Friday, January 31, 2014

The Diamond Path

On this afternoon the lake seemed as if someone had strewn a path across it with millions of baseball-size diamonds, almost blinding everyone on the pier with white, dazzling, spectacular light.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ophelia's Walk

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


While I was watching the lake this cute guy was watching me!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kit's Pendant

Bought this lovely pendant at the steampunk show this past weekend (you can read a funny story about that over at my writing blog today). It was created by Leslie, an exceptional steampunk jewelry maker and proprietor of Aunt Matilda's Jewelry Box on Etsy.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Back Scratcher

As you can see I'm trying out a new template for the photoblog -- if you have a chance let me know if you like, dislike, want the old template back, or would like me to try another. :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Twilight Fisherman

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Spotted at a little country diner during my last road trip -- really charming way to display wine glasses.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wolf Moon

This month's full moon just above the horizon; it glowed in one of my favorite shades of tangerine.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chilly Dog

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Table Jumble

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Friday, January 17, 2014

Safe Harbor

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Old Reliable

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pick a Peck

I'll be testing a few things this week as I deal with my photo storage issues. In the meantime, peppers!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bye Christmas

Finally took our lights down yesterday. Bye, Christmas. :(

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cool Cars

I can honestly say I have never once in my life thought about hijacking a truck. At least, until I saw this one parked on the side of the road:

So many gorgeous rides; so little skill at hot-wiring. This one was definitely my favorite:

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Growing up in the tropics made me a lifelong fan of bromeliads -- I might put in some of these this Spring:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Blushing Pansy

Back to the home improvement store for more ideas on what to plant this spring. I might do a variety of these in my window boxes:

Also, due to space limitations on my hard drive I've had to downsize the new photos I upload to actual posting size, so for now you won't get a larger image if you click on the pic. Once I've sorted out what I can and can't remove to make space I'll get back to posting photos with links to larger versions. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes anyone.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ice! Nativity

My favorite part of the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Palms was the massive, life-size Nativity scene sculpted from clear ice at the very end. This filled a room about the size of my house, and was simply exquisite, as you'll see from this slideshow of my pics:

Also, if you'd like to learn more about the annual Hardin Ice festival, the primary inspiration for ICE! here in the states, check out this article and video over at BBC.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Artist at Ice!

One of the Chinese sculptors involved in making ICE! also demonstrated his art while we were touring the exhibit. I watched for a minute and decided I will never be an ice sculptor -- probably because I couldn't feel my face anymore.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Ice! in Progress

After the kid's section at ICE! we walked through a work area where they showed examples of how they turn these massive heaps of ice blocks into sculptures. Here's a before and after of a six-foot-tall toy soldier.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Turbo at Ice!

Everywhere I looked there were wonderful little details at ICE!, including this little guy.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Town Square at Ice!

Before you enter the ICE! event the folks at Gaylord Palms issue you a hooded parka; this because the entire exhibit is kept at 8F so that the ice sculptures don't melt. I haven't been in such cold temperatures since I spent six months in Alaska thirty years ago, but I dressed in very warm layers, hat and gloves, and brought my own military parka to wear. I think I stayed warm for exactly one minute before the cold ate through all my clothes and began trying to freeze all my parts.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Frosty at Ice!

Every year the Gaylord Palms's ICE! scuplture park draws on a different theme; for 2013 it was Frosty the Snowman from the popular holiday cartoon feature. Pretty much everything the artists sculpted from ice had to do with Frosty, his pals and his story, which made it an ideal, completely G-rated attraction for kids.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ice! Tunnel

One very neat thing we did during the holidays was visit ICE! at the Gaylord Palms. I've always wanted to see it, and for Christmas the family made that dream come true. I'll have more pics in the days ahead to show you what I saw along with more info on what to expect if you ever decide to brace the ICE!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wishing You