Saturday, November 27, 2010

One of my favorite Saturdays

For some reason, I was terribly happy today. I woke up early, and when I opened my eyes, I saw the sun shining – something I hadn’t seen for several days.

I smiled.

Then I closed them again, fell back to sleep and had a wonderful dream. I couldn’t remember it when I woke up again at 8, but I knew it was wonderful. I’d watched Alice in Wonderland on Netflix right before I fell asleep, so maybe that had something to do with my good mood.

I didn’t think I’d like the movie, but ended up enjoying it immensely.

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I got the urge to spend some time in the kitchen today. This rarely happens, so when it does, it’s best to take advantage of it. I made two contributions to dinner tonight. Using the leftover green beans, I made another green bean casserole for just the two of us, using the recipe below.

Green Bean Casserole

Then I made maple pecan pie bites for dessert, using the leftover pecans from my Thanksgiving offerings. And oh, my stinking heck, are they ever good.

Maple Pecan Pie Bites

I also took a walk on this beautiful day.

 

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This young goldfinch was caught with my macro lens, surprising the heck out of me. It’s rare to catch a bird with a macro lens.

 

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I love curlyques and squiggles.

 

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And tiny little leaves, like this one which is stuck between two twigs.

 

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My friend, Mary, at Little Red House sent me a link to some new actions, and I spent some time this afternoon playing with them.

Red Leaf Studios – Photographer Boutique

Check them out. Get inspired.

They’re really quite beautiful.

 

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I find bare branches beautiful as well. These are the black walnuts in our yard. They’re quite tall. And when I say ‘our yard’, I mean the yard of the manor house, where we caretake. Just clarifying there.

Psst ~ Look for the Giveaway tomorrow night for Monday’s post. It will be for Followers only in celebration of another hundred followers to my site. I’m not trying to toot my own horn with the that whole thing. I just think it’s as good an excuse as any to have a Giveaway. This time around, I’m offering another standout print from my etsy site. I’ll be adding some new additions tonight. (So this is your head’s up, if you’re a regular reader of this blog).

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Ok. Gotta go. Somebody wants in. And I don’t wanna keep him waiting.

Until tomorrow, then . . .

PS ~ Saw ‘Due Date’ with Robert Downey, Jr. yesterday. Pretty hilarious. (Especially seen with several good-natured friends who enjoy raunchy humor!) I highly recommend, in that case.

31 comments:

texwisgirl said...

LOVE that little finch! Thanks for sharing your happy day!

The Thundering Herd said...

My experience with a door knob is Natasha will just reach up and open it herself.

Annie said...

BEAUTIFUL photographs!!!

Andi said...

How can your photography keep amazing me?? I should be used to the awe by now, but every time I still gaze in awe at your shots. :) beautiful. LOVE your door as well.

Char said...

i'm so glad you liked it - the artwork to me was so worth the entire movie. just wonderful.

:) lovely shots - i was happy today too because of the sunshine.

COUNTRY GAL said...

Wonderful photos !

Karen said...

My daughter saw it and said it's the funniest movie she's ever seen.

Alice in Wonderland... something about Johnny Depp's character in that one... just really gives me the creeps. But it was good, you say?....

And don't you love when "happy" just sneaks up on you? Amen for catching joy when it flies by :-)

Mental P Mama said...

Sigh. And, Hi Char!!!

Gail said...

HAPPY DAY!

I love the door and George and the bird...never mind, I love them all!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kate:
Thanks for the Pecan Bites link. Damn! I think I'm going to love 'em!!!
I'm so glad you had a happy day today, too.

Lastly, I just adore the photo of George waiting to be let in. I really like your photographic eye, my friend.
xoxo
Donna, Kes and Fezzik

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

The bird is too sweet. The doggy nose at the door handle reminds me of a scene from my house. Great photos!!!

deborah said...

Gorgeous pictures!
A great day is a joy, so glad you had one today!

Cloudia said...

That goldfinch stole my heart. You are so talented!



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Mary said...

Omigosh, that little goldfinch!!! How did you ever get that shot?! Beautiful!

And I'm so glad you like Red Leaf. Sometimes a girl just needs a few new actions, right? ;)

Hartwood Roses said...

This post was a wonderful way to spend a few minutes on a sunny Sunday morning!! I have been encouraged recently to try some PS actions, and I'm going to give a look to the ones you recommend.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your photos are beautiful, I love the bird and the dog's nose - so sweet! They'd make great cards!

forgetmenot said...

Your photos just prove you can take a picture of "anything" and it can be interesting! I enjoyed all of them.

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

These photos filled me with wonder! xx

Caroline said...

Your macro shots are beautiful! And I love George's nose at the door! Happy Sunday my friend!

cottage farm villa said...

Kate ~ your photos are always so gorgeous....love your little finch with the macro ~

the last photo of George's nose ~ priceless!

btw ~ love the door!

Donna S. said...

Thanks for the pictures & the good "feelings". Isn't sunshine great?

mrs mediocrity said...

Sunshine always makes the world a look better. So glad you had such a lovely day...

Deb said...

great photos...

Lili said...

Especially loving the little finch and those walnut trees against that sky! And George's snout, how sweet! xo ~Lili

The Japanese Redneck said...

George's nose is too cute!

Kerri said...

WOW - extremely hard to get a bird with a Macro lens ~ FABULOUS!!

Ann On and On... said...

I love the last photo!!! Your talent amazes me.

Oliag said...

Every Single One of these shots could be included in your Etsy shop! You remain my inspiration...

I should have gone to see Due Date with friends the other night instead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...it rather dragged and ended with the dreaded "....to be continued." We all would have preferred raunchy humour I believe:)

deb said...

can photos make a person ache?
they do , they seriously do.

Chrissykat said...

Last photo. Love major.

Sharon Creech said...

Just found your blog; love your photos.