Inspiration · May 2014

Daydreaming

…after the rain.

Green and fresh
Green and fresh

And some gorgeous clouds.

Daydreaming
Daydreaming

What a day for a day-dream.

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General · May 2014 · Uncategorized

True Hero

Today the biggest Memorial Day tribute in the United States took place at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.

It’s an annual event that takes place at noon every Memorial Day at the conclusion of the BolderBOULDER.

Unfortunately, in the last 5 months since pot became legal in Colorado, most of the focus in Colorado and the nation has been on that one subject.

Today, however, the focus was on veterans who have so bravely served and are still serving in our Armed Forces.

Two WWII veterans were especially honored today in Boulder, both having fought in the horrendous battle of Iwo Jima.  One of them, Jack Thurman, is a family friend.

Here are some  pictures of Jack that I took as we watched the whole event on TV.

So young…

Jack Thurman
Jack Thurman

On Iwo Jima…

On Iwo Jima
On Iwo Jima

After the long, bloody battle, Jack is on far left lifting his helmet high after the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima!

After the Flag was Raised
After the Flag was Raised

Below is Jack today – a true hero and a good man!

Thank you, Jack, and thank you to all our veterans!

Have you thanked a Vet today?

Jack today.
Jack today.

 

 

Living and Learning · May 2014 · Uncategorized

Honesty…

There are some days when the last thing in the world I want to do is sit down at this computer and go online.  It’s happening more and more lately.

After twenty years of sitting at a computer with head-phones on typing medical reports for 10 to 12 hours a day, I’m enjoying my new-found freedom away from this computer!

My job was eliminated nearly a year ago and it has taken me all this time to reach this point.

At first,  I hardly knew what to do with myself AWAY from the computer.  Now, I LOVE being away from it, which is making daily blogging a bit of a task.

Now, for the sake of maintaining some quality to my blog, my posts from now on may not be daily, but 3-4 times weekly.    I’m not “leaving” or shutting it down.  I’m just relaxing and out enjoying life more.

With that said, here’s one place I was recently with a friend.

Cano's Wonderful Tea
Cano’s Wonderful Tea

It’s called Cano’s Collection in Cherry Creek.  It’s a lovely Tea Shop and Gift Shop, quite small, with great food and atmosphere.

Bob and Joyce are the owners and they have charming Welsh accents, as do many of the patrons who dine there.

It’s quiet and relaxing and their scones with Devon cream and jam are fantastic.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I had since my friend and I were having so much fun.   However, I do have a few.

This fellow greets you as you walk into the gift shop.  If you look through the windows, you can see the table with seating for two.  All of the tables are outside the gift shop and most are for two only.

Greetings, Lords and Ladies
Greetings, Lords and Ladies

This stein commemorates the Titanic.  I didn’t capture the detail very well, but it’s quite unique and beautiful.

The Titanic
The Titanic

And then there are shelves of imported goodies like Typhoo tea and lemon curd.   They also offer take-out of their scones, Devon cream, and other goodies.

Delectables
Delectables

And I do LOVE teapots.

Beautiful Teapot
Beautiful Teapot

Cano’s Collection, unfortunately, does not have a website, but you can get a bit more information here. 

The whole atmosphere of the place is relaxed and “quaint.”  No one was on their cell phones the whole two hours we were there.

And if you do go to Cano’s, I’d recommend the chicken pot pie.  Oh, my, it’s good!

Cano’s is located at 235 Fillmore Street in Denver and is a delightful get-away for a couple of hours of good conversation and simple, yet tasty food.

As My Camera Sees It · May 2014

Oh…..

….HAIL !!!

Oh, Hail!
Oh, Hail!

Things were a bit crazy here at home in Colorado for five minutes.

We had a loud, damaging hail storm, dark ominous clouds, sunshine, and tornado warnings – ALL at the same time.

Five minutes later, all is well, except maybe our new roof and poor little plants.

Sunshine and Hail
Sunshine and Hail

Ominous dark skies and tornado warnings.  See the hail still falling in the picture below?

Ominous skies
Ominous skies
Yep, hail
Yep, hail

 

 

 

 

As My Camera Sees It · Flowers · May 2014

Flowers…

…usually help lift my sagging spirits and tonight I’ve got a case of the “sags.”

(Actually, I have a case of the “sags” all the time now, just in a more literal physical sense. 🙂   Tonight, though, I’m specifically addressing my mood.)

So, short and to the point, here are some lovely flowers I’ve manged to photograph over the last couple of days.

I hope these flowers lift your “sags,” too.

Pink!!
Pink!!
Lots of Color
Lots of Color
A Green Beauty
A Green Beauty
As My Camera Sees It · Flowers · May 2014

A Bit of Sunday Beauty

I’ve always loved looking through things.  Yesterday, I noticed my beautiful Easter gift, this orchid, with the light shining through the petals.  Naturally, I grabbed my camera and this is what I saw.

“Let there be Light.”

The Light
The Light

Backing off a little bit:

The Orchid
The Orchid

And then there’s this beauty to share this beautiful Sunday.

Lovely in Red
Lovely in Red

May your Sunday be filled with light and beautiful colors!

 

As My Camera Sees It · May 2014 · Uncategorized

Bloomin’ Flower or Maybe Not

Husband:   “Honey, can you remember what we planted in that big pot near the patio last year?  I think there’s a weed coming up, but I’m not sure.”

Me:   “Yes.  It was a citronella plant and I think it should be back this year.  Let me take a look.”

Uh…    Hello citronella…

Citronella? Maybe not.
Citronella? Maybe not.