Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Miscellany

I know you're about to fall over in your chair - it's been so long since I posted anything other than a Wednesday thing or my P365 posts. I finally feel like life has calmed down a bit (just in time for the holidays!).

If you're my Facebook friend don't get too excited - I posted this same thing a couple of weeks ago in response to one of those number memes. My sister-in-law gave me the #8 & I was supposed to tell 8 things about myself that people might not know. It's hard to imagine that everyone doesn't know everything about my life because I'm such an open book, but I know it's hard to remember everything, so here's a refresher for you:

1. I used to be so needle-phobic that I once told a dentist to give me a filling WITHOUT Novocain. I don’t know if that’s the dumbest thing I ever did, but it’s close.

2. When I was in the 3rd grade I tried to go by my middle name, Marie, because I thought Dana was such a weird name.

3. When I was in Zambia I read just about every book by Alistair MacLean.

4. Speaking of books, I’m a huge Dick Francis fan. So sad that he & his wife are gone now…

5. One of my summer jobs while I was in college was in a laundry. (This laundry, in fact.) I had one task – to arrange clean wet sheets in a bin so that they could be fed into a huge rolling dryer. I took one end of the sheet & my partner took the other & we loosely folded them longwise into thirds. My partner had been working in the laundry for over 20 years & this is all she did every day. She always had to stand the same way, so that the motion of her arms always went the same direction. After a week of doing this a muscle in my neck started aching, & for many years after I last worked there that ache would show up when I was tired. This job was a HUGE incentive for me to finish college!

6. I have had the most ginormous zit in the history of ginormous zits on my face right now then. What the heck! I’m almost 50!

7. I volunteered to lead an African (or Lambeth) Bible Study at my church during Advent. I kind of hope it turns into a regular feature – maybe not every week, but definitely during important seasons of the church year.

8. After all these years I’m still amazed at how perfectly suited Dr. M and I are together. We aren’t perfect, but our imperfections seem to work for us.


Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Forty-Seven

Well we’re heading full speed toward Thanksgiving. And I am starting to contemplate Christmas gifts. Does that mean that summer is really over?

Sunday, November 17th  
This was another one of those days where we realized that we hadn’t taken a picture. Thankfully Mr. Moon obliged. [Note: this is the exact same thing I said last week – ha!]


Monday, November 18th  
Couple of sunset pictures and a couple of cows, courtesy of Dr. M.




Oh, and that moon again…


Tuesday, November 19th         
Lots of Christmas decorations around here already.


Wednesday, November 20th    
Dr. M saw a hawk! (Yes, he sees hawks all the time…)


And he saw some sheep & lambs!





Thursday, November 21st  
I decided to crochet an eyeglass chain to go with my new reading glasses. Um, it’s a little bit thick don’t you think? When I get time I’ll make a skinnier one.


When I got home from work our neighbor came over to warn us that his house was going to be kind of bright. He’d worked feverishly to get decorations up for his two little boys (and his mom). We don’t mind a bit!


Friday, November 22nd
There’re still some pretty trees around.



Parking Lot Crow (ooh – that sounds like a cool band name!)


Saturday, November 23rd       
We had a little bit of lake effect snow today – and it’s so cold that the bird bath froze. Brrr!


This is my Facebook status from tonight: Just back from the Parish House where Dr. M fixed the washer. I was going to go try to fix it myself, but if my 6'1" husband had to stand on his toolbox to get to the back of the washer I'm not sure what I thought my 5'4" self was going to do! Thanks sweetie! 


While we were there I saw this calendar in the secretary’s office & it made me laugh because we have a budget meeting after church tomorrow. Ha!



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, November 20, 2013

Another Person's Words Wednesday

High Flight 
by John Gillespie Magee

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;


Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things


You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung


High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,


I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless falls of air...


Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace


Where never lark, nor eer eagle flew – 
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod


The high, untrespassed sanctity of space,


Put out my hand and touched the face of God.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Forty-Six

This week was a little bit calmer than last week – although it felt like I spent most of my time trying to leave my office (I had to get crochet supplies for Dr. M’s gift, have my oil changed, pick up my new glasses and get two fillings replaced – that’s a lot of things to fit into a 30 minute lunch hour. Ha!).

Sunday, November 10th  
This was another one of those days where we realized that we hadn’t taken a picture. Thankfully Mr. Moon obliged.


Monday, November 11th  
Dr. M stopped on his way home from school to take some leaf pictures through his moon roof & look what he saw!! The consensus is that it’s a screech owl.


He also saw this annoyed looking Jersey :)


The Tax Time Pig! (A little more in focus this week)


Tuesday, November 12th         
We had snow on the ground when we woke up today. 





The moon!


And a lovely sunset on his campus.


Wednesday, November 13th    
Dr. M’s birthday! I went to the grocery store to get something sweet for him (really for me – ha!) and I saw this really cute cake! It’s perfect for me (who needs actual cake when you can have icing?), but I knew he would appreciate cannoli more.


Dr. M took this leaf carpet picture – lovely!


We went out for Mexican food – he had the pollo en mole.



Here’s his present, all finished up. What an interesting little project this was (if I make another one I have to figure out how to keep the head from looking like a fez!)!


Thursday, November 14th  
The moon!


Friday, November 15th
Dr. M & I went to watch the women’s volleyball game at his school. It was senior night - & they won! (I was fascinated by the referee’s beard – I don’t know why!)


Saturday, November 16th       
Lots of pictures today. First of all, Dr. M trimmed Pinky back a bit & presented me with this vase of flowers for my desk. So sweet…


Then we went on a ramble and saw, guess what? Sheep!




I was trying to take a picture of the pigs & got photobombed by this cow.


Here’s the whole tableau.


A couple of weeks ago SouthLakesMom sent this scarf as a thanks for the one I sent her. It’s really long, but she had mentioned that one way to wear it would be to wrap it around my head – it’s really warm & cozy this way! Please note the bicycle motif :) Thanks Kelly!


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!