Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Squirrel and spring flowers



I knew that I wanted a wildlife shot for my baton day yesterday, but I hadn’t taken the camera out in a while so I wasn’t sure what I would get. I stalked the windows and my deck for a while but didn’t see a single bird that wasn’t too far away or moving too fast. Instead, I brought the camera with me while I walked out to the mailbox to get the mail.

This squirrel ran away from me all the way down the driveway. He then took refuge in a short cedar and climbed as high as he could, but soon discovered he was about eye level with me. He panicked and ran away before stopping at a safe distance to eat. Fortunately for me his safe distance was still well within the range of my camera and I was able to get several shots of him eating this spring wildflower right in front of a patch of daffodils.

According to Google and my best guess the flower he’s eating is henbit. I need to better educate myself about the plants growing on my property.


Read Full Post »

RDU Baton

Today I had the great privilege of running the RDU Baton family of social media sites. Here are all of my photos in case you missed them:








Click on the photos to read their original captions.

Are you considering signing up for the RDU Baton? Do it! You can find their open days here: RDU Baton calendar.

I’ll post that squirrel photo soon.

Read Full Post »

Snow Day


Oh the weather outside is frightful.


But the fire is so delightful.


And since we’ve no place to go…

Where’s our snow? I only see ice.

Read Full Post »




It was so foggy I couldn’t see the lake this morning. This is the kind of weather that I’d love to enjoy at home, but these past two mornings I have had somewhere else to be.

Read Full Post »

Hey, it’s 2013

How did that happen?

Yesterday morning started like this:


Then I went back to sleep.

In the evening we threw an awesome New Years Eve party full of good friends, yummy food, and two roaring fireplaces (with indoor s’mores). It was exactly how I hoped we would ring in the new year.

Here’s to an awesome 2013!

Mine will start with a nap.

Read Full Post »

Penultimate day of 2012

The days between Christmas and New Years are strange, aren’t they? We all get our Christmas celebrating out of the way in advance of the holiday, so afterward we have nothing left for observing the feast days. This year, people we might have seen in a normal week are either traveling or sick. My husband has been on vacation this whole week, but the to do list we developed with optimism at the beginning of his time off is now kind of weighing like a brick. It feels as though our time, like the year, is slowly dwindling and giving way to something new. I think the best thing about New Years Eve is that we get the chance to look forward to real life again with optimism and celebration. Bring on the new year! I have rested and I am ready!

I am starting to formulate plans and strategies for 2013. I would like to read more, internet less, eat better, go outside often, and continue keeping up with both my house and my relationships. I hope to see my parents this year. I have a long lost friend I’d like to get back in touch with. Frugality will be an issue and will take a lot of effort. My godbaby will turn 3 this year and will continue turning into a strange little person that I am enjoying getting to know. Maybe we’ll finally have one of our own? Who knows. I’m looking forward to this year and all of its promise.


Read Full Post »

Christmas Eve

Somehow I always forget just how much church we attend at Christmastime. What starts in my mind as a full day on Christmas Eve to get last minute things done ends up being a couple of chunks of a few hours each that aren’t very useful at all. Today my husband and I were lucky to find a few quiet minutes for lunch together so we could catch our breath and light the last Advent candle in our wreath.


The rest of the day is devoted to attending an early Christmas Mass, the traditional Christmas Eve dinner with anyone who shows up, and preparing what we can in advance for tomorrow’s dinner with the family.

And, of course, chasing the cat away from the tree:


Merry last day of Advent to you and yours.

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »