NIght and Day

January 29, 2010

I know this is not what you expected when you read the title of this post but hang in there with me.

Try this….put your cursor at the top of the picture in the link below,

then s l o w l y move the cursor to the bottom of the pic…no stopping, no clicking on the mouse.

How cool is that!

http://61226.com/share/hk.swf




Captured Moments

November 5, 2009

Over the years I have discovered that I like taking pictures. I love the spontaneity and the serendipity of the moment.

By far I am not, nor do I profess to be, a professional photographer, just a lover of images….those single, fleeting moments in time that are captured by a camera.

I am especially drawn to those photographs that evoke a response of some kind from the viewer, whether a smile or laugh or even tears.

So, from time to time, I will post one of my captured moments. Sometimes it will have a caption…..or not.

Here’s my first.

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self portrait

(a very rare occurrence , let me tell you)

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See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,


A Cool Video

August 27, 2009

I just finished viewing a video of Rachel, an 88 yr old women still in love, and I”ve still got that silly smile on my face.  It is inspiring, funny and amazing all at the same time. I won’t tell you anything more other than this a compelling story of love. You gotta check it out!

I tried to embed the video in my post but for some reason no go. So click on the link below.

Romancing the Road

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See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,


My Work Is Making Unknown Appearances

August 18, 2009

Last evening I’m tootling thru the blogs that I read and one pic on someone’s blog looks familiar. Can’t be tho because Rayna Gilman and I have never met in person (tried to get her for NC Quilt Symposium but schedules didn’t mesh).

I stop and study the picture for a few secs and there…in the background….is the bottom half of MY quilt.

Some Background

Two years ago I attended Quilting By the Lake (QBL) and knew, by the time I left, that I would be a returning student, again and again. I didn’t get to go this year but past attendees are asked to put quilts in their annual show. I chose to send “At Odds”, my quilt about working together even though differences abound.

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Held in upper New York state for 2 weeks in July,  QBL recently moved to a new location, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. I traveled with a friend, Delane, two years ago and we had a blast, with teachers who are so giving and the participants who are all so very nice.

Back to the Story

So I have to catch up on Rayna’s posts and keep reading till I get to this one with a great teacher, Rosalie Dace (according to Rayna she is listening to someone talking  to her).

Rosalie andmy quilt 1

Why the heck does this pic look so darned familiar???? How could that be? One of those deja vue moments for sure. Then it dawns on me that the thing that is so familiar is MY quilt staring back at me. That’s it there in the upper right.

One Coincidence is Enough You Say?

ahhh…NO! It is now 4 am…I just finished writing a different post but can’t post it yet (needed to get permission to use a video in previous post) so instead I go check out the classes on QBL….which one does if you can’t post and you are tired and it’s 4 am….right?

I click on QBL Registration and there is that same feeling of familiarity…AGAIN! What the hay????? Yes, you guessed it, my quilt is again a part of a photo they used to show the hanging of the Quilt Show. OH MY GOSH! Who the heck would have thunk that? And how way cool!

QBL and At odds

If you have never been to QBL…let me tell you! What a fantastic retreat….a gift you should really consider giving yourself.

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See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,


Catch of the Day!

August 10, 2009

One of the highlights of our family vacation to Nassau was the fishing trip my brother, Andy,  took the boys on this past Friday. He’s been fishing for eons but for my little man…he had never ever set eyes on a live fish (not counting the ones in our fish tank of course).

Here they are fooling around while waiting for the boat to be taken out of storage. That’s my 3 nephews on the left and in middle and hubby and little man on the right.

boys fishing

Okay so the “He Men” go off on the boat, 10 miles off the Bahamian shore,  to prove that they indeed can provide for their lady folk at home (get real…..we were off somewhere shopping!)

Anyway they come back home full of stories of all the fish caught and the absolute fun they had. I think the best part of the after trip was watching the swelled chests of the men looking lovelingly at their excited kids talk about the all fantastic fishing trip.

I was told that little man had caught fish but because we had to freeze them for the plane ride back home the next day I didn’t get to see what he caught. Well I have the unveiling right here….ta da!

Connor fish

His First Fish! Yippee!

He caught 5 of these little beauties (called porgies)! The absolute best thing of all though was sitting down to dinner last night, after emptying cases and getting house back in order, to eat the fish. Little man was just beamimg ear to ear.

Don’t you just love the little pleasures in life?

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See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,


AQS Quilt Expo, Knoxville, TN

August 7, 2009

I know, I know…long time no hear. I’ve been going, going, going and have now a chance to post.

Quilt Show 3friends09

Just got back from the AQS Expo in Knoxville, tired but enjoyed spending time with two good friends, DeLane and Susan. We walked the show and shopped but found out later that none of us bought much fabric. They did go halves on a needle felting machine tho and can’t wait to experiment with it.

Spent 3 days at home and now on our annual family vacation in the Bahamas, my home country, Toodles everyone. Will post pics of our trip and get back to art soon.

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See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,


Tranquility

March 19, 2009


Yesterday morning we woke up to a layer of fog. As I walked my son to the bus stop at about 8:30 a.m. I had to run back inside for my camera  to take a pic of what stopped us both in our tracks.

There, between my neighbors house and ours we came upon this….

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tranquility

We walked on and I took a few more shots but these two really captured the moment.

As the bus drove off taking all the little munchkins away for a few hours (can I say yippee here or would that get y’all real upset…..oh well!!),  anyway, back to my story….the sky had already turned it’s beautiful Carolina blue.

As I approached the house, I caught this bird in the tree in front of my house……having just gotten it’s fill at my feeder I might add.

bird-in-tree

Look how close he let me get…I was right under the tree at this point. He twisted and turned a few time before he’d had enough, then flew away. Lady was getting a little bit too close he was probably thinking.

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Nature can be so tranquil and beautiful at times.

See ya next time “In the Hayloft”,