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Tradition With A Tripod

Monday, I posted a little “tease” on my Facebook page, along with this photo. It’s our “annual family Christmas photo”, taken Sunday evening. And I promised to share on today’s blog post just how many years we’ve had this tradition of taking a photo of the three of us – and Sundae -on Christmas evening.


This was last year’s picture.


Christmas, 2014.

marshall jr db sundae 12-25-2014 8-13-23 PM

Christmas, 2013. It’s so nice having a tripod and a camera with a timer.

family photo 12-25-2013 8-55-30 AM

Christmas, 2012.


Christmas, 2011.  And here’s a funny story:  several years ago, I was following a blogger who often posted pictures of her and her husband on their outings. I commented and asked if they always asked strangers to take their photos. She replied that they had a small tripod. I mentioned that to Motor Man, and he said that we already had a tripod….upstairs….with a pair of large binoculars on them,  positioned to look out at the water. Silly me:  I knew the binoculars were there, but never thought about them being on a tripod. This next family picture was taken before we I discovered the tripod. Notice just the tips of Sundae’s ears in the photo. This was her first Christmas with us. Not the best picture, but a fun selfie memory.


And, as far as I can tell, our first family Christmas photo, taken in 2010 (also a selfie).


We had taken pictures of each other on prior Christmases: Marshall would take one of Motor Man and me, and Motor Man would take one of Marshall and me. But it’s nice to have pictures of all of us together. I’m glad we started this tradition (and that we “discovered” that tripod).

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

As I noted last week, the official Random Five Friday meme is no more. But my readers seem to enjoy the R5F posts, so I’ve decided to go it alone.

1.) Gypsy “helped” me with office work yesterday.  She is oblivious to the calculator, until I start using it. Then she’s captivated with that paper. I’ve learned if I need to keep a calculator tape, I’d better tear it off quickly, before she has a chance at it. Thankfully, this wasn’t one I needed.

gypsy with calculator

2.) Sundae was at the window “chattering” earlier this week.  She must have thought this was the biggest bird she’d ever seen.

sundae and duck 4-22-2014 8-23-56 AM

3.) Continuing with the animal theme, recently, there were three herons (right, TexWis?) waiting by the river at sunrise to catch breakfast. I’ve never seen three so close together. As soon as I snapped this picture – through the window – they flew away in unison. Now, THAT would have been a picture.

3 egrets herons 4-20-2014 6-42-59 AM

4.) A few of my readers asked that I post about some of the cards I make. I’ll try to write in depth about that soon, but here’s one I made this week for Marshall’s grandmother. She’ll be 94 in a couple of weeks. It was my first try at watercolor, and, although I have lots to learn, I’m pleased with the results. (The bird image is a stamp, I just watercolored the grass and the blue around it.)


5.) This may very well be the ONLY selfie I’ll ever share. I was having an exceptionally good hair day (not to brag) and wanted to document it. And, no, my hair isn’t red: I was standing under the lights in our bathroom.

db hair

Enjoy the weekend, friends!

~These Days Of Mine~