I just read this blog post by my friend and co-worker and would like to share with believers as well as parents. The title of her blog is
Whispersnap, Inspiration for Parents
An idea board on enhancing family life (and more)
Have a blessed day tomorrow and enjoy the following food for thought:
Searching for the true meaning of Thanksgiving
In my last post I mentioned spending a night in a castle. You can go to ClayshireCastle.com and read all about it. But I thought I would share my more intimate experience. This castle opened around Memorial Weekend of this year in the very county where I live in central Indiana, USA. I just had to spend a night in the closest thing I would ever get to a real castle. So my best friend and I set out on an August evening to find royal lodging in Bowling Green, Indiana. It is a bit off the beaten path but wouldn’t be so hard to find if the local hoods would stop stealing the road signs for souvenirs. You really get the feeling you are traveling through Sherwood Forest along the way. We got lost (no signs) but the locals directed us right to the entrance. Now the lane back through the woods to the castle clearing was probably a mile long. And then we were in awe. We got lucky and received the royal treatment because we were the only guests for the night. We were treated to tea and fresh baked muffins, given the grand tour and told we had the run of the castle all to ourselves. The innkeepers Lord Douglas and Lady Josephine were at our becken call. We took The Enchanted Forest room, just one of five themed rooms offered. Check all that out on their website. Of course, I set out tout de suite to snap as many pics as I could of all the rooms and some of the more detailed pieces the innkeepers chose to authenticate the experience. Now as you can see by the castle’s design, a great hall separates the lodging side of the castle from the innkeepers home inside the castle. We opened the wood shutters on our room to a warm starlit night with only the faint howl of coyotes off in the distance. We were so far out in the middle of nowhere you couldn’t hear sounds from Indiana 46 back in Bowling Green. Our bath had a huge shower with river stones in the floor to massage your feet but I chose the claw foot bathtub. I didn’t realize the free samples on the vanity included bubble bath so I knocked on Lady Josephine’s door to borrow some and she graciously shared her personal favorite. Now my best friend would rather watch Nascar on the TV downstairs in the game room – where we also found the kitchenette, a children’s play room, the Wine Cellar themed room, the exercise room – than dress up like me in the medieval costumes. The next morning, being the only guests, the innkeepers treated us like royalty. The gourmet breakfast even impressed my best friend – and that’s saying A LOT! After breakfast we took a stroll on a trail to a nearby lake before a scheduled open house to the public. In addition to the medieval-style bed and breakfast experience the innkeepers offer special events/attractions. This open house featured medieval re-enactors, “The Sons of Steal.”
Life has been a roller coaster ride since my last post in August. Through all the ups and downs, I managed to take a lot of photos, but with so much living to do, I’ve had so little time to process them.
Since I just today received a notification from WordPress congratulating me on my Second Anniversary (this past Saturday), I thought I’d best be doing something to remedy that.
In the past couple of months: I won my very first award at my very first juried art show. I spent a night in a castle. I entered a photo contest (didn’t win, but my photo was juried into the exhibit). I took a Turner Coach day trip to the scenic Ohio River valley. I delighted in celebrating my twin grandchildren’s 4th birthday. I am on a personal mission to help stop the tragic accidental deaths of children dying in their car seats in a hot car!
So with so little time, and so much to do …
I will back up to August and start with my photo on canvas titled “Under His Wing” that received the Paris Bridge Club Choice Award at the Midwest Photography Contest at the Bicentennial Museum and Art Center in Paris, Ill.
Another test shot with the Fujifilm Finepix T555 pocket camera …
Oh, to be a kid again.
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Captured this camouflaged critter warming up in the morning sun atop a garden statue in my front yard. Maybe the fact that it hears through its belly explains why I was able to sneak up or it?
I used the Fujifilm Finepix T555 I bought my daughter to take on her summer class trip. The pocket camera has 16 megapixels and a 12x zoom. The grasshopper has tiny single lenses in the thousands x2 and a 20x broad jump.
Ok, I was trying to figure out the selective color effect on my Nikon D5100 … and I failed. My objective was to select just the eyes because they resemble the tigers eye gemstone.
Anywho, I decided I liked this black and white close-up enough to share.
I domesticated this gray tiger just before last winner set in. It was just a kitten when it was abandoned by its owner or feral mother, not sure which.
Jurassic Park is as close as I could get to wild; photo taken last year on our Universal Studios Orlando trip.
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A man’s barn? is his castle
This sits behind an old house in my hometown. Not your typical Indiana barn/garage.
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I recently spent some time with my twin grandchildren … two original pieces of work … created by The Master himself.
I took my camera along so I could color sketch them while they were color sketching for me. I needed practice with this effect on my Nikon D5100 and they needed to hone their motor skills to be prepared for preschool this fall.
Masterpieces in the making: Choosing just the right colors,
To master their scissor skills, they sculpted some of their creations into more abstract pieces.
I think they are ready. I’m the one who needs more practice.
These masterpieces are priceless and can be viewed by invitation only.
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