Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Catching Rays

 This is one of the Christmas gifts we got, from our son & daughter-in-law. It is a suncatcher, and the lady who makes them dries wildflowers to press in them. 

I had never seen one like this. I am used to the ones that look like stained glass. This had a totally different kind of beauty! I took these shots in different kinds of light.

“But even when the moon looks like it's's actually never changing shape. Don't ever forget that.”

— Ai Yazawa

Tuesday, January 30, 2024


 These are some of the peppermint, or candy cane decorations that were around at Christmas time, and some still are. I love mint!! I think this door is so pretty.

Candy canes.

Even on the mailbox.

These last two are not mint themed, but I love them. Soldiers standing guard.

And our next-door neighbor turned her window shutters into gnomes!

“When the sky is overcast with clouds and there is not a shred of hope left; remember there are still forests of pine trees, blossoms of hydrangeas and gardens of mint leaves out there.”


There is a place where the sidewalk ends, And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind.

Shel Silverstein


“I am at that stage of life where homegrown mint excites me more than clothes and bags.”

Monday, January 29, 2024

Skating Booties

 Maybe some of you remember or have heard of Tara Lipinski. At one time, she was the youngest female figure skater to ever win the Olympics. She is retired from skating now, and is an announcer and commentator. Anyway, she had a baby. Here she is with the baby, but what I could not resist showing you is the adorable little ice skate booties!!

"It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water."

Franklin P. Jones

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Nighttime At The Painted House

 Remember the house I always post, the one they paint and decorate for every holiday? I don't think I have ever showed you the house in the dark! I had never seen it in the dark till a couple days ago, and it looks totally different! Here it is in the day.

And here it is at night.

See the star way over the roof? It keeps changing colors!

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde


You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.


Friday, January 26, 2024

Lost Shots & Found Shots

 We went out this evening and tried to snap The Full Wolf Moon. But it was just too cloudy, and these are the only shots I got.

But a happy surprise on the way home. About a block away, in the dark, I spotted these changing lights in the upstairs window of a house. So We pulled over and I snapped.

“The wolf will always be bad if we only listen to Little Red Riding Hood.”

“The tiger and the lion may be the strongest, but you will never see the wolf performing in a circus.”

Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Covid Lights

 Last spring and summer, this area was lit up with lights as dusk began. All my photos were taken in the summer! As you can see by the flowers in my first photo.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to escalate, people found a creative way to stay positive: digging out their Christmas lights.

Social media was calling for yuletide decorations halfway through March, and Twitter users were urging others to put lights up outside their homes as a sign of hope in this dark time for so many. 

This little guy comes out in the evening to eat, and the lights must have confused him.

In order to cheer up kids who had not been in school in a long time, people in dinosaur costumes, one with a ruler to ensure safe social distancing, paraded around the block in Milwaukee. They organized a social distance dinosaur parade with several inflatable dinosaurs in an effort to give people a fun break from being cooped up inside due to the coronavirus.


This little girl brought out her own toy dinosaurs to watch the parade with her.

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

 – Mary Anne Radmacher

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L. Moody

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Art For Gifts

 Every year, our small downtown museum has "Art For Gifts". This is where local artists display their creations, and you can buy them. Since they are all one-of-a-kind, they make good Christmas gifts. It lasts from late November till right after Christmas.

The entrance was done very pretty.

Inside, there were homemade journals.

Bowl cozies (to hold hot bowls)

Interesting wooden serving pieces.

Lots of paintings

Gorgeous inlaid plates


You don't want to know how much this beauty costs!

Fun spoons.

A wooden tree, all decorated.

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·         Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Norman MacEwen


 The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso


Sunday Sunset

  “They ran to the museums for paintings. I ran to the roof for sunsets.”  – Darnell Lamont Walker