Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Firework #2

My selection for my 2nd favorite photo of 2008 is this firework photo that was originally posted back on July 6th. I really liked the way several of my firework photos turned out (I took them from several blocks away behind a line of trees that blocked all ground level lights)...

I was honored several months ago when I received an email from a computer programmer/web designer who requested to use one of my photos (this one) as a background for the website of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary!! The guy just happened to also be in charge of the fireworks display here in Terrell every year -- and he could recognize this firework as one of the ones he loaded and set off =) He also offered me some backstage access for next July's firework display where I can take pictures during their setup and during the show!

Anyway - I was excited to receive some positive feedback and honored for someone to want to use one of my photos on a website without my begging and pleading =) So, this is my number 2 photo for 2008..... HAPPY NEW YEAR'S TO ALL!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A horse is a horse - #3

Today's photo is number 3 in the countdown to my top photo for the year of 2008. I selected this one partially because of the length of time it took me to get this shot.

I'd seen these cows laying out next to this sign once when I didn't have my camera, and by the time I went home and got back they'd all moved. It was another 5 or 6 months of driving by this pasture every day on my way home from work when I happened to catch them in just the right spot - AND i had my camera!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Politics - Number 4

Today is my number 4 favorite out of my photos for the year 2008. I think this is a good selection to exhibit what to expect from politicians in general. This was an electrically charged political season - I personally went from a staunch Hillary supporter to a strong Obama supporter. I'm looking forward to seeing what policies Obama follows through on with his 'change' platform.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Number 5 - Frosty

Ok.. i've decided to do a Top 5 countdown of my favorite photos from posting throughout the year in 2008. My number 5 selection is Frosty from a cold morning in November, as he was looking out the window. I actually had 2 angles of the shot that I took at the time and fought over which one to use. So, for the countdown, here are both! I picked the first one above to post =)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

frosty in a box

frosty loves playing in boxes... even small ones that he can barely fit in =)

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Okay! it's here! my family tradition was to always wait til X-mas morning to open presents! and I mean no disrespect at all by using 'X' for Christ - look it up in yahoo, the X has been a synonomous symbol for Christ for centuries! so it's acceptable and is not taking the Christ out of Christmas at all =) our history lesson for the day =)

merry merry and happy happy to all! now it's time to take down the tree and clean up the broken baubles! can you believe it's almost 2009? I remember when it was turning 2000 and we were fighting over what to call the 'naught' years (00), and now we're already nearing the '10's' =)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

First Baptist Church

This is one of the older buildings in Terrell, the Baptist Church down the street from my house =) it's all decked out for the season!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Grandma's Car

You've all heard the story about grandma's car - you know, buying the ole' grandma's car that only gets driven to church on Sunday. So how come when I saw this car in Wal Mart's parking lot today my 82-yr old grandma demanded that I get her this car for Christmas. I got my camera out to take a photo and she literally ran over and got in the middle of my shot!

I think this one actually belongs to one of our local dentists who is an avid car collector... it was very nice =)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Weather Event

Please forgive me for neglecting to mention the weather event we experienced here in Terrell this week. On Tuesday morning we awoke to some freezing temperatures and foggy wet cloudy conditions that froze the Dallas area.... I captured this photo in Terrell on some grass down at the First Baptist Church...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Shriner Clowns

These guys look really colorful and clownish, but they look to me like they'd frighten small children...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

State Farm Insurance - Terrell

Today's photo is another entry from the Terrell Christmas Parade last Saturday - this is the local State Farm insurance agent Graylan Dabney, whose office is located right behind the local gym where I've been working out these past few months. There has been a new office building under construction on hwy 205 south of Wal Mart where Mr. Dabney's insurance agency will be relocating to when completed, according to signs out in front of the new building.

I think this car and the idea for decorating vehicles like this is really cool - I just don't know that I'd do that for my personal car. I mean really, you could never do anything wrong because people would know exactly who you were when you did it. Go to the liquor store too much? everyone would know. Out at the donut shop every morning? Gotcha! Pulled over for running a red light? People see your pic and know its you!

