Wednesday, May 22, 2013

88/365 -- Goodbye 37

Today I observed my number one rule in life...Never work on your birthday.   

Goodbye 37. It was a good year, and I can't wait to see what 38 has in store.


Monday, April 15, 2013

81/365 sadness and gratitude

My heart sank  when I heard about today's explosions at the Boston Marathon.   You may remember Alicia, one of my brides from last year (and my friend.) She was running the race today.

Thankfully, she crossed the finish line  just twenty minutes before the event and were  in the safety of the hotel at the time of the explosion.

My heart and prayers got out to everyone in Boston today.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

80/365 |sneak preview| Zyn & Kelson.

Spring finally arrived here in Lexington,  Yesterday, I got to capture some of its beauty during my engagement session with Zyn and Kelson.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Abstract  landscape....not really


This is the pollen on the roof of my car. No wonder I've been sneezing.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Sweet Little Dog. The other day she decided I needed help putting on my shoes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

76/365 39 and still going strong

My mom  always wrote down big events on the family calendar, like birthdays, anniversaries, when the plane crashed, and when I rode my bicycle for by myself for the first time.  She also wrote down when she and my dad made a big purchase, and each year she transferred the info over to the new calendar. As a kid I thought this was bit odd.  I mean really? Did we need to know exactly when they bought their new sofa or dad got his tractor?   But hey, who am I to judge?

On this day thirty-nine years ago, Mom and Dad should have received their brand new washer and dryer. However, the delivery had to be rescheduled because of weather.  That weather was the 74' storm outbreak that spawned the F5 tornado that practically wiped Xenia, Ohio (just 4 or 5 miles from my parent's place) off the map.

Thankfully, my parent's place received no damage from the tornado. In fact my dad used salvaged wood from the storm to build his barn.  My great-grandmother warned my mom that it's bad luck to use anything that has been through a disaster. Turns out she was right.

Meanwhile a couple of days late my mom and dad did eventually receive their new washer and dryer.   The washer was replaced over a decade ago, but the dryer is stil going strong thirty-nine years later.  A man servicing my washer took one look at it and said it was a "classic."  So if there are any classic household appliance collectors out there, I've got a deal for you.

my clasic dryer
Happy Birthday Dryer!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Over the weekend I started digitizing my own personal archive.  I came across these articles from when an Air Force jet crashed in my backyard.  I was really young when it happened, but I do have very distinct memories from the event, mainly the terrible sound.


Sunday, March 31, 2013


Last year I happened to be in Louisville the day U of L won the game that advanced them into the NCAA Final Four.   It was so much fun being there as the entire town celebrated.


Today  U of L  advanced again to the Final Four.  Congratulations Cards!

Friday, March 29, 2013

73/365 -- Roaming Gnome

One day last fall I noticed Little Dog roaming around the back yard with something strange in her mouth.  My first thought was "Oh Lord! What does she have this time?"



It turned out that she was carting around a small terra cotta gnome that lived in my garden.  I was curious why she carting him around the yard but I didn't worry about it too much. She's a strange little dog. She's done weirder things than this before.


A few minutes later I did a bit more investigating and finally figured out what the fascination was with Mr. Gnome.  It turns out the gnome is hollow, and a small critter had crawled all the way up inside.


After some careful negotiation (I'm sure bribery with a doggy cookie was involved) I managed to get the gnome away from Little Dog. The tiny critter scurried out while Bianka was distracted and he lived to tell the tale. 


Today was another story.   Little Dog has officially opened "hunting season" in  the back yard. Today she  captured another furry critter who wasn't as lucky as the one stowed away in the gnome.  

So Bianka 1 Vermin 0.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I'm so so SOOOOOOOOO ready for Spring to show up.   I'm ready to garden. Ready for allergies. Ready to see my little house look like this again.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


When momentum is lost, go to your standard and post a cute picture of the dog.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Okay, I admit it. I fell off the wagon with my posting. Honestly, I sort of counted on in it happening eventually. Really does anyone care? Leave it to my dear ol' dad to give me the kick in the rear I needed to get going again. I guess if I neglect to post he begins to worry about me.

So let's just say my blog took a little two week vac-a. Everyone needs a break some time.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

68/365 |Ruby|

I know most people prefer the photos of bright and big smiles.  I love those too, but there is such a sweetness to this image.  I love both their expressions so much .   I thought it was appropriate for Mother's Day. (I know you're saying to yourself, "But its not Mother's day for a couple more months?")  Thanks to my friends in the UK I now know that today is Mother's Day there. We'll go with that. :)



I've been giving Mr. Boyfriend some cooking lessons.  I think now he's showing off.

Friday, March 8, 2013


Twice this week my coworkers I've come into work to find fruit on my desk.  Normally it's bananas, a not-so-subtle hint to make banana bread. Today it was tiny banans and a bag of apples.   I'll have to come up with something else.

a gift from the fruit fairy.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Last year I took this photo just  two weeks after the one I posted two days ago. What a difference a few weeks makes.


Sunday, March 3, 2013


Today I'm remembering West Liberty.  I'm sure a lot of people are.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

60/365 Heart-shaped pockets

Here is another preview from my session last week.  This was one  of the last photos I took during the session and it turned out to be one of my favorites.

Friday, March 1, 2013


Bianka's rule #153 When there is activity in the kitchen be sure to observe the activity while standing on three legs. Standing with one paw in the air is cute and you just might get a treat.



Today was Mama Heis' last round of radiation.  After six and half weeks she's done. Whooo Hooo!!!  Big hugs to you Mom!


Okay I got behind oh well. I'm going to keep going. Who cares


When I was trying to come up with something to eat the other night, I found one of these massive sweet potatoes in my pantry.    I'm not sure what dad has done to grow them so big but they are HUGE.  And just one of these (or part of one) is enough to make up a batch of yummy Sweet Potato Quesadillas.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The last time I saw Miss Emma it was on my birthday. At that time she would have had no idea what a birthday was.  Now she has had one of ver very own. Happy Birthday Emma!

Monday, February 25, 2013

55/365 - deja vu

While having coffee with Mr. Boyfriend. I started to experience deja vu.


I wonder why?

And here is something else just for fun. Happy Monday.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

54/365 Oscar Night

Tonight is the Academy Awards and I can't say that I've ever pictured myself walking down the red carpet, but if I did I suppose it would look something like this.


Saturday, February 23, 2013


I love seeing a fully stocked pantry.  Makes anxious to get cooking.


Monday, February 18, 2013



Sending Angels out today.




This past weekend I spent the afternoon with my grandmother going through and identifying people a giant box of family photos. I by default have become the family archivist.  (That's okay with me.)  I had to chuckle when we were leaving and my grandma said, I must have been bored going through all of the photos. I guess she forgot what I do for a living. I basically get paid go to look at other people's photos and letters, and I love it.


For me, these are priceless. 

45/365 - catch up

I fell off the wagon with my posting over the weekend, so I'm playing catch up now.  Friday night I headed to Ohio to visit my family and on the way I stopped at Joseph-Beth Bookstore to meet with a couple who's wedding I'm photographing in May.  Joseph-Beth is my happy place. I go to the one in Lexington whenever I need a little pick me up or just some time to myself.  The have a great little cafe that serves some of the tastiest treats.  My clients and I decided to order the mini desert sampler. IMG_9900

Don't those all just look yummy?