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119/365 . . . Life isn't finding shelter in the storm. It's aboutlearning to dance in the rain

118/365 . . . catching up

118/365 . . . catching up, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

117/365 . . . growing herbs

117/365 . . . growing herbs, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

"The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. "
— Michael Pollan

I wish we had lots of space for a great garden in our yard. We get by some tomatoes and other goodies in a strip on the side of the house and herbs in the window box outside the kitchen. Love fresh herbs!

I heart faces - smiles

The theme for the week at i heart faces is smiles. You just got to love that! It was so hard to pick just one shot but in the end I decided on this one. I love her connection to the camera, the light in her eyes and that genuine smile.

Check out the other entries at www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com.

life is sweet

life is sweet, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet.
-Emily Dickinson

116/365 . . . birdhouse

116/365 . . . birdhouse, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
— J.M. Barrie

Bench Monday . . . {boy on the bench edition}

I saw this bench at the park and was drawn to the leading lines. I originally envisioned a profile shot with little feet dangling over the edge but my model - being one - was not cooperative preferring instead to smile for the camera. Being his mom, I'm smitten with that smile so the whole of him stayed in this shot.

115/365 . . . on the down low

This is shot for a group on Flickr called Worm's Eye View Sunday. It's a such a fun idea and a great excuse to get down on the ground and see things from a different perspective.

114/365 . . . carnation pink

114/365 . . . carnation pink, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

Carnation pink for the sixty four colors group on Flickr.

Processed with Paint the Moon actions and Florabella textures

113/365 . . . charming

113/365 . . . charming, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

I saw this darling scooter parked on a side street so I went to check it out. Initially, I thought it might work for carnation pink for sixty four colors but it's too light. Regardless, it was way too cute to leave unphotographed. It's the most delightful shade of cotton candy pink. And how much do I love the coordinating helmet?

112/365 . . . belated Earth Day

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
— John Lubbock

111/365 . . . take me out to the ballgame

I live in California now but I am a displaced New Yorker. I miss good bagels, a decent slice of pizza and the Yankees. My husband was kind enough to arrange for a babysitter so we could go to the game the other night when they came to town.

110/365 . . . blue skies

110/365 . . . blue skies, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

When I left the house yesterday I thought it was supposed to be a rainy day but it stayed clear. When I left the office the sky was so gloriously blue I just had to use it in my shot for the day.

109/365 . . . "Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you're a bit larger than you used to be"

The book is 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home (by David Bordon and Tom Winters). Lots of fun simple things like flying a kite and having a lemonade stand. I like the message on this page.

108/365 . . . ladybugs

108/365 . . . ladybugs, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

My husband bought ladybugs for the garden (to eat the bad bugs). The kids had such a good time letting them out of the bucket.


107/365, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.


106/365, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

I think my son is destined to a life of hand me down girly things. He is currently obsessed with his sister's princess scooter.


105/365, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

Just a snap of my oldest. A reluctant subject but she put on a smile for me


104/365, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

So terribly behind on my uploads (again).

103/365 . . . crayons

103/365 . . . crayons, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please."
— Hugh MacLeod


102/365, originally uploaded by murpheyblue.

"Those who shun the whimsy of things will experience rigor mortis before death."
— Tom Robbins

I found this delightful door in San Francisco's North Beach. I love the layers of pink and red, the drips, the cracks, the crooked door frame and all it's charming imperfections.

96/101 . . . catching up from spring break

My girls (and dogs) have been out of town at my MIL's for spring break. It's been so quiet! They're back now and so is the noise. It hasn't been the most inspired week for me with limited subjects.

101/365 . . . window light

I should have done something clever for day 100. I'll have to aim for the next milestone!


My husband and I were walking around in our old neughborhood and there was this beautiful driveway covered in wisteria. The smell was intoxicating.
98/365 . . . wisteria

The color yellow grean for the sixty-four colors group on Flickr
97/365 . . . yellow green


95/365 . . . boys will be boys

Decision, decisions . . . which of these rocks should I put in my mouth?

95/365 . . . boys

94/365 . . . Easter

Easter was unseasonably cold and rainy here. Those visions of the girls in pretty dresses hunting for eggs on the Church lawn will just have to wait until next year. Here's my motley crew in their Easter finery.

94/365 . . . Easter


I missed day 92. All day meeting from 8:00 through dinner afterwards. Ah well, such is life.

93/365 . . . face paint

90/91 . . . rain or shine

Easter weekend got me a little behind. A little contrast for these two days. After taking this rainy, traffic bokeh shot I needed some glorious sun the next day to balance it out!



The Pioneer Woman

Oh, how I love her! She celebrates all the things I love - good food, family, photography. It was quite the thrill to see my picture on her site today in a group of 'green' themed photos!


40/365 . . . Things I love {opportunity}
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