Tuesday, February 1, 2011

no snow here

* Steve & the pups at DeSoto *
Fortunately, no snow here on the Gulf coast of Florida -that is sand above! I've been hearing a lot about a ton of snow this winter falling everywhere and feel fortunate to not have to shovel it myself this year. One of my friends in Connecticut said to me, "You got out of town just in time!". It has been cold here at times, in fact cold enough to have a roaring fire in my parent's fireplace many evenings! But again, I feel fortunate because I'm here in Florida with them, the cold we feel is relative (windy 40's) and interspersed with sunny warmth! 

One thing we continue to do no matter what, is walk at DeSoto National Memorial. The photo above of my husband Steve and the pups was taken there. It is the same photo I used for my 50th "blip" at Blipfoto: a daily photo journal. When I first found out about the Blipfoto site from my dear friend Frieda Oxenham, I thought - what a cool idea! It appealed to me because you don't have to upload a photo everyday. I ended up enjoying blipfoto so much that since starting on December 4th, I've now published 44 entries in a row with a grand total of 52 photo journal entries! My blipfoto journal is here and I also have a portfolio with some of my favorite photos I've taken on my blipfolio.

Doing this project has increased my photo taking quite a lot and I already took a lot of photos! I found and my husband noticed too, that I am looking at things through the camera differently. I've learned a bit more about Photoshop Elements, something I never thought I would have much interest in before. Blipfoto has tutorials, Photoshop itself has 'Help' files and I took a free mini-course from Kim Klassen, which was really quite helpful. So besides running a swap, walking at DeSoto, visiting with my parents, making sample Altered Book pages and writing lessons for a new online course, and going to the gym, I've been taking a lot of photos! 

You meet a lot of different and interesting people from all over the world on blipfoto, as any member can leave comments for another member. I had a good laugh this morning when I read this comment from Australia on the above photo of Steve & the pups, "Very nice. I think you should have put a bandana on your husband as well."  hee hee!! I told Steven and he agreed!! He said he would match my dad then, who has been sporting a bandanna since one of his chemotherapy treatments led to some of his hair falling out. My mom came up with this idea and dad embraced it. I think it's rather spiffy for a 77-year old grandpa!

This was about a month ago when dad was working on finishing a set of bookshelves for Deckin & Tina. The 2  bookshelves are now finished and will soon be shipped off to my son and his partner in the Boston area. We will have more photos on that project later, as Steven helped dad with it and learned a lot in the process. Dad is doing okay -he has his up days and down days, with chemo and the effects of that, but is definitely hanging in there and fighting. Moving here was the absolutely best thing we could have done for everyone. We are so glad we are here! 

* I hope all is well in your world * 


  1. It's great to hear you're enjoying blip as much as I do, Lenna! And so pleased to see that's sand. Does it ever snow in Florida?
    I never imagined so, in fact I thought it was hot all the time. But that's not quite true as your blog makes me realize!

  2. I'm just listening to national weather. Boy, you are fortunate to be out of the north. Lenna, I will pray every day for your dad, who by the way, is adorable.
    And I LOVE your pups.
    I'll be looking for you to post a photo of Dad, hubby, and the pups in bandanas!

  3. Well Lenna I am just feeling sorry for you: here I am, in the midst of a storm which is piling snow on top of the last snow. I am cozy, listening to music and watching old movies. Making datey cookies, a recipe I got from Mrs Close, with whom I taught in the mid-sixties. She taught for over 40 years, commuted over 30 miles each way, and NEVER missed a day in all those year. Snow always makes me think of her. AND finally, I am playing with my sewing machine and doing decorative stitches on my vintage card elements. All that, and the beauty of the snow: I would not take Florida for anything today!!! Love....sharon

  4. Lenna... you and I are on the same page here...Nothing like SW FL in the winter...my readers are gonna hate me I keep posting about sand and sun and birds and beaches
    It's been a while since your last visit. Please pop over to my blog and see what I've been up to.


  5. Great photos, Lenna. You are a very busy lady!

    Good to hear your dad is bearing up, I bet it makes all the difference to him having you, Steve and the pups nearby.


  6. Hi Lenna...wish I was in Florida right about now, as I am so sick of the cold and snow. Today was a balmy 36 degrees, a heat wave. :-)
    Your dad does look great and he does marvelous things with his woodworking skills. keeping your dad in my prayers.
    Glad that you and Steven are loving Florida so much.
    I miss the sand, shells, balmy breezes and of course sunshine and warmth.
    Hugs to you.



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