Monday, February 19, 2018

Balboa Park

I walked around Balboa Park in San Diego the other day.  What a beautiful park it is and the gardens, pools and museum buildings are exquisite.  Many of the structures were built for use during the Panama-California Exhibition of 1915.  Spanish Baroque was the architectural style chosen for these buildings.  The buildings have been well maintained and are homes to art galleries and natural history collections as well as modern art installations.  Enjoy walking around the grounds and watch out for the ducks.  There's a big bunch of them by the pond!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

another church

Here are pictures taken at another church I attended recently.  Very friendly people were in attendance  and the church had a welcoming feeling.  The sanctuary has a mid century contemporary look and the glass windows are lovely.  The minister gave a good sermon.  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

300 and 1

I just love to put jigsaw puzzles together.  My sister and I were working on this candy theme puzzle. Actually, Susan did most of the work.  And, work she did!  There was one piece that belonged in a very specific section of the puzzle but there was no room for it.  No room, no way!  Very confusing.  However, upon closer inspection, it appears that there were two identical pieces included in the box.  Ah, no wonder the extra piece didn't fit.  There was no space for it or shall I say, the space was "occupied".  I always hope that all pieces of a puzzle are included in a puzzle box but I sometimes wonder if there will be a missing piece.  I have never gotten an extra piece.  Never.  But, it can and does happen.  Now you know.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

the fairy trail

There is a special exhibit on display at the Chattahoochee Nature Center through the end of this month.  The fairies have invaded the woodland trail and set up residence in their little houses.  Take a walk along the pathway and this is what you will see.

Some of the fairies live in very small houses made out of an old lantern.  Sweet interior decoration!

This family of fairies found an abandoned bird house to live in.  Pine cone trees grow in the yard.

A cigar box will do as a bachelor pad.  Nice furnishings.  Very earthy color scheme.

This little house comes complete with an entertainment patio.  Nice picnic table and chairs!  The house up the road comes with its' own eco-friendly leaf roof.  All of the houses were thoughtfully designed with the wants and needs of the fairy community kept in mind.  As you walk the forest path, look closely.  There are fairy houses everywhere.  Keep your eyes open.  wink  wink

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

American Bald Eagle

I went to the Chattahoochee Nature Center yesterday and had a great time walking along the woodland paths and observing the wildlife.  There are two bald eagles in residence at the CNC.  Both of the birds were brought here for continued rehabilitation after having been injured.  The female eagle suffered a broken femur and other injuries as a young eagle.  The male suffered a broken wing and can only fly about 200 feet.  Due to their extensive injuries these regal birds can not be released into the wild.  The eagles are well taken care of with an annual upkeep expenditure of about $58,000.  The CNC has done a wonderful job with their rehabilitating efforts and continual care.  If you are in the Roswell, Georgia area, please consider spending some time in this naturally beautiful refuge.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

the super blue blood moon

Wow!  Two full moons in one month.  One on the 1st and one on the 31st of the month.  Now let's throw in an eclipse and have some real fun.  I am in Atlanta for this one.  My sister and I awoke early this morning and drove about a half a mile up the road and parked in a parking lot that offered us a clear, unobstructed view of the full moon.  It is a super moon because it is in its' closest orbital path to the earth.  It is a blue moon because it is the second full moon in the same calendar month and it is a blood moon because of the reddish color of the moon during the eclipse.  This lunar trifecta has not happened since March 31, 1866.

We didn't see the reddish color on the moon's surface but we did see a reddish ring surrounding the moon when the sky became somewhat hazy.  The reddish color comes during the total eclipse phase and we were not able to see the total eclipse from the East coast because the moon set before then.  We were able to watch the eclipse on the NASA channel as it was broadcast live from the West coast.  It was a great night/early morning for skywatching.  January!  What a month!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018


I attended a church today that I have been to several times before whenever I am in Atlanta.  The sanctuary is absolutely beautiful.  The walls, the woodwork and the columns are all painted with a very light pastel and white palate.  I think the most outstanding feature, though, is the array of chandeliers filling the sanctuary with soft light.  It is a very peaceful setting.  Perfect for worship.