Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
We are in Virginia, yeah! And the best thing (at least one of the best) is that we have free internet access, hurray! We just got back from dinner and I uploaded the pictures I have taken so far. I prepared stuff to take with us , so we had a fun picnic on the way down, look at the view, too bright but quite pretty!
This is our Hotel and Gabrielle found my laptop!!!
We decided we needed a bite to eat, so we walked over to Applebee's where there was a long wait, no matter what day we get here, we have to wait to eat. Nice ending to a long day. Just before getting to the Hotel we stopped for gas. I found a place that advertised 3.77 a gallon, so I swipe my credit card and then notice that that was a cash price, credit would have been 4.17. I almost fell over, that's quite a price difference. Needless to say I stopped the transaction and paid cash. I am just glad I noticed the little sign!
Look at the banana plant!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
.....and I finished the next 2 pages for the Cancun book. Here we went on this really cool Jungle Cruise, speed boat through the Mongroves and then snorkeling on the open water. The kids were squealing under water with delight, it was so cute! DH had to do the driving. It wasn't easy to avoid the wake from the other boats, but he did okay.
We are trying to get ready for our trip tomorrow. The birds have been dropped off for boarding, instructions for watering left with the neighbor, clothes have been piled up, laundry is almost done. I have to make sure I pay all the bills, then pack the suitcase. I cooked some stuff to take along, we will just have a picnic on the way down instead of going to a restaurant. I always did that with the kids when we went to the local amusement park, that was their favorite part. It's amazing the things they eat when they are really hungry!
I will miss all my buddies during this week, but a week in Virginia will be fun. I hope you will keep checking in. I will post if I can, but I doubt that I will have a connection. Ciao a presto!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So Gabrielle wanted to know why they are called Lamb's Ear and I told her to touch it. I think she figured it out. Two of my Clivias are blooming, the one in the foreground is a little bit darker red, I love it! Last but not least I finished a quickie LO. I really liked this photo, Gabrielle took it one day on our way home from piano. I couldn't believe it turned out this nice. I added the birdies in the photo.
K.Pertiet Vintage Text paper (background), stamped moments, under the Tree bracket (recolored), ledger grid, barely there alpha A.AspnesZigzagframe Dana ZarlingInspire paper MAWiseFrame of Mind font: Anke calligraphy, brush SS birds
Friday, July 25, 2008
I really enjoy playing with the dropshadows now that I know how to create them (Thanks Cassie) and bend them. Anyway, I got my links and I got my kit, it was cute, plus I got another page done.
My backup system is driving me crazy, I can't get it to work. I keep getting these error messages, have sent Mozy several emails and not heard from them. I never had this problem before. I can' t imagine what the heck is going on there. I even left a message for my computer geek, maybe he knows something about it. I don't feel comfortable without my backup, I mean, I still have my book which I just backed up to, but that's not enough, I am paranoid!! Just imagine loosing all your stuff and your pics, I would be hardbroken!
Today is another beautiful day, the kids were in the pool and I had to put supports under my Peachtree. The branches are so loaded, they are hanging down to the ground. I found some old fence posts that were pretty long and stuck them underneath. Hopefully that will hold them.
My residen groundhog got into my vegetable garden again and chomped on my green bean plants, I could strangle that animal. Just when they were taking off and putting up flowers, now some of them are just hanging there. I still have quite a few but how will I keep him from eating those too. Pests!
Photography class is interesting. We had to take pictures with the focus off the side. I did quite a few of those.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday we took the kids to the Carnegie Science Museum in Pittsburgh. It was okay, but not nearly as interesting as I had thought. The submarine outside was quite cool, we were able to walk through it. I have no idea how these poor guys can stand it in there, those bunks are so tiny, you couldn't even lift your head off the pillow.
The miniature train set was great, I really enjoyed that. The details were something else, there is a replica of the incline, all very cute. Then there was a robot exhibition for the weekend, this little guy was adorable. He held conversations with the people and made sad faces. Rachel got a ride on the big guy.
They had a Titanic exhibit going on which we had to pay for (quite enough). There were some nice artifacts found at the bottom of the ocean, interesting yes, but quite overpriced in my humble opinion. The thing the kids enjoyed the most was the earthquake simulator. I really enjoyed the Imax movie (it's called something different, but it's the same thing) That is really incredible. We watched a movie called the Alps, about a mountain climber in the Swiss Alps. The story wasn't earthshaking, but the images certainly were, especially since they were all around and below us. It really felt like we were right there, very cool! Well, at least we got out of town and did something. Here are some more pictures
Sunday we had our Church festival, I worked in the food line. It was really hot and we had a lot of people, so I hope we did okay. As soon as I came home it started to rain, so the second shift got rained out.
Here is one more page I did. It's the challenge for this week over at the Spraground.
These are all pictures of flowers from my yard. I took them all at different times during the season. I always wanted to find a way to put them all together and this template (by SimplySarah) worked great for that. The paper is by K. Pertiet (Botanist #13) I had fun with this.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
will still go with the rest of the pages.
Jessica's Friday tutorial was about this really cool photo treatment, that makes the colors pop. It is so simple and yet so effective. Even I can remember how to do it without looking at the notes all the time. You can find the instructions on her blog here. This is my example.
Today we went to the Pittsburgh Zoo. It was so stinking hot, I was soaking wet the whole time. It was great though! I took over 200 picture, of which I will probably have to throw most away. (Does that even sound like english?) We really enjoyed all the animals, especially the deer enclosure, where we got the licking treatment from Melvin, one of the deer running around in there.
They also had a newborn elephant baby, Angelina by name. I just hope that my picture is the slightest bit presentable. The windows were so smeared and filthy, it was hard to shoot through them. If I find anything nice, I will post tomorrow or so.