Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
City workers installed these markers this week - meaning that snow season is around the corner. For my friends who live down south these red and white markers are intended to assist the fire department in locating fire hydrants. Yes - the snow buries the hydrants annd the markers are supposed to "stick out" above the snow. I'm not ready for snow.... I guess I better fire up the snow blower and make sure t works!!
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Mr. Felix the Cat - the wonderful, wonderful cat.
Mr. Yoga Ball
I was playing around in the basement last night. I have recently cleared out a corner (can you say garage sale) where I can set up my lights and backdrops. It's a little cramped - ok, a lot cramped - but works well to experiement with studio lighting.
Needing something to photograph I invited Felix the Cat and the Yoga Ball to pose for me. They did pretty good - but, Mr. Cat put a stupid jingle in my head - "Felix the Cat, the wonderful wonderful Cat; Whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks;You'll laugh so much your sides will ache;Your heart will go pitter pat; Watching Felix, the wonderful cat."
The Yoga Ball was quiet and just sat there as if he was better than anyone else...
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Yesterday morning as I was listening to the weather report the weather lady gave a "Wet Leaf Advisory". Now I've got to say in my 58 years I have heard of rain advisory, snow advisory, fog advisory, hail advisory, winter storm advisory - but, never, that is NEVER - have I ever heard of a wet leaf advisory. I know the announcer and the weather lady had good intentions of reminding us that there was a vast amount of wet leaves in the road and that they were slippery if you tried to stop quickly. It just hit my funny bone and I must have giggled a good ten minutes - I guess I'm still giggling...
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Friday, October 23, 2009
I had to attend a credit union meeting in Des Moines on Thursday and on the way home I felt an over-whelming urge to stop in Iowa Falls. We had to put my mother in Hospice a couple of weeks ago, and as I was returning to Waterloo I wasn't going to stop in Iowa Falls because I had a board meeting to attend - but I felt compelled to stop.
When I arrived at the nursing home I could tell that my mother was in her final stages. I sat with her about 10 minutes and then took her hand and told her it was ok to go. I told her to make sure to say hi to Uncle Oliver (he died 2 weeks ago), to Dad and to Jesus...she took one more breath and was gone.
I believe 4 things (1) there was Divine Intervention in my urge to visit Iowa Falls - God said, "Get your butt to Iowa Falls!!" - and I listened; (2) my Mother was waiting for me to tell her it was ok to go, and (3) there was a flock of people waiting to meet her in heaven and (4) my last words to her were, "Say hi to Jesus." And she promptly delivered the message. The care center, Heritage Care Center held a short bedside service and all of the nurses, CNAs and even the house cat Skat and Oreo the Dog attended. It is a moment etched in my mind forever.
We will be having her services on October 31st - yes, Halloween. It's All Saints Day Eve and my mother loved to dress up for Halloween - in addition to my sister and I she raised several generations of kids and I sometimes think she enjoyed Halloween more than the kids. And, as my sister remembers she was always the first one to the door for the trick or treaters. So - next week as we celebrate the the life of my mother, Virgina Hill, remember her when the Ghosts, Goblins, princes and princesses come calln' at your house...
(Click on the collage to view a larger image - which are a collection of some of my favorite photos of my mother)
Time is valuable - I always try to cram as much as I can into the time I have - but, frankly, this morning I didn't want to get up. Unfortunatly, or fortunatly, depending on how you look at it, I have this internal alarm clock that always seems to go off BEFORE any time I have set on the alarm clock.
And, good grief, my internal alarm goes off and what do I think of - I need to take a picture of the alarm clock before it goes off... Maybe I'm thinking too much about taking photographs...
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
I had the opportunity recently to visit the farm where I grew up. We moved off the farm when I was 10 - this is the windmill - which is still pumping water - that I used as a parachuting platform when I was 8 or 9. The story can be found here:
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm playing aroound with three new concepts: (1) Posting from my iPhone, (2) using a new camera application called Best Camera, and (3) using the camera on my iPhone.
There's an article in this months american PHOTO which talks about the artisitc potential of camerphone technology and I thought I'd give it a try - I'm certainly NOT giving up on my digital SLR, but thought this might be fun to explore.
Sent from my iPhone - Excuse typoes - big fingers-little key board
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Our Church, Trinity Episcopal Church in Waterloo, had (or is having) a "This and That" rummage sale. Part of the sale is selling raffle tickets (with a state permit) to win a fully furnished doll house. I don't know who wants to win it more - the mothers - or the daughters...
One lady donated the house and others furnished a room.
Note the eager eye of a young lady in the window. Actually - it's my granddaughter and I coerced her into looking into the house through the window.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
One of my favorite views - the Iowa River at River Bend in Iowa Falls, Iowa. It was a cloudy day yesterday, but still a gorgeous view.
The Boat Club.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I was out taking pictures last night and at one of my stops a lot of ducks came over to the car - obvisously people have been feeding them - and this guy just had an unusual pose.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My Aunt Helen had a talent of being able to find unique items. I'm not sure if this is a flower pot, bird bath, or a rodent's house - but, I am sure I've never seen anything quite like it.
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Monday, October 12, 2009
Yesterday was Bless the Animals Sunday and we had a lot of our furry friends in atendnace.
This was the only cat - everyone else brought a dog. I wonder what the cat was thinking...? It was a successful Sunday as not one of the "guests" ate another "guest".
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Learn more about The Blessing of the Animals at: http://www.saint-augustine.org/_sep02/ef0902g.htm
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
My wife Helen won 1st place in the National Cattle Congress Knitting Contests. She entered 6 projects and was awarded not one blue ribbon mind you, but 4, yes 4, blue ribbons and 1 2nd Place ribbon. She entered 6 projects and only 1 did not receive a ribbon (what happened?) She is a world class knitter - and the ladies at our church affectionately refer to her as the "Knitting Doctor"... they frequently bring projects to Helen that they have gubbered up for her to fix... The Doctor is in...
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sometimes the photographs just come to you. As I was driving into my driveway the Sheriff had a young man bent over the hood of the squad car searching his pockets. Moments later, I assume an undercover officer, arrived and got into the guys face. And, again, moments later another squad car arrived. Now if I were to make up a story based upon what I observed at the end of my driveway, this young man had either purchased drugs or sold drugs and was observed doing so by the undercover officer. When asked to stop the young man didn't until he was in front of my driveway where he was searched, cuffed, had his car searched and then towed. Or...he could have had open warrants, didn't stop and his piece of crap van died at the end of my driveway. Whatever the story - what was I supposed to do? I had a camera - and it was taking place right in front if me. So, I took pictures... In the event it really was an undercover officer I won't publish that photo. PS I live in a good neighborhood - the riff-raff just got caught here...
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