Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eagles! Live Cam!

A few weeks ago, I found out about a live eagle cam in Decorah, Iowa.  I went there in time to see one of the hatched babies and two eggs.  Since then, I’ve checked in almost daily, except for when I was gone last week.  Wow, have they grown since the tiny bits of grey fluff.  The parents even leave them alone for short periods of time, now.

Eaglets 1

Here’s Mom or Dad come to watch over them.

Eagles. jpg

Here’s the link to the live cam:

When I clicked on this a.m. to see them all alone, they looked so big and they have feathers starting to come in!  Can’t wait to check out flying lessons.  As I was typing this, both adults are on the nest, with Mom doing maintenance on the nest.  Feeding time!  If you want to see videos from before, go  here on Youtube and pick what you want to watch.

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Thomasville, GA, Roses

On our mini-vacation, we drove from Tallahassee up to Thomasville, GA, to see the mansions and the Rose Festival.  Turns out that though the brochure said the Festival started on Thursday, April 21, that was the kid’s parade at 7:00 p.m.  So, no festival for us, but Russel drove me to the Rose Garden so I could wander around taking pics.  It was after 5:00 p.m., but the light was just right. 

Here’s a pretty two-toned pink.

Pink and White

I’m pretty sure this one is an American Beauty rose.  Gorgeous, deep red.

American Beauty 

Yellow on the inside, red on the outside.  Cool!


This has to be a Peace rose.  Lovely, soft yellow.


This one is a pinky peach.

Peach 2

This one is another peach, more yellow and orange, like the roses in my wedding bouquet.


My only problem with Thomasville claiming to be “The Rose City,” is that I have been to the Rose City, Portland, Oregon.  Portland has had a century or so to work on its roses, so give Thomasville some time.  Portland’s roses are mostly tagged, especially in the formal gardens, so you know what kind of rose you are looking at.  Not so, Thomasville.  I could identify two of them, but that’s it.  The rest I just named by their color.

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Lighthouses, Oh, My!

My Russel and I had a mini-vacation last week, cramming lots of stuff into 3 days.  We left Tuesday and drove to Chipley in the Panhandle.  While Russel worked Wed. a.m., I drove myself around Marianna, taking pics of the historic homes.  We drove together to more homes that afternoon, but those pics will have to wait a bit.  We tried for the Florida Caverns, but they are closed on Wednesdays.  Our last day we managed to see three lighthouses and those are what I will post first as those pics are organized and named. 

First, we stopped briefly at Crooked River Lighthouse near Carrabelle on US 98 south of Tallahassee.  This lighthouse isn’t normally open, but it is nicely restored.  Members of the organization can climb it on the weekends.  Click on any pic for details, then hit back to return.

Crooked River 2

Next, we drove across a long causeway . . .


St. George Light 1

from the mainland to St. George Island.  You can see the light in this pic.  This lighthouse is famous for having its footings slowly eaten away by the sea until it was completely surrounded by water by 2005.  While a debate raged on whether to shore it up or move it, the light   collapsed into the Gulf on October 21, 2005.  Here’s 2/3 of a postcard showing it in the water and collapsed.

St. George Light 11

Looks totally hopeless, doesn’t it.  There are several websites with information on the light, but my favorite is here.  Reconstruction began in the Fall of 2007 and here she is now, safe, inland.

St. George Light 5

To prove that I climbed it, here’s me at the top in a pic taken by a nice man who came up with his family behind me.  My face is almost as red as my top!  It was hot up there!


Here’s Russel’s feet at the bottom, parked in a nice shady spot.  His bad knees won’t let him climb lighthouses.


Here’s a pic facing the Gulf from the top.  My batteries died in my camera, but my cell phone did okay.

St. George Light 7

We went from St. George Island to Apalachicola to have lunch at the Seafood Grill, highly recommended by Misty and Bob who stopped there on their way home in Feb.  Russel and I split a piece of orange cake after we porked out on shrimp.

Orange Cake

Apalachicola also had a restored mansion, the Raney House, but the museum had closed by the time we finished lunch.  Next time.

Raney House & Kathy

After Apalachicola, we turned east for home, making one more stop at the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge, about 20 miles south of Newport off US 98.  We were looking for alligators, but only saw some birds too far away for the phone to get good pics.  The last pics we took were of the St. Mark’s Lighthouse.

St. Mark's Light 1

St. Mark's Light 3

She was all boarded up, but still pretty impressive.  Lots more pics to come.  Roses are next.

