Saturday, December 3, 2016


This really is not a forest floor.  It is my yard with stick debris from the tree removal and a variety of fallen leaves from four different trees.  A mower shoved around in the area would help things out but I think it is too cold for me to mow and mulch.

A bonus photo shows the red leaf from the Bradford pear tree. They are scattered everywhere and make nice color in the worn out yard.

Friday, December 2, 2016


One leaf on our plant is a transitional one.  It never turned red but it didn't stay green either.  The pattern is great with the red and green helping to show off the veins of the leaf. The glow coming through the top leaves is wonderful.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Different View......

Hazelnut coffee is a good different kind of coffee to drink.  I like buying some of the flavored coffees but vary them with our using regular traditional coffees. Variety comes with  the mood swing. The  painting on this mug is not a famous work of art but is a replica of what an impressionist might paint. In the old days I would post a mug weekly to share with others on one of my blogs. Life got to be too busy to continue messing with the mugs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clouds Above.........

Looking to the east, the cloud bank that was building eventually brought rain in the area. I follow a group of photographers on Facebook who posts pictures of Iowa and I have become discouraged as to what they are posting.

I am seeing photos like this at right that are on the posts.  They are all concocted by using the special editing commands. The photos can be adjusted to look wonderful with great colors but the photo above really is what I was seeing. The editing programs are wonderful to help crop out unwanted items and to give me the ability to tweet a photo into a better focus. It is good and for that I am so grateful.  When I post a photo to depict Iowa, I do think that it should be pretty close to the real thing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Seeing Red........

Leaving the season of Thanksgiving is easy once a poinsettia enters the house.  Our son and daughter-in-law gave us a traditional gift at Thanksgiving. Our son likes to go to the building center and get the black Friday sales and share a red flower with us.

Monday, November 28, 2016


AJ already likes the workings of a steering wheel.  I am certain the he will be at a steering wheel most of life.

AJ likes to help his mom in the kitchen.  At the Science Center there was a farmhouse which had a replica kitchen in it. Kids could pretend to cook and wash dishes. There were replica plastic fruits and vegetables everywhere.

A bonus third photo on my one "photo a day blog."  My son supplied all three photos today on my blog. I thought maybe it would be good journalism to at least show the face of the boy in one of the visuals.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bird Feeder.....

As the bird feeder becomes a busy place for the birds, the larger than life squirrel starts to fatten up for winter.