A prayer my mother taped to her bathroom mirror earlier that I again noticed today as I was packing some of her things for her hospital stay.

A November Weekend

We were in the southeastern portion of Oklahoma near the small town of Bennington with our son, daughter, her boyfriend and his parents and four dogs.  While it was cold outside we felt warmly welcomed and had a great time.


One of many ponds on the property.


Hiking down to the water’s edge.


Picking persimmons.


Kisses for Mazie


Ready to play fetch with a water bottle.

The Garee Present

In my mailbox this week was the November 4, 2014 edition of the The Observer III, which is a local newspaper for the three very small towns of Lexington, Noble, Slaughterville in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.  On pages four and five is a big spread in the Echoes From the Past section that highlights content on my blog about my husband’s Garee family.   The past is a present from C.E. Garee and Elizabeth Bullard nee Garee.

20141108_0004Here’s a link to some of the Garee blog posts on my Relative Storyboards site.

Up in the air

Photography was not much on my mind this week while I was attending a conference in Nashville.   However, I did like the color of the sun reflecting on the airplane so I snapped this photo with my iPhone.


Trick or Treat

2014Oct25_0002aThe delicious cake that Keith made for a Halloween party.  Kinda tough to dish up but those tootsie rolls are pretty good.

An October Weekend

Saturday we attended the second annual Oktoberfest in Muenster, Texas.


Kelsey wearing a chicken hat




Sunday morning stare


Deep Sleep


Our senior Siamese cat tucks his head in and hides much of his face.  Then he sleeps really deeply and sometimes you have to really shake him to get him to wake up.  It’s actually scary.

I’ve taken several pictures to practice what I’ve been learning in the photography class but they are pretty bad so I have limited choices to share this week.  I can share that I think you should be very thankful that I haven’t taken any photos of my mangled big toenail.  My toenail and a piece of furniture collided this weekend and the furniture won which resulted in my toenail being damaged enough that the doctor went ahead and took the nail off.  It will take about a year to grow back.

Principles and Elements

After hearing definitions of the elements of art (space, shape, form, value, line, color) and some principles of  art (movement, unity, harmony, variety, balance, rhythm, emphasis, contrast, proportion, and pattern),  each of us set out walking around the building for a few minutes to find examples and take a photo.  Here are a couple of the ones I took:



Quarter of a Century

We met at a Halloween party and this year we spent some time on our anniversary shopping for a costume for a Halloween party we’re planning on attending this year.  Our cat was not nearly as thrilled as we were.


September 23, 2014, our 25th wedding anniversary

To commemorate our 25th anniversary I combed through all of our photos and choose just about every one that had both of us or one or both of us with one or both of our kids.  The printed book will be arriving soon and I sure hope I like it.

All’s Fair

The digital photography class my Dad and I are taking took a field trip to the Oklahoma State Fair on September 17.  We got there at dusk and stayed until dark. There certainly was a lot of variation of light, color and action.  Some pics…








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