Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saying Goodbye

A bitter sweet birthday this year.  My senior kitty SweetPea passed away today.  She had been showing her age and I had been preparing myself for the inevitable but I didn't think it would happen so fast. I'm very grateful that she didn't linger in pain and that we had the wonderful years together that we did.  I'm not sure who will keep the family cats in line now without SweetPea to give them what for. She is and will be missed.  I decided to share just some of the images we created over the years in memory of all the good years. Hug your pets today.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks

I decided that today is the perfect time to reflect on this year and some things that I'm thankful about.

Mom, always

Dad...who left us in February but what I'm grateful for was the extra time I got to spend with him.  If I hadn't made the decision to leave work when I did that wouldn't have happened.  Miss you Dad

My wonderful sister Cheryl who got to share her new home with the family this year.  Here she is with Mom on a road trip she, Mom and my brother Bruce took around the Southwest recently.  I was home cuddling the kitties. My wonderful nieces and nephews and extended family. Love you guys!


My fabulous friends Shannon and Mario who introduced me to my favorite place on the planet...Scotland.  My trips with them and as well as our other adventures are always a highlight to any year. Love you guys.

The above two images are from this year's adventure and bring to mind an online community that I'm a member of that enjoys and dives deep into the world Diana Gabaldon created with Outlander.  Here's a shout out to the online community at headed by Alastair Stephens and Lani Diane Rich of The Scot and the Sassenach podcast that help me keep the grey matter firing.

My dear friends that became so much more than just fellow Etsy shop holders.  I've been lucky enough to meet each of the ladies in person and in fact with our powerful magic we are even able to conjure rainbows out of thin air as witnessed here as Janet and I came off the mountain in Jerome AZ this year.  The power of friendships is amazing.

And finally, my near and dear local friends that are always supportive, always willing to go for a ride to see what we can see, talk shop about photography, offer their support online and "like" just one more image from Scotland and the new friends I've made along the way this year on my travels.

It has been a year with highs and lows and I'm so thankful that you all were there to share them with me.

Talk to you again soon,


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Scotland was amazing as always

 Hello my friend.  I've been back from Scotland for a few weeks now and been through all my images.  While trying to decide what to share I was spoiled for choice so I'm going to share a lot.  I'm sure there will be more than one blog post about the trip.  So how would I #hashtag the trip?  #heather it was in bloom and covering the hillsides in amazing shades of purple, lavender, pink and beauty. #whiskey Well of course I tasted some and enjoyed every drop. #romance How can you not be set dreaming in an atmosphere like this? #goodfriends I'm so lucky on the trips to be able to share them with such good friends and make more along the way. #breathtaking The beauty of Scotland never fails to leave me with my jaw dropped and eyes opened wide in wonder.  So, no more words just look at some of what I captured. Let me know if you want more particulars about a particular image. 

Till next time,