Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #45 - Amber Glow

Amber Glow

Photo Information
Location: Amtrak Station, Stanwood, Washington
Date: November 21, 2009

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Friday, November 27, 2009


Photo Information
Location: Tractor Tavern, Seattle (or more precisely Ballard), Washington
Additional Info: Southern Culture on the Skids Concert
Date: November 7, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Fiery Sunset

Fiery Sunset
Photo Information
Location: Marysville, Washington, USA
Additional Info: Looking west towards the Olympic Mountains
Date: November 1, 2009

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Colonial Creek

Colonial Creek - North Cascades Highway
A couple of months ago, I went over to the Okanogan house for a much needed rest period. On the way back across the North Cascades Highway, I stopped at Colonial Creek to practice my photography skills. I've been trying to shoot running water to get that soft effect.

Most of my attempts went into the digital recycle bin, but I did like this one. The manual settings I used were as follows:

ISO Speed: 200
F-Stop: f/14
Aperture: f/4.8

It was a very shaded spot just in case you were wondering. What do all these settings mean? Heck if I know. I'm still learning and find it hard to keep one thing straight from another. It's fun practicing though.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Remember Whensday No. 25 - 4 Cousins

This week I'm sharing a photo from my husband's collection taken at Thanksgiving in 1969.

Karl thinks this photo was taken at his Aunt Marlene & Uncle John's house. Unfortunately he doesn't remember anything about it or that day.

From left to right - Scott, Jenni, Karl & Craig

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is using Grandma's sandwich glass dishes for dinner. They only were used for special occasions. Several pieces have been broken over the years and occasionally I look for replacements. But they are hard to find and expensive when you do find them.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

My World Tuesday - All Aboard

Back in August, I blogged about the new Amtrak station being built in Stanwood. It opened later than originally planned, but this past Saturday the first train finally made it's stop here.

The train was scheduled to pull into the station at 9:03 a.m. It was a cold and somewhat damp morning but at least it wasn't raining.

The New Amtrak Station

While waiting for the Amtrak to arrive, a freight train blew past the platform. I was amazed by the wind it generated. Since I was cold to start with, this made me even more so.

Watch out!

I was pleased by the turnout for the opening ceremonies. Many townspeople came down to watch the happenings. The middle school band provided musical entertainment, a local Boy Scout troop presented the colors, and at 9:28 a.m. the train arrived with passengers including Washington state Senator Mary Margaret Haugen whose efforts helped bring the station to Stanwood.

Here she comes!

The First Stop at the New Station

Check out the snow plow

Bye Bye!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #44 - Stand Back!

Yesterday, the new Amtrak station opened up in Stanwood, WA. As I was standing on the platform awaiting the arrival of the train, I couldn't help but notice the bright yellow line with the warning to "Stand Back of Yellow Line". There were actually two bright yellow lines painted on the platform.

I couldn't believe how some people either couldn't read the safety warning or chose to ignore it. The Amtrak workers on site had their work cut out. Let me tell you, when a train comes roaring by as a freight train did while waiting, it almost seemed too close even behind the yellow line.

Regardless, I decided to let this be my re-entry back into the Mellow Yellow Monday meme. I've been away from the blogosphere for the most part for a couple of months and it's time to get back on board.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Remember Whensday No. 24 - Rah Rah Rah!

In my trip down memory lane this week, I'm going back to school. High school that is. In my junior & senior years, I was a cheerleader. I think the only reason I went out for cheerleading is that I didn't like the gymnastics coach. I figured I'd put my tumbling skills to use elsewhere. Plus I enjoyed sports.

Varsity Cheer

Being a cheerleader had its good and bad moments. On the good side of the coin, most of the time it was fun. I loved working on the homecoming float and other activities during homecoming week. I really enjoyed the football games out in the crisp fall weather. Wrestling was fun and exciting to watch. And of course the bus rides to away games were a blast. We also went to camp the summer before my senior year where our squad walked away as champions.

Bad moments included the time during a basketball game where I got run over in the middle of a back flip. Where was the video camera back then? I could have won $100,000 on AFV. I also was more of an outcast on the squad which made for awkward teenage moments. I survived but there were times it was unbearable. Girls can be soooo mean.

That's me on the bottom of the pyramid

But what the heck. I lettered in a varsity sport for two years and I gained some valuable life lessons. Overall it was a fun time. I don't regret doing it.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Remember Whensday No. 23 - Happy Birthday to Me!

Oh how time flies! Even my mother will agree with that statement.

This week I go back many, MANY years to my baby pictures in honor of my upcoming birthday on Thursday. My parents (likely my mother) had a whole series of photographs taken. I am not fond of having my picture taken. In fact I despise it immensely and prefer to be behind the lens, not in front of it. But back then I must have been a little ham. How on earth did I manage to pose so nicely? Must have been a very talented photographer to handle this little baby.

Sally as a Baby

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