Saturday, December 31, 2016
As a society we do tolerate some conveniences, like paper cups. instead of real dishes. I do know that one can ask for a mug of coffee but I don't remember to do so. I drink it at the bookstore and never take it away with me. To be nice to myself, the next time I go to the bookstore and ask for their red cup with coffee in it.
Friday, December 30, 2016
When we tie the New Year's Day in with the total holiday season, the Christmas season can be stretched out for a while. A photo that I never posted is being shared today. That tree has to come down next week and by then most of Christmas will be starting to disappear. We have a new chair and couch being delivered and the tree needs to be removed definitely.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
When it comes to having an expression, this hedgehog has none. We purchased it for our neighbor's dog, a terrier named Penny, and the act of buying it caused the cashier to burst into a story about her own dogs. We are dog people, so we didn't mind. It is just fun to see how different people express their concern about their own dogs when prompted by a dog toy.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Commercial cookies are not as good as homemade. We bought these to share with our Sunday school kids. One cookie left in the plastic container shows an interesting visual. The reflections from the outside view of the kitchen window adds to the dreamlike quality of the shot.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
This is a centerpiece for our dining room table. The sculpture is made from a mold of an original wood carving. The colors are all hand painted with such a sensitive detail. The original artist is Jim Shore. I bet there are elves that help paint them as too many of them are sold that Mr. Shore could not keep up with the demand.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Two sets of eyes looking out as you view the ornament. The large amount of hand painting on this kind of ornament fascinates me. I know the people who paint them are not making much money. The bear has somewhat of an expression as it is stuffed in the bag with presents.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The birds are so busy finding just the right seed for their meal. The extreme cold really brings in a lot of birds of different kinds. I have yet to photograph the blue jays, nuthatch or chickadees. The winds have bothered them all and the three previously mentioned ones grab a seed and fly off so quickly. It takes a lot of skill to get them in a viewfinder.
Monday, December 19, 2016
The reality shows up with the cords of the lights right there in the foreground. On a good day I will return and get those wires in the background. The ornament was a purchase at an after Christmas sale. The applied design suggest that it was not made in this county. There is a lot of detail in its applied paints, sequined and fake pearls. I have one other like it on an egg-shaped ornament.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
The replica diesel engine of the smaller scaled train is colorful with the red and grey markings. I like the railings that are there depicted just like the ones on the real engine so the engineer can check out the train without falling off the machine.
The caboose for this engine is fancy with great colors. When researching the purpose of a caboose, I found that it was there to check on the loads in front of it that were being carried by the train. Also the crew of the train would seek shelter on the caboose while one man was in charge of communicating to the engineer of the status of the shipping cars. Now that I shared that, it makes me wonder if a passenger train ever had a caboose. My answer is probably that there was no need for a caboose.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Being right handed, I rarely take photos on this side of objects. I noticed that most all of my photos taken showing the left side of an item. The placement of the mule and goat forced me to shoot from this angle.
The manger scene is up and glowing. The glow is a simple small light bulb that settled to the bottom of the slot. It actually works better there than being placed at the top of the slot where I normally place it.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The old feeder was sitting on the porch railing. I decided to go ahead and put one seed in it for the small birds. This guy thought it looked like easy picking for free food.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
My smaller scaled train has a neat caboose. It is a special car that usually was painted red. Before they were eliminated from use on trains they were sometimes painted yellow.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
This old caboose looks like it had been made with metal siding as it seems to be rusting away.
This caboose is in better shape. It has wooden siding on it
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
I really did have a photo with the kitchen sink cropped out of the picture. With my new system with google controlling my photos I keep having trouble getting the photos downloaded. I download ok but not all of my pictures get selected and put in the google stash. I am learning to live with it but where is the photo where I chopped that faucet off the bottom of the shot ? I really should not have to go back twice to be sure that all has made it to the intended file.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The dining room table is covered with boxes of decorations. The trains are found and placed on the table ready for the trees to be assembled. I have had, in the past, problems finding the trains. I now placed them among the decoration boxes so they are easy to find.
Friday, December 9, 2016
I have been seeing the male cardinal in the yard the past few weeks. I am sure it is eating berries from the burning bushes. I have added new bird seed on the tray and he was right there. The sparrow is willing to share. He isn't bothered by the larger bird over his shoulder.
We have had a pair in our yard for a few years but last spring I found a dead male cardinal in the alley. I really have not seen any others since spring. To have this one hanging around is really a treat.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
I usually don't buy this kind of ornament for my tree but these really did interest me. I really like the designs on the sides of the glass blown ornaments. These are not plastic and I really won't knowing buy plastic ornaments. I am sure some of my larger ornaments are plastic that I have but I really don't intentionally look for them. I do think they give me a great visual for a good photo.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The plants are all inside that should be, as it was 14 degrees F. last night.I noticed yesterday that dos vegetation is flatten now because of the continue freezing weather. The tomato plants are all flattened to the point that by spring I won't have anything to mow over as nothing will be left.
The wooden birds are fun for me to see as it makes it appear more tropical on the plant table. The one plant went into a shock and dropped half of its leaves as it adjusted to the inside environment. They would help make a jungle floor if more things were shedding leaves. I always clean up the leaves after the photo is taken.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
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.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
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
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.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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.