Tuesday, August 30, 2016

about ander

he's been letting me take and share a few more photos these days. mostly he wants to stay out of the camera's eye or will allow me to share the pictures only with his sister (they take silly selfies together sometimes), but these met his approval. i cherish each and every one.

lunch date

he saved up his money to buy it, and then built it 98% by himself
catching up with his little buddy

it's mutual admiration 

storytelling time

Monday, August 22, 2016

blooms & bees & butterflies, oh my

going back through pictures i have taken over the past months helps remind me where some of my attention has been. these are moments to cherish when thinking about our summer.

birds and bees and bugs and flowers make me happy, especially when i am fawning over them with family or friends.
diana's lavender






diana's echinacea flower


pileated woodpecker at our suet feeder

pollen pockets/baskets/sacs of a bumble bee on a coneflower

water lilies

water lily seed pod
one of several sunflowers planted in front of strip mall
one of my best & favorite bee photos. probably a carpenter rather than a bumble. need to find out the flower it's on.
eastern tiger swallowtail 
closeup to see the blue on the wings of one
could be cellar spider or harvestman insect on my basil

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


and now, some selected excerpts* from this year's GISHWHES week

(the Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen)

Team CookieMonster

led by yours truly, the queen, exquisitelyloveable

with team free will: cas, moose, & squirrel

featuring slangaroo, this year's mascot

team art by diana

no k@le here, honest
making someone happy

sith serving jedi at a diner

bellossom planting blossoms at a pokestop


green eggs and ham on a boat with a goat

rainbow teeth

shipping myself

existential angst vs meaning of life


making someone happy

* these items were ones that i did, or steve was in, or the kids were in, or i participated somehow. there were many, many other items completed by team cookiemonster - a whopping 57 - but i'm not putting them all here. i'm still tired from the week and documenting it different places and serving in FEGVEP.


it was a long, long drive there and back, but oh, so worth it. i do so love the family i married into.