Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Camera

My husband bought a new used camera recently. It is a NIKON D50. I have been playing around with it for the past few days. Just seeing what it will do and comparing it to my little Sony Cybershot.

I can't believe the trees have buds on January!!

                     Can't resist a cloud shot.

Looking out my front door, I saw this shadow on the roadway. So I grabbed the camera, but by the time I got it out of the case, turned on, and focused the shadow was gone. I had to wait a few minutes for the sun to peek back out.
I think the shadow was more noticible the second time anyway

I love the color of this bush in my backyard.

Another back yard favorite is the little berry bush. We also have one of these in the front, but it is smaller than this one. I usually am not out in the yard at this time of the morning, so I was happy to have found these wonderful shadows being cast against the bricks of the house.

With the new camera, I was able to get a really close up shot of the shadow.

I like playing and experimenting with the settings on the camera. It is probably going to take me a while to learn how to use the camera and all it's settings. I look forward to all the photos I will take while learning.

Linked to Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Straight Out of The Camera.

I hope you take a moment to visit these wonderful memes and that you leave me a comment or two.
Happy Sunday!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

How Do You Talk To A Goat?

Song: How Do You Talk To A Little Baby Goat
Written By: Tom T. Hall
Performed By: Tom T. Hall
From the 1974 Album: Songs of Fox Hollow

Hall originally wrote the songs for his young nephews to explain the workings of a farm and the animals who lived there - and the tracks have a charming, innocent feel.

(I know I have used a song from this album before, but I think the songs are wonderful and fun. Hope you enjoy!)


How do you talk to a little baby goat?

(My daughter - Beech Bend Park Petting Zoo
She named it Oreo)

You can't go meow like a cat.
When you go meow to a little baby goat.
He can't go meow right back.

(Neighborhood kitten)

No, you have to say baaa to a little baby goat, you can't say hello like a man.

You have to say baaa to a little baby goat that's all he understands.

(My niece - Jackson's Orchard Petting Zoo)

How do you talk to a little baby goat.

You can't go cackle like a hen.
When you go cackle to a little baby goat, it doesn't mean a thing to him.
So you have to say baaa to a little baby goat.
You can't saw hello like a man.
You have to say baaa to a little baby goat that's all he understands.
(Ex-husband's chickens)


How do you talk to a little baby goat?

(My niece - Jackson's Orchard Petting Zoo)

You can't go quack like a duck.
When you go quack to a little baby goat, it just doesn't mean very much.

(Basil Griffith Park)

So you can't go

(Neighborhood kitten)


(Ex-husband's chicken)

to a goat.

(Basil Griffith Park)

You can't say hello like a man (or woman).

(Waving Girl Statute - Savannah, Georgia)

You can't go meow, cackle, quack to a goat.

Remember you have to say baaa.....
(Nubian/Flop Eared Goat - Louisville Zoo)

A BIG Thanks to Hootin' Anni for hosting, Thursday Theme Song, the wonderfully fun meme that gives me an avenue for stress relief. 

With the passing of a dear lady this week, (my sister's Mother-In-Law), and the worries about my brother, (who thankfully lost only a toe as opposed to a foot or leg due to a bone infection), this meme has helped me to relax a bit while looking back and remembering fun times too. This particular song has been stuck in my head, for some unknown reason. 
Below are the links for a couple of the other songs from this album, if you care to give a listen.  

(This version not sung by Tom T. Hall but, very cute video)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Let The Sun Shine

I have, yet another, sinus infection. Went to the Dr. on Thursday and was given a shot and an antibiotic. I feel much better, but I think I could sleep all day, which is a rare thing for me. I actually took a nap today. I haven't done that in a long time.

For the past year my brother, who is diabetic, has been struggling with a wound on his foot that just doesn't want to heal. It would get better for awhile but, has never healed completely. He had a Dr. appointment on Tuesday and was admitted to the hospital. They did some tests and found that the infection was into the bone. So, on Friday his toe had to be removed. Thankfully the infection was confined to the big toe and the surgeon feels that this will get rid of the infection and that the heavy duty antibiotics he is taking will finally let this heal.  

My sister's Mother-in-law has been battling ovarian cancer. She had been doing okay but, learned last week that the cancer has spread. She was taken off chemo and told all that could be done was to keep her comfortable. I think this news has taken away her will to fight. She is now bed ridden and not doing good at all.   

I choose this picture for Shadow Shot Sunday because it shows that despite what is going on in ours lives or around us, that the suns rays still shine upon us giving us hope for a brighter tomorrow.

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seven Bridges Road

Song Performed By: The Eagles
Written By: Steve Young
(recorded in 1969 for his Rock Salt 7 Nails Album)

Popular Version Recorded by the Eagles in 1980
From The Album: Eagles Live

Seven Bridges Road
is over 100-years-old. It is a 4 mile parkway that travels up
Occidental Boulevard
Superior Street
and across Hawk Ridge to
Glenwood Avenue
and serves as the eastern terminus to the
Skyline Parkway. The road has several stone-arch bridges and intertwines with Amity Creek. *

There are stars,
In the Southern sky.


