Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
And one more fun pic for you to enjoy while I work on the others.
S&S I had a great time spending the day with you, your family and friends.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to a great future.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I am very, very nervous but I am prepared and ready for tomorrow, I'm actually very excited for the challenge. If you notice it raining tomorrow around 1:00 and you have a spare umbrella give me a call I may need more assistants. :)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thank you "B" for letting me capture this moment in your life, good luck to you. Okay here's another one with her fun cowboy hat in the same spot, this photo should be on a CD cover.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Good photos are all about the moment, right?
My poor hubby, he just shakes his head and goes back in the house.
Here you go Adam another frog pic for your room, thanks for the phone call.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
So I stuck them in my big pots on the patio, found jars to fit inside the opening and added flowers. Yesterday I said to John.... I need to paint them in fun colors, he just rolled his eyes at me. A few false sunflowers and they make the patio pop with color.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
An update of my brother Randy - He has had an allergic reaction to the meds they put him on and his liver was shutting down, thank goodness he turned jandice and the whites of his eyes became yellow so they knew to go back to the doctor. He also got a rash over his entire body that was red so in Sandy's words "yellow and red make orange". He has lost a bunch of weight since he has been unable to eat, his diet consisted of ice water and popsicles. The hair on his head hurts and he was very close to shaving his entire head.... for Randy that has got to be bad, he's got the perfect hair!! He needs sub-zero temperatures to be comfortable and hasn't sleep for over an hour at a time for the last 2 weeks. The doctors are not sure at this point what is wrong with him and cannot do anymore testing until all the meds that he's allergic to are out of his system but to do that he has to eat and drink to get his liver functing again. As of today he spoke on the phone to Starla for about 15 minutes, he hasn't been able to talk more than a few words in 2 weeks. He went to the doctor yesterday and his liver is mending slowly and he ate a hamburger so it seems he's on the mend. Keep him in your prayers for the next 2 weeks until he goes back to the doctors for more testing.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here is an update of the pond, rocks are almost done on the outside and the inside. I need to fill around the outside with mulch and plants. My sitting area is also on the wrong side of the pond so I'll have to make another one... that will make 5 sitting areas.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here is the photo cropped to accent the poky center and using the rule of third.... dramatic!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
The fun we had this weekend was so worth the tired body. I love watching all the cousins get together having fun remembering all their favorite childhood memories. Now most of the cousins have their own children so watching the mom's and their children is such a blessing. I loved hanging out with my cousins while growing up, I'll treasure those memories forever and I believe the Hemmer children will do the same.
From our best guess there were about 115 people at Hemmerfest. I'll try to get pictures posted on Hemmer Happenings so you can see the blast we had. We already have reservations for sites next year and t-shirt orders. However, with all the rain we had there is a Motorhome stuck in the hayfield and 3 campers that have to stay put for a few days. This is how Countryfest started isn't it? I think they called it Mudfest when they had to pull all the campers out of the muddy hay fields.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Last weekend at my dad's I couldn't figure out how to use the self-timer on my new camera so I had to read my manual just in case I needed to use that function again. Read the manual.... who does that? and like I got time to read my manual there is a camper to get ready, food to prepare, coolers to pack, and drinks to be drank. Here is my test picture as my camera was sitting on the table while I followed the steps, I really like but it was pure accident.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This used to be Elly's room when she lived here so it will probably always be her room but you can't have favorites so of course I can't have an Elly room without having a Garrett and Mallory room... confused yet?
So the room is getting re-done changing Elly's crib into a daybed (pictures will have to follow soon, it's so cool) and then adding baskets for toys for the different ages of grandchildren, a table for crafting and then the dresser that was once John's as a child and then El's (I think I'm going to paint that white... shhhh let's keep that a secret). Oh yeah the box.... I painted, distressed and added fun whimsical art and distressed some more..... wha-la a fun box to store the grandchildrens colors, glue, cutters, punches, stickers, ect...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My brother Randy (back row with arms up) got very, very sick Saturday night and scared DiAnn, Starla and I terribly, we were unsure of what to do for him and he was in a lot of pain. He went to the emergency room Sunday afternoon, they tested him for Lyme's and it was positive so they gave him meds...... Monday night Sandy took him back into the ER b/c his face was swollen and his pain level was a 10 with no relief. He had more testing and has a 2nd type of Lyme's that is very dangerous causing kidney failure, coma and seizers if not treated in time. He got some more meds and is recovering at Sandy's house. He needs to do nothing but rest and that is hard for anyone in my family to do. This is Randy's second case of Lyme's which is not a good thing. This kid has had nothing but bad luck as far as his health.... back surgery at 19 years old, minutes from dead after a bee sting, constant back pain, flipping a race car many, many times. It's time for some good news for him so let's pray the meds they gave him are correct and he's on the road to recovery real soon.
