Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mimosa blooms

I have really been enjoying this mimosa tree that is blooming in the woods behind my house. It's kind of far away though, so I decided to zoom in on some of the pretty pink blossoms with my camera. This particular shot shows blooms that have already wilted underneath some that are in full bloom with a few future blooms just above them. I know this is an considered an invasive plant, but I still love it.

Update on the healing progress of my leg fracture: I'm walking pretty well, but my physical therapist still has me pushing my walker along in front of me until I get more steady on my feet and also to avoid any more falls. The exercises he is having me do take up a good portion of my day, but I am determined to keep at it until I am at full speed again since I have some fun plans for the summer with my kids and grandkids.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Theme Day: Laugh!

I had to go back about six years to find this photo of my two oldest grandkids for this month's theme day. I'm not sure what was so funny at the time, but it sure got a big laugh which is this month's theme. Visit the City Daily Photo Theme Day gallery here to see other participants' interpretations of the theme.

Update on my broken leg recovery: I'm walking around pretty well, but I still need my walker for balance and I'm a little scared of falling down again. I start physical therapy tomorrow, so I hope they can help me gain my confidence back and start walking on my own. I started driving my car again last week and it felt fantastic!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Looking up

I took this photo a couple of months ago at the park near my house while watching my youngest grandson playing on the playground. This is the same park I usually walk around for exercise, but with my fractured leg I obviously haven't been able to do it for awhile. My doctor gave me the OK to start putting weight on it this week and I have been practicing walking with my walker just in my house. Hopefully I'll be walking at the park again soon, but in the meantime I start physical therapy on May 1st and will keep practicing around the house. Things are definitely looking up!

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Taking a break

This duck was keeping one eye on me as I zoomed in to take its picture while it was resting under a cypress tree near a local pond. You can see the tree's cypress knees popping up out of the ground all around the duck. These knees are usually seen around cypress trees growing in swampy areas and their function is not known. Some theories are that they may help aerate the trees roots, create a barrier to catch sediment and reduce erosion, or help stabilize the tree in soft, muddy soil.

Update on my broken leg: It's been a little over 5 weeks since my injury and I'm still not walking. I go back to the doctor next week and hopefully will get a good report. I'm definitely getting tired of not being able to drive my car and spending most of my time in the house!

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


I saw this old Wurlitzer Jukebox sitting across from our table in the same diner in San Francisco where I found the old radios I posted about last week here.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunset at the beach

I took these photos of my daughter and two oldest grandkids as they were watching the sun go down over the ocean at Stinson Beach in California, which is just north of San Francisco, while we were on vacation about 3 months ago.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Antique radios

These old radios were sitting next to our table while we were eating at a 1950's style diner on our vacation when we were in San Francisco a few months ago. The one in the first picture looks very similar to a radio my grandfather had sitting on his kitchen counter when I was a kid. My grandkids didn't even know what they were until I told them!

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Theme Day: One Color

Another photo from my archives, this was taken last summer when my daughter and I visited Wilanów Palace in Warsaw, Poland. One of Poland's official national monuments, the Palace was built in the 17th century for King John III Sobieski, whose statue is seen in this picture.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and this month's theme is "One Color". To see other interpretations of the theme, be sure to visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cat therapy

Since falling and fracturing a bone in my right leg three weeks ago, I have been home a lot and sitting in my wheelchair. I try to keep my leg elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. Whenever I have it propped up like this, my sweet kitty Cecelia curls up next to it and usually takes a nap. I have to admit it is quite comforting!

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Glass House

I'm still not able to get out and take pictures, so here is a photo I found in my archives from last summer. This one was also not taken in Tallahassee, but in Lake Nona, which is south of Orlando, Florida and near where my daughter lives. The "Glass House" is a beautiful piece of installation art by Tom Fruin, a Brooklyn-based artist. You can read more about this stunning work here.

Update: My fractured leg seems to be healing nicely, but I'm still using a walker and wheelchair to get around since I cannot put any weight on it until my doctor says it is safe to do so. I go back to see him in three weeks, so hopefully I will get more good news then.

I'm linking this post to SkyWatch Friday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bat house

I have posted pictures of this bat house before. I'm not sure the bats use it, because in all of the years it has been there, I have never seen any bats going in or out of it. Maybe I just haven't been there at the right time! It is located near a retention pond behind a local mall.

