This little guy had to be left behind when my husband had his surgery. Six whole weeks, but we found the best pet sitter! It was true love on both sides…she sent me more than a few photos of Yuri on her lap and looking very content. It was such a relief to not have to worry about him while we were gone.
It feels like I’ve been gone for ages. Sorry about that. My husband had kidney transplant surgery (on Christmas Day no less!) and I was his caregiver. I have to say it was the most stressful and rewarding experience of my life.
And now we’re living in the times of the Coronavirus. It is surreal to think this virus is all over the world now. We are staying in as much as possible to do our part to flatten the curve. Just last night the governor of California ordered all residents to stay home.
Since I can’t do a lot of photography, I’m going to dig in the archives and offer up a photo each week that hopefully will take your mind off these challenging times, even if just for a moment.
Oh, WordPress has changed the format since I left, so I’m kind of learning as I go. I do appreciate your patience!
Getting kind of hectic around here, so I’m re-posting a photo of a patchwork wreath I made many years ago. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate, surrounded by family and friends, and many blessings for the coming year. May peace, love and prosperity follow you always.
A couple months ago I went to a talk by one of my favorite authors, Ruta Sepetys. Thanks to Jackie Cangro, I discovered her books and enjoyed them immensely. They are Young Adult fiction, but many adults are reading her work now. I read Between Shades of Gray first and enjoyed it immensely. I liked Salt to the Sea, but not as much. The former has been made into a movie called Ashes in the Snow but I haven’t seen it. You can view the trailer here:
I enjoyed Sepetys’s talk very much. She is a wonderful speaker and very open about her writing experience. She seems like the kindest person too.
People were asking to be in photos with her after she signed their books, but I prefer to be behind the camera and Ruta very nicely posed for me.
I got a copy of her latest book, The Fountains of Silence, and look forward to reading it. If you get the chance, go to one of her talks.
This time of year always makes me think of the fall colors back East. I’m pretty sure these are poplar leaves. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know. I got so I could name a lot of plants back there, but the memories are fading. 🙂
I took this shot of our hibiscus earlier today. Two weeks ago it was on death’s door. We’ve had it for at least five years, but one day I found tons of whiteflies on most of the leaves. I tried blasting it with the hose, but that worked for one day. Went to a local nursery and asked what to use for whitefly. Turns out NEEM Oil is a godsend and after two applications we were whitefly free.
This was taken on my iPhone because my “good” cameras weren’t charged. The colors are very true-to-life and the detail is quite decent.
One of the best things we did in Hawaii was take a helicopter ride over the Na Pali Coast. I’ve seen it from a cruise ship and a catamaran, but this was something else. If you’re wary of helicopters, it’s probably not for you.
Picturesque Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei is on the main road just past Hanalei town. Built in 1912, the spired church was designed in the American Gothic style.
The often-photographed church was built by Albert, Sam and George Wilcox, descendants of the Kaua’i missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox.
A major restoration of Wai’oli Hui’ia Church took place in 1992 after Hurricane Iniki lifted the building off its foundation and caused severe structural damage. This structure is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
The church was not open when we were there, so we planned to go back, but there was a major mudslide that made traveling to Hanalei nearly impossible. You never know what will happen on vacay!