Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blog Design and Changes

Hello Readers,

First of all, I want to thank you for coming back each day and following along with our adventures here. One of the main reasons I blog is to connect with others and share adventures. So, the fact that you take time out of your busy day to stop by means a lot to me!

You may have noticed that my posts have been a little light this week.  That's because I have been busy setting up another blog!

I have decided to switch to using Wordpress.  This will allow me a little more control over my content, as well as more design options. I will explain more and give more details at another time, but for now, I need to keep reading and learning:)

This is exciting for me as a blogger, but a little scary and confusing at the same time!  There's a lot to learn. Continuing to follow along is easy.  Just click on the link below.

You can find me here.  I hope you will stick around, and again, thank you!  Both blogs will remain up and running and will be linked to each other.  It's just that I will be updating the new one, and leaving this one as is for now.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's About Time...

Our clock finally arrived! I think we found the perfect spot for it in our breakfast nook.

Now we can easily see the time from the kitchen and great room:)

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I have been trying to "play" more with photography and to see what our camera can do.  I have a lot to learn and there is so much out there to help you ~ I will admit that sometimes it can be very overwhelming! This weekend, we had the chance to spend some quality time with our kids, which means I got to pick my daughter's graphic design brain ~ we think pizza was somewhat of a fair exchange, however her talents are worth a lot more for sure:)
We were playing around with bokeh, defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."
I think it took over 50 shots for us to get what we were hoping for, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it.  I'm sure I have a lot more to learn.  Kristen was also giving me a tutorial on photoshop, so I was experimenting with different fonts.

This was a lot of fun!

If you were here, you would have seen us lying on the ground to get this one:

and kneeling in the grass.

You would have wondered what we were doing when we shot this one MANY times.
Me: Kristen, am I doing this right?
Kristen:  Little more to the right, no, left...
The guys on the porch: What in the world are they doing laying in the dirt?
Chloe and Champ - our chocolate labs - were licking my ankles as I was trying to figure this out:)

I think Kristen may have taken this one??

She checked the shot, as did I, and at the same time we exclaimed, "Boom!"

And laughed hysterically!

Yeah, it was a good time, and I'm going to keep practicing. 

And if you come over, and I ask you to stand over by the tree with the sun behind you, well, you'll know what's going on.

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

For Your Weekend

Hope you dive right in and enjoy whatever it is you love to do!

Champ after going head first into The Danny Pond after a rain - ughh!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Nautical Knots Make Great Family Ties!"

Yesterday we had the opportunity to go boating with friends who own a marina, and it sure was a fun day!  We boated for years when the kids were younger and it brought back some great memories....and also the realization that at our age we should remember to bring ibuprofen before any water sports!

Check out this ski boat ~ not ours, of course:)

Tom helping to get things ready - once a boater, always a boater:)
We were also able to use this party boat, which is more my speed - loved the shade!

And up on the first try!

We had such a good time - I even went tubing:

A great way to spend the perfect summer day:)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summertime Goodness

Summer .......the season we wait so patiently for.

And the one that seems to go by the fastest.

There's so much that I love this time of the year.

Thought I'd better capture some of it before it was gone:)

Love that I can pick fresh blooms to bring inside!

And that it stays lighter longer so we can go for walks after dinner.

And see these:

And that we have a brown fur who never says no to an adventure.

And that Citylogger found a way to keep the deer flies away from us.

I hate deer flies.

And that we have oodles and oodles of this deliciousness all around us.

And that the trail signs are up.

And that our flowers and landscaping are hanging in there, despite little rain!

Hope you are finding joyful ways to spend your summer!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Framed in a Different Light

We received these lovelies right before we were married.  Our wedding invitation is in one of them, and my sister designed a needlepoint picture of our wedding date.  The two oval pictures were handmade by my grandmother.  I love them, and have always proudly displayed them wherever we have lived.
This is one of those times when I wish I had pictures of their former homes of years past!

It's hard to tell from the pictures but all the frames were different.  This seems to unify them and I like the look. 

Happy Monday!