The view across the street from our side porch. Frankly this photo doesn't begin to show how much snow we've gotten (again). I worked today and the roads were awful this morning; it took me 35 minutes to make a 15 minute trip. I'm always so grateful for my Subaru on days like this. The really sad fact is we have at least two more months of winter here. And I'm tired of it already!
Had a fabulous dinner (and dessert!) at Tavern 58 on Friday night
Heard the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra at the Eastman Theater
Matt showed up Saturday afternoon, had dinner with him and got the "low down" on all his new classes; had pancakes for breakfast on Sunday morning
Went to see a photography exhibit at Image City Photography Gallery
Had a long conversation with Sarah and caught up with what's going on in California
Started planning our road trip to California this summer; have reservations in Yellowstone for the Fourth of July weekend
"Turned in" our tickets from the cancelled trip for tickets to Chicago on my birthday weekend
Booked our weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake in October with Karen and Mike
Planned a Saturday get-away in March to get tickets for the Shaw Festival
It's not often that we make so many travel plans in one weekend. With all this cold weather and little desire to go out I'm glad to have such nice events ahead of us. Something to look forward to is always a good thing.
The day after the election I tried in vain to find a New York Times. Then I tried to get on the web site to order the special (expensive) edition, but I could never get through the process. Too many people like me wanting to preserve an historic day. This morning I was out of the house by 6:30 and found a paper at my first stop. On the local news tonight they had a brief story about the fact that all the New York Times were gone by mid-morning. I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee and a touch of spring.
I think I've become addicted to CNN in the last two days. Watching it does make the time go faster when you're walking on the treadmill. I saw it all yesterday, and I didn't mind watching the reruns today. What an event this inauguration was!
I've decided that I'm not a fan of totally digital layouts. I need some texture, some layers. But this week I downloaded some photo frames (no link, unfortunately since the blog has been closed down) that I thought I'd like to try. My first attempt was not very successful, but after some help from my blogging friend, Joni, I managed to get all the photos where I wanted them. Since my album is an 8.5 X 11 album this is what I have. Next week (since I'll need another one page layout) I think I'll try resizing the frame a bit and then mount it on cardstock with a little embellishment.
Although it doesn't appear to have scanned, there is a narrow black border around the top and two side edges.
Well, actually this is a post for both Weeks 2 and 3. Week 3 photos are posted in the photoblog on the sidebar, and here is the layout for Week 2.
I did a lot of card making this week, sent a fat envelope of valentines off to Pat Adam for the Cards 4 Kids project, and finished two other layouts. I have a list of four or five more I want to do this week, but I have a lot of church business to take care of as well.
It's been so cold, it's been easy to stay home and read, so I finished both of the library books and am now back to reading Songs for the Missing. When I returned the library books, I came home with two photography books to look through. As if I don't already have a pile of my own to read!
I have driven by the parking lot for Corbett's Glen on old Penfield Road many, many times but until this week I had never been there. Monday Matt and I took a long hike through the glen. If you live in the Rochester area, I highly recommend it. It was a beautiful winter day (with temperatures in the 30s, rather than the subzero temps of today) and the trail is well marked and used. We encountered several other people, many walking their dogs. Here are my favorite photos from the hike.
Matt and I both agreed that it would be great to go back in other seasons. According to the official web site the glen is a stopping place for migrating birds in the spring and the fall. The trail is pretty flat except for two short, but steep slopes that take you from North Corbett's Glenn to South Corbett's Glenn.
One of my favorite online sources for scrapbook classes is Shimelle.com. I have participated in three of her Christmas Journal classes as well as two others. She's giving a free class that begins on January 18th. All of the information can be found here. Even if you don't have time to complete the project now, be sure to download the prompts so you can work on it later.
I'm a tulip fan, and I usually start buying them at Wegmans in March. This year I'm already sick of snow and cold weather, and it's only January 16th! Last weekend I bought a pot of white tulips before our bridge group played here on Saturday night. One of these photos will show up as yesterday's 365 photo, but if you're as sick of winter as I am here's a taste of spring.
I usually rely on my 50mm 1.4 lens for shots like this, but my wide-angle Tamron lens did a pretty good job since my Canon lens is off for repair.
My photos for this week past are posted in the Photo-a-Day on the sidebar. For the last several days, I've been shooing on manual. Usually I shoot in aperture priority, but a post on Pioneer Woman motivated me to try manual again. It's getting easier, and I'm pleased that this project is really getting me to try some new things. We put away all the Christmas decorations today. Before we took the tree down, I played around with a slow shutter speed and the Christmas tree lights. Fun.