Friday, September 25, 2009

Tales of Cincinnati: Wildlife Edition

Here is a collection of some amazing moments captured around and about Cara and Michael's home. One of my favorite elements of this journey (aside from seeing my pals again) was how peaceful their property is. They have 5 acres in the woods full of natural beauty, with a lovely pond in the back deck (previously featured in the fish feeding tutorial). In addition to their two cats, there were also a wide variety of woodland creatures wandering around for me to enjoy.

Frog hanging out on a bench before an evening swim

We roasted marshmallows and made s'mores!

Trees and such

The fish pond at twilight

Roxanne taking advantage of the midday sun

Cyrano felt left out and came to see what we were doing

I like to think of this as Roxanne's stoic pose

A momma deer came to graze right outside my bedroom window

She brought this little cutie along with her

This concludes part two of my Ohio memoirs. The last installment will feature my new favorite toddler in her many moods and hats.

Friday, September 18, 2009


A friend sent this to me a few days ago, but I didn't have the time to sit down and watch it until just now. It feels odd to say this about a YouTube video, but I was deeply moved. I just want to run out into the world and create something.

I've seen the light...

in the late afternoon, on the trees in my backyard. This was a few days ago, but it still makes me smile.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tales of Cincinnati

I'm back from Ohio, and I loved every minute of it! It was so nice to get away for a little bit, and I really enjoyed catching up with Cara and Michael and Tovina after such a long time without seeing them. Here is part one of a brief photo review of some of my Cincinnati experience:

After spending a few days in Ohio, we realized that I had yet to see much beyond their lovely home. As it turned out, Cara had not done much exploring herself, so we went down to Fountain Square (a name that continued to elude her) and took a nice long walk downtown.

We then took a drive up to Eden Park, and found a nice spot looking at Kentucky over the Ohio River.
Cara thoughtfully enjoyed the view, along with about a dozen art students who were spread out along the wall sketching. The river is nice, but I'm not sure that it would be my first choice of landscape subjects. When we returned home, Tovina schooled me in the art of feeding pond fish. Turns out you need a killer overhead throw and a penchant for making trouble.

Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


It seems everyone has the Fab Four fever today! For your viewing pleasure, my lovely and talented friend Noella has recorded a fantastic cover of a Beatles classic. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I haven't forgotten!

I promise this blog has not been abandoned in its infancy. I'm out of town visiting friends, with limited time for other stuff. Like blogging. But there is a happy thought in all of this. If my life hadn't taken the strange turn that it recently did, I wouldn't have free time, and I wouldn't be able to visit Cara and Michael and Tovina. The little whirling dervish is now 2 years old, and I haven't seen her since she was 4 months. That's a long time.

I'm on a mission to reconnect, both with people and with pastimes. With modern technology, it's so easy to keep track of people without actually keeping in touch. I know what my friends are doing, where they go on vacation, sometimes even what they ate for dinner, yet we haven't actually talked in months or years. I think it's about time I remembered who and what made me happy.
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