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Ok, so based on my last post, I may not be a fan of a bunch of photographs of flowers, but food, I can do.

This is a close up of the large batch we picked last week.  I didn’t make jam like I usually do because of time and energy needed (and the open house) but we ate a good portion of these as well as froze the rest to make smoothies. I think that will be a summer staple and I am afraid they won’t last through the summer.  Oh well, next up is blueberry picking next week.

This was a past dish I threw together with the vegetables I received in our organic box.  I really like seeing what I can come up with that comes in the box.  We are on break for the summer but will be getting it again in the fall. I have a small garden planted and will get lots of tomatoes. If I get enough I will can some.

I think I realized something about myself, in regards to photos of flowers verses photos of food. I love flowers, wish I had some more around my yard, but I don’t really like to garden, and I don’t much care for bugs or dirt.  However, I love food. I love to eat food and make food.  Photos of food inspire me. I always wish a cook book has a photo to accompany the recipe.  Funny huh?

Oh, and if you are interested in how I made this I will tell you as best as I can remember. I cooked the penne, because that is the kind of pasta I had on hand.  I boiled the green vegetables very slightly and then threw them into a pan with hot oil and sauted the rest of the way. I used small red and yellow peppers and toasted them in the toaster oven and chopped them up and threw them in the pan.  I added salt and black pepper, probably some garlic powder and basil.  Finally I tossed it together with grated Parmesan cheese.  Yummy!



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Photography impaired

Some of my favorite blogs to read are ones that provide lots of photos.  It is so fun to see what people are writing about.  Unfortunately taking photos is a very weak area for me. I don’t carry my camera around with me.  I get somewhere and slap my forehead because I didn’t have the camera to document the experience.  But having my camera doesn’t necessarily solve my problem. You see, I can have my camera and still not think of taking photos.  I don’t really know why except maybe because growing up my Stepdad always took the photos in the family.  Maybe in the back of my mind I have some idea that it should be hubby’s responsibility to take the photos.  Maybe it’s because there is some deep rooted resentment that I am never in the photos and there is hardly a photo of me in thirteen years of marriage and 11 years of motherhood.

Then there is the problem of what to do with those photos once I take them.  I don’t seem to print them out. I don’t put them in albums to look through. I don’t scrapbook and really have no desire to start.  I also have this weird conversation to myself of, do I really want to photograph this?  Is this something I would enjoy having a copy of once I’ve taken the photo?  How many photos of flowers does one need (unless one is making something of a photo, which is frankly the only reason I could take photos of flowers).  I prefer photos that tell a story, but I am not very clever about taking them.

I don’t seem to have that creative eye when it comes to taking a picture and I certainly haven’t figured out how to use all the functions of my camera.  I can only manage to take a photo and turn the flash on and off. I have no idea what all the other buttons and settings do. By the way, I had to have a friend show me how to turn the flash off. I was at the Huntington Library in LA and saw these beautiful Gutenberg Bibles. I desperately wanted to take photos of them, but couldn’t figure out how to turn the flash off, a requirement by the Museum.  I was so disappointed by my lameness when I realized how simple it was to turn the flash off.

Despite taking a photography class in High School, I seem to not have retained anything from that class. (Never mind that it was 26 years ago).

I think one more thing that prohibits me posting photos is that it is such a pain to get them uploaded.  First I have to take them off my camera. Then once they are on my computer I upload them to my flickr account. Then with each one I choose the size and them copy and paste the code into my text box on my blog post page.  Is this how you all do it too?  Is there a shorter way?  It takes time to go through all this and most of the time I don’t want to bother.

All this to say that I am going to make a better effort to take more photos and to post them on my blogs.  I really desire to take better photos.   I’m just not sure how to go about it.  I guess the first step is to keep my camera on my person at all times.  Will practice make perfect?


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Sometime in the middle of last night we lost power. It was back up this morning when I got up. We have a backup battery for our computer (not my MacBook) and when we loose power the backup battery makes either a humming sound or loud beeping. Hubby turned the power to it off so we wouldn’t hear the noise. This morning I jump on my MacBook to do my daily checking email and browsing bloglines. I then realized that our internet is hooked up through the battery. I go to turn it on, and loud screaming noise comes out of it. I turn it off, then back on again, then POP and a flash of light. Something inside the other computer blew up. I unplugged it all and rerouted my internet. Must. Have. Internet. Now, I am pretty sure the main computer is a goner. I don’t think flashes of light/fire can result in anything but bad news. I hope, I hope, I hope I have burned all our photos onto a CD. I think I have but I am not sure. Not only that, I am not sure where it is, because there is a good chance it doesn’t even have a label on it. I am really bad with photos and I don’t print them. Some of these photos are from when my last child was 6 months old. That was 6 years ago and I have yet to finish her one year baby album.

Chickadee, who knew this lesson would be learned so quickly.


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Sensoring my life

If you know me today, whether in real life or through my writings over the last 2 1/2 years on my blog, you will know that I love my God and my family. You’ll know that we attend church regularly and that I try to live my life in a way that pleases Jesus. If you knew me 15-20 years ago you would know that who I was then is NOT who I am today. I am pleased to say that I have grown up and that I continue to grow as the Lord changes me from the inside out. Sometimes the growth is slow and sometimes, faster than I would like (through trials), but growth nevertheless is something that I plan on doing until the day He calls me home.

Today’s packing area is a large cupboard in the hallway where I keep all our photos. I have several photo albums that span my childhood years, through high school, college, travels in NYC and Europe, to my days as a wife, and mother of three. I couldn’t help scanning some of the early albums and seeing who I was and what I did when I was much younger. To say that I was pleased with what I saw is an understatement. Embarrassed would be more like it. I had photos of people that I had no clue what their names were. I had photos of me looking like a fool. These images where not those that I wanted my children to see. In fact, I really didn’t want hubby to see. I know I am a sinner, but to see hard copies of my sin, is not something I care to share with my family. I don’t want to lie about who I was, and if my kids ask me I will tell them the truth. But as far as the photos go, they are in the trash!


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Photo Time


KIDS ROCK—Children’s Choir

Gingerbread Village Party

The mess

Crocheting Old Ladies

Cookie decorating party (all our friends have blond kids!)

Homemade Manger

This is the watch I made for Amber.

I just got word——–WE GOT THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Praise the Lord!


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Photo time

Max, a hair cut gone bad. This is NOT a poodle.

Princess, Pixie, and Peanut in our backyard

Jamestown replica- free download at homeschoolinthewoods

Reading time with my Kinesthetic Peanut

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