Archive | January 2013

Cee’s Share Your World 2013: Week 4

 

This week Cee is getting REALLY up close and personal with our “bucket lists”, not that I have one.  I suppose, if I think about it, I could come up with some things I’d like to do before I die.

Almost everyone has heard of a bucket list which is a list of things you want to do before you die.  List 4 things off your bucket list that you would like to share with us.  Assume that money is no object.  Have a lot of fun with it.  Would you like to fly to the moon, dive to the bottom of the ocean, live a month in India or learn how to tap dance?  What is on your list?

  1. I’d like to travel maybe for a month or so.  My highest priority would be to see Germany, home of my ancestors.  I’d also like to spend a few weeks in somewhere like Borneo… someplace tropical and very remote.
  2. I want to purchase a sports/muscle car.  Preferably a Mustang.  It would have to be painted emerald green and it would need to be a convertible.
  3. I’d love to travel to all 50 states in the U.S. by car/motorhome.  I’ve already been to Alaska and Hawaii, so I can scratch them off.  Let’s just say the “continental US”. 
  4. Oddly enough, I’d like to have our entire 3 acres of front and back yard completely redone:  landscaped and tilled up and planted with real grass!  We put our house on property that used to be farmed… or, I should say “over-farmed”.  Our dirt is so deprived of nutrients that we can’t grow anything worth a damn.  Even our grass is all weeds.  I’ve planted perennial after perennial, tree after tree, vegetables, flowers etc.  The only thing I can count on to thrive are hostas!  I’d just love to enjoy a really nice yard for a couple of years before I go!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Until we blog again… TTFN.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood ~

This week Cee continue’s her challenge incorporating the 5 Elements of the Chinese.  The first week was Metal, the second week was Water, and this week’s challenge is Wood (Tree, Wind, Moisture, Air, Minerals, Ink, Mind, Rubber, Paper, Plants, Poison, Wax, Dissolve, Carbon, Clouds, Health, Space).  As with every week, Cee also challenges us to “have fun” with it.

Al sits in a big Adirondack Chair!

Al sits in a big Adirondack Chair!

My husband sits in the largest Adirondack chair on record at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Canoeists in a spectacular original wooden canoe.

Canoeists in a spectacular original wooden canoe.

I caught this gorgeous wooden canoe at the boat races on Long Lake, NY, in the Adirondacks.

Lakeside Church in the Adirondacks

Lakeside Church in the Adirondacks

We took a dinner cruise on Raquette Lake and I caught a picture of this beautiful all wood church built on the shore of the lake.

Thanks, again, Cee for a fun and interesting challenge!  Looking forward to next week’s continuation of the 5 Chinese Elements (fire).

“Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!” ~

 

Rosamond Gifford Zoo  in nearby Syracuse, NY, is advertising their “Winter at the Zoo” Photo Contest, which includes free admission to all photogs who bring a camera (not a cell phone camera) and a coupon you can get from their website.  So I decided to give it a try since today’s temps were to be around 40 degrees, and the long range forecast is for the teens for the rest of the month.  I called my eldest daughter and she brought my grandson, Liam, and they came along too.

As it turned out, all of the exhibits we wanted to photo were inside the zoo building anyway… except the elephants and wolves ~ but Spring is coming!   By far my most favorite exhibit was of the lions.  Syracuse has three; one male and two females.  When we first arrived at the exhibit, they were not yet out in their “paddock”, but we could see preparations were being made and they would be allowed out to see soon.   About 5-10 minutes later they were let loose into their enclosure, and we got to observe them relatively close up as they began their antics.

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion relaxes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion reigns at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Lioness at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Male Lion shows interest in spectators at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Pair of attentive lions at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

Big Cat Trio at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

 Before the cats come out into the enclosure, a zoo staff brings a spray bottle of “something” and sprays a variety of places like the rocks and some of the wooden logs etc.    The predators act like it’s catnip and relax and begin to play.

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

Lioness sizes up grandson, Liam, for lunch?

A plate of thick glass separates my grandson, 4-yr-old Liam, from this kitty who apparently thinks he’d make a great bite-sized snack.  I’m sure Liam was wondering if she was “pet-able”.

I think I’m going to submit a couple of the lion photos for the contest.  You’re only allowed to submit two.  They haven’t announced what the prize(s) will be yet… probably not yet procured.

      ~ I came, I saw, I blogged…. till next time.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water ~

 

This is Part 2 of Cee’s 5-Week Chinese Elements Challenge.  This week the focus is on “water”.  These are my contributions:

View from the Lanai

View from the Lanai

My husband and I took a week and went to Honolulu, Hawaii, for our 1st wedding anniversary back in 1999.  This photo was taken from our lanai overlooking Waikiki Beach (taken with a Kodak 110 film camera!).  I can still feel the warmth of the sun and remember the cool nights watching the moon & stars as we sipped Blue Hawaiian drinks and shared a chocolate volcano brownie.

Alaskan wilderness

Alaskan wilderness

In 2001 I had an opportunity to fly to Anchorage, Alaska, for a week’s stay with my daughter and son-in-law.  This photo captures both water and ice/snow from the mountains in the background.  It was Thanksgiving time when I visited, and icy cold!  But the sightseeing drive from Anchorage down to the coastal Seward, Alaska, was invigorating!

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

This final submission was snapped in Charlotte, North Carolina, during their spring blossom time.  I took a trip down with my sister-in-law for a few days and she enjoyed taking me sightseeing for photo ops.  As soon as I saw this sweet little pond near a strip mall, I was taken, and got several photos from different locations/angles.  Even the resident green heron didn’t mind me getting him in on the action!

I’m an absolute idiot for water ~ fresh, salt or even frozen!  Thanks for this challenge, Cee! 

 

Cee’s Share Your World 2013: Week 3

Has it been another week already?  Time for Share Your World, shall we get to know each other?

  1.  Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?  Currently my hair is medium, and completely natural.  I used to color it to hide the gray, but WTH?  I decided to grow old gracefully and not fakefully.  (no offense to anyone who colors their hair, just my thing)
  2. What is your favorite color of hair?  You can name your hair color or a color that you just like.  I like red hair… like Sharon Osborne red.  Would’ve liked to have tried that color myself, but I just know I couldn’t pull it off.
  3. Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?  People “tapping” things… like drumming on tables or other objects.  Not only drives me nuts, but it’s plain rude.
  4. What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)  I’m a bacon person.  My bad.  My favorite meal is bacon and eggs, and bacon plus more bacon.  I could eat bacon and eggs for each meal of my day.  I DON’T, of course.  In reality, I only eat bacon on average one meal per week or two weeks.  Then only about 4 slices.  *sighs*

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!