Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Kumquats: Cute, little, oval-shaped, edible 
fruit that closely resemble an orange.

After the weekly color reveal on Project 64, I am 
always hypervigilant for that week's color. In the produce 
section, during my weekly grocery shopping, the 
Kumquats caught my eye as they were a perfect little 
specimen of yellow-orange.

According to Wikipedia - "Kumquats are often eaten raw. As the rind is sweet and the juicy centre is sour, the raw fruit is usually consumed either whole—to savour the contrast—or only the rind is eaten. The fruit is considered ripe when it reaches a yellowish-orange stage and has just shed the last tint of green."

I have one daughter who is up for trying anything. So...we each popped one in our mouths at the same time. Wow! That little bugger was so sour! She spit hers right out (I did finish mine). We decided to try another and the next one was much sweeter for both of us. 

They were quite the hit. The girls had friends over through the weekend and they all took turns trying them, though I think more were spit out then actually fully eaten.

This last picture is my submission for P64 this week. 
Click on the link below to check out other 
yellow-orange submissions. 


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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Poppy.

I just planted some Poppies. The papery petals 
and the vibrant colors are just lovely. 

My choice for B&W Wednesdays below. 

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I think the next photo may be my favorite. I turned the ISO to 200 and took this at 11:00 a.m. I can't get over
 how the poppy appears to be glowing. 

My pick for Vibrant Colors at Live Every Moment is below. 

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(Grilled) Asparagus.

Now that the weather is warmer, grilling is our 
preferred manner of cooking dinner. 
Favorite veggie...Asparagus.  

Clean and cut off the "woody" ends.

Next, coat lightly with olive oil and season with sea salt.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. 

Place on grill; low heat.

Grill until tender, retaining a slight crunch.

MMmm...nothing like it. 

This last picture is my submission for this week's 
Project 64 pick...asparagus. More asparagus color 
matches can be found by clicking the 
Project 64 link below.                                            

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Beauty of Nature.

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find a moment to enjoy the wonders
of springtime. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monkeying Around at the Playground.

Oh what fun two girls can have on a spring 
afternoon at the playground.

Blowing dandelion seeds at eachother...

...doing a balancing act on the bars...

...swinging and then seeing how far they can jump...

...and just being plain silly on the slide.

What fun to be a kid! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Child's Play: Cerulean.

 Participating in Project 64 has been so eye-opening for me. 
Searching for a new color each week has afforded me the 
opportunity to become much more aware of not only colors 
around me but also detail and textures. 
So ... as I was waiting in the car line to pick my girls up from school, 
I couldn't help but notice the playground contained 
cerulean-colored equipment! Perfect-o! 
My daughter and one of her best buds enjoyed a beautiful afternoon 
at the playground while I got in some practice time and found my
 Cerulean match for the week. Thanks girls! :D 

It was supposed to rain all day, so the sun and playground time was a bonus! 
I'll work on getting a few more shots up soon. 

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sun-kissed Dogwood.

This week was gorgeous weather-wise. Sun everyday, 
warm-to-hot temperatures ... my cup of tea!

 So two years ago, we planted a dogwood tree in front of our home. It's just 
beautiful when it blooms - the half that does, anyway. This is the second tree we've
planted in this very spot that only half blooms. We're not sure if it's the location, the soil 
or what exactly. I am, however, enjoying the beauty of the half that is still living. 


Here is my entry for Black & White Wednesdays. 

Head on over and check out more great B&W photos.

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Friday, May 13, 2011


This week's color for Project 64: Tumbleweed. I figured this color
 would be an easy find. How wrong I was!!  

I had THE most difficult time! Finally, as I was mowing the lawn, 
(one of my favorite summertime activities...really),  I had to duck
so as not to smack my face on a branch of my River Birch. 
It was then, that I spotted the "fruit" dangling right before me. 
Hence, this week's submission. 

For more tumbleweed photos click here:

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Two Reasons I am a Mother....

Reasons One and Two...

They make me so happy! 

I love it when they act silly.

♥   I am so thankful for my girls.  

Saturday, May 7, 2011


i love spring!! the warmer temperatures and all the new growth excite me. 
everything now is so green and the trees are flowering so beautifully. i'm sure
 the 22 inches of rain we had in April helped! here are my green shots.
all SOOC, straight-out-of-camera, no editing. 

Head on over to Live Every Moment and check out some of the other great "GREEN" finds!

Here are a few more "green" shots I took. 

Happy Saturday! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Black and White Wednesday.

The beauty of the Magnolia and the innocent sweetness of my Morgan.

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The Magnolia.

Just thought I'd share some of the other pictures from our mini shoot Sunday. 

She sure is growing up. 

Picking a few "flowers". :D 

My oldest gymnast as she leaps into the air. 

A few other beautiful blossoms.

I'm so enjoying the spring and the new life and growth it brings with it.
The colors are so brilliant and cheery. I am so 
thankful the long winter is over. Now...if only the rain would 
give us a break! :D 

Enjoy the blossoms and your day.

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