Yesterday was a scary day on the road. If I didn’t have two tailgaters following me to town, where I was driving at 15 miles down to 5 due to the ice on the road, I would have turned around. We do not have shoulders on our roads, only drop offs that are precarious at best. So there was nowhere to do this. My 20 minute drive to work took almost an hour!
We still have loads of snow around due to the hard freezing temperatures we have had for more than a week now. When I took photos the other day, I not only took photos of the changes as the snow came down, but of sights that struck my creative eye after it stopped…Care to see? Then, put on your snow gear and come and follow me back outside!
The first thing I did was go to check how the roads were doing…This says it all! Yesterday, I drove through a lot of this. Most of it was compacted down and it had turned to ice.
The way out from my driveway
Heading back to the house after seeing what I saw, I captured these photos around my property…Your feet will be icy cold by the time we head back in. Are you dressed warmly?
Looking over the gate to the back
Can you see the patch of strawberries? It is actually under the snow on the upper left…
The vegetable garden
Here is one of our crepe myrtle trees. The snow is hanging on!
Snow on the Crepe Myrtle
Where are the grape vines? Behind this snowy fence!
Grape vines reside behind this fence!
Looking up at the snow hanging on to the trees…This is snow in our black oaks.
Snow in the oaks to the left
Snow in the oaks to the right
All of the snow you see in these photos is still here this morning! Take away about half the snow on the road, compact it, melt it a bit, re-freeze it and this is what I have to drive to get to work! Going in late again today hoping that a lot of this melts before I have to drive over it!
Thanks for putting on the cold weather gear and coming out with me today! May you have a terrific Tuesday! See you tomorrow? Hope so!
Posted in Life in the Foothills, Photos | Tagged Beauty, Icy roads, Life, Nature, Photography, Photography (2), Snow, Snow photos, Whimsy | 8 Comments »
I love it when it snows! We had a low pressure system descend upon us that gave us perfect conditions for snow. Add a bit of moisture to it, and voila! So, today I thought I would share some of the photos I took of what we experienced! Put on your warm jackets and let’s head outside!
At 5:30 p.m. the snow begins…
After an hour…
One hour later
We later headed off to bed and the snow was still falling. When we got up in the morning, this is what our front deck now looks like!
What we woke up to find…
Stepping outside, I shot these photos around our house…
A shot of our house
Looking towards our backyard
Brrrr! Temperatures never made it above 35 degrees. In the afternoon, it started to snow once again. I love the gently falling snow and how quiet the world becomes…
It starts again!
In the late afternoon, the storm moved off to the east, the setting sun broke through the clouds, and I stepped outside once again and snapped this shot!
The sun breaks through
While it has been a couple of days since, we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground. The high yesterday was 38 and the overnight low 19 degrees!
I hope that you enjoyed these snow photos! Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by!
Posted in Life in the Foothills, Photos | Tagged Beauty, Life, Life in the Foothills, Nature, Photography, Photography (2), Sierra Foothills, Snow, Weather, Whimsy | 17 Comments »
The Globe – Photo by Alastair Forbes
After reading the cards for this one particular client, Madame Sophia found herself disturbed by what she had read. So was her client.
Then she brought out her runes and had the client toss these onto the table. The results were just as disturbing.
Next she brought out a cup of tea for her client. She had the client drink down the tea. When the client finished the tea, she grabbed the cup gazing at the remaining tea leaves. She shook her head mumbling to herself. The results were not good.
She knew now what she had to do. She had to go for the big guns. She brought out her crystal ball. Gently setting it on the table, she ran her hands over it three times. Instead of clouding up, a pink light began to pulsate from the center.
All of a sudden, the pulsing center exploded sending out beams of light to the outer edges of the crystal ball. It had never done that before. With eyes wide open she turned to her client. His eyes glowed red, horns sprouting from his forehead, face grinning devilishly.
Scared out of her wits, she gave up the craft of divination!
Come and join the rest of us by writing Flash Fiction! The Sunday Photo Fiction is the brain child of Alastair Forbes. Alastair provides a photo, and using 100-200 words you write a short story that has a beginning, a middle and an end! Take the challenge! I dare you!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope that you enjoyed the story! Now go out and have a fabulous Sunday!
Posted in Just for Fun!, Photos | Tagged Crystal Ball, Divination, Life, Photography, Postaweek, Sunday Photo Fiction, Writers, Writing | 18 Comments »
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Grand.” Cheri, who posted this challenge, is asking for photos that have a “wow factor.” So, I started thinking about photos that I have that “wow” me and here is what I have come up with! Some you have seen before, but they fit this challenge!
The majestic beauty of the Grand Tetons…
The Grand Tetons from across Jackson Lake
The amazing colors of the Grand Prismatic Pool in Yellowstone…
One view of the Painted Desert!
Layers in the hillsides
Here is a wow factor shot of an approaching storm with a break in the clouds!
