Friday, July 3, 2015

Look What My Sister Made!

We always have a "July 4th" party every year, to celebrate all the family born in July.  My mom and dad were born in July, as was my sister Betsey and I.  Amy was born in July, and my niece Kelsey was as well.  That's why we have the July 4th party.  Everyone brings something, especially desserts.  These are sour cream cookies that Betsey made.  These are incredibly delicious, as well as being cleverly decorated.  There is a secret, however.  They are REALLY difficult to make!  They are refrigerator cookies, which means you make the dough, and then refrigerate the dough.  Then after an hour or so, you take the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin.  Well, Betsey said the dough was very sticky, and very frustrating to try and roll out - it stuck to everything.  Betsey even said that she said a couple of bad words while making these!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Zinnia and Baby's breath

Late in the day I went over to the garden to see how the Zinnias are doing and there were a couple of beautiful blossoms on display.  As I moved around photographing the blossom, I suddenly noticed that behind the blossom which I was concentrating on, was a whole constellation of tiny blossoms of Baby's breath.  It looked as if I was looking at a galaxy of stars!  Without the Baby's breath, this would just be an ordinary photograph of one blossom.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Time to Go...

My faithful track shoes...  When it was time to put a new roof on the house, which took two years, these were the shoes I wore.  They were soft and flexible, and didn't damage the new roofing when I walked around on it.  As you can see they have taken a beating from the rough granular surface of the asphalt shingles.  So the roof was finished about seven years ago, and because of the holes in the fabric, if I wear these, my toes stick out.  So it is time to say farewell to my faithful companions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


When shaving in the morning I sit on the edge of the bed, and put my glasses on the night table right next to the bed.  Usually there are hardcover books on the table, but this morning there was a yellow legal pad.  Since the pad was all of the same color, I suddenly became aware of the shadow of the lace curtains on the pad, as well as the shadow of my glasses.    I love the complexity of this.  And isn't it nice that I am not showing you the foundation of the addition?

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Conjunction

For the next couple of nights, Venus and Jupiter are incredibly close to each other.  This is called a Conjunction.  Tuesday night they will be closer, but the forecast is for clouds, so I was lucky to see this tonight.  It was a beautiful sight with the naked eye, and even better in my telescope.  But I used a telephoto lens on my camera to get this view.  It was a 300mm lens on my Nikon D300, so the effective focal length was 450mm.  In the telescope you could see both the bands on the planet Jupiter, and four of Jupiter's moons.  And Venus was stunning because it is in its crescent phase - It looks like a four-day old crescent moon.  The scene was quite magical.  Venus is the brighter of the two planets in the picture.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Remembering Maui

I was sitting talking with Jennie yesterday and the subject of our pets came up.  She recently lost her cat Maui that she has had for years.  She said that Maui was the best cat ever - a lap cat who was so friendly and always there for her. Having just lost one of our cats, the sense of loss was fresh in my mind.  It is a tribute to our pets, how much they come to mean to us over the years.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lady Madonna

OK, so here is some family information so you can sort these photos out.  My sister Joan, who is my most faithful blog reader and commenter, has a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Jennie.  Jonathan is married to Lauren, and they have new two-month old twins, a son and a daughter.  In the first picture, Lauren and one of the twins are resting after feeding.  The second photo shows Jennie feeding Evelyn and in the background, my sister Joan is feeding Grayson.  This all took place at our family picnic in Connecticut to celebrate all the July birthdays in the family.  Yeah, I know, we are a week early.  Our family is like that...