Saturday, April 14, 2007

Like a kid in a candy store...

We found this cute little candy store in Windsor.

They had candies I hadn't seen in a while like candy necklaces, Look bars, Chick-O-Sticks, button candy on paper, candy cigarettes, Fizzies and lots of other instant childhood memories!

My daily picture is the lollipop stand that was outside their front door.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Definitely a Memory Worth Scrapping!

Our first full day of my scrappin' birthday weekend.
Last night the girls brought me a yummy cake and fun presents, and said I got to be "Princess." (But tiara??!! heehee!)
When I woke up, Kathy asked what I would like to drink. Continuing with the "Princess" concept, I kiddingly replied, "a grande Soy Chai, no water, please."
I was so surprised when she said, "sure" and headed to the fridge and pulled out a container of Starbucks-style Chai and soy milk!
I thought, "Wow!" I wonder what else she has (snicker), so I stepped-up the "Princess" act and added, "I'd also like...."
I don't even remember what it was that I asked her for, probably my usual three petite vanilla scones, but I DO remember that I went too far with my request because she gave me that big ol' beautiful Kathy smile and discreetly flipped me off lol!!! Coming from Kathy, it was quite hilarious! Definitely a memory worth scrapping, which, by-the-way, is also the name of Windsor's local scrapbook store.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I Can See Clearly Now, the Rain is Gone...

All of the dark clouds have

It was a beautiful drive
going over the Golden Gate Bridge!

Michelle, Jean and I hit the road in Michelle’s van which was packed with our scrapping supplies, plus soda, water and tables too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stormy Weather...

It was a busy day today trying to get ready for the long scrappin' weekend that starts tomorrow.

Michelle, Jean and I will drive up to Windsor tomorrow morning, but it sure looks like rain. I took this picture on the drive home (at a stop sign) windshield needs cleaning!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Pleasant Surprise

I nearly forgot to take today's picture of the day. This one makes ten days in a row.

When we got home yesterday from San Francisco, I found these beautiful purple flowers on my doorstep from a very dear friend.

Monday, April 9, 2007

A Day in the City...

We spent the day in San Francisco for my birthday.

The weather was gorgeous and I got to practice taking a few pictures.

The flags waving in the wind was one of my favorites.

And a few more...

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake!

Aren’t they pretty?

Raquel made both of these beautiful, four-layer cakes (carrot and chocolate marble) for our Easter/Birthday celebrations today.

They were dee-licious! And, as if that weren't enough, she also brought frosted sugar goodies, and made all the side dishes for our BBQ today.

Happy Birthday to me, Kathryn, David and Bruce!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

I know it's blurry, but it's not about the deodorant...

It was a PJ day for me. I’ve been thinking all day about what picture I could take that would not entail me having to get dressed and go outside.

Earlier today, Jose went grocery shopping. I asked him to buy two deodorants, one for me and one for Kathryn. We both use the same kind (and he said he knew what kind) and we both like powder scent. It turns out, he bought two deodorants, both were powder scent, but both were "Secret."

Me (showing him the deodorant). "What happened? I thought you knew what kind."
Jose: " I thought you would want the powder scent."
Me: "I do, but not that kind. Secret makes me break out."
Jose: "Oh, sorry, I’ll get you some more."
Me: "No, that’s okay. Kathryn says she needs one for school anyway. I can wait."

After Kathryn and I put away the groceries, Jose goes back to the store to get ice for tomorrow and a few other things. I go back into my room to scrap a little and am still thinking of what picture to take. I know! I’ll take a picture of my favorite little spinner caddy. So as I’m taking pictures of my scrapbook caddy, in walks Jose and says, "Look" as he proudly presents "the right kind" of deodorant AND in powder scent.

He said, "See, I could be a hand model." Baahahahahhaha! It was so cute, I had to take a picture.

So...the reason the picture is so blurry (besides the fact that he was moving and didn’t want to keep posing 'til I got it right), is because the focus is on the hands...not the deodorant!

Friday, April 6, 2007

The Kathryn Tree

I got home from work very late today - just past 7pm. The sun was nearly set and I hadn’t taken my daily picture yet. Jose was mowing the lawn when I got home, so I thought I’d take a picture of the house and the freshly mown lawn. Kind of a reverse view of the scrapbook room view.

While outside, I started looking around for other pictures to take. I really want a picture of the view of the hills from the front of the house, so I took a couple of those. I didn’t like them. I’m too short. I’ll need a ladder or will have to climb up on one of the cars (definitely not a good idea). Oh, I know! I’ll wait for the Sanford and Son truck to come back home and take it from the bed of the truck.
Since yesterday was Kathryn’s birthday, I thought it was a good time to take a picture of "The Kathryn Tree." It’s called "The Kathryn Tree" because we noticed the tiny redwood tree starting to grow in our front yard around the same time I was pregnant with Kathryn. Jose had trimmed a lot branches from the redwood trees in our backyard, and set the branches in the front yard until it was time for the recycling truck to pick them up later in the week. We think that’s how the seed to "The Kathryn Tree" was planted.

So here’s a picture of "The Kathryn Tree." I took a few pictures of it from a distance, trying to get the whole tree, but there were too many parked cars cluttering up the background. I decided to take a picture from the ground up...only I had no intention of getting on the ground to take it. Come on, it’s only day 6...I’m not ready to hit the ground and lay on my back (in the dirt, no less) just to get the perfect shot! Instead, I semi-crouched down, put my hand as close to the ground as possible without actually touching it and aimed my camera upwards, hoping for the best. Well, this was the best. I figure there’s always room for improvement. I’ll take this shot again next year - and who knows, maybe I’ll even be on my back for the shot.

