Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Month of Sundays

This scene was beside me two weeks ago at a traffic light as
we were about to get onto Interstate 75 south near our house.

We were on our way to church.

It seems it has been forever since I have done a blog.  "Forever" has been since Mother's Day back in May.  It has been so long that for some reason I was having problems even getting started.  For me it was the same old story, I could not get my photos to come up or even type into the "compose" space.  Frustrated, I took a nap and came back to try it again.  This may be premature boasting, it appears to be working now.  I should say that after I actually see it posted.  :~D  It has been a while since Clint had posted a blog.  At least I did not get a message that my blog had never existed!  After a little Googling, Clint's blog was reborn and he was back in action.                                                                                                                                                              Forgive me if I am repeating myself on here, one reason I have not been blogging is because I am now working six days a week.  I will write later about the job on here and will share some things about it.  It feels good to just be sitting down now and typing away with no rhyme or reason. This may appear I am talking to myself and perhaps I am.  That could be said of keeping a diary, Clint has been faithful about keeping a daily diary for at least two years now. (Now what happened yesterday?)  If he forgets something to add, I usually can jog his memory.

We have been making an effort to have more regular church attendance.  On this post I plan on adding a few photos made at church today.  Last week Clint was added to the "official" Sunday school class list as a teacher.  He really enjoys teaching and made a great impression with his first teaching a few weeks ago.  He has already been working on the next lesson which is three weeks from now.  Thursday he helped with the lunch that is prepared at the church for the homeless.  Our church is located in downtown Knoxville, TN, and there is a need for feeding the many homeless.  When I "retire", I want to help in this mission, too.  I would also like to volunteer as a greeter or perhaps help with communion.  A few weeks ago I was asked to help fill in for communion when they were short a server. It was a very good experience and the pastor wrote me a nice thank you letter.

Getting used to new glasses is no easy feat.  I have been trying to spend time away from my contact lens and wearing my new glasses.  Clint says I look sexy in my new glasses and I am snickering as I type this sentence.  It is hard to make a decision for the frames, I ended up with black this time. 

We have become such avid bird watchers.  It all began with a little feeder my sister gave us as a gift.  Recently Clint bought a finch feeder and it is so good to see those brightly feathered birds fluttering around on our deck.  He also bought a new humming bird feeder and we have had good luck so far with them.  In a while I want to go sit out there and watch them come to the feeder which is only four or five feet from me.

Currently doing my homework and research, I want a new Nikon DSLR camera.  I have no idea where to start and want to make sure I buy the right camera for my needs.  It is important that I find a class, I want to know everything inside and out about the camera. While I am dreaming, I want to take an Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom 5.0 class. I would love to do some digital art and the classes would be essential.  While in this dream mode, Clint and I also want to take an Amtrak trip.  We have not traveled much in the California area.  I have never been to San Franciso or the north west area of the U.S.  Also, Clint wants to fish in the Superior but Michigan Lake would be good, too ... he says.  Might as well add the two other things we have discussed recently:  Plantation shutters and a chandelier for the dining room.  This is wearing me out just thinking about it all but it sure is fun to dream.  Now I have to put some effort into making these dreams happen and of course, if God wills.

We have done very little cooking out these days.  This evening we are cooking out and I am looking forward to it. We don't eat much steak but it is sounding very good to us right now.  It is going to be simple with a baked potato and steamed broccoli.

A couple of weeks ago from our front porch ... it missed us.

A red-winged blackbird.

Last Sunday we were paid a visit by a red-tailed hawk.  I made
this photo from inside the house.

Looks like these could do some damage!

Dawn's early light this morning, August 25, 2013,
from our front porch.

Couldn't pass up these beauties
used as a table display this morning at church.

On the church grounds this am.

This afternoon I played around with
this photo I made of the church spire and tower.  I took out
numerous power lines.

Thank you to anymore who made it this far reading my mindless typing and thinking.  Have a blessed week! 



Clint said...

You are a sentimental dreamer!....and SO AM I! Love your thoughts and photos.

Cindy Ellison said...

Yes, a sentimental dreamer ready for a sentimental JoUrNeY. ;~D Glad you love 'em and agree with me.

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Cindy, I hope you have a great week; not too much work and more play.

Shelly said...

I'm late to the game, but I was so glad to see a post from you and catch up on your life. 6 days a week- girl- I couldn't do that! Can't wait to hear more about it. Your pictures are, as always, stunningly gorgeous!

Emma said...

Cindy! It's so great so see you back blogging! I really missed you. I replied to your email today so I won't go on and on here! Hope all is well with you and Clint and that you're having a great week so far!

Emma x