Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dull Days

Things have been very un-exciting these past few days. The internet and land line phone have be out of service and the TV's were functioning erratically. Today everything is back in good shape. It all is because Spectrum has taken over Time Warner and changes are being made.  So...what did I do? Well I baked a cake this morning and it was tasty treat after lunch. Lemon pudding cake and lemon icing.
Then I figured how to get on Instagram. It is basically for the people who use smart phones and pads, BUT I figured out how to send my pictures there with only my computer. (I don't have a smart phone nor a pad.) I also learned that only images that are square in shape will be shown fully. If there is one not square, the bottom or side is cut off. Here is one I just created and downloaded to the site. Brianna is one of my Great Granddaughters. 
I then photo manipulated a picture of a friend who fell off a 10 foot porch deck when the railing broke last year and she was very badly injured. Her recuperation has been amazing to say the least and she has worked extremely hard to become as whole again as is possible. 
The other thing I got involved with was the fun Bitmojis. Onward and keeping busy.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Visit

A nice visit happened today. Our son, his girlfriend and his daughter came for the day. After a simple lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade pickled beets and homemade applesauce and cookies, they rested. Who knew it would be such a nice visit, sharing photos and stories. After lunch, the girls took a walk and they tell me there are many little fishes near the edge of the dam.
Meanwhile, back in the cabin the zzzz's were prevalent.
Then more visiting and our son and his girlfriend took a walk and our granddaughter took her nap.
It's because the cabin brings comfort and love to all who visit. 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Here!

Spring! The daffodils are in full bloom. The air is warm and I feel happy. The little one in this picture is my Great Great Grandson, Leo. He will be two in June. I love it that he lives in the country with pigs, beef cattle and chickens in his young life. He has loving family and is experiencing the freedom to go his way - learning by doing. They live about 300 miles from me and I hope they will be able to visit this summer. 
We saw what we believe to be a pair of pine martens scramble up the dam grass and run over the road into the valley below yesterday as we were driving to cross the bridge. It is a great place to live if you want to be close to nature and her critters. Sorry no on-the-spot photos! This will give you an idea of what they look like.
Easter evening there was a huge rainbow at sundown and it remained in the sky for almost 20 minutes! (The panorama doesn't do it justice.)
So....feeling up to par, with the pneumonia, bronchitis and leg injury behind me, I'm back in business. I baked a huge batch of oatmeal cookies this morning. I added leftover chopped walnuts, coconut flakes, and golden raisins this time and ARE THEY EVER GOOD!! Gave some to the trash collector and the mail carrier;  saved some for my brother and we are into them big time. There are a few left.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Notes Today

The daffodils are NOT out yet! I cut off three buds and brought them indoors. They opened this morning.
The daffodil beds in the front of the cabin are a sorry sight. After poking up from the soil and then being frozen three times, one time under deep snow, it's no wonder they even survived. It does look like the sedum will be ok.
I took a look at the old rock garden and, because the daffodils were somewhat protected by leaf coverage, they may be blooming well - pretty soon, though are a bit late. 
I did notice that the dead tree which lost a large limb last summer is leaning against the old Norway Spruce. Hopefully, the spruce will prevent it from landing on the cabin roof, should it fall!
Hey! the produce farm has corn up! There is something in that field that mysteriously appeared!
And back on the porch, Henry is happy today because the sun is shining brightly. 
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

OH! What a Day it is!

My birthday flowers from March are so pretty as they sit on the front porch, attracting bees and reflecting marvelous glow due to the sunny day!  Cut Alstroemeria last a very long time! They are commonly called the Peruvian Lily and grow from a cluster of tubers. They come in many assorted and lovely colors. 
James is wearing his forsythia garland and is waiting for the daffodils to bloom. They promised to do just that soon.
These last couple of days had been exciting to see nature fly by and into places. I ACTUALLY saw a bald eagle fly over the lake, dip his claws into the water, and scoop up a large fish! I was in the kitchen and was so shocked that I didn't even have a minute to grab the camera as he flew over the dam into the woodland below carrying his trophy. THEN...this morning a huge red-tailed hawk flew into and right through my neighbor's double pane window, causing shattered glass to be blown indoors everywhere.

On the way to the laundromat this morning, the Mister saw a hen turkey coming up out of another neighbor's driveway and then on the way home two deer were walking down another neighbor's driveway. 

But best of all.....A big hearted neighbor, noticing our sad front lawn, brought his Bobcat to the rescue and smoothed it out, no charge! He just wished us Happy Easter! 
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Bring on FULL SPRING! We are ready!
 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crazy Old Lady...

ME!

All because I used my photograph (of original artwork I painted in 1965) and got carried away with it. Here is the photo I took of the real oil on 12" x 16" canvas board. 
I used an ad from a magazine to be my guide to paint her. I found it on the internet yesterday!
Beware! I told you I got carried away!
AND...34 more!
Each one of the below image options is at 100% strength. Each one can be changed to any other lower strength. These are just my guides of the choices. They all have names.
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