Now, please don't confuse my humor with the insurance agent - the only thing I can tell you about him is that he works out regularly at the gym, because that's where I always see this car in the early mornin'=)
For insurance info, you can contact Mr. Dabney at 972-524-4194, or

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shrek Christmas

Because nothing says Christmas more than Shrek in a monster truck with a big Redneck bringing up the rear....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Toys for Tots

Today's photo was the large bounty of toys we collected at work for the Toys for Tots program. The program was sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve based out of the Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. It's a worthy cause and toys are reasonably priced, so give! Tis the season!!.. More info can be obtained here:

D/FW Toys for Tots
1068 Boyington Dr.
NAS/JRB Fort Worth
Forth Worth, Tx. 76127

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Santa's Helper Clown

Happy Birthday to my older brother, Greg... turning 43 today! He was the one who always got combination Christmas and Birthday presents as a kid =)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Terrell Christmas Parade

Locals were flipping over the Stanley Ballard Christmas parade that began at 10am today.... more pics will follow!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Night sky

Tonight's photo shows the full moon taken tonight... on the radio earlier they said the full moon would be at its largest size all year tonight and would even be affecting the ocean tides....

This photo has the moon in a haze behind a cloud, with a jet's airstream going diagonal across as seen through my pecan trees =) the green light reflecting on the pecan tree limbs is from the street light across the street...

happy friday and weekend to all!! Tomorrow will be the big Terrell Christmas Parade and I'll be following up with pics from that =)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Reflections in Kaufman

Several weeks ago I took a short trip down to Kaufman to take some photos. After walking around the town square, I ventured a block or 2 west of downtown and found this neat old building that houses a gymnasium/workout center. I thought it was a great opportunity to take a few 'reflection' shots of myself - through the windows and reflecting off the mirrors that lined the walls inside.

Through the windows the building seemed dark - and I thought it was closed... which is why I lingered and zoomed in through the window to get the picture of myself... after probably 4 minutes or so of pointing and shooting I heard a noise from inside the building. Some weights being dropped inside the room where I was photographing through the window =) I'm still not sure who was inside, but it startled me and as I came around to the front of the building I saw where they had weekend hours and cars in the parking lot. =) I can't see anyone in my photos aside from myself, but someone in Kaufman probably thought i was peeping in on their workout!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

watching and waiting....

3 down and 2 to go.... and just 14 more days 'til X-mas!
A little Frosty and BC for a Wednesday night photo =) they're watching and waiting....

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

morning sky in downtown terrell

a dark and brooding sunrise, the colors were really amazing....

the three wise men

"The Wise Men left their country
To journey morn by morn,
With gold and frankincense and myrrh,
Because the Lord was born:
God sent a star to guide them
And sent a dream to warn.

My life is like their journey,
Their star is like God's book;
I must be like those good Wise Men
With heavenward heart and look:
But shall I give no gifts to God?
What precious gifts they took!

Lord, I will give my love to Thee,
Than gold must costlier,
Sweeter to Thee than frankincense,
More prized than choicest myrrh:
Lord, make me dearer day by day,
Day by day holier;"
~lyrics from A Christmas Carol

Monday, December 8, 2008

Three carolers

nobody likes to hear me carol =) but i keep practicing just in case

Sunday, December 7, 2008


a new window display photo today of some soldier nutcrackers...

the nutcracker suite music always puts me in the mood for christmas too, here's a little music for you from tchaikovsky's nutcracker suite from fantasia...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Terrell Fire vs. Police

The Terrell Police Services and Fire Department held a flag football game this morning as a toy donation drive for Christmas called K-toys... Jim has some more info and links over on his site here.... my first photo here is one of the fire engines near the entrance of the game.... and lastly a little field action =)

Friday, December 5, 2008


This sign is located on the outside of the Kaufman County courthouse - near yesterday's litter bug sign. It seems like a small amount for it to only hold 655 people, but maybe that's large as far as fallout shelters go....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Santa in a tree - Frosty in a box

Being the first year for Frosty ever seeing a Christmas tree, I decided to be cautious with my glass ornaments and only hang up a few until I could see what his interest was going to be with the tree. It was a great decision! Frosty has chewed and climbed the bottom branches of the fake tree - bending the branches down and making it look very much like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.... One ornament has fallen to the ground, but luckily didn't break.

