Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

January 25, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas

I have no idea why winter storms are given names now, like hurricanes, but they are.  All week long the weather people could not get a handle on this storm.  The big joke going around that we were getting anywhere from 2" to 24".  For awhile the Cape was told we were getting slammed.  The day before the storm, it got downgraded but we would get high winds, then it started to snow around 1:00 on Saturday and we got immediately upgraded to blizzard conditions.  

I took this one around 5.  I was soooo glad that Val's wedding was last weekend.  If this had happened, it would have had to have been postponed.

Then I went out around 11:30 when it was just starting to slow down.  Yep...we got buried.  Didn't lose power though, although it flickered a few times.  The plows went by with regularity.

Yesterday dawned cold and cloudy but overall, I didn't think it was near as bad as it could've been, or as bad as the first blizzard we had last year.

It eventually got very sunny and nice out, and the snow already started to melt.  I stayed in and did a couple of crafts and cooked a big lunch for Russell.  I didn't go out to take any pics till about 4 pm.

I should probably knock that snow off so the tree doesn't break.

Looking down my street.

Also on my street (other direction)

And sunset through the snowy trees.

I am hopeful that this will melt off a bit before we get hit with the next storm.  Better yet, I hope this is the only storm we have!

January 23, 2016

Winter Wedding

I can't believe my beautiful stepdaughter is married and a 'Mrs'!!!!  It was a lovely ceremony and great reception.  I volunteered to be her 'official' photographer, and here are a few of my fave pics.

The proud father and his stunning daughter, right before the ceremony.

Me and my love.  I think I fell in love with him all over again that night.

The happy couple, post-ceremony

Karen (her mom), Val & Dad

Ryan's uncle, Ryan & his mom Cindy

The girls vamping (Jacqueline, Amanda & Missy)

I said, 'give me a Charlie's Angels pose' and they looked at me blankly.  Clearly I dated myself with that request.  So then I said, 'OK then give me something metal'.  That one they understood!  lol

I wish someone had told me to comb my damn hair.  I was also standing on the fireplace, otherwise it would have been my floating head at the bottom of the picture.

Sam & Nick


Aren't they just gorgeous together?  Ryan's in the Air Force.  She's now officially a military wife!

I was weepy all night.

What a ham!  :D

I could not love this man more.  He & I never got to slow dance in high school...and in fact this is the first time he and I have ever slow danced.

Got all weepy again when she danced with her dad to Bruce Springsteen's "When you need me".

"Bro Dudes With Pretty Girl"

Val & her moms

Val & Sam

Great night!  Was honoured to be a part of it!  Congratulations to the happy couple.

January 21, 2016

Winter's Here, Much to My Chagrin

Despite my hope that the El Nino out west would give us a mild winter, sadly, it has finally arrived.  I love it when the sun sets through the trees like this.  It only happens for a few days in early January.

And this is with the new filter.

My stepdaughter was married on January 16th.  I had been hoping and praying that there would be no snowstorm.  We awoke that morning to torrential downpours that cleared up by early evening. However, exactly 24 hours later, this was happening.  The snow literally waited till the day after the wedding to start falling.  

Woke up to this on Monday morning.  It wasn't too bad...just enough to coat the ground and make things pretty for a few hours.  We went into Sandwich where they had far less, but on the way home, we went through Mashpee/Falmouth and they got way more than we did too.

Poor flamingos.  They look so cold.

Here's hoping the next storm won't be too bad.

January 19, 2016

More Craftie Things

Sorry I disappeared for a few days.  Winter's finally kicking in around here which sucks of course.  I was hoping for a relatively snow-free winter but we can all agree that's not gonna happen.  First big storm of the season is due this coming weekend.  I'm not a fan of snowstorms, but I'm even less of a fan of blizzards, so I'm hoping it's not going to be a blizzard.  Those are the worst.  

Continuing to get stuff off the craft table, I unearthed a plain white barrette and covered it with Guatemalan fabric, then glued on the charms.

This is the float I got up in PTown last fall, to which I added a beaded strand with little square mirrors.  It was hard to photograph.

I got this cool pendant and beaded a necklace for it.  However, it was just a bit too big for me.  I can't wear pendants this big, even though it's really pretty.  I gave it to my friend Clair.

Well the Seahawks went down in Carolina on Sunday, which sucked.  They left their A game back in Seattle.  But I made a batch of cookies anyway, last week.  

As usual, Sasquatch represents.

I also had a little resin starter kit that I got last year and didn't use.  Since I had this empty Altoids tin, the little duck and crab, I envisioned a little beach/pond type scene.  I know rubber duckies aren't found on the beach...but in the 1990s a ship dumped a container full of them into the ocean and they floated around the world, landing on beaches all over the place.  I had a hell of a time trying to get that 'grass' near the rock on the left to stand up, even though I put it in after the resin was set for a few hours.  Still need to cover the outside with paper but this is the gist.  I'd used resin for a couple of pendant molds and didn't quite have as much as I wanted for this project.

These are the pendants I made, although I need to add metal bails so that they can be strung. The paper (peace sign & pink) worked so-so.  The key & gears came out the best.  And I couldn't get the Evergreen State to stay in the middle.

At this point I have so many more craft ideas that I'm already overwhelmed and don't know where to start!  I need to seriously try to organize things so I can move ahead with my projects.