In the spirit of the day….

the stone heart

Credits:

Heart Balloons

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Chimney/Window Bars

Fog

Pine Trees

Background

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Birds

Light Beams

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Outside My Window ~ 2.02.14

outside my window winter 2014

Outside my window…is blue skies and sunshine as well as moderate temperatures.  We are currently sitting at 55°F with an expected high of 60°F today.  Loving it! In the span of a week we had two snow storms with a total accumulation of approximately 9 inches.  The first snow came the evening of January 21st with a total accumulation of around 3 1/2 inches.  The temperature stayed cold enough for that snow to hang around until last Monday until we finally warmed up enough for all the snow to melt.  Last Tuesday another front and coastal storm moved in and this time we received a total accumulation of 5 1/2 inches.  There is still quite a bit of snow laying about even though we were 50 degrees or better yesterday and had quite a rain storm last night.  I think today and the 60°F will probably finish off much of what is left however it has nowhere to go.  The ground is heavily saturated.  I haven’t uttered these words out loud yet but it is official, I’m growing weary of winter.  We have had more than I would like to have 12°F but feels like 4°F mornings.   I won’t go as far as to say I want summer back because I’m not ready for the heat and humidity yet, but I wouldn’t mind it a bit warmer for a while.

I am thinking…I am going to have the change the theme I’m using for my photography web site before I can get the sell feature to work.  I’m not real happy about it and definitely not looking forward to the task.  That in itself could be the reason I’m putting it off.  Sigh.

I am glad…that it is only one more week ~ one more ~ before The Walking Dead is back!!     I’m not a fan of long mid-season breaks or even the short ones.  I must have missed the memo but I don’t understand the logic behind it unless it is to drive the viewers nuts with anticipation.  I did enjoy the season for AHS Coven.  I watched the finale this past Wednesday ~ I still feel bad for Misty Day.  I’m sad to see that one go but definitely interested in what is to come for season 4.

From my kitchen…a fairly tasty recipe I came across not too long ago ~ Rice Broccoli Chicken Cheese.  When you add the rice, adjust the amount to suit your preference.  Some people may like a lot, some not so much, you decide.  🙂

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I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks ~ the Zombie Bowl on television otherwise known as the early episodes of The Walking Dead ~ the dog letting a squirrel know he is not welcome in our backyard.

A recap of last week…well, not so much last week.  Recent posts included a winter composite and the free February desktop calendar.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday ~ hanging the new living room curtains ~ working on a Valentine’s Day composite.

One of life’s little pleasures…taking time for yourself once in a while.

From my camera…snow photos I thought you might like….

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Free February 2014 Desktop Calendar

Got around to creating new desktop calendars for February…..

DOCK 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

GLOBE 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

MOON 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

Click the link and “save as” your file.  Make sure you take note where the file is saved.  After the download is complete, go to your saved zip file, extract the files by right clicking the downloaded file and selecting “extract all”….choose a location or accept the location the computer suggests {make sure you take note where the file was extracted}.  Now you are ready to get your calendar….find the extracted file, open and select the size that will best suit your monitor….right click on image and select “set as desktop background”.

These are free for personal use…and as always, if you have any problems ~ please let me know.

 

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Meanwhile….

…a new composite…..

winter composite

Credits:

Background/Foreground: Burtn and Burtn

Orb: eddyhaze

Wings: Moonglowlilly

Fairie: Lisa-jen-stock

Sparkles: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/

Snow Texture: emilyemilybeth.deviantart.com

 

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Outside My Window ~ 11.10.2013

Autumn 2013

Outside my window…is a chilly but beautiful morning.  When I took Turbo out for his walk it was 45°F with plenty of sunshine and clear, blue skies.  We were actually a little warmer than yesterday when we experienced what I would say was our first hard frost.  The temperature when I went out for a walk at 6:30 am was 35°F.  The cars, rooftops and grass were covered in frost.  The mornings have been chilly while the days have been generally mild with temperatures ranging from the low 50’s to mid 60’s.  We did have a few days since I last posted in the low to mid 70’s which were not too bad….70 degree temperatures in the fall and winter are not quite as warm as the spring and summer when the sun is higher.  I love the lower sun angle during this time of year….it creates such a beautiful light.  We have had some incredibly colorful sunsets as well but with the time change I’m pushing it to even see a glimpse of them much less take a photograph.  I seriously do not like flipping back and forth on time changes….pick one and let’s stay there!

