Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday.  We did.

Last Saturday (Dec 18th) DD and I (with Molly the golden retriever) drove from Wisconsin to FL to see my parents (divorced and in two different towns 2 hours apart) for the holidays.  We've been at my dad's since our arrival Sunday evening and are having a great time.

On Wedsnesday we drove down to Sanibel Island.  We went to the Ding Animal Life Refuge and mostly bird watched.  Afterwards we went and had a lovely Mexican lunch, then found a beach to spend the rest of the afternoon.  Sanibel does have lovely beaches, but Dad and I agreed that we really prefer our normal beach on Manasota Key.

Christmas was yesterday and it was a big success.  DD was totally blown away with her presents (a cell phone and a DSi were the big hitters).  I got a new camera (yes, I picked it out, but didn't have to pay for it, nor even wrap it!).  The pictures above from Sanibel were taken by my old Olympus point and shoot.  Its been a great camera for me for the past 4 years -- easy to stick in my pocket or purse.  But I'd been thinking about getting a new "big" camera for a couple of years.  I ended up picking a Canon Powershot SX 30i.  Here's some pictures I took yesterday walking around my dad's place.

Taken from the street, about 40 feet away

Taken from the street, about 50 feet away

Hope you got everything you desired for Christmas, whether it was gift wrapped or the love and warmth of family and friends.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snow Snow Snow

Here's a few pictures that I took after snow blowing this afternoon.  Hope you are all staying warm!

Our Lilac Tree Weighted Down with Snow

Snow Covered Cran-apples

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jared Done!

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I got the call that Jared was done at my long armer.  I immediately made plans to pick it up.  Last week I added the binding and then on Saturday, I was able to find someone to hold it up for a picture.  So here it is:

Jared is based on a Bonnie Hunter design.  I don't know if I'll keep the name Jared or not.  Right now its on my bed (total of 3 quilts and a comforter).  I do love the more traditional designs.