A big fat load of blarney…..

…..in honor of St. Paddie’s Day!  I feel this post should have lads and lasses, and four-leafed clovers and Lucky Charms (the cereal of course), and pots of gold at the end.   I’m typing this with a  thick Irish brogue.   For dinner tonight I’m cooking corned beef and cabbage  – which I’m sure will be a disaster since I’ve never done it before.  Maybe the kids will be too busy drinking their green O’Doul’s to notice.  Brian and I may have to get through dinner with our big pints of Guinness.  But right now I’m in the mood for a wee bit o’ fun.  So, I’m doing my “N” post.  I’ve only been meaning to do this for a month now.  (Thank you for your patience Trish – cause I’m certain you’ve just been hanging around here waiting for this! : ) )  Again I must bring up the fact that I suck at time management and do not know my limitations when it comes to agreeing to things I have no time for.  Enough with the blarney:

10 things I love, that start with the letter N:

  • 1,2, & 3.  There are three people on the list – my sister-in-law Nancy.  And my father Norris, and my son Nate.  Popop Norris giving Nate a ride.



  • 4.  Noodles – specifically Drunken Noodles from Thai House or Zen Zero
  • 5.  Nudibranches – the colors of these animals are so incredible, I don’t care if they are sea slugs, they are gorgeous! 
  • 6.  Nature –  “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you…
    while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”    ~ John Muir
  • 7.  My Nikon D60 – I have not even mentioned my extreme love of my new camera yet.  There is such a learning curve though.  It doesn’t help that I’m number dyslexic, and that the manual settings for the camera involve numbers that to me are bass-ackwards.  For example if you want to change the aperature (the opening of the lens) to a larger setting, the number for it is smaller…..there is so much wrong with this system it makes me nearly blind with rage, and aperature is only the beginning.  So I’m making up some cheat cards to carry with me.  This way I don’t have to keep more anger inducing crap in my head.  I can just refer to my cards.  My flickr friends have been great resources for information, and I can not say enough about the info on Pioneer Woman‘s site.  I have managed to take a few photos that make me see the potential of this camera.

gone to seed by you.

  Do not climb this tree!! by you.


  •  8.  Ninjas – I’m sure this is universal, love of Ninjas.
  • 9.  Notebooks – I have stacks of notebooks and love them all.  Everything from Jen’s artistic journals, to Doanes to Moleskins to cheapo spiral notebooks.  Something about the potential they represent, maybe??
  • 10.  New boots – You know they were too expensive when I explained to Brian that they were a wardrobe investment.  Wardrobe investment??  Must be working he hasn’t yelled at me yet.

new boots by you.

 If you want to participate in a wee bit of fun, just let me know and I will randomly assign you a letter!  😀

18 Comments Add yours

  1. your n post was so fun….i, too, am enjoying my new nikon…but honestly the ONLY setting i have used it to turn off the flash….i really need to wade thru the manual 🙂
    and …those boots are fabulous! what a great investment.

    thanks for your sweet note….your family will continue to be in my thots and prayers
    take care jackie!

  2. Melinda says:

    “…I’m sure this is universal, love of Ninjas.”
    You made me laugh out of my nose, its not pretty, and my computer screen is officially grossed out!!

  3. ellen kelley says:

    I can’t bring the first picture up…it says “unavailable”, and boy, do I know that I am missing something spectacular.
    Being Vintage, I will pass on the Ninjas..or maybe I should check them out. They just bring back memories of a HUGE CHALLENGE in my classroom. Need I say more?
    Now, those Nudibranches are absolutely incredible…colors and patterns to die for. They are real??? and how do you find these things??? They certainly do not resemble the slugs found in my garden, who are gray and menacing and downright ugly!
    The necklaces are breathtaking. (no pun intended, they are beautiful. At this point in my life I just don’t want to emphasize the neck.)
    And here we are, your boots, skirt and sweater are just gorgeous. I am looking down at my jeans which are sporting holes on both legs, frills and fringes on the hems, and my sweatshirt…crap…gray…which used to be my brother- in- law’s. When I put it on, I have to be careful not to garrote myself and the ends of the sleeves need to be flipped around and rotated..no cuffs left.
    Sigh..I love you. Sigh, retirement reduces some to slovenliness and baggish proportions.

  4. ellen kelley says:

    …and p.s. Your photos are just fantastic. I know what you say about numbers. I am completely a dunce. I reverse them, invert them and do a jolly botch of them.

  5. Haha! That was fun. Send a letter my way!!!

    Nudibraches?????? Sounds kinky.

    Now what genius made the larger aperture opening a smaller number?????? That doesn’t even begin to make sense. EVERYONE knows that little numbers go with little things.

    Gorgeous photo of those thorn thingies. They look evil.


  6. love the new wardrobe investment!

  7. Ayama says:

    Ninjas are cool, we have a resident ninja as you know. 😉 Funny how Ninja and N…… rhyme so well together. 😀 We both have N people we love and I can honestly say I love NY without talking about New York. I have been admiring your wardrobe investment for awhile. Been promising myself, if we go to a cold climate, I am going have a pair like that. 😉 Once again your photography and nature have me inspired. Time for a walk in the sunshine with CT, me thinks and she agrees that we should detour to go look at all the natural beauty spots around here.

  8. Karen Mowrey says:

    Hey, I typed all day yesterday with a thick Irish brogue as well… t’was me ol man’s birthday!

    You know I already love that bee photo but those boots are delicious! Tell the hubby he has one style savvy wife!

    Okay, back to the whole reason I stopped when I am suppose to be doing something else. I would love to play the letter game. I find random ideas like this to spark new creativity!

  9. MichelleB says:

    You’ve done way more with you camera than I have with mine! Your pictures are fabulous. And those boots! Holy Cow! They are uber fabulous!

  10. Crystal says:

    I’d like to participate in a bit of fun…assign me a letter, please!

  11. milkybeer says:

    Love your list! I also have a thing for notebooks – who doesn’t? I am envious of your wardrobe investment. I once attempted to make such a boot purchase, but my credit card was declined at the till (the only time this has ever happened to me). So I took it as a sign that they were a bad investment. I’d like to do a little list of my own…would you mind giving me a letter?

  12. trish says:

    This is a fantastic list! And seriously, I was in awe that you remembered the names of those fish – nudibranches. Well, honestly, I don’t know whether to be in awe or wonder about how big of a geek you really are. 😉

  13. simplyblogged says:

    I love notebooks. Serious love. I have tons of them and have even thought of making them too. Moleskin are my fave.

  14. apple cyder says:

    wardrobe investment. i need to use that one soon!

  15. Your pictures are beautiful – seems like you already know the important stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing what you and your boys come up with.

    I’d be in love with those boots, too (be careful – the day after I was telling friends how much I loved my super-comfy boots I found a hole along the back edge… pah).

  16. Patricia says:

    Your photos are amazing!! I knew we’d be in for a treat when you got your new camera.

  17. Lea says:

    LOVE the boots.

  18. Anna says:

    The picture with the bee is fantastic! I love the processing you chose.

    And…I’m with Lea. LOVE the boots.

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