Update on me: The cat scan I had last week on my fractured leg came back good, so now I'm just taking it easy and trying to heal. I go back to my doctor next week for more X-rays. My almost 10 year old granddaughter is staying with me this week and she has been such a big help. I will hate to see her go back home next week!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Looking around

A couple of geese surveying the area near a retention pond behind the mall.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Two helicopters in the sky over the Florida Capitol downtown. The lower one is a police helicopter that was circling the area while students from Margory Stoneman Douglas High School were holding a protest rally on the front steps of the Capitol. The other one is a news helicopter that was hovering overhead covering the event. I showed another closeup photo of the news helicopter a few weeks ago here.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Update on my broken leg: I went for a cat scan this week and am still waiting for my doctor to review it and determine if I need surgery. Hopefully that will not be the case. I'm getting a little used to not being able to do all of the things I want to do and am able to get around my house pretty well with a wheelchair. My daughter and two oldest grandkids are coming tomorrow from Orlando to visit and I'm excited about that!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Beach Ball

The plaque under this piece of art reads "MIAMI BEACH BALL by Romero Britto, a gift to the City of Tallahassee by Miami-Dade County Days, April 7, 2005". It sits downtown near the State Capitol.

Update on my blog break: I will probably be posting sporadically for a few weeks as I am unable to get out to take photos. Unfortunately last week I fell and fractured the bone (tibia) just below my right knee. I'm pretty much immobilized right now, so my laptop has become my best friend and I will have to make do with photos in my archives.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


I noticed these ibises when I was driving past a pond near my house. They were a little camera shy.

Note: I'm taking a little break from blogging for a few days. I had surgery on my wrist yesterday and it has been a lot more painful than I anticipated! Trying to post and especially comment on other blogs is difficult to do when I can only use one hand. Hopefully it will get better soon!

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, February 23, 2018


A television news helicopter hovers over the Florida state Capitol while taking video of the #neveragain rally being held by student survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students were in town this week to meet with lawmakers about what can be done to prevent more shootings. I attended the rally and showed photos of it yesterday here.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Speaking out

This week students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida came to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and hold a rally at the state Capitol downtown. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend yesterday and see these amazing students in action.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Medical marijuana

In the fall of 2016, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment approving medical marijuana. Afterwards, state lawmakers grappled for months on how to enact the wishes of the voters. It took a special session of the legislature to finally pass some rules regarding the new law. This sign is in the window of one of the new clinics.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Antique appliances

I was shopping with my daughter-in-law yesterday for a new dishwasher when I saw these antique appliances near the entrance of a locally owned store. Who knew that Frigidaire was made by General Motors and how about that old Maytag washing machine? My grandmother had one of those wringers on her washing machine when I was a kid. My grandmother also always called any refrigerator a "Frigidaire" no matter what the brand was. I tried to get a look inside both but I couldn't get them open.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, February 19, 2018


This mural is located on the side of a local bar and restaurant. I couldn't find the name of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

More signs of spring

I saw a flock of robins in town yesterday. I stopped to watch them but I had forgotten my camera. A few came close enough to my car for me to take these photos with my phone. They were busy eating those berries you see on the ground. In this area, robins usually only stick around for a few weeks this time of year and then move on further north.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Half mast

This was the first thing I noticed yesterday when I arrived at my grandson's elementary school to pick him up in the afternoon. The flag had been lowered to half mast because of the horrific mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The first thing my grandson asked me when we were walking to the car was ""Granny, why is the flag down?" I couldn't answer him. He is in kindergarten. He's only 5 years old. I admit I cried a little on the drive home.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Signs of spring

Today I am thankful to be seeing some signs that spring is almost here.

Linking to Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sweetheart kitty

Shortly after I adopted my kitten Cecelia last summer, I noticed she had a misshapen heart on her right shoulder. As she has grown, the heart has become more noticeable. Is it any wonder that she is such a sweetheart? Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Maclay House

This house was built in 1909 and was used as a winter home by Alfred B. Maclay and his wife, Louise. It is located in the heart of Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and is surrounded by 1,176 acres of gardens which were developed by the Maclays over their lifetimes and later donated to the State of Florida. The house was closed the day I was there.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Restaurant mural

Mural on the side wall of a local Mexican restaurant.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Goose parade

These geese were not an any hurry to cross the street and I didn't mind waiting on them.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Winter skies

I think that little bird up there was ignoring me.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.