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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Good Fences #88 - Let's Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today.

It's a great day to give thanks for the many blessings each of us has in our lives.  Let's get started by joining Theresa from the Run-a-round Ranch Report for
GOOD FENCES .  - I am "thankful" that she continues to host this awesome meme with us and for her blog as well.  It brings a lot of joy into many people's lives.

So today I'm sharing a fence of sorts in celebration of what we often refer to as,  "Turkey Day" here in the US.

I spotted this fellow behind the porch "fence rail" and just had to take his photo.  Isn't he cute! 
I've been saving this photo for some time to share today.  On one of our drives up to the mountains we spotted this family of "wild" turkeys strutting through a field.  -  We're going to think outside the box here and say that the "underbrush fence" qualifies today for this meme too.

Have a wonderful day.  Let's be greatful for all that we have.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Warm Heart Wednesday & Willy Nilly Friday Five

Hello & Welcome!

Today I am joining in on a brand new Meme called: Warm Heart Wednesday hosted by Jenny Matlock and also joining Tanya for Willy Nilly Friday Five.

WARM HEART WEDNESDAY - Please visit Jenny's blog and check this meme out.

Yesterday my Granddaughter Coleen surprised us (well I sort of knew about part of the surprise since she told me she was doing it for her Grandpa) by making us breakfast.  -  She got up at 5:00 am so she would be awake before her Grandpa got up.  He normally fixes her breakfast in the morning before she goes to school.  I don't get up until around 7:00. 

She made up this Menu Board of various choices for us to pick.  I had Granola Cereal, A Hard Boiled Egg & Orange Juice.  Grandpa picked Cereal and a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich.  She warms my heart by being such a thoughtful and sweet child.

Now let's join in for some WILLY NILLY FRIDAY FIVE FUN

1.  My mom's next door neighbor has an Apple Tree in their yard.  All summer long I watched this one apple that just kept hanging on the tree until it shriveled up into a very flat looking apple.  We had very high winds this week and I decided to check and see if that apple was still there.....

"Hanging On."

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. - William Feather.

2.  I've enjoy finding some unusual stuff like that apple and the leaves below this week to photograph.  Sometimes those little unexpected and often over looked items can really be interesting and beautiful.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.  What you have caught on film is captured remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. - Aaron Siskind.

3.  Sometimes you find life can be so fun when you capture moments like this:
All serious daring starts from within. - Eudora Welty.

4.  Or this....
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day. - William Law
Just so you know, Ghost did not get that squireel but boy was that squirrel taunting him.

5.  I love to laugh and Coleen is really good at making me laugh.  Check this out...She'll be embarrassed by this but hey she's the one who decided to do it.
A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin.

Be sure to laugh today (if you haven't already) as I would hate for your day to be wasted.
Have a great weekend.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Good Fences #87 - Soaring Hawk

 Welcome! - I've been absent from the blog this week as it's the time of year when I start getting super busy with holiday stuff.  I've been working on Christmas Cards this week which has kept me pretty occupied. 

I do however want to participate in Theresa's great meme:  GOOD FENCES.

Back in September I went and took a tour of a private Christian School that we are thinking of sending Coleen to next year.  While I was driving back from the school I happened to notice this cool look gate so I stopped to take a few pictures of it.

Click to Enlarge Photos:

 In this shot you get the view of the Blue Mountains, a cool looking tree that had already started changing colors, some pretty grasses and the gate itself.

 Coming in for a little closer view.

Closer yet.

 If you click to enlarge this you will see the "neat detail" on the letter (S) and (H) which resemble the wings/feathers of the hawk on the gate.

This rock formation and grasses were planted near the entrance as well.  I thought they needed a photo to.

Turns out this was supposed to be a Housing Division but apparently they went bankrupt before any homes were even built on the property.  It's now, For Sale. - They sure put up a grand entrance though.  I guess it was a case of,  "putting the cart before the horse" since they ended up never building any homes here.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Willy Nilly Friday Five

Hi! - I've been absent from participating in
WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE for a few weeks and thought I'd join in again today.  WNFF is hosted by Tanya (Around Roanoke).
 Here are 5 Things and some photos that I'm thankful for today.

1.   I'm thankful that when I slipped last night trying to "herd" cats to the bedroom and fell into our dishwasher I only bruised my hand and didn't break anything.  I'm also thankful no one (especially my hubby) saw what happened.  I'm sure it was pretty comical as I had one cat in my arms and was trying to move one with my foot when I accidentally stepped on her tail, she yowled, I dropped the cat I was carrying, slipped on the floor and banged hard into the kitchen counter and dishwasher.  Cats went running every direction.  I bet it was quite the sight.

2.  Speaking of cats....I'm thankful to enjoy cuteness like this every day.

Bandit & Pepper on the Left - Bandit and Spooky-boo on the Right.
3.  I'm thankful for this sweet girl.  She's a joy (most of the time) to have around. 

 Recovering after her surgery last week.
4.  I'm thankful for this little dog, and a halfway decent photo of myself.  You will notice Coleen is the photographer for this photo.  This was taken during one of our nature/photo walks a few weeks ago.

Me & Pixie (my mom's dog)

5.  I'm thankful for time to relax, time to work, time to play, time to reflect...well you get the picture.

The "Tick-Tock" balloon that was at the Balloon Stampede in October.
Bonus Photo since I mentioned being thankful for colorful fall foliage yesterday.   I spotted 3 very different and yet colorful leaves in our driveway.  I picked them up and arranged them on the sidewalk for a little photo shoot so I could enjoy their color a little longer.
Have a beautiful weekend.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Good Fences #86 - Rusty, Twisted & Blue

Welcome! - Let's join Theresa (The Run-a-round Ranch Report) for GOOD FENCES.

Did you ever set out to take a photo of something specific and unexpectedly find yourself discovering something totally different?  - Well that's what happened to me the other day.  I had went for a drive to photograph a couple of specific things that I'd seen and wanted pictures of.  As I was driving I spotted the freshly fallen snow on our Blue Mountains .  I stopped to take this lovely photo (which does have a fence in it) and as I was getting ready to roll the window back up and drive off I happened to glance to my left at the field next to where I was parked. 


What do you know here was this really cool rusty fence rail with some barbed wire and some twisted wire.  Naturally I had to get a photo of it so I could share for Good Fences.

I found this to be a very unexpected but pleasant surprise.  I hope as you are out and about that you find unexpected photograph opportunities too.

Have a wonderful day & don't forget to stop by Theresa's blog to check out the other great fences.

Things I am thankful for today:

1.  The "unexpected surprise" like today's fence find.

2. That we had a nice group of girls show up yesterday for the Girls Club.  We watched the movie, Soul Surfer about Bethany Hamilton and they all enjoyed it.

3.  That my hubby is starting to get some work coming in.  He just got his General Contractor's license and now that he's retired from the construction company he worked for he is setting out on his own.  It's a scary but exciting time for him.

4. For the crows and other birds and the squirrels that I feed.  It's so fun to look at the window and watch their antics.

5.  For pretty autumn foliage to look at.