We had a few trick or treaters tonight. Shawna came over with the boys just in time to rescue Shan from having to take El. Shan is not a Halloween person so this trick or treating stuff with a 6 and 1 year old is stressful stuff. Now she can hang out here with us and El gets to have a great time trick or treating with the boys and also gets to go to the Halloween party at the hall.
Mallory also came trick or treating, they are all so cute. I'll try to get pics up on the Hemmer Happening Blog before I leave for the week. I have to take a trip to Mexico for work, don't get excited it's not the fun relaxing Mexico. Where I'm going they don't serve Margaritas and Guacamole on the beach. Instead I get to scream when I see rats bigger than small dogs running through the alleyways..... ummm yeah not a fun time.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Shan did the same thing to me when she was little.... "mom cut my hair short" so I did "mom I want my hair to my shoulders" I did and it was adorable. "mom I want my hair cut to my ears" and I did once again.
I tried to see if I could still get El's hair in a ponytail and she quickly jerks her head away and doesn't even let me try. I guess 6.5 years of having your hair pulled everyday gets a little tiring. It will take me awhile to get used to this short hair but she can sure pull off the new hat style. We like to call her El and now I think the name fits, no more grandma's little girl.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"Fallen leaves lying on the grass in November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils."
Monday, October 26, 2009
Now since about August I have been having to wear cheaters to read small print and see other things that I used to be able to see without corrective lens. I would laugh at my sister Gayle for not being able to see things and having to wear her cheaters on top her head at all times.... no laughing anymore. I'm not quite that bad but I do wear them on my head at work and in the stores I may have to hold the box/bottle at arms distance to read the back directions (but I can still see it). When will this stop!!!
So I found at least one remedy for the eyesight going bad..... we bought a big TV.... I can see it now!! I can even read the guide without having to get up and stand directly in front of it. I'm not a TV person so it didn't really matter that we were watching a 19" screen from across the room (some computer screen that sit on your desk are 19") and sometimes I didn't even know what show was on unless I recognized the voice. Okay I'm kidding it really wasn't that bad but now with this huge monster in the house I get a tad seasick from all the motions happening and I certainly don't need glasses to see it. John and I like to point out things we never noticed before like the color is so much better, the focus is so clear, the background is noticeable, last night it looked like the bus on CSI's was coming right through the livingroom, the bing.com commercial has a big booming sound that echos through the house. We are probably way behind the times with getting a big TV and we probably would still be fine with the old one had we both not been getting OLD eyes!!
The first Hobbyist Photography Class is tomorrow night and I'm totally pumped with the response. I can't wait to share what I know and learn new things from everyone else. Besides the regular class subject (aperture), I will be teaching a photoshop trick, per request, the first trick will be adding a texture to your photo. Check out my latest texture.
Love this cow's pink eyes, he looks so sad.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lynn and Jody were so close while they were growing up it was fun to see their children together. I think when they grow up they will also play "classroom" or maybe "grocery store checkout" or just sit and write out receipts. ;)
These girls are not carrying the Hemmer gene at all, if they did there might be some resemblance. Mallory is a Emmerich and "K" is her daddy.
Even profiles are different.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I came home from work tonight to a finished downstairs.... No more insulation sticking out around the windows, now what can I use to get the upstairs trim finished???
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It's all in the details girls.... small pops of color will brighten your look and make your house a home.
I think she was meant to be here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
To accomplish this it takes creativity, practice and patience.
The crop of the photo immediately takes your eye to Mally's face (rule of thirds) and continues down Lynn's hair which appears super long (crop of the photo) and stops at the button detail on her jacket. All of which help you to view the entire photo.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I put the kids into a funky chunky frame, it's hard to get the size just right for these darn openings and you don't ever, ever, ever.... did I say ever... want to stretch the photo one way and not the other to make it fit.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thank you boys for all the interesting conversations and the unique ways to make you smile.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I bought these for a different reason but forgot to use them, I was so mad when I realized it. I decided to use them today and can't help but laugh at the results.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is SOOC, since there is no help for this photo but it will show you why those nasty words came from my mouth.
While in EC we ate at a Mexican restaurant that Lynn recommended, it was delish!! We took a trip to the mall.... the guys gave us 35 minutes as they drank 2 beers. We also piled into a photo machine for those funny photos in a strip, Paul says you can get 7 people in there but I'm not sure how. We had a blast despite my poor big lens being broken. Two weeks is gonna last forever. FYI - I do have 3 other lens but they just aren't the same. A good piece of "glass" (another name for a lens) makes all the difference.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
My friend "K" and her family were so much fun tonight, they made me laugh right along with them and even though they didn't know it, I felt the love between all of them. They sang "Chicken Fried" and "Kum-ba-ya" while I took their pictures, it was a live concert for just me, okay so maybe they were singing for each other but it felt like a concert for me.
"K" is a beautiful person on the outside and on the inside, she laughs with me, she listens when I need her, we can finish each others sentences, she cries with me, she is my life-saver and I can't imagine my days without her. Her and I have been through a horrible year of ups and downs but through all of it we have had each other. I am honored to take pictures of her family and can't wait to share them all with her, but until I have time to go through them here is a sneak peek.
"K" I love you! You have a wonderful family, I'll listen to a live concert anytime just let me know the time and place.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here is a photo I took of the same bush with the same barn at the same time last year.
