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2014/059: Beach Treasures (2)

More little souvenirs from Pensacola Beach…

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2014/058: Prickly Pear

From bud to bloom.

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2014/057: A Place To Rest

On our last visit to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens, Sara got a butterfly to climb onto her hand so she could rescue it from the walkway.
(It’s such a shame to see some parents let their kids run wild in there to chase the butterflies and try to catch them, and not remind them to watch where they step!)


2014/056: Sky Art

Pensacola Beach, Florida. December 2013


2014/055: Beach Treasures (1)

When walking along the beach, collecting seashells is a must (for me anyway 😉 ) and these are a few of my favorites that I brought back from Pensacola Beach last December.

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2014/054: Rain Lily

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2014/052: Karma’s Photo Hunt

Did you enter Karen’s A Blogger Contrived Photo Hunt ? If not, there’s still time, as the due date isn’t until February 25th.
For this photo hunt we were supposed to choose a word, and then look for objects around the house that start with each letter of our chosen word. It sounded easy, but then I had a hard time finding objects to represent the letters.
I chose my name as my word: Michaela (for those of you who didn’t / don’t know 😉 ) and I decided to take two photos for each letter…

M is for Music (OK, not technically an object) and this is my favorite way to listen to it
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M is also for Markers (Sara thought of those, because I couldn’t think of anything else LOL)
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I is for iMessages…. again, not technically an object, but they’re the only good thing to wake up to when you’re up at Stoopid o’clock. Reading those is the first thing I do after dragging myself out of bed, and having TEN of them waiting for me that morning was a nice surprise (even if they are all from the same person)
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I is also for Ivy…. one of the more recent plants I bought. We shall see how long it will survive. I tend to forget to water them. Oops!
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C is for Coffee…. the other nice thing when you’re up at Stoopid o’clock!
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C is also for Candle. Love them!! This one was on my desk (will be again soon, but it has been temporarily replaced with a different candle) and I light it in the morning when it’s still dark out (you know…at Stoopid o’clock 😉 ) so I don’t have to turn on the light
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H is for Hearts…. because I know you all would have been disappointed if I didn’t post any hearts! These are my heart-shaped rocks that I found over the years.
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H is also for Herbs, and I’m glad they’re not spelled Erbs, or I might still be looking for another object that starts with H 😛
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A is for Apple…. sadly I’m allergic to raw apples, they make my throat itch terribly!
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A is for Apple (I know I said that already LOL)
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E is for Ear buds…. sometimes those are needed to listen to music.
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E is also for Eggs…. which I don’t like at all unless they’re deviled eggs.
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L is for Lace
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L is also for Letters. I still love it when I get a letter in the mail, how about you? All these are from Germany.
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A is for Art…. and I have two talented artists as daughters. 17-year-old Melissa, and 10-year-old Sara. I’m sure you can tell who drew what 🙂
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A is unfortunately also for Antihistamine, because Allergy season is right around the corner.
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2014/051: Orchids

These orchids were a Mother’s Day gift last year and I’ve actually managed to not kill them, and get them to bloom again!


2014/050: Let It Snow

Can you believe we actually got some snow here in TX this winter? It was just a tiny bit, but snow is snow, so I added a 21mm extension tube to my 60mm macro lens, and outside I went to capture some snowflakes.

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2014/049: Celebrate

Only four people missing from this celebration today:
My sister-in-law Daneen, who I will definitely be thinking of tonight when I drink her favorite wine and not be able to share with her…
My friend Heike, who lives all the way in Germany, and it’s been much too long (almost 15 years!) since I’ve seen her…
My wonderful and talented friend Dalia, who may still be snowed in in New Jersey and is no doubt ready for some of the spring weather we’re having…
And last but not least, my favorite Brit, Jason Statham Brian, cos someone has to keep pouring the wine (and provide the entertainment) 😉



Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul that you never knew was missing.
~ Torquato Tasso


2014/047: You Light Up My Life


2014/046: The Color Of My Love

I’ll paint my mood in shades of blue 
Paint my soul to be with you
I’ll sketch your lips in shaded tones
Draw your mouth to my own
I’ll draw your arms around my waist
Then all doubt I shall erase
I’ll paint the rain that softly lands on your wind-blown hair
I’ll trace a hand to wipe your tears
A look to calm your fears
A silhouette of dark and light
While we hold each other oh so tight

I’ll paint a sun to warm your heart
Swearing that we’ll never part
That’s the colour of my love

I’ll paint the truth
Show how I feel
Try to make you completely real
I’ll use a brush so light and fine
To draw you close and make you mine

I’ll draw the years all passing by
So much to learn so much to try
And with this ring our lives will start
Swearing that we’ll never part
I offer what you cannot buy
Devoted love until we die
 ~ Celine Dion


2014/045: Happy Valentine’s Day

You are my soul mate, my sweetheart,
You are my dream come true.
From now until the end of time
I give my heart and soul to you.

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I will spend my whole life through
Loving you, loving you.
Winter, summer, spring-time, too, 
Loving you, loving you.
Makes no difference where I go or what I do.
You know that I’ll always be loving you.


2014/043: Love Is The Key

To hide the key to your heart is to risk forgetting where you placed it.
 ~ Timothy Childers


2014/042: ♥

For, you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday, and less than tomorrow.
~ Rosemonde Gerard


2014/041: Bursting

…..with Love



Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls
to arrive at its destination full of hope.
 ~ Maya Angelou


2014/039: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

He loves me… he loves me not… he loves me… he loves me not… he love me…


2014/038: My Heart Runneth Over



The longest journey you’ll ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart
 ~ anonymous


A Photo Hunt!

It’s been a while since my friend Karen of Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog posted a photo hunt, and even longer since I’ve participated in one, but I thought I would give her current one a try.
If you’re interested, head on over to her blog and check out the details. It sounds like fun, and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.