Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day 366 of 365 ... Simple Joys!

Five pedals on this rose.... 
Simply beautiful! 

I am dwelling on the sunny side...

My eyes and heart are seeing things differently these days...
I have changed in the year that I have been doing this gratitude blog. 
..and I am so grateful for that! 

Thank you to my personal encouragers, ...you know who you are! 

Day 365 of 365... Teacher Mary!

Teacher Mary...She is so special! 
The kids love her...and Moms and Dads too! 

She touches the hearts of ALL who know her! 

....and I am so blessed she's my sister!

Day 364 of 365 ... Sleeping under my desk!

Our little creatures like to be nearby! 
They have little beds under our desks!

Day 363 of 365... Sweet Peas!

Springs Scent of Sweet Peas! 
So Lovely!

Day 362 of 365 ...Sports!

Sports keep Cal Busy
...so he doesn't miss me when I am doing computer stuff! 

LA Teams did very well...
we've been watching Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Dodgers...

so I guess this fortune was true!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Day 361 of 365... Layers and Textures!

Love these new tricks I am learning, to add to my images! 

...so excited to try some more!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 360 of 365...Little Photo Studio!

My little area to set up "Still Life " shots!  The light is great!
I am so loving this hobby!

Day 359 of 365... Hannah's Bear!

We've had a lot of fun with this little, left behind, bear! 

...a little book we are putting together for my Niece Hannah!!

Day 357 of 365... Evening Sky!

In the Chatsworth Hills
The sun's last chance to peek through!

Day 356 of 365... New Art Supplies!

New paper and paint!! 

All I need is Inspiration!

Day 355 of 365... A Clean Desk!

This is clean... for my desk!

Happy to have a clean desk today!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 358 of 365... Yellow Hollyhock!

One of the flowers I love the most! 
"Barely Yellow" Hollyhocks are blooming in my yard!

Thanks to a friend who shared her seeds! 
I now have the pale-est shades of pink and yellow!
I love them!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 354 of 365...Tulips and Daffodils

Flowers from Friends are the Best! 

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
- William Wordsworth, “The Daffodils”

Day 353 of 365...Cheesecake!

Oh My! 

...so good I could not wait for my first bite!

Day 352 of 365...Shopping!

...even Cal likes shopping here!

Day 351 of 365...Tropical!

Canna Lily
Blooming by the pool and are so easy to take care of!

...our private tropical paradise in the making!

Day 350 of 365...Gorgeous Sky!

The sky and clouds are so beautiful this time of year! 

Day 349 of 365... Music!

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.  ~Ronald Reagan

Day 348 of 365... Sights and Sounds!

I am grateful for a Big Yard!
I really enjoy Nature's Sights and Sounds!

...the birds are singing and dancing!

Day 347 of 365...The Flower Fields!

Carlsbad, California

Millions and Millions of Ranunculus Flowers
Single Pedals, Ruffle-ie Ones, and One in Every Imaginable Color!

An Amazing View! 

Spring is Nature's way of Saying, "Let's Party!"
Robin Williams

Day 346 of 365... People watching!!

Have you ever noticed how people often look like their dogs? 
We had so much fun today observing and catching a few shots! 

Same walk!

Same Pose!

Same Legs!

Day 345 of 365...Cooking with Friends!

Cooking together is a lot more fun! 

They were so good we had them again the next night!

Day 344 of 365... Fresh Seeds!

The birds are so happy, 
...Fresh Seeds in the feeders! 

I have the best view!

Day 343 of 365... Hope and Dreams!

Hope and Dreams are good to have! 
May ALL of ours come true! 

...and not just blow away in the WIND!

Day 342 of 365...Lindsey!

Lindsey is 25!

Beautiful, Fun, Kind-Hearted!

Day 341 of 365...Small Hearts

Small and X-Small!

Day 340 of 365... Morning Sun!

 I Love the Morning Sun! 

This spot is perfect for a "Large Cup" of coffee and Inspiration!

Day 339 of 365... Orange Honeysuckle!

The Hummingbirds and Bees love it! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day 338 of 365... Secret Sauce!

...And it was Good! 

Thanks Kenny for fixing us your special Dinner and Home-Made Sauce!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 337 of 365...Rainy Days!

Today is Beautiful,

...and not-so-common in California! 
Enjoy it while its here! 

Lake Balboa and it's Blossoming Trees!

Day 336 of 365 ...My Girl Linds!

Lindsey is home from her vacation and back at work at the Daycare! 
These kids are so lucky! 
She is an amazing person and loves kids!
She will make a great Mom one day! 

Yeah!!!    Lindsey's back! 

Day 335 of 365... Fun with Fotographing Flowers!

Close up details,

...Color changes, 

...Depth of Field!

Fun Fun Fun!

Day 334 of 365... Thoughtful Friends!

Flowers & Dinner from Friends is so very special! 

Thank you Doug and Thea!

Day 333 of 365... Bottle Trees!

Creating Art in the Garden!

Blue Bottles make Beautiful Bottle Trees!
...Green and Brown Bottles are nice too!

Day 332 of 365...Happy Easter!

A perfect day to be in nature and reflecting on life on this earth!
I happened upon this perfectly imperfect flower! 
Happy Easter....Happy Resurrection Day!

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Day 331 of 365...Hiking with Dogs!

Hiking with the dogs is fun! 
They LOVE it! 

Day 330 of 365... Handy Men!

So grateful for my handyman, Cal. 
Thanks for fixing my broken camera lens! 

Thank you to Russ too! 

Day 329 of 365... Feathered Family!

This family made its home at the Family Day Care! 
What fun to show this to the little ones! 

We observed the birds watching us on the ground running and playing. 
The Papa sat on the telephone line and watched and sang his song, 
as the Mama bird flew in and feed the chirping babies! 
...I love birds!

Day 328 of 365...Relaxin!

Kicking Back and Relaxing!

...Enjoying the Fresh Air!

Day 327 of 365 ... Little Fingers and Toes!

The fingers and toes of babies and toddlers are so precious!

Ten little fingers and ten little toes,
Eyes full of wonder and a cute little nose.
Wrapped in a blanket from grandmother yarn, 
My heart is full as you lie in my arms. 
Entrusted to me, I'll give you my best;
A bright future for you is my quest! 

from a cute little book written by P. Taylor Copeland

Day 326 of 365... Hanging Out with Toddlers!

Spending the day at A Family Daycare, filling in for a week!
....Eat, Play, Love! 

Day 325 of 365...The Taste of Germany!

Homemade by Me! 

I used my new Cookbook and made a delicious dinner of 
Pork, Potatoes, Carrots, Dumplings, Sauerkraut,
and a selection of German Beers! 
I was so busy, I forgot to take a picture!

...everyone loved it!

day 324 of 365... The Feel of Germany!

Creating a table decoration in preparation for my German Dinner!

...flowers from the front shrubs and mini beer steins!