Sunday, April 20, 2014

White as Snow........

We remember that we are now forgiven because of Jesus' sacrifice.  May we celebrate the season every day of the year.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Not My Dust.....

It isn't a pretty picture but my wife's friend dumped three tv sets on us this week.  She lives in a senior housing development where things are handed down, across the hall and they all find new things to cause them to get rid of things.  My wife's friend was having tv trouble with a reception box that translates digital onto an analogue tv. 

One person's mother who lived there died and immediately the son gave her the one in the foreground.  It does work, once I got it home and mess with it, but it is too big for a studio apartment.  The other set is one that only works with a cable hookup.  I don't have cable so I have never heard of a set like that before now.  It is worthless to us and also probably to everyone else who has a new modern flat screen one. The third set is a small one that we have set up in the gallery but it doesn't pick up all of the stations.  I do think that a trip to the landfill is in order. Right now they are all in my store room in which I had moved things out of and now those spaces are filled up again.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Cat and a Chair...........

I could not have planned this photo, it just happened.  I am carrying in old chairs from the car that we had lent to my wife's friend.  I just left it there to do other stuff.  When I am out with the camera, there Tiny Tim sat.  I have a set of 6 of those chairs that belonged to my parents.  I just can't dump them even though we will never use them.  I am thinking I might turn them into items to paint on as novelty furniture. Tiny Tim continues to hang around everyday and gives me ample photo opportunities.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Winter Be Gone.......

This was taken a couple of days ago and I am certain there will still be a trace of snow along the shed still this morning.  It looks more hopeful out there though as my chokecherry tree is putting out its first leaves and some of the grass areas are green.  In spite of the cold the iris and tulips are shooting up as well as the dandelions are starting to bloom on the south side of buildings. I will get my morning glories planted along the trellis as soon as the soil warms up to help germinate the seed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The thuderstorms are done and now the strong winds have left so Barney can come out of the house without being scared.  He usually comes out on the steps and watches and waits to see if there is anything deserving to be barked at wildly without abandonment. When the wind blows hard or it is rainy I have to walk him up and down the streets or he wouldn't go out for forever.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dead Fish for Lunch.......

I succeeded in capturing some more recent shots of the Decorah Eagles and the little ones.  I grab them off of the live video feed so there is not any artistic credit for me other than the technical skills that I have. The chicks already are not looking so cute.  Fish is on the menu.  You have to look hard but there are three faces there.  The two on the right look like a glob until you focus in on them.

While catching them out in the open with mom feeding them, I also was able to see the dad land in the nest with them.  All of a sudden the two adults decided they needed to eat so they tore into the fish themselves.  I have never seen them eat at the nest before that. One of my students at school has an Uncle who owns the fishery that is near this area.  They hatch fish to distribute in many Iowa lakes each year. I hope this fish wasn't snatched from the fishery area.

While being a librarian today I thought I could pull off blogging with my newer shots.  I realized that I got distracted last night and all my new photos are sitting on a hot pink thumb drive (my wife's). It is  at home and I didn't get the visuals moved onto my photo storage area.  I hate it when I do that. I actually was baking a cake for my wife's birthday and I was being distracted with things.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Visuals for the Day.........

As I sat yesterday blogging I snapped this photo of the continue rain  we were having.  It lasted all day until last night at 10:30 when it turned to snow.  The roads and patio held their heat so the snow did not remain on them but everything else is coated with a half inch or more of snow.

It is back.  We will have a warming up of the air to 37 degrees F and maybe a little of it will go away again.  Last year it snowed on May 1st so I don't think it should seem so unusual.