Southward as you go.

There is moonlight,

And moss in the trees.

Down the Seven Bridges Road.
(*Photo Courtesy Of)

Now I have loved you like a baby.

Like some lonesome child.

 And I have loved you in a tame way,

And I have loved you wild.


Sometimes there's a part of me,
Has to turn from here and go.
Running like a child from these warm stars,

Down the Seven Bridges Road.

There are stars in the Southern sky.
And if ever you decide,
You should go....

There is a taste of thyme sweetened honey,

Down the Seven Bridges Road.

Glad you stopped by, be sure to visit the others over at Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bird Shadows

This is my first post for the Shadow Shot Sunday 2 Meme. I have visited some of the post over the past few Sundays but, haven't posted until now. The new Hosts seem to be doing a Great Job and I thought it was time that I get back into the groove of posting again!

Going along with my last post's theme, I am sharing a few photos taken in my back yard of some of my little bird visitors.

I have always liked watching birds. I don't really care for them getting too close. I don't want to hold them or have one as a pet. But, I enjoy hearing their bird songs, watching them visit my feeders and flying through the air. Some of them move so gracefully as they soar along. I am not fond of when they dive at me or near me like the barn swallows and martins do when catching mosquitoes. 

This little bird took a liking to my hubby's car.

I really like it when I look out my window and see a sea of color from the beautiful Cardinals. They are the State Bird of Kentucky!! 

The Cardinal's color really shows up against the snow.


And, they left alot of little bird tracks in the snow of my patio.

Hope you enjoyed visiting my little corner of the Blog World and that you take a moment to let me know you were here!! Be sure to head over to Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Straight Out of The Camera to see what Shadows and Photos others have shared this week.

Have a Great Sunday Everyone!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bird Songs

Everybody Loves To Hear A Bird Sing

Written By: Tom T. Hall
Originally Recorded By: Tom T. Hall
From his 1974 Album: Songs of Fox Hollow

Re-Recorded In 2010 By: Peter Cooper
For the Album: I Love - Tom T. Hall's Songs Of Fox Hollow

For a week in June 2010, Peter Cooper and Eric Brace rounded up fellow Tom T. fans and headed to Fox Hollow, the farm that inspired “Songs of Fox Hollow” and is still home to Tom T. and Dixie Hall. Over three magical days in this idyllic setting just south of Nashville, they recorded the eleven songs that made up the original Songs of Fox Hollow, plus a brand new tune written especially for this release by Tom T. and Dixie.

The original Songs of Fox Hollow was born one long-ago summer, when two young nephews of Tom T. and Dixie Hall spent the summer roaming the farm and asking Tom T. a host of questions about the land and the animals. To the kids, Fox Hollow was a place of activity and enchantment, and pretty soon Tom T.’s answers began to rhyme.

This is an album that I listened to alot when I was younger. I actually still have the record today. My sister loved this album. It came with a little story book that went along with the songs. She wanted to listen to it constantly and I usually played it for her. I tried to find Tom T. Hall's version of the song, but could not, so I added Mr. Cooper's version.

Sometimes birds don't have enough to eat,

There's not enough food in the fields or the streets.
There are too many cities where there used to be trees,
So it's left up to you and me.

Everybody loves to hear a bird sing. (whistle)
The prettiest music you have ever heard.
Here's how to make friends with a bird.

First you get some peanut butter out of a jar.
And you can buy a bag of bird seed anywhere.
You mix it all together and you put it on the ground,
And pretty soon the birds come around.

Everybody loves to hear a bird sing.

The prettiest music you have every heard.
That's how you make friends with a bird....

Some people buy spray and they spray it on the land.
They kill all the little bitty bugs that they can.
The birds eat up the bugs and it makes them sick.
I wish we didn't have to do that.

Because everybody loves to hear a bird sing.
The prettiest music you have every heard.
That's how you make friends with a bird.

Right now you're young and you're not very tall.

You're really very busy and you're really very small.
Someday when you're older and things go wrong,

You're gonna need a pretty bird song.

Because everybody loves to hear a bird sing.
The prettiest music you have every heard.

That's how you make friends with a bird....

Watching the birds has become one of my favorite things to do these days. I have four bird feeders in my back yard now and can see them from my kitchen and living room windows. I enjoy hearing their songs in the early mornings and watching the birds fly in, hop around the trees and ground, and visit the feeders for a few seeds. They are rather funny at times the way they chase one another or react to each other.

There has been a squirrel that has tried its best to reach the feeders, but is too heavy for the branches that the feeders hang on and the birds dive at him chasing him away.

One morning a bird hovered directly in front of me at the window. I had my camera in my hand, but it was zoomed in on the feeder and by the time I got over being startled by the bird and raised the camera to snap a quick shot it was gone. All I captured was the tree. And, of course no one believes that it happened and it will never in a million years happen again.

Hope you enjoy the song and that you head over to Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song to see the pictures set to song others have posted this week!!