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Friday, October 31, 2008

Camera Critters - Batman

Camera Critters

Nanananananan Batman....isn't this guy cute? I loved how serious he looked standing there next to his owner, never wavered. The kids got candy from his owner and he just stared at me.

Happy Halloween

Sky Watch Friday

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - I See You

I took my kids to a local farm last week. While there I was on the look out for red for my Ruby Tuesday submission. I did find it, while my son was on the look out, I snapped a photo of looking through a very red telescope.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Emerald Green Sunday - The Splinter

We headed to Heaven Farms this past week. We have gone there every year for 3 years. I love taking the kids picture in front of the sign with the tape measure so I can see how big they have gotten. It's the best! They have a sign with the farms name on it, the year and a measuring stick. How cool is that?

This year we were there about 5 minutes when my son acquired an injury that made me want to scoop him up and run not walk to the nearest pediatrician. If he was younger and wouldn't protest I probably would have.

Ok, it was only a splinter it's not like he was cut by some old farm equipment or something but you haven't seen this splinter.

We were in the dried corn boxes (like a sand box but with corn). There were some buckets and pails and my kids were enjoying filling the pails with corn and dumping them. I took a photo of Goddess and noticed my son looking at his finger. When I look at the picture now I see that I actually captured the moment it happened but it is so fuzzy that I won't post it.

I asked him what happened and he said, I hurt my finger. I asked if I could see it. He gave me his hand and I was shocked. There was a huge piece of emerald green painted wood from the corn box under his nail. It was so big! It went right under the nail almost to his cuticle.

I asked if it hurt and he said yes. I told him we should go right to the doctor but he said he wanted to stay. We did. He was fine. I spent the entire time worried about the nail. Would we be able to get it out? Was the wood once an animal pen? Did he need to get a shot for infection? Would we be heading to the hospital?

After about an hour and a half I told them it was time to go. On my way I called the pediatrician and told them I was bringing him in and why.

The doctor did try but nothing. Due to the size he suggested I rush to the ER and have them give him a general, cut the nail and remove it. He also said that my son's shots were up to date and to not let them give him a tentnous shot.

The doc was awesome. Since I don't have medical insurance he didn't charge me, savings of $90.00.

I headed home and called a nurse friend who lives on my street. Her suggestion, it if is not bothering him, leave it alone. Keep it clean and covered and let it work it's way out. The moment there is any sign of infection bring him to the hospital.

The first night he woke up crying. He said his finger hurt and it was hard to console him. He cried silently with his arm over his eyes. He didn't want to be held and kept telling us to leave him alone. My thought was to rush him to the ER right then. The Teach and I were concerned and looked at each other over my son's head. We told each other that we would wait to see how he is in the morning.

The morning came and all was well. It will be a week tomorrow that he got the splinter. There is no redness, puffyness and he hasn't complained at all about pain. We keep it covered, cleaning it every day and re-bandaging the finger. Hopefully in another week we have enough nail growth to see some of the tip of this Emerald Tree. Until then, we wait.

Monochrome Monday

Notice I didn't use the Rule of Thirds?

I thought placing my subject (my baby girl) in the middle of the twisting tube, added interest.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Picking Pumpkins 2007

This is a pictures of Handsome pumpkin picking last year. It's funny to look at this because he has a short sleeve shirt on. The weather this year has made it so that we would have to wear a hat and gloves if we had gone pumpkin picking. We did get to the farm to pick pumpkins never got to the pumpkin patch. More on that when I load the pictures from that trip.

I love looking at the picture because he held this pumpkin for 45 minutes while the friends we were with searched for theirs. When it was time to get on the hayride to go back, he tossed the pumpkin before walking up the steps of the wagon. Why? I have no idea.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I applied an Ortonish them to this picture. I honestly don't know what the hell that means but here is my Wordless Wednesday. This is my son dying to get out of the car and head into his martial arts training.

ABC Wednesday - "N" - NIECE

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I used picture of my nieces on both my blogs ABC Wednesday's N theme. This is my baby girl, Goddess and my other baby girl. My adorably, sweet niece Sam. Sam and I used to be closer. She spent 2 summers with me and I loved every minute of it. Last year I only got her for 2 nights and this summer not at all. I loved having her here and my kids adore her.

Sam is the kid you want your kids to be around. She is fun, silly, playful and adorable. What's not to love. I have 6 nieces and Sam was the one I was closet to. I think it had something to do with being there from the beginning of her life and not having any children of my own.

I told my niece that if I ever had a girl I wanted her to be just like her. I got my wish. They look alike, act alike and both want to be center stage. Sam feels things very deeply as does Goddess. Sam is a sensitive soul as is Goddess. I hope to get her for a few weeks this coming summer. Hopefully I can work something out with her mother. I miss hanging out with her.

Family is the best and I am glad my daughter has amazing girl cousins to look up to.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - Halloween 2003 & 2005

Join Mary/Teach the brain child behind Ruby Tuesday and post some Ruby Red photos.

These pictures are of my babies. The first one is Handsome in 2003 and he was 5 months old. The second is Goddess in 2005 and she was 6 months old. Yes, they are wearing the same costume only Handsome was about 13 pounds heavier.

They were my little devils and the outfit really, really was fitting for the Goddess.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Emerald Green Sunday & Monochrome Monday

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I wanted to take some pictures of the lake but all of this grass caught my attention. I snapped about 5 pictures in 2 minutes and got back in the car because it was starting to rain. I am really pleased with them and think they are a wonderful contribution for Emerald Sunday. Hope you like them too.

Monochrome Monday

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Here is a photo of my children tossing pebbles into a drain. What you don't do this? I am not sure how long they would do this if I didn't call them away. Usually after 3 minutes I am done but I would be interested to see how long they would last without the me moving them along.

Scenic Sunday - Autumn In NY

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It was impossible to choose just one picture. This is autumn by me. Beautiful!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Camera Critters - The Lady and The Lady Bug

Camera Critters

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My daughter and the ladybug...

If you were curious about last week's creature critter...I have the answer here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - October Dusk

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thematic Photographic 20 - Blur

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This photo of my daughter was a pleasant surprise. I was having trouble with my digital camera this day because of the lighting. I missed all the shots because of the lighting as the sun was going down. This was just a hesitation on my camera but what a pearl. Love it!

See my other Thematic Photographic here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ABC Wednesday - M - Mommy

I love this picture of me and my children for so many reasons.

1 - This is basically very typical of my day. They love me and hang on me all day. And me, I can't get enough.

2- This is a very unstaged picture. It was taken by my son's speech instructor. She and I were speaking after his session when he got on my back. A few minutes later my daughter climbed on. Beth, stopped talking and asked where my camera was. Having an informal, unstaged photo taken of me and my kids is a rarity. As the photographer of the house, I do a whole lot of self timer photos.

3 - Because my kids look adorable!!

Wordless Wednesday - Childhood

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - The Red Door

For more photos of this old church check over here.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Monochrome Monday - The Gift

My daughter giving me a flower/weed. I love any gift she offers. It may look like a weed to you but to me it might as well be a diamond ring.

Scenic Sunday

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Here is the lake painted in Autumn. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of nature.

Emerald Sunday - The Green Church

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This is the little green church. I love the angles, doors and stone that make up this building.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What the Heck Is This? See The Answer Below.

Camera Critters

Can someone tell me what this is. I imagine it is some kind of Spinx moth but have been unable to locate it online or at the library. For another picture of this interesting creature. Go to my other blog here.

It is called a Tiger Swallowtail. Because of it's color I assumed it was a moth caterpillar. It is not, it is in fact a butterfly.

It took forever to find information on this guy. I was searching through archives of moth caterpillars. Doh!

Check out this link for photos of the caterpiller in the various stages and then becoming a butterfly.

Another photo.

Some video

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar - Funny home videos are a click away