Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Stills: Flowers and Wildflowers

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was flowers and wildflowers.  There is nothing blooming yet here in Minnesota. 

The Pussy Willows popped out yesterday. We still have snow on the ground and the lakes are still frozen.

Pussy Willows

It has been a long winter here in Minnesota.

Here are some photos from my archives.

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Bee on Liatris.

White Lady Slipper, I hope this patch blooms this has been several years since they have been allowed to bloom.  The Deer eat off the buds just as they are forming..they must be tasty.


Hydrangea one my favorite flowers.


These Yellow Lady Slippers bloom along our back driveway in mid June.

Yesterday and the day before we finally made it over 50 degrees.  It will be awhile before much of anything blooms in Minnesota.  The farmers are not able to get into the fields yet..they are covered in snow.

Here are two catch up photos from last weeks challenge which was something hot.


The fireplace.

Power pole

A power pole nearby.

I go back to work this week.  I am not sure how busy and or tired I will be, so I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with the challenges..but I will try  my best :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Stills: Hand Tools

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Hand Tools.

Hand tools one

These are some of my hand tools.

Hand Tools two

These are some of my favorite wood carving knives.  My old standby a Palmer, a Mike Shipley, and the other two were made by my husband.  I help him form the walnut handles so they feel real nice in your hand.  Making knife handles is an is making knives.  I make birch bark sheathes for all my knives.  ( That is my favorite knife under that has a busted tip and needs to be reshaped and sharpened.)

Tools and bark carvings


I like to carve little houses/churches/buildings out of Cottonwood bark..the thicker the better.  Underneath the knives is my carving glove,  I wear it on my left hand, and I wear vet wrap on my right thumb..just in case.  I belong to a wood carving group, we meet once a week and carve.  Have a good week everyone!  I put up the last two challenges Easter and Trains..I wanted to catch up! :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sunday Stills Catch UP : Trains

This is my catch up post for Sunday Stills Challenge Trains.

These are some of my best train shots!


Train two

IMG_6494 husband collects them… we go to as many train shows/sales as we can:)

Sunday Stills : Catch UP: Easter

I have gotten a little behind with posting my Sunday Stills.  Busy, busy.
The what Easter means to me Sunday Stills Challenge:
Church day before Easter Sunday
A beautiful old church the day before Easter.
easter eggs
Eggs the sign of rebirth and renewal.
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Time spent with family.  Our youngest daughter, her husband and our very handsome grandsons! :)