29 December 2009

a heady topic/grand finale

a heady topic

grand finale

My Gramma has become a semi-frequent viewer of this here blog, and what would every gramma world-over like to see more of? You got it! The fruits of their labor! So, I'm digging out these shots of my kids taken earlier in the month. I generally don't take a lot of photos of them these days as they are in their twenties. Twenty-somethings tend not to change greatly month to month, as you may know. Plus they are quite apathetic when seeing me with camera at this stage.

These were shot during Tria's birthday dinner at Muramoto in Madison. Happy, belated, public birthday, dear! You can thank great-gramma...

28 December 2009

winter coat

winter coat

Why our holiday travel plans were postponed. Actually, it warmed up considerably the next day, but then our destination was getting snowed on. We left the 26th, driving through snow. December is much lovelier in action when the viewer is stationary.

18 December 2009

halls decked

halls decked

I still have several gifts to wrap, two to mail, and three more Christmas cards to write to distant friends. Those that don't have the decency and good sense to read my blog, that is. Can you believe I even call them friends?

I already opened one of my gifts the other day. Both my husband and I have been making a few amazon purchases, and since you don't know what it is until you open it, open it, I did. No real harm done though because when I last spoke of the book in question, he told me Santa may have it loaded on his sleigh already. Or maybe it was something pertaining to Santa being loaded. Anyhoo, it was wrapped in plastic so it was not viewed. I simply wrapped it and put it under the tree with my name on it.

To phantom kitty. xo, Santa.

16 December 2009

14 December 2009

robolove's print

robolove had prints there too!

Saturday night we took the weather up on it's challenge to drive the icy roads to Madison to attend the Art Pedaler Show at Revolution Cycles. This piece was done by my husband! Isn't he creative? So dedicated to his craft! I'm more dedicated to Dexter and 30 Rock.

I've changed his link below because he was neglecting his blog, so now it takes you to his flickr page. You can see this print close up there. I should add a link to his Etsy site too. (For your holiday shopping pleasure!)

I've been preoccupied with things other then tv lately as well. Like shoveling, Christmas shopping, putting decorations up, more shoveling, writing greeting cards, and a photo book I put together for someone special. I can't share the details yet because they occasionally read the nonsense I post, so all I'll say is, it arrived a couple days ago and it's looks awesome! I'll spill more about it after the holidays...

06 December 2009

have a sweet and frosty christmas, everyone!

have a sweet and frosty christmas, everyone!

Baking, baking, baking...
Frosting, eating, getting migraines...'tis the season!

Just a few minor nuisances during an otherwise busy week! Next Friday is my big shopping day in Madison. I will take my Imitrex just in case.

I've shared the recipes of my Gramma's Otto's Cookies and Mom's Honey Cookies at flickr. Hope you bake and enjoy them yourself!

03 December 2009

"am i blue..."

"am i blue..."

I let the pugs outside mid-morning and didn't give the falling snow much thought until I saw the all these perfectly formed flakes landing on their black fur. Of course, I would've love to have gotten a shot of a snowflake on a pug, but it's hard enough getting a leaf to hold still while using a macro lens.

"Sure Mom, we'll sit on this cold ground and allow you to indulge in your lunacy."

01 December 2009

crowded

crowded

Dad told me how many thousands of apples came off this one tree, but that was a few months back so I've forgotten. It was a four digit number, that much I recall. Because it sounded like something he just plucked out of the air. He's a good plucker, I'll give him that.

30 November 2009

sunset

sunset

Taken back in October when we still had a few dramatic leaves.

I have to clean some photos off my laptop, so expect to see a few more images completely unrelated to anything.

28 November 2009

disappointment? never.

disappointment? never.

Apples-to-Apples has become a Thanksgiving tradition at our place the past few years now. To the disappointment of Cupcake, who refers to it as "that *$#&@! game". Personally, I don't think she's drinking enough.

My husband is behind the trigger for this shot.

25 November 2009

1946

1946

I'll have to ask Gramma the occasion for this portrait. Donnie was born in 1945, so I'm guessing the year. I think Grampa would've been out of the army at this point, but maybe not. Otherwise, I'm not sure of his whereabouts. Maybe this photo was a gift for him. Isn't Mom adorable in her little sailor suit though? I love it. My uncle Ronnie would not be born yet for another seven years, so really there aren't that many photos of Mom and her youngest brother together, as there's a thirteen year difference. Ronnie is just five years older then my brother making him closer in age to his nephew then his siblings. I know, you've stop reading this three sentences back.

