder and place it into a bowl.  Add a little water, stirring.  Keep adding little bits of water until it is all mixed.  You do not want to add too much water, just enough until it is blended and a little creamy looking.  Then add your macaroni.  This eliminates the butter and milk.  

 

Yosemite was terrific until the multitudes of busses arrived with a zillion tourists on each bus.  After the busses unloaded, the Yosemite Valley became overwhelmed with people.  Too many people in such a small location.  Overall, the park is big, but everyone wants to view the Valley sights, and that becomes difficult.  So many people, in such a small amount of space.  Consequently, I am avoiding the Yosemite Valley until the fall or winter.  The same goes for Yellowstone.  Only the winter and perhaps a little bit of the fall and the spring.  The majority of people really do not enjoy the park in minus twenty degree weather, so that is when I go to the park.  Besides, the buffalo look so much more interesting with snow all over their faces.  The push around the snow to find the grasses, hence their faces are covered with snow.

 

Little MacKenzie is really doing well.  How are the parents doing?  LOL!!!  I am sure that she has you running and keeping up with her.  It seems like only yesterday when you gave us the news of her birth.  Pretty soon she will learn the word NO!  I can not wait until we hear your stories of her terrible twos.  

 

Wonderful news that you have changed jobs.  I am thrilled!  Now we have our resident health foods expert.  Terrific.  I believe this is a much better place for you, than working for a company that does not appreciate it's employees.  

 

How is the writing progressing?  Are you still working on your novel?  I can not imagine that you have much spare time, with life, work, home and little MacKenzie.  

 

Well, next week I am off to a couple ghost towns in Nevada.  It would be terrific to be able to take good photographs of some of the life that was living in these towns over one hundred years ago.  More on that later.

 

Oh I remember what fun my Topazia had with her ball! She'd roam all over the place and the cats left her alone because she'd chase them in the ball! XD I'm glad Herman loves his so much.

 

That's a neat way to avoid ingredients. We tend to do what we can to alter recipes when we're missing ingredients more than to be healthier. And we're out of butter. I might have to try that if we have another box of mac.

 

The parks sound like they were crazy to be in. Good luck with your travels in the not so busy season for sure!!

 

MacKenzie is definitely keeping us on our toes. From the need to go exactly where we don't want her to, to a crazy sleep schedule (she likes to stay up all night and mama really needs to get up for work so PLEASE STOP WHINING AT 4AM) to just being a funny little person. Sean and I are doing ok. Tired. He's still looking for work but she's getting loads of daddy time so she doesn't care.

 

I'm more of a health pizza expert. I learned to toss pizza dough! And I only burned myself once so far when everyone else has all sorts of burns on their arms from the oven. (It bites.) 

 

As for writing, between juggling baby and husband and only a 30 for lunch and I need that time to do my mom thing (she eats mama so mama has to give dad food), it's taken a back burner. But my creativity is stirring and I've gained access to my writing stuff, so I expect to make time soon. I've also been working on videos but that's even more time consuming.

 

Safe travels and may you find perfect light and strong settings for your images! :-D



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 09:15 AM

Aaaahhhhh, the elusive perfect light.  Yes, perfect light would be such a wonderful gift.  Every morning for over three weeks, I was up early, waiting on the beach for a dramatic sunrise.  Nothing.  The following morning, I needed to be at the car service center, and as I am driving there, what an incredible sunrise.  Gorgeous clouds, light rays and tons and tons of colour.  It lasted but about four minutes, if that, and then if was behind the clouds.  And... there was not even a chance for me to take an iPhone picture.  LOL!!!  That is always the way.

 

Tossing a pizza... perhaps I need to come to your pizza place just to see you toss the pizza.  LOL!!!  Of course, it would be a bit of a drive, seeing as how I am out in Utah.  But, the thought is fun.  Aloe, keep lots and lots of aloe nearby.  Running your arm, fingers, hands, under luke warm to cold water is the first step, that gets rid of the sting, and cools down the burn.  Then apply the aloe.  But, of course, you are in a health food store, so I am certain that you already know that bit of information.  I clearly remember when I was cooking bacon on the grill and severely burnt my hand.  OUCH!!!!!  I ran my hand under water for almost an hour.  Then I tore apart my aloe plant and glopped on the aloe.  That did feel good.

