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From now till March 31, pre-order the set of the first three Dubois Files children's mysteries, signed by me and cover artist Linda J. Sandow, and at a discount. Go to Books Leaving Footprints and look in the left column.
panel of three covers for Dubois Files children's mysteries

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bright and Smiling

The day was bright and I am smiling. Spent almost all of the time I was awake working on book formatting. That accomplishment report is over at the author blog. But I took a nice walk in the middle to stretch my muscles.

There's a little pond at the corner of First Street and Gordon Road. Sun on water sure looks good even if the water is small.

blue water in a small pond with cattails

blue water in a small pond with cattails

Found one plant trying to get with the springtime program. This is Vinca, myrtle, periwinkle.... whatever you call it.

Vinca minor leaves

Just a closeup of some bark on a Scots pine.

peeling bark on Scots pine

I caught this sight out of the corner of an eye and then worked to save it with the camera. The sunlight was making some of the twigs glow if you looked at it just right. They look like ice! I always like something a tiny bit different.

sunlight making twigs shine

And then, there are always the beech leaves that hang on throughout the winter. I love how they are so pale and papery. I just find them attractive.

persistent beech tree leaves

Fairly productive for a Saturday. I think I'm taking the party to bed really soon.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Small Stuff

Took a little walk today in the cemetery. Looking for anything that isn't brown and gray. March is my least favorite month, as you know!

The moss is making an effort to continue its existence.


Yucca plants have a curly tale to tell. This really should have been in the curlique post, but I wasn't willing to ski through the cemetery to get the picture.

curly leaf threads on yucca

Patterns on the water are always interesting.

light making patterns on water

Saw the first robins of the year, and caught a shot of a happy little chickadee.


I'm working as hard as I can on book formatting. Still a long way to go on The ABZ Affair. Work at the paper tonight of course.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Two More Succulents

Worked all day, did a little bit on book formatting, and went to a program tonight. Nothing much photoworthy, so I'll share two more succulents from the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show.

I don't have names, or even genera, for either one (the tags say "succulent"). Well, that's not true. The first one MAY be Faucaria tigrina, common name Tiger's Jaw. Or maybe just something similar. But I liked both of them.



I'm really tired, and tomorrow is Friday- the big day at work, so I think I'm hitting the sack.

The program was about an effort to find out what happened to a plane that was lost in Lake Michigan in 1950. That's a pretty lame explanation, but the program was really good. I wanted the book, but decided it was too expensive. Maybe I'll find a used copy somewhere.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Beach Scene

After our return to winter, by afternoon today the weather was trying to seem like March. At least the sun was shining. After work and the tax appointment I went to the beach and took some pictures. It was five weeks ago I brought you the wintry shots in the link below. At least it was warmer than that day!

It wasn't a day of high waves, but I loved the colors

green waves on Lake Michigan

The dune grass is doing well in this spot. It often gets trampled near popular beaches

dune grass

I can't decide if this is a hairy elbow or a vase.


Patterns in the sand are always intriguing.

patterns in beach sand

This larger driftwood log is de-laminating in interesting ways

eroded driftwood layers

With daylight savings time I was way too early for sunset, but the low sun on the water made it look completely different. Water is like snowflakes... no two moments are alike

sunlight on waves on Lake Michigan

Doing a little formatting work, but going to bed early. I woke up at 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

If Wishes Were Flowers

If wishes were flowers it would be springtime.

My mother's standard way of letting me know that children do not always get what they want was to tell me "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."

I can hardly believe it was a week ago I was enjoying early spring with Ester, and now I'm back in winter. Here are some pretties from her yard. And I'm wishing for some here. However, I'm pretty sure I'll get my wish before too much longer.



And winter aconite


Sigh... back to work tomorrow morning, and tax appointment in the afternoon. I got two of the three Dubois Files books all formatted. I won't get the third one done tomorrow, but maybe by the end of Thursday. Not too far off my goal.

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