I'm a free-spirited photographer, soon-to-be yoga teacher, gold medal aunt, aromatherapy lover, and grand adventurer who loves nothing more than warm evenings on the porch with her husband, dogs, cats and a good bourbon.
If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children. Mahatma Gandhi
We drove Earl and Eudora to the snow. A little Snow-cation. The Hotel Floyd has rooms that allow dogs and we had the SPCA suite. Lovely dinner with friends. A little Donna the Buffalo. One heck of a good time for all. Earl and Eudora were out at 6:30 am snowplowing the snow with their noses. I was not up with the camera though. I did snap this before we headed home.
I was only armed with my little point and shoot. This was the town last night. So pretty.
It is pretty sad that is always takes me till the end of the year mad dash to do my family video to get all my photos from the year organized and edited. I still have vacation files untouched. But I really did spend my Autumn doing photos for other people so I was extra behind this year. I am also trying to sort out my very favorite photos from 2012 to put in a coffee table photo book for myself. This one ranks right up there at the top...
Martin and I took Ben, our nephew, to see the Boston Red Sox play over Memorial Weekend. It was also Ben's 9th birthday. We had it on the scoreboard for him. It was just one of the best trips. Everything fell right into place AND the Red Sox won that night with a walk off home run. Maybe the only game they won this year??? Horrible season but for Ben it was an awesome night. Walking back to the hotel from Fenway the Boston Celtics game finished too, a championship win and Boston was on fire. I think that memory will stay with Ben for a lifetime. And for me and Uncle Martin as well.
In the photo Martin has just snatched Ben up for the big finish.
And since Fenway was celebrating the 100 year anniversary I love that Ben's hat shows it off. This one is going to be framed.
For those that don't already know those are the lyrics from "Sweet Caroline", a Fenway tradition. Martin with our Boston buddy Chris.
“If i'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere” - Marilyn Monroe
(the guy said "Hey buddy you don't point a gun at your mom." And Seth said "It's okay, she is my aunt."
This past week was fair week here in our county. As always I made tons and tons of pictures. Aside from being fair week I smoked the house up not once, but TWICE with my Lucy moves. And almost a third time today. I gotta make sure I take my B6, my brain is just too spastic and forgetful!
I am reading a book for a new book club I am in with some of my best buddies. Our first book...a 672 PAGE book I might add, is 'Cutting For Stone'. A couple of us thought our friend who suggested it was maybe being a smarty pants but it actually is a really good book. Just kidding Timmesa.
Anyway this is a section I was reading last night and I thought how very, very true. Basically a dad is explaining to his sons in life we have to own up and admit to things that belong to us and our history whether we like it or not. If we can't accept who we are we cannot move on and be truly happy. We have to own who we are, own our family, own our own looks, own our talents and own what is NOT our talents. The key to happiness is to own your own or you will die searching, bitter and feeling you were promised more.
"Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny."
I really liked that. And I agree with it.
I hope things have been going well for you guys. Here are photos from my week at the Patrick County Fair.
Jackson posing with one of his blue ribbon photos. All the kids got ribbons.
Isabelle and her friend Shaunae at the games.
Madi and Seth.
Seth and Ben.
small town America
My boys, Ben and Seth, doing mud hole stomping after the rains came.
Just for fun.
picking up ducks still around.
Ben on the hammer with Amy watching and Jackson and Delane making his picture.