Saturday, November 8, 2014

Focus On Life Week 45 ~ Grateful

I have missed participating in Focus On Life.  Sometimes life just gets in the way of what you want to do.

The topic for November is ...ful.  This week's prompt is grateful.  I try to live my life with gratitude.  Everyday, I find something to be grateful for.  It's too easy to focus on the negative and everything that is going wrong, but when I deliberately look for something to be thankful for,  I feel better and it becomes easier to put everything in perspective.

Today, I'm grateful the sun was shining.  It's bad enough that it gets dark so early since changing the time, but when it's cloudy all day for days on end I get depressed and a little grumpy!


What are you grateful for today?

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

192.  health insurance
193.  old movies
194.  new movies
195.  sunshiny days  
196.  phone conversations with a 6 year old

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Good Day











It was one of those days that was good from start to finish.  We got up early and drove three hours so Michael could work at the home office and I could see my girls.  I enjoy the drive in the fall because the turning trees can be breathtaking.  I took all the tree pictures through the windshield!  It's a good day when that drive is enjoyable!

One of the iconic landmarks of Baltimore is the smoke stack.  I've tried so many times to capture it and this is the first one that turned out half way decent.  It's always a good day when a picture turns out!  Especially through the window!

I only got to see Erin for about an hour before she had to leave to go to Shylee's Halloween parade at school and put in some volunteer hours.  But that was okay because I got to spend the afternoon with a friend.  And it's always a good day when I get to hang out with one of my favorite people.

I picked up Michael at work and we headed back to Erin's to see Shylee dressed up for trick or treating.  She was so proud of her Elsa shoes to go with her dress.  It was fun for me to see her get made up and witness her almost uncontrollable excitement for the evening.  It's always a good day when I get to see her completely happy!

What is a good day for you?

I hope today is a good one!

xo Annette xo

187. a friend who gets me
188. getting a doctor appointment a week out instead of 3 months away
189. good days
190.  being a grandma
191.  pure joy and excitement

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Mail

You may remember a while back when I posted about the pay it forward art making project that I signed up for.  Well, I recently received my art project from Kathy at Kluless.  Kathy is a junking junkie and maker of all kinds of beautiful mixed media art and more.  I knew that whatever she decided to make for this project would be fabulous and I was right!  Oh my, this journal is beautiful and full of inspiring pages.  I was in awe as I turned each page, running my fingers over the paper and carefully pulling out the contents of the the pockets and envelope.  There is so much creativity and inspiration in this journal and I absolutely love it!  Thank you again, Kathy!

As if that wasn't enough, Kathy also included some vintage packs of rick rack and buttons.  She knows what I love!












I hope you have a marvelous week!

xo Annette xo

184.  cruise control in the car
185.  happy mail
186.  handmade art

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ A Recent Rainy Day



Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

180.  orange scones and butternut squash soup
181.  my thoughtful husband
182.  another successful published book for my friend
183.  fall

Monday, October 27, 2014







I've been away from my little blog but it was for a good reason.  I went and stayed with Erin and Shylee for a few weeks while Dan was away at school.  Erin's new job wasn't very accommodating with her schedule, so it was Grandma to the rescue!  It was also a time of unplugging and paying attention to those around me.

Shylee is in first grade and I got to be a part of her school life for the first time.  Helping her with her homework was such a treat (for me at least!).  Watching her struggle to understand and then seeing her face light up when she finally 'got it' was priceless.  What a privilege it is to be a grandma!

It's been a beautiful fall this year.  I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago and should go out again with the camera because everywhere you look is glorious fall color.  It might not be my favorite season but it certainly is beautiful.

I hope you've all been well and hope you have a great week!

xo Annette xo

174.  cool crisp days of fall
175.  reconnecting with an old friend
176.  high tea at the tea room
177.  chocolate strawberry tea
178.  spending 4 weeks with Erin and Shylee
179.  helping with first grade homework


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Focus On Life Week 37 ~ Window(s)

Our theme for September is 'simplicity'.  Last week's topic was door and this week is window.  I went to the pictures I took in Charleston, SC a few years ago, because I loved the doors and windows in that city.  So here's my photos for this week and last.



