The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Photo #243 2012

This spring I planted two different packets of what
I thought were both green beans. Hmmm- a mistake
was made as half the green beans turned out to be soup beans!
Another culinary discovery to be made.....I think
I will make Minestrone with these beans.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photo #241 2012

Another DIY task
Putting up sheetrock would not be as easy for Russell
and Edward without this engineering gizmo.
Thank goodness for clever design engineers.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Photo #238 and 239 2012

Do you remember playing Musical Chairs?
 The chair stands alone, the chair stands alone,
Hi ho the derry-o the chair stands alone....

Does anyone know what this is? 
I think it's either a type of succulent or Euphorbia....
if you know or have a guess let me know!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Photo #237 2012

I had given up on my Butternut Squash
ever doing anything but producing blooms.
But! Hooray! Here are two teeny tiny squash
and I have one on the other plant also.
So, I will cut all the other flowering stems off so that 
all the nutrients will go directly to the babies.
Let's see if they mature before it freezes.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Photo #236 2012

Power Washing
Looking through a second floor window while our house
is power washed before being painted. by a good friend
and fabulous house painter Jeff Skalisky

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Photo #235 2012

Forest Fires
Smoke from several fires 2 hours to the south
has filled up the sky. The Eddy's mountain range
is barely visible in the background and we can really
smell the smoke.   

Monday, August 20, 2012

Photo #234 2012

Fellow blogger Stephen Hayes of The Chubby Chatterbox
blogged about the color blue which somehow ended
up with me making this image.
Stephens' blog is a delight to read and is one of my favorites.
Talented artist and writer -check him out!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Photo #232 2012

Yippee- our home is getting painted!
After months of remodeling and adding on
our home and garage are getting a much needed
exterior paint job with new colors !  

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Photo #231 2012

Early each morning the fawns 

 and the mother come over for breakfast

They are fun to watch even though
they sometimes dine on our flowers....
and the potato plants I am trying to grow! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Photo #227 and 228 2012

 Home grown vegetables in a collage
American Weirdness- Destruction Derbys
Where old cars go to be destroyed -
all in the spirit of ridiculessness. Only in America.
This does not mean that we don't laugh at all the crashes.
And pairing these two images together is rather a visual oxymoron.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Photo #226 and more 2012

 It's not easy being a cowboy
It does have it's ups and downs....ouch!

Cowgirls have a hard time too....

 and then there's those good days
with sheer beauty between man and horse

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Photo #225 and 225.5 2012

A Study in Red
Choke cherries, home grown Cayenne chilies and tomatoes.

Choke Cherry Tree
Evidently these cherries are so tart
that only the bears will eat them. A friend did make jelly
with them using pectin and apple juice, but it required so
much sugar she never made it again.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

photo #222 2012

I like coyotes. I like hearing them yipping at night.
 They keep the rodent population down
and are an important part of the balance of nature. 
Obviously some folks don't think of that.
I had heard of this practice but couldn't believe my eyes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Photo #218 2012

The awesome joys of home ownership....
Our well pump was on it's way out!
Home warranty actually covered it!

Photo #217

Another indicator of a distressed economy
We see these details
 wherever we turn.
I cannot ignore them
and reach out my hand
to help when ever I can.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo #216 2012

Taking our new bathtub for a walk
Ordered online and delivered by a slightly cranky driver
as he was driving a semi with a 28 foot trailer and had to
negotiate our long windy driveway.  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Photo #215 2012

Easy schmeasy recipe:
2 cups fresh basil
2-4 garlic cloves
1 cup pine nuts or your preference
(for nut allergies sunflower seeds can be substituted)
1 to 1& 1/2 cups olive oil 
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black papper
salt to taste
using your food processor pulse basil,garlic and nuts
3-4 times or until just blended. Add oil slowly and once
blended put in bowl and stir in cheese. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Photo #212,213 and 214 2012

 Poppy pod

 More light bulbs

Proud to serve
These men are a part of a growing volunteer group
of veterans who make sure every veteran has pipers
at their graveside service at no cost to the families.