~Welcome Summer~ Thematic Photographic 201 . . .

AND . . .~ Abstract~ Thematic Photographic 200
I hope you don't mind me combining these themes. Last week I was out of town. I only had my laptop and for a good part of the week, no Internet connection. The place we were staying at was in the process of updating their Internet equipment. By the time everything was in place ... my family and I were swimming, visiting with friends, eating pizza, etc. You get the picture. 

Anyway, I have decided to start back up with project 365 and post fresh new photos. This is suppose to be done daily but I do it weekly, just easier for me when I am working. So come back often, leave some comments, and even post your own photos.

Here is my photo for ~ABSTRACT~
It was taken the first night of our trip. I was playing around with the lighting by the pool.

Thanks Carmi  for the perfect theme! Here are my ~WELCOME SUMMER~ photos . . . fresh from last week.

See more "Welcome Summer" photos at Written, Inc.


~ Got the blues~Thematic Photographic 199

Okay, okay ... I confess! I feel responsible for today's Thematic post. You see, last night at about 11:30pm I posted to Carmi asking about the post ... which was not there.

Please accept my apologies Carmi. I wasn't trying to be pushy. And I was not trying to down play any of your other posts. I hope you understand that many of us look forward to Your weekly meme. I know you are very busy and that the Thematic Photographic theme is not the 1st thing on your mind. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to post to us daily and to provide a  fun meme for us to be involved in.

I also want to thank everyone for the comments they left on my post last week. Many commented on my 1st photo. That was taken early in the morning, the sunrise after a rain storm.

The 2nd photo that people asked about is the woodpecker. It is a Red bellied woodpecker.

Here are my "Blues"

BLUE seems to be a very popular color in New York graffiti

Friday night in Times Square

Sunrise in Waikiki 

Sunset in Waikiki

On the way to Florida

BLUE waters of Jamaica

Thank you Carmi for another wonderful meme!
You can see more "Got the blues" at Written Inc.


What has kept me away from blogger ... continued ...

As you know, (if you don't, go back a couple of posts and read) "Baby Girl" is having a baby at the end of July.

The day before her "surprise" shower all the decorations were all put up. Not that there were really all that many. It was more ... moving furniture and cleaning.

and of course, right before the guests arrived a few things needed to be put out.
Isn't this a cute way to display Fruit Salad! 
"Best Friend" found it on Pinterest. 
She and her Mother made it.

"Free Spirit" (oldest daughter) and "Teenybopper" (granddaughter)
made the "flower" cup cakes. The flowers are made from marshmallows.

Here are the games we played.

How did we get "Baby Girl" to the shower? 
From the start we had an idea of what would get her there. Although, it changed several times, it always went along the same lines. "Baby Girl" is obsessed with the idea that 
everyone in our family produce a handmade item for "Baby Boy's" room.
Thus, we have "craft days". "Free Spirit" suggested that we do this on this day. Then, I text "Baby Girl" and told her that "Jack of Trades" (my hubby) needed help moving some thing in the garage and would like "Daddy O"  to come and help. Forty-five minutes later I text her again saying "Jack of Trades" is going to take us out to lunch, so be here at 12:30pm. ( This was a must! We wanted "Baby Girl" dressed in something other than "Yoga pants" for her shower.)

When "Baby Girl" walked in "Teenybopper" handed her the shower invitation to read. Did she read it? NO, not really... Was she surprised?

"Baby Girl" and "Best Friend"
You can see she got a little teary eyed.

"Baby Girl" and "Free Spirit"

In the end, I think she was really "surprised" and totally enjoyed herself!

"The Natural World" ~ Thematic Photographic 198

As usual, I'm a little late in posting this ... BUT ... better late than never ... at least that what they say.

Carmi, over at Written Inc , posts a word each week. He then post a picture and blogs about it. Then it's your turn to do the same. Most post pictures to go along with the theme, some blog about it.

Why not grab a cup of coffee and click on over there. The pictures for this weeks theme are beautiful!
Nature always puts on a great show.

Here are my pic's from this past April.

Thanks for stopping by!
To view more of "The Natural World" go to Written Inc.