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IMG_2101-1It’s weird, it’s Christmas-y, it gives a clue of what is featured on our crafting blog and you-tube channel, so much here to like! We made this plywood tree last year when the kittens were tiny, but since they are still very adventurous and playful, we weren’t sure we’d be safe with a real tree, so we brought it down from the attic to use again. Ponyboy’s glowing eyes make me wonder if my holiday tranquility is going to be cut short by an alien attack of some sort…

fullsizeoutput_2d6dA not-so-narrow fellow in the grass crashed our party…”Is that cake?…mmmm….chomp chomp….” For more takes on the WPC click here.


Recently I posted that “something has been nibbling the cabbage leaves” in our raised-bed garden. Today I noticed two ladybugs, one on a cabbage leaf to the left in the photo, and one just a little right of the center. These cute little garden helpers eat aphids, which may have been behind the decimation of the veggies. Ladybugs are also a symbol of good luck, and a symbol of self-preservation. An old medieval legend has it that some villagers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help saving their crops, and Mary sent a swarm of ladybugs in response. See more “Against the Odds” photos here.

fullsizeoutput_2c2b“I’m Mr. Squirrel; welcome to my home.”

For more Ambiance photos, click here.

P.S. I happened to spot this in the Reader, and noticed that I spelled it Ambiance and most–not all–other entries spelled it Ambience. So I Googled it and found that both spellings are correct. However, one article said that if you want to portray a French “affectation” you would use the Ambiance spelling. So maybe I should change the tree rodent’s name to M. Squirrel…

Pen I turned on the Jet lathe. Skip burned my name on it with laser engraving.

fullsizeoutput_2b02Quilting is in my future! Would you believe I have 10 projects that are waiting to be quilted? [Some of them are tiny table runners, but still…ten] This week’s photo challenge is interesting. With all the holiday preparations, we are asked to look ahead to the future and what awaits! See more New Horizons photos here.

We are asked to post an image that brings to mind  “Relax.” This one is from a mini-vacation this past summer. Time zone change, jet lag, climate changes all added up. The shot is a bit out of focus, like how I felt at the time!

I appreciate the thought. This is a season when one can become overwhelmed with stress and activity. Take time out to relax, renew, recoup.


For more examples of “Relax” as a photo theme, tune in here.

fullsizeoutput_2aa3.jpeg“Magic mirror, tell me today, did all my friends have fun at play?” is what the lady on Romper Room would ask. This is the remodeled classroom at the local womens’ gym, where some of those little girls from the 1950’s to the 1980’s play today…

For more “Magic” and the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge look here.

I was walking home this morning; I’d just turned into the neighborhood, leaving the noisy, busy boulevard where the sun beats down on the asphalt and concrete, and entered the shady lane. The air was instantly cooler and quieter, with birds swooping overhead in the green leafy trees, softly calling. Out of the corner of my eye, it seemed to me that a green concrete lawn ornament was nodding its head in my direction.


Upon closer inspection, it was a squirrel sitting on top of the tiny statue, waving its tail around like a little girl tossing her glossy hair backwards.



For more takes on Tiny, the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, look here.


img_2540For this week’s theme “Local” I wanted to get a shot of “The Wall” [yes, it has its own FB page]–and as I was hurrying to grab my phone, sitting in the passenger’s seat while driving by it (the whole wall spans about a block), this is what I got in a split second. It doesn’t necessarily reflect my own political opinion, but it is timely, and is regularly painted over by the good students of UF and good citizens of Gainesville, Florida…for more “local” photo picks, look here. Once I shot the whole wall in fast-click, see this post from 2015.