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

Friday, June 20, 2014

Focus On Life Week 25 ~ Be Colorful!

Continuing with the our June theme of having fun with photography, this week we're being colorful.  Shylee stayed with us for a week and this girl loves color (and coloring!)  I just loved watching her!



To see more color, be sure to click on the links below.

 Have a great weekend!

xo Annette xo

141.  summer
142.  blue skies with puffy white clouds
143.  my Daddy
144.  the father that Michael is

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Focus On Life Week 23 ~ Silliness!

It's a new month and that means a new focus.  Sally wants to shake things up a bit and find the fun in photography!  This week's prompt is "silliness".

I had to look back in the archives for this one since there was no silliness to be found around here!  Actually there was, but Michael doesn't like me taking his picture on a serious day let alone when he's being silly!

I took this photo a couple of years ago at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.  This dog was silly and cool at the same time!

 To see what other silliness there was this week, click on the links below.

xo Annette xo

138.  seeing Shylee graduate from kindergarten
139.  Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Grease
140.  hours and hours of daylight


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Focus On Life Week 22 ~ In Bloom

It's the last Saturday in May and we're focusing on what's in bloom.  We have lots of honeysuckle blooming and it smells so sweet!



My daughter gave me a red bud tree for Mother's Day and although the blooms are long gone, it is getting new leaves.


Don't forget to see the other blooms below!

xo Annette xo

135.  making plans for summer
136.  working in the sewing room again
137.  blue skies with wispy clouds

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Focus On Life Week 21 ~ Fill in the Blanks

This week, Sally told us to take a moment and pay attention to patterns of our day or the unexpected.  Then we were to fill in the blanks:
At or in (the time of day) I (what are you doing or what's happening in a photo).


At least once a day, I wish we could move closer to my granddaughter.

To see how others have filled in the blanks, click on the links below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

131.  being a grandma
132.  cake and ice cream
133.  ordering shoes on the internet and they fit
134.  fresh cut grass

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fairies, Gnomes, and Family























This past weekend was one I had been looking forward to for quite some time.  My son came from Denver, my sister was here and of course my daughter and granddaughter all came to celebrate Mother's day and my birthday which fell on the same day this year.  It was the first time both kids were here at the same time in almost two years!

We spent a day at AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center where they were having their 5th annual Fairies in the Garden.  It was so much fun to see all the fairy houses, gnome homes, birdhouses, and sculptures.  They even had dress up clothes for the kids.  Shylee chose a tutu skirt, purple fairy wings and a crown.  The weather was perfect.  Not too hot, not too cool, just the right about of sun and clouds and no humidity.  My only complaint about the weekend is that it ended way too soon!

Have a fabulous day!

xo Annette xo

127.  family
128.  squeals of delight from a 6 year old
129.  hugs from my son
130.  sister time



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Focus On Life Week 20 ~ The View About The Ground

This week, Sally told us to change our perspective and take a look down to see what's going on about the ground.  The irises around my mailbox started blooming this week, but I was sad to see some of them laying on the ground.  Seems the mail truck gets too close and has knocked them over.


Click on the links below to see what others are seeing on the ground.

xo Annette xo

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Focus On Life Week 19 ~ Good Things Inside

There are so many good things inside these books!  I never get tired of looking through them and finding inspiration.

Click on the links below to see more good things inside!

xo Annette xo

124.  the busyness of preparing for a fun weekend
125.  finding something I thought was lost
126.  going to bed knowing it was a productive day


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday





What's not to love about a redbud tree?

Happy Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

124.  beautiful flowering spring trees
125.  the birds singing early in the morning
126.  having something to look forward to