Some of you may already be very familiar with this one since it's the photo for October on the calendar I gave away last year. Hard to believe the year is almost over, where does the time go.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here is the bad pic of me with wrinkly rough skin, a.k.a. - no Bare Minerals Baby!! (SOOC)
Here is the same pic with plastic surgery to smooth the rough skin into a youthful complextion... now how do I get that every morning in real life? No other processing besides a closer crop.... wow what a difference huh, especially the eyes even without eye-liner.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Mr Horse was standing right next to the road just begging for me to stop and take his photo, sick and all I stopped to snap a few. He was pleased, so glad I could make his day and mine.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
And a photo of their faces. I don't think they look alike at all but they both look like Shannon now how does that work? Elly has dark hair, darker skin and Garrett is white but they are both sooooo cute. Elly is turning into a beautiful little girl, no more baby/toddler left in her. She read 2 books to me while I was there, she loves her books, always has and now that she can read them she just starts to read anywhere anytime, just like her mommy did.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Here is Miss Mallory sporting her new winter hat
Miss Elly and Garrett are feeling much better today. El called me up tonight and said "Grandma I had a super duper headache but now it's gone, can I come over tomorrow"? Shan thinks they had reactions to the flu shots, they got this week, because both are better today.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I got this fern at the beginning of summer and it's a monster fern now. I didn't do anything special to it but it got huge, it must have liked the cooler weather we had. So now I brought this monster fern in the house to slowly watch it die instead of all at one time as soon as the frost hits the patio. Tonight I swept up a heaping dustpan full of leaves and it's still a monster... do you think I need to water it, I mean like watering every 2 weeks isn't enough? That's my problem I forget to water my plants (urrrr my one house plant that I had).
Even if the monster fern will be dead in less than 2 months it sure looks great with my Italian decor now, I think tomorrow I'm gonna paint the pot black... or maybe red... or maybe black with a red stripe. I'll have to pay attention to it like I did when it was outside cuz it's perfect in this space.
I posted the recipe of the cake I made last night on the other blog.... wow it was fantastic. Go check it out here and lick the beaters, it's fantastic.
Happy Birthday to Shannon today, she used to love it when her birthday was on Homecoming weekend. Today she was taking Elly and Garrett to the parade and I was going to meet her there. I called this morning early to wish her a happy birthday and she is home with 2 sick kids. Elly didn't go to school, slept all day and cries that she can't see Grandma. Garrett is just crabby. We had plans for birthday supper this weekend and now that plan has changed, let's hope they get better soon. Elly tries to tell Shan she feels fine and she's all better just so she can come over and then 10 minutes later she is sleeping or crying because her head hurts. Poor Shan, what a way to spend your birthday but that is what a mom does and Shan is a wonderful mom. Happy Birthday sweetie, we love you and I will make your birthday supper next weekend.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We picked apples on Monday night from a tree that reminded me of the tree we couldn't pick before a frost. I didn't need or want many apples but I couldn't stop now I have to do something with them. Besides take pictures!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Pictures are all cropped to a 2x7 size Horizontal and the vertical is a 2x10, and since I didn't have a border around the photos the canvas size is a 10x9 with a 2" black border. If you like collages and want to learn how, I could possibly be teach you during the photography hobbyist class.... see Monday's post to sign up now
Monday, October 5, 2009
First picture taken at 5:43 in Auto Mode with flash creates flash dots in Mallory's eyes. Cute picture of Mallory but not what I want, her eyes are not pulling me in.
Second picture taken at 5:44 in Manual Mode with no flash creates catchlights in Mallory's eyes, richer skin tones and a brighter pink blanket with more texture due to the natural light coming through the window instead of a bright light drowning out the shadows. My focus is too soft so I needed to do some more adjustments but Miss Mallory thought that was enough. These eyes even being soft pull me right into her.
I am by far no expert or professional and do not claim to be, I am just a hobbyist trying to learn and share my passion.... and show off a few pics of the grandchillens once in awhile.
Speaking of sharing I am in the final stages of planning a photography class for hobbyist to learn and share with each other. What I know so far is the class will be held on Tuesday nights at, I'm thinking 6:00 or 6:30. It will be in town "M" close to the hospital area and start Oct 20th or 27th. Co-taught by myself and my niece Shawna. 12 or 6 weeks??? Everyweek or everyother week???? Now I need anyone interested in joining us to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The class will start out with composition, flowing into your style, and learning the functions of your camera. There will be homework and I'd like to find a day to use models and practice what we learn. The class is not all about teaching and grading but more about sharing with each other and learning while having fun. Shawna and I are working on the
Send me an e-mail if your interested and also send me an e-mail if you would like to join us but the date, time, location doesn't work for you we'll pool the results and go from there. I'm excited about this and I think you will all have loads of fun and learn how to take better pictures while doing it.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
John climbed into his tree for the first time this bow hunting season at 4:00 yesterday and was finished with this nice 8 pointer by 4:20, shortest hunting season he has ever had.
He is big and he is wide and he's gray.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Then late afternoon a wide eyed, fast driving camouflaged hunter screeched up to the house to blurt out the news of "he's big, he's wide, he's mine..... he's big Connie, he's big". We ventured back out to the shack and had a few beers waiting for an hour to pass by. "he's big, he's wide, he's big Connie" Did he mention that once already? If you don't have a hunter in your family you have no idea how many times they can repeat a hunting story in one hour and how excited and nervous they are until they find that deer. While we waited these two little ones came to check out the excitement.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I secretly like fall, I like summer better but fall is probably my second favorite season. I like that Greys is on again on Thursday nights, I like the crisp mornings (as long as they warm up during the day), I like to walk in the woods without bugs, I like to wear boots, I like fall colors like brown and orange, eggplant purple and red, I like wearing jeans with layers of shirts, I like to snuggle with a blanket on the couch, and I love my pellet stove. Tonight maybe I loved my stove too much.... I get home from work and I was cold so I turned up the stove with a push of the button.... John comes home looks at the temp in the house and thinks I should be melting the paint off the walls. ahhhhhh fall.... it's here