An October Weekend

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

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Kelsey wearing a chicken hat

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Birds

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Sunday morning stare

 

Deep Sleep

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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:

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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.

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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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Isn’t that a lick!

The blanket was thrown over him and rapidly lifted up.  Here’s Purrkins’ expression.

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In The Swing

My Dad and are taking a photography class together and it started this week so be prepared for more pictures as I learn.

20140906_0008As I sat in the swing at the lake, I looked up.  Guess I’ll be getting ‘in the swing’ of things soon…I hope.

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Surprise!

I expected my birthday to include a visit with my mother-in-law, a trip to Best Buy then back home in time for my dad, mom and daughter to visit.  But, that’s not what happened.

Walking into my mother-in-law’s house I was surprised by the additional guests that included my son, daughter and her boyfriend.  We ate, they sang Happy Birthday to me, I opened some cool presents (including what I was going to get at the expected trip to Best Buy), then we headed on.  It was a perfect birthday celebration.

We stopped at Best Buy anyway to pick up a keyboard and mouse to go with my new 25″ monitor.  Then headed back home.

As I turned the corner from the hallway into my dining room I heard in unison “Surprise!”  My dad, mom, son, daughter, daughter’s boyfriend, brother, sister-in-law, aunt and three cousins had decorated my house, brought drinks, plates, a special birthday hat and made my favorite homemade cake.   I was truly surprised.

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Within a short time, we all gathered around while my mom read from her autobiography the portion about the day I was born.  Next, I began opening the stack of cards and present they brought for me.  Finally, I made a wish, blew out the candles and we each had some homemade cake with real whipping cream my mom made.  But that’s not all…the present I unwrapped is a story all by itself.

The present I got is a dress made so that we could re-create one of my childhood photos.  Last year my dad saw a photo of me taken when I was 10 years old holding one of his radio controlled airplanes and he told me that he still has that plane.  We thought it would be cool to re-create that photo someday and within a few days he brought the plane to my house where it has been for over a year.

A few weeks ago Keith and my dad were discussing my upcoming birthday when Keith mentioned that I was still wanting to re-create that photo.  Instantly,  my dad knew that’s what he wanted to make happen for my birthday.  He came over to my house while I was at work and cleaned the airplane making sure it was ready for the photo.  Then my dad enlisted clerks at various fabric stores to help him compare fabric in the stores to the fabric of my dress in the picture trying to find the closest match.  After he purchased the fabric he then needed to find a seamstress and my Aunt Claudia volunteered for that task.

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So, when I opened that present and saw that dress I immediately knew the plan –we were going re-create the photo!

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I nervously put the dress on hoping it would fit and it fits perfectly.  My aunt is amazing!

Next, we decided on the location.  Since the original photo was taken while we lived in Wichita Falls, Texas but we live in Oklahoma City now we opted to go to a nearby park.  We loaded up the RC airplane and scoped out a good spot.  It was a bit windy but several of us worked to get the angles close to the original.

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See what you think of the results, click the image to zoom in.

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I had a great birthday, spent time with people I love on a fun project.  Thank you to all involved, it was a perfect gift for me.

Spacious

2014-kitchen-makeover

Projects always seem worth it once they’re completed and you’ve rested.  I’ve wanted the cabinets over the kitchen bar and the box lighting removed for many years.   We kept the storage space by moving the cabinets to the utility room.  Thanks to my husband for all his work, it looks great and I love it!

On Dasher

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Strawberry sorbet

Homemade strawberry sorbet made with splenda.

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