I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Our Thanksgiving was relatively quite. Angie stopped over in the morning with the kids as Ben was at the hospital and then he stopped by for a short visit when he was finished.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner was prepared lovingly by Jeanne for her, me, and Mark. I was careful with my intake so no problems, however at dinner time I had another piece of pumpkin pie and that was one too many.
I have some more flowers for you today. This will finish up the macro shots I took of Jeanne’s bouquet from our Anniversary. It really was one of the prettiest arrangements I can remember. I’m glad I was able to capture some of its beauty before they fade away.
I was watching the Black Friday chaos on the news this morning and recalled my very first experience with Black Friday. Angie must have been around 12 or 13 and Mark would have been 7. We were in Ames celebrating Thanksgiving with Jeanne’s parents and I took the kids out to Staples in Ames. I thought we would be first in line as it was about 4:30 a.m. when we got there. The line was more than two blocks long. 🙂
Lots of pushing and shoving from a lot of the college students. There was a group of Asian students that were sitting in their warm cars and when the store opened their doors they ran from their cars and crashed the line. Staples had a pretty good price on USB drives back then and they grabbed them all. The store manager made them give them all back except for the limit of 1. It was pretty funny actually.
I’m off to work today, but if you’re lucky enough to have the day off be careful shopping.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and really please be careful.
I have flowers for you today. These are from the bouquet of flowers I had delivered to Jeanne on our anniversary a couple of days ago. She brought them home last night and of course I couldn’t resist.
So I found my macro lens and lighting system and had a fun time making some images of the beautiful flowers. Trust me for putting up with me for 38 years she deserves the entire flower shop and more.
I keep thinking about doing more macro photography, especially during the Winter months, when outdoor shooting is at the mercy of the weather. It’s a lot of fun to explore the macro world. I’ve followed some photographers who only do macro photography.
I was doing some research last night on cataract surgery. It said that today about 95% of the surgeries are without incident and only 5% have any post operative problems. I’m apparently one of the 5%. I see the doctor again in two weeks and hopefully it will either be better by then or he will have some other treatment suggestions.
Hope you enjoy your day today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I may post tomorrow it just depends if I can make some images today. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I do wish we lived closed to you guys Daryl. I miss seeing you on a regular basis. Be careful.
38 years ago today I married my best friend, my soul mate, my lover, my life partner. It is the single best thing I have ever done.
Thank you Jeanne for all you are, do, and say. I love you now and forever!
I had a couple of images from last week that I thought I would post today. Yesterday was a washout from a photography standpoint so nothing new to add.
We had a wonderful dinner and visit with Andreas and Joan Exner Friday evening at L. May Eatery. It is a nice Italian restaurant located downtown Dubuque. The ambiance is very nice and the food is great and the prices are okay. We usually spend the bulk of our conversation on photography and that is very enjoyable for me.
Angie brought the kids over for lunch yesterday as Ben was on call and at the Hospital. I was to lazy to even get the camera out. Had a lot of fun playing with Gabby and talking with Angie.
My eye is still bothering me. I have not noticed any real change in it. I know it may take some time for it to settle down. Certainly not what I expected but the vision improvement is a reasonable trade-off. I just hope the flickering and movement subside at some point.
Cloudy, rainy day in this neck of the woods today. So I’m not sure there will be any photos made by me.
I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Glorious Friday!!
If you have followed this blog for any time at all you are aware of two things. I love to photograph farm structures (barns in particular) as well as anything to do with farming and I love to photograph wildlife, especially Eagles.
I have photographed this corn crib and the barn below any number of times because it is so well maintained. The owner put a new coat of paint on both building this Summer and on my way back to town the other day from a photo run I couldn’t help myself. So that is what I have for you today.
This horse was also in the lot near the barns so I decided to include him as well.
I did not watch the President’s speech last night. I pretty well knew what he was going to say. It always amazes me how politicians use words (I call them fat words because they overlap the truth) to “spin” their point of view. If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig! Enough said.
We’re going to have dinner this evening with my Friends Andreas and Joan. It’s been a long time since we were together and it is always fun to talk with them about photography, wildlife and so many other common interests. I’m looking forward to it.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. I hope you enjoy your Friday. They are very special and there are only 52 of them each year. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
It’s been sometime since I last did an image in black and white. There was a time that I seemed to see everything in black and white and shot a lot of images that I later converted to B&W.
When I saw this old structure yesterday I wasn’t really sure what I would do with it. My friend Andreas lamented to me that it is hard to shoot on these gray cloudy days. I think most photographers prefer to use the sun to help light their subject. I love sunny days with blue skies and puffy white clouds. I know that’s not everyone’s favorite but it is mine.
This is the beginning of year-end in my world. It starts right about now and continues until the end of January. Wrapping up one year and the beginning of a new year with all the discrimination testing and data collection that is needed for the myriad of required government reports is sometime overwhelming.
I started with my company in March so the year-end was over and then it hit in late November. I was overwhelmed and sincerely wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into. 🙂
I’m sure every business goes though something like year-end but in the banking industry it is truly an amazing experience.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. We’re close to the weekend so hang in there. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Stay warm and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
I apologize for the lack of activity on the blog this week. I have not had the opportunity to make any images for a variety of reasons but was able to capture some shots yesterday. 🙂
I was early out of the house yesterday so I grabbed a camera and kept it in the front of the car, with me. I was able to make some quick images on the way to work and then during my lunch break I didn’t have any appointments so I drove around looking for things. Pickings were pretty slim but I did find a few things to take images of.
My eye continues to improve a little bit every day or at least I’m getting use to the flickering. At times it is a real bother and other times barely noticeable. My doctor and several of my friends who have had the surgery have told me that the improvement will continue.
I had lunch with a friend on Sunday that is going to have the surgery in January. I was honest with her but then softened my experience with accounts from other friends who have not had an ongoing problem.
For those who have sent me emails asking about my presentation last Sunday. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have received some very positive feedback so that is gratifying. It was a warm and friendly group of people and they were very courteous. There were no boos and no one threw anything at me. 🙂
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your mid-week hump day. Stay warm and be careful. Oh and yes, thank you for stopping by the blog.
These are “snapshots” from Josh’s 4-year-old birthday party from last night. I must say it was an experience. Many of his friends from the neighborhood, day care and school were there. There were a number of Angie and Ben’s friends as well. I don’t know how many young children were there because I never did get an accurate count. They move too fast. 🙂
What was interesting was watching Josh open his presents. Well actually it was watching the community open his presents. He would have the present in his hands but everyone else would tear the paper and then someone would take it out of his hands and hand him another present and the whole process started over. I know I’m selfish but I would have found that to be very unsettling.
There were several doctors in attendance as well so if someone got hurt or choked on something there was plenty of help available.
Gabby wasn’t left out of the presents. Someone gave her a little book and she carried it around the rest of the evening. I read it to her at least 6 times and she would get everyone else to read to her if she could get their attention. She was amazing through all the commotion.
We left around 7:00 p.m. and I think most people were getting ready to leave as well. The amount of energy in that house for those three hours could have provided electricity for the city for a year. 🙂
I’m on my way to DeWitt, Iowa this morning to do a small presentation at one of their churches on making visitors feel comfortable. It is a similar subject I train on at work and was asked to present it to the welcoming committee. This is something I have never done and I am a little bit apprehensive about doing.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your snowy Sunday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
I had benefit meetings in Cedar Rapids yesterday and on the way back to Maquoketa saw some interesting farm scenes.
The weather was really strange as I could see snow showers on one side of the road, with areas of yellow sunshine mixed in and gray, cloudy skies on the other side of the road. It was weird.
My eye continues to improve and I’m grateful for that. I received a nice email from Sharon yesterday stating that she had cataract surgery in both of her eyes in October and she assured me that it does get better each day. Sharon was my first love in first grade. 🙂
I do not have any profound thoughts to share today. Apparently I’m running on empty so it’s a good thing this is Friday.
Hope you enjoy your day and the weekend. Supposed to be nice and cold the entire weekend into next week. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
I have rocks for you today. These are rock formations that I photographed last Sunday on my trek through the Mines of Spain. I’m not normally a rock person but I shot a lot of pictures of different rock formations that I found interesting on my hike through the area.
I will most certainly go back to the trails sometime, perhaps when there is snow on the ground.
So today I met with the eye surgeon. He was pleased with my progress and said that the flickering would go away over time. It is better today than it was yesterday, so I am optimistic that it will continue to improve. He also said that I can resume full normal activities as of today, which means that I can get back to working out.
The other good news was that he said he didn’t think I would have to wear glasses again. He said that I am far-sighted in one eye and near-sighted in the other eye and much like contacts that set up that way I see very well with both eyes. It is the first time I have not worn glasses in 46 years. 🙂
One more health issue and then I’ll get off that subject. I met with my endocrinologist Monday. My A1C was 6.2 and all the other numbers were excellent. I’ve lost 43 pounds and everything seems to be in good order. He told me to keep doing what I’ve been doing so I feel good about that.
I’ve got two days of meetings with employees about their benefits today and tomorrow so probably not much opportunity for photography.
I’ve got to find my macro lens and start doing some macro images for days like this. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.