Happy Tribus Day!

Happy Tribus Day!

A day to celebrate cookies, tea and blogging!Cookies, Tea, Blogging

What? You’ve never heard of it?

That’s OK. I’m sure it’s only because, thanks to CoachDaddy and Rarasaur, it came into existence earlier this week. And what a fantastic concept, because, well, cookies, tea and blogging! It’ll be international by this time next year!

(Of course if cookies, tea and blogging aren’t your thing, Tribus Day can work with that too. Just pick your three favorite things and start the celebration. That’s the beauty of Tribus day!)

I am happy to let cookies reside at the top of my list. They are my favorite thing, specifically chocolate chip cookies. I like other cookies, I might love some other cookies. But chocolate chip cookies never disappoint and that is a beautiful thing in a dessert.cookies

Cookies are extra fantastic because I like to bake. I’m not going to claim to be some expert baker but I’m a master craving fulfill-er. You come to my house looking for cookies, give me 20 minutes and I’ll have a hot one for you. Though you should plan to bring a Diet Coke just in case. You see I have this thing about baking (and driving, and waking up from a nap, and 3 o’clock in the afternoon and sitting at the computer and late at night with bourbon…) it’s just better with a Diet Coke at hand.making cookies with a Diet Coke

While cookies can be made on short order, the tea is always available.

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Better. #notamorningperson

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Mornings inevitably lead to a quick zap in the microwave in order to get the caffeine into my body as soon as possible. Other times of day I’m willing to wait for water to boil and the tea to steep properly for a superior cup. But in all that waiting you’ve got to do something, and nothing goes with tea quite like books.reading a book while waiting for water to boil Then once the tea is made you need to let it cool a bit so you can just finish the chapter, and then once it’s done there is such a nice rocking chair under the window, good light, and a spot nearby to set a cup of tea… Ahhhh!

As for blogging, well let me check some stats here… Looks like I’ve been blogging for 65 consecutive months and published 1,136 posts. This blogging business seems to have some appeal for me!

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I could get used to this!

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And the best part is that a majority of those posts have pictures. Pictures that I’ve taken. In the last few years my camera has gone from being somewhere about the house, to immediately accessible at all times. I have discovered that anything, even a trip to the park, can be made more enjoyable with a camera in hand.   And then, joy of all joys, I get to put them on my blog and share them! What’s not to love!?!

picture of laptop

I just tried to take a picture of the camera sitting next to the laptop – not my smartest move.


All three together?blogging, tea, cookies

Looks like a beautiful day!

Of course a day with my camera in hand and plenty of Diet Coke and books would be pretty awesome too.Camera, Diet Coke, BooksBut then I’d miss my cookies, blogging and tea!

Happy Tribus Day!

How will you celebrate?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Weekly Photo Challenge: IlluminationDSCN0605-(3sm)

In diving when the judges award scores they are multiplied by the degree of difficulty (D.D.) and then added together for a total score.

Taking this picture was like doing a back dive with two somersaults in the pike position.

It’s just a picture of an icicle, you say.

HA! I say.

First off this was the only icicle within reach that had sunlight hitting it.

Unfortunately the only way to get my camera at the right angle to catch the sunlight was to position it between the icicle and the shed while holding my camera up above my head.

This would have been easier had Jane not been in the amautik thrashing around letting me know that she was done with pictures and ready for dinner.

Then, because the auto focus wouldn’t catch the icicle, I kept with my resolution from last week and on the spot figured out how the manual focus on my camera works.

(Let’s keep in mind that it’s a funny auto zoom in, up and down arrow to focus, zoom back out and take the picture sort of manual focus.)

Meanwhile my fingers are starting to resemble my subject matter and Jane is now yelling in addition to thrashing and in trying to figure out how to focus when I can’t actually see the camera screen I accidentally break the tip of the icicle off.

The tip of the only icicle within reach that is catching the last of the sunset.

So, when you look at my mid-icicle picture, just remember to multiply by a decent D.D. before you comment!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolvedfog

This week I stepped outside, brand new camera in hand, to take a quick photo of the morning fog. I pulled out my camera went to set it to black and white and had a bit of a panic. While my toes froze and the kids threatened mutiny if breakfast didn’t happen soon I stared at my camera…

How do I use black and white?

Do I use, high contrast monochrome?

High iso monochrome?

Black and white copy?

Do I give up and turn it black and white in Photoshop?

How does this new camera work?!?

So far I’ve no idea, but I’m resolved to figure it all out!

My Flash

My flash and I are not friends.

Often when I try to use it I end up with blown out pictures, washed out faces and dark shadows.

Ugly, ugly, ugly.

I have learned that my flash and I get along best if I stand as far away as possible from the subject of my photo but even with that effort on my part we are still barely on speaking terms.

Today I was ignoring my flash who, evidently, was feeling left out and malevolent because it went off when I wasn’t expecting it.

It was a shocking event to say the least!

Jane and I have vowed not to say a word to my flash for at least a week in response to that rude surprise!

Picture by Ivy

Ivy has been taking pictures with my camera lately. Most of them I won’t show you, partly because I’ve learned that Ivy height pictures are not my most flattering, and partly because you don’t need to see blurry kitchen appliances, Clara crawling out of the frame (those look just like mine) or random items in the yard. However I did like this one. It’s something about the pink toenail polish on my sad beat up deck boards (the other item in need of a paint job is my porch swing). Or maybe it has nothing to do with the picture and it’s just because she is so careful with the camera and tries so hard to take nice pictures.  Whatever the reason I like it, after all it sure beats all the pictures with a view up my nose!

Why I Love Digital Cameras

I have sort of a love hate relationship with my digital camera. For instance I hate the flash, but I love the ability to take 5 million pictures and then delete as many as necessary.

Then as an added bonus even when none of the pictures are really awesome you still get something that tells a nice little story like this:

Ivy waters Clara and James

Some for you…

…and some for you…

…and some for me…

…wait who said you get more?

…more for me…

…some for you, Clara where are you going?

MOM! Ivy won’t share!

Hey Mama, guess what!?! I was drinking with the girls today!

Hooray for digital cameras!