Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last Chance for the Christmas Ornament Swap


Monday (Nov 2nd) I have emailed everyone with their partner's information. It will probably be Tuesday before I have a chance to sit down and start emailing people with their partners information. If you have not heard from me by Wednesday evening please contact me.


If you're looking for ideas about what kind of ornament to send I would suggest something that signifies your state. I love getting ornaments from other states, like this lobster we picked up in Maine this year. Won't he be smashing on our tree?!


Or, maybe you can find something that signifies your partner's hobby? I just chanced upon this cute camera at a rest stop on our way to the Quad cities for a wedding. They only had one or I would have bought more.


Or, maybe you want to ask your swap buddy what kind of ornaments they like. Maybe they have ideas of santas, snowmen, bears, angels. . .

Don't forget we all need to be ready to mail out our packages by November 14th!  And most of all - Have fun!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

An unusual berry




I figured you might need a break from creepy crawlies - sorry to those of you who don't like bugs that I forced you to peer closely at a wooly worm on Monday, and a spider and moth on Wednesday - oops. lol

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  If you're getting out on Halloween, stay safe.

PS - Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the ornament swap.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Getting into nature

September 21st:


When I want to get out in the woods, but don't have a lot of time, I just walk across the street and walk the path there.


There are many raspberries in the summer and we have a freezer full now.


The only competition was the deer, chipmunks and birds.


The dragonflies would land nearby but I don't think they eat the berries.


As I walked into the clearing/playground I couldn't resist the moon's pull.


Then a bluebird drew my attention momentarily.


On the way to take my berries inside I spied a spider and her eggs.



October 8th:

Two weeks later and the leaves have changed. I wanted to show the sky that we get to see so many months of the year. In fact, this sky has more blue in it. Most of our winter is spent with white skies and ground.


This is a view towards the road from the side of our house. The trees leaves are now gone, and the bush is totally red and losing leaves every day.


They sure were beautiful the short time they were here. This is the large tree in our back yard, it's always so bright towering over our home.


And I always love the color of the leaves against the white bark - the background has kind of lines - that was snow pelting me while I snapped.



I just loved this rock wall - from our trip to Washington Island earlier this month.


And we enjoyed walking this road while on the island. Fall was SO short here!

October 27th:
Twister and I walked the path to the park, he has the raspberry bushes on either side of him, as you can see they're done too. You can't see many trees, but trust me, all leaves are gone.


We had a day of sunshine and warmth - I think it was in the 40s, lol - so we took advantage of it.


On our trek back home we discovered this nest, funny that it must have been there, right across the road from my home, all summer and I never knew it was there, until the leaves fell.


After we got home Twister put the eyes, nose, and mouth on this little pumpkin for his mom and dad. He did it all by himself; I did not hold his hand.  I think he did very good!   He's only 2 years old. Such a big boy! Now if he'd only talk to me. :(

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chaotic Macro Monday


Macro Monday is easy to play, snap a macro (or any close-up) photo, post it on your blog and come back here and sign MckLinky. Don't forget to visit each other. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tiny Adrianna


Baby Adrianna looks like Little Bo Peep here, but believe it or not, she's simply wearing a dress that was her mother's.


Britney got this little dress from her great-grandmother when she was a baby and it currently fits little Addy perfectly.   Don't you just love those little toes?!


Tristan is still totally in love with his sister, he helps with her a lot, from making her laugh to feeding her bananas to taking things away from her  - he's a great big brother.  But this photo just cracked me up, moments before he was kissing her, seeing just his face is indicative of how everywhere he is, lol.