Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thanks to Joy Barba for the post.
One of the greatest joys about grandchildren is seeing them grow up and change before your eyes. But that isn't always possible. Having parents that retired to Florida, they only see their 7 grandchildren one time a year. Because no one can afford to travel there more often, we share the majority of our memories online through hughes wireless internet, through emails and photo sharing sites. My Photobucket account automatically emails my parents updates to my albums, so they are always in touch with the latest and greatest shots of my kids. A good Satellite internet service allows me to upload the pictures fast, and a good camera provides the best quality pictures. Photobucket is easy to use to organize my pictures, apply themes to different albums, and email them to anyone, anywhere.
Another great online photo site is Shutterfly. I've used them for Christmas cards, mugs, mouse pads, and a photo memory book. The editing program is easy to use and the printed quality is outstanding. Having these treasured keepsakes to share with friends and family is priceless.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
While waiting for my daughter to get the paper work done, I walked around to look for things to shoot. I saw these bicycles in the bike parking lot in front of her dorm! There were so many of them left abandoned and carelessly.
It was a hot sunny day, so the shadows were just out to play. I love it, and took a bunch of pictures. It was an opportunity that I could not resist or pass up.
Although I still look for shadows to shoot, I've missed posting them for a while. Summer is officially here and the kids are finally out of school; hopefully we can get into some sorts of a routine.
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As blog owner, we all have to make sure that our blog is visible to search engines, and to do that we must take into account many different things. Besides posting unique content, we also must choose proper keywords, or popular search words, bookmark it on social networking sites, and submit it to different search engines.
Here are some sites to consider:
- Google Key Words Video
- Google Search-based Keywords
- Google Trends
- Google Hot Trends--See what key words are hot for today
When search engine pulls up your blog or post as the result of keywords usage, it not only helps your blog getting a page rank, but it also brings traffic to you. Therefore, make sure to optimize your post to get visibility from search engines.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Watching the Freight Carrier
My family and I went to Belle Isle with a bucket of Popeye Fried Chicken for a picnic. We sat by the water and watch this freight sailing smoothly by. Looking at this picture above you would not know that the wind was very strong that day. We had a hard time keeping everything from fly away.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
In the very back corner of my yard, there is a bush with these beautiful white flowers on them. They come and go very fast though. Every year, I wanted to spend more time investigating these flowers, but the rainy season didn't permit that to happen.
When my neighbor saw that the kids were playing and touching this bush, she suggested them to get their hands washed thoroughly in the bathroom sink with soap, thinking that they might get itchy.
For some reasons, unknown to me, I don't often touch, or smell my objects when I'm taking pictures! I always wondered about the feel and smell of a certain flowers when it was too late. So when my neighbor mentioned the irritation she had with these flowers, I was kind of shock.
I look up honeysuckle flowers, and I'm pretty sure that these flowers are honeysuckles! There are so many different varieties of honeysuckles in all sorts of colors. Some are very fancy and didn't look anything like these flowers.
The bush is quite large as each year went by. I have trimmed some branches to keep it neat in the yard, but it grows back quite strong and fiercely. If you are curious to know if I've touched them, then the answer is no. Honestly now, do you think I want to risk getting itchy?
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Once the delphiniums grow bigger, the blue and purple color mixed lessens to this beautiful baby blue! Delphinium is an elegant perennial, and can grow up to 2 feet tall for the dwarf varieties. It loves cool and moist climate, great as cut flowers, and blooms from late spring to early summer.
As I have mentioned before, delphiniums come in light blue, deep blue, pink, white, purple, yellow and red. I haven't seen the red and yellow ones around yet. Planting should be placed in full sun to light shade, well drained soil, and have protection from strong wind.
Delphiniums need a thin layer of compost each spring, and two layers of mulch to retain moisture. The soil can't be dried out. Divide the plants in clumps every three to four years as new plants begin in early spring.
Have a great Monday..
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Friday, June 18, 2010
I sat three hours on Saturday, and three hours on Sunday at the soccer field for JoJo's soccer try-out! He gave all he has, and more! You should see the sweat from this child of mine. Dark hair in the sun is a killer. It attracts heat! And I, with my head in "lala land", didn't pack enough drinking water to last that 3 hours for him on the first day.
