Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gardening 101

Dan’s niece pulled this carrot up out of her vegetable garden yesterday. Ummmmm. Wonder what kind of fertilizer she’s using out there in Washington State?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Football Fans

We call this guy Mr. Clemson! Drives this around town playing the Clemson Fight Song.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Open Blog - Wednesday

We had a multiple blog poster..... Using our fine site for a little free advertising, so I had to do a bit of  editing.  How dare they?  😕  👎  😄  👋

Monday, October 9, 2017

Open Blog - Monday

Today was one of those days where you do everything and never stop moving.... and yet do nothing.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Open Blog - Tuesday

Good Morning!
Some people are very clever and have a lot of free time to be creative and artistic.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Living in SC

Went to a Schmooze with the Birds the other day. They had artists, wine tasting, food catered by a local restaurant, and these guys! What fun it was. The white thingy is a SKUNK. of course, I’m sure you recognize the fox and barred owl. It was a customer appreciation event. We buy our bird seed there and truly enjoy this little shop. A fun guy owns it and is very knowledgeable about birdlife in general. All in all, a good time was had.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sable and the Bird

She thinks she tough stuff standing on that rock. Yep, just because of a Carolina Wren. Silly dog. It perched on a flower stem for merely a moment and Sable spotted it. She couldn’t be convinced it had left.
Yep, she attacked our flowers in this tub. Grrrr. My one snapdragon bit the dust and it was blooming. Little bitch.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sable and her boyfriend

Yes, we allow Sable to see other dogs. This is Miller, one of our FL evacuees. Irma sent Miller and family to our home for safety. We were so happy to see them pull in. Irma was a monster storm in size and wind speed. After seeing the destruction it left in the Keys and what Maria has done to Puerto Rico, I think you can understand my feeling of relief when this dear family pulled into our driveway.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SC in the Summer

This is where we have been spending our time this summer. Waterfalls and mountains. While FL was experiencing Hurricane Irma, we were here in the foothills, thinking we were safe. Kaboom, Irma shows up and kills our electric. We had six FL evacuees here with an extra dog and a parrot. But, we were experiencing cool weather. Whew. We went two days without electric. Gas grill, candles and flashlights. We survived and even had a fire in our pit with s'mores! Life without electricity, the internet and TV wasn't all bad.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma

My thoughts and well wishes to those who find themselves in the path of this monster storm. I'm concerned for friends who have property in the depths of this. I'm mostly concerned for those who did not evacuate, those who found out very late that they are now in the path. Stay safe, friends. Let's hope for very little destruction, minimal human injury, and no fatalities. These storms seem to be getting bigger and bigger every time.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Open Blog - Evening of Day 1

It was a very busy day. Met some wonderful kids. A new year always means new hope. I have over 120 new personalities to learn and to mold. I'm exhausted. Lets hope some deep sleep happens..... zzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day, 2017


It is okay to celebrate, to picnic, to spend the day with family and friends. Light up the grill, have a burger, toast the end to summer with your favorite beverage. But let's keep in mind the real reason of the day: WORKERS, which have made this country as strong and as great as it is.

Union bashing seems to be the latest trend. Workers are being vilified as lazy and greedy, while BIG tax dollars are being funneled to large, sometimes foreign corporations, with the "hope" that jobs will be produced. There is a focus on legislative changes to lower EPA regulation on pollution standards to increase profit for business. There are people with their hands out, alright, but it is not those who need a handout.

There are numerous new laws currently being implemented, attempting to stop the formation of a collected group of worker's voices. People, especially the uninformed, are buying into the rhetoric and hate. I challenge the followers of these politicians to read about the real reason unions were initially formed. Read about: the lack of safety, the abominable working conditions, the lives lost unnecessarily, the lack of compassion in hours worked vs. compensation, the discrepancy between CEO's income to their workforce, the corporations who let people go right before retirement to increase the companies bottom line, all these injustices that collective union voices fought to remedy.

We also have a new hatred that is being directed at immigrants, at specific races, and the lower socio-economic population.  This is not part of a movement I want to see in my country. Now, more than ever, we need to stay informed and speak against the hate.  Did we not learn anything from the past?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Open Blog - Weekend

I was just looking back at some of our previous posts. We sure know how to have fun. I swear, we would look just like this at the beach.  Happy weekend, friends. There will be a lot of people on the roads with the longer, holiday weekend... so be careful out there!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipse 2017

I haven't checked in here in a long time, but had to share my eclipse experience. I went to Waterloo, Illinois and stayed with an old family friend in the path of totality. Weather was really dicey but fortunately cleared before the eclipse stated and stayed clear until about 40 minutes after totality and had thunderstorms by the end. I can live with that since those very important 2 minutes were clear.

I had multiple cameras setup to capture the eclipse. Two of them got decent results, the third is still being analyzed but I think I got eclipse stupid so everything I was trying to do probably didn't come out quite right. Still, the most important camera, the one doing closeups of the Sun, worked well (not quite flawlessly...timing was a bit off for some reason I never figured out but it got most of the pictures I wanted). So here are a bunch of pics from the eclipse. They have different exposure times and processing to bring out different features. Some short exposures so the inner corona and longer exposures show the outer corona.





























As added fun, I was followed around by a film crew from Google for a documentary they are producing on the Eclipse Meagmovie Project (I was photographing for it). I hope to see the finished product soon!