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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It feels so good to be back in the hunt! I always enjoyed Scavenger Hunt sunday, but lately life has been so busy I haven't taken the time.

This weeks clues are, sweet, stripes, dots, tool, and motion.  Here is my hunt.


This little guy can be so sweet. I swear that's all that saves him when he decides to be terribly two!

We are in the midst of quite a heat wave. Best way to keep cool!

From our trip. The boys waiting for work
Tools of the trade. Loved this cellar down under and the pretty rows of barrels. 
Another one from the archives from the Tuscany trip. Dots of flowers, or dots of stones, you decide.

Well, that's my hunt for the week! Check out some of the other fantastic photos over at Ashley's

Friday, June 28, 2013

An author's shoot

I had such fun shooting an aspiring young author yesterday. She is self publishing a series called the  Life's Miscellaneous Measures: A Pee Chee folder series.  We met at a popular pedestrian bridge crossing the Willamette River.

She is a life loving, adventurous woman. Wife, mother, and dog owner. Her quirky humor has always tickled my funny bone. I'm looking forward to reading her book, and hope you will check it out as well. This fall is the speculated publishing time.

 I have a photography page on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TutusShots.  We put the photos to a vote to see which one she should use to publicize her book.  It's been interesting to see which photos people like. I'm not sure I have a favorite, but I'm sure she will come to a perfect conclusion.

Tell me, which would you think would be a good representative????

the long road

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun stuff

 I found some clip art for free. Can't wait to use this on beach photos! I've entered this shot into a contest. check it out here.  http://bit.ly/13Y8w2z
 I took a photo of this mama being a free spirit and good sport. She has been my muse for many shots. No exception here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Where does the time go?

We have been home a couple of weeks now. The time zone change went more smoothly than I remembered it going. Granted, I would be a little fuzzy, but I didn't take any naps and slept all night and pretended that all was well.

Upon returning home, I had scheduled photo shoots which is always a treat for me. With that, and the hours of editing that goes into it, I just haven't found time to sit down and blog. I have so many wonderful shots from our trip that I want to share, hoping I can get to those soon.

Yesterday was Father's Day. We had gone to visit the Father in Law in his new facility on Saturday. Son is off on a business trip to China, and DIL is leaving for work on Thursday, so we thought we'd give her some time to get things together by taking baby girl with us for the visit.

When we arrived, we used the phone to call and say we'd like to visit. Then I noticed a sign on the door listing what you could and couldn't do. NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 years old. Hmmmm. No cameras, or cell phones, hmmmm. If there are service dogs, then why not service children?? Little children seem to lift the spirits of older folks faster than anything.

Luckily they set us up in a conference room, and our "service child" was allowed in. I took a few shots with my phone, and that will have to be the documentation of his 73rd father's day. It's hard to visit, he's in a deeper fog than ever. The once energetic, talkative man is a mere shell of a man now. Dementia has taken over and appears to be winning the battle.

When I think back on this man who I have known for 41 years, it's more years than I knew my own father. I was only able to celebrate 24 Father's Days with my own dad.  It is probably one of the saddest times for us a family to watch this disease run it's course.

We celebrated on Sunday with the hubs, and SIL by going to a farm nearby that is known for their hop fields and beer. They were having live music and the weather was perfect for a day outdoors. Photos of this celebration later in the week.  For now I leave you with some baby love and our Saturday visit.

I loved shooting this little guy. I've known his mama since she was born, and seeing this come full circle warms my heart right down to my little toe!

The Father's day gift sent electronically for our son

Kleinworth & Co., Project 52, photo sharing, weekly Monday blog link up

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday. wine tasting in Tuscany

Oh such a treat to drive through the lush hills of Tuscany, stopping in quaint towns, tasting the wine, sampling the food. It was all wonderful. Each of us misses this area, and hope to return someday. It was magnificent.

This week's Scavenger hunt is Photographers choice. I have chosen five shots from one day in Tuscany.

Believe it or not, this was a chicken coop. I mean, seriously? I would love to live here!

Never a shortage of Tuscan cats to amuse us.

The doors, sigh, the doors. I need some climbing roses I've decided. They make everything look welcoming!

Wondering how the neighbors would feel if I hung my laundry out to dry? It always seem so much more charming than the piles I grab out of the dryer.

We were in awe of the many castles in Tuscany. I don't know why, but I didn't expect there to be so many, and this one was in pristine condition. From the looks of it, they were never attacked or damaged.

Well, that's it for this week's hunt. We will be home in a few days and when I have time to go through all the photos, I will maybe have time to let it all sink in. It's been a trip of a lifetime. Thanks for stopping by.

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