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Jeannie’s Workshop

My dear Miss Jeannie had a workshop for me on Saturday to close out the Occasions Mini and we had a great time, even though I was running on empty after getting home late Friday from a mini-vacation.  We still had a great time and made a couple of beautiful cards.

First, here’s a picture of an Easter card I made a couple of to give to Jeannie.  She really loved them.  I CASE’d the idea and layout from BWstamper here on Splitcoaststampers.   She used the dogwood branch from the Easter Blossom set and I used the wild rose branch from Elements of Style.  The tulip border embossing folder turned out great.

Elements of Style tulip border 

Our first make and take was the bisque pottery technique I learned from a video on Diana Gibbs’ blog here.  Di did hers with Crumb Cake, but I like the Baja Breeze, too.  I used the Engraved Greetings birthday sentiment and the Very Vanilla rosettes which are now, alas, sold out.  Di’s tutorial was perfect to learn this cool technique using a brayer, an embossing folder (I used Vintage Wallpaper), an ink pad and the Big Shot.

Engraved Greetings

Our second make and take I also CASE’d off of Diana’s blog.  She’s one of my favorites.  Can you tell?  She went to the SU Leadership Conference in January and a friend of hers received a prize that included a card made by our illustrious leader, Shelli.  Di put a picture on her January 18, 2011, post here.  I puzzled it out and managed to make a reasonable facsimile.  Must have been successful as the ladies all loved it.

Easter Blossoms

Here’s a couple pics of the ladies having a good time before we started and of Therese with a finished make and take.

Ladies 1.

Ladies 2 

I’m almost done processing and naming all the pics I took on our mini-vacation last week to Georgia and the Panhandle.  Lots of houses (mansions, really), roses and lighthouses, oh my!  Will be blogging those later. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April Creative Images Meeting

We had a good turn out last night and almost everyone brought in cards for our Pretty in Pink exchange theme. I had my dates mixed up and had to be reminded by Jeannie! But, I made it, late, but there. I was so glad to see Linda and give her a hug. Janice and Theresa did the project this month, a cookout themed card with matchboxes getting everyone in the mood to cook outside.

First, here’s a collection of the ladies having fun, with the notable exception of Tange, who was pissed at me for taking her picture while she was working on her project, and Herman, our new member, Lona’s other half.

Herman must have had fun last month to come back for more! Note the red and white checked table cloth that matched the project we did.

There’s a really wide range of pinks in our exchange cards this month! First up, Holly’s Mother’s Day card using patterned paper and Primas.

Holly's PIP

Connie put together this clever flower by folding little punched circles and arranging them in a circle. I like the colored Easter eggs, too.

Connie's PIP

Ella made this bright card using designer paper, flowers and fiber.

Ella's PIP

Herman put together this blinged up slinky pink dress.

Herman's PIP

Here’s my Easter card in rose pink. You can see a pic of the inside and where I CASE’d this fold from on my March 6 post below.

Kathy's PIP

Janice made this cute little chorus line of chickies with glittered up Easter bunny ears!

Janice's PIP

Jeannie made several of these Cheers to You cards with the tipsy frog for friends of Meg that turned 21 last weekend.

Jeannie's PIP

Rosie made this romantic card with antique ephemera of sparking couples.

Rosie's PIP

Linda made this lovely three-dimensional bouquet with Flower Soft. I have to quit hoarding my Flower Soft!

Linda's PIP

Lona stamped these delicate pink leaves on a marbleized background, I think.

Lona's PIP

Pam watercolored this birthday card and used a dotted swiss embossing folder for the green layer and the Awash with Flowers stamp set.

Pam's PIP

Patty made this blissful wedding card with the Elegant Lines embossing folder, photo corner and bling!

Patty's PIP

Therese colored and fussy cut this Easter bunny cupcake with a nice fold on the ribbon.

Therese's PIP

Tange gold embossed this celebration card with her three rockin’ chicks.

Tange's Celebrate

Theresa made this elegant thank you card with layered flower stickers. Easy peasy, but gorgeous.

Theresa's PIP

Here’s the cute little cookout project designed by Janice and Theresa. Between the two red scallops is four little boxes of wooden matches, with star brads to help open the little drawers. My fave fussy cutting and watercoloring on the chef and fire.

Janice & Theresa's sample

As incentive to finish the project, Janice and Theresa made these little s’mores packs to hand out. I think Janice said she found the little flat marshmallows at Walmart. Ever since my long ago and far away days as a Girl Scout, I just love s’mores. Can’t go camping without the makings, but make do with the microwave.

Janice & Theresa's S'mores

That’s it for this month. Hope to see some of you at Jeannie’s workshop on the 23rd.

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