Friday, October 16, 2015

Five Years a Photo Journalist

I started blogging 5 years ago, so this is my 5 year blogiversary.  This is not the exact date, it was in September, but I count Fall as my anniversary.  My first post had 5 photos and it was from our vacation to Kahneeta on the reservation of the Confederated Tribe of the Warm Springs Indians.  Click HERE to see it if you'd like.  I have often thought how to explain what a blogger is and does and finally came up with a good explanation - bloggers are photo journalists.  We take photos and we write about our images and our lives, our hobbies, our families and our dreams.  I just went out for a stroll in our farmyard - the leaves are taking their time to turn.  This is our big huge Pin Oak.

But they are so pretty as they turn from green to red.

I then walked out to see how the chestnuts were doing.  Here are a cluster of them still on the tree, but most of them are on the ground now.

The chestnut is a huge tree, but more like a cluster of trees.  They loom over our old barn.  

Dayle and Kristi collected a basketful of these little beauties for me.  :-)

I love how they look in my Ozarks basket.

I snapped a photo of the sun through the chestnut tree and was surprised to see the big green bubble circle in the image.  :-)

With our never-ending summer the hollyhock decided to grow again.  But they are saying that a frost is coming so this poor baby might be surprised.

Standing by the chestnut tree I snapped an image of our little farmhouse being dwarfed by the big oak tree and our little forest to the east that protects us from the infamous "East Wind".  There are Douglas Fir and Cedar trees that are 70-80 feet tall.

We named the farm cat Simba - suggested by Judy - Kristi picked the name since she is caring for him.  He has a wound on his front leg so is favoring it.  I hope it heals up okay.  Poor guy has to put up with coyotes, skunks, raccoons and dogs.  

Kristi sits on the deck and sweet talks Simba hoping to tame him a bit.  She feeds him and gives him water, he mostly drinks from the pond.

I looked in the mirror the other day and was rather taken aback.. I saw my grandmother staring back at me.  So, I got her photo and showed Dayle and he agrees that I am beginning to look like her.  I guess I'll accept that as I think she was a handsome old lady.. and my siblings think I'm more like my mom than my dad.  But still.. eek!  I hand-decorated the mat on this photo.

Last but not least.. Kristi and I wanted to try this "Malted Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Tart" so I ordered the pan and chocolate chunks and ground hazelnuts from the King Arthur Flour and she made it this morning.  I'll show you photos when we cut it for dessert tonight.  :-)

And so.. I'm off to swim soon with Gracie - to burn off some calories so I can have this tonight.  LOL!  What are you up to today?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Now that really does look tempting, it would go nicely with a cup of tea. No real plans for tonight, but I am meeting my daughter in the morning to do some shopping . Looking forward to seeing her and Bertie my Grandson. Have a great weekend.

  2. I'm so glad we decided to be photo journalists :) I can see your likeness to your pretty G'ma! I see glimpses of my dad when I look in the mirror! Disconcerting :) See you soon! XX

  3. I LOVE your photo journal blog! I love how your home is dwarfed by huge wonderful trees.
    I want that dessert and you look like that pretty lady!
    DO you have swim music plugs? Fireman tried a pair and didn tlike them. I want him to find good ones.

  4. I like that term:)Definition:)
    I envy your chestnuts..they would be roasting here right now..frost arrives tomorrow.
    I also pinned your dessert.
    Happy anniversary~

  5. Hi Teresa. I can see you in your mum. I think I resemble my dad more than my mum. Your dessert looks yummy. I have been designing some cards today and then we went to see our granddaughters and our son and daughter in law. Tomorrow I'm off to a day at a lovely hotel for a Sugar Craft demonstration. There is a lovely lunch and goody bag as well. Only downside is I'm the driver :-) I don't mind driving but I've never driven there before - so I'm a bit nervous . Hugs Anne x

  6. Well done on five years of blogging, that's quite an achievement. I'm so glad I found your blog (Meredith recommended you), I always enjoy reading, and it's always a treat to see a post from you waiting to be read. How beautiful your grandmother was, that's such a lovely photo. I can definitely see a likeness. The chocolate dessert looks scrumptious. Wouldn't mind a slice of that myself. I shall look forward to seeing it when it's served. Wishing you all a good weekend Teresa. CJ xx

  7. I have a rescue Simba too! Your Simba is adorable. You have a lovely Grandma. She has sweet eyes! Congratulations on making it 5 yrs :)

  8. Happy anniversary! Your photos are lovely, as always. I am waiting for our Liquidambar trees to be in their full glory. So many of our Japanese Maples that we raise are just gorgeous now...and the new little calves that are popping up may not be colorful, but they are lovely as well.
    Have a great swim and a wonderful weekend.

