Motorcycle Bling!

The other day, Mark and I went out for a little while.  We called the kids before we came home and found they wanted Tom Wahl’s burgers for dinner. We called in the order and went to pick it up.

While we were in the parking lot, a few people pulled up on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.  I went inside and the cyclists came in shortly thereafter.  I picked up our order and went out to the car.  As I got in, Mark told me to sit back in the seat.  He had his camera in his hand….I looked over and caught sight of the neatest thing!

I goofed up centering these pictures….I had rested my arm against the car, but it was running, so the first photos I took were blurry…I was trying to hurry so I just snapped a few photos.  There were actually a couple more color lights!  It was so cool the way they kept changing!  Hmmmm……I wonder if such lights are available for Subaru Outbacks?  Just think….one would never have to worry about losing his or her car in the parking lot!

Unlikely Company!

While out on the porch this morning, Mark spotted a buck out in our “front yard”.  I use that expression loosely, as the woods makes up a good part of said yard!  I went back inside the house to grab my Nikon camera, figuring the fellow would be well into the woods in the time it would take me to trudge upstairs and get the camera! Surprisingly, he waited for me!

He posed so nicely…

Make note of his “wife” nearer to me….

He knew full well where I was and was a tad skittish at first. Nikon cameras have a definite sound when the shutter is pressed, and he listened as I took photo after photo.  He even gave me several different poses!

When the little doe walked away, seemingly irked I was not taking *her* photo,  the buck patiently followed behind….

The pair stopped for a few moments for a family portrait…..too bad the doe didn’t realize I was only interested in her mate!  We have lived here in the Bristolwood for twenty years now and I don’t recall any bucks ever coming so close!  In the above photo, I was easily standing less than fifty feet from the pair.  I had to smile, as the doe scampered off….

And the buck apologetically explained he had to catch up!

Mark and Ben worked on our little (broken) trailer we use to gather firewood.  It had some serious issues, such that Mark got out the welder to fix it!  He and Ben worked on it and when Michelle and I arrived home from Rochester,  I told them tomorrow, it is supposed to snow.  Ben was off like a lightning bolt to gather firewood that had been left in the woods!

Ben brought four loads of wood down to the garage before darkness set in and he could no longer see!  Mark and I worked using the splitter and we now have about two more cords of wood to add to the wood already stacked.  We are behind, but the firewood in the woods is all well seasoned.  It just needs to be brought down and split and stacked.

So much to do. So little time!!!



Well Then!

I had a dentist appointment at 5:30 on Thursday evening. I had spent the day in Rochester, trying to forget about the dentist….I am unsure if anyone hates going to the dentist more than I!

I arrived at the office a few minutes early and was taken right in.  Now, have you ever seen photos or heard of racehorses at the track before a race?  They paw at the ground and act downright skittish, anxiously awaiting the gate to open!  Now you know how I feel walking into the dentist’s office!

Mind you,  I thought I had the right to feel as I did, particularly on this day, as a NYC dentist by the name of Bruno Spagnoli predicted the tooth that was desperately needing work  would need a root canal.  He said it might be six weeks or six years.  But that was over twenty years ago.  I have had two root canals and they really were not bad at all, but I dislike sitting in the dentist’s chair for hours at a time!

The fact that this tooth was the last molar on the bottom right made me know that the event was going to be painful.  The dentist saw how upset I was and advised me that they could give me a sedative I could take before coming back another day, but I would have been insane to prolong this!  I told the dentist I would be fine.  And, I was.  I was in the chair for three hours and yes, it hurt.  But, I will get a crown on the tooth and all will be well.  For that, I am grateful. But I still am a bit sore where the needle went in to give the Novocaine.

Yesterday was a busy day with Mark and the kids working on some excavating we had done earlier in the week.  Even though we had to cart water for a couple of months, when the excavation was done,  it hit a spring and water was flowing into the swale the fellow made!  Thankfully, our well is fine now, but Mark was concerned the small bank created for the swale might cave in.  So, the kids were hauling large stones out of the woods to kind of build a wall to reinforce the swale.  While they worked on that, I raked leaves.  My back just will not tolerate picking up heavy things, and I was hurting whenever I bent over.  I got over half of the lawn done, so I was happy.

