Friday, December 17, 2010

Face in the Hill

Remember this picture?  I took a similar one earlier this winter.
If you click on the picture, it should open up larger in your browser.
Now look above the last train car and below the house on the hill.  Can you see the face in the hill?  The other picture I took is just below this post and the face is not visible.  Is it the lighting or is there really a face portrayed in the hill?  See what you think.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snow Before Christmas

Sometimes common sense is better than an expert opinion.  After all, we are in DECEMBER and Christmas is only 21 days away.  We were supposed to have heavy snow storms in our area, but as of 2 pm this afternoon, the weather report may be wrong --at least , I hope it was a little wrong.  This is the view across the river from my window.
We've had flurries all morning and the snow is just beginning to stick, especially in higher elevations.  Feel free to download this picture as a background for your computer desktop, but do not link to my site.  Thank you.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Further South

These are photos from a local paper in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area from last Friday's snowstorm.

This final photos shows students on their way to class in Bemidji, Minnesota.
I am glad I live further south and we have only just had our first frost.  Most of the leaves on our trees have fallen, so winter is coming, but I am glad we are not dealing with this kind of weather.  At least not yet.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Missing Dad

I have to admit that I am somewhat down this morning.  I have been waiting for a job to call me back  to tell me that they want to hire me.  Almost no job does a background check\drug test if they do not plan on hiring you, yet here I wait.

I got an email from a friend to tell me her father passed away in his sleep this morning early.  That little bit of news made me remember a picture I saw recently.  And that picture reminded me of my Dad.  It has taken me nearly six years to miss him.  He was a cruel man, but time lessens all that and I wish I could tell him of my accomplishments and hope he would be proud of me.

This is the picture that reminded me of my Dad:

My father was a farmer and it was not unusual to see him walking across the fields.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ever wish you could see a different view?

I find life to be extra hard some days.  It seems as if there is too much life to handle.  I wonder if I will ever get over some of the things that happen during life that tend to turn my hair white. . .
This picture was a black/white background on  I cleared the hazy view from the windows and added a view of a river barge loaded with coal.  I took the photo from my new apartment window and shrunk it to fit in the windows of train.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Sometimes I wonder what shoes I fill.  Lots of shoes in this world.  These are working shoes but for summer and gardens.  They were sitting outside on the table to dry.  I wonder what people think of me by the shoes I wear when I am shopping, or working, or sitting at my computer.  Some people have whole closets full of shoes.

This week I must have grown an inch or so in maturity.  It was such a hard week for me.  A simple misunderstanding put my world in a tail spin that lasted for over 2 months.  It's too bad there is not a hot line phone where you can call someone and say, "Tell me what to do."  But then I wonder if I would follow the advice given.

Monday, June 28, 2010

MoJo Card Challenge June 2010

Here is the card I created from the square sketch #145 this week:

The background flowers are in  the garden out front.
A small scrap of a baby blanket under a paper frame.
A wooden pink dogwood flower replaces the star.
The inside sentiment simply says, "Thanks Mom!"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Butterflies and Summer Flowers

I love looking at nature and taking pictures of it.  My Mother was a gardener and loved to be outdoors.  I, on the other hand, am allergic to both types of dirt -- the smell of it makes me ill.  I love to take photos of flowers and butterflies, caterpillars, and spider webs.  I do not like bugs, snakes, or spiders.
Here is a photo I took today when I was out:
The background is from Digital Arts Cafe designers, which is out of business.  
I did not create the artwork,but I did take the photo.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding hearts were my Mother's and Grandmother's favorite flowers.  When I first lived in Florida, I was able to get a clipping of a white bleeding heart vine.  My friend now has a wonderful house plant growing from that clipping.

This is a picture of this summer's red bleeding heart plant at her home.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fav Digital Layout

This is one of my favorite digital layouts. The pictures are from when I last lived in SW Florida. The elements and background are from and the link to the kit Beach Shack can be found

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wordle Practice

For school today, we were required to create a Wordle using our personal leadership philosophy.
This is how mine turned out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Some Days Feel Like Rain

Today, it feels like it is raining, even though the sky is bright and blue.  It will be a wonderful day.

I am tired this morning, but already up paying bills and working on my assignments for school.  I dreamed of Mom again last night.  Sometimes, I see her in my dreams and I say, "Mom, come here I want to show you something."  But when we get to what I wanted to show her, the picture has already changed.  And then she is gone.   I miss her so, but it is time for me to go forward into the beautiful day.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Yesterday, I decided to make a number of blank greeting cards.  Two of my senior friends now live in a senior facility and in an effort to help them and other residents in their care facility, I have sent many of these cards to them.  My cards are not as fancy as store-bought greeting cards, but I can only hope that they bring a little bit of sunshine into a senior's life.

Here are some photos of those cards:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Into the Grey

Starting a new journey can often feel like going on a journey into the fog or heavy mist.  You do not know for sure where you are headed, only that you are going down a new road.  It is a new adventure.  It can be scary or great.  A lot of how you look at it depends on your attitude.

This picture was taken on the top of a mountain in Jefferson National Forest in the middle of heavy fog and pouring rain.  I could not see in front of the car more than a little bit and it was scary, yet I knew that even if I missed the road and fell off the mountain, everything would some how turn out alright.  

I have to remember this when I start out again in a month on a journey to find yet another place to live and a new job.  I know some of where I am going, just not the practical things, such as where will I live or work and how will I get what I want to bring with me to where ever it is I am going.  A lot of questions now, but time will show me where I am headed.  I just have to listen carefully and keep walking.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Remember what it felt like the first time you ever ate ice cream or visited an ill friend in the hospital?  Sometimes, you have to step outside yourself and try something new.  Today was like that for me.  My current management is restructuring and my last day at my current job will be March 26, 2010.  The future awaits.

What will it hold?  Is it a gamble?  Will I survive the next sequence?  Only time will tell.  But for now I have loose ends to tie and keep treading water as I have been doing.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring Card

This is the first page of my sample video I created using Camtasia Studio.  The link is at the bottom of this post.

The quilt is from a Smithsonian exhibit. The quilt was labeled appliqued and embroidered quilt top signed by Frances Jolly, N. C. Dated 1839.
The photo was found on
 The picture of the ladies having tea or coffee was taken from

And here is the link to the video:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SAD times

Winter months are a time of change. The world cools off and prepares itself for the year ahead. Every time zone experiences different winter months.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Net Sufing

Today, I found a site where I can watch church online in streaming video. I got so burned out after the Florida Revival hinted of being religious. Just a bunch of hypocrites. Overly emotional people. Always pushing God stuff on you. Never listening. I believe in God but wanted nothing to do with anyone that way. And the last 4 churches I have been involved with bordered on cult more than believing in a Holy Trinity or anything.

I love crafts and was surfing for templates and backgrounds for this site and found this site: You have to register to view their stuff, but it is worth it. The real church in near Kansas City, MO and is more than entertainment. I mean look at it. They are in Kansas City; part of middle America. Good old home values and all. Laid back conservative folks. Not taken to fake stuff. Kansas City, Missouri is where cattle drives were routed to to sell cattle in the 1800's. A slaughter town. Now they have this crazy, almost looney church that really gets you. Check it out. Let me know what you think.