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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Caturday art from Monday bloopers

Monday I posted what I thought were very poor photographs due to my error in setting

MadSnapper made this comment

 SandraNovember 30, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Actually they came out pretty good and I like most of them and I am thinking these photos would be just stunning to work with and lunapic why don't you try taking one to lunapic it picks up all the details you can't see.

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Then she sent me this email
I just read this and tried one in landscape. play with them, they will be beautiful.
She was right...here is the above photo after MS edited in Lunapic


Thank you MadSnapper I did some editing of the other two in Lunapic

original

LunaPic Landscape...it almost looks like canvas and brush strokes.



Original

Landscape again.  I tried several other options, but the lighting in these looks best in Landscape

Thank you Mad Snapper...you are not mad you are Crea8tive

Friday, December 4, 2020

Amazing Nature on our back porch and Feline Friday


We thank our Host LLB Gang and Comedy Plus

Friday, November 27, at about 10:30 am I was busy cleaning the bathrooms when
Bryan (aka Dad of Angle Madi)(BU) came to tell me a Male Downy Woodpecker flew into our back door and was on the door mat.  I dropped everything (but forgot to take off my gloves). We quickly went out  see if we could help it. I gently picked it up..it was alert but very stunned and breathing 
hard.  Males have a gorgeous red spot on the top of their heads.


Bryan gently stroked its back and head, after about 5 minutes we felt like Mr. Downy was going to be ok.  I asked Bryan to go get the camera.


When Bryan came back onto the porch Mr. Downy was more alert.
I was prepared to stand there as long as it took for him to regain his balance.


He was breathing easier 
Then he stood up in my hand.  
Started to turn his head a bit looking at us 
 I think if he could have spoken he would have tweeted


I felt like he was about to fly and lo and behold he took off landing right where the red arrow is pointing in our very colorful Maple tree.



 What an honor it was to hold this precious bird 'til he felt like he could fly.  He had an amazing tongue. Very long and narrow and pointed on the end, the better to catch insects with too!!


This photo is from Gigi Google


 

The downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) is a species of woodpecker, the smallest in North America.


Favorite Felines Under the Christmas Tree

Madi never got in the tree...probably too undignified for a Diva. 
However she was obsessed with bows.  I'm purrty sure kitty slobber would would
petrified anything.  Usually the bows were stiff as a board.

Madi loved sitting on this beautiful tree skirt crocheted by 
Dad of Madi's Mom, Margie

Milky-Way was a tree climber. We always put our tree up a few days w/o decorations 
so that he could get the climbing out of his system.
His first Christmas he was about 6 months old.  We come home one day to find
him about 3/4 of the way up sitting on a limb happy as a clam.



Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday #48


Today we join Two  SPOLED CATS 

Angel Sammy and Teddy for their poetic pictorial poem.

Here is our inspiration


Fun house
not for me
It probably has a mouse
I've been in a few the 
distorted mirror made me scream.
I wished I had not eaten that bowl of
 Ice Cream.




Wednesday, December 2, 2020

In Purrsuit of Flavors

Today I join

hosting.

Our Challenge today is!!!!

Something Colorful!!!



Cranberry Orange Scones

This Cranberry Orange Scones recipe is a delightful addition to any breakfast or brunch! Fresh or frozen cranberries and lot of orange zest add an irresistible freshness to these easy to make scones.Prep time: 10  minutes, cook time: 16 minutes Total time: 26 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter very cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream very cold
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream very cold

Orange Glaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until only a handful of small, pea-sized pieces of butter remain.
  • Add cranberries and orange zest and stir to combine, just until blueberries are coated with flour mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour cream mixture into flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat into a disc about 6 inches across. 
  • Use a large knife or bench scraper to cut into 6 wedges. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. 
  • Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
  • Bake for 16 to 19 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, rotating baking sheet halfway through.
  • Serve warm or room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container. Best enjoyed the day they are baked.

Orange Glaze

  • Whisk powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest together in a small bowl until smooth. If it's too thin, add additional powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time to thicken it. If it's too thick, add additional orange juice one teaspoon at a time to thin it.

Tools Needed

large baking sheet |Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat | pastry cutter |  pastry brush | bench scraper 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Happy Tuesday with Rocky

 



Dearest Auntie HiC
OMCs I was helping mom play Words With Friends with you last week
when
Me-Wow!!!🙀🙀🙀
Me-Wow!!!🙀🙀🙀
Me-Wow!!!🙀🙀🙀


I showed Mom your perfect placement of the Z (triple letter points) on the triple word tile. 
Bravo!!! 👏👏👏👏

You made 105 points on Words with Friends! Congratulations!!!




All the excitement wore me out. 
Just...need...a...short...cat..na...
💤💤💤



Dearest Rocky...
OMCs thankfully I did not fall out of  my chair...that would have been hazard(ous) to my health
I love your sweet ginger face
Lovingly Auntie HiC

Monday, November 30, 2020

Awww Monday and Sparks

You know I'm all about laughing at me and I'll be the first to admit I am not a photographer

I see something I like and I snap.  However, recently a gremlin me set Niki, my trust Nikon, on SCENE setting (by mistake) which is for night....

Awww shucks Monday shame on me.

Sparks are to remind me to be more careful...


All SOOTC (straight out of the camera) I don't think there is any editing that can help.

More herons sitting on pilings..I had my camera not my phone.  

The sky was a gorgeous blue...




I was especially kicking myself over the below.

There was a gorgeous hawk squawking at me that he was ready for his selfie.





The NC Geese formerly known as Canada Geese
ignored me.  They probably could tell I was not a professional




Sunday, November 29, 2020

Serene Sunday

 

Photos taken by Dad of Angel Madi from our deck looking up, trees are ours and our neighbor's 



Lake Lynn


Lake Johnson