Today, Mark got together with a few people to practice music.  When we had the music event at Ontario County Park in August,  Mark and his friend Jim were impressed with two ladies who sing together.  They asked if they might like to form a little group and they said yes, so Mark, Jim, the ladies, Jim’s daughter, and Ben get together about once a month to practice.

Today was not only practice, but also Mark’s birthday!  It was an amazing birthday and Mark was blessed beyond belief! Jim’s daughter (Sarah) made a phenomenal casserole that was yummy, yummy, and yummy!  I made a salad and at the last minute, made a batch of rolls.  We all ate and then it was time for a birthday cake. THIS was extraordinaire!!!

It turns out one of the ladies could not make it to practice because of work, so the other lady brought her hubby along.  Holy mackerel!!! This man cannot only cook, but he BAKES!!! AND, he even cleans up after himself!  Bill is NOT a chef, nor baker, but a building contractor!!! He does the cooking and loves creating.

The cake was chocolate, but far from “just” chocolate.  He told us it had cocoa, black cocoa, sour cream, and coffee added in! He said the added coffee enhances the chocolate flavor.  Wow.  The cake was moist and very, very chocolatey!  There was cherry pie filling on top and the cake was decorated with whipped cream “stars”.  The creation looked like it took forever to make, but Bill said, no, doesn’t really take that long!

We had such a great time and the stress free meal was incredible!  I even had time to finish raking the lawn while the group practiced! This was not only an incredible day for Mark, but for the whole family as well!  As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I am so thankful for such wonderful friends and good times.  I feel like God has blessed us…..really well!

Another (Birth) Day!

Today we celebrated Michelle’s twentieth birthday… just does not seem possible she is that old. Where did the time go?

Michelle and Ben designed this day according to Michelle’s wishes.  Michelle’s boyfriend, Jacob, arrived here shortly after 7:30 am, as planned.  Ben made waffles and bacon for breakfast.  After breakfast, the kids watched television for a bit.  Then Michelle opened presents and we were off to Canandaigua to purchase items to pack for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

After our shopping was completed, we were on to Victor, to the Olive Garden Restaurant.  We had a nice time there and the photo above was taken there….Michelle kept asking me not to photograph her while she was eating, but I really wanted a good photo of her! This will have to do.

A very busy day, all in all and everyone is exhausted.  Even Murphy.  For one reason or another, he insisted it was time to arise at 3:30 this morning. Argh…..this has been an incredibly long! day!

I Know….

It has been another long spell since my last blog entry.  I have been searching for a specific theme for my blog that would help with my photos…more of a photography blog.  I tried one theme yesterday and became frustrated, trying to figure out how to insert my photos.  I finally gave up!

When I was in Henrietta one day, I was astonished to see a Monarch Butterfly making its rounds.  It really was amazing, as the date was October 25.  I think by that time, butterflies are well on their way to Mexico.  This particular butterfly just visited from one flower to the next as though it had not a care in the world.  I seriously wondered how it would fair in light of the upcoming storm (Sandy) as we were well forewarned of “the big one”.

As you can see, the lighting and exceptionally clear blue skies just added so much *pop* to these photos….I keep looking at them and drooling over the colors!

Home Depot was *the* place to be on this beautiful Autumn morning. Actually, cars passing by stopped to see what the crazed woman with the camera was doing…..Thankfully, I was not armed with the BIG camera, but a very small, inconspicuous camera.  However, I was…(ahem) kind of climbing aabout displays to get some of the photos.  I suppose the manager might have grumbled about my antics! hehehe

The store also had some really cool “pink pumpkins”.  They didn’t actually appear to be “very” pink to me, but they were unique. And pretty!

Yes, this was one day I hated to see coming to a close.  I really only spent a short time taking pictures, but I wish I could have found more subjects. Days with such lighting just don’t come around often!

One more photo before I leave….

The sunlight was shining on this grass and it literally lit up, looking as though it had lights glowing in it!!!  Oh, that days like this would linger. Too bad our Autumn is so very, very short!  Oh, and for the record, Sandy did not disrupt our lives at all.  The lights did flicker slightly a couple of times, but that was all.  The worst “damage” was the wind turned all the goregous colors into leaf litter!