Sunday, February 23, 2014

The one where most of the pictures are blah

There are only two pictures in this whole group that I really like.  I really need to get my act together and stop taking the lazy pictures. : )

February 9
Foggy morning view on my walk. When we got back the dogs and I were actually wet so you know it was super foggy.  The really interesting thing about this shot is that the picture from January 9 is the same thing just on the other end of the street.  I guess we'll call this a foggy month.

February 10
The treadmill. Something I both love and loath at the same time. It's nice for days when the weather is too bad to be outside, but boring as all get out. I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of summer time walk / runs on here, but fortunately this was the only day in this two week period I was forced into milling it. : ) 

February 11
So yeah, here's my phone. I dropped it in July of 2013 and have basically been living with this ever since. Good times. (And stupid contracts meaning I can't get a new one). When it's sitting on my desk at work everyone comments on it. The sucky thing is the camera doesn't work. I actually had no issues with the screen looking like that so if the camera worked, I wouldn't actually even being pouting. 

February 12
I've been taking mental breaks at work lately which are generally a one mile walk through a nearby park before eating. This one happens to have a disc golf course. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by a wayward disc. The people playing this course apparently suck. 

February 13
Look a tree. That's about all I have for this one. (Same park as above, just a different section).

February 14
Ah, the day of love. This year my love rebuilt my phone; replacing the broken camera, the broken home screen button, the broken flash and the broken front screen. That camera is smaller than my pinky nail to give you scale. I should've put a quarter in the picture but didn't think of that until just now. So that means now you'll see more iPhone photos. 

February 15
A new discovery for us and you'll probably see tons of pictures from here this year. The Fort Worth Nature Center is just a few minutes away from us and they have 25 miles of hiking trails. Not sure if you've noticed from some of the other photos, but right now I am into taking walks (since running on the ankle is still - a year and a half later - not the easiest thing to do). So hiking seems to be ok and I hope my ankle stays ok with it. This is the marsh boardwalk trail. 

February 16
This is the only picture I took this day. I have no idea what or why. But since it's the only one, into the mix it goes.

February 17
The laziest of lazy shots. A view on my walk today.

February 18
The eighth hole of the disc golf course. Someone ruined it with a sticker. 

February 19
Our backyard view which is always my favorite place after a walk. The thing that looks like a trail is actually the dry creek bed. It only has water in it when it's raining which is pretty cool. 

February 20
Wise words from my shoe strings. When I don't want to go exercise these little guys just taunt me. 

February 21
I went into Target for $9 worth of stuff. Walked out with $68 worth of un-needed things. : ) Oh, Target. 

February 22
Second awesome visit to the Nature Center. This time we went on the Canyon Ridge Trail and so far it is my favorite. I also think it's the most challenging. My calves are dying today!  This gem was left abandoned on the middle of the trail at some point. No idea how they got it there.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

14 Pictures / 2 weeks / half a month

January 26th
I had high hopes for this bean soup recipe. Turned out too salty so I had to cut it with way more rice than I intended. If I think it's too salty, then you know it's too salty.

January 27 
Girls night out / dinner date with N, J and L. I love our little girl get togethers.  I especially like it when we go to Gloria's even though my drink of choice is not on the happy hour menu. : ( 

January 28 
My favorite thing about the new house: the neighborhood. I love taking the dogs for a walk where you don't have to worry about tons of cars speeding through the neighbor hood or people watching you. (One of the old neighbors was a bit of a peeper out his window. It was creepy since you always felt like you were being watched). 

January 29 
Gummy airplanes. I wasn't allowed to eat them until I could name them. That was a bit of an intense google search and one of the planes (the middle one) I ended up having to be told since I never figured it out. 

January 30 
When you are out of things to take a picture of, checking in on the progress of the plants is always a good shot.  Here's the basil coming right along.

 January 31
Our new cooktop was installed.  I have to say I really love it. 

February 1
Finally got around to celebrating my birthday only three months late.  Food was good, company was great.

 February 2
Dear winter - go away. Seriously. Ice storm on Super Bowl Sunday had us inside and cozied up most of the day. Got out my big girl camera and 100 mm macro for this shot. 

February 3 
I have big plans for the entry so I thought now would be a good time to take a before picture (That and I needed something to shoot). Always by the door, a pair of rain boots. Man do I love rain boots. 

February 4 
Hannah girl. I am so very hateful and made her wear my ear cover and then I attached her favorite lamb toy to her head.  You can't see in the picture but Chase was circling her freaking out because she "had" the toy.

February 5 
This is actually my favorite picture from this set. It's blurry and not the best focus, but I just like it.  I took it while on a walk during lunch. Did I mention it was 26 degrees?  That is bleeping cold. 

February 6 
The back of the house with our dual decks. Oh yeah and a bit of snow. Good times. 

February 7 
I need a long lens. I need a long lens. I need a long lens. Maybe if I repeat it enough one will show up.  That bird right there is a cardinal and it is very pretty and poses for such lovely pictures as long as I am far a way. Must work on the long lens situation.

February 8 
Manual focus for the win. This duck is actually super tiny and this is the first time that I have ever really captured it!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

So yeah, here's more POTD's

This week was sort of a crazy week, which you'll get to see through some very weird photos. (weird = random).

January 18
Found this blue leaf in the wild. Ha-a, not really. I was spray painting some hooks and moved one of the leaves caught in the over spray all by itself. I can imagine a saying of be an original plastered over it and selling in hipster type stores. : )

January 19

The bonus room of the new house. This room houses the last of the boxes and the bookshelves house all of the randomness that we don't know where to put it. Everyone loves this room when they see if for the first time. So much potential. Windows on three sides. Bar in the corner. Now we just need to by a huge table for the middle to turn it into the ultimate tinker room.