  9. Beautiful. I had forgotten how big your trees are in comparison to the house. You do resemble her a lot. I look like my Grandma on my Dad's side. Just like her. But I loved her so much. She was the one to teach me to crochet when I was seven years old. It's an honor to look like her. Whoa! That tart looks amazing. I hope you had fun with Gracie. No frost. Do you hear? :-)

  10. Beautiful pics as always, Teresa. I always enjoy your blog posts. :)

  11. Teresa - gorgeous photos. That tart looks delicious!

    Have a great weekend!


  12. Your hand-drawn mat around your grandmother's photo is lovely.
    We still have the thermostat turned off - made it to our Oct. 15 goal and now we know it's just a matter of days before we will have to turn the furnace on. (but who will cave first?)

  13. as I walked out my front door this afternoon, I heard a noise from our birch tree...thought it was a bird, it came again....well, there was rustling of branches and leaves. A big squirrel was jumping from branch to branch and into the big white pine tree! Loved it! I went on my way and ate lunch in Wilsonville then headed to Fred Meyer to do some shopping. It's a dangerous store as there's so much to get there. I'm glad it's closest one to us which is nice. We are getting some rain this evening. Nice photos and happy blogoversary! Yes, you resemble your sweet grandmother. Take care my friend!

  14. Welcome to the 5 year club Teresa....I think we have been blogging friends for most of that time. It's a fun world isn't it.Lovely photos today, your chestnuts looks delicious as does that yummy cake. Have a super weekend x

  15. Happy 5th anniversary Teresa. I like your explanation of what a blogger is and now I'm feeling rather bad about the fact that I've been 'missing not in action' for the past several weeks. I keep saying I must do a post but haven't got much to say and the more I put it off the harder its getting. As always, your photos are beautiful. I wish that poor cat would let you help him with his sore paw. xox

  16. Hello my dear Teresa, What a lovely post! "5" years wow, that means five for me too. I will have to celebrate too, I've been so busy I forgot! But I'm getting back into the swing of things so I'm back! Beautiful pictures and we all are photo journalist, good description. Love Simba, what a handsome face. AND you do look like your grandmother, lovely photo and art work.
    Happy weekend, cold snap here, xoxoRobin

  17. Happy Five Teresa! I actually have no idea how long I have been blogging as I started so slowly and sporadically. I am so glad you started because we met and have been fast friends now for a long time. I think your Grandmother was beautiful, she has a very wise look about her, like she had experienced a lot in life but never lost her sense of humor, I may be wrong about all of that.
    Hugs to you and Happy Anniversary.

  18. Oh my Lord, I thought that first chestnut picture was a freaky-ass spider of some kind! It still looks like it to me. I don't think I've seen a chestnut tree or chestnuts with th

  19. My comment published before I was ready. That's what I get for trying to do this on my phone! That cake sounds delicious!

  20. Five ears IG great photos, history, and great fun!!!!
    The torte looks FAB!!

  21. Happy Blogaversary Teresa!!! Here's to many more great years of blogging!!! xx

  22. Since photo journalist is already taken by folks in the newspaper business, I think we should call ourselves Photo Diarists. Rather than writing in diaries, we are taking pictures and writing about our lives here on our blogs. I've been blogging 6 years now but I swear it seems longer. Have made so many lovely friends over the years that I feel like I've known forever. Poor little Simba. I hope he stays close to the house so he doesn't have to deal with all those wild critters. I have only one hurt feral kitty that I'm feeding right now. He will come close, he knows I'm the food lady, he will talk to me, but he won't let me touch him. We thought he would die when was little; his hips seemed to be broken, but he healed. He sways rather than walks on his back legs, but he gets around and that's what counts. I feel so sorry for the poor guy. Wow! Your home really does look small in comparison to the trees. Hollyhocks are my most favorite flower. Soon there will be many around here when the weather gets cooler and things can start to grow again. So glad you and Gracie continue to swim together. As for dessert, all I can say is "sinful". : ) Ha! Have a great week. Tammy

  23. Can you eat the chestnuts? We used to buy them and roast them besides the open fire at home and peel them (ouch! Burnt fingers for impatience!) and sprinkle with salt for a nice little snack.


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