Saturday, June 19, 2010

Graduation Day!

It was a most perfect evening last night as the bleachers filled to watch the 653 students in the Cherokee High School Class of 2010 receive their diplomas.
Our youngest daughter, Abbey

Abbey and our oldest grandson, Jared
(these two have been best buddies since he was born)
Abbey and Dad
Abbey and Mom
Abbey and Dad after the ceremony
During the commencement
Congratulations, Abbey!
We Love you!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday and Finding Beauty

All shots were taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel
I like the angle of this astilbe flower because of the star-like pattern that isn't noticeable when viewing from the side. I also like the background blur as well as the textures. Simple pink and green pallet too.
Contrast was added but not much more.
Exp. 1/128
f-stop f/7.0
ISO 1000
No flash
We spend so much time here on the patio, having supper most nights and relaxing. It is one of my very favorite places to be. I find it just fills my senses. Green is everywhere in the old trees that line the length of the street, the boxwoods that hedge in and provide privacy to the patio, the grass and the bushes. Pops of color from the currently blooming flowers and from the window boxes. Birds chipping and flying back and forth to the nest up in the corner of the roof. Hummers at the feeder. The sweet fragrance of flowers especially when the lilac was blooming. The activity of hopping bunnies, squirrels chasing each other in the trees and the scurrying chipmunk (the occasional vole/shrew totally undoes me and ruins the experience) The backdrop of blue sky and white clouds. The dapples light filtering in through the trees. And the soft rustling of the leaves from the gentle breeze. I also enjoy my Schnauzer in the tree :) Maybe that's why I love this spot so much... it is so dreamy with a bit of fantasy.
About the photo:
exp 1/64
f-stop f/8.0
ISO 1000
no flash
I don't even have to tell you why this is a favorite photo :)
He turned 13 yesterday

Here's what I did to the photo:
Obviously, I did not take this photo
Cropped (too much blank house siding)
Color removed leaving just a hint for warmth
Lightened a bit
Slight Ortonish effect
f-stop f/5
Exp 1/60 sec
ISO 400
Auto Flash
Kind of posed if you call handing camera to husband and grabbing much loved grandson for a birthday hug. (I won't tell you how sad he was that he couldn't come home with us last night and miss school today. This mom-mom is picking him up from school this afternoon to spend the weekend with us)

Lemon cake with lemon filling, cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with coconut

Want to join in? Stop by Valerie's Favorite Photo Friday and post your favorite photo!
Also linking to Claudia's Finding Beauty!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Show and Tell ~ Porch Bench

John made this bench for me many years ago. It has found a home in various places around the house and spent many years at the kitchen table. I like benches because you can squeeze in lots of little ones.
In recent years, it received a coat of white paint and took up residence on the front porch. A perfect place to set packages down while fiddling for the house key.
An even better place for grandchildren to gather or folks to sit a spell
Did you notice the nose-y pup peeking out the door window?

How excited I was to see this post on In His Grip. Her husband and his dad made the very same bench for her about 20 years ago!
As a toddler, Abbey loved to climb on the bench and play peek-a-boo. These photos were taken in 91 and 92.
(This same little tot will be graduating High School Friday evening)
Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Daisies

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Visit Susan @A Southern Daydreamer to see more
Outdoor Wednesday
posts!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Raisin Swirl Bread ~ TWD

My favorite way to enjoy cinnamon bread is toasted and Dorie's tasted delicious.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mosaic Monday

Happy Baby...
Happy as a lark sitting in the toy basket while Mommy and Mom-Mom chat on the front porch watching sister and brothers play in the yard.

Happy siblings...
My sister, Carol and brother, Frank and I
had a fun time together today at a cousins engagement party.

Carol has three children and four granddaughters
Frank had six children, three grandchildren and one on the way
I have four daughters and nine grandchildren

Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

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