Totally StokedLife is like ocean waves that keep rolling in; some knock you down, some roll by, and others you just play in.  No matter what happens you just need to stand right back up and face the next wave of life, both good and bad.  The ocean and being in the waves is just part of the ocean experience.  Such is life,  life rolls in like the waves, enjoy what you can, learn not to go into waves that will knock you down or drown you, and enjoy the ride.  Just my thought for today….



IMG_4637-EditReflection and the Redish EgretMeeting a few friends early in the morning started my photo shoot.  We climbed in Donna’s SUV and away we went to Blackpoint Rd at the Merritt Island National Seashore.  Other photographers had beat us there, but their presents showed us the way to the birds.  A very notable bird, Reddish Egret,  performed for us and caught our attention for a while before heading on down the road for a look at other Winter Birds visiting the  area.

I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and was delighted to bring back a few interesting images of the Reddish Egret in Action.  Shooting photography is my kind of hunting.



Whistler's Family on PondFor so many years I have been taking pictures of this and that.  Photography has always be a great interest to me.  Now I have collected thousands of images and it is time to start going back and revisiting shots as possible.  I have a lifetime of work ahead of me and will have plenty to do for the rest of my life just revisiting my photographs and updating them. Not only will it be useful, but will give me great pleasure “Being There Again” with my revisit of my archive  images.

For example,  this month I looked back and found a couple of shots that I could use now.  These are shots that I passed up thinking they were not good a few years ago.  Today with upgraded editing,  I can turn yesterday’s lemons, into today’s lemonade.  Ha ha…ho ho ho..Oh, what fun is this!  The above image is a sample of one of my archive shots with a special message to you and yours.  Wishing you the best in the New Year as well!



IMG_4245-Edit.....Yesterday, I had the good fortune of going to see the ice sculptures at Gaylord Palms in Orlando,  Florida.  It was amazing to see what Chinese artist from Harbin, China  accomplished carving the  ice.  The theme was “Christmas Around the World”.IMG_4216-Edit.....

Many countries were recognized at the Christmas Holidays Ice Exhibit.  The temperature was 9 degrees for the ice display.  One had to wear heavy coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to witness the art.  This was a treat for Florida folks who are not used to cold weather and temperatures!!

One of my friends camera phone froze while we were inside the ice box!  We all enjoyed the sights for sure, as well as the icy temperatures for a few minutes.  After seeing the sculptures, we stepped outside into 80 degree weather to warm up again…




Today I noticed an advertisement for making a blog book out of your blogs.  Gee, that sounded like a great idea.  It actually was something that I wanted to do for a long time.

So I signed up with a company called “blog2print” and they made a beautiful book out of my blogs!  Amazing how quickly they made it. I decided to give them my business.  For $70 dollars they are sending me a hard copy of all the stories that I have been writing over the years. Normally, it would have been $84, but today with the “GOTTASAVE” coupon for $25 off, I am receiving it for $63.11 plus postage of $6.96.

It seems too good to be true.  I hope that it is!   Can’t wait to see my Blog Book!


Handwritten Recipes

Today, I was looking for a good recipe for the holidays.   What started out to be one minute search, turned out to be a half a day adventure down memory lane.  In order to find the family pecan pie recipe, I wound up looking through handwritten recipe cards or letters that were many years old.  Each recipe brought back a flood of memories.  My Mom’s recipe cards were especially dear to me.  Because they were written by her,  I felt like she was with me as I held her dear cards and recipes in my hand.

The same thing happened when I held Aunt Mabel’s Pineapple Pound Cake recipe.  Aunt Mabel was talking to me through her delicious pound cake that was always a crowd pleaser at family reunions.  Then, my Mother in law’s Green Chili Chicken recipe talked to me and I could hear her laughter in the kitchen.  The list goes on and so did my morning.

Some folks would say, I was wasting my time.  Others might appreciate the beauty that I experienced touching handwritten recipes that were personally written for me by a special person in my life.  My heart experienced such joy just holding those card and enjoying the memories that each recipe held for me.  I sure recommend asking for handwritten recipe cards from those that you love and keeping them in a very special place to enjoy for years to come. Now, that would be a wonderful Christmas gift wouldn’t it!  Just thinking…

View of Milkyway...I had the good fortune to see the Milky Way  on a hillside in Arizona.  This was a first attempt at sky night photography.  It was so awesome just seeing the stars and witness the grandeur of our universe.   Anyway, I hope that you are safe and having a good day where ever you are.

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