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It’s a Small World

Every now and then I am reminded what a small world it is that we live in.

I photographed a wedding this past Saturday afternoon.  Twice during the weekend, I was reminded it’s a small world.

The first reminder happened on Saturday evening, after returning home from the wedding.  I learned that a  groomsman was a friend’s husband.  Amy, is a Facebook friend, whom I have met in person a couple times. Our relationship mainly, though, is online on Facebook. Around 8:15 pm Amy posted on my Facebook timeline: “Didn’t recognize me today did you lol”. No, I didn’t recognize Amy! I did give her a double take, though, when I was saying goodbye to the groom’s mother.  Amy was standing there, as I said goodbye to Sheila. My eye kept wandering to Amy. I felt I knew Amy but couldn’t place her. I wish Amy would have told me who she was! I asked Amy, if she was friend or a family member to the bride or groom.  Amy’s response was that her husband Jason was in the wedding. Up until then, I knew Jason as only Jason (or JJ). I didn’t know his last name.

The second reminder happened on Sunday evening.  A girl, who dated my oldest nephew many years ago, messaged me via my Facebook photography page, “The Beauty Around Us”, after seeing the photograph of the wedding party that I shared on Facebook.  Kayla wrote: “This is Kayla.  I am not sure if you remember me or not, but i saw the pictures you posted of a wedding you just did and my niece was part of it. I told her I knew you.” Kayla’s niece was one of the bridesmaids.

Small world, isn’t it!

Happy Easter!


 


I have a small collection of Easter bunnies.  Some bunnies were given to me; others I purchased.  It has been a few years since I decorated for Easter.  I didn’t realize how many bunnies I had accumulated.

_XZ70787Easter Bunnies

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More Easter Bunnies

Earlier this month we passed by a tree alongside a rural road, decorated for Easter.

_LG20794an Easter tree

We were in Chagrin Falls, Ohio yesterday.  I saw the Easter Bunny!

_LG21097The Easter Bunny was walking around Chagrin Falls, handing out candy to everyone.

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the Easter Bunny

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The Easter Bunny struck a pose for me.
Yes, I received candy .. a Hershey’s Dark Chocolate snack bar!

After I chose a piece of candy, the Easter Bunny crossed the street.

_LG21101This woman looks very happy to be walking with the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter to family and friends, near and far!

A Busy Day

This past Sunday (April 9th) was a busy day.   We completed two major projects.

Bob completed the first project on his own.  He opened our picnic pavilion (removing and putting away the four tarp sides). The pavilion interior still needs to be swept and the furniture cleaned. That is a task for me for another day.

We both worked on the second project.  We removed the large area rug (approximate size 11’x12′) in our bedroom, which entailed moving most everything, except the dresser and bookcase and broken-apart bed, OUT of the bedroom!

Here is a brief history of this area rug:

We purchased the rug, which was a carpet remnant that was 12’x12′ bound on all four sides, on April 16, 2005. We purchased the area rug for our living room floor.  On July 13, 2005 we had the area rug resized/rebounded to 12’x11′ for our bedroom. We decided to buy wall-to-wall carpeting for the living room. The area rug was placed in our bedroom on August 24. 2005 after Bob had laid down padding (tacking it to the floor) and a friend Angie had painted the bedroom walls.

The bedroom was filthy! Dust everywhere! We cleaned the windows, inside and out. The rug, which we vacuumed before removing it from the room, was FULL of thick dust bunnies, We swept the bare floor, walls, window blinds and the furniture. We need to buy furnish polish, so the furniture will be dusted again AND polished in the near future. There was padding underneath the carpet, which had been stapled to the floor. Bob did a great job removing the staples. The wood floor that was underneath the area rug looks very nice. Returning to a bare floor will make cleaning the bedroom much easier, especially underneath the bed and other furniture.

This picture was taken before the rug was removed but after the wardrobe, chest of drawers and nightstand, along with lots of miscellaneous stuff, had been removed from the room. The bed had been torn apart as well.

IMG_20170409_132054Our Bedroom Before Area Rug was Removed

We rolled up the carpet and exited it out of the room, via a window.

This picture was taken after the carpet was removed and furniture has been returned to room.

20170409_204125677_iOSOur Bedroom After Area Rug was Removed

We are giving the area rug to Bob’s daughter, Stacey. She will make good use of it.

 

Little Robin Redbreast

_LG20685Little Robin Redbreast

This robin caught my eye the other day.  I was in the living room and had just risen up from the reclining loveseat.  I just caught a glimpse of red against the dark color of the tree branches.  I went into the bedroom and got my camera out of its bag.  I had to change from a 12-40mm lens to a 40-150mm lens.  Can you believe it?  By the time I returned to the living room, little robin redbreast was still sitting in that tree, waiting for me.  I snapped this picture through our living room window glass pane.

