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

Monday, December 31, 2012

Photo #366 2012

Last post for this blog!
I'll be just using my 
Snappy Repartee blog from here on!

There will be photos, poetry, recipes 
and all sorts of quirky things that
appeal to me! 
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
When I took this photo just a little bit ago, 
I immediately thought of J.D. Salinger's book.
One of my all time favorite authors.
Happy New Year to all!!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Photo #365 2012


Life is all about change and I am
thinking about making some changes
in how I blog. I have had 3 blogs this
past year and I am considering just having one.
I'd still post photos and words plus recipes, poems etc.
 just not each on a daily basis and
I would still post every day on my one blog .
What is your opinion? Any suggestions?
Let me know what you think or have experienced....

Friday, December 28, 2012

Photo #363 2012

This gorgeous buck ambled up our sidewalk- he didn't
stay long- just long enough for me to take his picture! 
Columbian Black Tailed Deer
Odocoileus hemionus columbianus

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Photo #362 2012

Lucy explores Zanna's new board game

Not knowing the rules, Lucy assumes this is
her private tunnel! I'm just trying to flatten it out!
Thanks Zanna!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Photo #361 2012

My son Paul's Apple Pie
It has become a family tradition that we have
Apple Pie for dessert for Thanksgiving
and Christmas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Photo #360 2012

My favorite Christmas Cards are personal photo cards...
I love watching kids grow up as the years go by...
and my friends humorous hi jinks in silly photos!
Merry Merry Christmas to all!!! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Photo #359 2012

The wind blew so hard the last few days
that it created these huge snowdrifts.
This one is between our house and the garage...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Photo #355 and 356 2012

Happy Birthday Dunsmuir Brewery Works! 

Dunsmuir Brewery celebrated their 3rd year of brewing
by having a birthday party!
Handmade pasta and good ales....nice combo!

I watched the spinach linguine being made -
then ate some....yum!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Photos #352 and 353 2012

It's winter now-no need to wait for Winter Solstice!
Note the little quail tracks...I heard them and saw their
tracks, but never saw them yesterday while out
shoveliing our very long driveway...

To see more tracks from yesterday go here:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Photo #351 2012

Two of our favorite musicians!
Since moving  to Northern California we have had fun
discovering new places to go to and listen to music.
 Tom and Leslie are our absolute favorite musicians.
 Here's a link to their blog:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photo #347 and 348 2012

I stopped by a driveway to snap this cheery
Christmas decoration ......

And when I made a 180 degree turn
I saw this beautiful view.....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Photo #346 2012

Now that winter is upon us the deer have returned
to browse on the grass and Manzanita.
Fine with us!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Photo #341 2012

A peaceful dinner
After battling roof leaks for 10 days
Russell deserved a extra special dinner:

Garlic Spagetti
Green salad with oranges, walnuts and goat cheese
Freshly baked home made bread
Apple Crisp for dessert.
If you haven't tried Garlic Spagetti go here:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Photo #337,338,339 2012

Doesn't everyone have a ladder 
as an accessory in their dining room ?

We have had torrential  rain and wind storms
for the last 2 weeks and several roof leaks
have developed because of this excessive wind and rain.
Hence the ladder in the dining room and outside.
Russell cut a 3" by 18" narrow piece out of the ceiling
so that the water wouldn't do any more damage
and would easily drip into the big ice chest we
had put below. Thank goodness we were home.

Russell is up on a ladder figuring out where 
the leak is originating. It's a clear dry day today
so he's using a hose to spray on different parts
of the roof while I stand in the dining room letting him
know when the water starts to drip inside.
What a way to spend a Sunday.....

At the end of the day Russell had temporarily patched
the roof and we were rewarded with this glorious sunset
on Mt Shasta. Mt Shasta has had approximately
200 inches of snow since all this weather began.
We have had wind gusts up to 70 mph and 
about 1.5 inches of rain every day. Whew.
Right now it's sunny but look at our forecast:
... High Wind Warning remains in effect from 4 am to 7 PM PST
A High Wind Warning remains in effect from 4 am to 7 PM PST
* Winds: south 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 70 mph.
* Timing: strong winds will develop early Tuesday morning and
continue through Tuesday evening.
* Locations include: the southern Shasta Valley including Weed
and much of Interstate 5.
* Impacts... driving will become difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Loose items may be picked up by the wind
and become dangerous projectiles. Tree damage and power
outages are possible.
* For a detailed view of the hazard area... visit

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Photo #335 and 336

Sunny days lead to great shadows!

Merry Christmas shoppping everyone!
Today we'll go to our local Craft Fair
 and I hope to do all my shopping there-
 Here's to shopping local and supporting local businesses
instead of corporations that import from China.
That's been my mantra now for about 10 years.

For more Shadow Shot Sunday images go here: