Saturday, January 31, 2015


Don't take snow tunnels lightly; you never know what might come out of one.

Friday, January 30, 2015


It just keeps snowing.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


This evening, she cooperated and stood still for a few moments.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

View from the Road

This is how it all looks today (and that's Jack out there).

The Blizzard

I didn't go out in it, but Dennis and most of the kids did. We've likely gotten close to three feet of snow by now.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Visitors

I think they were just passing through (are they house sparrows? tree sparrows?), but they certainly made themselves at home for a little while.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Through the Woods

Luke, Bridget, Henry, Sam, and several of their friends hiked through the woods to skate on the pond near our house. Dennis, Jack, Stella, and I joined them later.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


The family room is just about finished, and that makes me happy.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Crowd

This morning, I counted seven squirrels in the front yard, and most were near this table.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I caught Stella in the sunlight of my studio today.


It has been a long day, so even though I've uploaded this image elsewhere tonight, it's going up here, too.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Light, Lines, and Shadows

I got out the Lensbaby and pointed the camera at Henry in the harsh light of my studio, because sometimes, during the long winter months, I need to shake things up a bit.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Since Luke started working at LL Bean, there are always boots on hand (or on foot, I guess). I grabbed this pair today to deal with the flooding in the garage.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's My Birthday

After a quiet, relaxing day, I enjoyed a delicious dinner, yummy chocolate cake made by Luke, gifts, and a kiss or two. Dennis got this shot of my smooch from Jack.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Pretty Good Helper

Bob should be finished installing trim in the family room on Monday. In the meantime, Stella and I did a little cleaning. In this shot, she's standing on the new window seat. Drawers and cabinets still need pulls, and the bench still needs a cushion and pillows. Then, there's painting to do. Since I'm not one to plan too far ahead, though, I'll stop there.

Friday, January 16, 2015

On January 16th

We celebrate Henry's birthday. He's 14 this year.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Stella has taken to wearing large, paper flowers in her hair (but removes them before heading outside to play). I told her I wanted to get a photo before she took them out, but she wasn't exactly cooperative.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Experimenting a Bit

My computer was driving me crazy: shutting down whenever it seemed to feel like it or just pausing for long periods of time. After an unsuccessful hunt for the cause of the problem, Dennis copied all of my files to an external hard drive (or two), and wiped the computer's hard drive on Sunday. I'm now exclusively using Adobe Lightroom for photo management (rather than Picasa). While I certainly haven't mastered the program, I am learning. One nifty feature of Lightroom is its presets capability that applies a certain look to a photo with one click. I used one (I think I chose "Yesteryear") on this shot of Henry, then made a few more adjustments.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

He Humors Me

Dennis was sweet enough to stop swinging his golf club long enough to be my flash-placement guinea pig.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Camera Man

Today's snow got Jack, Sam, and Henry outside with snowboards, frisbees, and the GoPro camera. They took turns filming each other's trick shots.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Luke's style has changed a bit since he started working at LL Bean.

Back At It

Stella's not yet 100%, but she's feeling much better than yesterday.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


My Stelly Bean is feeling rather lousy, with a sore throat, fever, and stuffy nose.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Coming and Going

It's sort of a crazy shot, but life is like that sometimes. Bob the cabinetmaker delivered the goods for the family room yesterday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Jack and Stella learned about the color wheel today.

Monday, January 5, 2015

In Motion

We ran out of birdseed for about two days, and I felt terribly guilty. Thankfully, most of our regulars are back.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Out in the Snow

Winter is still Caddie's favorite time of year.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Second Christmas

Many gifts were unwrapped yesterday, and the 2014-15 Ruffing Christmas Gathering is in the books.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


We're getting together with Dennis's family tomorrow, so this evening, Stella was at work on a gift for a special cousin.