Friday, December 31, 2010

Almost Nailed

I need to pay closer attention - almost got nailed by the bus.  I could see the whites of her eyes as she zeroed in...

Just dawned on me that this is the last photo of 2010 - come back next year...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Getting Deep

Piling Up
Sow is piling up - but it's supposed to be in the 30s today and 40s tomorrow with RAIN...  whatssup?  Saturday is supposed to be back into the teens.

Can we say Ice Rink!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Puzzling

It Takes Many Hands To Puzzle
Puzzling is a favorite activity in this house (except for me) and most everyone works on the puzzle.  I believe Grandma received no fewer than 9 puzzles for Christmas - so we know where we'll find her.  Fact is she's so good at it will probably take her a week to do them all and then save them for next year...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Little Gentleman

Samuel Clayton's First Christmas
We had a houseful for christmas - all 5 kids, 4 of their spouses (we have a son-in-law serving in Iraq), 8 grandkids, Helen's Mother and Sister, my sister, and me.  The Turkey didn't last long - or the presents under the tree.

It reminded me of some of the Christmas dinners we used to have on my mother's side in the 1950s and 1960s (The Myers') with all of the Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and the cats - I remember a lot of cats (not in the house), but running around all over the place on the farm.

Yesterday was a bit chaotic, with noise and kids running here and there, a spill or two, a tear or two, one sick grandchild, 12 inches of snow, but there was love all around.  Grandpa doesn't always have a smiley face 'cause he's looking through a viewfinder - but his heart is warm and is smiling.

This was Samuel's first Christmas and he was dressed for the occasion.  This was just one of many outfits as Sam has a tendency to, well, puke and other things...  But, all of his outfits were smashing.  Merry Christmas to all!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

As Seen Through Helen's Sharp Eye

Strange Looking Pineapples

Christmas Lights

We went on a drive last night to look at the lights - this house was my favorite.














We drive by this one every year to see what's been added.  Love all the activity.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Angel

I was playing around with still life, depth of field and colors.  So take 1 wooden angel, 1 blue backdrop, and several ornaments and here ya go...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Takes Flight

Santa Prepares..On Prancer...

On Donner and Blitzen...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Christmas Card Across the Street

Neighbor's House
My House
We're getting more snow this evening -  the neighbors house is always gorgeous this time of year.  We added some greenery and Helen added the red bows - God added the snow...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sun Raises Into the Fog

I got up early to go watch the sunrise and hopefully spot an eagle which has been hunting around our church.  It was a gorgeous sunrise - but the fog was coming in and the sun just kept rising and disappeared into the fog.

I ended the day at the Credit Union Annual Holiday Party....









Helen and I have joined the Cedar Valley Singers - an A Capella group and we surprised everyone at the Holiday Party by showing up in our garb...  Helen sings alto and I sing bass...  no one knew we were going to be part of the program.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ship Ahoy

This is the model ship which hangs on my office wall...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Squirrel Gang

This little guy hangs out at the credit union.  He is fearless.  He comes to the front door, and I swear knocked on the door.  When he is busy he just looks over his shoulder and gives you a "look" like, "Yeah, what do you want?"

He sometimes has friends over and they are the same way - it's the squirrel gang - and you don't want to cross them...

I took the photo quickly because I figured the other members of the gang were going to sneak up on me...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Foraging

Foraging

The weatherman grossly overestimated the snow fall - the "7" to "14" inches of snow was a mere "tiff" of snow.  It made for easy foraging for my little buddy...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fired Up and Ready For Action

Ready to Go...
We're supposed to be in the path of 7-14" of Snow - I'm ready!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The House With the Red Door

The House With the Red Door

So...the question is - should I continue my Photo A Day into 2011?  On December 31, 2010, I will have completed 2 years or 730 Days, and will have taken approximately 35,000 photos -  oofda...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Begins

Ornament
Two of the grandkids are here this week and they have helped grandma get ready for christmas.  It's our tradition that the tree goes up on Thanksgiving - we're a day early.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mall of America

Orange
Green


Whatever problem Google was having last night they have it fixed...  of all the things to photograph at the Mall of America I was drawn to these silly over sized balls on the trees.

Trouble Uploading

Server Difficulties with Blogger - unable to post a photo - visit my other blog to see what I was going to post...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Portrait

Laurin and her fiance
While we were in Minnesota attending the baptism of our newest grandson, Samuel Clayton I had the opportunity to take some photos of Laurin and her fiance.  They are a gorgeous couple and there will be other photos (in this group and in the future).

The weather was cold, wet, foggy, sleety, snowy and down right miserable.  On Saturday night there had been 300 and some car accidents...(we were not among them).

Perhaps when the weather is better I'll be able to take some more photos of Laurin and her fiance as they are both very photogenic.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Oh Deer

Oh Deer
The granddaughters have a tough time having slumber parties - it seems they feel something is looking over their shoulder.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Samuel Clayton

Samuel
We are visiting in Minneapolis to attend our newest grandson's baptism.  He's had a tummy-ache today - this was during one of his pensive moments...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bird Condo

We had our tree in the front yard trimmed the other day and the limbs are still in a pile waiting to be picked up. The birds are all over.  I believe they are depressed because their condo is undergoing renovations.  It's like they were all visiting and "re-living" all of the memories they had in their condo in the tree...

They're really going to be depressed when the limbs go away...