Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 177, Night Lightening on the Lake

The DPS theme for this week is "lighting experiment". I pondered this for a while but hadn't come up with anything to try. And then Mother Nature provided me with the perfect opportunity. We had an amazing lightening show over Lake Michigan this evening. I've tried to catch lightening shots during the day many times but I've never tried to catch lightening at night with my Rebel in hand.

I had LOTS of misses, but I did manage to catch that lightening a couple times!

Catching lightening during the day is mostly about the timing. But catching lightening at night is a lot more complicated. I like what I was able to get and I can't wait for another opportunity to try again! This was a fun "lighting experiment"!

DPS Image: Lighting Experiment

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 176, Dinner at Panera

Dinner tonight was eaten at an outdoor patio table at my local Panera Bread cafe. It was a beautiful evening for sitting out and I enjoyed my strawberry poppyseed salad with a whole grain baguette, frozen strawberry lemonade, and a brownie for dessert. This is my favorite summer salad. YUM!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 175, This Week in My Garden, Part 2

The day lillies are goin' to town.

This was one of my dad's prized roses... I believe it's "Abraham Lincoln". Beautiful scent!

This looks just like the clematis I had pictures of a few weeks back but it's a different plant.

The red and white geraniums are in full bloom. Love the rustic birdhouse my neighbor built.

Pretty lily!

The bees sure love these flowers!

I guess this little guy was all tuckered out and ready for a nap. He was watching me the whole time I was taking photographs but he never moved.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 174, This Week in My Garden, Part 1

My shrub roses are really going to town this week. The blooms are colorful and plentiful.
Unfortunately, my camera battery died before I had a chance to photograph anything but these two rose bushes. I'll have to do a part 2 tomorrow.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 173, Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

This is the high altar of my favorite church, Sweetest Heart of Mary in Detroit.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 172, Swingin' Good Time!

Our community has a celebratory event every year that includes a carnival with lots of rides. I love the crowds, the loud '60s and '70s music that blares from the rides, the midway hawkers, the bright colors everywhere, and of course the carnival food. This evening's dinner was a chicken fajita, butterfly chips, and an ice cream sandwich made with really rich frozen custard and a large soft-baked chocolate chip cookie. YUM! Yeah, I'm bad. Good thing the carnival only comes once a year! :-)

DPS Image: Swing

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 171, Checkin in on Sandy

We haven't visited Sandy in a while. He's up to 9 lbs now. He's a curious little guy and he loves people.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 170, Cocoa Came to Visit

Here's little Cocoa who came to visit today. He's thought to be half miniature poodle and half terrier. His personality is all terrier, which is to say he's very hyper. He doesn't sit still long but he's a cutie!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 169, After the Rain

I braved a bevy of mosquitoes (they're TERRIBLE this year!) to get this picture of my pink roses in bloom. Roses always look especially cheerful after the rain, don't they?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 168, Tweeters

My neighbor has bird houses galore and recently added a bird feeder. I believe these are goldfinches.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 167, Trash or Treasure?

This is a photograph of my paternal grandparents on their wedding day in 1906. It's a large photo, 11x14, and as you can see the glass from the frame is broken. I pulled it out of the attic as part of my de-cluttering project and I don't want to put it back in there. This photo is the only thing my father got from the family home after his parents died. I have the frame but it's broken too.

This photo was in the attic at my parent's house when they had the house fire back in 1958. The photo is stuck to the glass (in places). You can see some of the areas where the photo paper stuck to the glass when I tried to gently pull it away (< Here). The cardboard backing is water stained. The question is, what do I do with it?

Do I risk soaking it in water and hoping it will safely peel away once it's wet? And if so, how do I dry it so it won't warp? Would I be better off just pulling as much of the photo off the glass as I can and scrapping what's left with a razor blade and then  pasting the pieces back on the photograph? Any other suggestions?

I have photographed the photo so I have a digital image to work with. But I want to at least try to salvage the original photo before I just chuck it in the trash. I'd love to  put it in a new frame with new glass that's not so dingy. So how do I go about this? Anybody done this sort of photo salvation/restoration before? Advice please!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 166, It's As Good As It Looks

It's often a challenge to come up with food everyone will enjoy when you have to deal with special diets. Two in our family are vegans, one is a vegetarian, one eats low sodium, and then there's the gout diet to keep in mind. This raspberry crisp, made with fresh raspberries, fits the bill and is always a hit. I make a double batch because everyone goes back for seconds. I like mine with rich vanilla ice cream but for the vegans I buy dairy-free ice cream. Either way, the raspberry crisp hot out of the oven topped with cool creamy ice cream... sweet, tart, creamy, and crunchy all in one. We love it! This was our Father's Day dessert after dinner this evening. YUM!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 165, Vladi's World

Little Vladi was sitting in the window watching the world go by. His buddy Kaj was across the street going for a walk. That interested Vladi for a short time and then...

Along came a big ole bug on the window screen to entertain him.

He tried to catch it, but it proved to be a tricky ole bug.

He pondered what to do about it...

And then he tried again.

And again.

And again.