Click on the link to see more windows!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Focus On Life Week 35 ~ Lazy Days of Summer

We've had such an unusual summer...not as hot, less humid.  I'm not complaining.  In fact I've been outside more this summer than in the past.  I've also been lazier this summer but didn't want to post a picture of ME being lazy, haha!  So I found this one of Shylee that I took last summer when we went on vacation.


I missed last week but here is my photo for "about the ground".  It's been quite dry the past month and the leaves are turning yellow and falling to the ground.  It looks like fall but it's not.


I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

Check out more lazy days of summer by clicking on the links below.
xo Annette xo

169.  new glasses
170. new sunglasses
171.  a diabetes support group that is encouraging and supportive
172.  realizing I'm not alone in my struggles
173.  making progress in physical therapy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Focus On Life Week 33 ~ The View of Above

This week Sally says to change our photo taking perspective and look up.

We were walking along the boardwalk in Solomon's and I was watching the seagulls hoping to get a good shot when I spotted this bird.  I thought it was a hawk until it started hovering and I realized it was an osprey.  I'm so used to seeing seagulls that I wonder how many times I've missed seeing an osprey because I don't usually look up.  It was fascinating to watch.


Click on the links below to see more views of above.

Have a great weekend!
xo Annette xo

166.  feeling good
167.  watching  a good movie
168.  physical therapy that's working


Friday, August 8, 2014

Focus On Life Week 32 ~ Fresh Air

Our theme for August is "outside" and this week's prompt is "fresh air".  We've had a very mild summer.  It's been hot and humid but nothing like it usually is.  By August, the grass is turning brown and everything just looks dry and tired.  Not this August.  Everything is green and the flowers are still beautiful and full.  My crape myrtle tree is fuller and lusher than ever.  I never get tired of going out front in the fresh air and seeing this beauty.


I missed last week.  We've been having internet problems for the last few weeks and I'm just now getting caught up with blogs and blogging.  The prompt last week was "outside the box".  I took it literally and snapped a shot of the lace I took out of the box trying to find just the right piece.



Click on the links below to see more fresh air!

I hope your weekend is everything you want it to be!
xo Annette xo

161.  weekends
162.  getting healthy
163.  finding an unexpected treasure
164.  lunch with Erin on the water
165.  looking through old photographs and reminiscing


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Focus On Life Week 29 ~ Celebrate Sweetness

To me, there is nothing sweeter than a child sleeping.  They look so angelic, so peaceful, so innocent, so....sweet!  And seeing my granddaughter and her grandpa together is sweet too.  Especially when she falls off her bike and he's there to pick her up.



Click the links below to see more sweetness!

xo Annette xo

161.  another week with Shylee
162.  tickles and giggles
163.  relief to find no sign of diabetes in my eyes
164.  hearing an old song that triggers good memories
165.  sleeping through the night



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Focus On Life Week 28 ~ Celebrate the Season

Summer is my second favorite season after spring.  I love the hours and hours of daylight, the fresh fruits and vegetables, and not being restricted by a coat!  I'm just happy it's not winter!

While walking along the Patuxent River, I captured these shots of summer.




You can click on the links below to see more celebrations of the season.

xo Annette xo

156.  the silliness of a six year old
157.  playing with my camera
158.  an ice cold drink that quenches thirst
159.  a cooling breeze on a hot humid afternoon
160.  the sunshine on my face


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Focus On Life Week 27 ~ Celebration

Our theme for July is "Let's Celebrate", and this week's prompt is celebration.  This was the perfect week for celebration here in the USA as we celebrated Independence Day.  I went to the VA home to take photos of the flags.  I have a thing for our flag and all things Americana.





To see more celebrations, click on the links below.

I hope you're having a happy weekend!

xo Annette xo

153.  this great country
154.  freedom
155.  happy news from Sean

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

149.  the farmer's market
150.  watching sailboats on the river
151.  fresh cut grass
152.  butter pecan ice cream

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Focus On Life Week 26 ~ Free Space

Can you believe we are half way through the year already?  Time just goes by faster and faster it seems.

This week Sally gave us a free space so I thought I would share a couple of pictures I took at AnnMarie Garden last month.  The kids play area had these stepping stones made from sawed pieces of logs and painted by kids.


All throughout the garden were birdhouses of all kinds.  This one with the keys was one of my favorites.


To see how others used their free space, click on the links below.

I hope you're having a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

145.  people who are able to teach well
146.  forgiveness
147.  cooling afternoon rain
148.  fresh summer fruit