Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mouse in the House!

The only thing missing is a witch in the sky!

Last night I stayed up a little later since we had decided we were not attending church this morning.  I decided to relax a little before bed, "later" for me was about 8:30 PM.  I sat on the sofa in the spot Clint usually occupies and did some drawing.  I then checked the night sky and it looked quite fitting for Halloween week, the only thing missing was a witch silhouette flying across the sky on her broom.
I went out on the deck and made the photo above.

Back to sitting on the sofa and watching some kind of true crime story on tv,  a movement caught my eye near our fern plant in the living room.  I then reasoned I had just imagined it, that it was nothing.  A few seconds later I could have sworn I saw a small dark shadow streak by the base board from the fern plant to under the tv stand which is a piece of wooden furniture.  At this point I was troubled and wondered if I was hallucinating, I knew I was exhausted.  Maybe it was one of my eye floaters that had made me think I had seen a movement.  Perhaps it had been caused by a reflection on the glass top coffee table.  I finally told myself it was caused by the tv images being reflected on the glass table top.

Flash forward to about 6:30 am when Clint and I hear some different kinds of noises in the kitchen.  Our ice maker makes all kinds of strange sounds, the most common one is of a frog croaking. (I kid you not, found this out by Googling Amana refrigerator frog sounds)  Clint and I agreed the sounds were different for sure this particular time.  A few minutes later we heard the tell-tale crinkling sounds coming from the kitchen.  I confess at this point I had not shared with Clint me seeing movement in the living room the night before.  Clint then said what I had feared, "It sounds almost like there is a rodent in the house."  At this point I am thinking that sure enough, it was a MOUSE!  A RAT!  I had seen a rat in the house!  I told Clint what I had seen the night before, somehow I thought if I did not share it with him earlier, it would have gone away.  I know, totally illogical.

This morning we bought some traps and hope they work tonight.  Just a few minutes ago Clint found "signs" of the mouse near the fire place.  I know this blog is much about nothing but I am petrified of mice and I have warned Clint that if he hears me scream, it will mean I have run across the mouse.

Dear readers, please don't get me wrong, it's not all mice that I detest.  We even have a special mouse in our home, he now graces our mantle.  I just snapped his photo to prove my point.  He sat on Clint's mother's grandfather clock for years and has great sentimental value.

How gross!  Hopefully by tomorrow this will no longer be your home!

The ONLY mouse who is welcomed in our home.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Looking Up

Thursday evening Clint called my attention to some unusual cloud formations
in the western sky.  Naturally I grabbed my camera and headed outside.
While I was admiring the clouds, a vertical cloud rainbow appeared very 

Today I am just posting some recent images that I've encountered
in the past ten days.  It also appears things are "looking up" in our 
lives.  It has been a rough year.

On this bright Tuesday morning I zoomed in on the spire at the church.                                                         I was able to accompany Clint to the church while he played guitar and sang for a group of seniors.

When I get my new camera, I will look forward to having some special
lens for photographing the night sky.  I also might add some photography
lessons would be nice, too!  ;~D

Last Tuesday morning I stopped by Hardee's on my way to an 
 early appointment in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  This breath taking scene
greeting me as I walked out the door.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Years a Passing Hour

Today I am adding more "life" photos from the past two weeks.  On one of my days off my sister and I visited my mom and drove through some old scenic areas.  The above photo was made on Reservoir Road in Norris, Tennessee.

We have fond memories, our cousins lived at the end of this road, this 
area is on TVA property.

Our cousins' grandparents house which was next door to their home.  I was pleased at the quaint appearance
of the house and to know it is still standing.  I remember red brick.  I also 
remember chickens and a pond but most importantly ... lots of FUN!

My sister drove her new Toyota Rav 4 and I loved her new car.  She bought it a few months ago. It was interesting to see on the navigational system that we were right beside the river and Norris Lake.

Taking a detour on the way back to her house, we drove
by the old familiar view from our grandparent's house.  In years past
there were no buildings in the background.

A recent sunrise from our porch.

Clint and I decided to go car shopping.  It was fun to sit in this sports car.  We knew the day was
coming.  We bought a new Toyota Rav4.

Admired the swirling effect of these clouds.

A unique, at least to me, water tower on Resevoir Road.

More fun with shadows in our living room created by the evening sun.

This creature was on our glass door on the deck.  I posted it on FB
and was told it was a stink bug.  Luckily he/she was on the outside.

                       Thursday evening we had some unusual cloud formations from our back deck.

I walked out front and this was taking place, different moving
layers with the different shades.

This post has been a progress over a couple of weeks.  It started out with the title, "My Day Off",  and then I added this current title.  I have been looking through old family photo albums. Looking at them actually makes me sad.  I am thinking of how their lives seem to have been over in a flash.  The line "Our years a passing hour" was in a hymn we sang at church on Sunday.  How true.