• Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday.

    An unexpected thunderstorm blew through our neighborhood yesterday evening. It left behind a most-welcome sign of hope, rain-washed blooms and bright blue skies. Happy Friday, y’all! and to you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday.

    Partly in response to all the favorable comments about yesterday’s blue sky blooms and partly because I know many of y’all are expecting snow in the next couple of days, I thought I’d share some more April Eye Candy. I’m pretty sure the photo I shared yesterday is a wild azalea. Here’s that same tree with its neighbor and a portrait shot of those orange blooms. These are the azaleas at the front of our neighborhood. I took these photos yesterday morning, anticipating that Masters-focused post. From this morning’s walk, here’s the snowball viburnum I shared in Tuesday’s March recap (this is what the “green hydrangea” turned into!) and last…

  • Knitting

    Eye Candy Friday | Stole 2.0.

    Oh my, y’all. The seemingly-endless stockinette finally came to an end yesterday morning. After a nice soak and an overnight dry on the floor, it’s ready to share. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. the colors pop! (even on a cloudy day) the drape. that subtle alpaca halo. and the size. It blocked to about 86″x23″, which gives me options for how to wear it. I thought I was adding length and width (see all my notes on Ravelry here), but I’m glad it ended up just being length; it doesn’t need to be any wider. I predict it’s going to get a lot of wear on…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | An Evening in the Garden.

    Karen, Lydia, me Yesterday evening, my sister Karen and sister-in-law Lydia joined me for Cocktails in the Garden. It was our first time attending the event (which is held weekly during the summer), and it might be my new favorite Thursday evening activity! Lydia and I arrived a little before 5 – just in time to get in a few photos before the skies opened up. Thankfully the restaurant was happy to accommodate us a little early. Karen joined us and we enjoyed a delightful bottle of rosé along with the cheese and charcuterie plates. I didn’t take any photos of the food, but here’s the skyline view from our…

  • Knitting

    Eye Candy Friday | Mosaic and Lace.

    spoiler alert! …and happy Friday! I’ve shared a few in-progress phone photos here already, but the finished project deserved the big camera (with the 50mm lens) and an Eye Candy post. This shawl was fun to knit – even the picot bind-off, which went surprisingly quick (I finished it before Federer won his second set on Sunday) – and the results are stunning. Enjoy the weekend!

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | Another Morning in the Garden.

    Any morning that starts with this view is bound to be a good one! …and we ended with this. I taught Charlie the proper way to eat pizza – point first! He was a quick study 😉 In between, we visited the Botanical Garden for Story Time and a quick walk to the big lawn for some exploring and camera practice.  Quite unlike our last visit, the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue. I used the 24-105mm f/4L lens (with a hood, but no filters). It’s a little big – and heavy – for being out and about, but when it’s just me and Charlie (no…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | A Morning in the Garden.

    The Botanical Gardens feature prominently in my summer bucket list – not only to practice with my camera* but also to explore and play with Charlie. Tuesday morning, we did all of that! Katie took the day off, so we went with both boys (and a whole trunkful of gear 🙂 There are morning programs in the newly opened Children’s Garden every day. Tuesday is Garden Playtime with “hands-on learning and sensory stations.”  There were at least a half dozen stations with real bugs, play dough, and hidden “bugs” for the children to find. We thought Charlie would enjoy the Splash Pad, but I think it was his least fun…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | A Three-fer.

    My camera saw a lot more action this week. First, I took it – along with my new 24mm lens and a circular polarizer filter – to the library on Tuesday.  Our library is next to City Hall, which has a lovely little park with walking trails. I’m delighted with how much landscape fits into the frame and the clarity of the water. I also love the little park! On Wednesday, it came with me to Katie’s (this time with the 50mm lens and no filter). I was happy to hand the camera to Katie. and even happier to find these three images. And this afternoon, I finally took some…

  • Just Life

    Eye Candy Friday | Another Day at the Park.

    Wednesday morning, Charlie and I visited Tanyard Creek Park. I’d heard the playground was nice and there’s a railway trestle bridge; both sounded great for exploring … and photos. The weather wasn’t great; it rained most of Tuesday and Tuesday night and was still drizzling Wednesday morning. But it worked out fine; we had the wet playground to ourselves. The playground features two play areas – one for big kids and one for smaller kids. Charlie enjoyed both! Back to the big slide. and spinning dials. Then back to the small side. He asked for the towel. We played for about an hour and then spent some time walking around.…

  • Travel

    Eye Candy Friday | At the Lake.

    We are in the midst of our annual family gathering at Lake Oconee. Nine adults (one more to arrive today) and two little boys makes for a full house. …and a lot of photo opportunities! sunset Wednesday evening Charlie and his dad looking for sticks and golf balls the house across the street has a very cool roof line I think everyone knows Book Bingo officially starts this weekend. Books you finish beginning tomorrow (Saturday, May 27) through Labor Day (Monday, September 4) count. Check out the sidebar to learn more about it and to generate a card. Happy Friday!