February Photo Challenge: Love

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Well, I had visions of wonderful “Love” photos for February’s photo challenge from our winter vacay to Mexico. They were going to be fabulous. And then this happened. 

The month became a blur and now it’s time to share……and I’m literally putting this together the afternoon of February 28th. So, for what it’s worth, here’s my five for Love.

Love #1
Twix turned three years old earlier this month….back when life was more normal than it is now. As tough as it sometimes is to keep her mind stimulated, she’s such a delight to have around every day. It goes without saying that the grand girls are right at the top of the Love List.

Love #2
Along those lines, Twix loved getting a birthday phone call from a set of great-grandparents who sang happy birthday to her. When asked how old she was, she was happy to show them.

Love #3
In this part of the state, everyone LUVS Central Dairy ice cream…from a local dairy that made its mark in middle Missouri back in 1920. A second location was established in 1934 and included an ice cream parlor, which is still in operation today.

Love #4
I love it when our family is all together…wherever it may be. This is a feeble attempt to maneuver a selfie-stick at a local restaurant to commemorate the occasion.

Love #5
And why, you may ask, was everyone together in middle Missouri in the middle of February and not on a Caribbean beach? Well, in case you missed the link at the beginning of the post, it was because of Entrepreneur’s recent brain surgery…on the day we are suppose to celebrate Love….February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Not exactly the way I’d intended to spend the day, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned crisis to bring together those you love most. And it drives home the importance of those Love vows we took 36+ years ago.

There’s my February Five. I hope you find time to make your way over to PJ’s place to share in some more blogging love. 


February Photo Challenge: Red

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Here it is the end of February. Can you believe it? Bring on Spring!!! What? Not yet? Boo.

PJ over at A ‘lil HooHaa hosts a photo challenge every month. February’s theme is, of course, Red, and most of my selections will be self-explanatory. Since Twix was born on February 3rd and the weather has been so lousy, we’ve been staying inside a lot.

Here’s my two funny Valentines.V-day peanut twix

Continuing with the Happy Heart Day theme, here are my girls…minus one.
me and girls

Did I mention the weather was lousy for most of February? I spent a lot of time filling bird feeders and watching the snow/rain ice pellets. Thankfully, the cardinals are always good for a photo opp.
cardinal 2014

I know this little bluebird’s tummy is more orange…but one needs red to make orange, so it counts.
bluebird 2014

And this one really does fall within the rules too, because pink is a hue of red. pink rose


But since I played a bit fast and loose with these last two, here’s a bonus one. I took it on one of the rare 50F days last week when I took a break from work and went walking.

This pretty much sums up my attitude about winter….Stop…please…stop.

Bam. Done.

Check out what others saw during the month of Red.


Just because

Roses 2013-72Texture by Kim Klassen: Cora
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They were on my desk when I got to work yesterday. Yes, they were for Valentine’s Day. Yes, they’re from Entrepreneur (how could you even ask such a question?) And, of course, I did what any pseudo photography addict would do. I shot them with my camera phone, uploaded them to Dropbox, downloaded them to my computer and promptly into PhotoShop!

I really like how this turned out. So many times I try and emulate Lisa Gordon and her photography. I might have come close with this one. 🙂

And I wanted to share them with you.

Just because.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

Texture Tuesday: the love edition

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Textures by Kim Klassen: Cora and Sybil

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Happy Heart Week! Whether you observe Valentine’s Day or not, I’m sure there is someone in your life that loves you, and you love them in return. Hold on to that thought this week.

Entrepreneur and I have been together for 36 Valentine’s Days (married for almost 33 of those). We don’t really go all out for the Hallmark Holiday, but I think it is worth a mention.

Has the quote above sunk in yet? Did it create an epiphany moment? So many people think it’s mandatory to lose themselves in order to be in love. It’s like their individuality up and disappears, and is replaced with the likes/dislikes of their partner. They become little clones of each other.

We didn’t go that route. In fact, there may be few people more opposite in nature! He’s a left-braned, list-type person; I’m a right-brained, mind-mapping sort. He played sports; I can’t throw or catch to save my soul. He is a morning person; I prefer not to rise before 8am. I love to read; I can’t remember the last book he read. He’s a minimalist; I like my stuff around me. He can purge a room/closet without any hesitation; I tend to hang on to things that are sentimental to me. I can shop for hours; he’s in and out of the store in record time. We like different foods. We have different styles. The list goes on and on…..you get the picture. And sometimes these differences cause more than a few fights yelling matches disagreements.

But that doesn’t mean we’re not in unity with each other. We have our own dual identities, yet are connected together as one in heart. Opposites attract? Perhaps.

But I think it’ primarily because we hold the same core values. We hold the same truths. We have the same tenants of faith. So, when life gets really tough, I go shopping we have the ability to set aside our differences and face the future with one mindset…one goal. With the same core beliefs, we can steer each other back on track when the other temporarily loses their common sense way.

So Happy Heart Week! Hope you take time to celebrate the delicious duality…and unity…of love!

Linking up with Texture Tuesday