• Florida,  Friends,  Outdoors,  Photography,  Thoughts

    Battle of the Bulls

    We were at Dinner Island WMA on Sunday afternoon, driving around with our friends Randy and Kathy, when through the cattle pasture we heard this high pitched noise. Eventually we came up to the two bulls making the noise, in the midst of what seemed like a territory war of some sort, or maybe one was miffed the other took his gal. Who knows, but it was hilarious to watch them! Check out the puffs of steam coming out of his mouth—see it was cold here! Lots of throwing of dirt…it was great entertainment! The photo challenge is up over at Meghan’s blog: Strangers on the Street. I know there…

  • Creative,  Photography,  Thoughts

    Sewing—Up Close

    I got a wild hair last night. I decided to try reversing my lens. Chris actually bought a mount for this awhile back and has played around with it, but I never did. I wasn’t even taking photos last night, was actually working on an uber large quilt (more on that in a minute), but I saw these… And decided I had to give it a whirl. I mean, itty, bitty quilting pins??? Perfect! You really need a lot of light for this so I put some lights on it and turned my ISO to 1600. If you have a mount, you could probably get away with it being lower…

  • Creative,  Thoughts

    Chris & his Handmade Frame

    Chris had found some old wood during a hike awhile back, probably at least a year ago if not more, and it had been laying around. Before Christmas we decided we were going to buy ourselves a Christmas present in the form of a photograph from a local photographer we both like, Paul Marcellini. We ordered the photo and he picked it up from him on Christmas Day, but we didn’t have the frame yet. The past few weeks Chris has been working away, making a mess, too, and made a really awesome frame for the photo. He bought some acrylic and foam board from our friend Kathy who works…

  • Florida,  Thoughts


    My brother asked me last night how I liked the cold weather. I replied that I was ready for it to go away. He’s in Texas where they’ve had more snow than I can remember this past month. A month ago I would have enjoyed it, the holiday season, etc. But, it’s just too cold for me now! Yes, living in gardening zone 10B, where we push the tropical zone limits and enjoy all sorts of beautiful plants that love warmth and humidity, has made my blood too thin. I’m the iguana that hangs onto the tree, hoping not to fall off when it gets too cold. I’ve almost gone…

  • Creative,  Thoughts

    Mindfulness and Ramblings

    We’re working through a big cleanup of the house at the moment, tossing things we don’t need, want or use. Mind you, our house is freezing right now, at least to South Florida standards. We tried the heat last night but it didn’t come on—such is life for people we warm blooded folk down here in the South who never utilize their heat. Instead we are piling on the sweat shirts and blankets on the bed and talking the cats into heating the bed up a little for us. Hey, it’s bad enough we’re getting freeze warnings tonight and probably tomorrow night. That’s not good; Florida is the vegetable growing…

  • Thoughts

    Feliz Navidad

    We’re here at Marc and Eliana’s house for Christmas Eve and what has turned out to be an extended Christmas Day because a door got left open this morning and a cat has gone missing. We had a late night playing Cranium and doing Eliana’s Colombian tradition of staying up until midnight to open presents. We also tried a butternut squash pesto pizza for our dinner and a vegan apple tart cake for desert. Merry Christmas from balmy South Florida! Snowing in Texas!…and Oklahoma.