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Bird Watching

Because we live in the woods, we have a profusion of birds.  I think we are also just far enough south that this area has many birds that don't migrate, whereas up in Pennsylvania it seems that most birds leave the area for the winter.


Inspired by John's aunts out in Washington state, I decided to put out suet for the birds.   Boy, do they love that! I also got a bird seed dispenser.  Here are some of the birds I've had so far:









We also have cardinals, but they don't eat from either of the feeders.  They prefer to pick up bits that have dropped onto the ground.

Family Reunion

One of the great things about weddings is that they usually turn into family reunions.  Erika's wedding was no exception.  My Dad and Mom came from Florida and my Dad performed the ceremony and gave a message.  My Uncle Dave and Aunt Gerry came from Pennsylvania and Uncle Dave played the bagpipes.  My Uncle Jerry and Aunt Doris came from Texas and Uncle Jerry and I were the official photographers.  My niece, Alesha, came from Texas to be the matron of honor along with her cute little son, Shane, who was the ring bearer.  Not only that, but there were cousins there that I hadn't seen in ages.  And that is just speaking of our side of the family.  I know it was a fun get-together for Nate's side of the family, too.


Of course, we all saw each other at the wedding.  And then the reception was a good time to visit, too.  But I was so busy taking pictures I didn't have much time for visiting. The place where we had the reception is my sister's church, which used to be a r…

Nightmares and Weddings

Several months ago my sister asked me if I would take the pictures for her daughter Erika's wedding.  We both know I'm by no means a professional photographer but she said she likes my pictures as well as many professional ones she's seen. I also thought it would be a lot of fun.  At that moment I felt a little more confident than I did the more I thought about it and the closer we got to the date.

At one point I even had a crazy nightmare about it.  It was one of those dreams where you wish you could wake up so it would go away.  But I did wake up several times and then as soon as I went back to sleep, the dream would come right back!  Here's how it went.


The wedding guests were seated, but the bridal party hadn't come in yet.  I started taking pictures when I realized the batteries in my camera had died and I didn't have any spares.  I went out, wandering all over downtown Xenia, looking for batteries.  None of the stores had batteries, but they all had people …

Making Modeling Dough

Daniel (when he's in Ohio and not in DC) and Suzanne attend an inner-city church in Dayton, OH.  Suzanne teaches Sunday School there, which she loves.  But the church doesn't have much of a budget to buy extras such as toys and Pl*y-Dough.  A friend gave us a recipe for modeling dough, so on Saturday I made this dough for Suzanne and her Sunday School kids.

The ingredients are things that I already had in my pantry:  flour, oil, salt, cream of tartar (I did have to run to the store to replenish my supply on that one), and food coloring. 


You mix it all in a pan, then cook it over medium heat.  As it cooks it thickens and pulls away from the side of the pan.  The next step is to knead it until it is cool.  That's all there is to it.  I made red (which is really pink), blue, green, and yellow.  The pink was my first batch and it is really sticky.  I don't think I cooked it long enough.  In fact, I left all the containers open over the weekend and now they all seem sticky. …