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Under Cover

Our backyard faces the west so we get the afternoon and evening sun.  This past weekend we used our new versatile shade sail by Coolaroo in our backyard when our kids visited for an afternoon cookout.  It was so nice to sit under cover of the shade in our newly painted vintage metal lawn chairs.







13|2013 In the Movies (April 21, 2013)

All of footage that has been converted into a digital format.

All of footage that has been converted into a digital format.

A few weeks ago Keith borrowed some family films from his cousins to have it converted to a digital format.  There is a total of 4 hours of film, one portion is from 1939 and the 8mm film is from about 1962-1966 then there is some 58mm film with sound from about 1978 & 1979.  As you may have guessed by now, this week I began my task of assembling this into chronological order and eliminating the bad portions so that we can get the family together and learn who is in the footage and circumstances of the events. There is footage of Keith’s paternal grandparents, his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.  I’m excited about the outcome but the process will be laborious.

Here’s a portion featuring Keith, when he was about 2 1/2 years old, and his father while the family was stationed in the Philippines.  Keith’s uncle visited them and thankfully brought his camera so we have this film today.

365|365 Pulling The Plug (1/4/12)

My project of taking and posting a photo a day for three hundred sixty five consecutive days is finished with this post!  The project has been fun, educational, irritating and some days a burden.  I suppose you could use those same words to describe many things in our lives.  It was a good project to do and now I’m pulling the plug on it.

So you may wonder, what’s next?  I may try the Project 52 version. We’ll see. Tomorrow, I will enjoy the feeling of not having to take a photo.


364|365 Body Language (1/3/12)

It may be that both the cat and my husband are really ready for me to stop taking their pictures.


Keith’s threatening to fling some yogurt at me if I don’t stop taking pictures of him (all in good fun of course).  Then there’s the cat who’s making sure I see his one extremely long and sharp claw and that I realize he knows how to use it to his advantage.


363|365 It’s In the Bag (1/2/12)

We still have quite a bit of candy left over from the holidays.  These M&M’s are in a ziplock bag and when I flattened it on the counter I liked the way the colors and arrangement looked so I took a picture.


362|365 New Year’s Day Superstition (1/1/12)


Growing up we always had black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day and I didn’t like them.  January, 1984, when I was 23 years old, I openly declared that I thought it was a ridiculous superstition and I didn’t eat any black-eyed peas that day.

That year, my parents divorced, after 24 years of marriage.  I now eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  Always.

I’ve had other bad things happen to me since then but really black-eyed peas don’t taste that awful so I have one or two peas, just in case.

Over the past few years we’ve tried different recipes and sometimes I like it well enough to eat a spoonful or two of black-eyed peas.  Today, I gathered up the various types of dried beans we had, which were pinto, great northern, lima and black-eyed peas. Then, I added ham and made soup.  It was pretty good so I had quite a few spoonfuls that included several black-eyed peas.

361|365 Finishing 2011 (12/31/11)

Crying is not my favorite thing to do but it is sometimes unavoidable, which was the case today when we were watching War Horse in the theater.  That movie is a tear jerker.

Before the movie I snapped a photo of Keith and me sitting in our seats in the balcony waiting for the movie and our meal.  Until then Keith wasn’t aware that the iPhone makes taking self portraits super easy since it shows you the image before you take it.  The main down side is that it uses a much lower resolution photo, as you can tell here.  Regardless, it was still a fun photo taken on the last day of 2011.


360|365 A Symbol (12/30/11)


During the holiday season, this is my view each morning as I walk down the alley and into the building where I work.  A symbol straight ahead and above that is meaningful to me and reminds me of my priorities.

359|365 Fascinating Oldness (12/29/11)

In the DeFries/Brown family photo album are four tintypes and I wish I knew the names & stories of the individuals in the photos. These probably date from 1856 to 1890’s so they seem appropriate for this week’s digital photography school theme of oldness.  In this case oldness is very fascinating to me.


On my other blog is more information about this album and the photos: Old DeFries Photos

358|365 The Big Blue Bowl (12/28/11)

There are a handful of comforting things to do on a cool, winter evening at home.  One of them is to make enough popcorn to fill the big blue bowl then sit in front of the laptop or TV and munch on the popcorn.