And then he went back to doing what he was doing... watching the world go by and ignoring that which he was no longer interested in.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 164, Here's Why You Should Clean Out Your Attic

Father's Day is just a couple days away. So it's understandable that I would be thinking about my dad and remembering the good times we had together. My dad died when I was only 17 years old. I was away at college at the time and I returned to campus shortly after his funeral. I wasn't at home when my mom and brothers went through his things and donated most of them. My brothers took his tools and fishing tackle. My mom kept his wedding ring which was later given to one of my brothers. I didn't remember being given anything of my dad's. Over the years, I've often wished I had something tangible to hold in my hand to remember him by. I have a few photos, but not many. I would love to have one of his neckties or hats or even one his hankies (he preferred those to tissues). But those things were all donated to the St Vincent De Paul charity.

After my mom died (2007) and my brothers and I were cleaning out her house I asked them if they knew of anything remaining that had belonged to my dad. But there was nothing. It had been over 30 years since my dad died so that wasn't really surprising.

Fast forward to 2011. I've been cleaning out the attic, garage, and basement of our home. My kids have been carrying down box after box from the attic... things I haven't seen in many years. Over the last week I've been going through each of the boxes and donating and trashing most of the stuff. But I have found a couple of special items, one being an item of my dad's that I didn't realize I even owned. It's a pair of binoculars. I suspect the box they were in was never unpacked after we moved to this house or even in subsequent moves.

I knew these were my dad's binoculars as soon as I saw the case. I opened it up and sure enough the name tag inside had his name, address, and phone number on it. I don't remember the circumstances of him getting the binoculars. They may have been purchased with S&H Green Stamps. I do remember how often he used them, and I used them too. We used to take drives to the riverfront (Detroit River in Ecorse & Wyandotte or the St Clair River in Algonac) and watch the freighters go by. It was fun to look for identifying information to see where the ships had come from or were going to. My dad also liked to check out the fishermen in boats to see what they were catching. Those binoculars bring back lots of happy memories for me... leisurely time spent with my dad.

It's interesting that on the eve of Father's Day, a holiday when children normally give gifts to their fathers, I have received a gift from my father. It's a gift I can hold in my hands and remember him by. It's a gift that brings me great joy.

Happy Father's Day, Dad.
Thanks for all the good times we shared 
and the happy memories I have.

DPS Image: Father

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 163, Serious Bloomer

I believe this is a Catalpa tree. There are several of them around my neighborhood. The trees are very tall with large, broad leaves, clumps of beautiful white blossoms that look like bouquets, and what looks like long tails hanging from the blossom stems. They're quite striking.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 162, Old Roses


Actually, the roses aren't old. I just applied an old photo effect using Instagram.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 160, This Week in the Garden

My "Tropicana" rose bush is in bloom. I love the deep peachy color.

This is just about the last blossom on the clematis vine. I think this plant is about done blooming for now.

This plant has been blooming nicely for a few weeks now but I think it's just about done too.

This little lovely has been blooming for about a week now. It looks so delicate but it's withstood several high 90 degree days, some torrential downpours, and some overnights in the 50s. I'd say it's doing pretty well.

My pine bushes have lots of pine cones on them. They're happy and fruitful. :-)

I love all the color in my yard at this time of the year. What I don't like are all the weeds. Last week my son rototilled all the flower beds, sprinkled them with Preen, and covered them with cedar mulch. This week, the weeds are back. :-(

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 159, Sunday in Saline

Took a drive out to Saline (Michigan) today. It was an unusually cool day and not a pleasant one for dining alfresco. These tables are in front of the Brecon Grille where we had lunch.
This was the "Herbed and Sundried Tomato Chicken" I enjoyed at the Grille. It was beautifully prepared and quite tasty. Yum!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 158, Trash and Treasures

This weekend we started the massive task of cleaning/de-cluttering the attic and garage. We started with the garage and made enough space to use the area for staging all the boxes we brought down from the attic.
Going through the contents of the attic was like discovering a time capsule of technology. These were all empty boxes that were immediately designated for the trash pile.
Now these are absolute treasures! They will be kept and enjoyed for some time to come.
More antique technology... I'd almost forgotten what these looked like. Needless to say, I took a picture for fond remembrance and these too were added to the trash pile.
Oh, did this bowling ball bring back memories! I bowled my highest game ever with this ball... a 238. I had lots of fun times with friends back in the day when I used to bowl regularly. But, this is another day and time and this dear "treasure" was added to the donation pile.
Wow! We're really going back in time now! These large format floppy discs were once the THE technology of the day. Honestly, I don't miss them. ;-) They ended up in the trash pile too.
Well, the garbage collectors won't be happy when they get to our house this week. The donation pile, still inside the garage awaiting pickup, is just about the same size as this trash pile. I think the house is a lot happier with all this stuff gone. I know I am. :-)

I'm calling this my "garage and attic cleaning party" for the DPS Theme (party).

DPS Image: party

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 157, Breakfast of Champions

OK, so maybe it isn't the breakfast of champions. But it's what I eat for breakfast most days of the week. I usually have one about 7:30am and a second one about 10:00am.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 156, Protesters Making the News

A local news truck on the scene of protesters at the Coney Island diner in my neighborhood this morning. The protesters are UAW members who assembled there because presidential candidate Mitt Romney was making a campaign appearance. They're not happy with him because he didn't support the bailout of GM and Chrysler.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 155, Are They or Aren't They My Relatives?

The gravestone of Michal and Stanislawa Kietrys in St Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights, Michigan. I've wondered for some time if I'm related to these folks but as yet I've been unable to confirm that. It was a hot summer morning in the cemetery.