Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Good Fences, December 18, 2014

This is taken from a courtyard in Charleston, SC.    I was intrigued by all the different types of architectural elements.
Juliet Balconies and Lattice work
Walking along the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA, looking toward Norfolk

Somewhere in Texas

Hopping over to Theresa' Good Fences

So until next time.....   ~~Karen~~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Still Scanning (after all these years....)

Yes, the scanning's some of what this past week unearthed.

This post falls under the Shameless category, and I must apologize in advance because I'm posting a few old newspaper clippings of Katie's high school career (she gets these posts via email, so she can enjoy them from afar).

Our baby girl, Katie, grew up to be quite an athlete in high school (and college, too).  She got her antics photographed and published in our local paper a few times, and of course I kept all the clippings like the proud Mama I was am.

I have stacks and stacks of stuff (papers, cetificates, photos) for this child only....and I have 4 (grown) children, so you can imagine how much paperwork I have to sort through.  It has been. is overwhelming at times; I've walk away from the project several times so I don't go blind or insane or both -- LOL .  (Yes, there's an argument to be made that it's too late--I hear ya)  All the kids keep telling me to just throw all this stuff out.  Really?   I must admit, I've been tempted...OFTEN...but I just can't.  Someday, they'll enjoy looking back on some of these things....wouldn't you?  

So, I've decided to just scan everything and throw out all the papers.  I've given up on the scrapbook idea that I had years ago when clipping and saving all these things.  Now, I'm just labeling the images with the date, the event, and the child..... and that's it. They will be among all the other photos I'm digitizing, and the family can pull the image up and look at them whenever they wish.  What are your thoughts on the scrapbooking dilemma....have you made a scrapbook, and do you ever look at them again?  Would you do it again?

Until next time     ~~Karen~~

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Good Fences, December 11, 2014

I've been scanning old photos...its an on-going project.  I found these this past week.  They're from the last year we went to the county fair while living in Ohio....maybe 4 years ago.

along the race track Lancaster Fairgrounds, Lancastter, Ohio
This picture is of the race track looking toward the back where the horses were housed for the Fair.
The bottom picture reminds me so much of Mom.  She always called this the Old Grandstand....the one she remembered growing up with.  It's an old wooden structure, and she and I would always watch the "buggy" races there each year.  Then we'd part ways ... her and Dad, me and my friends, then meet here in the evening to stroll around the Grounds together for a bite to eat, before parting ways again.

The "Old Grandstand", Fairgrounds, Lancaster, Ohio

Until next time ~~Karen~~

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Memories of home

This past week I've been going through old dvd/cds and boxes of high school mementos that I've accumulated for my kids through the years.  So, its no surprise that I've found some photos of our last home in Ohio, and thought you'd enjoy some of my snapshots. 

salvaged wood gathered for a teepee
It was located on about 3 acres atop a hill that used to be an apple orchard. 

At the rear of the property was a wooded ravine and our back property line ran along the stream.

There were many things to discover back there, and our kids loved to play in the woods and along the stream.

 Here's the main path back up the hill to our backyard.  It took a few years to get the underbrush cleared and the drainage lines covered.
A Winter's peek at the back of our house coming out of the woods.

This is a field near our home that was home to a few horses for many years.
On Slough Rd.
This is an old homestead down the road from us that the once-young owners spent many years least 25 years (and still counting.)

Finally, a Winter's view of the woods from our backyard.

Until next time ~~~Karen~~~