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Weekly Winners (May 30 – June 5)

June 6th, 2010 1 comment

This was  hard batch to put together. Because we have a new litter of kittens in our backyard. I reallllllly wanted to saturate this post with kitten cuteness. Instead, I kept it down to 1/3 of the images.

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Summer dessert

Memorial Day dessert. Strawberries, blueberries and Homemade Vanilla Blue Bell ice cream. YUMMMMM*

Clouds

A storm was rolling in towards our house, and I was struck by the clouds and sky. The bright white, deep blue and angry grey. What a wonderful color palette. *

In transit working

Efficient travel! I popped open my laptop as we drove from Texas to Tennessee and got a lot of work done! *

Begonia

I flipped to find Hydrangeas growing in my backyard! Love 'em!!

Maliboo Picnik collage

This is one of the three kittens. We named it Maliboo due to the "M" on its forehead. This one has the most amusing facial expressions, though! So I had to do some photo editing fun and create this triptych.

Oreo

This little one was the first one a saw, and I instantly named it Oreo. I think the reason is obvious.

Kitten conversations

The quality of this image stinks, but I had to include it. It makes me laugh! They look like they're having a conversation! And bonus points for Maliboo laying on Mama's tail.

Scented

Scented... looking down into my new reed diffuser.

Stained glass

Stained glass window at my church. *

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All photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.
(except those with * — those taken with my cell phone, HTC Droid Incredible)

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

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Weekly Winners (May 23 – 29)

May 30th, 2010 22 comments

May is drawing towards a close, and for once I’ll be glad to see it go. It’s been one bizarre month, and I hope that perhaps June will draw in some sanity.

I’ve been in Texas this week, a fact I’ve not been too highly publicizing. We came down to work, and I had a lot of things I had planned to do in conjunction with that. Get together with friends and family, for one. Making a necessary run down to Texas A&M University to handle a few things at the Association of Former Students, etc. for another. Instead, I spent over half of this week in pain and in a drugged stupor.

My toothache from last week? Ended up swelling to look like a huge goose egg on my jawline. A trip to the dentist netted me some Penicillin and prescription pain medication. I wanted to do so much, and yet I literally couldn’t. I hurt too bad from the infection in my tooth (teeth?). I foresee dental work in the not-so-distant future.

I’m happy to say the infection let go a couple days ago, but now I’m left scrambling to make up lost time. So most of my tentative plans have had to be scrapped. Maybe next trip…

Anyway, despite being “sick,” I did manage to put together a set of weekly winners! This week, I’ll actually respond to comments and leave comments with others. Last week, I wasn’t even on my computer at all for a few days, and thus was a very lacking participant. In both weekly winners and as a blogger in general. I took a sick week, I suppose you could say.

But I am back! And here to share my Weekly Winners… go visit Lotus for more Weekly Winners participants. They’re all consistently fabulous, and you’ll not regret the time spent. I promise.

Looking up

Looking up through the slats on my mom's swing, where I was sitting one afternoon just enjoying being outside for awhile. *

Water Meter

Water meter cover in my parent's yard. *

Cone

Abandoned cone in a field.

Bark

Bark. I just really liked how the sunlight was only shining on this one area of the trunk of the tree.

Ring, book, heart

My first attempt at a fairly cliche image at this point. But, its still fun to try to create a heart shadow with a ring and a book. (This book was my grandma's book of Robert Frost poetry.)

Marlin, Texas

I applied a cross process effect to this image, which I thought went well with the old time style of the signs.

American Flag

American Flag

American Flags

We were driving through a small town today, and we had to pull over to get photos of all the American flags out for Memorial Day weekend. The whole square around the courthouse was filled with flags, about every two feet apart!! It was amazing!

Goofy grin

I can't resist fun reflections. This was taken outside of Chuy's Mexican Restaurant in Waco, TX. Fabulous food, followed by a fun reflection photo. (Say that last sentence outloud. LOL! Funny!)

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All photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.
(except those with * — those taken with my cell phone, HTC Droid Incredible)

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

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Weekly Winners (May 16 – 22)

May 23rd, 2010 9 comments

I feel bad I didn’t update this blog all week… but it was one crazy busy week ending with my laying on the couch with a toothache. :( I’m a mess right now, so I apologize for this entry being only half-way done due to lack of energy.

THE BENEFIT WAS AMAZING!!!  “Come hell or high water… BANDing TOGETHER” was one of the most amazing nights ever, and I hope to work with this group of people again on another benefit. I’m still riding a high from the night, and I can’t thank my fellow volunteers and the artists the participated enough. Over three truck loads of supplies were gathered, and over $4000 raised at the door alone!

I live in one AMAZING city. What can I say? Nashville ROCKS.

Now… photos from my super crazy week:

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Raindrops

Monday, we had a quick shower come through downtown Nashville while we set up for the benefit. I thought that ironic, considering we were holding a flood relief benefit.

Billy Dean

Billy Dean was one of our acts. He's been SO active in the benefits around down... it was awesome to have him as part of ours.

Lee Roy Parnell

Lee Roy Parnell was also one of our acts. This photo makes me giddy because... I designed our logo. Tada!

Joe Diffie

Headliner Joe Diffie was awesome. I can't say how many shows I've seen so far, but this one definite ranks as one of my favorites ever.

Lee Brice

Lee Brice did an amazing job!

White flower

White Flower

Cold beer & live music

Cold, cold beer and live music. Playing with my cell phone's camera capabilities, I was able to test out its ability to choose focal point.*

Sunset

Sunset out of my window*

Pale rose

Pale pink rose

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All photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.
(except those with * — those taken with my cell phone, HTC Droid Incredible)

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

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Weekly Winners (May 9 – 15)

May 16th, 2010 15 comments

Life is “sort of” getting back to normal. We’ll be feeling the effects of the flood for awhile in many, many ways. But my photoset this week shows “life in general” for me…

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Purple Iris

This Iris caught my eye from inside, due to how deep of a purple it was. It didn't last long, but for while it was there, it was breathtaking!

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Backstage discussions. *

Opry @ Ryman

A hallowed stage, the Opry returned to the Ryman Auditorium after the flood. Its one of three locations that will host the Ryman as the Opry House is repaired. *

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Sully collage

Cat Tryptic: I couldn't choose just one photo. They all went together.

Magnolia

Magnolia *

Sounds Game

Hey batter, batter... Nashville Sounds vs. Portland Beavers

Sounds Game

Baseball diamond at Greer Stadium in Nashville, TN. *

Fireworks

Fireworks turn even the most mature adults into kids again.

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All photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.
(except those with * — those taken with my cell phone, HTC Droid Incredible)

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

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Weekly Winners (May 2 – 8)

May 9th, 2010 17 comments

This week has been surreal.

I have no idea how many people truly know the natural disaster that occurred in Nashville, Tennessee last Sunday. The National Media has been horribly MIA.

Middle Tennessee flooded. Grand Ole Opry had water three feet over its stage. Opryland Hotel will probably be closed for MONTHS as the bottom floor had over 10 feet of water inside. The Symphony Center lost two Steinway Grand Pianos and their Organ was badly damaged. The Cumberland River made it up to 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville, cresting at close to 52 feet. Flood stage is 40 feet. 2,000 homes were damaged, and the footage is spookily similar to images that were shown post-Katrina in New Orleans. Damage totals are estimated at $1.5 Billion dollars, and that total is climbing. The warehouse in which many, many musicians stored their gear — instruments, sets, speakers, amps, monitor boards, video boards — got flooded. Lost gear is estimated to go into the millions there alone. I have heard it said in various places, that this may very well be (monetarily) one of the US’s worst natural disasters in history.

In the days since, I have seen an outpouring of love within the community. I have said it multiple times in this blog alone — this city has humbled me countless times in the last week. I now know why Tennessee is called the Volunteer State. People helping people. Looting has been practically none-existent. Instead, its been an outbreak of volunteering. Neighbors who were once strangers, and now dear friends. The biggest story of this flood is that camaraderie that has appeared out of nowhere.

So for this Weekly Winners,  I bring to you photos of the flood, with a few extras thrown in here. I’ve broken my self-imposed photo limit for this entry.

Now on to my photos… for more Weekly Winners, please visit Lotus. And give them all some love. And here’s hope for returning to some sort of normality here this week.

Rain drops

At my house, we just got rain last Sunday. I took this photo mid-afternoon in my front yard. We were thankful, so thankful, to be spared. But we watched in shock as the water continues to rise in Nashville. *

Nashville Flood 2010

The Music City Star, which is a key part of Nashville's transit system, partly covered in water. You can see in the foreground the Railroad Crossing signs covered up the the sign in water.

Nashville Flood 2010

Water rationing is having to happen, as the water treatment plant ended up submerged. Some gas stations were also underwater, and there was a brief time in which some stations were out of gas... because trucks could not get in to deliver fuel to stations.

Nashville Flood 2010

Nashville Skyline... the water in the forefront should not go that far out. LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans play, looked more like a soup bowl... just like the parking lots around it. (Field is not in the photo, but it would be not far to the right outside of frame.)

Nashville Flood 2010

The TA just off the Interstate. Yes, that's a car in the parking lot submerged in water.

Nashville Flood 2010

These trucks weren't going anywhere any time soon... They were parked in the TA parking lot. Notice the Salvation Army building also under water to the left.

Nashville Flood 2010

The Cumberland River... far out of its banks.

Nashville Flood 2010

We Sink or Swim Together -- this photo is now considered one of my most interesting on Flickr. Luckily, we've opted to all swim together. (The please stop pumping referred to the businesses that were pumping water out of their basements... and right into other's basements! Oops!)

Nashville Flood 2010

Joe's Crab Shack -- Yes, those are windows. The weird thing, at this point, the building STILL HAD POWER! A transformer didn't blow and that area of downtown lose power for another day!

Pinks

As if to bring hope, many fresh flowers began to bloom.

Batman Building

Batman building... lit! This week, this building lost power and went dark for the first time since it was built in the '90s. It was good to see it lit again! *

Symphony Center being cleaned up

Disaster Kleenup truck parked in front of our Symphony Center... the perfect way to close this Weekly Winners as we move on to a new week. *

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All photos (except those with * — those taken with my cell phone) taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOM’S!!!


I am excited to be helping plan a benefit concert to be held in Nashville on May 17th. But I wanted to post that anyone wishing to help outside of Nashville can donate to our benefit. Pick one of our charities you’d like to support (Nashville Red Cross, Salvation Army, Nashville Humane Society, or Happy Tails Humane) and mail a check made out to THE CHARITY’S NAME to:

BANDing TOGETHER
P.O. Box 23474
Nashville, TN 37202-3474

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Weekly Winners (Apr. 25 – May 1)

May 2nd, 2010 17 comments

WHAT a STRESSFUL day! Tornado watches and warnings and record flooding. And more of the same ahead for tomorrow. I hate tornado season, but I do like Spring. Which these photos will show. Also my lack of update to this blog all week had to do with running all week and not having time to write!

Ultimately, though, I am just glad I am able to do this update… my heart, thoughts and prayers go to those people who have lost so much lately in the horrible spring storms.

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Karma cops

The Flying Saucer is one of my favorite places to go out. We took a friend out this week to celebrate a big night, and this "warning" in the beer menu made me laugh. Karma Cops. Love it.

In the corner

Looking for freedom. These flowers are so pretty, but they are growing in the corner of our yard where I can barely see them! Its as if they are reaching for freedom the way they arch up.

Peek inside

Look deeper. I just love the way this came out. I spead out a flower to reach its center. I was amazed by the colors and smooth lines revealed to me.

Imported beer & live music

Good night for live music and supper.

Close-up

Even nature likes animal prints and furs.

White

What IS this? Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? They are SO beautiful!

Backyard flowers

Photo taken with my new phone! Droid Incredible is pretty darn incredible. Just like this Spring scene.

Ring bell for service

Ring bell for service. No really... I work part time at a hot dog stand where our bell was stolen. So it was replaced with a cowbell. Chained to the wall. Which is just so many shades of awesome.

If time could tell

If time could tell... my Grandma gave me this watch when I was in Junior High. I can remember how much I begged for a new watch that Christmas. I wore it until it quit working. I dragged it out this week in hopes of making it work, but alas... it needs more work than I can do on it to fix it.

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All photos (except one) taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20.

All of my photos available on my Flickr stream.

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