Friday, October 30, 2009


No Friday night football. Tomorrow is the first round of the playoff games and with UNITED's record(8-1) we're hosting the 2pm game. Our volleyball girls have also had a fantastic season, 35-0.
I've been doing some photo repair and restoration.....seriously, anything to make a buck.

Monday, October 19, 2009

portrait on the street

Homecoming dance was this past Saturday night and my youngest son took a date. Hes a Sophomore in high school and like all the kids, growing up too fast.
A group all went together. Jess has his learners permit so he still relies on us to get him where he wants to go. We picked up the wrist corsage then went to meet everybody. If I wanted pictures this was going to be my only opportunity, unless I wanted to drive to the school 3 hours later for the 'coronation ceremony'.. my daughter had already made plans which would have left me a little cramped for time.

The barn made a pretty good backdrop, I put them in the shade and had no additional lighting.

Friday, October 16, 2009

emergency pedicure

The Farrier came today to see my little mare, Precious. She hadn't been doing well the last few days.
wait..I take that back..she hadn't been doing well for a couple weeks . Just the last couple of days she was really lame and was down more than she was up.
The first thing I did was check her feet. Shes got horrible feet, too tender, and her pasterns are too straight. When I didn't see anything I thought maybe she'd took a spill, with all the rain we've had the lot around they horse shed is pretty slimy. Horse liniment seemed to make her feel better, temporarily. Then she got worse, wasn't going far and wasn't going anywhere very fast.
I went with my gut and called my horseshoer. Hes always been there when I've had a problem, been his customer for several years. Hes quick and good, I've got a lot of confidence in him.
A few quick nips and the culprit was found in her toe, she had a pretty nasty abcess. Still a little tender, she went down the hill to eat as soon as she was turned loose. She never did lose her appetite which is a good thing.
Joy, my big mare was getting jealous of the attention I was paying Precious...especially yesterday when I fed and watered her while she was laying down. Precious is such a sweet little horse, nothing at all like the big pain-in-the-butt, Joy
Why is it always the nice ones you stress over?

The upper photo is Joy(b/w) and the lower one Precious. I was looking down from the back yard tree.
I didn't mean for my blog to be horse talk, thats just been whats happening lately. High school Homecoming football game tonight. Hope it's not raining so I can get some pictures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Horse talk

I need a little humor today.
We shut the exterior painting down for the year....
and it's raining again. I'm sooo not ready for Winter.

It looks like these two were sharing a private joke. I'd caught Precious in mid yawn.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lake Storey 2

Lake Storey

I took a trip to the lake today with the intention of photographing the Fall colors, then ended up filling my memory card with Canadian Geese.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

1st frost, 1st loss

woke up to a frosty 30F this morning. 10 am and I'm still in my robe drinking coffee.
Last nights football game was cold. I broke out the longjohns for football a couple weeks ago and a hoodie under my Winter jacket. I have a gloved left hand but it's nearly impossible to push the shutter button with a glove so the right hand goes into my pocket at every opportunity.
That reminds me I have a pair of heavy mittens that flip down to expose your fingers, maybe I should shop for a little lighterweight pair.
The fog rolled in, and the boys had steam rolling off of them. It made for some pretty cool shots... spent the 2nd half of the game just trying to keep my lens from fogging up.
UNITED suffered it's first loss 42-27. I'm not sure what this will do for their record, we're a 1A school and lost against a 2A. We're out as conference champions but still have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs(?)... or something like that.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oct 9, 2009. TGIF!

It's raining, again. Too wet to paint. arg!
on the upside....
It's Mercers homecoming. GO RED STORM!!!
I was looking for a shot I'd taken from an Aledo game two years ago. It must be on disk somewhere. Its a Aledo tuba tuba player flashing me a peace sign. I'll have to hunt it down later.
So... heres something I thought would be a neat little novelty item when I was looking at Cafepress, until I saw the shipping charges. Unrealistic for anybody(local) that would want this on a cup or mousepad imo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Every picture tells a story.
My long tailed Boxer Daisy loves horse pellets.
Joy, my big Morgan mare doesn't like to share.

October 8, 2009

The first of the first, since we all have to start somewhere...the beginning is always good.

This is a shot I took last weekend in my Dads shop. I was in the middle of editing probably the 3rd image when I noticed the face in the back of the forge. I had to call my youngest in the room to see if he could see it too. It's in every one of the shots of the forge.