And it has been yet another active year exercising the Canon, FugiFilm, and on occasion, the in-a-pinch iPhone camera.
In looking back at my 2011, I see that I did a lot of birding and flowering with the photos taken (or at least those that are my “favorites”). And I certainly threw in a few sunrise/sunset photos…after all, what would a set of my pics be without those kind of photos?
Take a look – let me know what you think. This has been a fun year and it has taken me several places in order to capture the handful of photos here and there…and along the way.
I will be picking a fight with my many good family and friends in Kansas with this post. But even so, I think they will admit they’re not accustomed to authentic Mexican/Tex-Mex cuisine.
Found these grocery products on a recent trip to the great state of wheat and sunflowers…next trip up I’m bringing Texas tamales and enchiladas from Silva’s (in Lake Dallas).
So, so, so wrong….(isn’t this really called green peppers in vinegar?)
Yes, reluctantly I admit I’ve been around a while. I have seen things, experienced things. I have appreciated many things and regretted things more than I ever thought I would. But after yesterday, the first-time thing I was a part of was Boxing Day. And I am glad.
Dear friends Ettore and Oona invited us to a Boxing Day celebration last night. Since Oona is a Brit, this holiday is very much a part of her heritage. But regardless of the occasion, our two friends always welcome us into their home with a warm embrace. They are the epitome of a gracious host. Last night was special.
Unsure of what a Boxing Day night of celebration held in store (but I do now), we readied ourselves for good food, conversation, and fun at the very least. The evening was an absolute delight. Seeing our friends surrounded by their long-time friends – no, that should more appropriately read as ” their long-time family” – did nothing more than keep a smile in my heart all evening long.
This YouTube humor finds its way here via the FD and her Facebook post. I discovered that when one laughs out loud this early in the morning, Scottie dogs come a scootin’ to see what in the wide, wide world of Saturday mornings is going on.
Oh yeah, the calming, and, for those of us that struggle mightily with body coordination, condescending voice of one very patient ballet teacher can be quite comforting during those times I call “oh geez”.
Heed her instruction:
And this Email Humor Received (EHR) comes from my good friend Ron…
In the same festive spirit of the wishful holiday’s good tidings, please consider your culinary endulgence based on the rationale given below…it is a logic that I’ve practiced (perfected) in Christmases past…believe you me:
HOLIDAY EATING TIPS Continue reading
Now if you just so happen to watch the video, and you don’t catch yourself smiling, then I’ll come see you to massage that hardened heart of yours. It is, after all, the season to be jolly. So be it! Stop it with the political moaning, employment groaning, life-is-not-fair bellyaching, and the unsociable Facebooking for but a few minutes…and sing a Christmas song, for crying out loud, that might make others smile for all the right Godly reasons.
in anticipation of what is coming. Sometimes we all just wait….
After spending part of my day at a dog park we designed for a City park project; after watching a Yorkie run at top speed (dang they’re fast); after being entertained by an Australian Shepherd (that breed doesn’t know when to call it quits), I came across this and thought…”This I like!” (from this: http://www.joke-archives.com/allineed.html)
All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From My Dog…
And since I’ve officially blown my tonnage-loss program right out the kitchen window this holiday season, I’m eating from a selection of chocolates from the See’s Candy Christmas gift received yesterday from OFGaPal JaiJai instead…and when I get home, the William & Sonoma Peppermint Bark awaits my palette (thanks Deb!). Continue reading
Mailboxes! I seek them out…I take pictures of them…homeowners can sometimes get rather concerned with me stopping in front of their house and doing so….
Don’t ask me why, but I strangely have a picture collection of these receptacles of both good and bad news. And lately during my travels (through neighborhoods timmay? really? that’s “travel”)….I’ve come upon several worthy of adding to my photo collection: Continue reading
Link shared from my pal Joe…can you tell the Iowa Caucus is right around the corner?
“Everybody needs Toucan stubs”
Just when I figured I had heard most of the standards of the faith, and most of the popular Christian Gospel theses days sang and/or performed at church, Denton Bible throws one at me this morning an inspiration that I’ve been singing all day:
I will say I prefer Kendall (leading the choir), our 3 soloists, and the 50-60 folks in the Denton Bible Choir singing their version. It gets the hair on our arms standing up and it makes even the worst singer a part of the choir for nearly 5 whole minutes!
Now here’s a fiddle player that will get your toes to tapping….
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz
Or maybe a DQ Mint Oreo Blizzard would do just as well….
This is personally relevant today, it was for yesterday, and it has been for the past several days. Lets hope tomorrow is different…for the better:
“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
These two with the pipes…whether they’re together or going it alone.
Most regular readers to this blog know I am a bit bonkers about photographing sunrises and sunsets. So for a change in scenry, I happened across this early morning sunrise photo on Saturday while driving through Flower Mound.
Nothing like an inspirational glimpse at God casting His morning light on the steeple of His house. And I doubt He minds much with the red hawk sitting on the cross of His house of worship either.
…I like snakes best!
Don’t get me wrong here folks. I am a nature-loving man of kind heart, respectful spirit, and all-God’s-creatures compassion…except when it comes to snakes.
Realize, I don’t even do slinky, slimy reptiles at the zoo. I figure we’re both better off without my screaming like a little school girl at them on the other side of the glass.
I don’t know how I got this phobia, but it’s been with me for quite sometime. Maybe it was that time on a Boy Scout weekend campout when I decided to climb this big ol’ Cottonwood tree next to our campsite and along side the creek. I got to that first branch – at least 100′ in the air don’t you know – when I came face-to-face with a King snake coiled up like Kaa the Python from a classic movie of my youth.
Needless to say, I was on the ground pretty darn quick – haven’t been the same since.
So Monday was Halloween…not enough Trick-or-treaters gave us a surplus of candy this year. That is not a good thing for my ongoing tonnage-loss efforts. But the yearly fun thing about Halloween is a friendly competition done between OFB TR and his daughter, and my OFNi, Tara.
Each year these two go at it with a knife, pottery tools (I assume), and a few candles. They have themselves a pumpkin carving contest…just the two of them.
And each year my OFSIL Sue sends pictures to the family for an online vote as to determine a winner. So I’m told, the loser is supposed to buy the winner a bottle of Crown – and apparently they are on an IOU system thus far.
Every year we get these fun times for sure. Thanks for sharing your talents yuze guys!