Saturday, April 12, 2014

photographs, memories, laughter ...

"look at this photograph ...
everytime I do it makes me laugh ...
everytime I do it makes me ..."
~nickleback~

Today is Sunday once again ... and Sunday would not be the same without Kathy's Song~ography linky party!  Each week Kathy has a "fun mash~up of photography and song" ... a visual song, if you will.
Today's song choice to "photograph" by Nickleback.

I had never heard this song choice ... never heard of the artist ... but I am so glad that this was the song of the week ... love it!  The minute I read the lyrics, I knew right away the perfect photo for this mash~up! 

This is MOI! 

This is my very first photograph ... just hours after I was born.  And every time I look at it ... i really do laugh.  
Am I sticking my tongue out at the world ... saying "bring it on, I am ready for anything" ... or perhaps I am starting to speak my mind about life so far ... or maybe i'm just hungry!  Not sure what was on my mind at the time ... but it sure does bring a smile to my face every time I see it! 

If you have a few moments ... be sure to click here to join in on Kathy's song~ography linky party ... and find more photographs!

Until next time ...
nancyjean


Friday, April 11, 2014

friday finds ... the 4.11 edition

"more than kisses, letters mingle souls"
~john donne~

I love Friday Finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?


I went to my favorite store in town this week ... Sentimental Gardens.  Her shoppe is overflowing with antiques that she brings back from her seeminly never ending travels in Europe.  It is always such a treat to browse thru ...always finding that perfect something that just HAS to come home with me!  

And sure enough i found that PERFECT SOMETHING ... old french letters dating back to the 1800's ... all tied up with a lovely silk ribbon.
I like to imagine they are lost letters written to one's true love... sigh ...
But one thing i do know ... they were written with a loving hand.  Each cursive letter flows so perfectly ... so beautifully ... and with such attention to detail.
  
Oh, how i wish that was the way we all would communicate again.  I just adore getting letters.  But unfortunately in this day and age ... i am afraid that it has almost become a lost art.  

When a handwritten letter does find its way to my postbox i just beam from excitement ... i always sit down with a cuppa tea and let the words soak in.  Then i carefully safely tuck it away to save and treasure.  




If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds! 
Kim Klassen dot Com
until next time ...
nancyjean

Sunday, April 6, 2014

happiness is ...


"clap along if you know what happiness is to you ..."
~parrell williams~

Today is Sunday once again ... and Sunday would not be the same without Kathy's Song~ography linky party!  Each week Kathy has a "fun mash~up of photography and song" ... a visual song, if you will.
Today's song choice is "happy" by a Parrell Williams.

You know those kinda days that you feel that you are just bursting with happiness ... when your whole being feels bright? 

I had one of those happy kinda days on Saturday.  

My daughter was asked a few weeks ago to be an ambassador for Illinois Special Olympics at a musical benefit ... to write a speech about her experiences with Special Olympics and what it means to her. 
  
When we arrived at the concert we were so surprised to see just how huge this event was ... so many people! 
She whispered to me that she was nervous.  I reassured her ... but truth be told i was just as nervous for her.  You see one of Michelle's disabilities is her speech ... and reading is not really her forte either.  
As her turn came ... i was on pin and needles ... why had i agreed that she would do this ... why had i put her in this situation?  I sat there just praying that she could complete her speech and not freak out over the number of people in the audience that were listening to her every word.

As i watched her up on that stage, my fears faded as i listened ...  she read with such confidence ... she was so at ease!  She did not miss one word ... she delivered her speech perfectly!  

And the applause ... all that clapping for my daughter ... brought those wonderful happy tears to my eyes.

If you have a few moments ... be sure to click here to join in on Kathy's song~ography linky party ... and find more happiness!

until next time ...
nancyjean



Friday, April 4, 2014

friday finds ... the 4.4 edition

what do two pregnant women 
and  two police officers have in common? ... 
Harrietta, the hen

My week started off normal ... just the usual humdrum kind of days.  But then it took the most unusual comical turn that lead me to my friday find ... Henrietta.

It was Wednesday morning when i got the phone call from my neighbor, Molly, who informed me that there was a brood of chickens and a rooster making hay in my backyard.  What?  You see we live in the very prim and proper town of Geneva ... where absolutely NO fowl are allowed ... i even am hesitant to put up a clothesline this summer in my large secluded backyard in fear of disapproval!  
So out i ran ... with camera in hand ... to check out the action.  Sure enough there were six hens and a rooster grazing on the remains of the bird food i had out this winter.  Now mind you ... these were no ordinary run of the mill hens ... these were definitely the martha stewart variety.  They were nice and plump with such gorgeous plumage and beautiful red crowns atop their regal heads.  

We stood outside admiring and photographing the birds trying to guess where in the world did they come from?  Their owner was not frantically chasing them trying to herd them back to safety ... we have coyotes that make themselves at home here in the woods.  So we watched and waited to see what these fowl would do next.  After several hours they made their way across our backyards and into the woods where there is a small yellow home that the rich landowner rents out to shall we say ... questionable tenants. 

Now i have absolutely no problem with these people owning these birds ... they are beautiful ... but they do need to keep them secure on their own property.  Maybe i could strike up a deal with them ... my silence for a dozen eggs!  

