Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 30 - Winter Wonderland (or not)

I live in New England, where the only consistent thing about the weather is that you can guarantee it will be inconsistent. We had our big Christmas snow back at the end of November and there isn't any snow coming in the foreseeable future. The closest thing I could get to "Winter Wonderland" frozen puddle out in the field. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Come mid-January we'll have feet of snow and I'll be really sick of it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 27 - Outside Right Now

After Thanksgiving got snowed out and we ended up with a foot of heavy wet snow on the ground, it turned out that we had a brown Christmas this year. So no pretty snow to take pictures of.

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 26 - In Your Cup

Thursday, December 25, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 25 - Morning (Whoops)

So I boned it. I totally forgot to take a picture for the challenge on Christmas Morning. Whoops. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 24 - Favorite Part of Christmas Eve

Hands down my favorite part of Christmas Eve was the few minutes when we actually had everyone home.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Life These Days

I finally feel like things are starting to settle down after months of craziness. Which is really, really nice.  I've been able to get projects started and finished. That last part is amazing in and of itself. I get a lot of projects started, but finished is something totally different. 

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 22 - Tradition

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 16 - 21

Day 16 - Nativity Scene

In case you haven't noticed, I'm really behind this week on the photo-a-day challenge.... five days to be exact. It's just been that kind of week with all of the preparations for Christmas, work and some traveling things have just been a bit busier than they have been for a little while. So here are the last six updates which brings me up to date. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 15 - Favorite Christmas Song

I have to admit, though it might be surprising, I can't stand Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and The Holly and the Ivy. I'm just NOT keen on singing my name over and over again. Apart from that I really do like the majority of the traditional Christmas songs and a few of the contemporary ones. One of my favorites, at the moment, is Joseph's Lullaby by MercyMe.

You can listen to the song HERE

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 13 - Family

Anyone who knows me will tell you, I HATE being in front of the camera. I love taking pictures, but not being in them. However, if you must have your picture taken, it's better to do it with a sibling who's not the least bit camera shy. So my "baby" brother and I spent the morning running around the back yard, taking pictures, freezing and having a marvelous time. We got a ton of goofy pictures, but also ended up with some really nice one, if I'm allowed to say so myself being both the photographer and in them at the same time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Learning to Let Go

I remember years ago, shortly after I got my horse, I found myself suddenly in a scary situation. My horse bolted when I was getting ready to mount and in that moment every bit of head knowledge I had about horses was long forgotten and natural reactions kicked in. I grabbed the first thing I could reach for, a stirrup, and ended up being dragged a good distance. Even though I "knew" in my head to let him go and catch him after he'd calmed down, everything inside of me said that the only way to control him was to hang on.

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 11 - Green

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Me and My Side-Kick

I have a side-kick, albeit an unintentional and unsolicited one. This little boxer mutt has wormed her way very deeply into our lives and hearts and has to be right in the center of pretty much everything.

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 10 - Wrapping Paper

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 5 - Temperature Outside

We don't actually have a thermometer outside. And it seemed a little lame to take a picture of the thermometer in the car.  So I was contemplating what do instead. A sign and a tripod and I was all set to go. Unfortunately, using the timer on your camera to take a clear picture doesn't work so great. I couldn't get it to focus on the sign and kept coming out blurry.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 4 - Joyful

I can't think of a better reason to be joyful than the actual reason for the season.

 Joy to the World
 Lyrics by: Isaac Watts
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. 
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 3 - RED

Today's challenge was to take a picture of something red, which was easy and difficult all at the same time.... There are so many red things, which one to take a picture of. The coffee mug won out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 2 - Your Favorite Christmas Movie

Day two! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera on me so I had to settle for my phone to take a picture. It came out a whole lot grainer than I wanted it to, but it works for the moment.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Photo-A-Day Challenge: Day 1 -Your View Today

Happy December! I can't believe that it's already time to say that, but my calendar doesn't usually lie to me. For the month of December I found an interesting way to keep me blogging without it being overly time consuming. For the entire 31 days of the month I have a schedule of pictures to take. I'll probably end up posting my pictures every couple of days as opposed to doing it on a daily basis.

So without further ado, Day1!