Monday, February 21, 2011

Houseguests.....

For the most part, they are quiet.  Looking into their brown eyes, I wonder what they are thinking.  I would love to know.  I've asked them but, so far, they have not responded.  I often find myself having conversations with them - one-sided conversations.  I suspect they think I'm crazy.  They relish being told they are 'good boys' and they even do tricks.  If only I could teach them to poop on command.  Now that would be a real trick!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pitchers & Catchers - Can Spring be far behind!

America’s sport, hot dogs & beer, short-sleeved shirts, warm weather, cute guys in uniforms.  Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training in sunny Florida this week.  Baseball - from T-Ball and Little League to the Majors -  it’s a beautiful thing!
Colin, my favorite Little League catcher, in action.

Welcome to home plate!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The town clock.....

The Town Clock, in the distance, seen from my office window.


From my office window I have a view of the skyline.  It is certainly not a ‘New York skyline’ but, when the leaves are off the trees, there is always something interesting to see.  Several weeks ago I spotted workers constructing scaffolding around the clock tower of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick.   I have watched these 3 ‘hardhats’ make their way up the town clock, level by level, until they reached the peak and, after their work was done, disassemble the scaffolding.  They would begin their workday well before 8 AM in the bitter winter cold and I was always pleased when we had a ‘mild’ day.  I knew it would make their work easier.  Being able to see their progress from a distance was truly enjoyable.  The First Reformed Church has great history behind it and I was amazed to read that the Town Clock I watched was not their property but the property of the city.  How wonderful to see preservation in action.

Workers during assembly, silhouetted against the winter sky




Workers quickly disassemble the scaffolding.


The winter sun bounces off the clock tower dome
showing it as a beautiful green against the gray winter sky



Friday, February 11, 2011

I remember.....

Seven years ago today, February 11, my ex-husband made a decision to leave this life.  We may have been divorced but we remained friends.  He was probably the most brilliant person I will ever know and he certainly had the driest sense of humor.  There is not a day that goes by that he does not cross my mind - always remembered and now, forever safe.



The tulip, a favorite flower.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Soup's on!

Mom's recipe - oh so good! See the Food, Etc. page



Two (yes 2!) large stock pots of homemade chicken soup simmered away on the stove this afternoon.  I'm more than prepared for any upcoming frigid weather and there's plenty to share and freeze for any unexpected, but welcomed, snow days!



Friday, February 4, 2011

On the way home...

When I took my photography course way back in 2009, the realization that you see differently through a camera lens really hit home.  You not only see differently; you feel more of what is around you, you catch things you normally would overlook, your perspective changes.  It’s a cool, beautiful thing.  The only problem is that it’s often difficult, if not impossible, to carry around a digital SLR – especially as you move through the work day.  So, in place of my D5000, I’ve been using a point & shoot and having a ball.  Granted, many of the pictures are or were crooked or blurred but it has certainly made the drive to and from work a lot more interesting and actually enjoyable.  Go figure!


Demonstrators at rush hour making a request of our President.
Here are some shots of the view on my way from the office.  Maybe this will push me forward to tackle street photography, something I would love to be good at.     Why not try it - look through a camera lens and change your perspective.
Rush for the bus.
The Heldrich, one of two high-end hotels in town. Word is they charge extra for rooms overlooking Monument Square.
 
College students wait in the cold for the next bus. I love her hat!


Colorful, local grocery.
The beautiful entrance to a local church existing in the middle of an overcrowded, inner-city neighborhood.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mother Nature must have been really sad.....

She cried ice today (2/2/11) and covered every exposed surface with her tears.  All colors seemed to have been washed away and replaced by drab shades of brown, gray, white, and black.  And the only bright spots were the traffic lights blinking at us as we made our way through the slush to work.  Tree branches were turned into gnarled claws as they bent under the weight of ice and swayed againt the bitter cold wind.  I'm hoping Mother Nature smiles tomorrow - at least a little.

A delicate dogwood in the front yard, covered in a shall of ice following a freezing rain.



Thanks to the pedestrian in the red jacket who added a hint of color to this dreary view from the office window. Believe me, he's there some place among the snow and ice.