Sunday, December 30, 2012

12 BEST OF 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, and my blog reaches 40 day old, I need to give credit to for making this work to a couple of people-

First I need to give credit to my wife Nancy, who is my blog coach. Nancy has had a blog long enough to be very helpful with layout, editing and all-around a great resource!

The second person that deserves credit is my daughter Michelle. Michelle was an fine arts major in college, with a photography emphasis. Michelle's photos taught me that I can see things and shoot differently. Just take a photo of the fog light on a car, instead of the car.

It was Nancy's idea to post some of my best photos of 2012 as a closing post for the year. I chose to post 12 of my best of 2012- Enjoy!
As we get ready to turn the lights out on 2012

And say goodbye to the old

Head down the path of 

whatever track should come our way.

 Just take one step at a time

Before you take off into flight. 

There is always room for new family members in our life.

The view may not be the most scenic or

things do not go as planned,

think of a pond full of Lilly pads.

Where ever the road may take you,

take time to read a book, put technology aside, and relax.  

Happy New Year To All!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Gifts

All the Christmas gifts have been opened. My daughter bought me a Kodak Instamatic 134 camera with the original box. It was an unexpected surprise. This was my first camera that I saved my allowance and paper route money to buy when I was 9 years old.     

I gave away a record number of home made calendars this year. I printed 11 copies with 7 different formats. I did not use my photos this year, but old family photos. Some of the photos dated anywhere from the 1890's to the 1990's. It was more work than I have ever put into a calendar but well worth it. Everyone loved them.  

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night....

Opening Gifts on Christmas Eve Circa 1963
(me with back to camera)

Opening our gifts before midnight mass was always our tradition. My Mom never complained about cooking a very elaborate Christmas Eve dinner, and our eating so fast that we didn't taste it. After dinner we all ran into the living room, except Mom. We all sat in front of the tree, impatiently waiting for her to clean the kitchen, all by herself, of course. On Christmas day she would start all over again. She'd make a very nice breakfast, then start prepping dinner either at our, or my Aunt Flora's, house. It's a wonder she didn't collapse of sheer exhaustion from her schedule! Gotta love the 60's, including the sexism that still was there with all the "women's work".

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It Just Keep Going And Going....

                                              You thought it was going to be a bunny didn't you!!!!

Iron Will is the robotic greeter for Shape Up Outlets. Will keeps pace on an elliptical in front of all eight stores. He is made from recycled exercise equipment! The first Will walked around the world, before his much deserved retirement.    

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Tale Of Two Urban Farms

 Spaulding Ranch:
It is the last remaining "Farm" left in the City of Boise. It is a 20 acre parcel right in the heart of the Boise 
 bench. It was a homestead founded by Doctor Mary E. Spaulding in 1896. Doctor Spaulding was Boise's first female Doctor / Surgeon. It was a cattle ranch up until 2010. It has recently been sold to a developer who wants to subdivide it for homes.     

The two photos above were taken at an old, abandoned farm in the city of Meridian, Idaho. This farm just one block away from Downtown & across the street from the city's only post office. It was farmed until 2010. The top photo was a chicken coop and the bottom photo was home to 6 or 7 horses. Rumor has it that the city  closed this down due to poor conditions for the animals. The house was boarded up and is abandoned at this same time. Meridian is just outside of Boise and the third largest city in the state.    

                                                          Barn Charm

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Downtown Boise at Christmas

Sunday morning coffee with my daughters

For the last 10 or 12 years my daughters and I have Sunday coffee together. This week it was my turn to meet by Angela's house in downtown Boise. Below are pictures of the Capital Building all decorated for Christmas-
I have my Sunday coffee with my daughters, these two have their Sunday morning street music session. They are in front of Albertson's every Sunday, rain or shine. It seems they are just doing it for people to enjoy, and for their love of music.

 When you first enter the Idaho State Capital you are greeted with a giant wreath-  

poinsettia tree in the Capital Rotunda

Idaho State Christmas Tree

Boise City at the Grove

City Of Boise tree located at the Grove in downtown.

First Snow In Boise

My house in lights

I have found the secret to getting the first snow of the year- every year, the night after I hang the Christmas lights, we get some snow (even if  only a dusting). This year was no exception!


Snow all around us but none at our house.

When I looked outside yesterday morning we had wet lawn from the rain. When I went out about a mile from our house, there was snow-  

We got our snow this morning!

The end of the garden

The winter has been so mild we still have Collard greens growing in the garden cold frame-

I know there is food under this stuff.

My wife Nancy keeps 4 urban chickens. This is the first time the two large New Hampshire Red's in the foreground have seen snow. They weren't quite sure what to make of it!

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