Thursday, January 31, 2008

365 Plus One January Retrospective

I didn't know if I could really commit to a photo a day. In fact, I've taken way more than one photo each day-I've taken over 400 this month. You'd think at that rate, I could get 31 winners, wouldn't you? My favorites this month have been Darling, Early Morning Moon, The Inconvenient Store, and Misty Memphis Morn.

It's been a great month. Thanks for playing along!


31/365:1-Wind, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

It was so windy out this morning. I tried to capture the motion of the branches with the wind from the east and the bright morning sun. Minutes after this, the sky turned dark gray and we got rain and sleet.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

30/365+1:Cat Series-Fresh Kitty

Younger Daughter volunteers at a cat shelter, holding kittens to give them some warmth, and brushing and playing with older cats. We like to go by in the morning before it's open and look through the window at the cats du jour. This kitty kept sticking his tongue out at us. I can't get Flickr to work this morning, so I uploaded this through Picasa, and it seems to have lost some quality. Through the window is never the best way to photograph, but I swear on Flickr it looks great. Ah, well...
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Monday, January 28, 2008

28/365+1:Painted Wall Series, Elvis Series-Corner Stores

This falls under both Painted Wall and Elvis-it is on a building on a corner, and the various business listed were all within 1 block of this building when it was painted. Sadly, Hound Cake, the dog biscuit bakery, didn't make it. It was Younger Daughter's favorite store. I pass by this every day going to and from work.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

27/365+1:Misty Memphis Morn

27/365+1:Misty Memphis Morn, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

When I was leaving for my coffee run this morning, I threw my camera over my shoulder, as always. The moisture in the air hit me as I opened the door, and the pervading mist was stunning. I knew I had to drive through the closest park-the largest virgin forest in any city in the U.S.-to see how the mist and the trees interacted.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

26/365+1:Painted Wall Series-The Inconvenient Store

I try to do something alone with each of my daughters when I can. This morning, Younger Daughter and I slipped out of the house at 7:15 to head to the coffee shop where I am a frequent visitor. She got her vanilla steamer, I got my coffee, and we set off on a photography expedition through the streets of our city. This painted wall is on the side of the store we call the "Inconvenient Store" just down the street from our house, so named because they never have anything we need in a pinch.

Friday, January 25, 2008

25/365+1:Painted Wall Series-Tire Wall Friday

25/365+1:TIre Wall Friday, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This is the wall of the M1chelin Tire Store right behind the "cineplex" where Older Daughter works. I loved wheeling around in the parking lot in the morning to point the camera out the window. I honestly don't know if this is graffitti, because it's on the back of the store. The front is totally plain. I'd say they need to fix the blue paint on the top, at any rate.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

24/365+1:Early Morning Moon

24/365+1:Early Morning Moon, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Today my father would have been 92. He died almost 13 years ago. He was not without his issues and challenges, but I loved him dearly. He called me his "co-pilot" because I went everywhere with him, and if my tagging along bothered him, he didn't express it. He was a distant man, but I was undeterred by his demeanor. I was a self-made "Daddy's girl."
When I was small and we lived outside Chicago, on occasion he would drive into the city on a Saturday to go to work. I always wanted to go, and he usually brought me. In the winter, I would put on my big puffy coat and my 50's plastic mittens with the fleece lining, and prop up in the car. I don't remember if we spoke, I only remember the early morning moon shining in the dark sky as we made our way from the sleepy suburbs to the busy city streets.
Happy birthday, Dad. I still miss you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

23/365+1: Shoes-Guess Whose?

My three daughters are 1. Gigi: Age 19-College Freshman, Jock, Softball Player 2. Older Daughter: Age 19-College Sophomore, Athletic but not a jock, Girly-Girl 3. Younger Daughter: Age 15-High School Sophomore, Wild Child, Unique, Cannot be categorized easily. Whose shoes are these? The types of shoes as well as the placement can give you hints.

Notice that this child has chosen a book shelf to store her shoes. Or a shoe shelf to store her books. This might indicate a rather scattered human being.

23/365+1: Shoes-Guess Who?, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

22/365+1:Elvis Series, Painted Wall Series-Elvis in the Park

OK, well, because I live where I do, it was unavoidable: An Elvis Series. Plus this goes in the painted wall series. This is painted on a wall in one of our parks.

Monday, January 21, 2008

21/365+1:Painted Building Series-Japanese Restaurant

There are some great paintings on the sides of buildings here. This one is on the Japanese restaurant closest to my house. The brown roof and the early, cold morning light gave this shot some richness, I thought. I'll be posting buildings now and then as I drive around and snap them.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

20/365+1:Gigi-Red Sox Fan

Red Sox Gigi, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Each of the girls was to choose one gift for Christmas this year. Gigi chose a Red Sox Dugout Jacket. She has already worn it enough for us to have gotten our money's worth. Plus she looks so damned cute in it!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

19/365+1:Dog Series-Black Dog Looks Red

19/365+1:Black Dog Looks Red, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This is Black Dog. Black Dog belongs to Younger Daughter. Black Dog only looks really happy when she is in Younger Daughter's lap. To get this photo I got down on the floor and put the camera right in front of Black Dog's face. Her tail was thumping, but otherwise, she's looking totally pathetic. Her coat looks so red in the overhead light.

