Fresh Squeezed

Every morning I’m greeted with a tight hug and a pleasant, “good morning, how did you sleep.” This morning this wonderful husband of mine and the great father of our children greeted his family with fresh squeezed orange juice. Are you wondering or asking yourself what’s so special about orange juice?

It’s not really about the orange juice, not at all. It’s about the time he takes or carves out of his busy morning to ensure we have a great start to our morning. It’s about meditation while doing something he loves. It’s about ensuring we know he loves us and thinks about us above all else. It’s really all about love and loving his family. It’s all about us.

Orange Juice

Ice

I’m trying to be positive about ice. I’m trying to find something good to say about icy weather. So here are my thoughts….

I love ice in my drinks. Whether its summer time or winter, I like ice in my drinks. I LOVE ice cream

Icy weather brings more togetherness in our family. No one is rushing out the door during icy cold weather. We snuggle more. We cook more. We play more games. We talk more. We go out less which means we spend less.

Icy weather is great! What do you do during bad weather that you normally don’t do when the weather is bright, sunny, and warm?

A Drive Through Mississinewa Reservoir

A drive through Mississinewa Reservoir in Indiana and we discovered some beautiful scenery and photographic opportunities. The road looked more treacherous than what it was. This was a pretty nice quiet drive with no traffic and other people in sight. No radio to distract our thoughts, just us and nature.

 

1 Reservoir Road

It’s amazing what you can see and notice if you just sit still long enough or drive slowly enough. The two animals that caught my attention were the bald eagle and an adorable raccoon. I was able to capture a few shots of each. Warning: they are a bit blurred. I believe the eagles we did see were aware we were there and watching. The one perched higher up and through the branches kept turning his head back and forth as if he/she knew we were there.

The raccoon was adorable, I’m not sure if this was a small one or large one as half the body was hidden. These little adorable creatures are destructive if they get into an abandoned building or say a house that is left unattended while you travel through China. However, perched up on the tree, he does look harmless and cute.

1 Raccoon

2 Raccoon

 

What else did I discover? I discovered I need a new lens. The Nikon 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6G VR sounds like the next step. If you have other suggestions, please let me know as I am just learning and love the hobby.

Have a wonderful day. Be still and enjoy some quiet time and solitude, be one with nature and yourself. Hugs!

 

A Frosty and A Spoon

If you know me, you know that I’m always, always taking snap shots. Whether it’s with my iPhone, point and shoot, or the Nikon, I’m forever taking a photo. At times this can become rather annoying for the subjects. If you ask my husband, he would say, “my wife can be f*kn annoying with her incessant photo taking”. He says this with a smile and lots of love, in a humorous kind of way. I’m sure that’s what he means.

Today, we decided to treat ourselves to an unhealthy snack, a Wendy’s frosty. So what made me take a photo? Right before Mike took a seat he reached behind him and whips out his spoon. In a deep voice he says, “I’ve come prepared.” A commercial moment if you will. This was a spoon from home. He was indeed prepared!

We sit down to enjoy our snack and I (of course) thought the moment was worthy of a snap shot. I mean really, how many people do you know carry their own spoon? So, I take my iPhone out and snap a quick one. Oh, but not before he could wipe the expression off his face, ha! When I looked at the photo on my phone I questioned his expression. His response, “how would you like it if I took a picture of you every time you fart?” Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe he said this in public and with an older gentleman sitting right behind us. I was stunned, but only for a few seconds. All of a sudden it hit me and I burst into a boisterous laughing fit. I cried. I found it so funny. Even now I’m laughing.

After a few minutes the gentleman behind us gets up to leave but not before he says to us, “you know there is a study that laughing can cure many types of diseases.” Awe.. he had enjoyed my laugh as he was also smiling. I hope that was it and not that he heard my husband say he was taking a picture of me every time I fart. Oh dear heavens.

IMG_5154Yes it’s true, I take way too many pictures. But you know, I seriously love to freeze moments with my pictures. I love it! Mike and I, we are two peas in a pod, we love and laugh with each other all the time. We lovingly poke fun at each other all the time. I love this husband of mine. I especially love that he loves my idiosyncrasy’s.

Hand Over Hand – by Mike Smyth

At the edge of hopelessness, when all seems to be lost, the universe throws into your life the right person at just the right time. The knot at the end of your rope which provides the encouragement to start climbing and to not look down into the interminable abyss. A voice that is right there with you cheering you on, telling you,” You can do this, one hand over the other, don’t look up, don’t look down, just one hand over the other, that’s it, keep going!”
Inspired by a, Long Distance Love Bomb

This photo was taken at the Great Wall in Beijing, China by our 14 year old daughter while hiking in the area with a group of students and fantastic teachers.

This photo was taken at the Great Wall in Beijing, China by our 14 year old daughter while hiking in the area with a group of students and fantastic teachers.

My husband is participating in a writing class. Out of the class and encouragement by so many, his writing has evolved into more than just beautiful words. Today, his post on FB was so encouraging to me that I decided to share it with you (with his permission of course). Please enjoy.

A Vintage Cart – Recognize it?

What is it about this little toddler cart or bike that is so fascinating to me? I wish I could answer my own question; However, I can’t seem to put it out of my mind. I purchase this little gem from a Facebook Selling Site for $20. Whether its worth the money or not is yet to be determined. I just find it so intriguing.

Side View of Cart 2

 

The wheels are similar to a few items I found from the 1940’s. There are no pedals and that’s another mystery to me. I’d like to find out f they are missing or if they were not made with them. The front of the cart has some sort of name and little wooden beads that a child would have push back and forth.

Front of CartFront View

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever seen a cart like this?

Do you know what they are called or who the manufacturer was? Here are a few more pictures to help jog your memory.

Side View of Cart Spring of Cart 2There is a rubber covering over the metal piece and a spring on each of the two rear wheels.

 

 

 

 

Lastly but real fun are the wheels on the cart. Look at the covering of the tires, such a unique shape. I love the probability and images of children giggling as they rode along while a big brother or sister pushed from behind. Or even little feet as they piddle paddle trying to go, go, go.

Please share your thoughts and maybe a name if you can make it out. Thank you so much. Cheers!

Cart Wheel

Symmetry – Weekly Photo Challenge

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge BY , is Symmetry. The following picture was taken by my 14-year-old daughter using a Nokia 1520 camera phone. She used an Android APP called Camera 360.

The photos were taken at a local thrift shop while looking for albums. Yes, albums seem to be the rage with some kids. If we could find a turn table we’d be in business.

Symmetry 

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Photo credit to: Mari Madrigal

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Photo credit to Mari Madrigal

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Photo credit to: Mari Madrigal

Please allow me to introduce my daughter, the youngest of 5, a young lady full of life and dreams. She is aspiring to become an International Nurse (she wants to travel abroad), a photographer, and an extreme sports woman. For her 15th birthday, she’d like to give me a 2nd heart attack (not really) and go sky diving. 🙂

This is Mari, she is aspiring to become an International Nurse (she wants to travel abroad), a photographer, and an extreme sports woman.