Thursday, June 5, 2008

More surprises...

More flowers that just appeared in my backyard.

Purple and viney, not necessarily a part of
the surrounding vegetation in these pics.

The yard is getting more and more overgrown with each rainstorm. Even my welcome mat is green. :) (You think I'm kidding, after this last storm and the humidity and warmth, I've got some kind of algae growing on my front porch mat...)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

For Dad

Humidity can be pretty.

This is for my dad because he said, "Where are the skies, the flowers, the dog pictures?!?" And apparently, I respond well to guilting. ;-)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More chickens

A fuzzy photo of a silky hen and some chicks that a coworker brought in. It's evidently time to order chicks. We've had several groups (including a group of quail!) arrive at the office recently. I love the sound they make, but it's really better in smaller doses.

My new phone does some things better (see below for some actual close-ups of flowers), but it's less forgiving, and the button isn't as easy to push! :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

For Posterity

This was the day of my grandmother's funeral.

Afterwards, we went to the farm to do some arranging and such, and I took some pictures of her flowers. This is the walkway being impinged upon by irises and the view from the hill. You can see all the different types in this photo: iris, cabbage roses, peonies, and a lily of some type (as well as some overgrown grass).

One of my favorite iris colors--so vibrant!

I've always loved poppies.

These are the color of the cake she made me for my 16th birthday.

Peonies in the shade.

The roses are about done. I love the cascade of petals in this one.

She hasn't lived on the farm for about a year, so this is the flowers after being untended for that long. The relative lack of weeds (there are some, but not nearly as many as in my flowerbeds) is a testament to how carefully she watched them. This is at ground level up the path. The green stalk in the middle will become firecracker flowers by July.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Normal dog

A not-so-great pic of Parker, Tom and Kim's dog,
who now lives in Normal, Illinois.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Office fun...

Taken during a FOUR HOUR planning meeting... You certainly can't say that my workplace is too staid...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Another Beginning

The first photo taken with my new phone. ;-) (The old one was dying regularly due to battery issues. :( )

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Life Changing

Guest images!
The first from Winnifred:

And this one is Copyright © 2008 Verla Herschell (Mistress Rhianydd Arbeth)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Nikko and the Turtle

Nikko subdues a giant turtle...

The dress for Kora's wedding on the left, the color on the right.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Editors Understand...

As an editor, you need a pen that isn't black or blue to have contrast from the printed word. Red sends all kinds of "red flags" to people's brains because of all the lovely teachers we've had. (I've been paid to edit for 13 years, and I still react to red marks.) So, special colored pens are an editor's joy. My job has been especially emotional lately. Thus, colored pens to the rescue. It's really crazy how a "sunset orange," "fandago pink," "margarita green," or "hot aqua" pen can make all the difference.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Not Really There...

I can't imagine who or *what* this might've been at CM Fighter Practice...

Monday, March 31, 2008

It's a Sickness...

Yet another new kind of flower in my yard:
It's kinda like Christmas, these things come up out of the ground, and then you wait to see what they'll be.
These are *tiny* and they look like little upside-down grape clusters.

And this is the last daffodil shot, I promise. :)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Full Circle?

Last year on St. Patrick's Day we went to the M&M site. This year, it waited until the 28th...

Can't wait until it looks like this.