Border Collies and Boys Monday, Jun 29 2009 

Border Collies and Boys

29 June 2009

I’d had a recent Facebook chat with Rex, so I knew there was a good possibility that he and the boys would be driving through our part of Texas sometime this week. But, I missed yesterday’s phone call, and when today’s came, they were only an hour out of town! Their timing was perfect, as I’d already finished the work I had planned to do loading tubs of fabric from the workshop into the trailer. I jumped in the shower, and checked my email, and it wasn’t long ’til the doorbell rang!

I knew to expect these two beautiful little boys to have grown like weeds. After all, it’s been years since I had seen them last, and well . . . boys do that! 😉 Gareth almost remembered me, and Tristan was still a tiny baby when his family moved from Texas, back to California. I have followed their growth as much as I could via photos online, but that does little to convey personality. It was a pleasure to get to see them, and their dad.

Almost as great a pleasure, though, was getting to see Charlie and Charlotte—the two border collies that round out their little travelling family. Any dogs that visit here are more than welcome, and doubly so those of the same breed as our two. But, what made this really special, is that Charlie (14) and Charlotte (9) are our ‘Tia’s parents. So, it was a real “homecoming/reunion” of sorts.

We had a great visit, and so did the little dog pack. On their way from California to Florida, where Rex is planning to settle down for a while, he had promised the boys he’d show them where they lived in Texas and where Tristan was born. I’m so glad the timing on this worked out such that I was still here, and not already on the road north.

Sometimes I think it’s really difficult to get the cat, or my two dogs to sit still for a photograph. Well, from now on that will seem easy! Try two boys under the age of ten and four hyper border collies! Like nailing jello to a tree!  In this photo, our ‘Tia is front left, and Cormac is front right.  Gareth is holding Charlie on the left, and Charlotte is under Rex’s arm, with Tristan in the center.

I went back to work after hugs and mutual safe journey wishes, and they were all once again on their way. I worked ’til about 7:30 or so when Stephen and Ed brought me the costume bits that I’m transporting to Bristol so Steve doesn’t have to fly with them when he visits. We went to Coker’s for dinner and Kyle met us there. Yet another farewell in the parking lot, there, and my last week marches on.

~MB

Sunday Morning Dog Monday, Jun 15 2009 

Cormac at my Feet

14 June 2009

Flag Day

I woke up earlier than Kyle this morning, poured my coffee and took the dogs outside with me for my garden time.  <insert sigh of contentment, here>  I took this photo of Cormac while I was there.

The timing was perfect, for just as Kelly and I decided we wanted breakfast, Kyle was up.  We arranged for Kelly to pick up a couple of things at the store on her way to us, and by eleven or so, we were all eating scrambled eggs and having a bloody mary.  Welcome home, Kelly! 🙂

Next on my agenda, was attending Dana’s crop, and after allowing myself to get sucked into a chick flick with Kyle, I finally headed to her house around three.  Once there, I enjoyed the company of some wonderful women I love, and learned how to use the Creative Memories computer program.  Digital scrapbooking may just be the way to go for this busy girl.  We’ll see.

I got home much later than I’d planned and said goodnight to my husband who, sadly did not play in his football match due to a very sore back.  Bowling perhaps, is the culprit, there.  I’m not sure.  But, he’s unhappy and uncomfortable and I feel badly for him—after all, I am all too well-acquainted with back pain, and wouldn’t wish it on anybody!

Tonight’s a late night for me . . . my mama’s coming to visit!  I expect their arrival on Tuesday some time.  So, between now and then some housecleaning will have to happen!

~MB

Our Lady of Sorrow Thursday, Dec 11 2008 

8 December 2008
A leisurely start to the day as we broke fast and bade goodbye to loved ones turned into an adventure hunt as Stephen & Marita Beth chased down clues. We drove or strode through 4 different graveyards (3 of them connected by a single drive, but technically different graveyards) in separate & distant parts of Galveston Island.
I’m not beholden to the concept of burial, preferring for myself the finality of cremation; however, I fully respect the sanctity of the decision and the necessity for the family to have a gathering place. I do, however, marvel at the intricate works that are erected in honour of the deceased and hold in my heart a special fondness for ancient cemeteries such as these on Galveston. This lovely statue was unravaged by Ike and stands silent sentinel over her ward in the first graveyard we visited:
Our Lady of Sorrow. I took many other photos, but unlike these stone sentries, I am not immune to the irritation of the mosquito and retired to the vehicle rather quickly abandoning the photo safari I had, briefly, undertaken.
After our tour of graveyards we returned to the Strand to gawk at a structure (the Fadden building) that holds special interest for both Stephen & Marita Beth. We then took an unexpected, but glad-we-did-it detour to the end of the island. The devastation near the tip of Galveston was nigh on complete and depressing to view. It did, however, bring home just how lucky we are as a species that we have the knowledge to learn from an experience such as Hurricane Ike and rebuild lives where we may.
Departure for home was much delayed due to our travels, but we were content & happy in each others’ company, although a certain sadness always accompanies the Monday after Dickens.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 11 December 2008 )

Listening to:
Vegas by Two Tons of Steel
from Vegas

Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
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Software: picnik.com