Earlier in the day I saw Spooky, a black neighborhood kitty that visits us from time to time.

Seeing Spooky and then seeing the robin brought to mind a nursery rhyme that years and years ago I knew verbatim.  Age tends to diminish some memories, so I had to search the Internet for this particular nursery rhyme.

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a tree,
Up went the Pussy-Cat,
And down went he;
Down came Pussy-Cat,
Away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast—
Catch me if you can.

There are other variations of this nursery rhyme, as well as at least another verse to this particular version.  These lines, though, are what I recall repeating over and over again as a child.

a Winter-Like Spring Day

We don’t have many spring-flowering plants in our yard.  Our yard hosts azalea plants, hyacinths, daffodils and andromeda shrubs.

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Hyacinth Flowers
(photo taken on April 5th)

This is what I awakened to this morning.

_XZ70781Hyacinth Flowers in the Snow

and this

_XZ70783Dorothy Wycoff Andromeda shrub in the Snow

and this

_XZ70782Our back yard

No worry.

“The snow is too light to stay, the ground too warm to keep it.” ~quote by Shannon Hale

The weather forecast for next week calls for temperatures ranging from a low of 34 degrees to a high of 73 degrees … typical springtime seesaw temperatures!

New Car Purchase

Late morning yesterday we drove to the Ed Shults Subaru dealership in Jamestown, NY.  For the past few years we have been saying that we need a new car. We kept putting off the purchase to “next year maybe”. Last year we found a make/model of car that interested us. Ofttimes when our Nissan Xterra received service, we had available to us a loaner car. We have driven several different Subaru and Nissan makes/models. We liked the Subaru Legacy that was loaned to us last year. The “next year maybe” has arrived.  We purchased a 2017 Subaru Legacy from Ed Schults Subaru’s lot yesterday and drove it home!

IMG_2783 4x6Subaru Salesman going over all of the features of our new car

Our salesman was Larry Bowers.  When we purchased our 2001 Nissan Xterra, our salesman at that time was Larry.  Our purchase experience in 2001 was excellent.  We were quite happy that we were able to purchase a new vehicle from the same salesman.

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Subaru Legacy dashboard

We need to come up to speed with the technological advances made since the purchase of our 2001 Nissan Xterra!

I snipped the following information about our new car from the Ed Schults Subaru website.

The exterior color of our new car is Venetian Red Pearl; the interior color is Slate Black.  We made use of the heated front seats on our way home from the dealership.

Bob drove the car into work this morning.  He said it handled well in the snow.  When he comes home from work this afternoon, it will be my opportunity to drive the car in the snow.  We have a few errands to run, and Winter Storm Stella has dumped a few inches of snow in our locale.

New Living Room Furniture

It had been almost 12 years, since we purchased living room furniture.  The last time we purchased furniture for the living room was on July 10, 2005.   On that day we had a few hours to kill while in Erie awaiting the arrival of my brother Jim, our sister-in-law Judy and our niece Emily.  We were picking up Emily, who would be staying with us through July 19th.

When my brother and his family arrived in Erie, they found us at John V. Schultz Furniture.  We were in the process of purchasing living room furniture — a sofa, a loveseat, a chair and an ottoman!  I told Jim and Judy that they were responsible for us buying the furniture, as we had to await their arrival.  I was only teasing them, though.  Bob and I have been talking about buying living room furniture for a few years.  We saw furniture that we liked and decided then and there to purchase it.

Our furniture was delivered on August 4, 2005.

On January 14, 2017 we found ourselves at John V. Schultz Furniture in Erie, PA once again.  As happened in 2005, we saw furniture that we liked and decided then and there to purchase it!  It was an impulse buy; however, we had been talking for some time about replacing our almost 12-year-old living room furniture.

Our new living room furniture was delivered yesterday afternoon.

_XZ90667Our new living room furniture

We purchased a sofa, love seat and chair.  All three furniture pieces recline.  The chair is a rocker as well.  The lack of an ottoman frees up some floor space.

_XZ90668The wall behind the sofa and chair looks so bare.  I want to print enlargements of two or three of my landscape photographs and hang them on that wall.   We may replace the end tables one day as well.  I don’t think we will purchase a coffee table, as we both like the open space in front of the furniture.

Our new furniture is much more comfortable than our old furniture.

_XZ90670So very comfy!

We LOVE our new living room furniture!

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