Sunday, February 18, 2018

Duck Hunting with a Camera

Yesterday we woke up to a beautiful sunrise.  There's something about those colors that just give promise to the new day.  And it was a good one.  


The swans were back behind the condo.  There was a bevy of at least 10 of them.  HWNSNBP started his morning by checking out a "Fishing Flea Market" at one of the local schools.

And then we headed out to the lighthouse on a "duck hunt" with the camera.  Along the way we captured some swans playing hide-and-seek.  We actually passed them in a similar position to this and I did a double-take because I had never seen any buoy or flotation device in this general shape.  HWNSNBP was willing to turn back for some quick photos.  

I think she knew her picture was being taken and was asking him if it made her butt look big.

And he just told her not to be silly and they swam away.

There weren't very many cars at the lighthouse when we got there.  And upon further inspection, there weren't very many ducks either.  It wasn't too cold to walk down the concrete path at the inlet for a bit to check things out.  But these two red-breasted mergansers were the only ducks in view along with a couple of seagulls riding the waves.  We were hoping to see the harlequin ducks that had been spotted there a few days earlier.

The only boat in the whole inlet was this State Police boat which came back almost as soon as it went out.  

Walking back to the lighthouse we caught a glimpse of a common loon.  But it was poor showing of ducks day - although being outside was a plus.

We got back home home just before the snow started falling here in Central Jersey.  We had about 5 inches in a relatively short period of time and when the temperatures started to rise in the morning it was quickly melting.  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Scribble Picnic Valentine's Day - MUSHY

So what makes me MUSHY is this little love of mine any day of the year.  (Two hand coloring - gotta love it!)

Taking my cue from his coloring session, I used the direct to paper technique for the background of his Valentine card.  Looks a little MUSHY don't you think?

My initial thought was to illustrate this Valentine poem which leaves much to be desired with the handwriting.  It looked so much better on the practice sheet - doesn't that always happen to me!

And as long as I'm being MUSHY, here's my card for HWNSNBP.

The two of them...... yep, they get me MUSHY!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'll be heading to check out the picnickers and all the MUSHY stuff they've brought this week.  You can check it out here.  And should you care to join in, the theme for next week is going to be a Fill In The Blank which will be revealed very soon I'm sure.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

We've talked about doing something special for our Crossing Guard Norman the last couple of years, as he's always going above and beyond in making sure not only the students are safe, but that the bus lane is clear of stray cars and letting us know when the lot near his station is full.  However, it never came together until this year.  This past September I looked up the date for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day and although I don't know where I found it at the time, it listed February 8th as the appointed day so we put that on our internal school calendar.  As we got closer to the day, we took up a collection from the staff for a gift card and I made this card using some clip art I found on the internet and everyone signed it.  

Our custodian asked him to come in for coffee and donuts when the buses left in the morning and our principal presented the card to him.  I think he was a little embarrassed at the attention, but he was much appreciative.  Here's to you Norman for a job well done!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scribble Picnic - LET'S DANCE

Our Scribble Picnic theme this week is LET'S DANCE and as I was brainstorming (something I probably shouldn't do when I'm not feeling 100%) I decided I wanted to draw some kind of animal dancing.  So going through a list of animals in my head - as foggy as it was - I remembered Dancing Bear from Captain Kangaroo.  And then I saw that today is World Ballet Day which was very serendipitous because as I was searching I came up with an an actual picture of Dancing Bear and a ballerina. 

Looking at this, I have to say that that Dancing Bear costume from back in the 60's was really cartoonish and when I finished my illustration below, I was thinking that my bear probably would rather have had my ballerina doing an arabesque 😉 which might account for the look of surprise on his face.  Ah, well, too late to go back to the drawing board so to speak. 

I knew I didn't have the flu, but I finally went to the doctor and I do have a sinus and ear infection. Thanks for all your well wishes last week - I have a good antibiotic now and should be more myself by the weekend (I hope, I hope, I hope).  

Sounds like, with this theme we're going to have a lot of fun at the picnic this week.  Won't you join me in checking it all out - just click here.  And should you wish to join the fun next week, the theme is MUSHY which I'm guessing could have a lot to do with Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Jingle Belles - Text Me

I found these two small Christmas cards (on the left above and below) from last year in a basket when I was looking for something else recently and thought that they would be good for this week's challenge for the Jingle Belles - Text Me.  For the one above I simply cut the back off the card, layered it and part of a lace doily the color of the background onto a Very Vanilla card base, and finished by adding a bow out of vintage ribbon.

Below was a tiny bit more involved.  The texty background paper that you see was actually repurposed from a homemade envelope someone sent me a Christmas card in.  (Look familiar to anyone?)  Well, I carefully used my hot breath to heat up the adhesive used to make the envelope, gently pulling it apart and unfolding it.  The creases were pretty well set in so I camouflaged them with some baker's twine embellishing.   I also carefully pealed the popped up Santa hat and ho, ho, ho banner from the other little card.  The owl is a puffy sticker and I think the hat fits him pretty perfectly.  

So let me mosey on over to the Jingle Belles blog and see the other lovely texting masterpieces.