Saturday, March 27, 2010

75-80/365 Three Twenty Seven Twenty Ten: For Cat

On my facebook page, my fabulous niece the inimitable Cat, clothing designer extraordinaire and all-around cool person, said, "You're always doin' something!" These first 6 photos are for her. They are the before and after of my front garden, which was ignored for over a year while I was busy avoiding a melt-down. Avoiding a melt-down took all my energy. Anyway, in response to Cat saying that I am always doing something, I said...ok, so this weekend I'm going to paint a room and plant my front garden! 1/2 done.





The top two are BEFORE.









The middle two are one hour into the project















Done! Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

73-74/365 Three Twenty Five Twenty Ten: Tree

Here is my tree, photographed again Monday the 22nd and today, the 25th. You can see that today there are petals on the ground. When I awoke at 5:05 this morning, we were in the midst of an enormous thunder and lightning storm. It was windy. I started worrying immediately that my tree would lose its petals prematurely. That is what drove me to stick my camera out the car window on the way to work, despite the rain.


March 22


March 25

Sunday, March 21, 2010

61-72/365 Three Twenty One Twenty Ten: Catchup!


The cool used book store in my favorite part of my little area has a great window display right now-all the book covers are blue. I have window displays of clusters before-biography, mystery, politics, etc., but I have never seen one that was strictly visual. I love this window! At first I didn't like the reflection being so prominent, but I grew to like this photo.



...and this one. Sort of. But not as much as the other one.



Anyone who has followed this blog or its mother-blog in the Five! Years! since I started blogging will know that I love coffee. I love coffee shops, coffee cups, and all things coffee. Imagine my delight when a new breakfast and lunch place opened and I got to go with my beloved to meet a dear friend for COFFEE yesterday morning! FUN! The coffee was DELICIOUS. I had cappucino. YUM. At any rate, this photo and the next few below were taken inside the new shop. We'll be back. It was very bright and airy. Loved it!


Coming soon, across the street, is a restaurant serving "Low Country" Food. I have not yet experienced the pleasure, but I am sure I will love it! I pretty much love food. It runs in the family.



Guess you can tell what the place is called, anyway!


In the restaurant where we had our morning warm beverage, they are creating a shop. It has a superb looking cheese case, wonderful homemade breads, specialty oils...you get the picture. This part of town is known for its restaurants and independent shops. We have had a shortage of moderately priced eateries down there, but that is changing. Face it-nobody has money to burn.



Exit here.





I photograph this tree nearly every year. This year I am going to try to photograph it often to record the progression. This picture was taken on Wednesday, March 17th


This picture was taken on Saturday, March 20th. The bare tree to its left is a gorgeous white dogwood when it is in bloom. You will see then the tulip magnolia a deep, dark green. The contrast is striking.




I discovered this wasp nest under my porch ceiling the other day. How does one get rid of this?





This unholy mess is one of the pieces of desk in my cube at work. At a point, I had an office. Then we moved. Everyone from managers on down went into cubes. Recently, my new boss suggested an office again. I actually like being out with the other people. The offices are too isolating for me. The ony good thing is I would have bookshelves for all my crap. Look at all the pictures! It is obligatory for my coworkers to bring me photos of their children, plus I have my own family all over the joint.










Bari is a favorite place of the Attorney and me. They have a wonderful bar with a terrific bartender, and although we don't drink much or often, he remembers us every time. Since her MS diagnosis, we drink even less. We both miss our Friday evening Cosmopolitans with Brad.












Wednesday, March 3, 2010

60/365 Three Three Twenty Ten: Tripod Needed

We were on the trolley downtown. I should have gotten off and steadied myself. I could have brought my tripod along. I did neither of these things, instead I just wagged that camera out the open trolley window and clicked. As you can see, our bridge over the Mississippi to Arkansas is shaped like an "M". And it's not for "Mississippi." I tell the kids it's for "Mom." They don't believe me.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

58-59/365 Three Two Twenty Ten: No Dander

When people come to visit us, we like to do something a little special for them: chocolates on the pillows, photos of us with them on the dresser, special books we know they'd like on the bedside table...you get the picture. For The Attorney's 50th birthday in September, I learned a lot of new fun things and made our bedroom special every evening. I taught myself to make these animals made of folded towels-something I had seen on cruise ships and really liked. I have now incorporated these dander-free pets into my guest room repertoire. So if you come to visit, don't be surprised to find a red-tongued puppy or a blue elephant on your bed. So come on!