Just when i thought the excitement was over, i realized that one of the hens had not found her way back home.  She was lost and alone.  That night i went to bed just certain that she would hear the cock~a~doodle~doo of the rooster and join her tribe.

But in the morning ... there she was huddled under the cover of my pine tree still lost ... still alone.  As i sat in my room knitting, i kept a watchful eye over her while i tried to decide what i should do.  

All of a sudden my quiet was broken ... my dogs were frantically barking and racing around the room.  I looked up and saw two very pregnant woman ... my neighbors ... dressed in their Ralph Lauren coats and their stylish Hunter boots holding blankets and chasing the chicken around my yard.  Try as they might to throw the blanket over the poor frighten chicken ... Henrietta was much faster and running from bush to bush.  After awhile the two pregnant woman decided to give up their efforts to capture dear Henrietta and they retreated into the house. 

But I still needed to do something to help dear Henrietta.  So I called our city's finest ... the police.  Within minutes two squad cars were in front of my house ready to help.  They both took notes while I told them about my chicken dilemma.  After being questioned, they asked if they could see the chicken ... so out back we all went.  
They stood there staring at Henrietta ... and Henrietta stared right back at them.  Finally one of the officers decided that they could catch the chicken.  So now I had two police running around my backyard chasing the chicken!!!  Needless to say, Henrietta won and the officers gave up.  They gave me their card and told me to call them if I was able to catch the chicken.  And off they went ...

So here I was once again ... alone with Henrietta.  What else could I do for her?  As I sat and thought, a wind storm started up.  I guess poor Henrietta did not like it one bit ... she ran for my door pecking at the window ... trying desperately to escape the wind and rain.  Quickly I ran and got my dog crate and put it by the door ... within a second she ran right in and I closed the gate.  I had captured Henrietta ... she was now safe.

So I called the police back to tell them that I had caught Henrietta and wondered what I should do with her.  They said that they had been trying to find her owners but were unsuccessful ... so she was mine!

Mine?  Oh dear ... now what?
 I gave her water and food for the night and covered the crate with a warm blanket ... I went to bed wondering ...

The next morning I started making phone calls and by noontime I was lucky to find the perfect home for Henrietta ... a free range farm with a chicken~lovin farmer.  Now Henrietta will happily spend her days with a whole brood of chickens, peck for food and lay her beautiful blue green eggs in peace.

Boy, I sure hope next week is back to normal with my humdrum kind of days!

If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds!
 
Kim Klassen dot Com
 
 
until next time ...
nancyjean

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

photo~heart connection ... the march edition


"good~by may seem forever ...
farewell is like the end ...
but in my hear is the memory and there you will always be"
~walt disney company~

 It is the first of April ... time for Kat's photo~heart connection.  It is such a wonderful community where we can share our photography ... that special photo that tugs at our heart ... the one that really connects with our soul.  Doesn't that sound just wonderful?

Tonight i sat down and looked through all the photos i had taken in March.  This is the one that spoke to me above all the rest ... the one that spoke to my heart.

It was our last major snow of the season.  Winter left us with one more magical beautiful day.  It was the type of March snow that was wet and heavy ... the kind that clung to the trees and sparkled when the sun shone. 

A true winter wonderland ... 

It was if winter knew it was saying its last good~bye ...

If you have a moment, be sure to click here which will lead you to more photo~heart connections at KatEyeStudio.

until next time ...
nancyjean

Saturday, March 29, 2014

turn, turn, turn ...




"to everything .... turn, turn, turn
there is a season ... turn, turn, turn" 

And the season is finally SPRING!


If you have a few moments ... be sure to click here to join in on Kathy's song~ography linky party ... and see how others have connected with this song.

until next time ...
nancyjean

Friday, March 28, 2014

friday finds ... the 3.28 edition


"a mother is a daughter's best friend ..."
~unknown~

I love Friday Finds with Kim Klassen ... "it is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures" ... doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?

I found my friday find this week in a very round about way.  You see ... i went clothes shopping with my daughter ... and if you know me at all, then you know how much i hate to shop.  
I knew i was in trouble when i pulled into the lot and quickly realized that i needed to drive around and around looking for a place to park.  I checked my calendar ... but no it was not Christmas time.  So why was the mall so crowded?  Do this many people shop year around?

I so wanted to just turn around and head for home ... but you see i had promised my daughter new clothes.  She has worked hard and shed twenty pounds and is in desperate need. 

So i put on my brave face and off we went to search for THE perfect outfits.  

We made a bee~line to our favorite store ... antropologie.
 She loves the clothes ... i love everything else!
So while she was trying on outfit after outfit ... i was browsing thru the kitchen section.

I spotted the perfect bowl that i knew i deserved after a day of shopping ... the color ... the shape ... the lines ... everything about it was beautiful ... even the price!  

So i guess our shopping day was successful after all ... she got new clothes that look adorable on her new cute figure ... i got my bowl ... and we both shared a "best friend" kind of day!


If you have a few moments, be sure to click on Kim's adorable button that will lead you to more delightful friday finds! 
Kim Klassen dot Com

until next time ...
nancyjean