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WIP Page 22

Once again the work is going slower than I would like. But finally after three and a half weeks another page is completed. This is just a portion of the page. I’ll leave you to wonder what is going on.

A selection from page 22

I definitely will not be doing the next book with so much detail. I will be going for simple, less structured design. You may recall from a previous post that the drawings and paintings in my early books were the part I loved. I spent hours going over every detail.

My granddaughter is here tonight and she loves to sit beside me and give me lots of constructive help. She was my little girl model when I started this project and I am glad I had all the sketches done in a few weeks. She looks and acts so much older now. It is amazing how fast they change between four and almost six. She also is becoming an artist and has no limit to her questions and suggestions of what she would like better if only I would go back through and change all the pages that the better color would be on.

She also has her favorite drawings. And I printed a copy of the book with only a small portion of the drawings colorized. She loves it and has spent many hours this past year going over every single detail.

I welcome your comments.



So Sad

My favorite women’s basketball team fell hard today in the first round of the playoffs.

Becky, hot sweaty and no makeup after the game, with her beautiful mom.

Losing the game today is part of sports and does nothing to diminish all she has accomplished. Becky is still amazing and is my hero. Her mom, our daughter was instrumental into her growing into the person she is. Her mom is amazing herself and we are so proud of her as well. Those two are very close.

Becky and her younger brother spent a lot of time with us and usually got along so well, but there were times I thought they might kill  maim one another. Today I have my youngest grandchildren and they are busy fighting arguing over the iPad. History repeats.

Fun Photos with Rain and Lights

The camera experience continues. Last night on the way home, it was raining and dark. I was amazed at the beautiful reflections cast on the roads. Add to that the multiplication effect of rain drops on the windshield and I had a field day creating some new visual illusions.

Hopefully you will have a chance to check them out at the Totally Random Shez blog.


Please drop me a note at either blog to let me know what you think of them. The header at Totally Random Shez looks like a New Year Celebration. And with that I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year.



PS Don’t be afraid to share the blog with others. If you enjoyed the photos, perhaps someone else will as well.

The Amazing Gift

I hope you all had a lovely Merry Christmas. Mine was filled with food, family, laughter and love. It also contained an amazing surprise that I had a hard time putting down. I am still in shock that even with tons of help from my husband who knew he was responsible for my quandary, we had everything ready for our guests on time.

Well, everything except me. I was clean and groomed including my makeup but I was still in my tee-shirt and jeans when folks arrived. I faced photo ops I couldn’t pass up, time for which were not on my “to-do list.” I thought about slipping away and changing quickly, but in the end remained in my casual attire and had a very lovely day. Any of you who are photographers will likely understand my priorities.

The Beautiful Christmas Visitor

With that being said, you can read about my early morning surprise at Totally Random Shez.


Happy Holidays,


Liebster Award

This is a copy and paste of a blog I follow by Xandre Verkes of South Africa. I had to share it as is. I the next few days I will follow the directions and surprise someone else with a much earned and/or needed pat on the back. For tonight I encourage all to check our Xandre’s fun blog.

First of all – – – super many thanks to The Island Traveller & Lawnmower Vision Questfor awarding me with the Liebster Award!! I am so blessed that there are (in fact) people who read my blog & actually enjoy it (could you believe?) :D … It certainly makes me superly happy to know this!!! I love the posts of both these blogs & would definitely be disappointed if you do not visit their blogs… Lets honour this award for what it is & what the purpose of it is!!! Please click on the links to their blogs (opens in new window)!!!

What’s A Liebster Award?

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is a German word that means “Dearest” or “Beloved”. It also means ”Favourite”. So, in a way the award not only recognizes these bloggers as amazingly gifted in their own right but also as your very own personal favourites.

The Rules Of The Liebster Award:
1) Thank the fellow blogger who awarded it to you.
2) Link back to the said blogger who shared the award.
3) Post the award on your blog.
4) Pick 5 other blogs you want to recognise.
5) Visit the 5 bloggers and let them know that they receive the award.

I wanted to give the award to 10 bloggers… but decided to change my approach slightly!!! I have quite a few followers, but decided to give these awards to the people who actually take the time to read my post!!! (&no, its not about boosting my ego or something similar…)!!! I have found over the last couple of months that there are a lot of people who don’t actually read posts – they just go on ‘liking’ them…. now granted, I too ‘like’ a lot of posts, but I do actually read them & drop a comment every now & then (you know, to let them know that I’m enjoying their posts or really like something that they posted :) )!!! This is why I’ve decided to award the following bloggers (in no particular order) with the Liebster Award:

1. 2 Rivers Photos – Posting regular (stunning) photographs!!!

2. Paris at my Doorstep – Becca (or Rebecca) takes me on a journey as she Journals about her expat adventures!!!

3. Shez Blogs – Shez is a writer, illustrator, photographer… & friend!!! She writes about her daily projects & activities, & sometimes just photo or two!!!

