It was so hot here yesterday. Thank goodness for the pool!
"humans are the only species to keep searching for milk after they've been weaned...we're also the only species with cookies."
— Karen Casey
A couple months ago by husband and I went on a garden tour and one of the homes had a beautiful garden and tucked in the corner of the yard, had two hives of bees. I have a riduculous fear of flying bugs but, for some reason, the bees intrigued me and I told my husband we should look into getting some. He loves to garden and was smitten with idea and threw himself into investigating bees. So we are now the proud owners of a hive of honey bees.
These guys came from a nice man in a neighboring town who had some to give away. They are, my report, Italian, and very docile. They weren't bothered at all when we lifted the lid to snap a few pics. They should start producing honey by next spring.
I was tagged (on Flickr) by the wildly talented Sarah of Image Bearers. www.flickr.com/photos/theanimatorswife/ so I thought I'd post my responses here too.
Five names you go by:
murpheyblue (just as an online name – I’m stretching here)
Three things you are wearing right now (well, yesterday when I originally post this):
Long, camel colored sweater coat. It's summer in San Francisco and it's freezing.
Four things you want very badly at this moment:
someone to do my laundry
my house to be decluttered. I swear the junk multiplies when I'm not looking.
Three people who will answer this.
Two things you did last night:
Ate Spaghetti Carbonora. So bad for you but soooo good (and easy too). Caught up on Top Chef DC.
Last two people you talked to on the phone:
I’m not a phone talker at all. My most recent calls today have been work calls. As far as personal calls, my oldest daughter called this monring. She's at her grandmother's for a few days which she usually just loves but she had a rough night and she was sad this morning saying she missed us. :( We'll have to plan something fun for the weekend.
Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
Hmm, not sure. Something fun with the family. I've got to go to Target for a new lunch box for the middle kid. While there I will fill my cart with 101 things that I didn't intend to buy when I walked in. Target has that effect on me.
Three favorite drinks:
Probably a good glass of wine or a nice cold beer but that doesn't sound good so I'll say Arnold Palmers
I love cereal and milk. I could eat it all the time. My pantry looks like Jerry Seinfeld's.
Would love to hear about everyone else. Play along if you want!
I feel like this picture requires an explanation. The girls got a new package of sidewalk chalk from a birthday party. My son was so excited about it and he kept trying to pick up all the little bundles at once but his little arms weren't long enough to hold all his priczs so he would inevitably drop one, bend down to pick it up and drop another. He was persistent though and occasionally triumphed and got all three in his arms.
In other news, I've decided to start watermarking my images which feels, well, weird. But then there are lots of weirdos out there and it's one small (perhaps needless, perhaps futile) step to protect my images (not from here so much as Flickr). At least it gives someone a fighting chance of telling me if they see an image that was taken, kwim? Still feels weird though.
We had friends of our over for dinner last night and this was dessert. We're past the rainy season here in Cali so I recreated dessert to capture drizzle.
1. an accessory, article, or detail used to beautify the appearance of something to which it is added or of which it is a part: architectural ornaments.
Father, flare, fly. My kids always love a little air time with dad.
My original thought for this word was movement and I took my daughter to the park to capture her doing a cartwheel. Alas, she hasn't quite mastered the skill and let's just say fluid wasn't the word that came to mind from the resulting shots. So a bubble and some bokeh it is.
As a mother of three, I find myself sometimes almost imploring them to grow. It's always at my most frustrated, harried moments when I think I wish you were bigger so you could get your own water, put on your own shoes, wipe you own nose.
But in the calmer moments, I know that they are growing all too fast. That the baby who sweetly implores ma-ma over and over again will someday think I am hopelessly uncool (and will probably be right), that the little girl who so proudly finished first grade will be off to middle school and all that it brings before I know it, and the sweet preschooler will outgrow her constant desire to dress up as her favorite princess.
I spent my day considering lots of heavy metal items - a fire hydrant, rod iron fence, tools. And then there was the chunky jeweled bracelet that I tried to get a shot of but I wanted it on and couldn't quite get the shot I wanted on myself. So I decided these rings of the calendar would do.
Layer by layer art strips life bare. - Robert Musil
I have this bush in my yard and it is bursting with flowers. When the petals appear as buds they are tightly wound in a cone shape - layer upon layer - and then they slowly unravel to a big flat blossom.
we grow old because we stop playing."
— George Bernard Shaw
The theme at I Heart Faces this week is play and nothing quite says play to me like a school playground. Whether alone or with friends, there is fun to be had. I took this picture of my daughter soon after she had mastered the monkey bars. She couldn't be more proud of herself!
Check out all the fabulous entries at www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com.
Creativity Boot Camp - Day Two. OK, not too creative but it's all I've got today.
It's been a when-it-rains-it pours-week here. One of the dogs broke a bone in his face roughhousing, so $810, 2 bottles of pain meds, and antibiotics later we're supposed to keep the dogs from roughhousing for a while. Somehow a lecture on taking it easy for a few days doesn't seem to be doing the trick.
The baby and I have been sick. Turns out he has mild pneumonia and I have some lovely constellation of symptoms including an ear infection. We've joined the dog on antibiotics and hopefully we're all on the road to recovery.
I am so excited to be taking part in Creativity Boot Camp! I definitely need the challenge and the change of pace.
I'm behind in my 365 uploads. I think I'm just going to back fill over the next few days rather than dump them all now.
The theme for the week for Parallel Vision is shine. It immediately made me think of the Collective Soul song of the same name which probably dates me. I was feeling 'shine' as an internal light rather than an external one. I must be in an introspective mood.