Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I almost forgot to post...Texture Tuesday !!

Another wonderful Texture Tuesday...
Kim Klassen shared with us her new texture
" Happyheart" for this week.

This is what I did with it.

This flower was from last summer.

The willows were are in our yard
and starting to bloom now.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.

My sweet wife and I have had the same appliances since our children were very young. They're all nearing that big 40 mark.

so that tells you how long we've had them.

So, she says, that's enough...and she bought us
( because I like to cook ) a NEW glass top range and a 
HUGE brand new refrigerator /freezer.

I'm so tickled I could pop !!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Childhood is a promise that is never kept.

We overlook the obvious 

there is so much beauty in the world, it's a shame we don't notice it more...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Things I like to do in my spare time...

I took a moment to texture an older picture I took last summer.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I love " Texture Tuesdays " !!!

Texture Tuesday

Another wonderful " Texture Tuesday"
todays challenge,
" White "

From Kim Klassen, I used two of her textures.
the first was "Shine" as an overlay.

The second layer was "Poetic" used as soft light.
slightly sharpened and Highlighted.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A daughter is a gift of love.

A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.

Our Son and Granddaughter attended their first
Daddy-Daughter Dance

I had to take the advantage of making
something special for the occasion.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.

A new season begins...

Yesterday,our Grandson Beau started his last season of wrestling in his middle school. ( we use to call it Jr. High )

We were all excited and it was fun seeing the parents of the boys who have competed together with for years.

Next year most of the boys will be going to different High School in the area. So, it's the last season for the parents as well. They will be missed.

It really felt good to get the old  camera out again set up for action shots.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

A Valentine gift

For the Valentine Holiday, Kim Klassen gave us all a free texture to try...

This was my attempt to use that texture 
she named " Cherish "

Thank you for taking time to look.

I've always had a special place in my heart for roses

Ah, to be a hobo. A young man's dream

blending in. Nice try

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

Birthdays come so fast...

Our YOUNGEST granddaughter Naomi just turned 5 years old this weekend.

There was a lot of fun had by all.
Especially Grandpa with a camera in hand.

Naomi's giving it her all.

Her Dad set such a nice table for her party...

Naomi's little cousin Elizabeth was all dressed
for the party.

Sweet Finley, had most of her fun chasing the 
party favors...hahaha

Naomi's cousin and BFF Janae, finally wore out.

Who makes you think we've had too much candy ???

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Friday, February 10, 2012

in preparation of the holiday...

Valentine"s Day ( soon )

the one day us hopeless romantics get to spin in joy...

Below is a picture I took on an afternoon stroll. And then what I was able to accomplish with a texture and some inspiration.

I love both of these, hope my lovely wife will too.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

When I am in the country I wish to vegetate like the country.

Country is as Country does...

a little more of my wife and I's trip to the neighbors place.

I do believe he needs to replace a fence post...

Here's one for those who just can't cut it...
( that seat would kill me )

And, a rustic little get away for our feathery friends.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A lazy day at home.

Finally  some welcome Sunshine.

Today was just a lazy play in the SUN day.

It's been so long since we have seen the sun that it was not only me who was enjoying it...

tired of mousing, she takes a minute in the sun.

This beautiful Pampas grass was  waving at me in the soft breeze that was dancing in the sun also.

I took a quick shot of a few roses and made it into something I can share with my wife..

I thought I might branch out a little...LoL.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Life begins at retirement.

I love having neighbors

The wife and I took a little field trip to a near by neighbors who I knew has lots of OLD farm implements laying about the yard.

Threw on some Sepia and a little texture here and there .

  Bingo !

todays blog was born.

very old Fordson tractor

ready to turn the soil at a moments notice...not

now protected by the orchard 
and those who dwell within.

Bet this has caused some aches and pains

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Monday, February 6, 2012

A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.

I can hardly wait for Kim Klassen's  Texture Tuesday.
I have learned so much and love the way my pictures come out.

The pictures below are using the new textuture..


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Saturday, February 4, 2012

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

 Today I felt the need to share some candid portraits that I did.
it's always so much fun to catch people in their natural state.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.

Slow day in the big city...
I just wanted to share a little color...and texture.

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