A Fresh Start

Hello to all my friends, old and new.  I have transferred all my blogs from WLS  to WordPress for archive purposes but plan to use this opportunity as a “fresh start” given all the changes in my life over the past year.

It seems I have much to learn as this is quite different then what I’m used to but I will get the hang of it and be back to blogging and updating everyone on what I’ve been up to.  This is my favorite time of year when the air is crisp and clean and Mother Nature displays her beauty in colorful fashion.

I will leave you with a photo from my trip to Lake Placid  from earlier this month and hope that all of you look for the beauty in all that surrounds you.

Mirror Lake

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The Past and the Present

Hello my friends!

I hope all of you had a joyous and blessed Holiday season.  Now a new year begins and my hope and prayer is that it will be a good one for all of us.  This past year was one of turbulence and sadness for me and this one will be filled with change and new beginnings.  Little Emma turned three on December 27th and I just can’t believe it.  Many of you here have watched her grow up through my blogs and photos.  She is the love of my life and brings me continued joy and challenges; she is quite the little princess.

Many of you know that I had been hoping that Earl and I could salvage our marriage after agreeing to drop the divorce proceedings in June.  Sadly, I have had to accept the fact that there is too much water under the bridge and  we just cannot make things right.  I ask that you all keep us in your prayers and my hope is that we can get through the process as civilly as possible and with the least amount of strain for Emma.  I don’t know how it will all turn out but I am praying for the best possible outcome so that Emma can benefit from having both of her parents consistently in her life.

I am still enjoying my job as the Administrative Assistant at New Day Children’s Center.  Emma is getting ready to move up from the Toddler class to the 3 year old classroom which is right next to my office.  I am so blessed to have a job where I can take my daughter with me and know she is safe and enjoying learning new things and making new friends.  We have 120 children enrolled and have a waiting list for people needing childcare.  The teachers and staff I work with are amazing and it is so satisfying to work with people who put their heart into making each day an awesome one for the kids they care for.  I am amazed also at the compassion and outpouring of support from staff, the parents of our children and the community in a time of tragedy.  One of our teachers was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and last week another teacher lost everything in a house fire.  Everyone immediately rallied together to do all they could to help with stunning results. I was truly touched to see the genuine efforts to do whatever was necessary for someone in their time of need and ask that you keep them in your prayers as one tries to rebuild her life and one faces the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

The weather here has been brutal the past month with never ending snow and temperatures in the single digits by day and well below zero at night.  Along with the bitter cold and snow comes the beauty that Mother Nature reveals to us.  Yesterday was the first day in weeks that we had sun and blue skies so a road trip was on the agenda.  Henderson Harbor is a beautiful town about 1/2 hour South of here and the homes all back up to Lake Ontario which is now white with snow and frozen with ice.  I have been working hard on learning about and improving my photography skills as it is my joy to take photos of Emma and the beautiful scenery all around me.  I have been putting to use the tips from those of you who do it so well and finally feel like I’m beginning to see results that I am happy with. 

I will leave you with some photos from yesterday at Henderson Harbor and I will be adding my latest photos to some of my albums; hope you will stop by and take a look when you have a chance.  For now…cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the scenery! 

 

 

I plan to be more diligent in coming by to visit you all as I am hoping I can better manage my time and my life in this new year!

Take care and God Bless!

That was Then; This is Now

 
It was two months ago when I posted a blog about going home to Virginia Beach to visit family and friends.  I posted some beautiful photos of Emma at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with blue skies above the golden sand and ocean surf.  You can find them in my photo album called "Home Sweet Home".
 
That was then and this is now; Hampton Roads has been pounded by a Nor’easter this past week thanks to Hurricane Ida.  Here are a few photos of the damage the storm has caused; many of these photos are at the same location where I took beautiful photos just a few months ago.
 
Lynnhaven Fishing Pier 
 
Sandbridge Beach
 
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
(water is almost up to the boardwalk)
 
Chics Beach
 
 
Stranded Barge
 
Laskin Road
(1 mile from where I lived)
 
Landmark Restaraunt…Alexander’s on the Bay
(has stood at the end of the Lesner Bridge for two decades)
 
I have seen many storms at the Oceanfront over the past forty years but I don’t think I have seen a Nor’easter that has left this much damage in a very long time.  For more photos of the storm damage, here is a slideshow link:  http://hamptonroads.com/2009/11/photos-november-09-noreaster-virginia-beach#primary_tabs
 
I am thankful that, even though thousands are still without power, my family and friends are safe and sound.
What a difference a few months make…good thing I went home in September instead of November as originally planned!
 