 

Herman is a semi-diurnal hamster.  His sleep pattern is not normal.  He wakes up around 07H00, then wants to be active for the next two to three hours.  He gets a little ball time in the morning, and then just wants to hang out with us.  I believe there is a little bit of human in him.  I always worry that he will get dehydrated, so after about fifteen to twenty minutes, I place him back in his cage so that he can get a drink of water.

 

MacKenzie is showing her personality.  You and Sean are going through parent training.  She is seeing just how far she can get you both to comply.  LOL!!!  You two are doing well in your roles.  Now you know who is the boss in the house, and it certainly is not the two of you.  

 

The best way to discover new recipes is to have a lack of money and not be able to make the recipe as stated.  What is great about Florida, is that I had container gardens.  I used the seeds to create new plants.  For example, I love tomatoes, and I started with the seeds from one tomato, and threw them into a container, then this grew into a large number of tomatoes.  And banana trees are wonderful producers of fruit, but you do not want to plant them in the ground, as you will have a banana over run.  They are such prolific reproduction specialists, that you will be able to supply all the banana growers with what you find in your backyard.  We started with one and ended up with over one hundred.  Then I had to have them cut back until I only had about five.  We then expanded our varieties introducing apple bananas, red bananas, and a few others.  Now the banana grove is getting too large again and is time to be cut back.  We have avocados, papayas, citrus trees, and a variety of other wonderful foods.  I just love having a year round growing season.

 

The park... oh, I was borderline overwhelmed.  There were so many buses, so many people and when they got off the bus, it was like a swarm of fast moving bees.  Hopefully you were already in the spot, before the bus pulled up.  An example, I had my tripod next to my friend's tripod, and I was bending down to change lenses.  As I did this, a lady picked up my tripod and attempted to move it.  But I was bending over between the legs of the tripod, so she could not move it far.  And... there was lots of space for her to go to another spot to take a picture.  I guess that she thought our view was better than other spots.  Anyway, we stood our ground and asked that she photograph in another spot.  LOL!!!  Part of fall, winter and part of spring are the only dates I want to be in the park.  

 

Time... I always had something on the back burner, as other priorities got into the way.  It is so interesting how you have time for some things, then all of a sudden your priorities change, such as with MacKenzie.  Finding time is the biggest challenge.  Hopefully you will find some time, as you are a very talented writer.  But... it will come when it is supposed to arrive in your life.  

 

Later this week, I am heading for some hundred year old ghost towns to take some pictures.  There is weather approaching, let us hope that it is almost gone, or at least it gives us some phenomenal sunrises and sunsets.  

 

That about covers everything.  Take care and please stay in touch.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:11 AM

When I was at Whole Foods yesterday, I was thinking of you.  This poor girl must have been new, she was having a very hard time throwing a pizza.  I went through my shopping and came back towards the pizza counter as she was taking one of her pizzas out of the oven.  It was an oval.  I stopped for a minute, and looked at her pizza, it was pretty strange looking.  She will need a lot more practice in recognizing what a round pizza looks like.



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:13 AM

Good morning everyone.  Father's Day is coming up.  Are you ready?  I am excited to celebrate Father's Day with my very special father.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:27 AM

Here comes Cindy!!!   In Memphis, we are waiting for all the rain to arrive.  Hopefully, we will not lose too many trees.



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 06:32 AM

Good morning.  Lots and lots of rain here, but for our friends out west, they are having big problems with the high heat and dry conditions.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:00 AM

Happy Monday everybody!  

 

We escaped the weather from Cindy with only one day of heavy rain.  That was a relief.  The great news is that the trees remained standing.  






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