Friday, January 18, 2008

18/365+1:Dog Series-Red Dog

18/365+1:Dog Series-Red Dog, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

We have three dogs. One, believe it or not, is afraid of cameras. As soon as a camera comes out, she leaves the room. I want to photograph the other two, though, as this one has a great face and the other one has a great coat. So you will see Red Dog and Black Dog.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

17/365+1:At Your Service

17/365+1:At Your Service, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

When we looked at our house before buying it, I was fascinated by the staircase situation. This staircase and the one I posted the other day arrive at the same landing-you can see the windows with the blinds. The other staircase, with the beautiful bannister, comes up from the front room in the house. This narrower staircase with the plain pole railing on the wall comes up from a small hallway outside the kitchen. Apparently it was the "service" staircase when the house was built and in its glory in the early 1900s.
I wish I could post the interior of my house, empty, so you could see its wonderful old bones. It's big, but not at all ostentatious-just a nice old house with an almost magical feel to it. Have I said how lucky I am?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

16/365+1:Wash Me!

16/365+1:Wash Me!, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I love my denim jacket. It's as much of a winter coat as I own. It's quite big, so I can put a turtleneck and a sweater under it if I need to.
I pulled my scarf through the sleeve last night as I always do, and threw the jacket on the couch-I like the way the scarf fell. Blog fodder at 6 a.m.: I love it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

15/365+1:How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck?

How Much Wood, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

When we used to get wood from a "wood guy", he would deliver it and stack it neatly on the porch or the back deck. This wood, all helter skelter, was placed there lovingly as a gift from someone. It's quite green, it won't burn, and it's a mess on our porch, but the generosity and kindness it represents makes me love it nonetheless. I figure by next winter, it might burn.

Monday, January 14, 2008

14/365+1:All About the Music

14/365+1:All About the Music, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I don't have to tell you where I took this. The banner is actually white in the background, but I fussed with it a little because it was too stark-although in the airport, hanging in a busy area, the white works just fine. But now I look at them side-by-side and I think I like the white. What do you think? I love this logo, and I'm hoping that the threat of airlines merging does not bring our wonderful airport to its knees. We are a hub for one carrier that is talking about merging with another. This is the busiest cargo airport in the world, even busier than Hong Kong, because the premier overnight delivery company that rhymes with "Schmed Lex" has its hub here. It would be a shame to lose our status as a commercial airport. We'll see...
Y'all should come visit before you can't get a nonstop flight in or out of here.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

13/365+1:The Morning After

Dawn Stairs, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

At 6 a.m., while the whole house slept, I crept back downstairs to grab the paper and turn on the heat. Although I'm not happy with the amount of light that I had to let in through the window in this shot, I think it gives a nice contrast-a cold(ish) winter morning after a nighttime warmth. I love my tripod!

Just as an aside, these walls are neither the band-aid color they appear below, nor the pepto-bismol color they appear here. They're soft peach. Maybe if I ever used the flash on my camera, you'd see that.

12/365+1:Off To Bed

Off To Bed, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

The dishes are done, the guests are gone, the dogs are curled up and I'm off to bed. It was a great party!

Friday, January 11, 2008

11/365+1:Profession Mugs

11/365+1:Profession Mugs, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I had the distinct pleasure today of driving to Hurricane Mills, TN to claim my Older Daughter from the arms of some good friends. She had a great visit, and although she was a little late at our meeting point, it gave me the opportunity to visit Loretta Lynn's Excellent Southern Diner and Gift Shop.
Apparently, Loretta thinks there is no unemployment in this country. There is a "profession mug" for everyone.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

10/365+1=56. Yepper, 56!

This is definitely a cheater. I worked on it for a few days. If you click through the mosaic, you can see the whole series on Flickr. It's kind of fun. I'm 56, and I feel 36. It's a great day to be me!

What Day Is It?, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

9/365+1: In the Glow of the Upcoming Storm

I love the dark gray skies when a storm is approaching. Here is the eastern sun hitting a tree in my front yard, with the storm blowing in from the west. Looking at this photo, you'd never know I live on a busy city street. Just bend your head back far enough, and the power lines and street lights disappear.

Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Older Daughter likes this photo because the trees look lacey, so you get a freebie today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

8/365+1: TGI The Kitchen

TGI The Kitchen, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

Since I'm going to be incarcerated in an all-day meeting, I took this photo last thing last night. Is that cheating?

When you have to have dinner with people from work, you need to find something interesting in the restaurant, no offense. I like that this sign had one bulb out.

Monday, January 7, 2008

7/365+1: STOP!

7/365+1: STOP!, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

This is the sign outside the local art store. It's cloudy out today, which makes the colors so much brighter.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


Dreaming, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I love playing with the 200 zoom, and with a little soft focus. I was quite far away from my Oldest Daughter, caught here sleeping on the couch after an all-night party at our house. These kids can't hang! To see her with her jacket on, you'd never know she's in front of a fire.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

5/365+1: Darling

Darling, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

One of the best things about my daughter, Gigi, is that she loves to have piles of girls over. This is one of my favorite "other daughters." I call her "Darling".

Friday, January 4, 2008

Commenting Changed

I've changed commenting at the suggestion of my fabulous sister, Grandma Blue. Anyone can comment now. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone may have, including constructive criticism. Please just be nice.

4/365+1:Faded Glory

Faded Glory, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I went back to the airport this morning. Here's something a little different.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

3/365+1:Airport Shoeshine

3/365+1:Airport Shoeshine, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I've decided that since I work so close to the airport, I'm going to try to take some trips over there at lunch to get some photos. I liked the old-timey look of this.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2/365+1:Head of the Table

Head of the Table, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

My only paternal uncle gave me this chair, by way of a generous sibling of mine. It suited him really much better than it suits me-he was gentlemanly and gracious. My house is filled with the memories of my relatives, long since gone. I love this chair as it reminds me of my uncle Doug, every day.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

1/365+1:Can You Find Me?

Can You Find Me, originally uploaded by Yankee T.

I debated and debated whether to put the 18-55 mm. lens on, or the 55-200 zoom. I went for the 18-55, and was sorry, of course, when Mr. Cardinal was above my head and I couldn't get close. I hope by December my photos are better than this. It's a start