Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Project 365 – Week Fifty-Two

Well here we are at week 52. I’m always a little shocked when we get to the end of the year (of course, there was the one year where I had a week 53, but that’s a different issue entirely). This week, besides being Christmas week, was a little bit yarny – at least for me! We spent the whole week in NC with family – nice! 

[Note: I had considered not continuing with P365 next year, but I’ve decided that I will. But I might not work so hard (or, um, make Dr. M work so hard) to have a picture for every day.]

Saturday, December 22nd
I finished the hat I was making for my dad for Christmas. It’s appropriately a little large on me.

We drove through some snow in West Virginia. It was beautiful – especially since the roads were perfectly clear. Dr. M had me taking the pictures with the window down. You know your photo taking is out of control when you’re taking pictures with the window down in winter while driving at 70 mph. (Um, to be clear – he was driving, I was taking the pictures).  

Sunday, December 23rd
My dad’s house is a veritable cornucopia of birds. Here is one picture from this week, but for the full quota, go to Dr. M’s blog here (trust me – it’s worth the side trip).

I went to church with Daddy & Amy – I loved their Chrismon tree.

Daddy & Amy’s flag.

Sunset looking out past my brother’s house to the old homestead. The only thing left of my grandparents’ dairy is the silo just visible in the bottom left of the photo (to the right of the tree). There’s a rumor that the people who bought the property plan to raise sheep & turkeys! Ha!

I finished a hat for my niece. Appropriately it’s a bit small for my head.

Monday, December 24th     
Dr. M went to visit his dad & took a couple of photos. I love this giant penguin inflatable – with its hatching egg.

And these geese are just too much – ha!

I finished yet another hat – this time for my cousin’s one year old daughter. Rather than try it on my own head I used a head of cabbage for the model.

We had dinner at my brother’s house & exchanged gifts. One of my favorites is here (still makes me snicker). My sister-in-law has quite a nutcracker collection. Here are just a few.

My dad, brother & Dr. M modeling hats that I made them.

Tuesday, December 25th – Christmas Day
To read our annual Christmas poem go here. Last month while looking at one of Dr. M’s moon pictures I was struck by the fact that Mary & I had gazed up at the very same thing. It’s pretty awe-inspiring & humbling.

We spent the afternoon with Dr. M’s family. After lunch, Dr. M read the Christmas story from Luke and we sang carols. It was a really nice time. Made sweeter by the fact that his uncle who was at death’s door a month ago was there and doing pretty well, and the fact that Dr. M’s father came with us (he doesn’t always).

When we got home I took a picture of the flowers one of Amy’s sons sent her – aren’t they gorgeous! Instead of Christmas in July it's July in Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26th   
Today I took some pictures of my nephew in his dress uniform. He’s pretty handsome there if I do say so myself! He’s currently in Army medic training in Santa Fe. When he graduates he’ll be heading to Fort Lewis in Washington State! You know his mama’s heart gave a little bump when she heard that but she’s already planning a summer road trip to head out there.

Thursday, December 27th      
Today was my annual get-together with friends from college. We’re closing in on 30 years together – wow!

Later that day Dr. M & I took a drive so I could get a picture of the nativity set at Amy’s church. It was made years ago by a man in her church & refurbished recently – I love the angels!

It’s the moon!

Friday, December 28th      
One more teaser bird picture for you.

This is the guard dog at a flock of sheep not far from Dr. M’s dad’s house. He was racing to the fence to protect his sheep from the crazy guy with a camera!

I’ve started yet another project (there were two more hats made for my nephews but I didn’t get a picture of them). This will be a scarf.

Go to Sara’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! 


  1. your moon shots are as lovely as ever, liking the bird and your man hats are turning out nice

  2. That picture of the geese is priceless!

  3. We're all on a bird kick this week!

    Great hats, as usual. Glad you could spend time with family, and I love your thought about you and Mary both looking up at the same moon. Interesting and awe-inspiring, indeed.

  4. So many yummy photos. The lettuce is an excellent hat model!

    All this time I thought you drove through Lexington to Knoxville and then turned left to go to NC. Such an assumption was giving me ideas that now need to be rethought. Hmmm...

    Great picture of your nephew with Mom (and dad?) Glad you had a good week.

    And thanks for the geese. They will do in lieu of sheep. This time. :)

  5. You have has many hats as Bartholomew Cubbins in the Dr. Seuss story. Just beautiful. Happy New Year.

  6. well. I'm glad you are going to continue with the weekly recaps in photos cause I love them. It's been a very hatty year, no?

  7. Loved all the fun in your shots. Loved all the hats...I made scarves like you made hats...great shots and Happy New Year to you and Dr. M. Frank leaves for Israel Monday morning at 5 am. We are spending the night in Birmingham tomorrow night...because it is a 2 hour drive from here to the airport.

  8. ...with the window down in winter while driving at 70 mph... LOL - I call this "drive-by shooting."

    I always enjoy your weekly P365 photos. As a matter of fact, I'm contemplating doing this once my 54 by 54 project is done. I'll have to click on a few of your links to figure out what exactly it is all about and what the rules are...

  9. Looks like you have gotten "hooked" on yarn and needles. It is addicting once you get into it. I had to look twice on the cute one with the flower on side. I thought you had woven ribbon through out until I saw the lettuce at the bottom. Very nice work you are cranking out there Dana!

  10. your hats are all awesome!!!

    I love the picture of the geese...I could think of some fun captions for that picture!!!

    Happy New Year!

  11. You are a hat making fiend!

    They all look great and I love the cabbage for a model!

    Beautiful tree and even more handsome young man in uniform!

    Happy New Year!

    Glad you will be joining us again next year!

    and Me too, loved the picture of the geese...

  12. Glad you're still in the circle!
    And I haven't given up hope of meeting F2F.
    And you needn't work so hard, you've already given us 3 years worth of photos in one! ;-) They are always spectacular.

  13. I think, personally speaking, hat gauge may be hardest of all to nail, followed quickly by socks.

    I love the geese!


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