I just wanted to post this photo before Thanksgiving as I'll be busy now with turkey, and dressing, and furniture arranging to accommodate fourteen people. We won't be traveling north to be with these folks, mainly because Thanksgiving to my parents means hunting season, so we share this holiday with our own kids and several friends instead. But we're thinking about them and hope they give thanks by bagging a few deer.

To any of you (still) reading this, I hope your Thanksgiving is equally full of family, friends, food and blessings.

24 November 2009

feats of strength!

feats of strength!

Uncle Donnie looks to be about four so I'm guessing this was taken in 1949.

23 November 2009

bear.

bear.

Returning from a family visit up north means I have more old photos and stories to share. This one is by request from my Uncle Donnie, the taller of the two mischievous youngsters shown here. (Not counting the bear.) Circa 1957 or so.

Story has it, another relative shot this bear on a rather cold day, and left it lie overnight, possibly a few days even, outside. Result? Bearsicle. He then hauled it over to my grandparents' milkhouse to thaw out. Didn't take long for the Revling boys to realize they had a photo-op on their hands. Here Donnie is protecting Ronnie from certain bear annihilation armed only with a pipe wrench. Ronnie doesn't seem all that worried.

Click here to see more retro family photos. They keep coming so I keep adding...

20 November 2009

18 November 2009

please, no photos

please, no photos

I thought Cam might appreciate some equal time being photographed, but nothing doing. He's got chipmunks to fillet.

17 November 2009

muffin top

muffin top


My little pumpernickel loaf hanging over the side of the bed belonging to parents' pekingese. What a porker.

16 November 2009

attack!

attack!

We went up to my parents this weekend. They haven't raked yet. Nigel took advantage. Last autumn he still had enough vision to see where your hand was and dive at you with his mouth wide open and this carnivorous look that pretty much told you to get the hell out of the way, fast. This year you're much safer as he now listens for "the wind up" then jumps for "the pitch". It's highly amusing. If you throw a handful of leaves at Kensi, she just stands there. "How is this fun now?"

Dogs with o.c.d. are clearly more entertaining.

13 November 2009

may i?

may i?

Can I just say my gramma is beautiful? She still is. We're heading north tomorrow to visit her. Well, other family too, but you know, whatever.

She gets a kicks out of the pugs, but in typical gramma-style can't pronounce Nigel's name correctly. She calls him Nod-jo. He answers to it though, so I guess he's cool with it.

Actually, he'll answer to Betty if there's food in your hand.

06 November 2009

teat man

teat man

Grampa walks into a bar, sits at a stool and proceeds to tell a fellow patron that his best cow gave him fifteen gallons of milk that day! The bartender, overhearing the story says, "That's bullshit! No cow can produce fifteen gallons of milk in one day."

Time passes and another gentleman comes in, and sits on the other side of Grampa.

"By golly, I had a cow today give me twelve gallons of milk!" he says proudly.

"Wait a minute," yells the bartender, "just a short time ago you claimed that cow gave you fifteen gallons!"

"Yeah, but that's before you said it was bullshit."



True story. Sums the man up perfectly.

05 November 2009

no goofing at the table!

no goofing at the table!

I'm not even sure what's going on here. As long as he made his little girl laugh, mission accomplished!

03 November 2009

dog & whiskey

dog & whiskey

I have a few too many side projects in the works. One being adding names and images to my family tree, and another is scanning and cleaning up shots of my mom's parents so I can eventually compile a book. Both are ridiculous undertakings as more photos and information keep popping up. I've got my sister involved in the research now, so she's cursing me via email regularly.

This strange gentleman is my Grampa Revling. Of which (no exaggeration) hundreds of photos exist. Compare that to images of my dad's dad, and well, I have yet to collect one. Grampa loved being in front of, and behind the camera. There are boxes filled with shots of his family, his dogs and cats, his cows, his tractors, the homes and furniture he built, the cars he owned, weather conditions...well, you get the idea. I'm guessing Grampa would've been on flickr had it existed at the time.

