Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Monday, January 23, 2017

Good, Random, Fun

We've thawed out and the snow and ice are gone! I was finally able to get out for a run this week, but kept stopping to admire and photograph the reflections I found in all the puddles.

Some random photos from my week. I haven't been able to get out with my camera, so I've only got photos from my phone to share. 

I've got to brag on my daughter for a moment...this little painting was my Christmas present from her. She's only 12 and her artistic abilities blow me away! I had seen a similar painting in a shop one day and showed her. She asked me to take a photo, so I did and then she came up with her own version (which I like much better!) 

Although I wasn't feeling the best, my husband and I had a fun gig over the weekend. In December we played at a grocery store and laughed at the venue, but that gig landed us this gig!

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Violin

This week I'm combining my love for my violin with my love for photography. And this year I'm committing to spending more time playing this violin than I have in past years. I've been practicing every day and am loving it. This month I'm focusing on Mozart, and next month I'll move on to a different composer.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Snow, Ice and Books

Winter snow...

Winter ice...

back and forth...
I'm just going to plan to stay inside with warm drinks and good books until spring arrives!

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Winter Weather

We had some more harsh, winter weather this past week. We got home from our vacation in a winter wonderland just in time for another severe ice storm. 

We were iced in for a full two days before it melted. When it melted, it did so quickly and we were able to get out and about for about a day before the snow storm started.

I know snow isn't all that unusual in terms of winter weather, but it really doesn't snow much here in the Pacific Northwest. And if it does snow, it usually melts within a day or two. Not this time. The snow started Tuesday afternoon and lasted for more than 12 hours. Since then the temperatures have not gone above 32 degrees so there has been zero melting.

Thankfully I don't mind being confined to my home for long periods of time. In fact, I had a meeting that did not get canceled this weekend and I was a bit put out that I had to actually go somewhere.

The best thing about all the snow...more opportunities for photographing snowflakes. 

And here's a behind the scenes look at one of my snowflake photo shoots. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I think I have a new macro obsession...SNOWFLAKES! And I've had a couple different opportunities to  capture them already this winter. 

and here's an original tune I wrote for my husband for Christmas....
called Snowflake


I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


In an effort to grow my creativity when it comes to photography, I'm joining my friend Emily and choosing a challenge to work on each month. First up - reflections. Here are some shots I've taken so far. 

I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Wonderland

We spent the beginning of 2017 in central Oregon, which was dressed extravagantly in it's winter coat. It was beautiful (and quite cold). We live near Portland, ,which experiences fairly mild winters, so it's nice to spend several days surrounded by snow. Before moving to Oregon, we lived in much snowier places (Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Vermont, Minnesota, western New York), so we are familiar with long winters, but our bodies aren't used to the freezing temps anymore like they used to be.

I forgot the memory card for my dslr camera, so all my photos were taken with my phone. Thankfully, I had my macro lens so I could capture the beauty and details of the snowflakes (which I'll be sharing on Thursday).

Broken Top and South Sister mountains in the background

Mt. Bachelor

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens