Sunday, December 12, 2010

Autumn Leaves


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
The colors in the sun were just glowing. I had caught myself wondering why the trees everywhere seemed to be brighter colors suddenly--couldn't just be that I had washed my windshield!

Then I realized we'd had a couple of nights of frost--and the old East-Coast knowledge that frost brings out the best color kicked in.

I've been enjoying the display!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zombie Woman


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...gnawing on the brainzzz! More below...

Brainzzz!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Glittery, glow-in-the-dark brains for the punch bowl. With floating spiders, too. When Middle Daughter throws a party, it's a PARTY!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Maxine


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Max likes to hide out...clean laundry is a favorite. She spotted me with the camera and opened her eye. When I walked away after taking the picture, she pulled the paw in and closed her eyes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mo-om!!


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Originally uploaded by theleming
I warned their mom that this is what she used to do to her nex-older sister. What is it with our family and little tiny ones that turn into bullies?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Taken without the flash. Kind of blurry, which is my ongoing problem with low-light shots. Maybe I need to take a photography class!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Joy of Rock!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Well, okay, so it's a rocking chair, and not rock n' roll, but it's still a lot of fun!! At least when you're 2...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Play Ball!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Now, what's the proper position for tossing this thing to the quarterback?

And what's a quarterback?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Action!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
A little blurry--but how do you capture a perpetual motion machine?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rain, Rain, Come to Stay...


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...please?? Everything looks so fresh all washed off!!

Rainy Day


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Looking out the back door at the deck and the camellia--at one point it must have rained hard, because there are a lot of buds mixed in with the leaves. Hope that won't mean a lot fewer blossoms! Guess we'll find out in a couple of months.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Project


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
New knitting project--taken with the flash turned off, since the camera doesn't seem to want to take pictures with it turned on! Time to take the camera shopping for its replacement--usually, that will do the trick!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Playing with the Camera



One was taken with the flash, the other without. Yes, they need to be rotated sideways so you can get the full effect--they are rotated on my Flickr page, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do that here.

So I guess I need to do more playing, this time with the blogger software!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Signs of Fall


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Kind of few and far between, especially when we've had a bad heat wave...but they're there if we look.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Rainy Day!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
This is an example of SoCal weather playing with our minds. I was out at Daughter's today and the rain came down by the bucketful. Thunder, lightning, even a little bit of hail.

Got back home and everything is bone-dry. Now I get to spend the weekend moving hoses around to try to get some water on the parched plants. Would it have hurt to have given us just a little bit of rain here?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sulphur Sky at Sunset


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Taken from the end of the driveway--wish I could have taken out the electric wires and other stuff, but I guess it gives it a sense of place.

What do you think?

Capistrano Mission Bells


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Mission San Juan Capistrano has the bells displayed next to the ruins of the stone church. Quotes:

The original bells were hung from a large nearby tree for some fifteen years, until the chapel bell tower was completed in 1791. What ultimately became of the original bells is not known. New bells were cast in Chile for inclusion in the belfry of "The Great Stone Church." All four of Mission San Juan Capistrano's bells are named and all bear inscriptions as follows (from the largest to the smallest; inscriptions are translated from Latin):[114]

* "Praised by Jesus, San Vicente. In honor of the Reverend Fathers, Ministers (of the Mission) Fray Vicente Fustér, and Fray Juan Santiago, 1796."
* "Hail Mary most pure. Ruelas made me, and I am called San Juan, 1796."
* "Hail Mary most pure, San Antonio, 1804."
* "Hail Mary most pure, San Rafael, 1804."

I love the practice of naming bells--and one of my all-time favorite books is Dorothy Sayers' The Nine Tailors.

More info about the mission here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_San_Juan_Capistrano

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Capistrano Koi


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Mission San Juan Capistrano stocks its fountains with water lilies and koi. Mu autentico!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Moonflower


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Or is it just a morning glory? Hard to tell, but these are so pale and pretty I'm enjoying them! Planted a bunch of really old seeds in a couple of pots--well, the whole potful was really old seeds. And they grew!

My black thumb is feeling a little less black and bleak now.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Rush Hour in Pacific Grove

...and traffic stops for the Goose Parade!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jeff's Lilies


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Planted in a circle around the well pump. Pretty good disguise!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Clover


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
We do not get this kind of clover in Calif. It was good to see it again! When I was little, we would knot the long supple stems together to make chaplets for our hair! (They always fell apart, but the fun was in the making!)

grapes for wine


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
... in my brother's garden!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Birch, being artsy


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
She's draped over the Eucalyptus lamp. I like the way the backlight shows off the pattern!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
And here's Abby, aka Li'l Sissy, giving me a cute baby smile! Such a sweet girl!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sceptered Isle


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Trying to get back to this project. Fortunately my rose garden--jungle would be more like it--is providing models!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Simon says, no puzzles, mom!

He certainly can express himself even without words!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Flamingoes!


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Talk about a quick, cheery pick-me-up. Just add a new, cheap shower curtain to the pink and black bathroom, and there you go.

Now to do something about curtains for this window...

War Memorial, Lacy Park

Very touching. The plaques have the names of those who lost their lives in the wars (including Iraq) and around the outer perimeter, the names of fellow service members are listed.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The devil's in the eggs

Yum!

Easter Festivities


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
None of my daughters will put bunny ears on their babies. However, statuary is fair game!

Simon


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Curled up on my bathrobe and my red throw. He always finds the coziest spot on the bed!

Hi-Hi


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Here he is, looking quite the fluffy gentleman!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sale stuff, the beginning

Starting the accumulation... May 8, folks! Brass Elephant/Aztec Hotel parking lot!

Spring vignette


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Lilacs from the garden!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Abigail


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Almost 6 weeks old, and 12 lbs!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Archive Photo


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Taken on our wedding day, March 2, 1963. I can't believe how young we look!

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Toast to My Man


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Happy birthday, Robert!

I wish...


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
...that my yard could look like this once again. Sigh.

Red Tea and Red Cookies

It's Girl Scout Cookie time!

Knitting in Santa Clara

One good thing about a big project is that it can keep you warm while you're knitting on it! The neverending Lady Eleanor got a few more rows, and I had warm feet, too!

Hotel View


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Waking up in the morning to this view, knowing there's a full day of knitting, shopping, knitting, shopping, and maybe a glass of wine or two...

Yarn Fumes Got Me


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Originally uploaded by marie watterlond
Or, what happens in Santa Clara stays in Santa Clara...

Ranunculus in the Rain

Spotted at the Apple Farm on the way to Santa Clara. I love ranunculus and lately I never remember to plant them in the fall, so I never have any. I used to have them, though!

Well, now I've got one to remember, at least!