Monday, August 31, 2009

EMPS #53 -- Trees

Today is Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot and the subject is "Trees." I have quite a few oak trees near my house, and they tend to lose branches now and again. Just last Friday evening as I was pulling into the driveway, the following branch fell out of the tree in the picture after it. It is maddening because of my not knowing what to do with the branches once they have fallen. But this is the story of my trees.

If you would like to participate in the photo shoot, go to the link mentioned above and follow the directions.

Monday, August 24, 2009

EMPS #52 -- Laundry

Today is Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot and the theme is laundry. Rather than just show pictures of my plain old laundry, I thought I'd show clean towels folded up in a basket on top of my dryer and with my cat Socksie in them, first sleeping and then waking up. I get extra credit for showing the baskets! Go to the link above, to Carly's blog, for directions on playing along with this meme.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Birds!

This time the Round Robin Photo Challenge is about Birds. I had some trouble uploading pictures of birds that I had this time, including the logo, so I'll just have to settle for what came up unless the Blogger glitches get worked out later.

The first picture is of TJ the Cockatoo, who belongs to my son Tony's mother- and father-in-law who live back east so Tony and family have him in Bend, Oregon. My grandson Michael takes care of TJ. He talks a little bit, mostly saying "Hello". He's a very gentle bird, although fairly big -- I'd say a foot long.

Here are a couple of seagulls that I photographed on a trip to Long Beach, Washington in the last couple of years. They seemed to be very nonchalant and carefree on the sand, in an area where people could drive their cars on the beach. I may have photographed them out of my car window; I'm not sure. I love seagulls!

Be sure to check out the challenge as linked to in the first sentence, and play along if you would like!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Feline, Furballs, Plus Feathers Friday -- Under the Desk

Here is Socksie, enjoying the cool air in the office thanks to the window air conditioner, under my desk. It is hot today so finding the cool spots is pretty crucial to my felines.

Theresa of Arizona Through My Eyes has been asked to take over Feline, Furballs, Plus Feathers Friday due to the passing of Steven's Pickle Cat. We miss Pickle but it will be interesting to learn about Theresa's menagerie of creatures. Go to the link to see them.

EMPS #51 -- Candy

Carly of Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot wants to see our favorite candy this week. Mine is KitKat, no matter what form it's in. The kind I found today was a long candy bar instead of a flat one with dividing lines, and it said it was "extra crispy." Sounded good to me! Due to my diabetes, I have to be careful -- if I eat candy at all -- to eat that which has a cookie center like KitKat. I can't forego my chocolate!

Go to the link above to find out how to go to the various blogs participating. They are fun!

Monday, August 10, 2009

EMPS #50 -- Layers

This week on Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, the theme is "Layers." Carly used the example of two leaves that are layered on top of each other and what appears to be a third leaf is actually a shadow. She wanted us to do something similar.

Here is my picture for the theme of "Layers." I have raspberries and blueberries layered in a bowl with Equal and cream, which all came together to create tonight's dessert!

Once again, Carly wanted to know how we came about finding our subject to photograph. For me, it was by chance, as I went to get out the raspberries to eat, I realized I had blueberries to layer on top of them and the cream (and Equal) to go into it all.

Go to the link in the first sentence to find out more about this meme! It's a fun one!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Bottled Up

Today is the Round Robin Photo Challenge, with the theme "Bottled Up." We are able to show pictures of any bottles we wish or that have meaning to us.

Here are my Lime Perrier bottles. I don't drink the Perrier in great amounts; I just use it to top off my ice water. It's delicious that way -- very refreshing!

I still have a bottle of my favorite light ale, Henry Weinhard's, in my fridge. This was before I had to tank up on diabetes medication and take other meds that meant I couldn't drink alcohol. I didn't drink it very often -- mostly on vacation -- but I miss it. I would give it away if there was someone close enough to come get it.

To go to the site and see the other Round Robin bloggers' entries, head for the link in the first sentence. They are fun!

Monday, August 3, 2009

EMPS #49 -- Pick a Word/Pick a Color

Today on Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #49, we're doing a kind of word association that winds up with a photo. In my instance, I thought of the word "soft" which led me to the color "gray," and to represent "soft and gray" I took a photo of my black and gray cat, Silver and my gray cat, Socksie.

So here they are, in all of their soft and gray splendor. They are such pretty cats, in my opinion!

For extra credit, we were to write about how difficult this was, and whether it tapped our creativity. I found it somewhat difficult, but not to tie in the cats, as they are quite a big part of my life. I mainly found the challenge getting the pictures, but the cats cooperated nicely!

Go to Carly's site as linked in the first sentence if you need further explanation or if you would like to participate in this meme.