January 20

Hello random. This is where I store my things to wear tomorrow. A shelf in my closest which I will soon take a picture of because it is seriously one of my favorite spaces. 

June 21

I'll soon do a whole post on this project, but here is the finished installed new window and trim. Love it. Now if only the brass could go away. 

June 22

So, first bike ride in four months. When we put the old house up for sale we had to store them at the in-laws and then we had an ice storm followed by them being buried in the garage. When I finally got it out the chain was busted so I had to wait a few more days to get it fixed and then it was time for the first official ride. Secondary note - the hills in this neighborhood are awful. Also if I took this after the ride there would have been no smile on my face. 

January 23

Casino Beach park at Lake Worth. Just a few miles from the house. It was grey and cold (20 degrees at 5:00 pm when I took this). It was an impulse stop, but I liked the picture. 

January 24

My friend JM does all these quotes in her office on the chalk board. She had a Christmas one up until this week. I was so happy to see it go that I took a picture.  Also my favorite picture of me, JM and NH is on the left. I have a copy in my office as well. 

Janaury 25 

This is the photo of the day. It looks very scary movie with the coloring and the birds. Taken at the turn around on our walk today at the Trinity river. We also went to the log cabin village and I got a couple of good pictures there as well, but I went with this one anyway. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

I guess maybe Friday nights will be a thing

Or once again we have no plans and I don't want to be watching whatever stupid movie is on the other room. Yeah, it's probably the latter. 

January 11
We got a new stained glass window for the bathroom for Christmas and here is it being installed. Once the trim work is done, I'll post a better picture of just the window because it really is pretty, but until then you can see the in-progress picture. (My father-in-law doing the install)

January 12
One of the many things that the previous owner left are these three random stars hanging from trees in the backyard  They are small so I can't really figure out what purpose they served (probably none) but there aren't enough of them to be some sort of focal point.  The previous owner was a single dude so it's not like his kids did it. Weird. I'll probably eventually take them down, but for now they stay up.

January 13

I always heard one photography rule is that if you see red, take a picture. The problem with that in our house is that there is red EVERYWHERE as a certain other resident will say. I've tried to cut back and not have as much out, but our kitchen is pretty much dominated by the color red.  This is a close up of one of two utensil holders. 

January 14

I knew for some reason that this would be a busy day and I'd forget later to take a picture so I snapped one of the fake orange flowers in my office. Well, I actually did end up taking more pictures, but I still liked this one the best so it became the POTD.

January 15

Hello, my name is Sarah and I have a bit of OCD. This is what my office drawer looks like all the time. I can't stand it when things get out of place. This was another day that I kind of felt like I needed to get one in early or risk having nothing at all.

January 16

One of the reasons that I fell madly in love with this house is the fireplace in the master. With the flip of a switch I have fire and it is great. Once I have stuff on the walls and the TV cables hidden, I'll put a non-obstructed shot. For the moment, just know that it is there and that it is glorious. 

January 17

That brings us to today and the little drink that I am sipping on now called a Moscow mule. We got these fancy copper mugs for Christmas to specifically make this drink.  So tonight I pulled out the ingredients and the mug and viola, yummy drink. (There are lots of versions of this drink online but these are the only three ingredients that I use and I don't measure and it always turns out fabulous.) 

And with that, I bid you farewell until next time. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

7 More Days

I'm not trying to make Friday night a regular night to post, it just so happens that we have no life.  I made it through another week, which honestly shouldn't be shocking because I did this project for three and a half years straight, but it seems that I have zero time lately, so I seriously was not sure if I'd make it ten days.

January 4th
A Christmas gift that we got.  It lightens up a semi dark shelf in the living room. I actually liked it enough that as soon as Ditz finishes a bottle of booze then I am going to make another for the other shelf. 

January 5th

Our main criteria for our new house: trees. Well, we might have went a tad overboard as we have been cutting down and thinning out. Here's is the pile that has been cut down to firewood sized. Directly behind this pile is about fifteen trees that haven't been cut down to size yet.  I will also freely admit that that some of the pieces you see here my dad cut when he was visiting. 

January 6th

I don't eat paleo, but the great thing about the paleo diet is that it is gluten free and dairy free and for those in the know, know that those are bad things for me to eat.  This is one of my favorite cookbooks lately and on this night I made their chili. 

January 7th

THE HOUSE. The new one. Sigh, we wanted trees well here you go. We're in the process of clearing up and cleaning out as the previous owner had kind of let it go to crap. (Actually in his opinion that isn't true. He liked the "natural" state of things).  I'm not sure we'll ever have grass, but we're going to try. I expect major to the front area in the next year or so.

January 8th

New books waiting for me when I got home from work today. The top three is a trilogy, I'd already finished the first one when I ordered all three (the first one I'd read as a library book). So far book two is pretty good. It's my night stand book so that means it will be about three weeks to finish. I have four books going at all time and the nightstand book takes the longest to finish. Ironically work-lunch books usually go pretty fast. 

January 9th

The new neighborhood. Those big bunches of trees on the left are where we live.  I love how much space there is between neighbors. We are the proud owners of over 3.5 acres and it is truly the best after being in a cookie cutter neighborhood. 

January 10th

So here is Ditz's new click and grow. It came on the ninth and then we spent a frantic hour looking for his special Thai Basil seeds.  Seems I couldn't remember where I packed them or if I unpacked. Crisis was eventually averted and we got the seeds planted. So hopefully in two weeks we'll start seeing some growth!