“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.”


Sunday, April 30, 2006

Alex's Bday Party

We held Alex's 19th bday party tonight on the deck. Candles and torches everywhere (I love all that soft light) and it looked so nice. Plus we had all that good company. Alex is a health nut and wanted a healthy treat in place of cake and ice cream, so I made two custard pies with berries. They were soooooo good, and a definite hit! I loved them too.. but I make them for myself quite often because of my 'ol diabetes. Sigh...

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sitting around the fire on Alex's 19th bday

What a wonderful day. We celebrated the first part of Alex's 19th birthday with a bonfire tonight and later, after the fire settled down, we sat around and chatted for a few hours with family and friends. It was wonderful. One of Alex's friends, Jesse, hopes to go to Oxford after graduation and he was a lot of fun to talk to. He made the night. Tomorrow we're cooking out, hanging out, and chilling out. (And I can't believe my little Alex is 19 years old!!)

By the way, this is the illustration that will grace the cover of Alex's graduation invitation. Didn't he do a great job? The wording says "Imagination has always come natural to me, but I never imagined I would be here so fast."

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Mushroom Hunting

Yes, you read it right... we went mushroom hunting today. No, we don't use little guns or little snares to catch the ever-so-clever mushroom... rather we go for a walk on shaded hillsides looking for springtime mushrooms to gather and fry in a once a year feast. We had a butt load of them the other day (I found - 0-. Nothing. Nada.) but here we were searching yet again. This is a photo from our trip. Silas and Chrissy hiking into the woods, the lake that we went to in Athens Ohio and the mayapples we look for (because nearly all the mushrooms I've found, since I was a little bitty girl, were living among the mayapples.)

Monday, April 24, 2006


Not too sure why I like this photo so much... but I do.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Hiking with Heather

Silas and I went on a hike today with Heather. Though we were supposed to be looking for yummy mushrooms, I came back empty handed (except for these photos).

Why I like to drink

but I rarely do.... because I tend to get a bit stupid. And I take people down with me when I do it. So these pics are from last night's party. Me and Heather were getting kinda silly. And yes, I'm licking her face (but I don't have to be drunk to do that..... unfortunately).

Come to think of it, I should probably drink MORE. This was a lot of fun!

Photos from Heathers site at:

Friday, April 21, 2006

Out and About

A few interesting photos from the woods. I laid down to shot most of them, which is a lot of fun in itself, but I really liked the idea of seeing the object from a completely different angle.

Here's some weird growth on a dead tree. It reminded me of crunched paper.

Yes, this is a photo of a hole in an old hollow log, but from this angle, it looks (to me) like a dragon's eye

I liked this fungi pic... how it pops out of the photo and you can see all its details.

This close, these new ferns look more like seahorses

Pics part 2

Heather's two boys (Austin & Justin) goofing off at the park. Mom made the face and the Buddha. I just love that Buddha.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Various Photos From 2006

Here's some pics from the first part of two thousand six.

Alex, Heather, Silas and Heather's beautiful little daughter Stephanie, Silas's masterpiece drawing, me / Heather/ and my darling daughter Chrissy at a sleepover, and my nephew Deakin and Silas as Batman & Batman.

The Prowling Tree

Doesn't this tree seem to be moving? When I saw it, I immediately invisioned it prowling through out the woods, like a big powerful cat. And when it saw me, it froze in place so I'd never know it's secret.

Monday, April 17, 2006


I was hypnotized by this single piece of bark. I sat, looking and following all the winding lines with my eyes, for what seemed like hours... though it was much, much shorter. I stuffed it in my pocket so I could share it with others, but I lost it while walking back home. Luckily, I took this photo so others could see what it was I was going on (and on) about.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

I met my Role Model !!

A dream came true this weekend. I met my professional role model, Charlene Teters. I picked her up at the Dayton, Ohio airport yesterday and was absolutely thrilled to have her all to myself during the 3 hour drive to Athens. She's wonderfully warm and personable, and I really liked her. Today we (my entire family minus the toddler) had brunch with her and some friends and local folks and then we toured a local museum, with Charlene, and then listended to her two hour (inspirational) lecture. For those of you who do not know Charlene, she is an artist and a professor - but she's also called the Rosa Parks of the Native American people. Charlene Teters, from the Spokane nation in Washington, made national (and international) news in the late 80's when she was attending an Illinois college that had a chief Illini as its mascot. She took her children to a game and were mortified when the mascot came onto the arena mimicking their ceremonies, traditions, and leaders (chief). And the "mascot" was wearing 90 real eagle feathers while dancing and prancing to some fictional ideal of what an Indian dance would be like. She stood outside the stadium days later with a sign saying Indian aren't mascots, they're human beings. She is literally the face of the anti-Indian mascot movement and her courage and conviction are admirable. She is my inspiration and my role model and today I accomplished a major professional/personal goal when I not only met her, but I got to know her and, if all things work out the way I hope they do, I will actually get to work with her. (insert huge smile here)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Mr Broadway

Went to watch Alex tonight in the school play. This is his last play because he's a senior. It's sad. I love watching him act. He's quite good at it.

Errand Day and stinky fish

Si and I were out running errands today and it was such a beautiful day, I thought it would be nice to pack a little picnic and eat at Strouds Run (lake). So, we went up on top of the damn and had a little lunch of grapes, salad and water. He loved the damn, though he did keep telling me that the placed smelled like "stinky fish."

Things like this always make me happy

I was strolling through my field the other day - enjoying another warm day with the kids - and I came across this simple flower absorbing the sun's rays and aching to have its photo taken. So, it posed for me ... and this is the final result. Nice, huh?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Fav photos from this weeks walks

I've been a bit snap-happy this week and now I have several new favorite photographs to share. The weather has been perfect, and it really revs me up for a good, long walk.

A natural vase for these lovely purple flowers

A dandelion with the morning dew.

Not too sure what kind on fungi this is, but I loved it! It's so freaky and cool looking. I tried to pick one to preserve it,but it fell apart.

A beautiful gree fern glistening in the bright sunshine.