Part of an Ostentation Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

7 December 2008
Day 2 of Dickens on the Strand and most of us are only barely recovered from Day 1 – part of the fun, I suppose.
I didn’t take as many photos on Day 2 as I did on Day 1 with only 248 making the cut; but once again I was faced with the challenge of what do I post? This is the one I settled on:
The Ostentation
While it does not show the entire group of us, it shows enough to prove the incredible & imposing sight we can be. Some years back some other friends of ours, who flutter along the edges of this core clique, labelled us the Ostentation. I think, looking at the photo, that not a one of us can complain of the label, and in fact I think many of us take pride in the term.
In this photo from left to right, front to back we have:
Front Row: Ginger, Denise, Marita Beth (my wife), BJ (new this year) & Kat
Back Row: Allyson, Larry, Rod (also new this year) & George
A large number of our Ostentation are missing from the photo, sadly, but that certainly didn’t stop this little pose from being one of the most photographed things on the Strand this day. There must have been more than a dozen photographers stopping & shooting over a 5 or 6 minute period. I’m proud to be part of the beauty.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 December 2008 )

Listening to:
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea by The Cure
from Wish

Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 28 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/6 EV
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows

Larry Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

6 December 2008
Galveston has recovered from Ike sufficiently that the 35th annual Dickens on the Strand took place, albeit smaller & more intimate & shorter than normal. This is a weekend I look forward to every year because I get to play. I get to play with friends that I don’t see often enough. I get to play in a manner of playing that suits my sentiment and makes me happy.
On this particular Saturday of Dickens I took 348 photos (that made the cut). It was difficult to decide on which one to use as my Photo of the Day. I eventually settled on this one:
Larry.
Larry is a dear friend that lives too far away in the hinterlands of North Milwaukee. In this photo, he epitomizes all that is good & great about Dickens on the Strand. And behind him, you can see the fuzzy colour of the hustle-bustle that is the festival.
Thanks Galveston Historical Foundation for providing us this festival.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 December 2008 )

Listening to:
Don’t Let Me Die Still Wondering by Flogging Molly
from Within a Mile of Home

Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
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Flash: Flash did not fire
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Software: picnik.com

Galvez Jetty Wednesday, Dec 10 2008 

5 December 2008
Friday of Dickens on the Strand. Most years we’re already on the island and preparing for the Gingerbread Ball. This year, however, with the destruction that Ike brought with him, the ball didn’t happen so we went down a day later.
Also this year, we stayed at the Galvez rather than the Tremont which is still closed. Not as convenient as the Tremont is the Galvez, but just as lovely in different ways. I especially loved the view over the Gulf of Mexico we had from our room
View From Our Room 2
Cheers

~KR (Writtenon 9 December 2008 )

Listening to:
Maybe Someday by Cure
from Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001

Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 145 mm
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Flash: Flash did not fire
ISO Speed: 800

Thumbdrive Thursday, Dec 4 2008 

4 December 2008
I do my fair share of travelling and when I do travel, I travel with my laptop. In conjunction with that travelling comes work – both self-induced and thrust upon me. With that work comes the necessity for a sandbox in which I can develop willy-nilly. Thus today’s photo:
Thumbdrive
This is my Kensington 2GB thumbdrive that I have had for nearly 5 years. It lives on my carabiner keychain and goes with me everywhere my keys go (darn near everywhere). It has numerous important developing tools that I use on a nearly-daily basis and allows me, even when I have no internet connection to develop fully functional web applications and sites.
Cheers

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
The Rights of Woman by Tartanic
from Unstoppable

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Ahhh, Faux Fur Thursday, Dec 4 2008 

3 December 2008
A close up of some of the faux fur from my wife’s new coat.
Faux Fur
Today was a shitty day. Aside from being a difficult day at work, I found out that one of my good friends got laid off today. He’s been with the company for 6 years, but they just couldn’t see keeping his position as a separate entity and rolled it into a business unit. Therefore, he has to go get a new job at a time when job-getting isn’t easy. I wish him the very best of luck.

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
I Won’t Back Down by Johnny Cash
from Legend Of Johnny Cash Vol. 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/2.8
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Flash: Flash did not fire

The Hair Stick Collection Thursday, Dec 4 2008 

2 December 2008
My wife has beautiful, brown hair. Long, luxurious, silky, lovely hair.
But at times, as with anything, the hair is a burden and she needs it out of her way. To accomplish this, she uses hair sticks. Over the years, she has gathered a pretty impressive collection of these little works of art.
Here’re are a few of them:
Hair Stick Collection
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
You Have Been Loved by George Michael
from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Final Day Coat Thursday, Dec 4 2008 

30 November 2008
The final day of TRF, the last huzzah. And what a day it was. Although the sales were down year-over-year, the attendance and moral were way up. Especially the last few weeks. And the weather was just simply too good to be true for the vast majority of the event. That included the final day. On this final day of TRF, Marita Beth and I strolled out of the shop for a short while visiting with people that we wouldn’t see again for many months and I, skillfully, maneuvered her toward a shop where I intended to buy her a coat if they had any left in her size. They did. It fit. She pranced and danced in it the rest of the day.
This is my wife wearing her new coat
MB & Randy
standing next to Randy who was sitting as a stand in for Old Father Christmas.
That’s my mug on the armwing with the logo of my shop East Wind Games on it.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 December 2008 )

Listening to:
Young Liars by TV on the Radio
from Young Liars

Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/5.6
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Flash: Flash did not fire
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