I am thinking…I need to gather up myself and quit being so scattered brained lately.  I have a gazillion things rolling around in my head and the noise is deafening.  I’m finding it is easier to veg out in front of the television with the dog than it is to deal with what I need to do…whether it is cleaning out a closet or organizing some files on my computer.  I’m over whelmed with projects I want to do but I’m not starting any.  I need to clear my thoughts so I can sit down and finally get the blasted sell feature working on my website.  I’m tired of the blinds in the house and each and every time I have to raise them in the morning I’m cursing myself for not sitting down and doing what I need to do to get the curtains up.  I think I’m going to put myself on restriction until I get out of this mess I have created for myself.

I am glad…Part 1…that I decided to check out the television series American Horror Story: Coven.  This is yet another program that is not for the faint of heart…most definitely!  I’m really enjoying Jessica Lange’s portrayal of Fiona.  Part 2…that the only thing I needed to do for my laptop was replace the power cord.  I had some issues with it coming on recently and had to unplug, drop the battery out, replace battery, plug back in and it would start.  Then I noticed sometimes it was running solely on battery. I ran a check up on the laptop and the battery was reported to be in good shape.  Late last week even my drop/replace/unplug dance wasn’t working so I took a chance and hoped that by ordering a new power cord the problem would be solved.  It seems to work fine now….the cords for this laptop have surge protectors built-in to them ~ I’m thinking I must have had a surge that burned it out enough that it wouldn’t operate properly.

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks….the hum of my computer fan….the dog barking at something while he is outside in his backyard….my wind chimes singing to me since the wind seems to have picked up since our walk this morning….an otherwise quiet house.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday….laying the ground work for a few more composites I have in my head ~ of course sometimes when I begin to lay the ground work I don’t get up from the computer until it is done. 🙂  For those of you that don’t visit often, a reminder that the free November desktop calendars are available.  They were a little later than normal due to some computer issues I was having.

One of life’s little pleasures…doing something you truly enjoy.  I have created two new composites in the past three weeks…one for Samhain 2013 and one I finished yesterday, ….and she danced….  I really enjoy taking many photos and creating one with it….this is something I hope to incorporate in my photography.  Of course this would limit the number of commissions I can take but this is what it has always been evolving to….I know this now.  🙂

iPhoneography…a few photos from the iPhone….sunrise one morning before work…from left ~ the view from my front porch….waiting for the light to change….the sun in my rearview mirror….on the way to work ~ notice the sun dog?10 november 2013 2

….and the second one….an early morning walk with my buddy Turbo….frosty red leaves….scene from a beautiful morning…the trees I see when leaving my house.

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From my camera…a few images I have taken with my point and shoot and my larger camera….colorful carpets for me and Turbo….my front porch….a frosty leaf….and mums I bought last year ~ not the best photograph but I can’t get over how much they changed colors….last year they were orange and not so much red.  🙂  Have a good one folks!

colorful carpet 1 colorful carpet 2 front porch frosty leaf Hazel's mums

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….and she danced….

and she danced

My newest photo manip.

Source Files:

Rocks – Burtn    Burtn     Leina1

Wagon – Wintersmagic Stock

Gypsy – Faestock

Fire – Shaedsofgrey

Tree – AT-Stock

Grass – gd08

Path – Celticstrm

Iron Kettle – SalsolsaStock

Background – Chulii Stock

….as well as my own resources.

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Free November 2013 Desktop Calendars

Computer issues have been resolved and the calendars are ready for production…without further delay….

HERON NOV 2013 BLOGTo download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

MUMS NOV 2013 BLOGTo download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

FLOWERS NOV 2013 BLOGTo download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

MOON NOV 2013 BLOGTo download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

Click the link and “save as” your file.  Make sure you take note where the file is saved.  After the download is complete, go to your saved zip file, extract the files by right clicking the downloaded file and selecting “extract all”….choose a location or accept the location the computer suggests {make sure you take note where the file was extracted}.  Now you are ready to get your calendar….find the extracted file, open and select the size that will best suit your monitor….right click on image and select “set as desktop background”.

These are free for personal use…and as always, if you have any problems ~ please let me know.

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Samhain 2013

2013 halloween

Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.” ― Carolyn MacCullough

Source files: Model Texture Shield Pillar Chains Dead Branches Wall Carving …and my own resources

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Outside My Window ~ 10.13.2013

Autumn 2013

Outside my window…is yet another cloudy and rainy day.  The rainfall pattern goes from drizzle to pouring rain to light rain to drizzle….rinse and repeat….for the 7th straight day.  We did need the moisture but this has been a bit of over kill in that department.  I read on Friday that we had received 4 to 6 inches of rainfall in our area…I would add about another inch and a half to that for Friday night, all day Saturday and this morning.  I don’t know which end of the spectrum we are on but I will say that I had pulled the level down in my water barrels to about half before this storm and they are now running over.  I also had an empty 5 gallon painters bucket in my backyard that is almost full of water.  Fortunately we only had to deal with the heavy winds for a couple of days…the remainder of the time it has been either light winds or non-existent.  Our temperature at 10:00 this morning is currently at 70°F with a forecast high of 74°F and light rain. Extended forecast calls for light rain tomorrow morning and partly cloudy skies through next Sunday….if you are to believe the Weather Channel.  I have found myself relying more and more on the forecast of a Richmond meteorologist that has been spot on since I have started following him.  His preliminary forecast calls for partly cloudy skies until Friday when we will again see another system move in for the weekend.

