Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12

This ends my fourth year of taking pictures for Chad Darnell's 12 of 12 Project. I woke up kind of sad this morning, thinking this would be my last 12 of 12.  To be honest, I was also a little bit relieved, as some months it can be difficult to find something interesting to shoot.  This is one of those months.  It's cloudy, rainy and chilly, and I'm not too enthused about getting out.  So, this is an around the house month.

Probably the last rose for a while.  It freeze dried on the
bush.  I'm curious as to how long it will stay there.  10:00 a.m.

Tell me, who would build a skinny cabinet and
then put a shelf in it, totally messing up its intended use?
It had to be a man.  It took a woman (me), a tree saw,
a drill, a hammer and some other tools to get it out.  10:46 a.m.

Success.  11:11 a.m.

Finally able to make good use of the cabinet.  11:21 a.m.

You've seen pictures of Lily and Sassy over the years,
but these are my other dogs.  11:42 a.m.

Fun with milk, food coloring and cooking oil.  11:50 a.m.

More fun, this time with motion blur.  11:50 a.m.

Do you see how dreary it is?  1:09 p.m.

The very best apples I've ever tasted.  Honeycrisp.  Yum.  1:12 p.m.

This handsome fellow is perched high
up on the top of my kitchen cabinets.  1:15 p.m.

I have babied this Gardenia bush for years;
setting it out in the spring and bringing
it in during the winter.  For the past few years, it
has been very stingy with flowers, so I pruned it
way back and gave it plenty of fertilizer.  There
are now dozens of buds on it.  I hope they'll
stay there long enough to bloom.  2:01 p.m.

Christmas 2011
I totally cheated here.  The picture was taken a few years
ago in Garmisch.  If you don't do Christmas, I wish your 
celebrations during this time to be as meaningful to you as
Christmas is to me.  

And that, my friends, is the end of another year in my life.  I just found out the 12 of 12 project will be continuing, albeit on another website.  So, thanks for the memories, Chad, and thanks to the new benefactor.  I hope to see you all again next year.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday, November 12

My shooting buddy Mary and I had a great day.  We met at my house for a quick breakfast and then got on the road to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where one of my  granddaughters was competing in the River Valley Feis, an Irish dance competition.  We cheered her on and then headed off to see other things.  Here's a bit of what I saw.

Kudos to the town of Fort Smith for not rushing Christmas - 10:06 a.m.

An ancient instrument maker playing a gourd banjo at the feis - 11:04 A.M.

A section of a painting in the foyer of the Fort Smith
Convention Center caught my eye -  11:22 a.m.

Little girls, big dreams - 11:41 a.m.

A ghillie, or Irish Dance soft shoe, on my sweet granddaughter's foot - 11:43 a.m.

I'm probably the only one old enough to remember - 3:18 p.m.

On a fence at the Fourteen Flags Museum in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The Howdy Doody sign was there, too - 3:26 p.m.

Signs of fall - 3:50 p.m.

Love, love, love the spring and picnic area at Sequoyah's Cabin near Sallisaw, Oklahoma - 3:51 p.m.

Sequoyah, who was illiterate, is known for creating a syllabary for the Cherokee language. 3:53 p.m.

On the way to Sequoyah's Cabin, we passed a cemetery with gorgeous trees.  After visiting the cabin, we headed back to the Akins Cemetery, which Mary's husband told us was the burial place of a famous US outlaw - 4:39 p.m.

Though hard to read, this is the gravestone for Charley Arthur Floyd, a/k/a Pretty Boy Floyd [1904-1934], an infamous bank robber and alleged killer in the early 1900's.  Some local visitors to the cemetery told us that this is the third headstone to be set, as souvenir hunters chip away at them until they're unrecognizable.  If you look carefully between the vase and the stone, you'll see a bullet that some fan has left on the grave site.  5:13 p.m.