So, Happy 14th Birthday to "The Kathryn Tree"

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Life's Uncertain, Eat Dessert First!

Today's Kathryn's birthday. She wanted to shop at the mall with her friends before seeing the movie, Meet the Robinsons. We saw it in 3D so I also got a couple of pictures of them with their funny 3D glasses.

While we were there, I took this picture to use as
my "Picture a Day". I love the columns.

I've been to the Cheesecake Factory several times for dinner, but always with Kerry.

As I was taking the picture, it dawned on me that I've never actually tried their cheesecake! We're always too full after dinner and drinks. That's just wrong!

So, the next time we go, I'm eating dessert first!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The View

I brought my small digital camera with me to work today so on the way home, I took a picture of the late afternoon traffic jam.

After a few snapshots, my cell phone rings and I see my son's cute face on my screen. I smile, as I know it is, "The call." The one I get once or twice a month reminding me that I forgot (or did I?) to deposit money into his account. I'd love to get a snap a picture of "the call" too.

Once off the freeway, there are a couple of views I've always enjoyed coming home. I attempted a few pictures, but it's not easy taking pictures going down hill...while driving. I'll try again when I'm a passenger.

When I got home, I dumped the pictures on the computer. Jose walks in, sees my pictures and reminds me that he trimmed the bushes in front of my scrapbook room just so I could take my daily picture.

So, here's today's picture.

The view from the chair in my scrapbook can even see the little pink fastenator hanging from the slatwall bin.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Pretty in pink...

This is a close-up of one of the bushes in our front yard. It's a good thing that baby takes care of itself, because I certainly didn't inherit my mama's green thumb!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Another day, another picture!

Today I thought I would continue "the view" shots with a picture from my scrapbook room window. I decided against it because 1) my neighbor just pulled into their drive-way, and while their Mercedes is nice, it kinda messed up my shot, and 2) I suddenly noticed that the hedge outside my window could definitely use a haircut.

I decide to take a picture of Jose's "Sanford & Son" truck. Nope, that's not gonna work. The truck is still at his dad's house.

While I was getting a pedicure this afternoon, Jose called and asked me to pick up a bottle of wine. So that's my picture for the day.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

April Fool's Day

So...I’m actually doing it! I’m going to join Valerie in her quest to take a picture a day for a year. Seriously! No Joke! I really am...or, at least for the remaining 275 days of this year. I thought it was a good excuse to finally do two things I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Learn to use my camera and start a blog. Apparently, I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a long time - my user profile says I’ve been a user since November 2005!

I almost forgot to take my very first picture because Jose and I took another trip out to Ikea in search of the bookcase for my scrapbook room that was out of stock when we made the trip the day before. Such a waste of gas in his big ol’ red truck. Riding in his truck is always an adventure that begins with Jose humming the theme song to Sanford & Sons lol.

On the way back we stopped by his Dad’s house to get back the van, which means we also had to shift that big box from the truck to the van. It was supposed to be a "quick" stop. It wasn’t. We couldn't get in the house because the door lock is so old it took a whole lot of turning the key back and forth to get in. Jose had to fix it before we left...but he had no tools with him.

He finally found a very old screwdriver to take the lock off. It turns out the inside of the lock was busted. It was missing an integral piece - one of it’s little prongs which is why the key was "spinning" in the lock. The whole process felt like a MacGyver episode without the danger. Did you know that a small piece of a plastic fork tine can be used to fix a door lock? That was my idea - and it worked! So, with the lock fixed, off we went. But not before stopping at Target to meet Jean who called me during the lock incident to let me know she picked up the latest Cards book for me using a 50% off Michael's coupon. She’s sweet.

I meet Jean inside Target where I discover that they now sell Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps - including the swirls set - for only $9.99. Wow. They had lots of cool things, but I bought none of it. Did I mention the Ikea bookcase that we just bought is more than half the size of the Ikea bookcase it was replacing? I loved the big one, but my room really needed counterspace.

It was late afternoon by the time we got home. I suddenly remembered I’m supposed to take a daily picture! There was still a bit of sunlight outside. At least I knew where my new camera was, even though I haven’t used it in about three months.

I decide to take a picture of the view from my bedroom because it’s so relaxing just looking at the big redwood tree. After the truck adventure and the "MacGyver" episode, relaxing sounded good. Ordinarily, I’d just open the sliding glass door and take a picture from the room. However, the big ol’ 25 cube Ikea bookcase that I just removed from my scrapbook room is temporarily (I hope!) residing in my bedroom, blocking access to the door. So, I head outside via the living room door and stand on the step just outside my bedroom door.

I take a few pictures, portrait, landscape, zoom in-zoom out...then into the house to upload the pics to my computer to see whether or not they're blurry. Yes, I know, there’s a little screen on the back of my camera, but either it’s too small or my eyes are too old, but I can’t tell if they're blurry. I prefer to think the screen is too small.
I grab the camera cord to transfer the pictures to my camera. Open up the window to view them and they aren’t there??!! What happened? Strange, very strange. So I figure I must have done something wrong so I quickly go back out to get the picture before the sun goes down.

Ahhh, I now see why the pictures I previously took weren’t there! The sun was starting to go down so I was trying to see what ISO the camera was set at. That’s when I saw it... "Memory Full". Back into the house to dump all the pictures onto the computer and to find the manual so I can quickly reformat the card.

Done. So, back outside I go. Now it’s obvious that I’m going to need to change that ISO as the sun’s just about gone. Drats, I can’t remember how to change it! Back into the house to get that manual again. (They sure print those manuals in small type.) I finally find out how to change the setting and back outside I go...again.

So that was my first Project 365 picture of the day. I'm sure it'll be easier tomorrow. And, I don’t think it will be difficult to see an improvement in future picture taking!