Grampa passed in 2002. I feel pretty fortunate to have grown up next door to this nutjob. I miss his stories, which on occasion were total bullshit. Fiction could always improve on truth in Grampa's book. And of course, whiskey could improve on fiction.

31 October 2009

team cupcake, go!

team cupcake, go!

Thursday and Friday I assisted my friends, Wade and Laura at Cupcakes-a-gogo with a hefty order. 1300+ cupcakes for American Girl's employee appreciate day. Most of their orders are birthday parties, weddings and showers, maybe 3-10 dozen. A request for 105 dozen required a third body, and really I wasn't doing anything.

And yes, I work for cupcakes. I played the part of Deadbeat Employee #2.

Go here to watch Laura get all creative AND get her recipe for pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes, or see my links below to order from her directly if you're in the Madison area.

27 October 2009

flower delivery for you, aphrodite!

flower delivery for you, aphrodite!

...Back in New Orleans. At Mardi Gras World, a huge warehouse where they store the floats. Or props as the individual items are called. They gave a detailed tour allowing you to just roam the warehouse afterward. Very cool, even at 94ยบ.

24 October 2009

foxy

foxy

Last night's show at the Inferno was titled Filth. It combined an exotic photo exhibit, with several bands and performances by Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies. I believe the Madtown Hellcats showed a little skin too, but we didn't stay for the second set. You can blame my cold. It has moved to the back of my throat. I feel the girls may have been offended had I started gagging during some lusty maneuver.

This shot is of Foxy herself. (You probably got that from the title.)

23 October 2009

avett brothers

seth

scott


Hi. I'm back to the land of the living. Or in this case, the land of sitting in front of a glowing screen. Our accountant worked his magic for four days, so we probably qualify as a legal business by government standards now. If not, we just blew $700+. Oh well.

Meanwhile, I went to a Avett Brothers concert! (yay!) But no photos were allowed inside. (boo!) I did however, get shots of them outside by their bus! (yay!) Although, it was pretty dark which made them difficult to capture. (boo!) Even so...(yay!)

Special shout-out to the adorable drunk girl who spoke to me of cabbage, cloud cult, and cooking. Seriously, you were more entertaining than the opening act! Next time I see you, I promise to drink too so our conversation can have even less direction than it did that night. ;o)

21 October 2009

photo-free wednesday

I haven't been able to post as our accountant has had our laptop for several days now. I really don't feel like posting from our old Mac as it always gives me grief when I try to go back to wireless. So, I'm posting today to say, move along, nothing to see here.

It's my guess our accountant is taking his time as he goes through all the porn sites we have bookmarked.

16 October 2009

absinthe

absinthe

I'm probably half way through these New Orleans shots by now, but I'm not sure as I haven't even looked at disk two yet. Honestly, NOLA, must you be so photogenic?

14 October 2009

a gallery

a gallery

A Gallery for Fine Photography was pretty memorable the last time we were in NOLA, so we hit it again this trip. Anyone with half an interest in photography should do so as this stuff is museum quality. Only in this case you can see that that Henri Cartier-Bresson is gonna set you back you 25Gs. I've always loved this shot! Maybe someone will get it for me for Christmas... (Oprah, are you listening?) The second floor has a changing exhibit, and this show was work by Jessica Lange. Yes, that Jessica Lange. And she's good! I had no idea.

It's just like her not to tell me.

Just an observation. Most of the bicycles in New Orleans have white wall tires. Is this a thing?

13 October 2009

amazing...

amazing....

We were seated in the front row. Our knees were practically touching here. When we sat, he asked if we'd be singing along. Well, if I'd have known the words...

When in New Orleans, be sure to stop at Fritzel's European Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street for some classic Dixieland. I'm not a huge fan of Bourbon Street in general, but this place is worth elbowing drunks to get into.

12 October 2009

lafitte's

lafitte's

Blacksmith shop turned tavern. Circa 1770. Outside, pouring rain. Inside, no electric lights. Candlelit only. Clear drinks recommended.

11 October 2009

the feminine mystique

the feminine mystique

I haven't looked through my New Orleans photos yet. Took quite a few, as you can imagine. Here's one taken in Milwaukee earlier this summer to tied you over. This store's close approximation to MIAD may have lead to this inspirational display.

