Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Recreation

This is for the Nancy Merrill weekly challenge.

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My family has discovered and embraced lake life.  From hanging out on the beach in summer to ice fishing in winter it is a very large part of their lives.  Getting home from work often means driving past the lake and seeing what it looks like today, checking the radar to see can we get some time in on the boat.  From early spring to late fall it is all about the boat.

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The lake they live near is a nice size private lake that is over 200 acres large.  At the deepest part it is about 40 feet deep. There are a couple of large beaches for residents and quite a few small beaches for private use only.  The lake supports about a dozen different types of fish as well as a fair amount of migratory water fowl.

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All summer long there are events on the waterfront for boaters and non boaters.  Summer camp for children is at the beach and lessons are offered in sailing and boating. All sorts of water craft take advantage of the mostly calm waters from kayaks to paddle boards to canoes and jet ski’s.

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I think we are quite lucky that the lake has become an important part of so many lives.  It gives family a ready event to get out on the lake and watch 4th of July fireworks or a quiet concert on a weeknight. Not to mention the winter of boat repair and prep that has become the new normal.

 

 

 

 

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Food, Rambling thoughts, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Literary Reference

This is the Nancy Marrill weekly chalenge for this week.

What a delightful and difficult challenge.  Somehow I instantly thought of the cats as subjects for this challenge ( I have no idea why).  Then I found the book I was looking for.  Next step try hearding cats.  Well, I got 2 out of 3 to cooperate, sort of. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did trying to have the lions behave.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, Quilts, Sewing, Travel

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vibrant

The entire world is the palette for this challenge, which makes it very difficult.  So I looked through photos to see where the most vibrant color jumped out at me.  In my collection it was the photos taken in my favorite quilt store in Anchorage, Alaska.

Here is a small sample of the fabrics in the store and a quilt that is one way to show off those vibrant colors. Many of the fabrics they carry are exclusive to Alaska and can only be purchased at stores in that state.  I hope you enjoy.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Off-Center

I rather think this is my life.  I do believe some people are meant to be symmetrical and some are not.  I am in the latter group.

I find things more pleasing to my eye if they are just a little bit off-center.

While the bird is centered in this photo, the branches , being off-center almost act as a frame for the bird.

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I have the people off-center here which give them more importance in the picture.

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I know that when it comes to hanging paintings on the wall or creating art, I again go for the off-center.  When making quilts I find that I like the change it gives to what might be a traditional quilt.  So I have added a quilt that is off-center.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Mountains

 

I love mountains.  Big snow-capped majestic ones and soft curving old ones like the Smokey’s. When I lived in Alaska last year I saw them daily and loved every bit of it  This photo is of a pass through the mountains last summer.

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This is a lovely quilt pattern called Moon Over the Mountains.

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This is for the Nancy Merrill challenge, A Photo A Week.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Boats & Ships

I am trying to do the photo a week challenge by Nancy Merrill, this week it is “Boats & Ships.”

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This is a cruise ship that was in the harbor in Seward Alaska.  It is the first cruise ship that was going north through the northern passage.  It was traveling with its own ice breaker ship in the lead. This was going from Seward to New York City and was going to take 3 months.

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Two of my son-in-laws were very happy with the purchase of this old boat, so happy they could not wait to put it in water to enjoy it.  Big boys and their toys.

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What a pretty quilt with a nice variety of ships on it.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Weekly Photo Challenge, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Yellow

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“The Calla Lilies  are in bloom again…”  Katharine Hepburn in “Stage Door.” Love the quote and the flower, here in the Midwest they do not winter outdoors, so seeing them bloom is a happy thing.

Right now the garden has a few other yellow contributions and a great-grandson brought out a collection.

The other place I go to is always a quilt.  Someone once told me that if a quilt has only a small percentage of yellow fabric it is classified as a yellow quilt.  I think that he combination of yellow and another color often makes a beautiful quilt and I love all the shades of yellow.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Airplane, Anchorage, firstfridays, postaday, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Flying

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One of the highlights  of my summer in Anchorage, Alaska was a float plane trip.  One of my grandsons came to visit and celebrate his birthday with mine, so we took a plane ride together in a Cessna that was 1 year younger than I am!  It was beyond description amazing.

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Our pilot was well versed in the options to find wildlife on the mountain ranges we flew over and we saw a lot.  He took us over so many different glaciers, I lost count.  One more beautiful than the next. We landed in a lake that was formed by the runoff from 3 glaciers, opened the door of the airplane and handed us a giant ice cube. about 12 inches,  probably over 10,000 years old from a calving glacier.

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I had to restrain myself and choose only a few photo’s.  I have been very lucky, flying many places in the world, on big new 777’s and tiny old regional jets. Some aircraft that looked like a crop duster in little one gate no-where’s-ville.  I have landed in huge modern international terminals, small antiquated  international terminals. But this flight circling the mountains  around Anchorage is one I will treasure.  The best time flying ever.

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