Favorite “cheese” of 2011

Believe it or not, I’m photo’d out…for the year.

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.

tbomay82’s Flickr 2011 Favorites

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Kettle enjoying

So it is that I got through the remainder of the pictures taken on the Canadian fishing trip last weekend. This was a really fun trip y’all. It is a time when all 3 sons got to spend some quality time together. Mostly, the three of us got to share the trip (and time) with Dad.

At this stage in each of our lives, we find ourselves pulling back together as a family. Our bonds seem to become stronger each time we are together. The joys, concerns, troubles, enjoyments, ribbings, teasings, adventures, journeys, trials, tribulations, risks, and sorrows we seem to share with each other more. What better people to share those with, than with family?

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Irish Wisdoms and Cheers (the 8/26/11 post that didn’t post)

“Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.”

“The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.”

“The stars make no noise.”

“Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.”

“Here’s to you and yours, And to mine and ours, And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours and mine and ours have done for you and yours!”
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Irish Blessings Again

“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.”

“May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”

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One for the other half


From a family lineage and heritage perspective, the in-law side of the family has a pretty way-cool claim on history…a history of Scotland that is.

The Clan McRae is a proud and noble bunch. Their Scottish history speaks for itself. However, one of the most recognized icons of Clan McRae is not that of its Clan folklore and honor, but that of a small castle on a big stage standing in the middle of some really deep water.

Eilean Donan is the place. And today’s Clan McRae, worldwide, are the stewards of a wonderful Scottish destination. Continue reading “One for the other half”

It’s Finally Friday

This morning's "celebrate the senses day"....

Woo Hoo! It is Friday!

And a special Friday it is.

Because….don’t you know…it’s…

“Celebration of the Senses Day” where everyone should stop somewhere along today’s journey and watch (see), taste, feel, smell, and listen to somthing…somewhere.


Don’t want to do that?

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Well I would…one day.

Got this question from a Disneyland commercial this evening: “What would you do if you had one more day?”.

So like I usually do, I twist the question a bit, take it out of context (maybe not so much), think about all that is carried in my bucket, and re-ask the question without any thought of Disneyland. This question is intended to stir the deep, soul-reaching responses you have with good friends or close family (more times than not when an adult beverage has influenced your boldness and confidence, among other things). So what would you say (do) if the question was posed to you? Gut-check!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

This is a fun topic this week – thanks WordPress.com! I’ve got lots of “old” I could share.

My camera is always in search of that old setting regardless of the subject. It seeks out the “old” like a magnet to metal because “old” will have character and personality unlike what you get with something built of more youthful age (unfortunately that also goes for people sometimes).

Call me sentimental, or perhaps it was fate…maybe ironic, but this song came up in the play order from my iTunes while posting the pictures. Play it – I bet you even know the lyrics. Enjoy the music while you enjoy (hopefully) the photos.

An old Denton (Texas) house some would say in desperate need of painting

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Irish Blessings

Leftovers from St. Patrick’s Day…but these are not a one day recitation. All year long they are with meaning:

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
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Texas’ birthday

Texas turned 174 years old today….

To my Texas blog readers: who amongst you can answer this Texas trivia?

Ah heck y’all, why limit it only to the Texas folks? Can anybody answer these questions? I don’t even know if I remember some of the answers!

Does anyone really want to…answer 49 questions? I thought about listing 174 questions, but I do have another life (I think) besides this blog.

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The Day the Music Died

In an Iowa corn field 52 years ago today, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson died in a tragic plane crash. Spared that night was Waylon Jennings who surrendered his seat to The Big Bopper, and backup musician Tommy Allsup by losing a coin flip with Valens for the other plane seat (In 1979, Allsup opened a Fort Worth nightclub called “Tommy’s Heads Up Saloon” as a tribute to his luck that night). It truly was a fateful night.

R.I.P. gentlemen – you’re music lives on, as Don McLean celebrates with his much interpreted/misinterpreted “American Pie”….

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