JoJo suffered from heat exhaustion last summer, while we were at the tournament, so I'm now always worried about this. Overall, the try-out went well, and he will be on U-13 team for next year. One thing done, and more to come!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I actually had a girl night in with my daughter and her friend from college. The three of us watched The Time Traveler's Wife, making predictions and jokes. Stars for this movie are the beautiful Rachel McAdams, and the handsome Eric Bana!
The movie is based on the novel The Time Traveler's Wife, written by author Audrey Niffenegger, and was published in 2003. Though romantic, it was different and interesting. I love strong woman, and Claire was it! She was chosen by Henry since she was a young girl to be his wife. Through time traveling, they met and fell in love.
Claire devoted her entire life to Henry, who was not there most of the time. Her love for him was just so extraordinary, and her devotion is admirable! Like any marriages, Claire and Henry have their up and down moments, joys and sorrows.
If you haven't seen this movie yet, I recommend it. It's good to lose ourselves in a romantic world and have a few tears jerking moments once in a while. It's my method for soul cleansing!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Last week I posted pictures of these flower buds. I told you I'm a flower stalker, and I love to chronicle the stages of flowers. Judy-SquirrelQueen, guessed it correctly. They are delphiniums!
Talking about Judy, she is hosting A Silly Photo Challenge on Tuesday June 15, which is tomorrow! Many of you have met her, but many have not. She is a great friend, and a fantastic photographer! Go through your photo folders, or go out and take silly photos, then join her for this fun event.
Taking pictures and being with nature is one of the ways for me to de-stress. I totally immerse myself in the beautiful things around me, and temporary forget my problems or whatever bothers me.
Delphinium comes in many different colors: white, purple, light pink, and deep blue! This baby blue color took my breath away when I first saw them.
Don't forget to join SquirrelQueen by posting your Silly Photos. I will post mine on Wandering Thought.
Have a great Monday..
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Another week has come to an end, and it's Friday! Can you hear the joy in my voice? This week likes every other week, went by in a blur. It's time for me to count my blessings.
1. Our Soccer Team Came in Second
After three exhausting days, and playing in the rain, our soccer team came in second for the championship. JoJo played the full game, without break, and ended up with two goals, and one assist. We practically lived on the field!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
It's time to play a guessing game! The photos below showed the buds of gorgeous blue flowers. Well, the flowers probably have a touch of white too.
Hint number one: these flowers have at least three layers of petals. I saw them in blue, white, purple, and baby pink.
All the buds you see on this branch, eventually will bloom into beautiful flowers. They line up one by one, and all you'll see is flowers.
Hint number two: They can grow quite tall! You can see the a bit of the leaf part, so do you have any idea yet?
I can't wait to see what everyone guessing! If no one has the right answer, I will provide the name of the flower next week, plus pictures of flowers.
Have a great Monday!
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Friday, June 4, 2010
This week has come to an end quite quickly since we all had Monday off to celebrate Memorial Day. I manage to take some pictures of the parade, right outside of my home.
1--Watching the Parade
It was a sunny day to watch the parade, in fact, it was too hot in direct sun, and I felt bad for the band kids who were dressed in full uniforms. Parents were very caring and supplied their students with water throughout the whole process.
Thanks to Maria Hatfield for the guest blogger post.
What is better to do on a rainy day than learning with your children? I love using the hughes netinternet with my children. We live in a pretty desolate place, so satellite internet is the way to go. There are a lot of great sites out there for learning, socializing, or even to just play games together. Nick Junior offers a lot of sites if your children are fairly young. We like to play the Spongebobgame and of course any games that have Dora in them. My little girl has gotten better with her ABC's, counting, and has even learned a few Spanish words from the time we've spent together on the internet!
If you have a child that is at least 12 years old, they would probably enjoy having a Facebook page. This is a way that they can chat with friends from school as well as talk to family members that live far away. There are even a couple of games on there that they may find amusing.
If all else fails in entertaining the kids online, Yahoo! games has a lot to choose from! They can play games there with other people as well as chat. As with any activity, you should monitor your children to ensure that they are safe and only chat with people they know while online.