4. Photos from the Loonybin – Cindy is inspired photographer, very new to the blogging world, who wants to learn &broaden her skills!!!

5. Filipe Miguel Photography –  Hobby photographer from Portugal, almost always first to leave me a kind comment on my posts!! My blog would be lonely without him!!!

6. John Stirling Photography – Landscape/Travel photographer with great photographs & always a kind word to spare!!!

These are all great blogs & I have found a friend in all of them!!! Take the time to go and discover these amazing blogs… I guarantee that you will like them a lot!!!

This concludes my post for tonight (as promised… yay!!!)… Thank you so much for checking in… I hope you had a fabulous day!!! :D **

Be Careful What You Wish For

Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. My friend dollyknickers recently commented on a post I did on Totally Random Shez. It showed some amazing light from the window. She wanted to know what the window looked like.

A couple of months ago I had taken photos of that window, because in one view there appears to be six very different scenes. I will post them here in order and the final one which depicts the window in total. Since the photo was taken indoors and the light outside was bright the window appears to have very dark stained wood moldings. In truth all of the woodwork is a very bright white. The camera can be so good at fooling us, when we think it always tells the truth.

Upper Left Close Up of Yellow/Green Leaves

Upper Middle The Dark Branch Swag That Always Fascinates Me With Its Deeply Draping Boughs.

Upper Right Is a Large Old Upright Branch Showing Off It's Moss and Lichens

Lower Right Is Above a Lush Tree Top Canopy

Lower Middle White Birch Branches Appear Against the Green

Lower Right Is a Tangle of Branches from Many Trees

The Upper Half of the Etched Panes Window






















To check out the light see my blog post at Totally Random Shez. I will add the link tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this little window gallery of photos. It will be fun to take the same shots now that the leaves are gone. What would the window vignettes reveal?



Oh, please don’t forget to leave a comment. I do love to hear from you.

Man Against the Beaver

With thoughts of the beavers cutting down all the trees and then working their way into our landscaping; hubs has researched, studied, watched video and become a “Beaver Expert.” Perhaps not as expert as a person who lives in the wild and documents the beavers’ every move, but none the less he does know what signs to look for, where to set the trap, and how exactly to set the trap without breaking his own leg or arm in the thing.

So far he knows that most beavers are very docile, shy and peaceful creatures. Catching one neither appears to upset the beaver nor to anger it. Aside from long nails and bright yellow teeth they are a handsome animal.  Equipped with soft fur, shiny black eyes, long whiskers and a strange tail; they are not a threat to man, unless of course a pair decides your back yard would be a perfect home for them.

One of the tips presented in several articles about removing a beaver pair is to simply take down the dam on a daily basis. Eventually the beaver will tire of all the work and move on to a more peaceful setting. It seems that whoever began that rumor had never actually dealt with these two beavers. In the past 6 weeks, or roughly 42 times hubs has gone out before work every morning to remove the dam.

The contents from the dam then get sent down stream as the water gushes out and the other neighbors spend their mornings cleaning up the mess of logs, sticks, grass, leaves, and mud from their stream bed. The debris is filling all the recycle bins on a daily basis. The beavers show no sign of giving up.

They also appear to know exactly what a trap is and how to avoid it. Most of the time it is untouched, but on several occasions it has been sprung and was holding a splintered stick. We investigated using a live trap, but the government regulations make moving them a huge obstacle. Even if someone has a place wants  beavers and would gladly take them, the permits, certifications, follow-up, and paper work are for people with nothing to do for six weeks or so besides fill out forms and file them to be processed and approved. It’s basically our government at work for us and undoubtedly requires fees to of course cover the cost of the government workers to read, approve and certify the forms.

It was beginning to look like the beavers would be allowed to stay until fur-bearing season when a fur trapper will jump at the opportunity to trap at least two beavers that weight in the 35 to 45 pound each range. Until today.

Our neighbor ran over, “You should see the big hole in our back yard.” Yowzer, it is an area about 4 feet wide by 12 feet long. It terminates in the middle of his back lawn about 12 feet above the pond.  It must have something to do with the beavers. But none of the experts mentioned that beavers tunnel 20 feet inland and 12 feet up, for any reason.

Giant backyard sinkhole

A 36 inch by 35 foot tunnel into the neighbor's back yard.

The neighbor knows both hubs and I have hunted and own guns. It turned into an “Annie Get Your Gun” moment.

“But discharging firearms in the city is illegal,” we countered.

‘It’s almost the 4th of July, and it’ll just sound like fireworks. Kill the varmints before our houses topple into the chasms in our yards. They are cutting down the trees. They could chew down our deck supports next!”

Do they really think fireworks will not affect the wildlife the same way it affects our pets? I suspect those quiet, shy, mostly nocturnal animals will stay deep inside their dens and wait for a quiet evening and return to their nightly mission.

In the meantime the trap has been moved and reset. I think the beavers are enjoying a good laugh and will be no shows on the fourth.