I'll probably be packing the tree back up in it's box here before Christmas gets here!~

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

another lamp post

As a kid, lamp post decorations like this nutcracker always symbolized the Christmas season to me...

this time of year also reminds me of the Chevy Chase classic 'Funny Farm' , when he and his wife paid their fellow townspeople to dress up and depict a small town Norman Rockwell Christmas in an attempt to sell their house.... and in the process they fell in love with their small town all over again - quirks and all - and ended up keeping their house =) Ahhh Terrell...

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Theme Day

Over at the City Daily Photo blog the theme day for the first of December is Circles(or spheres).... I took my photo while walking around downtown Terrell. This is a street light on the side of one of the American National bank office buildings, taken looking straight up into the air.

Please take a few minutes to browse through some of the other 187 other sites participating in Circles and Spheres theme day... Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
p.s. i decided to change the site background to red... temporarily... for christmas... =)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hark! the herald angel....

blows a trumpet or clarinet or something =)

and to be fair, i recently posted some green garland. to ensure that i'm not being partial, here is some red garland - from the angel lamp post =)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fly and a flower

I was taking the photo of the small flower before the fly interrupted my photo shoot =)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Terrell Power Outage

As I mentioned in the 'update' from yesterday, we had a power outage yesterday morning here in Terrell that lasted a little over an hour. Just long enough to freak out people who were trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner. =)

It turned out that a 'transformer' (i think that's what it's called) burned out a couple blocks down on my street. The cylindrical shape at the top of this pole had some burned up wires and black markings at the top where it blew out. Funny how a small problem can compound for so many people, and at the same time make you appreciate the little things in life. Like electricity =)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Going out of town for the holiday? I'm looking forward to some chocolate chip pecan pie! I've got to do some extra walking this week to make up for all the food I'm about to eat =)

I hope everyone has a nice and safe holiday!

**Update: we had a brief power outage while I was posting this photo - it lasted for almost an hour, which I'm sure caused a lot of electric oven people a headache - I'll be following up with a photo later! In the meantime, here's a photo of my oven. It's the original old O'keefe and Merritt stove that came with my house. I kept it in the remodel last year =) It's not big enough to cook a big turkey, but at least it worked during the power outage =) :

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Grapes of Wrath

Please forgive my lapse in posting yesterday, I found myself busy with work the past few days preparing for holidays and lost track of time.... when I say lost track of time, that means I was up until 1:30am working on things and I normally get up to go to the gym at 4:30am. That didn't happen. And I still didn't get a workout in tonight either - I'll have to get a good one tomorrow before and after eating!

Today's photo is a wrought iron gate with some grape adornment! how appropos....

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas Tree reflections

Today's photo was taken in downtown Kaufman. I know these photos look a little jumbled with all the reflections, but I like them - and I took this one of myself on purpose =)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas wreath

I truly do love Christmas. The season itself and the mood and feeling that comes with Christmas. The feeling escapes me when I'm trying to maneuver my basket around Wal-mart on Sunday morning, but walking around the downtown area and looking at the window displays brings it back =)
Congratulations to my brother and his new wife who were married Saturday night (11-22) in Missouri! Good luck Greg and Diana!!!! Greg - please always remember these 5 important words "i'm sorry, i was wrong!"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Autumn leaves

Today's photo shows the bradford pear trees in the yard next door to my house. They have beautiful colors in the fall...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

American National

this is the back of the American National Bank building in the background with the 'Creative Florist' building to the left in the photo. The Creative Florist is where I took my recent Christmas storefront photos =)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Still looking for Thanksgiving...

I checked the local light poles downtown to see if I could find some Thanksgiving decorations somewhere, and this is what I found....