Farewell to Fall

 
Another season is coming to a close and soon Winter will arive with the beauty of snow and Christmas magic.  There is a part of the Black River that feeds into a lake that I pass each day and have always wanted to take a photo of but it presented a challenge because it is on Route 3 which is the main road through the Village and Town.  Last week when I was driving by on my way to work, the sun was shimmering on the water and the Canadian Geese were  enjoying the water as they always do this time of year.  I decided it was "now or never" so I pulled off the road and with camera in hand walked over the bridge to take the photos I’ve been wanting to take. 
 
Of course, by the time I got to where I needed to be, the sun had somewhat hidden behind some clouds so the shimmer on the water that you see just does not do it justice.  It is spectacular when you see it in full sunlight but it is still a peaceful scene no matter what the weather.  I hope you enjoy them. 
 
I will post the remaining shots in my "Amazing Autumn" album.  I hope all is well with you and yours!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The last two photos are of the Black River Damn and where the water flows under the bridge to the other side to the start of the Black River.  The sun was shining on the water so brightly that the light almost looks like foam, but I couldn’t resist stopping to take the photos.  Hope you enjoyed the scenery!
 

River Walk

 

After I picked Emma up from Toddler Group this morning, we stopped to take a walk by the river.  Even though I’ve walked this trail so many times before, I’m always amazed at how different it looks throughout the seasons.  Fall reveals her red and golden colors, Winter covers the ground with snow and the river remains frozen.  Spring slowly starts to reveal the promise of rebirth and birds return while Summer fills the trail with lush foliage and flowers.  I’ve captured and posted photos of the Black River Trail throughout all the seasons, but today I still managed to find sights that have eluded me in the past.  

When you take time to truly stop and smell the flowers and breathe the air, you will find the magical beauty of nature in all her glory.  Come take a walk with me and Emma and enjoy the Summer scenery. 

 

“Beside the Still Waters”

River Rocks 

     

Hidden Stream and Wildflowers 

      

Purple and Red Sumac in Full Bloom 

     

Collecting Wildflowers and Enjoying the Breeze 

As the River Churns… 

I hope you enjoyed your walk along the Black River and our treasure hunt for God’s wonderful gifts.

I’ll post the remaining photos in my various albums if you would like to see more of the Summer scenery.

Enjoy your weekend!

Watch That Doggy Door!

 

Could you imagine coming home from work

to find this tiny creature napping on your

couch with your dog? 

Guess who came home for dinner?

It followed this beagle home, right through

the doggy door.  This happened in Maryland

recently.  The owner came home to find the

visitor had made himself right at home.  

This hit the 6 o’clock news big time.

He would be welcome at my house anytime…so sweet!

The Passage of Time

 

Today was the most beautiful summer day; sunny, breezy and 70 degrees.  We decided to take a drive this morning out to where Earl’s brother used to live.  He passed away a few months after we were married.  The area is very rural with many deserted farms, barns and old Victorian homes.  It is sad to see how the passage of time takes with it the glories of what used to be, but at the same time, I find beauty in the remains of what is left behind and how, though weathered and worn, it still holds a glimpse of the what was once a place that offered shelter, food and life.

 

Deserted Victorian…the stories it holds will forever remain a mystery.

 

Directly across the street…the abandoned farm that once sustained it’s owners.

 

Same farm…. approaching from the front side.

 

The country road Earl’s brother lived on.

 

With the ending of one era, there is the rebirth of new farms, new barns and families still trying to maintain what was once a way of life here.

The number of working farms has diminished significantly over the years, but many still remain.

 

 

 

Just as in days gone by, the present, and the future yet untold, the beauty of the river and the

lush green fields will remain constant and true…forever remaining to endure another era and the changes it brings.

 

 

 

Thanks for coming along…may God’s blessings shine in your hearts today and always!

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