Happy Accidents

Surprise by sundero
Surprise, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

My D60 is trying to die on me, but this image I think was a gift. I had no idea the spider web was in this photo and in fact I almost didn’t even look at it. But when I checked it out on actual size, the web was there, in beautiful focus. I would have cropped it tighter, but I also loved the light and the palm frond so I left them there as well.
A happy accident! :)

It’s Been THAT Kind of Week…

Bird Dog 3/52 by sundero
Bird Dog 3/52, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

It’s been a long week, fly into the weekend and enjoy!

Christmas 2011

Christmas dinner, 2011.

The main event was a Prime Rib Roast using Pioneer Woman’s recipe and it was outstanding.  In addition we had Easy Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Creamed Corn (my husband’s recipe), Sauteed Mushroom Medley, Cucumbers W/Balsamic Vinegar and a nice red wine.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and the rest of 2011 is full of magic and whatever it is that makes you happy.  Here’s wishing only the best for 2012.  :)  Oh, and yes,  Pauli got some of the roast.  And she pronounced it perfect!

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 by sundero
Thanksgiving 2011, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, if you are where you celebrate it, and if not, I hope you remembered to be thankful anyway.
I often don’t remember to be grateful for the large things, much less the small ones. Someone mentioned that being born in the time and place I was is like winning the lottery, and he was right. So, in addition to being thankful on this one day, I need to try to remember it every day.
May you always be blessed and may you always remember to be grateful. God Bless.

Norman and Catherine

Norman and Catherine by sundero
Norman and Catherine, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

You probably wonder who the heck Norman and Catherine are. I have no idea either. These two cups still sit in my Dad’s cupboard and every time I go home to visit him I look forward to being either “Catherine” or “Norman”. It hardly matters which one I am.
My Mom bought them somewhere, because they were on sale. It didn’t matter that her name wasn’t Catherine (or Norman!) and neither was my Dad’s. In fact, none of us was named Norman or Catherine. They were good cups and they were on sale.
That was how Mom was. She liked a good sale.
And so, when I would visit, she and I would be Catherine and Norman (we didn’t care who would be whom) and it became a funny joke between us.
Now that she’s gone, when I visit Dad, sometimes my Dad or husband is Catherine or Norman, and it still makes me happy to laugh about it. Memories are like that. Or should be.

Because today is also Handmade Monday please go check out the link and see what everyone is doing.  I have been out of town on vacation, but promise to get back on track, making things and posting recipes and back to my normal blogging self!

Morikami at Night

Morikami at Night by sundero
Morikami at Night, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

We went to the Morikami last night. It’s a Japanese garden and museum here in South Florida. We love to go there and enjoy the natural setting and take photos. Because I lived in Japan as a child is has that feel of being “home” to me and it’s also just beautiful.

They normally close at 5 pm, but once a month from May through September they have Sushi & Stroll and you can enjoy the gardens until 8:30. They also have various other things going on including a buffet dinner.

We had sushi (of course!) and mochi ice cream (I promise I’m going to try my hand at that later this year and blog it!). I took over 200 photos, but this was my favorite. It was a rare opportunity to get an image of the lights on the water. I just had to share.

If you live in the area, do go check out the Morikami. It’s a real jewel here in Delray Beach. And if you’re trying to think of a place to see on vacation, do check it out. Just remember, it’s closed on Mondays!

Jewel in the Grass

Jewel in the Grass by sundero
Jewel in the Grass, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

The Dragonflies are out in force, and my camera is back from the shop. I have been a little lax about taking photos but in the space of about 15 minutes I got a White Lined Sphinx Moth, a juvenile Black Racer (snake) a blue Damselfly eating a bug (not for the squeamish) and this beauty!
I don’t know what this one is, but I managed to click off 3 or 4 shots before she decided I was too close and headed for another spot. Just thought I would share!

A Little Help From My Friend…

It’s Handmade Monday and I’ve had a few glitches in my item I’ve been working on.  I’ll do an entire blog on it, maybe more than one, but it’s not really ready for prime time as they say, so I was searching desperately for something to blog about this morning, at the last minute.  I do have another pursuit that consumes me that I haven’t really blogged.  Partially because I had not figured out how to link Flickr and my blog, and partially because I do incorporate it as a matter of course into my craft blogs and tutorials anyway.  That would be photography.

However, just doing a blog about my pictures seemed a little lame, so I thought I would use them as a way to introduce my other passion, my golden retriever, Pauli.  She is sort of handmade, but not by me.  I did have her mother, who went by the name of Winfrey and was my first Champion.  Pauli is now retired from the show ring, and spends her days lounging around and graciously letting me take photos of her.  She also chases lizards, walks on the Ave downtown any chance she gets and keeps me wonderful company.  She’s particularly photogenic.  See what you think.  :)

Then head over to Wendy’s and check out the real items for Handmade Monday for this week!  But come back, I promise to have some things cooking when I get this thing I’m working on worked out!  :)

Sometimes a Door Closes 11/52 by sundero
Sometimes a Door Closes 11/52, a photo by sundero on Flickr.