Another Scavenger Hunt but this time in the graveyard

Picked the location for the next CTT outing. Back to the Sacramento Historic Cemetery. My husband thought that creating a scavenger hunt bordered on the insensitive. I thought otherwise, and so the trip was planned.

This is such a beautiful setting. Full of reminders of our historic past. Volunteers each tend their garden area with such passion. Flowers bloom throughout the year. Bulbs, roses, succulents, perennials, and annuals. And if you stop one of the volunteers you will learn a lot about gardening.

To add a bit of interest to this outing I created a photographer’s scavenger hunt. No prizes awarded, just a new way of looking for photo opportunities.

The bright sun worked hard to warm up the day, but the wind blew harder. Seems like the mild winter is showing its force these last few days of February. The record hail storm the night before even made national news. Looked like it snowed in Sacramento, but it was actually many inches of hail. Did not see this in Fair Oaks, but one of the gardeners came to the cemetery to check on his flowers. Such devotion.

I looked up a number of lists for this scavenger hunt, but I created my own to go along with the venue. The most surprising thing I did not find was Roman numerals. I just thought that there would be easily found. Not!

Starts with the letter P


Something Red




Looking Up


Informational Signs




Seedling in a Crack demonstrating Rule of Thirds. This was 3 in 1 find




Garden Tool_DSC9810

Environmental Portrait






Decorative Metal Work, and Light Leak


Religious Symbol





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Spending time outdoors with my camera and friends makes my day.

Enjoy each day, and until next time.


Gemini and Personality Two

My astrological sign is Gemini and up till now I didn’t feel like the definition fit. But looking at an Internet definition a Gemini is, “Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face.” Ok, I may be indecisive at times. And the tug of war between going out to be with others, or just staying contently alone at home may fit. Yup, I’m a Gemini when I come to think of it. Probably explains why I’m busy sharing my life in this blog, and why  you just don’t hear from me sometimes. Just saying.

Here are some Sacramento Zoo photographs I captured in twos.



Just helping remove a bit of schmutz.


Thanks for pointing out my imperfections,



I can spit further than you!


If I stay very still, they may think that they are seeing double.



I will follow you…


Hold me, squeeze me, never let me go…



Is the photographer still there? I’ll come out when she is gone.


We are there for each other.

And today I am in a sharing kind of mood.

People who need people are the luckiest people, or so they say. What do you say?

Until the next time.


To Every Season …

Patiently waiting has reaped some major rewards in the month of November. New house, new baby!

We moved into our new house on Halloween and gave out candy in two locations. Smooth move thanks to Fuller Moving Service. Making this house into a home is a piece of cake.


My new home

Expect stress when you haven’t moved for 32 years. All the uncertainty, planning and waiting brings up doubts and fears. In my case stress leads to eczema. Usually relief is found in my photography and my Libby, but I am too busy for long walks and photo outings. I found some relief by using ice packs.

I had a three month timetable to move, and that helps relieve some of the stress. Planning and packing carefully helps me stay organized. Making lists and crossing off completed jobs works for me. Packed away all the extra dishes, books (we have plenty), decorations and tchotchkes. This makes the home look more like an impersonal house, and almost ready for sale. With the exterior painted, and a deep cleaning by Tico’s Cleaning Service the house was ready for Dale Apodaca at Coldwell Banker to sell. Five weeks later we are in contract. All is going according to plan. Sounds like smooth sailing now, but there were some bumps in the process.

There was this small matter of breaking my thumb. Purple cast for a month in the hot summertime.

On November 28 I called my insurance company to end my ownership at Wyman Drive. Still working on closing accounts, and changing addresses. No small task in this age of Homeland Security.

November 23 was Thanksgiving and I really wanted to celebrate in my new home. This holiday always said home to my mother and father, and I feel the same. David served as chief shopper and chopper, and together we were ready. Joshua, Annie, and Lincoln drove in from Richmond. Isaac and Alyssa joined us. The Kohut’s helped with this first holiday in Fair Oaks. My daughter’s family was focused on the next BIG event.

Wyatt Arthur Dennis entered our world at 2:08 p.m. on November 27th. All 8 pounds even and 21 inches perfect!


Presenting Wyatt Arthur Dennis

His middle name Arthur recognizes my father, Wyatt’s great grandfather.

Now I can focus on my photography!