Saturday, November 29, 2008
Edward, home from college, graces our dining room table.
He went for a run and put the Christmas tree up.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I set out for an afternoon walk determined to enjoy the day. One old man behind a snow shovel asked me if this was Merry Christmas or Bah Humbug. I thought it was too soon to tell. I forged on. The snow was really packy and did not seem one bit icy. It was also laying very gently on the tree branches.
Then, I had one of those feet out from under you moments where you think a thousand thoughts in one split second - oh, this is going to be a bad one, oh, oh, my leg doesn't bend that way, oh, what does the casting situation look like when you've broken 10 bones, and oh, how will I get all the way to the hospital from here? When I hit the pavement though, I sort of bounced - you know, before anyone could see me. I think the need to remain anonymous at this point actually turned the road into rubber. It's going to be a long winter.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sander by the sign for the Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago (near the statue of a mushroom cloud which wasn't very photogenic). At the bookstore, we saw a book called "How Math Explains the World" and Sander & I decided it sounded like a fun book!
Part of our fascination with downtown Chicago centered around the Cloud Gate in Millenium Park. This structure provided endless angles and opportunites for photos and below are just a few.
Sander & the Blogger to the right, our reflection to the left
Yes, that IS me in the background getting the shot at the left. John took the photo on the right.
In the next one we look like the Fab Four or some kind of superheroes.
And this next one, we look like we have just won the Nobel Prize.
Yes, you can see how fun this is!!!
P.S. Happy Birthday to Aaf :) God bless you always!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
But thankfully, we have been able to recover all of the important pictures from our recent trip. (Thank you John :) )
To round out our Chicagoland experience, we went to Grant & Millenium Parks and walked a long way up Michigan Avenue in the bitter cold (very fun).
John, Bridget & Sander in Grant Park
Most importantly, we took him to Giordano's for Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
We all so enjoyed this time together! We looked around many of the shops and Sander loved hearing about life in the US. We told him all about the American Girl doll phenomenon and took him to the new American Girl Place on Michigan Ave. I thought it was so cute when I heard him say "Felicity", so I took his photo by her.
We also took one by Samantha since that was Bridget's doll.
We stayed in a hotel near the airport, and after a leisurely breakfast in the morning, we brought him to the airport. We look forward to seeing him again someday!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
What is left of our beautiful leaves
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
So... are you ready for some excitement?
1. I grew up in a town of 250 people called Celeryville. They had to stop growing celery there in the 80's because of a celery disease.
2. I spent 2 weeks of my life in a coma when I was 12 years old after getting hit by a car.
3. After coming out of the coma, one of the first things I asked for after holding up 2 fingers in answer to the question, "What is 1 plus 1" was a Snoopy book thus fulfilling my need for humor at such a perilous time. I went on to collect over 3o Peanuts books which I thought was quite a feat at the time.
4. Every day I'm thankful that I was able to live and have such a wonderful family, but maybe you knew that one already.
5. My favorite food of all time is the 3 Cheese Olga from Olga's Kitchen but I don't love eating all that much due to only having 1/2 of a stomach as a result of #2.
6. Thanks to my adventurous husband, I once stood in 4 states at one time.
Ok, I would like to pass this award on to Red or Gray for her very artistic photography and to Gracie for the way she describes the situations common to us all and how we experience grace in them all. Congrats dear friends! I can't wait to learn 6 new things about you all!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Every night after supper, if I don't have to go anywhere, I partake in the ritual of tea. I love this ritual. I have a big mug of Celestial Seasonings mint green tea which settles my stomach along with my 2 nightly Wintergreen Tums. I might sound like an old lady, but I have been doing this for years.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Our beautiful changing seasons
Into winter's death
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Oma Boyer (who I have mentioned several times this week already), Uncle John, Uncle Alan & the Queen Mother as a child
It's a little hard to believe they had color photography like this back in the olden days, isn't it? But yes, the little toddler in this photo is Uncle Alan and he's 57 today! He wrote me yesterday how my mom had gotten him his first camera, a Kodak Duaflex II almost like the one I just got for my birthday. SO I would say this camera-love-thingy runs in the family.
Go Alan, get your game on, it's your birthday, hey Alan...if I was there, I would do this cheer for you and it would be so fun wouldn't it?
Saturday, November 08, 2008
TTV, Backyard, November 7, 2008
This past week has been so beautiful - 60's-70's and sunny - that I've been able to do a lot of raking in shorts, thus feeling very much at one with nature. Yesterday, I don't know why, but I felt like Oma Boyer as I gradually talked Maria into bagging 5 leaf bags with me. I think because she thought it was only going to be 2 bags and before you knew it we had done 5. I just kept talking about how we were always going to remember this time together, and it was really fun.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I knew Sharon was up to something for my birthday this past Monday at work. Well, I arrived Monday morning to find 5 heart shaped leaves on my desk! I had a feeling it was going to be a great day.
I soon found out that she made a red velvet cake - from scratch - just like my grandma, of twins lens reflex fame, made for me every year. Sharon remembered this and made this work of art:
Oh, and the part that makes it extra -worthy for Love Thursday? She made it in the shape of a heart! Thanks Sharon and Happy Love Thursday!!!
The blogger in her red velvet birthday shirt and the red velvet birthday heart cake.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
My mission for this camera is not to shoot film with it though - although you can respool 120 film onto the 620 spools that it uses. I want to try through the viewfinder (TTV) photography where you shoot your digital throught the viewfinder of the old camera, by means of a contraption you make. Last night I tried a couple even though it was really too dark. Interesting.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Today is actually my birthday, but since Edward came home from college on Sunday, we had to have a little celebration yesterday. The kids gave the greatest present again to their photographer mom: With totally willing hearts, they went out for a photoshoot with John & me. John drove us all around and brought us to settings which inspired us all. So it was a good day. Sharon is cooking something up for work tomorrow and the rest of the week's celebration will include lunch and hot tubbing with friends...