Saturday, September 26, 2020

Rest in Peace, Baby Girl

Sofia passed away on September 24, 2020. She was sixteen years old and her health issues took a toll on her little body. My heart is broken.

One of the first photos I took of her.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Windswept Sunrise


The mornings are cool and the days are mild, perfect weather. 

Sofia is feeling better but she's had a rough time lately. In addition to being blind, having high blood pressure, a heart murmur, and multiple myeloma, she was recently in the hospital for four days with kidney and bladder infections.

I hope my car will be ready this week. They discovered the axle beam was bent so they had to order a new one. 

And so it goes. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Rain, Sally, Rain

We're getting an all-day rain today, courtesy of tropical storm Sally. 

Some positive weather news, I have survived the summer! The temperatures are in the low 80's/upper 70's. Hooray!

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

She hit me!

And this is why I'm not on my way to the beach today. We had reservations on Ocean Isle Beach, NC for three days. I had booked the kitties into their vet's boarding facility. We were all packed. Went out to pick up something for dinner and WHAM! 

It's been a little over a year since the last time someone hit the other side of the car. 

North Carolina drivers are the worst! 

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Summer, Still

I may get to the beach for a few days next week. I don't want to jinx it, so details later. ;)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

It was a good day

My **th birthday. My son and daughter-in-law took me to Cowfish for lunch. It's a burger/sushi restaurant in Charlotte. This was my first dine-in experience since the pandemic and (confession) my first time eating sushi. The social distancing inside the restaurant was more than six feet and everyone wore masks. 

It was a very good day...  I probably won't order sushi again but at least I gave it a try. 😊

Sunday, July 26, 2020

A B&W Day

Cherry Plums



Raindrops, Window Screen, Sunset

Friday, July 24, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020


Useful distraction, Sunflowers. They look sturdy and almost heavy, yet the details are as graceful as any tulip.

I long for a beach trip even though I know it is at best ill-advised. It's too depressing to think about how long it will be before we can travel safely. 

I've been trying to get back into a habit of painting. I don't have the space anymore to leave all my paints, brushes, etc out and having to put everything away every time gives me more anxiety.  Creativity and angst are not a good combination.

The good news? I'm healthy. At the moment. lol

Monday, July 06, 2020


I begrudgingly bought red, white and blue flowers this weekend. They were near the pharmacy checkout and I figured I could at least get some pics. Prior to Nov. 2016, I swathed everything in RW&B for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Now, I fly no flag. I no longer recognize this country. 

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Moving On

A year ago I had a sales contract on my house and I was starting the daunting task of packing everything and moving within six weeks. My son made three trips with a U-Haul truck before it was all said and done. And there were multiple visits from the Junk King. 

Anyway, I'm in North Carolina now, in a beautiful apartment and I'm very happy. Well, as happy as one can be with threat of Covid-19 and police brutality protests. If I had good knees I'd be out there marching as well. Things must change!!!

Restrictions have eased some and it's now possible to go out and run errands - with a mask and practicing social distancing. 

I made a trip to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden last weekend. It was open for members only and not everything was open, but it was good to get out.

And... the puzzles continue.
Stay safe and healthy, everybody.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Another puzzle completed

And it was a 1000 piece beast; too many leaves and rocks.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Wednesday miscellany

Made a quick visit to McDowell Nature Reserve today. There were a few people fishing but I was the only walker. I enjoyed the fresh air; the water was muddy from recent storms so not very photogenic.

And the puzzle from hell:

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Keep Calm

I watched so many Star Wars movies yesterday that my mind is a little numb. Maybe I can't really blame Star Wars...

I'm currently sitting on the balcony, listening to ocean waves and it really is helping me to Calm down. 

Sunday, May 03, 2020

It's a puzzlement

Saturday night, wine and a puzzle. FTR, this was not a good puzzle choice... too many leaves!

The first puzzle:

My son Todd's new puppy, Dolly:
Her Dad, Henri, is the 2019 Cadbury bunny.
That's all the news. I'm bored but healthy, so far.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Day No. I have no idea

If this lockdown ever ends, I'm going to have to join AA and WW...

Meanwhile, I finally picked up a brush.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Sun Still Rises

I can't even begin to talk about what is happening worldwide. But I was around to see another sunrise.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

March Already

A few pics from new phone. 

Thursday, February 27, 2020



Evening Clouds

Dusted off the D700 to compare color, sharpness, etc. with the Fuji.

Nikon D700

Fuji X-T3

Fuji X-T3

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Keep the Camera Handy

Trying to get back into a 'photo-seeing' mode. You know what I mean... you notice common objects or things and think "There's a photo". For now, it's flowers and food.

Saturday, February 15, 2020


Roses are... Purple

Saturday Sunrise

Chocolate! My first made-from-scratch cake.