Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Greater Roadrunner

Travis County, TX
May 2016









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Monday, December 5, 2016

Blue Monday: Here Comes December!


Wow, it's been a couple of months since I posted anything here at joysweb! And now it's already December!!! How did that happen?

We've been busy, but probably not a lot busier than normal. Just haven't been able to find time to concentrate on blogging, although I have been reading other people's blogs. Also had a few minor medical issues that have sort of detoured me. Nothing dire — just niggling things that keep drawing my attention away from the stuff I'd rather be doing.

So, anyway...here we are with the first Blue Monday of the month. And since we've been having really awful weather here lately (cold, rainy, gray), I thought I'd post a photo from a couple of weeks back when we were still enjoying our long, lovely, summer-y autumn.


Sorry it's a little grainy. Think I need a cell phone upgrade. Gosh, I really miss that blue sky!

We've got most of the holiday decorating done, although we seem to add a bit to it everyday. I'm sure I'll be posting more photos of the decorations, but for now I'll just include a shot of our most recent addition. For some reason, the hubby decided it might be nice to add Doctor Who to our seasonal trappings. So we've added the Doctor and his (blue) Tardis to the fireplace display, up there on the mantel with a mini nutcracker — who sort of looks like he might be a Dalek in disguise!


So, have a great week! More to come....





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Monday, October 3, 2016

Blue Monday: At the Aquarium


Last month, M and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. We had a wonderful time, and we're already trying to find a reason to go back! It won't be anytime soon (it's a VERY long trip from Texas), but definitely someday....

In the meantime, it's probably going to take me many more weeks just to finish organizing all the photos we took. I'm posting some of them, a few at a time, on the blog here -- today, it's photos from the aquarium in Honolulu. One morning, we tore ourselves away from the beach and the amazing swimming pool at our hotel, and spent some time touring the aquarium.


It's not a huge operation, but it has some gorgeous displays, with hundreds (thousands?) of different examples of sea life.



I took lots of photos, and I'm sure I'll be posting more of them in the future. But for now, I'll just show a couple more shots. These are some of my favorite little creatures -- the seahorses:








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Friday, September 23, 2016

SkyWatch Friday: Hawaiian Sunset


Waikiki
September 2016

In the pool, edge of the Pacific, catching the last rays. Photo isn't as sharp as it might be. Probably had something to do with the piña colada.



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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday Mellow Yellows: Yellow Hibiscus

Last month, M and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. (Yes, it was a teenage wedding — at least for me.) And since it was such a momentous occasion, we decided we needed to do something to make it really memorable. That took some deep thinking — we're generally pretty boring and unimaginative, at least when it comes to travel. Tend to do the same things and go the same places every year. But after mulling it over for a while, we decided to book a trip to Hawaii, a place neither of us had ever been but always wanted to go. And I have to say, it was worth the wait. Hawaii is absolutely beautiful, the Hawaiians were friendly and welcoming, and the trip was relaxing and exciting at the same time, and most definitely memorable.

And ... now I have hundreds of photos to sort through! Many of which, I'm sure, will be appearing on this blog in the coming weeks. (So stay tuned!)

Here's one.


The yellow hibiscus was everywhere in Honolulu. There were even vast walls of the flowers along the highway. Gorgeous. I've since found out it's the state flower of Hawaii, a lovely choice. (Almost as lovely as the Texas bluebonnet!)




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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ABC Wednesday: Round 19 - G

Well, in this go-round, G is for ....

GOLDFINCH


Generally, the ones we get around our place here in the hill country are Lesser Goldfinches, a little different from the slightly larger American Goldfinch — these have more black coloring on their heads and backs. 

They are very tiny birds, a bit over four inches long — and very, very bright when the sun hits their feathers. Which I suppose is why they don't hang around in one spot very long. Ever since we moved in four years ago, I've been trying to get some photos of the teensy fliers when they visit our birdbath or feeder. But they come and go so quickly, I've never been able to get a decent shot. This is the best I've done so far — a single pic of a male bird splashing around in the water. He looked like he was having a lot of fun, but also keeping a wary eye on the photographer!



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