Monday, August 30, 2010


My son and I loved watching this T-Rex puppet interact with the little ones.
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He measured up to hero size today.

Calvin Coolidge once said, 
"Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion."

This morning, my eldest son and I went to free day at the Nature and Science museum. While I was taking a picture of a whale skeleton suspended over my head, I heard a child scream. I looked over and saw my son running towards the escalator where a little girl, maybe 3 or 4 years old, had fallen backward. She was flat on her back, feet above, head down, sliding/rolling downward, long hair dangling towards the teeth at the bottom of the escalator. Her mom was about 10 steps above her, literally frozen in place, staring at her screaming daughter as she held onto the stroller with her younger child in it. My son scooped her up and took her up to her mom.  Amazingly, she did not appear to be hurt.  Only scared.

I don't know whether or not that mom thanked God for placing my son there to rescue her little girl, but I did.  And I thank Him everyday for giving him to me.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

365-177 Thank you to those who recommended Picasa.

It's not too complicated for me, does what I need, and has a button to publish photos directly to the blog. Thanks!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Those daring young (and not young) men (and women) on the flying trapeze...

Last night, we went to watch The Imperial Flyers, a free amateur trapeze show.   What fun!  

The flyers ranged from their teens to their late 60's.  The beginners wore safety harnesses.

We all loved it.

It took place, literally, in someone's backyard.  
Yes, this trapeze is permanently set up in their backyard.

The spectators bring their own lawn chairs.  

There was free cotton candy and popcorn.  Also, jugglers and fire twirlers (there is a real name for this - maybe my son will remember it and share).

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Free photo editing software?

Can anyone recommend a free photo editing program for me?  I'm an absolute beginner, so easy to use would be good. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mountain Lions: Beware

Trixie will drag you into her lair.
Rip you open with her tiny, sharp teeth.
Tear out your entrails....
....but not even eat them.  Just spit them out.
Then gnaw on your bones.

Should I even bother to re-stuff and sew the poor thing back up again?  She played happily with her toys for over a year, attacking, wrestling, pulling out tufts of fur.  Then one day Jeb demonstrated that you can tear them open and remove their innards.  Now, it's fluff everywhere, every time we let her play with the mountain lion.  The moose fell victim to Jeb before he moved away; there wasn't enough left to repair.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Laptops live in dog years.

Apparently, I am told, six is old for a laptop.  I guess it's like dog years, and it's not "only six years old;" it's, "Wow! Six years old - that's 42 in dog years!"  So that explains it.  My laptop is 42 years old and will not be coaxed into connecting to the internet anymore.  I've seen this coming.  For the past several months, it has been increasingly dropping the connection and requiring me to manually re-connect to the router.  A minor bother until it became an every couple minutes thing, but still, it worked, even if inconveniently.  This week, however, it decided enough is enough and requested retirement benefits.

I've really enjoyed my sweet little laptop, and do not want to replace it.  More because of cost than sentiment.  I'm hoping my husband will know some miracle cure for it, but he seems inclined to acquiesce to the retirement demands.

So no photos from the past few days, because they are on the laptop, which is not on speaking terms with the modem.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Walking dogs

There's more than one way to walk your dog.
I loved seeing the man below taking his elderly dog out to enjoy a walk in the park.

Saturday, August 7, 2010




Cafe Dogs

Some dogs lie down and relax while waiting for their people to eat breakfast, while others stand at alert the entire meal, not wanting to miss a thing going on around them.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I've been trying to focus on the stamen of these hibiscus flowers for the past three days.  I have not quite got it yet. However, while I was working on it today, I glanced over and saw Trixie watching the yellow jackets buzzing.  It looks like she's admiring the flowers, though, doesn't it?

(Big view is the crop.  Little is as taken, using autofocus.)