a NEW textured tuesday photo


Happy Tuesday!  I took advantage of my day off yesterday to get some shooting in.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to!  There was too much winter-dead stuff outside, so I stayed indoors and shot some still-life.  I love using prop items that I’ve received as gifts because they remind me of the wonderful people in my life.  I received the vase from my son and daughter-in-law in a gift basket with other items as a ‘thank you’ after their wedding.  That was thoughtful of them!  Although that day WAS all about them, they realized it took a lot of time and effort from everyone else, so their ‘thank you’ meant a lot!  The doily was made from a dear friend of my Mother’s that I haven’t seen in years.  She gave us this doily along with a few others for our wedding (SO many years ago!)  It was good to think of her as I captured this shot.

Hope you all have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!

I’ll link to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday

a NEW photo of my week #58 and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I walked by this lovely yard recently…not sure why the empty pots are stored there on the fence like that…(?)…but their yard sure was gorgeous!

For a short Sunday sermon, here’s a quote from a talk I listened to a while back.  I think it is very true.

Margaret D. Nadauld taught: “The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.

Here’s the FULL TALK where that was quoted.  (Just in case you’d like a longer Sunday sermon :o)  Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Thursday thought


These Red White and Blue flowers caught my eye (when I didn’t have my camera with me…of course!)  So a few days later, I took my camera with me to capture these very patriotic beauties.  What do you think?

What are your plans for the 4th?  Parades?  BBQ’s?  Whatever it is, have a wonderful day!  Do or Learn something NEW!

a secret garden….my NEW ideas, plans and dreams


Happy Saturday!  So….ever since I read this post about making a secret garden, I’ve been having NEW ideas, plans and dreams about doing the same thing.  We have a section of our yard that would be WILL BE perfect for a secret garden!  It was formerly our vegetable garden, but we moved it when our neighbor’s trees got so big that our vegetables were too shaded.  There really is no outlet in that corner of the yard because of the fence, so it’s just a perfect spot for a NEW secret hideaway.  Yes, there’s lots of other projects that may be higher on the priority list, but I thought if I posted my plans…somehow the universe would make it happen…eventually. :o)

Here’s a few things I really want in my secret garden:

#1 Mosaics!


The theme of my secret garden is going to be this great quote:

What may seem now to be mere unconnected pieces of tile will someday,

when we look back, take form and pattern, and we will realize

that God was making a mosaic.  

-Neal A. Maxwell

#2 A hammock, lounge or palette bed:


#3 A water feature


and #4 lots and lots and lots of beautiful plants (preferably flowering plants!)

What do you think?  It’s still in the dream stage, so if any of you have any wonderful ideas that I should add to my list, please share!!!

Have a great day!  Do or Learn….OR PLAN something NEW!


Copper Water Feature

Stone Path (pinterest…but no link)


Outdoor hanging bed (pinterest…but link)

Heart mosaic


NEW photo of my week #42


I’ve decided that getting a shot of a bee on a flower is almost sheer luck…and getting TWO bees, is REALLY lucky!…because if you see a bee and want to take its photograph, by the time you get your camera up to your eye to focus, the bee is already somewhere else.  (And you can get really dizzy trying to follow those busy bees from petal to petal!!! Yes, that’s experience talking!)  It’s MUCH easier on your equilibrium to just focus on a flower and HOPE that those busy insects buzz into your area of focus.

Have a great week! Do or Learn Something NEW!



NEW Spring Sugar Cookies


YUM!  Spring Sugar Cookies!  I finally took the time to frost these cookies….(we won’t mention how long they sat on my counter in the air-tight containers…just waiting for my attention :o)  Even my son mentioned that he’d appreciate it if I made the frosting THE SAME DAY as I made the cookies!  Ya, Ya, Ya! :o)  I guess that should be my NEW goal.  Happy Friday!  Do or Learn something NEW!