Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ABC Wednesday - Y - Yesterday and tomorrow

Yesterday??  Well, it Feels as though it was only yesterday!  :-)

Taken Feb. 20, 2014 north of Clear Lake, Iowa

Taken in the early evening, Feb. 20, 2014

The next morning... Feb. 21 2014

Now that we're looking at 2015, any predictions??  ;-)
Happy New YEAR!! 
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Friday, December 26, 2014

ABC Wednesday - More than "X"

I realize many people refer to Christmas as "Xmas."

I also recognize the saying, "X marks the spot!"

After a bit of consideration, I believe  "X"  refers to Bethlehem and Christ-mas!  :-)

Merry Christmas (in this case, a little late) and may you have celebrated the season in memory-making events with family and friends!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ABC Wednesday - W (What? Why?)


My son spotted a Carolina Wren and a Pine Siskin at my birdfeeders on Thanksgiving.  I hadn't seen either bird for a Loooonggg time!  Because I had just submitted my bird count the day before on the Project Feederwatch site, I couldn't count these birds!!

(left: house sparrow, center: pine siskin, and right: goldfinch)


Why is it that I haven't seen them since???  So I am still unable to add them to my count.  Humpfh!  ha.

I didn't get a photo of the Carolina wren... but I'm still hoping to spot them.  :-)

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Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ABC Wednesday - V is for Very

 Very Beautiful 

Very Fragile

Very Exquisite

Very Breathtaking!

A chandelier from inside the Senate Chamber of the State of the Iowa State Capitol Building, Des Moines, Iowa.

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 Have a Victorious week!  :-)  SG

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Joy to the World!
(This year's ornament...)

White - as Snow!

(Stars 'n) Stripes
Thanks to many volunteers, our town square recognizes area residents who participated
in any war at any time. 

Tree (snow-covered) - Branches

 Shape - nearly silhouette
a variety of toad lilies brought in before the first hard frost

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ABC Wednesday - U

According to Miriam-Webster, Ubiquitous is an adjective that means "existing or being everywhere at the same time :  constantly"

Yep!  I think this works.  :-)

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I am NOT, however, ubiquitous... as ever I might try to be.  ha!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ABC Wednesday - T is for Being Thankful

I Am Thankful!

for Family:  Parents, Siblings, In-laws, Husband, Children, and Grandchildren - wish I had more photos!
 Our Summer Get-together - Mark Twain State Park near Hannibal, MO

for Friends:   and the activities in which we participate!





OH!!  There are so many photos of so many other friends and occasions....

For ALL of them and ALL of the experiences and ALL the future "encounters!"  

I am Thankful.

For Good Health, for Shelter, for people I love and people that love me back...

Thank You Lord!

Happy Thanksgiving to "you and yours."

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


Well, maybe not even "Fry-day" . . . but grilled on a cedar plank!

August 20, 2013 at my house... a little Garden Party!  :-)

Busy Day
Cutting Firewood takes all the family!  December 2013.

(from) Where I Stand
I always seem to "find" someone new in our yard every Winter!  ;-)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ABC Wednesday - S stands for Snow

Yes, it is now November.   And quite often we SE Iowans receive SNOW in November.  Sometimes more measurable than others.  Our latest snowfall was intense, but short-lived.  :-)

I know the following two photos don't really depict Snow... but I had to catch Jack in action!
Jack Frost, that is!  :-)

And we truly appreciate the Sunshine!  :-)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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In A Row 
(baked pumpkin "doughnuts")

(Could be snow... taken Feb 6, 2014)

(Also taken last winter)

Sitting Down
(found this fellow in a Nebraska nature center)

"Just Because"
(ever hunt for Morel Mushrooms?)


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ABC Wednesday - R is for Rooster

This Buff Orpington Rooster Rules the Roost!  :-)   These are beautiful chickens. They reside in a locally restored farmstead on the south edge of our town.

The Maasdam family moved here many years ago, originally from Holland.  They raised, showed, and sold Percheron horses.  A small home was moved from town to the site, in the last few years, containing information about the farm enterprise and family displays.  It is also a local Welcome Center.

Such a proud fellow!

It has been my desire to render a drawing or painting of this Buff Orpington Rooster.  And so, I have.
Below is the 1/2-way-along progress.

Now he is finished and on display.

Guarding his hens.
:-)  SG

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