Sunday, March 31, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Thirteen


The week started out with snow and ended with a walk in our favorite fen. Today is Easter, so my semi blog break is at an end. We’ll see if my creativity has been restored :)
Sunday, March 24th    
The State of the Bug: I wore one of my grandmother’s hats to church.


It started snowing that afternoon.


By that evening Dr. M was able to scoop some up.


Monday, March 25th    
This was my view on my way to work.


Dr. M took these pictures in our back yard – such a pretty snow.






Tuesday, March 26th           
Neighborhood snowman.


I swear this cow looks stoned! You can still see the weed coming out of her mouth. Heh.


Wednesday, March 27th   
The Tax Time Pig is ready for Easter.


Little fox squirrels on Dr. M’s campus.


The story here is hilarious. Dr. M saw the burro chasing the llama around the cows. Then the burro stopped & rolled around on the ground. Then it decided to stare at Dr. M.


The moon!


Thursday, March 28th    
Grackle – as I often say, so much prettier than its name (or reputation).


Friday, March 29th  
I got some surprise Feryl Designs earrings in the mail – sweet! Rebecca makes some really fabulous jewelry. Check out her facebook or Etsy page.


I’m working on a prayer shawl for a friend.


Mr. Cardinal strutting his stuff.


Starling – another bird much prettier than his reputation!


Saturday, March 29th    
Dr. M & I went to church this morning to help set up for Easter. I took a quick picture of the Good Friday almost bare altar (I used PicMonkey for the effect). When we left it looked quite different – but that’s a picture for next week.


Afterward we went to Siebenthaler Fen to see if any swamp marigolds were blooming yet. We didn’t see any, but it was still a lovely walk.  


I played around with the panorama feature on my camera (took 5 different overlapping pictures to get this scene). It’s kind of odd, because the sidewalk on the right of the picture is actually a continuation of the sidewalk on the left. It was behind me and then I turned around taking the picture.


I always have to get a picture of the cattails.


And Dr. M always has to take pictures of birds. Here are a red wing blackbird, a red bellied woodpecker and a robin.





It was a lovely walk, and the bare branches were in keeping with the tone of Holy Saturday. It wasn’t quite time to burst forth into life. Almost, but not quite.

Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Twelve


This week was COLD again. Although we had a few snowflakes, it was beautiful many of the days. But the beauty was deceptive – bright sunshine & 35 degrees. Rude! And they’re calling for 5 to 9 inches of snow in the next couple of days. Also my basketball bracket is already toast (why did I pick Georgetown to go to the final four – what was I thinking?). So after church tomorrow I’m going to hunker down & read a book.  
Sunday, March 17th    
Squirrel Antics.


Monday, March 18th    
Our raised bed in the back yard might need a little work before we plant anything :) Although I think the overripe cuties add some great color!


Tuesday, March 19th           
Sparrow.


The Moon!


Wednesday, March 20th   
See what I mean? The first day of spring & it was 22 degrees when I left for work. Rude!


Do you think these ladies are so well camouflaged because they know that they’re trespassing?



This is the fattest robin I have ever seen! I was amazed that it could even fly!


After choir practice we got a jump on Palm Sunday décor by putting the red veils over all the crosses.


Thursday, March 21st     
Today was the 8th anniversary of mom’s death. I can’t believe she’s been gone that long! Miss you Momcat…


There were snow flurries this morning. The State of the Bug: bundled up like it’s winter (I know – Ohio, one day after technical spring IS winter). I turned my head right as I snapped the picture. Hello? I can’t hold still for my own self when I’m taking a picture?


Dr. M took a picture of our little snow.


I love this picture of a goose walking through the shallow water, surrounded by Blue Winged Teals.


Friday, March 22nd  
Just for Nance – and my favorite picture of the week :)


I was working on a note for our church newsletter & thought I would illustrate it – did you guys do this when you were kids? Here’s the church, here’s the steeple – open the doors & see all the people!


The moon!


Saturday, March 23rd     
Dr. M has set up a punching bag in the garage – we’re both excited about using it (my arms need SERIOUS work!). He wrote a funny post about it – read it here.


We went for a ramble this afternoon. You’ll never guess what we saw!




Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

We interrupt this Lent…


The table is waiting.
It sits without judgment.
Bread and wine
and open arms
waiting.
What can I do?
Nothing but walk to
the waiting table
and say yes.

I’ve accepted a leadership position at my church. I just composed this long explanation of what it is (Junior Warden) & why I’m nervous about it (total lack of experience) & why I’m excited (I get to learn new stuff). But really, unless you’re an Episcopalian none of that matters. Anyway, prayers if you pray, good vibes if you vibe, nice thoughts if you think… Please and thank you.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
    what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
    be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
    take God seriously.
Micah 6:8

Sunday, March 17, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Eleven


Spring keeps trying to arrive – and I have some flower pictures to prove it – but darn, it’s still an icebox around here! Brr! I keep waiting for the 15 minutes in spring when I have nothing to complain about regarding the weather. Ha!
Sunday, March 10th    
Backyard critters.



Monday, March 11th    
I love this picture Dr. M took of three geese – their wings are all at a different place as they get up to speed.


Tuesday, March 12th           
Brooding sky pictures.



Wednesday, March 13th   
Early morning campus deer.


Llama!


Junkyard deer.


Thursday, March 14th    
This morning Steve Reed was talking about Victoria Falls on his blog & I mentioned that I just happened to be wearing the earrings that my mom bought for me in Victoria Falls when she & my grandmother came to see me in Zambia. The State of the Bug – wearing 26 year old earrings. Ha!


I had to get a picture of the giant leprechaun hat on the sign of a restaurant near where I work. This is the same restaurant that had the ginormous spider on its roof at Halloween.


I do believe that this cow is staring at Dr. M. Actually, that looks like the Evil Eye to me…


My birthday primrose is blooming again! It always looks a little rough, but I love how it just keeps on keeping on.


Got this in the mail today. Heck yeah I’m unhappy with my maid service!


Friday, March 15th  
Birds in the ‘hood.



Dr. M doing one of his favorite things – maybe it will actually be warm enough to sit out there soon!


Saturday, March 16th      
Dr. M had to go to school today for a meet & greet. On this way home he saw a red winged blackbird singing its heart out. Love these guys.



And the flowers that we saw last week have opened up.


While he was gone I made soda bread for a benefit we were having at church that afternoon. It’s been a long time since I had to cut in butter – it takes more energy than I remembered!


We had a good turnout – good food (corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, green beans, things with green icing), & good music. I helped serve & was there for about five hours. The look on my face is “uh oh, that third cupcake was NOT a good idea!” I came home & went to bed at 9:30 & didn’t wake up until 9:00 (which means I was late for church – oops!).


While I was gone Dr. M was making our own St. Patrick’s Day soda bread. It’s very tasty. And huge! We put some in the freezer for future soda bread emergencies.


Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask!