Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Our oldest grandson, AJ, is almost always on the move. He has so much energy and he needs to let steam off every once in a while. We visited the Des Moines Science Center where there were lots of things for AJ to explore. He is cranking on an elevator device that moves plastic food up a conveyer, like a farm elevator. As he cranks, the food goes up and lands in a bin below. The whole room was a farm scene area with an American Gothic house model in the room.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
It isn't green out there in the garden anymore but the memories in photos show that we did have an abundant growing season. The fall celebration of a good harvest and a time to appreciate family and friends is upon us. I hope everyone has a good day today whether it is sharing times in a large group or spending time at home for the day. It is good to stop and enjoy a day of giving thanks for all that we have in our lives for the past year.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
A view from the train shows the water lever high from some heavy rains the weeks before. The river actually is dammed up crating the Saylorville Lake. The over flow of the dam continues to keep the Des Moines River being a full blown river once it goes over the dam.
Monday, November 21, 2016
I have lived here for 40 years. Yesterday for the first time I noticed I can see the silos 3 blocks away. They belong to the one time operational farm on the edge of town. We walk Barney down the alley as he finds the properties up an down it so interesting. It also is a more protected walk for humans than going down the sidewalks.
The farm silos have not been in use the last 40 years. I am assuming that at one time the guy ran a feeder cow lot and sold cows for slaughter. That would mean that the smell of a herd of cattle could be a part of the city. I had never thought about that before but tolerance of farm smells was better years ago. than it tis today. The photo has a little bit of a lean to it but it adds to the strange things that you see down the alley. The one neighbor parks his boat in his drive and a snow blade there against the fence. Looking down the three block length a red maple tree is still full of reddish leaves. The alley stops there at the two leaning tree trunks and it becomes a pasture for now about a dozen cows.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
I was outside Friday morning working on a last minute project. I had some siding next to my steps that needed to be removed and replaced. It was blowing so hard and the wind chill was amazing. As I walk over to the shed to get a tool or piece of siding I looked up to see this. I could not believe that a morning glory would be in bloom with it being so cold and windy.
The cold weather effected the color as it is a blue morning glory in normal weather. I was earlier thinking I should go out and harvest more seed from the vine.
Friday, November 18, 2016
On the afternoon that this was shot there was no rising sun. I thought it was interesting to see the same scene that I normally share with my viewers the orange streaked skies. The trees are almost bare now. I am thinking I should cut off that straggly branch in the foreground as it seems to always invade my sunrise shots.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Tonight the last zinnia will finish its season of blooming. I won't clear things off yet as I can do that with snow on the ground. We do have warm spells and I can dedicate a day to clear off all of the remaining stems. The stems and leaves are not a pretty sight but there still is some green in there. If it gets below freezing that too will be gone.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The hardy geranium is living it on the edge as I have not brought it inside yet. They were brought in partially down the basement stairs on one cold day but they have been our for quite a long time. The leaf colors are not normally this color as the cold has turned them red.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The late fall means that some leaves still have not all fallen. My silver maple is pretty much bare now but the pear and ornamental pear trees are still hanging onto their leaves. I guess a snowfall may make them drop their leaves. The shiny red leaves are from the ornamental pear tree. The flat red ones are from the burning bush. I really don't know where the yellow ones are falling from but maybe if I paid closer attention I could figure it out. That is a job for another day. I will be out mowing and mulching leaves this morning so I can check things out.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Everyone knows each other's pets in our neighborhood. When someone adds a new member to the fur community we all have to see the new dog. He lives across the street and isn't very old.
I am sure that the little girl will get lots of attention. When you are this cute and is so soft, a dog can get what they want in life. She has another older dog in her family so she isn't alone. I am thinking she was named Pebbles.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
I have posted photos of this rose bush all summer. I posted a bloom a month ago and here it is again. It is blooming into the second week of November. The rose hip is leftover from a bloom from a couple of months ago. I have my original photo editing application again and my photos should be improved. Elements is the name of the program which is a take off of photoshop and I have really liked working with it for quite a few years. I have had a break from it for three years or so because of computer problems. I am back up and running again, able to use again the program.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Two pots of my hardy geraniums had been moved to the basement but they are now back outside. They are siting in a bunch of old foliage temporarily until the freezing temperatures start in our state. The splash of color really is neat to see as most flowers are gone now.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
I remember seeing men looking out at the back of the caboose as the train went by our car when I was a kid. I know that they needed someone back there in the old days because there were not any radio contacts to the back of the train from the front engin. The worker had the window up in the top notch of the car to see the front of the train. I am sure there were flags that the would swing back and forth when things were good at the back at the train to tell the engineer that all was good. The bay window on the yellow car does confuse me a little as I am not sure why it had to be there.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
This was the morning that I decided to cross the street and go behind my neighbor's house and take this shot. It was just to great that I couldn't settle with shots from the backyard patio. The corn field has been picked so I didn't have that blocking the scene.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Filling up the wagons with the corn that has been picked and shelled by the combine. The corn was being emptied out of the combine into the second wagon that was sitting at the end of the field.
It seems to me that this small field next to our area was one of the last to be picked. I am sure they have been really busy picking all their larger fields of corn. The machine picks and grinds the corn to release the seed. The cobs look like they are meant to be cut into small pieces so they will decompose easily.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
I was out late after supper trying to find something new to photograph. The red morning glory partially bloomed out in the afternoon as it warmed up in temps enough for it to do so. The light was pretty low in value but I did get a shot of it after the third try. I was glad I was out there as I was able to see some great sunset skies. I have been sharing too many of those but I will bring them out again when I have a low supply of photos in my larder.