Our friendly cemetery visitors also told us a story about Pretty Boy Floyd's younger brother, E. W. Floyd [1908-1970], who wanted to go rob banks with his big brother.  Pretty Boy evidently told his little brother to stay home, which he did.  He later became sheriff of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, and served until his death in 1970.

That's it.  It was a great day, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  See you next month.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 12

Fall has finally come to Oklahoma, and the weather is divine. The forecast from Intellicast this morning was for scattered thunderstorms. Intellicast blew it. We had brilliant blue skies, a nice breeze and warm sunshine. Just perfect for a day at Swan Lake and Linnaeus Teaching Gardens. It was hard to pick just twelve keepers this month, but I did it. Here's what I saw, and forgive me if I don't know the names of the flowers.

A Swan at Swan Lake - 10:48 a.m.

Purple flowers in beautiful light - 11:02 a.m.

Orange flowers - 11:05 a.m.

Maybe Milkweed (?) - 11:07 a.m.

More purple and orange flowers - 11:26 a.m.

Another swan at Swan Lake - 11:33 a.m.

Barrel Cactus at Linnaeus Teaching Gardens - 11:45 a.m.

Purple and green looking good together - 11:59 a.m.

There's a Monarch Butterfly in this picture - 12:00 p.m.

I don't have a clue what these are, but they were
really striking against the green grass - 12:02 p.m.

This picture just made me smile - 12:03 p.m.

Water Lily - 12:08 p.m.

I know I bombarded you with flowers this month, but I'm hoping they'll tide you (and me) over during the darker months to come. I do best when the sun shines, so I'll be coming back here often to remind myself of this beautiful fall day. Hope to see you next month.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday, September 12

Oh, what a beautiful morning. I started out this morning by purchasing a new dishwasher; I hope I made the right choice. After that, we had a plan to photograph thirteen restoration projects which had recently been recognized by the Tulsa Preservation Outreach Committee. Turns out a lot of them were houses; cute bungalows. I dutifully took pictures of them and then decided there were other things I'd rather show you.

A 1940's Frisco 4500 Meteor Steam Locomotive, which
is located at Route 66 Village in Tulsa. 10:02 a.m.

Wheels....lots of wheels. 10:14 a.m.

After having lunch at Queenie's at Utica Square, we set out to take more restoration photos in the Swan Lake Historic District. This old, ratty VW bus obviously hasn't been restored. 12:54 p.m.

The Atlas Life Building in downtown Tulsa has been restored and
now holds a Courtyard by Marriott. 1:14 p.m.

A very enthusiastic street singer in downtown Tulsa,
who very nicely allowed me to take his photo. 1:26 p.m.

The Grand Hall in the absolutely gorgeous Mayo Hotel [on the
National Register of Historic Places], which was originally
opened in 1925 as a luxury hotel, abandoned in the 1980's and
renovated and reopened in 2009. 1:39 p.m.

Light fixture just outside the Grand Ballroom of the Mayo Hotel. 1:45 p.m.

The Campbell Hotel [on the National Register of Historic Places]
on 11th Street (Route 66) in Tulsa. It was built in 1927 by Max W. Campbell
and has housed a barber shop, shoe repair shop, the Casa Loma Hotel
in the 1940's and has recently been renovated and restored as the Campbell Hotel.
It is such a charming place and the one place that I really wanted to photograph today. 2:11 p.m.

Old suitcases in the lobby. 2:19 p.m.

A touch of old; a touch of new. Original fireplace and a
wide screen TV in the conference room. 2:21 p.m.

One of several Frederic Remington bronzes in the hotel. 2:23 p.m.

Porter's luggage cart in an alcove near the elevator. 2:24 p.m.

Bonus picture: Lily, who is 4 days into her last two weeks
of strict crate rest. Little girl had two back surgeries in July and
had eight discs zapped with a laser last week. In 10 days, she
gets to act like a dog instead of an invalid. 6:01 p.m.

That's all, folks. It's time for me to clean off my CF card and get ready to watch my grandson Andrew play in the Jenks/Union Junior Varsity Game. Go Trojans!!