Two

Two

Escape

Escape

Notice {owl on my deck}

Notice {owl on my deck}

It's A Boy!

It’s A Boy!

Crowded Around

Crowded Around

All shots except owl were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 – owl in the wood was taken with Canon T1i

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Saying Goodbye

When we lived with my Mom

When we lived with my Mom

She was almost sixteen and she’s been with me almost every day of those 15 years.  Spooky was my little girl, our family nurse, my stress reliever, my comforter.  She alone was with me every day and every night as my life changed dramatically during those 15 years.  She used to scratch the covers to get under the bed with me and she’s handled the many moves I thrust upon her so very well for a cat.

She fell in love with Ray when he came into her life as he spoiled her so.  He’s been with me and helped make our arrangements.  We took her for cremation and he will bring her back to me on Monday.

Ray reminds me that she started today by eating her favorite treats, getting rubs from her mom, sat on the arm of her favorite chair.

Her favorite chair

Her favorite chair

She came into the bathroom to be with me as she said goodbye.  I was able to pet her and talk to her to tell her how much she meant to me.  I couldn’t ask for more than that.

This morning I started the day with a smile as we waited to hear the news of the gender of our next grandchild.  We saw the ultrasound and now know that we are gonna have a new baby boy that I’m so ready to love.  But today I am grieving for my little girl.

Last May on our balcony

Last May on our balcony

Daily Photos

Conversation

Conversation

Where I Stand

Where I Stand

In the Front Yard

In the Front Yard

I’ve been struggling lately with my daily photography project.  I want to blame the time of year.  It’s been gray and cold lately but yesterday I went out into the sunshine (before work) and didn’t feel inspired.

Yesterday’s post was my 365th!  Although I started my blog on 12/12/12 and hoped to post daily that proved to be too big a task for me.  I’m looking forward to another year of Celebrating Life!

Here’s a video for you:  I Dream of Spring (some lovely photos in the montage)

Celebrating 20 Years!

I spoke with my friend Cheryl yesterday and heard about her plans for her kids (Brad and Brenna) birthday dinner when Cheryl asked “Isn’t today Jeremy’s anniversary?”  This threw me for a loop.  I had to think about the date and remember.  No, today is.

It’s been 20 years since Jeremy had his successful bone marrow transplant donated by his brother Brandon.  I am amazed that it was a literal life changing event that I will claim as a miracle and that I could “forget” about it all of these years later.

There are so many memories, traumatic and peaceful, before and since then and so many life changing experiences.

I subscribe to an uplifting email service.  I had to go back and open it yesterday after I realized it was spot on yesterday!  Here’s what it said:

A word on miracles…

Sherri, don’t let those that have not yet transpired, blind you to those that have.

It really fouls things up.

Tallyho,
The Universe

Thank you God for blessing us with this miracle.  I’m thankful to VCU-MCV and their outstanding physicians and nurses, pediatric staff and amazing volunteers for providing many smiles during dark times.  I’m grateful for my family and my best friend for holding me together when I thought I was falling apart and for the millions of things they did to help make that time easier.  I’m thankful for the community that donated money to help us at that time.

Celebrating Life!

Tin Roof RUSTY

Sometimes it’s too hard to think of a title!

I confess I’m a bit sleepy and a tad grumpy and I’m blaming it on the weather.  I was going to go back home to visit my kinfolk today but I changed plans because of this latest storm.  We saw a bit of snow but it was mostly rain with some high winds to make it interesting.

Ray and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant last night for dinner and drinks.  I noticed this crazy rust as got off of the elevator and walked towards our door. So, of course I came in and grabbed my camera to capture its unique beauty and wandered around and took a few more.005 (533x800) 006 (533x800) 010 (533x800) 011 (533x800)

A little bit of Pax before it turned to rain

A little bit of Pax before it turned to rain – for some reason I’m hearing McArthur Park in my head.  I don’t know if I can take it…

I’m hoping that the sun will come out tomorrow – I can recharge my solar batteries of good moodiness:)

A Little Heart

A Little Heart

A Little Heart

Today’s prompt – A Little Heart.  Recommendation – focus on the heart with bokeh in the background.

I racked my brain for a concept this morning  I used to have heart earrings but I think I threw them out recently.  But then, lightbulb moment, I remembered this ring.  Perfect for the prompt and to wear for this month of love.

Camera mounted to the tripod and remote shutter release used with camera on Aperture setting.

I can’t believe it’s been 40 days for this photo a day challenge.  How wonderful!

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