Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day Thirty One

Neil broke this "Winter sandwich" off the car this afternoon--a solid layer of ice in between two layers of snow. This stuff is making for treacherous road conditions in our hilly little town. The temperature got near forty degrees and the snow and ice started to melt some. We did venture out and about this afternoon before the next hard freeze sets in tonight. No school Monday!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day Thirty

Winter Says Hello

These icicles grew throughout the day. Check it out.

Little brown sparrow in a sea of white.

Eddie Kitty stayed outside all day romping in the snow.

It doesn't look like much, but this snow has shut this town down.

Still growing...

We have a Cardinal couple who come out when it snows, but they never seem to show up at the same time.

Last night the temperatures rose and it started to sleet, so we got a layer of ice over the snow. Around noon today, it started snowing again and covered the ice. Makes for a slick Winter sandwich.

The icicles had grown several inches by late this afternoon. Beautiful day. Hope everyone stays safe and warm.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day Twenty Nine

Mrs. Cardinal's Snow Day

And yes it did snow today just like the fortune tellers--I experts--told us it would. The Cardinals seem to love the snow. It's the only time I ever see them anymore. The snow was beautiful, although it didn't amount to much in my back yard. It's funny how the snow can fall all day long and this is all we have to show for it. That's okay. There's something magical about snowfall, and it's always fun to watch.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day Twenty Eight

Calm Before The Storm?

I took this picture with my cell phone camera at Cane Creek Rec Center yesterday afternoon. The sky was so beautiful I almost drove off the road trying to take pictures. That can be worse than texting while driving. I took this after I got out of my car. And since I didn't take any pictures today, I thought I'd share this one because this could be the calm before the storm. The weather experts keep telling us there will be ice and snow Friday and possibly lots of it. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day Twenty Seven

Happy 9Th Wedding Anniversary, Holly And Jerry!

Daughter Holly and son in law Jerry were married January 27, 2001. Hard to believe they're already celebrating nine years of marriage. I can't get over how young they look in this picture. It's one of my favorite pictures of them.

The Myers Family has grown over the past nine years. Here they are with daughter Shelby and son Elijah. What an awesome family! You all are a blessing to me and everyone who knows you. I love you so much and wish you every happiness today and throughout all the years to come!
Happy Anniversary!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Day Twenty Five

Ghost Bird And Leaf Heart

The birds in flight are almost transparent--ghost birds.

I can't ignore anything in the shape of a heart--like this big leaf that was plastered by yesterday's rain to the sidewalk. Just had to stop and take a picture of this leaf heart.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day Twenty Four

The Rains Came Down And The Floods Came Up

Sunday got a soaking here in my neck of the woods. This part of our back yard always floods in a heavy rain. The rain is gone for now, but I hear there is more on the way.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day Twenty Three

Postcards From A Fun Saturday In January

Elijah and Shelby are ready for anything. Bring it on!

Kelly made this swimsuit model and swan with the kids' Play-Doh while we waited for our yummy pizza to be served at Momma Rosa's.

The day was blustery at times and kind of chilly but that didn't stop the kids (well, except for Kelly) from pulling off their shoes and socks and jumping on the trampoline, which hasn't seen any action since last Fall.

Elijah hangs in mid air for a brief moment before his big belly flop landing.
Kelly and Holly watched the monkeys--I mean, the kids--from the sidelines.

Shelby executes one of her swirls and twirls, performing some trampoline ballet.

The Tulip Poplar waits for Spring.
Good Times! Fun Saturday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day Twenty Two

Sign Of The Times

The Nashville Flea Market has been around for a long time, making its home every fourth weekend of every month at the Nashville Fairgrounds. This flea market is listed in the top ten flea markets in the nation. Neil and I have been junkin here regularly for the past six or seven years. But the current leadership in Nashville has the idea that this piece of property could better be used in some other (money making) way. If they get their wish, the Tennessee State Fair, the speedway, the flea market and a whole host of other events that take place there will soon be history. We beg to disagree and readily signed the petition to save the Nashville Fairgrounds. The city council will hold a meeting on the matter in February. In the meantime, the flea market is scheduled to run through the end of this year. Neil and I plan to visit as many as we can before another Nashville icon becomes a memory.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day Twenty One

"The Path The Child Followed Home"

Neil had the day off today. He and Elijah (and Eddie, of course) went to meet Shelby as she walked from school. We had a stormy afternoon--rain, lightning, thunder. I hear some people had hail. These three (and Eddie, of course) didn't seem to mind walking home in the rain. We took the kids to the D.Q. for ice cream to celebrate Shelby's most excellent report card--two B's and the rest A's. I think the storms are over for now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day Twenty

Winging It

I have to snap a lot of pictures just to--hopefully--end up with one that's pretty cool. Birds are amazing little creatures and difficult to capture in flight because one second they're there and the next they're gone. They move quicker than my rapid fire snapshots. Thought I'd share this one with you from a day or two ago, as I didn't even pick up my camera today. Sometimes you just have to wing it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day Nineteen

If Looks Could Kill ...

If looks could kill, I'd be lying on the floor, clutching my camera. Grand son Elijah and I were playing upstairs this afternoon, and I was taking his picture. After about the umpteenth click of my camera, he ordered me in no uncertain terms and with this look on his face to: "Stop taking my picture!" I told him okay. (For now.)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day Eighteen

A Little Levity ...

This picture cracks me up. The bird is poised in midair, as though he's not even flapping his wings. Like Houdini. It's magic!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day Seventeen

Jack Is Back!

'24' is the fastest hour on television. And one of the best dramas ever conceived. Can you tell I'm a fan? Jack is back!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day Sixteen

Wood Pile Blues

Little by little, hubby Neil is starting to make a dent in our pile of wood for the wood stove. The wood cutters dumped six ricks of wood in our yard sometime before Christmas. Trouble is--the wood shed is on the other side of the yard. The wood cutter guys' truck was too high to drive it under this big, low hanging Mulberry tree limb. So Neil loads up his wheelbarrow, carts the wood over to the wood shed, stacks it, then starts all over again. He just might have it done by Spring.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day Fifteen


We've been into the chest of board games upstairs lately. Elijah discovered the Yahtzee dice and has been intrigued with them ever since. He's lost them; I've found them; he's rolled them and thrown them down the stairs and put them inside whatever container he can find. He calls them "ices" (eye-sees). "Granny, I don't have any ices at my house," he told me today, which usually means he intends to take them home with him at the end of the day. But he forgot about them. They're back inside the Yahtzee box to play with another day.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day Fourteen

Three O'clock! Shelby Heads To Granny's House

The kids went back to school today after a week of "snow days". They didn't have to go in until ten o'clock this morning which made for a short day. And tomorrow is Friday already, which makes for a short week. Life is good.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day Thirteen

All Good Things ....

The temperature reached the high forties today. The sun came out. The snow is starting to melt. It seems the "snow days" have come to an end for now. Back to school tomorrow--two hours late. Enjoy that little extra sleep, students and teachers!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day Twelve

The Better To See You .....

Elijah had fun wearing his grandpa's safety glasses (which have no lenses for now). I'm surprised he let me take his picture. He even smiled. Sort of.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Day Nine

Bony Fingers Of Ice

These bony fingers of ice look like they've got a bit of arthritis going on. I love icicles, but I haven't noticed any around until today. They were growing out of the gutter down spouts. Cool!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Day Eight

I Wish ....

Shelby and Elijah wanted to go outside and play in the snow this morning. I would have let them, but it was 12 degrees. I had to say no, and we moved on to do other things like play Old Maid and Connect Four.

They finally got their wish at lunch time, because we were crazy enough to bundle up and go out onto the frozen tundra to the Dairy Queen, of all places, where they enjoyed ice cream cones after they ate lunch. When we got back home, they started scooping up snow and tossing it into the air. It's powdery and flies away quickly. I let them do that for a minute and then they were ready to go inside. Shelby said, "Now I see why you didn't want us to go out!"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day Seven

Mrs. Cardinal

She didn't mind the snow that finally fell here this afternoon. The snow didn't amount to much, but it sure was a slick drive home from the dentist. No school again tomorrow. Mrs. Cardinal doesn't mind that, either.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day Six

May I Come Inside, Please?

This is Eddie Kitty's first Winter. He always gets caught on the wrong side of the door because he forgets how cold it is outside. Will he ever learn? Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day Five

Tuesday + School Day = Elijah and Shelby

These two assume the position after school, scarfing up Pudding Pops and Bomb Pops while watching 'Phineas and Ferb'. They both had a good first day back in school after the two week break.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day Four

It Was Only A Matter Of Time

A squirrel found the bird feeder and the Sunflower seeds this morning. I'm surprised it took him this long. I chased him off and refilled the feeder. I'm sure he'll be back--with all his hungry buddies.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day Three

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Cozy up to the wood stove and try to be warm in 13 degree weather. Our forecast low tonight: 6 degrees.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day Two

Snow Birds

We stopped feeding the birds a long time ago when it was clear we were only luring them into our yard for the cat to kill. But Neil recently bought a big bag of Sunflower seed and a new bird feeder and decided to start feeding them again this Winter. No casualties, so far. And it's been fun watching them on the feeder. Fun taking pictures of them, too.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day One

Happy New Year!
and here we go again ....

This picture was snapped by daughter Kelly's camera on the timer as the Ranft, Foy, Myers, and Kimbrough Families toasted in 2010 at the stroke of midnight. (Jerry couldn't take it any more and was already in bed asleep at this point) We all had a blast at Kelly and Kerry's home. Thanks for hosting!! Welcome, 2010 and new beginnings as I start Project 365 all over again.