Wednesday, November 30, 2011

good morning

The sunrise this morning looked promising, so I loaded the dogs in the car and zipped down the road with my camera....actually, 2 SLR and a new pocket point and shoot that we "bought" with air miles points.

I wanted the point and shoot so that I'd always have a camera with me. I'll have to play with it some more, but my favourite photo this morning came from my SLR.

Monday, November 28, 2011

birch trees at dusk

Birch Trees At Dusk   ink & watercolour
A little 5 x 7 inch painting I did yesterday...a continuous line drawing of birch trees in ink (continuous line drawing means exactly don't lift your pen until you're done)....with watercolour paint in the background.

I'm pretty happy with it as a first attempt.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I heard this on CBC Radio this's now a new favourite.

Friday, November 25, 2011

today is a good day because

I took this image of a day lily in early morning (a photograph I took last summer) and added the words "Today is a good day because"....
...then I printed the image and framed it....
...and now I can write the reason why it's a good day on the glass using an erasable pen...
...and I can change the reason easily every day. Because there's always something to be thankful for.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

digging out

the frozen berries from the burning sundown
Looks like we'll get our man home tomorrow! (fingers crossed) Here's hoping we lose some of the snow so the VON can get up the driveway...we need the nurses up here to change the dressing on John's leg. I can do many things, but dealing with that sort of thing is not my cup of tea.
Did I mention that our dog Riley was to the vet on Saturday for an emergency visit? She had a "hot spot" which required the vet to put her under and clean out. She'll be on antibiotics for 10 days, and is wearing a cone on her head. So....that's a dog with a cone, a man with one working leg, and a woman with one working arm. We make quite a household! They say things come in threes....let's hope that's true.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

first snow storm musings

Today is a stormy day...snow fall warnings in effect...which means I am stuck at home while John is one and a half hours away in the hospital.  

On Monday, he had an emergency surgery on his knee. In fact, the 3rd surgery on the same knee in the past 8 months. He had a knee replacement on April 1st...followed by emergency surgery one week later to deal with an infection. We did have a couple of months of good healing, and he was able to make the one mile walk with the dogs and me in the morning to get the paper. But the knee never felt "right". Unfortunately, no one would listen until about a week ago. Then everything happened in a xray showed that his "new" knee had moved and was coming apart. The surgeon said he had never seen this happen in his 25 years of experience.  So, John was admitted to the hospital on Monday and the two hour surgery to put in yet another new knee was done late Monday afternoon. All is going well so far, and we're hoping to get him home on Friday. (well, John would like to come home tomorrow, but I don't think that's going to happen).

Let's hope the third time is the charm, and we can be walking on beaches again in 2012!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I haven't been able to walk the dogs to get the paper in the morning since my shoulder surgery. Holding two dog leashes of two dogs who constantly circle is beyond my one armed ability. So....every morning we jump in the car to go the 1/2 mile drive to pick up the paper. The girls have adapted wonderfully, but I am longing for the day I'll be able to walk them both again.
frost on the car's windshield
There was some lovely frost on the windshield this morning, that got me heading back into the house for my camera. The frost is a bit out of focus, a result of being too close and shooting something at an angle...but I like the photos anyway. These photos have been touched up a bit....I added higher contrast and added a touch of blue. Sometimes it's fun to play a bit with the photo software.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

early morning

A very pale sky this morning, but I had to grab my camera for a one handed photo....loved our small apple tree against the pale sky.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

excitement in purgatory

Our screened in porch is called "Purgatory" (and even has the sign to prove it). It's a good story that you are bound to hear if you ever come to visit us. We did have an unexpected visitor today, but she wasn't interested in hearing the story.
maybe she flew in after seeing the snack bar sign
This female ruffed grouse flew through one of the screen doors and perched in the rafters...gave me quite a fright when I walked out the door to go feed our guineas! We were in a rush this morning (today was the day I got my stitches out), but we had enough time to prop open both doors to the porch, in hopes that she would be able to make it out on her own.
Four hours later (after the trip across to Kentville to see my surgeon, and a side trip on the way home to inspect a 115 year old schoolhouse that's for sale...alas, a story for another time)...we arrived home and the grouse was still in Purgatory (by this time, she would probably think it was an apt name for the porch). However, she was startled by John's appearance, and shot out of the door in a loud burst of flight.
We'll have to repair one of the screen doors, but it's nice to have a happy ending!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

floral bouquet

I've been sorting through my flower photos for an upcoming Floral Competition at my photo club. It's always tough for me to settle on the photos I want to enter into competition. We have to enter two digital photos and two prints for a shot at the trophy for this category. I would like to not bother entering, but my competitive side won't allow that. These are some photos that didn"t make the cut.
climbing roses in Bear River

pot of petunias from a friend

farmer's market bouquet

orchid from DIL

after the rain