06 October 2009

thru da roof

thru da roof

We're off to New Orleans Wednesday! I've got about seven gobzillion things to do before then. Catch up with you again once I'm sober.

Actually, I'm usually asleep after my second drink, so I'll catch up after a nice nap.

04 October 2009

prepare for take off

prepare for take off

I made the mistake of asking a flickrite if he actually shot the images in his photostream. That's all. I didn't mean any harm, but he got his undies in a bunch, banned my comments, and left a nasty comment on one of my photos he had said he liked just hours before. Things got ugly. His work is not awful. It's simply over the top. My images are more SOTC, where his are a combination of several images, not all of them with comparable lighting. There are MANY photographers out there who feel that because they've got a handle on the pen tool in Photoshop, they can attempt to make compositions. Or that it's ok to just flop those birds and bring the opacity down so they will reflect in the water below. A simple lesson in perspective shows his work is not physically possible. Luckily for him, 95% of the population never took a perspective class so they absolutely LOVE his stuff! He hasn't even discovered the ripple or wave filters yet. It's just sad.

Ok so, I'm all self-righteous about imaging software. I've worked in Photoshop for over fifteen years now. I've taught and trained others in it. But I admit, I need to hold my tongue. He was doing fine in his little make-believe world and doesn't want to hear it can't exist. I should've just allowed him this fantasy. He is making seeing-impaired people happy.

My apologies.

03 October 2009

amber

amber

I didn't adjust this color. It was just that kind of day. Beauty everywhere...

02 October 2009

albino berries

albino berries

...which was just my name for them as I didn't know what they were called. But thanks to Miss Mich on flickr, I now know they are called white baneberries, or doll eye's. A bit on the creepy side. Sort of like those aryan kids from Village of the Damned with their tiny pupils. Oooooo, you're gonna get so scared...

29 September 2009

suck it up

suck it up

09.09.09 was our 14th wedding anniversary. We spent it driving around this lovely state of ours. I took about 700,000 photos.

This is one of them.

27 September 2009

f.e.

f.e.

Pix from Monday night's show. Finally. Fishtank Ensemble and Luminescent Orchestrii.

Clicking the photo will take you to the other shots if you like.

25 September 2009

been there, done that

been there, done that

The woman running the Paoli Cheese store in Paoli (duh), said they used to put a pin in the map for each location they mailed their cheese to. At some point they said "fuck that."

I'm paraphrasing.

23 September 2009

her pugness

her pugness



Kensi. Letting me know the cat's outside water dish needs refilling.

*******
I haven't been on flickr as much lately as I've found a new outlet. I started loading my family tree on an ancestral web site and am afraid I opened a can of worms. I wasn't prepared for the boat-load of information about to fall into my lap. I knew my relatives came from Germany, Prussia, Noway and Yugoslavia, but oh my god, there's so many of them!

Yes, I do know how that works.

EDIT:
I removed the link to my family tree since assholes will never cease to exist...

22 September 2009

apple maple pie

apple maple pie

Made apple pie and applesauce yesterday thanks to all the fruit Dad sent me home with last weekend. He said they got over 2500 apples off one tree! And they have like 12-15 trees. I'm not even sure. Most of them grow down in their woods and are meant for keeping the deer and bear fat and happy. Humans are welcome to eat them too, of course. Dad happened to receive a bear license this year, and shot one the week before I was there. He's like a giddy schoolgirl!

This pie just so happens to be nearly sugar-free! There's raw sugar sprinkled on top but I decided to experiment a little and sweetened this one with maple syrup. (More thanks to my parents and their woods-of-ever-bearing-riches.) I thought it would end up with a maple flavor but none of us could tell the difference. I always slice more then I need then cook the rest on the stove for applesauce, so this time I was sure to leave the extra syrup in with the sauce so the pie crust wouldn't get soggy. I have to say it tastes as lovely as it looks. Um...looked. By day's end it will resemble a dirty pie plate.

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this blog is my "live" photo album of sorts. occasionally, i'll throw in some art i've done or some work of my husband's as he's an artist as well. we have a nice yard in a quiet neighborhood with two pugs and a cat, all black. which most of my photos will attest too. ;) i'd love to hear from you, but happy for you to just browse. hope you find something to make you smile. b.