Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/30 Outdoor Wednesday - #151


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I was taking nature images, when all of a sudden I sensed this presence.   I stopped what I was doing and looked around then I saw this deer crossing the road and then it went into the field for a curious look at me and then it disappeared.   


I had visited THE GROVE, Glenview, IL on Saturday for a Holiday Sale.    I saw nature shots and figured I'll go back Sunday.   And so I did.    Seeing this deer made my day complete.

For more information about THE GROVE click here:   http://glenviewparks.org/index.php/facilities-parks/the-grove.

So happy you stopped by to visit.    Hope you will stop by next week.   Meanwhile, take care.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer."
...Leonardo Da Vinci

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just finished reading this book:   THE PRESIDENT IS A SICK MAN,  Matthew Algeo, Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, Chicago, IL ©2011.

Wherein The Supposedly Virtuous
Grover Cleveland Survives
A Secret Surgery At Sea
and Vilifies
The Courageous Newspaperman
Who Dared
Expose the Truth

Thinking Outside the Box


Leaf Study. 

Edgar Degas, an artist, studied ballet.    I found this one lonely leaf at the beach.   One rainy day I edited the original image in a program called Picnik.   For me, this is a leaf study; but then I am no Degas.   

I prefer going outside and shooting with my camera; but using a digital imaging program is a lot of fun, a lot of hard work and sometimes doesn't work.  Then I hit the delete key.  Other images I save such as this one.   Ta Da!

I am so thankful for this opportunity to be able to take a photograph, then think, think, think, like Pooh Bear until what I visualize is outside the box thinking. 

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Nothing happens until something moves."
...Albert Einstein

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"There's something beautiful about finding one's innermost thoughts in another."
...Olive Schreiner

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"If your compassion doesn't include yourself, it is incomplete."
...Buddha

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?" ...William A.Ward

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/23 Outdoor Wednesday - #150


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Morning sunrise at Lake Michigan.


Edited image in Picnik.   Person appears to be giving thanks.

                                                       

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul---and you answer."
...Terri Guillemets

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Recommend This Book

KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You, Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth,Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA 01247, ©2000

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"In this 20th century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf...I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen."
...Frederick Franck, THE ZEN OF SEEING

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thinking Outside the Box


Leaf Study #2

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
...Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Life is full of endless possibilities."
...Mettrie L

Friday, November 18, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us."
...Alexander Graham Bell

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Season 5, Episode 19


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Sunrise, Lake Michigan - 2011

Sat.
Thinking.
Breathing in.  
Breathing out.
Allowing nature to speak; as I listened.  
Suddenly I heard  .... l-o-v-e-l-y.  
Who broke the silent moment; quietly I laughed because I thought, 
could it be the Great Oz?
It dawned on me oh the Coast Guard speaker system was on.

Recommend These Books

If you live in the Great Lakes area and like to read fiction I highly recommend:

KEEPING THE HOUSE, Ellen Baker, Random House, NY.
I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS, Ellen Baker, Random House, NY, ©2011.

Lessons I Have Learned

You do not have to explain yourself to anyone.

Betty Anderson (God Bless Her Soul) taught me this lesson.   After her husband died, each of her five children were able to start and finish a college education.  Betty retired from a company where she had worked for over 25 years.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"An intent is a commitment to yourself to bring into existence a particular result."
...Debbie Ford

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone."
...Bill Cosby

11/16 Outdoor Wednesday #149


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Howdy!    Recently, one of my errands was to pick up a few things at Pier One.   As I pulled into the parking lot, lo and behold, these flowers that look like cabbages


and these colorful yellow mums seemed to be asking Why not take a picture of me?"  Camera was handy.   So I did.


Then,  just as I was packing equipment away, I looked up and saw the sun breaking through the clouds.   Just couldn't resist taking shot number three.    Don't these branches look like they are applauding or saying "Thank you?"

It was a gorgeous day today.   Actually it was unusually warm for this time of year.   Tonight a harvest moon graced the skies. Tomorrow temperatures are expected to drop.   And so it is.

It was so nice of you to stop by and visit.  See you next week.  Meanwhile, I hope you will take care.

Highwood Pumpkin Fest

YES, 30919 Jack-o-Lanterns were carved at the Highwood Pumpkin Fest to break the Guinness Book of World Records. 
According to the Wilmette Life/Pioneer Press, Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Because  you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to the mountain, 'move from here to there' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."
...Mathew 17:20
New International Version (1984)

Thinking Outside the Box


I was walking the beach when suddenly on the sand I noticed this one leaf.     I was so excited about studying it.    The background is grains of sand; but now the background looks like paper. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Nobody cares if you are miserable, so you might as well be happy." ...Anonymous

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"If the house of the world is dark, love will find a way to create windows."
...Rumi

Friday, November 11, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Season 5, Episode 18


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Howdy folks! Daylight savings time has helped me to get up and start the day. Rich colors and deep shadows greeted me on this day down at Lake Michigan.




I am pleased that you stopped by again. Meanwhile, you take care now and see you next week.



Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow."
...Charles Brower

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"The successful warrior is the average person with laser-like focus."
...Bruce Lee

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words."
...Fr. Jerome Cummings

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11/9 Outdoor Wednesday #148


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Howdy Folks! I decided to post old rusty lanterns taken at Gene's Used Furniture and Antiques, Gene Hause, Prop., W14337 Hwy. 8, Weyerhaeuser, WI 54895. Think I'll go boil some hot water and have a cup of tea while visiting other Outdoor Wednesday posts.


It was nice of you to stop. Meanwhile, take care and I hope to see you next week.






Enjoyed a pizza and some pasta with a friend at California Pizza (first visit). Both main dishes were delicious! Later went in and out of stores on Central Street in Evanston. Saw some Christmas present ideas. Bonnie, my hairdresser, cut off split ends and did a body perm to my hair yesterday. Now my hair looks like Farrah Fawcett's just a wee bit. In my dreams...tee hee.

Later, I enjoyed a pumpkin spice coffee at Dunkin Donuts with family members. Yummy!

My husband and I always watch Monday Night Football except for when we don't. Da Bear's won! One play was spectacular. Cutler fell down, spun around then stood up threw the football and guess what the receiver caught the pass. I was impressed.

And then, we watched the Kennedy mini series. I was taping OPRAH's Life Class and the Kennedy mini series. So we were locked out of DIRECT TV. I learned that you can not tape two shows and watch a third show besides. What a rip!

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right and forget the ones that don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."
...Anonymous

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Music speaks to my soul

This week-end Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Society of the Divine Word, Techny, Illinois was the place to go listen to the Chicago Master Singers. Some of the participants have volunteered for more than twenty years to this group. Alan Heatherington is the music director.

My friend Magda and I were privileged to hear pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonin Dvorak. Luckily the texts were in Latin and English.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Success is never a destination --- it's a journey."
...Satenig St. Marie

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
...Berthold Auerbach

Friday, November 4, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
...Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked, "What is a hero?" My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences...Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
...Christopher Reeve

Skywatch Friday - Season 5, Episode 17



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Sunrise, Wilmette Harbor, Lake Michigan - 2011.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"By having a cheerful contenance, being friendly and fun to be around, you are giving praise to God."
...Joel Osteen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11/2 Outdoor Wednesday #147



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Howdy! This week I decided to post one green leaf that was found at the Wilmette Beach, Lake Michigan. This photograph was edited in a program called PicNik.


Hope to see you next week. Meanwhile, take care.





Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."
...Chinese Saying