Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Red Flower Star

Looking through my archive, I saw this red flower! I don't know what it is called, but it looks like a star to me, and red color is just perfect for today.

We have snow these last two days! My area is covered with a white blanket.


I play around with photoshop for the above picture! I unleash my holiday stresses by doing what I love, and that is manipulating photos. How do you de-stress?

Planter Boxes

These last few years, I love growing my herbs and flowers in containers. Since I have a small area to grow vegetables, I must resort to garden window boxes for other things. Also, a certain herb such as mint has taken over the entire area in a very short time, and it is very difficult to get rid of it. Growing in containers help keep my herbs and flowers from multiplying too fast.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wall Decors

The shadow you see below is from a huge crab apple tree on the church ground where I pick up my nephew every day.

This tree is beautiful and full of blossom in the Spring, and has plenty of little red crab apples during the Fall.

Crab Apple Tree


This is just a branch of a very beautiful tree on the side of a church's wall. There aren't many days here in my area that has sun light, but when we do get a little sun, I love looking for shadows.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays


Have a wonderful Christmas, and Happy Holidays!




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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dried Up Hydrangea





Still beautiful, aren't they?



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Get an Estimate on Your Auto Repair for Free

One of most dreaded chores for me is taking my car in for repair. I can testify to the fact that the repair shops treated women with less respect than with men. They automatically assumed that women know nothing about car, and so they gave the run around estimates.


My car, a honda accord, is in needs of repair, and I find myself putting this off for as long as I could. I took it in to a Honda dealer once, and I came out with a list of things that my car supposed must get done. For example, they told me that I need a new battery when my car started right up even after a week of sitting in the freezing cold weather.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Movie to Watch--The Julie/Julia Project

I haven't done the movie review for a while since I really didn't get a chance to sit and watch a full movie. It's one of those rare times that I get to see and pay attention to a movie last night.

I shut down the computer, and turned off the phone to watch "The Julie/Julia Project". I learned so many new things about Julia Child from this movie, such as how long it took her to write her cook book, she didn't have children, she married a wonderful man, and how late in her life she learned to cook.



Saturday, December 19, 2009

On the Wooden Fence

This beautiful white wooden fence acts as privacy fence for the children from the parking lot. In front of it, there are two trees and a bush at the corner. On a nice sunny day, the shadow of leaves imprinted on the wooden fence this image.



Gold Tradition

If you have money would you invest in gold? I was raised with the belief that gold is the ultimate investment, and has high return in value than any other commodities.

When my brother got married, I had to take my mother to different jewelry stores to look for gold earrings, bracelet, and necklace. It was our tradition to welcome a new female member to the family, and the gold jewelry also had a hidden meanings.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pink Columbine Flowers


Going through my archives
Digging through my files
I saw you, beautiful pink columbine
Flowers, cheer me up so fine!


Help for Math Subject

If any students out there need online tutoring for math problems, here is a site to get math answers. This website is called Tutornext.com.

Math subject was one of my weak points in school, and I always dreaded signing up for them when I had to. Now we have internet so looking for help is much easier. We can find all kind of information with just a click from our fingers.

Tutornext offers Precalculus help, statistics help, and chemistry help for high school and also college students. Just like any other services, you will have to pay a small fee, but you are able to get online math tutoring.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Leaf and Tree Trunks

Ok, I confess that on a nice sunny day, I purposely created these shadows while raking the leaves. At first, I spotted the shadows by accident when I lifted the rake to pull the leaves, and then I thought why not take a few pictures of this.




Saturday, December 12, 2009

Images for the Second Week of December

When I first took notice of this yellow African daisy, the flowers were just at the beginning of their blooming cycle. I saw them on the ground of my nephew's school. As I come to pick him, I took pictures. There was yellow, white, orange and peach African daisy around the rectory.

You can see the white African daisy from my last post here.

Coming Into Bloom


The color in the back of the petals when they bloom had a tint of purple on them. I always love to watch flowers grow in their own stages.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pink Orchids

These beautiful pink orchids can be view at the Belle Isle Conservatory, and they are very much admired by visitors to the flower house. Many of these orchids are on displayed throughout the whole premise.

Greeting


These pink orchids are placed by the front entrance to give visitors such nice warm welcome. The light and traffic though make it hard for me to get a good shoot! I don't know enough about my camera setting to adjust the ISO, and allow less light to my pictures when needed.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

On Brick and Metal

I love looking for shadow to shoot pictures. Hey Harriet has me hooked on this theme. It is another way to pay more attention to my surrounding. Living in Michigan though, sunlight is very rare nowadays.

Shadow of Coneflowers



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Images for the First Week of December

I saw this plant in the summer, and was attracted to its tiny little flowers. It grew on the outskirt of my neighbor's garage. I didn't know what it was until I read one of Judy Sheldon-Walker's article: Why Catnip is Not Just for Cats.

I realized that this was the catnip plant that Judy is talking about. So here are some pictures for you Judy!

Beautiful Little Catnip Flowers


This branch had a full and fluffy head of flowers, but a year before this year, I didn't even notice it. I don't remember see it growing there at all.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Black Squirrel and the Pumpkins

Upon leaving my friend's home last Sunday, I saw this black squirrel who acted as if he was one of the pumpkins. I could not believe this little rascal. He stood there guarding these pumpkins and pretended like a statue, despite the fact that we were coming toward the car.

I'm a Pumpkin


He ignored us completely, and stood still as if we didn't see him. The car doors were opened and slammed. I thought with this kind of noises, he would take off, but he didn't. He didn't even look at us!

Online Algebra Tutoring

There is a game that called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" or something similar to this, and every time I heard this, my mind races to Math problems. The reason for this connection is that JoJo is in fifth grade, and sometimes he comes home with Algebra word problems that skip over my head.

I have mentioned about TutorVista website to a few parents in our Elementary school, and they all find that Online algebra tutor worked best for them. They have a section devoted for fifth grade algebra tutoring on their site also.

A Lesson Learned

My financial situation hit bottom earlier last year, where credit cards were eating up a junk of my money every month. The more I was able to pay, the higher the balance got! I felt as if I was feeding a bottomless well, and it didn't make any differences whether I fed it or not.

Looking for a way to improve my situation, I enlisted the help of credit counseling to see if there was anything I could do to bring down the charges. After my session, I headed over to the debt consolidation services to bail me out of my predicament.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Berries From the Prickly Bush

Along my front yard, we have a row of this prickly bush that served as a fence between our property and the next door neighbor. This bush changes colors depending on the weather, and the leaves are red at this time of the year.

Below are their berries in ruby red.

Red Leaves and Berries


The first time I take notice of this bush was in early summer, and realized there were flowers on them. The tiny flowers were just gorgeous as they showed up in my camera.

Home Monitored and Protected

I read on the newspaper today that crime rates is on a steady rise since time is tougher for many families. Scams and burglaries happen more and more each day. It seems as if there isn't a safe place, or time anymore anywhere.

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