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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mosaic Monday: A Few Old Photos

Here are a few vintage photos from my collection for Mosaic Monday.

 (Click on any photo to enlarge)
 These are old family photos

I love these little children photos from my archives

Thank you for spending a bit of your time with me today.
Your comments are always appreciated!
Mary is having a Mosaic Monday party...please join her at Little Red House.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Just Another Day at the Beach

Last week our son and DIL rented a house at Newport Beach for the week and we joined them for 2 are some of the photos I took...

 (Click on any photos to'll be amazed!)
 I've possibly seen star fish in a marine world type setting, but not in their natural habitat

 These guys don't look like star fish to me

 I've never seen this color of star fish either

Okay, so taking a photo on top of a yellow sand bucket isn't exactly photographic

Lots of mollusks right where we found the star fish

I must tell you that while taking these photos, I was still wearing my jean shorts and a blouse because it was cloudy and a bit chilly for me...I stepped backwards to avoid getting hit by a wave and stepped into a huge hole and fell down on my backside...not a pretty sight!
Mr AVO said "Oh, that was the hole I told the kids to avoid"...well, you get my train of thought here I'm sure!!!  And of course, there were plenty of spectators watching the entire episode.
The great part of this was that I SAVED my camera from getting wet!!!
Oh, and a disclaimer here...NO star fish were injured in the taking of these photos!
The kids took those 2 on the bucket back to where they found them...hopefully no worse for the wear.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: The Amazing Hummingbird

After several attempts to lure some hummingbirds to our yard, we finally hit the jackpot!
Mr AVO read an article about these lovely creatures online and decided to make his own 
sugar water for our feeders.  
On the first attempt, the ants got into the mixture so quickly, they clogged up the entire feeder.  We were reluctant to use any chemicals around these little guys as it would be toxic for them.  He sprayed the fence post with ant spray and soaked the bottom of it where they would start their trek upward and then waited a day or so for the chemicals to dissipate.
This is an amazing shot for me...couldn't believe I got it.

Those tiny little feet are used only for perching...not for walking.
I know that the feeder doesn't make for a great shot but wanted to show him up close

Well, now that these little creatures have found the sugar water, they pretty much ignore the flowers we planted to attract them!!!
They are coming in droves...hubby says that they must have alerted all the hummingbirds in our area.  One would think by looking at them that they would be delicate little things...they swoop and swerve and knock each other off the feeders and squawk the entire time...I never realized that they were such noisy little guys.  If I look out in the early AM, I sometimes see as many as 12-15 of them flying and squawking and feeding.
I've also read that our birds here on the west coast come from Mexico City...they are migratory.  The round trip is about 6,000 miles...amazing!  Also read that they have the largest brain for their size in the bird world.
Thank you for visiting with me today and I hope you enjoyed yourself.
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I'm joining Cindy's lovely Show &Tell party today...please take a peek at all the other posts over at My Romantic Home.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Birthday Flowers & Blueberry Buckle

Last week I celebrated a big birthday and we went to the Palm Desert area to spend the day.  
The next day we spent at Newport Beach in a house that my son and DIL rented for the week.
We have been having a VERY cool summer so I wanted to visit the desert for some warmth and the beach house was great too except for the overcast mornings.
The orchids are  flowers I received from Mr AVO...I like to receive plants as they last much longer than a bouquet and of course, I'm partial to orchids.
 I also decided to bake a blueberry buckle as my birthday cake and here is the result...
This buckle came out just great...I meant to cut and photograph it artfully, but it got eaten before I had a chance to do so.
If you are interested in the recipe, you can find it here...
I would be interested in knowing if you tried this recipe and how you like it.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Flea Market Treasures

Okay, I know how most of us love a great antique flea market, estate sales and even garage sales, so I thought I would show a few of the items we've picked up at these places.

Lots of old watches and watch parts here

A closer look at these vintage pieces

Who ever though that grungy old silver plated spoons could be a treasure?

Some rusty old French keys

And if you're thinking that maybe just MAYBE some of these pieces will show up in my etsy would be absolutely all depends on which items I can bear to part with.

Thanks for joining me for a little while today and please be sure to hop on over to Cindy's My Romantic Home for all the other Show &Tell loveliness!

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Covered Bridges

With my great interest in genealogy and history I've also come to love all the old covered bridges that can still be seen, particularly on the east coast where we visited a few months back.
Hope you enjoy a look at these lovely old pieces of history.

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Please visit Mary over at Little Red House for lots more fun mosaics!