A break in the clouds
Remember the post on the Moaning Caverns? Well, looking up the stair case that we just descended took our breath away! Literally!
Let’s finish with one more grand photo! That of Yosemite Valley!
I hope that you enjoyed the photos in this challenge! Thanks for stopping by! Now go out and have a wonderful Saturday! Did I mention that it is snowing here?
Posted in Photos | Tagged Beauty, Inspiration, Nature, Photo Challenge, Photography, Photography (2), Whimsy, WordPress Photo Challenge | 39 Comments »
Stay Out! – Copyright Randy Mazie
“The meeting is called to order,” said the chairman.
“The first order of business is to thank JB for coming up with a can of spray paint to mark our territory as a no trespassing zone! Is everyone happy with it?” asked the chair.
“Couldn’t we have had someone cut the shrubs so that it really stands out and folks will certainly leave us alone?” asked RJ.
“Does anyone have something in their area of expertise to cut the shrubs?” asked the chair.
Amazingly no one at the NSA Covert Operations Center did.
Thank you goes out to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for this flash fiction challenge! Be sure to check out some of the other posts by clicking on the Links In collection button on her post!
Now go out and have a great Friday, and thank you for visiting today!
Posted in Just for Fun!, Photos | Tagged Flash fiction, Friday Fictioneers, No trespassing, Photography, Whimsy, Writers, Writing | 12 Comments »
Yesterday was the first morning in a long time that I did not write a post. The reason why: We spent yesterday morning cleaning out the old refrigerator, stowing most of what was within it in coolers! Thank God for freezing temp’s here too because outside it never got higher than 39 degrees! We will be doing a remodel of our kitchen this coming spring and we bought all that will be replaced for a couple of reasons!
Over the last 9 months our oven/range has not been working due to a faulty regulator and I have been cooking on camping stoves in the kitchen! And our refrigerator was giving out too! This lovely device was freezing items in some areas and creating lakes in others! We decided that even though we are not remodeling for a while, we just had to replace what is not working right now…
So here are the old on their way out…
Did you notice that these appliances are black in color? Well, let me tell you something about having black appliances…I know they were the rage when our house was built, but honestly, they are dust magnets! Just like stainless is a magnet for fingerprints! We took this into consideration on our choice of color. We went for white on the new, which is the most forgiving color in the kitchen!
We decided to purchase a side by side refrigerator.
If you have been shopping lately for a new refrigerator, you might have noticed the number of models that have the freezer on the bottom. Let me tell you something about those freezers…It is one huge drawer that you will have to dig through to find what you are looking for.
Why they brought back this design is beyond me as no one cared for them back in the early 1960′s. If you are thinking about buying a new refrigerator be sure to take a good look before you consider buying one of these. Open up that drawer, check out the depth, and think about that chicken that you might want that is in the bottom underneath the frozen dinners, ice cream and bags of frozen vegetables, which will all need to be removed to get to that chicken.
The other thing to look at is making ice. In all the models that we saw some have the ice maker in one of the refrigerator doors. But if you buy one without an ice maker, be careful with that ice tray and make sure that you do not spill! Can you imagine cleaning water that you might have spilled? And be very careful closing the drawer too so that you do not upset those liquid trays! My prediction is that this style will not be around for long, and they weren’t in the early 60′s either!
Now on to the new stove/oven combo…Look at how lovely this is!
The new stove and oven combo
This has an oven that is not only conventional but convection too! So, we are going to be going through a learning curve as I will be writing posts on the differences and how to compensate! Hopefully, I will not burn future dinners!
Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for another announcement coming soon that is very exciting!
Posted in In the Kitchen, Photos | Tagged Appliances, Beauty, Cooking, Kitchen Appliances, Life, Photography, Photography (2), Recipes | 16 Comments »
We were given a lovely 18 pound turkey for Thanksgiving this year, and invited a hoard of people, who all could not make it! Guess what we have been eating since Thursday? I made my usual Shepherds Pie, and yesterday vacuum sealed most of what we have leaving just enough for hot turkey sandwiches, which we had for dinner last night! Ready to head into the kitchen?
Leftover mashed potatoes
Leftover candied yams
Leftover cranberry sauce
In a skillet add your leftover gravy.
Heat up the leftover gravy
Re-heat your leftover mashers and yams. While these are heating, add your sliced turkey to the skillet.
Add in sliced turkey
Heat this up until it is hot and bubbly.
When all is hot, place your bread a bit over your mashed potatoes.
Preparing your plate
Pour on your turkey and gravy mixture. Set some yams to the side and some cranberry sauce! Serve it up piping hot and enjoy!
Serve it up!
Do you love a good hot turkey sandwich?
Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day and I will maybe see you around the block tomorrow! OK?
Posted in In the Kitchen, Photos | Tagged Comfort Food, Cooking, Food, Hot turkey sandwiches, Leftover turkey, Mushrooms, Photography, Photography (2) | 6 Comments »