My Sick Day

Sinus Infection and Bronchitis can't hold me down. 

Have you ever had one of those days when you look outside and your jaw drops? 
This was one of those days!
I ran, got my camera, and Rosie and I flew out the door. 
I was out there for about 30 minutes when I began to notice that I was losing feeling in my fingers. :)



I went outside to take my photo for light. 
There was the most amazing colors on the snow and in the sky.
Sometimes you just get lucky.

My friend and very talented photographer, Michael Fey, has this amazing weekly newsletter.

He is the one I talked to about the starburst for the effect of the sun above. 
I set my f-stop on 22 and adjusted my ISO to get just the right photo. 

Please check out his newsletter. I have learned so much from it. 

Have a wonderful day!


In My Cup

This was my grandfather's cup. 
I put water in it. I am sure he would have had Canadian Club. :)
I wish I had a whole set of them. 



She is the most interesting cat. 
Sometimes she sleeps with me all night and then I find her napping in my bed when I get home from work. 
Other times she goes out all night doing who knows what and comes back in mad. Like I made her go outside all night. 

A few summers ago, we had a woman stop at our house on her walk with her dog. 
She asked if Gloria was our cat. Yes, we said.
She went on to say that Gloria aka "Sunshine" had been staying at her house at night. She had a bed, some food, and some toys. No wonder she was "out all night".


Leading Lines

This was a fun one. I had to ask my daughter for help. 
She is in a photography class at her high school this year. She won a gold key award for the Scholastic Art Awards in Central New York! AMAZING!!!

Needless to say, she is an inspiration in many ways. 

I just love this photo. 


My Shoes

When I looked at this theme, I knew just what I was going to do. These shoes are a very important part of my life. They keep me sane, keep my family safe :), keep me healthy, and most importantly show my kids about staying healthy and in shape. 

I have gotten into ultra relays for the past couple years. It started out as a fun relay with 12 ladies. It has turned into two relays a year (I wish more) and a network of friends that spans the northern hemisphere. I love it!

What would I do without these shoes? 


To Do

My "to-do" list is very long, but if I didn't have one, nothing would get done. 

What's on your To-Do list?
Here's mine:
order flooring for middle room
look for new couch for middle room
clean bathrooms (isn't that on there all the time?)
laundry :\
clean out chicken coop (well, that has to wait until it is not freezing out)
take photos everyday

These are just a few.

I am also looking into taking some new photography classes online. 
Any suggestions?



Nothing says kindness like handmade illustrations from your students. 

I love getting pictures from my students. They always seem to draw me owls…go figure. :) If you have ever seen my classroom, you would know that it is completely covered with owls. 
I wish I could keep every little scrap of paper they give me. If I did I'd be on the show Hoarders, Buried Alive.
At lease I can preserve most of them in photos. :)
Enjoy the day!


beth-a-dilly challenge

I know I told you this before. I am partaking in a "little" challenge by beth-a-dilly. Have you checked out her blog? She is amazing! 
There are so many interesting and useful posts. 
And…she's so darn cute!

Today was "three". I could not for the life of me think of something that I could photograph. I kept looking around the house. Finally I went into the kitchen and found these beautiful Empire apples.
I LOVE apples. Especially when they are red, crunchy, and tart. Empires are my favorite. I think my family went through withdrawal when they didn't have them in stores. 
Enjoy your day! :)


My Favorite Photos

If you didn't think her eyes were amazing enough, take a look at those eyelashes!

I love catching these moments. Working on homework while listening to music. 
These photos are the ones I want to look back at and know that I captured those.



What is it about little designs that make me so happy?

Janie, my daughter, made me some gluten free muffins. How sweet!
She found these liners at TJ Max. They really have some of the best baking things. Go figure!

One of my favorite lenses to use is my Tamron 24-70
It is so versatile. I use it for family photo shoots, weddings, newborns, close-ups, everything.

Bokeh!!! I love it!

This lens is what I use 90% of the time. 
What's your go-to lens? 

Have a wonderful day!


Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”


The Simple Things

One thing that I am trying to do this year is take advantage of simple things. 
I am planning on spending more time with my family and trying to get back to the things that give me joy. Puzzles, board games, walks, crafts… I want to do more of these things with my family.

I tend to think back onto what my childhood was like. Going out and playing until supper time, reading until I fell asleep, unorganized games of football and soccer in the neighborhood field, hide-go-seek in the graveyard. 

Our lives are so busy. I want to slow down and enjoy the simple things. 


365 Photography Project

I have joined a 365 Photography Project.
I want to use my camera everyday. 
So far I have gone a week taking photos along the way.
Have fun joining me on my journey.
If you would like to join in check out the beth-a-dilly challenge.

I am posting on my BAK Pack Photography page and Instagram.

I used our holiday card holder for my Instagram photos. I printed them from Sticky 9.
I love them!

What I'm Wearing Today
Boots. I can't get enough of them.

So simple.

At some point…
Our chickens make the most beautiful eggs.

Nope! She is never calm. :)

What does someone else see when they look through my glasses? I have pretty bad astigmatism. I can't imagine what it would be like to wake up and see the clock clearly.