Just for fun, I have started one of the new Typepad microblogs to save my family Christmas memories and traditions. There is just one post and one photo right now, but I plan to update as much as possible during the month of December.
I'm a bid sad though, since I thought there were a lot more finished squares. Guess I should count them more often! The pattern calls for 42 squares and there are 22 finished--at least it's past the halfway point.
Today's lesson from Blogging for Scrapbookers suggested looking back at past blog posts or photo albums for topic ideas. I went back to October of last year and found a large number of photos of Brown Pelicans. I guess they are one of my favorite photo subjects. That makes the news of their removal from the Endangered Species list even more sweet!
I got home from work a little later than usual and it was almost dark. That does not make for a good photo session. Today's photo is of a new hat I'm working on for Ship Support. So far, I have 2 finished hats and 1 partial. I want to do number 4 by this weekend and get them in the mail early next week.
The pattern is the Brother-in-Law Basketweave hat from Kody May Knits. The little button below will take you to the pattern's project page on Ravelry (if you are registered) so you can see other examples. If you don't know about Ravelry, that's a good post for another day.
Today's post is going to be another short one. The weather was extremely dry and the low humidity left me feeling dehydrated and really drained. I need to put my feet up and drink a tall glass of water.
These two photos are of a cat that adopted our backyard and thinks he/she lives with us now. We don't feed the silly cat and can't figure out why it keeps coming around. We do have bird feeders that are tempting, but the birds don't come around as much as they once did. Today, I was trying to take more photos of the Bushtits and the cat kept bumping into my legs. It's hard to keep the camera still while being head-butted. I finally turned on the hose to occupy the cat and keep it out of the way. The bird photos didn't turn out anyway--that's why the shots from yesterday's post were so satisfying for me.
Today we have another photo post for your viewing pleasure. This little bird is not very colorful, but still can give a lot of entertainment value if your eyes are sharp. The Bushtits love our Hibiscus tree and help keep the insect population under control. These birds are also extremely hard to photograph--they are tiny and never stop moving while on the hunt for something to eat. I have seen as many as 20-30 birds on the tree at one time. Another interesting fact is that they will often hang upside down to get a better angle on the insect population.
The last photo is a closeup of one of the Hibiscus blossoms.
Today was a day that I had already planned to post at least one old family photo. This has been an ongoing project after my aunt passed lots of photos on to me this summer. I'm not sure what the next step will be, but it's been fun looking back.
This morning, I found a link to a great new online digital publication centered around genealogy and older photos. The blog, Shades of the Departed is now publishing Shades of the Departed-the Magazine. I really enjoyed this first issue and look forward to December's articles and photographs. The article about the 1930 US Census makes the entire issue worthwhile. Lots of interesting tips for adding more meat to the story of your family history. Some special issues are also planned for the coming months.
Here's one of the photos that was already planned for my post. This will probably be a regular feature in the future. I do have a genealogy blog, but have not kept it updated. Maybe Shades-the Magazine will keep me inspired.
That's my great-grandmother, Ella E. Rohrbough Cutright on the far right. Ella died in 1909 and her husband Ralph Cutright, later married his late wife's sister, Byrd. Byrd Rohrbough Cutright is third from the left in this photo.
Are you superstitious and worrying about Friday the 13th? I never have been and so far, today was a pretty good day. The afternoon dragged a bit until it was time to leave the office, but the morning went by pretty quickly. Oh, and today was payday, too. No bad luck there, right?
Today's photo was taken at lunchtime in the parking lot at work. The sky was very blue and the clouds took on an interesting arrangement.
Today's prompt in the Blogging for Scrapbookers class included lots of ideas for starting themed series of blog posts as a quick way to make a post when you are rushed for time.
I've decided to try what I'm going to call Typical Thursday. These will be quick posts with a photo from indoors or outdoors here at home. Today's photo was taken on the patio and features one of my favorite succulent plants. It has a great fuzzy texture. Unfortunately, I can't give you the exact name of the plant--our local nursery center labels their succulent plants with a generic label that says it's a succulent.