Tag Archives: Outdoors

It’s “False” Spring and The Trees are Alive…

Today looks and feels like Spring.  The clover covers the lawn, the trees are beginning to bud, the temperature is in the upper 70’s and the trees are alive with activity.  This is known as the False Spring.

I decided to take advantage of the pleasant false spring weather and pull a few things out of storage that need a fresh coat of paint.  I pulled out way more than I will get to today. But it was necessary to get to the one thing I wanted to start with…

I grabbed a drop cloth and set up my work table out in the yard.  I donned my gloves and prepped my piece.  I began the process of changing a roadside find into a tabletop treasure…

The longer I was outside the loader the cacophony of bird chatter was that filled the air…Eventually I abandoned my paint brush and picked up my camera in an attempt to capture the avian activity that filled the trees...I think maybe my winged visitors were agitated because of the piece I was working on…A rather larger birdcage!

More on the roadside trash to treasure in the coming days…



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October Photo A Day Challenge…

Check out the details for the October Photo a Day Challenge hosted by FatMumSlim…

Let me just say this…I really miss blogging.  I miss everything about it…I miss the entire creative process.  I will not offer a single excuse…Life is filled with choices.  Every day we are presented with opportunities and with each opportunity comes a choice.   There is a process that takes place; you must evaluate the Who, Where, When, What, How and Why of the new opportunity.  Then there is the process of shuffling, prioritizing, scheduling and implementation.  Through the process some things fall through the cracks, are placed on the back burner or are completely ignored.

Chantelle over at FatMumSlim has put together a great photo challenge for the month of October…I love a challenge and this is a great one that I can focus on my love of the fall season through photos.

The Prompts

1. Where you stood: Take a photo of where you’re standing.

2. Lunchtime: Take a photo of your lunch, or around you at lunchtime.

3. This happened today: What’s something that happened today? Shoot it and share it.

4. What you read: Did you read a sign? Are you reading a book? A blog? Shoot and share.

5. Shadow: Take a photo of your shadow or any shadow.

6. I’m thankful for…: What are you thankful for today? It can be simple or BIG. Share it.

7. Light: You can shoot sunflare, a street light, light from the sun… any kind of light.

8. Angle: Look at angles in buildings, structures, books, anything. Find an angle and take a photo.

9. Red: Take a photo of something red.

10. Emotion: Happy. Sad. Angry. Overjoyed and so on and so forth. Be creative.

11. Something close-up: These photos might be a little mysterious. Take a photo of something really close-up.

12. On the table: Last month we did table, but this month let’s do ON the table. What’s on your table?

13. Landscape: Take a photo of the skyline, a landscape you see.

14. Makes you laugh: What’s something funny that makes you laugh. Share it.

15. Dinnertime: Just like lunchtime, only later. Take a picture of what dinnertime is like on this day for you.

16. Something you wrote: Take a photo of something you wrote or drew.

17. Fruit: Take a photo of a piece of fruit, or a few.

18. Made you smile today: What made you smile today? Find it. Shoot it. Share it.

19. Letters: Take a photo of letters. They might make up a poster, or something bigger. Or even be mail?

20. 4 o’clock: Take a photo a 4am or 4pm – whatever you’re doing at that time.

21. Calm: Take a photo of something that makes you feel calm, or represents calm.

22. In your town: Take a photo of something from where you live. It might be a building, people, park or something else.

23. The view from here: Take a photo of your view from where you are. It might be your office, your home, traveling. The everyday can sometimes be very interesting.

24. Weather: Take a photo of the weather today. Let’s travel around the world with everyone’s weather photos.

25. People: It might be people you know or people you don’t. Take a photo of people.

26. Listening to: What are you listening to? Music? Children laughing? Share it.

27. Morning: Take a photo of your morning.

28. Looking back: Take a photo of something from your past, or from just behind you. Look back and take a photo.

29. Moon: The moon is just about full tonight. Take a photo.

30. Clothes: Take a photo of clothes. Perhaps what you’re wearing, or in your wardrobe, on a mannequin or otherwise.

31. Whatever you please: Are you celebrating Halloween tonight? Perhaps take a photo of that. Today is free choice – take a photo of ANYTHING you like.


Filed under Blogging Challenges, Fall Time, Photo a Day Challenge, Snapshots of Life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

This photo is not a true or complete representation of the facts.The photo has captured the deer in a twisted and confused state.  She appears deformed…which in turn gives us a twisted uneasy feeling.  This image gives a false sense of the situation. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted


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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Man Cave!

The focal point of a typical Man Cave is ususally the BIG LCD 52″ 1080p flat screen tuned in to ESPN for the latest sports updates; Scores, Hits, Hirings and Firings, Trades, The DL and The NFL.  The conversations range from….Will Peyton Manning ever play football again? and How does his little brother feel about playing the game of his life on his big brothers hallowed grounds? To recollections of days gone by… Yes all of this goes on in my Hubs’ indoor man cave…but lately the Hubs has been focused on his outdoor man cave.  Now before you get too excited this outdoor man cave does not include an outdoor kitchen or flat screen television.  There isn’t a tiki bar with a built-in fridge…This man cave is a combination of pvc and heavy duty plastic filled with garden tools and a compost bin.  Although once the Hubs reads this he will surely get a few ideas….. 

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Man Cave!

 The Hubs, In anticipation of frigid winter temperatures constructed a temporary greenhouse.  So far…there has been no sign of old man winter.  Currently the temps are holding steady from a low in the mid 40’s to highs in the upper 70’s.  It’s downright spring time!   The temporary greenhouse has become the outdoor man cave

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Man Cave!

The Hubs is spending quite a bit of time in his outdoor man cave…planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, weeding the rows and basically puttering around. He is one proud gardener…not to mention he melts my heart when he brings in the daily harvest. 

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Man Cave!

We typically enjoy our fresh from the garden harvest during dinner time.  Almost every evening as we are sitting at the kitchen table enjoying the veggies of his labors, the hubs will exclaim…”That’s the best…lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas….(you get the picture) I have ever eaten!”  You know what?  He’s right..it is!


Filed under All Things Foodie, gardening and other green things, Healthy Living

Weekly Photo Challenge…Wildlife

The WordPress weekly photo challenge for this week is wildlife…and this is the wildlife in my life!

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