Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Is it just my imagination or are all the competitors, especially those on the slopes, all handsome or beautiful and have great teeth and beautiful complexion?
Or is my eyesight going south just like the rest of me? If they are all purty I may have to rethink my feelings about living in a world with snow and ice 6 months a year.
Monday, February 15, 2010
For the duration… I am an Olympics junkie and especially the winter Olympics.
Both of these were taken while watching the snowboard time trials. I don’t see how those kids stay on their feet. It really gets hairy when they start racing in the heats after the time trials. There will be 4 racers on the course at a time and it’s kinda like a cross between snowboarding and freestyle wrestling. There are bumps and falls and ducking under and jumping over downed boarders and the jumps and whoever is standing at the end of the run, the top two I think, will advance to the next race. I enjoy these even more than the tricks and jumps of the half-pipe because of the skill needed to navigate the downhill drops and avoid the other boarders and outthink all the others to the gold.
So while I probably won’t be posting much for a bit… you’ll know where I am. Watching every event I can on the winter sports…
Except for this evening. I’m going to Norman to watch the OU Women’s basketball team play top ranked Connecticut women. The ticket was one of my birthday presents and the weather is cooperating but after the game I will be watching the re-runs of whatever I missed while at the game.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Chloe knew I was going to be gone for more than the afternoon when I got out my luggage to pack…
You’d think that I was gonna be gone forever. I told them I’d be back in just a few days but they don’t understand about birthdays.I came south to Fort Worth to visit with my family and do an early birthday celebration since my baby brother that shares my birthday has to work on Saturday. I got up this morning and it was like deja vu all over again…
That’s my little pickup… at 12:30 a.m. I looked outside and it was so light and beautiful I grabbed my camera and went out in my jeans and a tee shirt to get “just a few” pictures.
I saw the street light shining on the snowy trees and I had to get my camera and see if I could capture the look of it to share with you all. Then I would look and see something else…
And then look over here…
And how about over there?
Well, Bennett decided he couldn’t stand it for me to be out taking pictures without him getting in on the fun.
(photo by B. T. Gardner) Gotta give credit where credit is due.
We took pictures in the front, then the back…
And the bird bath that earlier in the day was being used by a morning dove to get a drink. I didn’t have my camera at hand when my s.i.l. Diane yelled at Ben and me to come look… you’d see the dove looking around, then it would put it’s head down for a drink and you could barely see it’s back.
Snow on the back fence… note the tiki torch on the left side of the picture. When we decided to go back out front I grabbed my coat and put it on and out we went and what did we find but an elephant frog…
Ben got out his tripod to set up some timed pictures because there was no wind to deal with and the lightness of the night was too beautiful to pass up…
This was about a 20 second exposure. I stood as still as I could. This tree in their front yard is absolutely beautiful and we are praying that the limbs don’t break under the weight of the snow. (photo by B.T. Gardner)
Another timed shot, about 30 seconds. (photo by B.T. Gardner) This was taken about 12:45 a.m.
This is another one 30 second picture of the trees and the street light taken from up towards the front of the front yard…
For the really big finish to this extra long post… one more that Ben took with me on a timed shot… I’m still 64 in this photo.
On Saturday I won’t be able to claim 64 any more but that’s okay since I don’t feel it or most times don’t act like it… and, like I told my baby brother, what a gift we were given to be able to share this night a day before our birthday. (Photo courtesy of B.T. Gardner)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I was listening to NPR the other day driving back home from Norman and the interviewer was talking to two authors that had asked for and collected a number of six word memoirs and published them. In listening to the interviewer and the authors it dawned on me that a person could write a six word memoir that could also work as an epitaph as well as a memoir. It could define a certain time in someone’s life, maybe a period of pure joy or incredible sadness, a time of stress or of a loss of a loved one or a broken heart, the birth of a child or a move that took you away from your childhood friends.
In other words, we could all write a six word memoir that would be a look into our inner selves, our souls in a manner of speaking, on a daily basis, even on some days an hourly basis, but if you recorded your own six word memoirs and then looked back on them in a week, a year or even in ten years and there would be perhaps only one or two that would really continue to be relevant and meaningful to you throughout your life.
My first six word phrase that leapt to my mind while I was listening to the program was, “I came, I saw, I laughed!” I’ve decided to keep a notepad handy and start jotting down six word phrases that come to my mind and will occasionally re-visit this subject and share with you my six word phrases, both those that are good or bad, deep or shallow, dark or enlightening.
So let me ask you… what six word phrase came to your mind while reading this post? Are you willing to share it with others in this very public forum or do you chose to keep it to yourself because it leaves you feeling too vulnerable? And does this exercise interest you or intrigue you to start to learn more about yourself in only six word bites?
Or do you think I’m crazy?