Here's about half the family.... just envision this crowd eating lunch and the amount of food we go through.... gotta love big families.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Enjoy the heat, I know I will be.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I was a little nervous with Adam riding bike on the dock but he did fine and I got to practice my silhouette shot.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A photo of Jesse's two favorite girls.
Happy Anniversary, it's hard to believe it's been 6 years.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The company I order photos from is having a postcard sale so I decided to try some and see what I think. I used my white Lily photos and added a few messages to use in those hard times. I'll let you know how they turn out.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I gave the babies to lots of garden friends this year, anyone have luck keeping them alive? If not I'll have more next year for you to try. It's totally amazing that the tiny plant this starts out as grows to be 10' tall and stalks are as big around as a tree trunk, some I left in the garden for winter we could use as fire pit logs, seriously!!
Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I did a new technique on this photo but I'm not sure that I like it. Here it is SOOC
Here it is with a ShaZam effect
What I did for anyone wanting to try it.
Open the photo.
Duplicate the layer twice.
Set the top layer to Screen, and the second layer to Overlay.
Adjust the opacity of this two-layer combination.
Erase out any too-dark or too-red parts of the Overlay layer. (skin)
I also burned the edges to give it some depth and I did brighten his eyes to bring out those wonderful catch lights, but that's a different tutorial.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I remember feeding the pigs, scared to death every time I had to do it by myself.... taking the ice cream pail full of slop and throwing it over the fence while the pigs rammed into the fence and tried to climb up the sides to get more..... YIKES!!
I remember feeding the chickens, throwing the feed all over the fenced in outside pen. The worst part of that was then collecting the eggs. How many of you have been pecked by a chicken? Those darn chickens did not want to get off their eggs and if we left them in there we got yelled at so we have to make sure we got them all. That meant pulling the chickens out of the coops to find out there was nothing under them. I was so scared of touching them, mom would yell "just reach in and grab them by the neck and pull them out"..... I'm thinkin' NO!! Oh and heaven forbid if we dropped an egg because we got pecked to death, then all the chickens would run to eat it, mom yelled if that happened too.
We also had a cow or two, the only thing I remember about them is shaking the gallon jar of cream to make butter. Every morning we would pass the jar around the breakfast table until we had butter, when you have enough kids you don't have to shake it very often. Thank goodness there were boys in the family that had to milk them, they did it by hand, no milking machine for 2 cows.
What's this story all about, well let me tell you. Thursday night Starla, Gayle and I went for a walk in the animal barns at the fair. I'm not sure why we did but that's not the point I guess. First we don't even know if we could open the gate or not, we finally ask a guy if we can come in, he says sure but they are weighing the animals. Okay big deal, we open another fence and go into a pig barn, those pigs are huge. I see wild pigs, not in pens and wonder why we are in there with them. Kinda freaking out I think we should go back on the other side of the fence where all the other people are, we are the only ones in the fence, this can't be right!! Finally when a wild pig gets back into his pen and another one is let loose and another one is coming off the scale and another one is being unloaded from a truck.... we believe we're in the wrong place. Okay so they weren't wild but they could have been!!
Next is the cow barn, oh my them is some big animals. They are really really cute but I'm glad I had my zoom lens on so I didn't have to get close. One girl was holding a baby goat and there's three of us that walk by and she decides to move over by me and let me pet the baby goat..... why pick me? The goats were also cute with their big ole ears.
We laughed at the bunnies, chickens and roosters names. Those 4H kids have quite the imagination. Like I said I love animals..... photographing them!! I'm guessing Snowball doesn't roam the muddy barnyard before fair week.
Thank you to all those people that love animals, they need you and so do I. Loving the white eyelashes, too bad baby snow wouldn't leave momma's side for me to get a better picture.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Here is how to get sharp clean lines with painters tape.
Patty this is what's on the other side of the hole in the wall you seen here. This is where I drank my juice ( I hate coffee) every morning and soak up the sunshine coming in the front door. I'm thinking I need to get up about 15 minutes earlier so I can still have my quiet time in the morning before heading out the door. Wish me luck!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I didn't win a freezer like my cousin Deb for her fabulous dessert entry, but I did win $42.
Here is my Best of Show Winner