Category Archives: Hobbies

eek!! Spiders!!

Ok I know spiders are probably not a favorite topic of most people here. I admit they are not my favorite either but you have to admit there is something really cool about spiders. Most of the time (whether good or bad) all you have to do is go out in your backyard and you can usually find some kind of spider. Here are two I found in my backyard and thought I’d like to share with you.

Daring Jumping Spider:


Phidippus audax is a common jumping spider of North America. It is commonly referred to as the daring jumping spider, or bold jumping spider. The average size of adults ranges from roughly 13–20 millimetres (0.51–0.79 in) in length. They are typically black with a pattern of spots and stripes on their abdomen and legs. Often these spots are orange-tinted in juveniles, turning white as the spider matures. The spider belongs to the genus Phidippus, a group of jumping spiders easily identified both by their relatively large size and their iridescent chelicerae. In the case of P. audax, these chelicerae are a bright, metallic green or blue.

These spiders have been known to jump from 10 to 50 times their own body length by suddenly increasing the blood pressure in the third or fourth pair of legs, and the male may jump away during mating if the female approaches too quickly


Funnel Web Grass Spider:


Agelenopsis is a genus of spiders, known as American grass spiders. They weave sheet webs that have a funnel shelter on one edge. The web is not sticky, but these spiders make up for that shortcoming by running very rapidly. The larger specimens (depending on species) can grow to about 19 mm in body length. They may be recognized by the arrangement of their eight eyes into three rows. The top row has two eyes, the middle row has four eyes, and the bottom row has two eyes (spaced wider than the ones on the top row). They have two prominent hind spinnerets, somewhat indistinct bands on their legs, and two dark bands running down either side of the cephalothorax.

Agelenopsis Aperta the American funnel-web spider, produces agatoxins. Their bite causes rapid paralysis in insect prey, though their venom is not medically significant to humans.



Ok now that I freaked you out a little…you got admit they are kind of cool. 😀   Thanks Wikipedia for all the info

My late summer blooms

Love it when my roses bloom!!

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Good Night all!!

Dewdrops, mushrooms, and ant hills :D

This morning I went out in my backyard as is my habit and couldn’t help but smile when the mushrooms and dewdrops. I tried to get them in the pic.


Just a few inches away from the above mushroom I saw this really cool anthill.


I hope you have had a wonderful day 🙂

My roses are blooming

Here are some of at my roses that are blooming. I love the first blooms they are always the best 😀

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Hope you are having a great day!!

Perspectives on Watermarks (and Various Methods to Protect Your Images)

Reading this great post for anyone posting photos online, on your blog, or anywhere for that matter.

The Daily Post

Photographers sharing their perspectives on watermarks:

Jeff Sinon, Jeff Sinon Photography
Mary McAvoy, The Ripest Pics
Karla Aguilar, Traveller Soul
Richard Smith Jr., Reckless Pixel
Marcus Kazmierczak,
Jen Hooks, Light Candy
Pam Kocke, Pyjammy’s {Identical} Triplets
Donncha Ó Caoimh, In Photos
Stephen McLeod Blythe, All My Friends Are JPEGs

Many photographers display watermarks — commonly known in the form of a visible marker such as text, a logo, or a signature — on photographs for various reasons, while others strongly prefer not to add them. Here, we’ve asked a handful of WordPress photographers their takes. You’ll read a mix of opinions from bloggers who take pictures for different reasons, their various experiences and methods, and links to other sources of information.

Like other roundups on The Daily Post that compile the best practices of bloggers, our goal is not to tell you what’s “right” or “wrong,” but to present a range of perspectives so you…

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Sunset from my front yard

Hope you all had a wonderful day!! Here is a bit of sun for the end of the day 🙂



Love these little flowers!!! Have a great day!!


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Have A Great Day!!!

Hobbies….something to do…

Well as I have posted before I do knitting as a hobby and I’m getting pretty good at it…or maybe that’s just my thinking…lol!! SO I decided to pick up something I have done in passing and even get my kids involved with it as well. Photography!! I have posted pics in the past and I know I am no pro and to be honest I’m not really trying to become a pro. I just enjoy taking photos, fixing them and showing them to whoever will look at them. (sorry everyone 😛 )  But all that aside, I want to show my kids how beautiful the world is through their own eyes. I think we forget how amazing our world is. So here I am, being the idealistic mom who wants to show her kids everything that is possible…haha!!  Who knows….they might enjoy it more than me…

Now for blatant self promotion…I have a few places I have posted my photos. Have a look 🙂

Knitting I have done

Here are a couple of pieces I completed as well as one I am working on still.

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