Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The art deco tower, 210 feet (64 m) of unpainted reinforced concrete, was designed by architects Arthur Brown, Jr., and Henry Howard with murals by 26 different artists and numerous assistants
The tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle, despite Lillie Hitchcock Coit's affinity with the San Francisco fire fighters of the day, in particular with Knickerbocker Engine Company Number 5.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Don’t know if you heard about the explosion in San Bruno, California, well that is my little town and I experienced the most frightening day of my life yesterday!
Yesterday Cody and I were preparing to do our Furry Friday photo when all of a sudden I heard a huge explosion and the whole house just shook and it felt like it would not stop. Then we ran outside and saw this huge cloud of smoke coming toward us with the strangest sound, lots of hissing and sizzling. I ran out to the front of the house to see what was going on and one of my neighbors told me they heard a plane had crashed into the homes on the other side of the street, we later found out it was a gas leak from an underground pipe. The sound of the explosion was one I have never heard it was like a hissing windy sound that was sucking in everything in its wake. The flames were as high as 150 feet and the smoke just started covering every thing I could see. My Aunt and Uncle were right at the explosion site and started running as soon as they heard the boom, got in their car and tried to get to me, it took them 45 minutes to drive less then a quarter of a mile as everyone was trying to get out. The fire fighters did not have water for 30 minutes as the explosion also blew out a water main so the planes are what saved us at the beginning. By some miracle the winds changed and the smoke started moving away from my house, my area is in the canyon where as my aunt and uncle are on top of the hill where the original explosion took place. Anyway I am rambling just excited to be back home, have electricity and have my family. You know they tell you to grab what is important in an emergency, well I figured out what is important to me as soon as we got the evacuate I got my dogs, my camera equipment and computer and some clothes, not an exercise I wanted to do but at least now I know what I can’t do without.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Learning to relax! It is funny how hard it is for me to just kick back and relax. I am constantly on the go with one thing or another and to actually have the time to do nothing is hard for me to comprehend. So this week I am learning to chill :)
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
This is at a rest stop in Palm Springs, who knew Palm Springs had so much wind!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Day 244/365 - Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?”
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Day 241/365 - Princess Cake, originally uploaded by sunmallia.
This is a Princess Cake, or what is left of it anyway! This is the one cake I insist upon every year it is made up of a standard white cake mix with layers of fluffy whipped cream and raspberry jam, then covered again with whipped cream and a sheet of marzipan, then molded into a little dome shape. It makes me feel like a princess for a day, that and the tira I wear while eating it, ha ha ☺
So I think in 59 years I have learned these 5 things:
1.Don’t hold a grudge, it is not worth your time or energy
2.If the urge to twirl overtakes you, then you must twirl regardless of where you are
3.Never judge a book (person) by its cover, open and read it if you don’t you will have done yourself a great disservice.
4.Pay it forward, help those less fortunate then you, and believe me they will remember. When I was little we were helped by some wonderful people until we were able to get back on our feet and I have never forgotten and always keep then in my prayers
5.Take 15 minutes a day and just smile, you can do this in private or in public, although I must say the public one does frighten some people but that is their problem not yours.
Have a great day my friends, take a minute and enjoy your view. ☺
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Elphaba is my hero, you can call me The Wicked Witch any day (and some do.....:)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
it is beyond fab! 2nd half is coming in September 25 can't wait.
Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I would love to know why did you choose your pet, what was the one special thing that you saw in those eyes that said this is the one. Also do you think you look like your pet, I have 5 dogs and I think I look a bit like all of them :)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Well I knew just where to go and as I drove up there they were all grazing in the grass, looking right at me and some even approaching so I thought WOW this is great I am going to get a fantastic shot it will be an EXPLORE 1st page this is such a great scene. So there I was setting up ready to click the camera when who wakes up, my 3 hounds who proceed to wale and they scared the beejeezas out of the poor little lambs who started running for their lives as I was yelling wait wait they won't hurt you and the more I yelled the more the hounds howled! So anyway folks here is my version of Brads gorgeous photo but on the back end.
This year I told myself I was going to learn lessons in photography, well note to self when out shooting farm animals do not take the hounds! Happy Furry Friday all :)
Friday, August 6, 2010
I am always a sucker when it comes to a dog staring me down with those big old sad eyes of theirs. Sophie here is waiting for mom to take her photo so she can have that big old cookie in her hand. Now Sophie is on a diet the Vet told us she had to lose 3 lbs!!!!! Wish I only had to lose 3 pounds, but I digress. So should I or should't I give this little person a cookie for being such a good girl with big brown eyes.........
Yup, she gets a cookie, resistance is futile........
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Well most people would thing that Coonhounds should be out chasing raccoons or squirrels and such. Well not my Presley as she is way to busy picking tomatoes from her tomato plant to do that! She especially likes the little yellow ones guess they are sweeter or something. So this year I planted her her own plant so she would leave my tomatoes the heck alone, and she has been quite respectful of it as she always goes to this one plant as she knows it is hers for some reason, or could it be me yelling stay away from the other tomatoes! Well that is my Presley a Vegan like her momma :)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
Cat naps by cats are envious, by people amazing who would think one could actually fall asleep for 15 minutes and then wake up refreshed and ready to complete the day. My friend Grace can do this, she can sleep as a plane is taking off with all the engines revving and me begging "I need someone to talk to I hate to fly why are you sleeping you need to hear why", in a subway among people pushing and shoving and coughing and talking, in the car while taking a break from work. How does one cultivate such a skill oh the envy! !
In my next life maybe I shall return as a cat and take a nap......
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My morning ritual in the summer is to get up early take a shower and then shower my garden. When I am running late I do both at the same time (he he). There is really a peacefulness about it. It is very quiet in the early morning just me and the birds and squirrels out there, no sounds from the neighbors or the city streets yet. It is my way of meditating just letting my thoughts drift off as I watch the water slowly and gently sprinkling the leaves of the plants in the garden.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Day 207/365, originally uploaded by sunmallia.
That is what I needed after this photo session, a tall drink of water, (or maybe something stronger)!
But I am not complaining as John and I had lots of laughs and arguments while I was trying to do the photo. John is my able bodied assistant, he has no choice but to help as he is right there in the house with me so "resistance is futile".
Maybe next year I will make flash photography my goal for the year, this year is just trying to figure out what all those dials and thingys are for on my camera, gosh better hurry only 158 days left!