I’m glad it’s Saturday


Another office photo, this time of a mounted salmon. 

Apparently resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest are being poisoned by chinook salmon that have high concentrations of DDTs and PCBs that were injested by the salmon during their time at sea.  You can read all about it here.   

I need some happy thoughts.  Anybody have any they’d like to share?



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Don’t you love texture?  I do!  There isn’t anything really exciting about this shot – just a lamp base at work, but I really like the texture of it. 

Happy Friday, everyone!  TGIF!!


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I’m in heaven


Wow!  Liss from A Memory Forever awarded me, and some mighty fine other bloggers, the Kreativ Blogger Award.  This must be my week!  On Monday, Donna, from Diary of a Dingo, awarded me with a Blogging Friends Award and now Liss gives me this one!  Thanks to these two lovely ladies my spirits have been lifted from down in the doldrums and I’m in hog heaven.  In fact, I was going to post a photo of a roasted pig, but this theme only allows one image, so you have been spared.  You can thank me later.

Back to the award, though.  It really, truly is an honor to be chosen to receive the Kreativ Blogger Award.  When I got my camera a year ago, it was to photograph my glass work to use on my website or for gallery submissions.  I decided that I needed to really learn my camera and felt the best incentive for that was to start a daily photoblog, so February of last year I did that.  During the last eleven months or so, my photos have slowly improved, thanks in large part to the inspiration I have received from viewing the photos of other amazing photographers.  Also, little did I know that I would come to “meet” some really nice people from all over the U.S. and from all over the world.

When I forwarded on the Blogging Friends Award, I kept it to eight people, but I really had more people to whom I would have liked to give the award.  I will take the opportunity now to recognize them.  Each of the following are wonderful photographers and, from what I can tell, are some pretty wonderful people. 

Kreativ Blog Award Rules – The winner may put the logo on their blog. Put a link to the person who sent you the award and then nominate your favourite blogs, please add a link to their blog.

Thank you again to Liss for this recognition – I do appreciate it!


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Shades of Gray…Grey


I’ve been playing with the title for a little while.  Back and forth, back and forth. Grey.  Gray.  Grey.  Gray.  I can’t decide which spelling I like better.  Both are correct.  Why does the English language do this?  I like things to be black and white.  Shades of grey…gray…whichever, are confusing.  Although, if this was strictly a black and white world it would be pretty dang boring.

Which is your preferred spelling?


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The time has come


A moment in time and history, 1928.  The Olympic Winter Games took place in Switzerland with the opening ceremonies on February 11.  Charles Lindbergh was presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight on March 21.  Mickey and Minnie Mouse made their first appearance on May 15 in an animated short Plane Crazy.  June 18 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.  The world’s largest hailstone fell in Potter, Nebraska on July 6.   And Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin on September 28. 

On January 20, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as Commander in Chief of the United States of America.  And we were here to see it happen, and not just read about it in a history book (or Wikipedia).  Now how cool is that?!?  Yes, history was made today, but a call to arms was also made.  Arms in the sense that each of  us must roll up our sleeves and begin by putting our own two arms to work.  Work in service of our country, our community, and our family.  “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

“…the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” ~ President Obama


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My first award!


I just received my very first award – now how cool is that!!  Donna from Diary of a Dingo recognized me and seven others with the Blogging Friend award.  I’m so excited, I kid you not!  I feel like a silly school girl with the biggest smile on my face.

Donna calls herself an expat Aussie living in the Pacific Northwest, but I call her a friend that I haven’t met yet.  She actually only lives about 1 1/2 hours away from me, so one of these days, when I’m headed to Coeur d’Alene to see my son, I’m going to see if she has a minute or three to meet up. 

Here are the rules of this award: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find, and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight or more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

In the spirit of this award, I get to pass it on to eight other deserving people.  In no particular order: 

  1. Elizabeth from Retinal Perspectives
  2. Kym from Redheaded Blackbelt
  3. ELK from Red or Gray Depends on the Day
  4. Liss from A Memory Forever
  5. Robin from Bird Tweets
  6. Marcie from Daily Practice
  7. Rachel from Flaxen Seeds
  8. MaryAnn Ashley from MaryAnn Ashley Bever Photography

They are all excellent photographers, some are excellent writers, some don’t write a word, but they’ve each reached out a hand in friendship and I thank them for that.   And Donna, you get another one, too.


Click on the arrow to see today’s official post.


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44: At a crossing


It seems our country has been stuck at a crossing, waiting for the train (wreck) that is GW to go on by.  Today he finally has and the crossing arms are rising to a new day and a new president.  Thank goodness for change.


[Editor’s Note] 

This post is inspired, of course, by our new president, President Barack Obama, and by a fellow blogger Melissa at I Have Mom Hair Now  (and Shutter Sisters) who encouraged everyone to post a photo and write 44 words for our 44th president – see above paragraph.

I was also reminded and inspired by my son yesterday morning that yesterday was a day of service.  My son’s intention was to donate blood, however he called back several hours later with two badly sprained ankles from a bad snow boarding wipe out.  Hopefully he’ll still be able to donate today.  What were your plans for this day of service?


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