I am thinking…I need to get to work on making my curtains for the rest of the house.  I have decided to opt out of blinds.  I came to this realization after the blinds in my kitchen broke and instead of replacing them right away I decided to put up curtains.  I fell in love with them again….so simple and beautiful.  Blinds work perfectly well but are huge dust magnets unless you clean them all the time….curtains can be washed.  Of course I may have to run an iron over them but that beats wiping down each and every blade of a set of blinds.  Another plus for curtains, you have many more decorative selections to choose from.  I’m going to put up curtains in the front of the house and for the sliding glass doors in my bedroom in the back.  To make the kitchen curtains I used a tablecloth and backed it with some muslin….nothing fancy but I love them.  🙂

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I am glad…that it is finally here ~ October 13th ~ The Walking Dead season 4 premiers tonight!  At long last…we have waited six months for this….six long months. I have been watching the marathon this past week and weekend as a refresher.  FYI ~ if you call me tonight after 9:00, I won’t answer.  🙂

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks….an episode of season 3 of The Walking Dead on television….an otherwise quiet house.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday….a day off for myself on Friday and taking the car in to be serviced that morning….working on my Halloween composite….digging back in to adapting the website so you can order directly order from there.  I had to walk away from it for a bit….I was getting frustrated which was causing me to become impatient which was causing me to make errors which was adding to the frustration so I said enough.  I can go back now with a clear head and a better idea of how to accomplish the task.

One of life’s little pleasures…is playing with Turbo and his squeaky bone.  If you have seen him play with this toy I don’t need to say any more.  If you haven’t, I’m not sure if I can put in to words his obsession with this toy.  Each and every time we play he makes me laugh, really hard.  He is relentless in his pursuit of this toy when you have it….and in his quest to obtain it, he will make you laugh.

iPhoneography…a few images from my iPhone this past week….clockwise from left ~ hot wings for dinner last Sunday….a morning that looks more like night last Wednesday at sunrise, the sun is usually blinding me at this light but not today, it was eerie and dark because of the storm….chicken spring rolls for lunch today….my nearly full 5 gallon painters bucket…..

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From my camera….FALL!

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Outside My Window ~ 10.6.2013

Autumn 2013

Outside my window…is the dawn of a new day.  One of the things you have to “love” about being a dog owner is he doesn’t know the difference between a Sunday morning or a Monday morning…rise and shine at our normal 5:30 a.m. time for his morning walk.  Even though I managed to put him off for a half an hour it was still dark was we walked.  I see a nap in my future for today.  Right now we are at 65°F with the sun just now making itself known.  Our forecast high for today is 88°F….I want this Indian Summer weather to go away….NOW.  I know people in South Dakota are probably cursing me now…48 freaking inches of snow in Deadwood!!  Wow.  It was really warm all week and frankly I’m tired of the heat….I want cool, crisp fall weather.  It appears as if I will get my wish with a cold front that will move through the area sometime Monday, about the same time as the rain arrives from the south.  Monday has a forecast high of 84°F with a 50% chance of rain but then Tuesday we drop down to 71°F and then for the rest of the week we are in the 60’s.  I hope the rain does materialize on Monday….we have been a bit dry lately and could use some moisture.

I am thinking…about how it has been almost a month since I last did one of these….about how happy I am that next week will be the premier of season 4 The Walking Dead and all this coming week will be The Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse Week on AMC ~ episode 1 to the final episode of season 3 ~ picture me a happy gal….about how I’m looking forward to colder weather so I can enjoy some of my cold weather comfort foods.

From my kitchen…has been intermittent cooking this past month.  What I really need to do is sit down and put some recipes to paper so I can share them here.

I am glad…the massive pile of work on my desk has come down and isn’t quite as over whelming as it once was.  I worked hard this past week and finally got it down to a more manageable pile.

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks….the dog snoring on the couch….and otherwise quiet house.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday….getting a biometric health screening at work on Wednesday so I can continue to get a discount on my health insurance premium….working on my Halloween photo composite.

One of life’s little pleasures…bacon, egg and cheese on fresh buttermilk biscuits on a Sunday morning.  Yum!

iPhoneography…a few of the images from my iPhone recently….

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From my camera….the Friday before last I drove home via the Colonial Parkway past the Victory Monument….

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