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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We are really enjoying our visit with Don's stepbrother Jim fromSavannah, Georgia. Today he spent the morning with us while his truck was being repaired. Always nice to be with family. In the picture also so Don's stepmother Rose who is ninty two and going strong. We love to go over to Eldred and play Five Crowns with them.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple pies,,,getting ready

Usually we get apples from our tree out front but for the last two years we had a late frost which froze the apple buds and there were no apples to be had. So this year we got a bushel at the fruit market. Today we spent a few hours putting them up for winter. It is really nice to go to the freezer and grab a bag to make a quick apple pie.


No, this is not a post about housecleaning (although it could be). This is about my guilt. I love to take pictures either with my ipad or my DSLR. I have thousands of pictures. …….on my computer! But do I have them in frames?  Oh, no.  Just on my computer.
   I don’t know what is stopping me from printing them out for framing or making a photo book. But something has.

It isn’t that I don’t know how. I’ve made photo books before. And I love them. But somehow all these photos sit on my computer.

I needed help.  And just in time I got it in the form of a class. I’d like to introduce you to Beryl Ayn Young and her website….berylaynyoung.com

Beryl is a photographer and a mom and is dedicated to teaching others how to use photography to document our lives. She offers courses to help you do just that but she also offers free classes to get you started.  She is a great teacher for all levels and has a wide variety of classes.

The course that I’m currently taking is called Embrace Your Phone.  Now I don’t have a smart phone but I do have an ipad which I use to take pictures. I am on day two of the class.  Day one involved getting the pictures off your phone, or ipad, and getting them on your computer.  Day two is all about purging.  That is, getting rid of all those excess photos.  You know the ones…those blurry shots, those duplicates, those our of focus, those that you thought you should keep but don’t really like. 

  I am going through my photos and doing just that. You’d be surprised how many you can let go and still have plenty to remember your days by. In the next few days she is going to teach us how to print them out.  I’m looking forward to that part. Then I will need to make space in my house for framed pictures. I have many frame worthy pictures that it will be hard to choose among them.
  It was fun looking back at my old photos. It really brings back memories of trips and family fun.

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the magic of Photoshop

I remember when I first got the Photoshop program. There was so much to learn to make it work that I thought I would never conquer it. Little by little I googled and watched tutorials and experimented. I took a class from Kim Klassen which was a tremendous help. I still have a lot to learn but often put my photos into the program for enhancement. One nice thing that it does it correct bad photographs.  Here is the one of Sara in the pumpkin field. 

And here it is without the person’s legs in the background.
sara pumpkin edited one

I also put a little blur in the background.
sara pumpkin edit three copy

And even tried a partial black and white version. sara black and white pumpkin

It’s really fun to play around with Photoshop.

Monday, October 20, 2014



If you want a devoted dog I would recommend a Jack Russell Terrier. If you want an easy dog...well, not so much. Sadie's high intelligence makes her quite difficult at times. She is demanding when she feels that as soon as you get home you should take her for her walk. And she has turned to whining when she wants you to do something for her...like get her a treat or play with her toys. She always wants to be with you no matter where you are, even in the bathroom.

I know we are at fault by spoiling her and letting her have a say so. We think she' scutes but a dog trainer would say that she is definitely the alpha dog in the family.


But we totally love her and don't know what we would do without her. She brings such joy into our lives.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

At the Corn Maze

Yesterday Ryan and Jenny took Sara and Sean to the corn maze in Tennessee. From the pictures it looks like they had a great time. I really hate living so far away from them and missing out on all the fun times. They will be up for Thanksgiving.



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stone gable



One of the fun things about blogs is their generous giveaways. Occasionally a blogger will do a giveaway, sometimes something they own and other times they are sponsored. A blog that I visit regularly and is on my sidebar is Yvonne at Stone Gable. Her elegant blog is always full of beautiful pictures, food tips and decorating advice.

If you visit her today you will see a gorgeous Christmas table that she has set up using Corelle dishes by Corning. You probably remember using Corelle when you were young. I know we ate off these light but strong plates. They were so durable. When I got married I made a switch to heavier stoneware plates but more recently I found these lightweight plates again and use them everyday.

If you go to Yvonne's site you can win a $250 gift card to Corning. good luck.


I tried really hard to include a picture of the giveaway but evidently Yvonne doesn't allow her pictures to be embedded. Here are some other pictures from her Pinterest to give you an idea about her style.




Friday, October 17, 2014

No post today


My cold is still hanging on. No fever, just sore throat, cough, stuffy nose. It will pass. Let's see what tomorrowbrings.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Take time to smell the roses

We will always be busy. There were always be things we must see to and chores that need taking care of. That's life. However, we must work to live, not live to work. We must pay attention to our bodies and emotional states, too.


Do you read self help books? That was one of my favorite genres for a while a long time ago. I was always looking to improve my life, my relationships, my attitude. I took in all the advice, collected quotes and put them on the refrigerator. Gradually I felt completed and as I grew older my personality got into a happy and contented groove that I was pleased with. Complacent maybe.

But where was the passion? My strong desires faded. Dreams disappeared. I became timid to pursue for fear of failure. Life was still full. But my days were filled with mundane things. More and more I found myself not taking time for the things I loved.....traveling,photography, art, music. Those give me my bliss.

I found a very philosophical website this morning called Random Thoughts and Lotsa Coffee. The quote at the beginning of the post is by her. It gives you something to think about and she has wonderful quotes. Maybe you'd enjoy a visit.





I love this new app called Mystic. It comes with sayings to add to your pictures. This one seemed appropriate. I'm app crazy. It lets me be creative and it's easy.


Heavenly shades of Twilight


Such a beautiful sunset last night. Where we live we have twilight after the sun goes over the hills. It doesn't get dark immediately and the light lingers on for a while. It's such a peaceful time of night.