Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Local Art Museum

I visited our local art museum over the summer: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. They have a free admission day on the first Sunday of each month. So, since I'd never been there (hard to believe as lived her for like ever) I decided to go, and took a few others with me.

This photo is from the inside of the museum out to the front. You can see a part of the museum there on the left that runs out toward the parking lot. But their front garden and walkway is beautiful.

There is a nice sitting area outside the museum where you can relax and enjoy the view.

(below is one of my favorite pictures of the outside with table)

I was having fun taking pictures up the walkways and the front of the museum. It gave a different feel depending on the direction you looked.

(below is my favorite image of the outside of the museum.)

Now, lets get inside! There were some beautiful artworks to be found here.

Aah. I enjoyed this one. The kids with their heads tilted the same admiring The Thomas Lynch Tiffany Window. For some reason this image brings a smile to my lips.

The walls of different paintings. They really are amazing. These are walls you could stare at for hours.

I found this piece of furniture attracting. This is a Federal Pianoforte c. 1830

These pieces of furniture looked inviting to me with the art work around them.

The museum has drawers of these documents. I was intrigued by the calligraphy and art on them.

Then we got to the fun interaction rooms for the kids. This was fun watching them.

That was our visit to our local museum. It's a small museum, but we enjoyed what we saw. Have you visited your nearest museum?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Putting Christmas Away

Are you done with the Christmas photos? I think I am. So today is a few photos of putting Christmas away. I use to walk around the tree with the box to fill in hand. I don't do that anymore. It's easier to pile the bulbs on the table and put them away at one time. They are all there in one spot and I don't have to play the guessing game of where the bulbs are hiding.

These pictures are all similar, I know. But I liked the different views and focal points. Hope you like them as well. Which is your favorite view and focus? Let me know in the comments and I'll tell you mine. :)

Next week we'll move on to new things.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Christmas Fun

A dear friend and I try to go to a local Christmas light view each year. This year we made it. We went to Overly's. Overly's is at a local fairgrounds where the money earned benefits charity. It's a great time together for us. There are horse carriage rides and a little store open to shop in. They also have a food booth open that sells hot chocolate (coffee and food too). We always get the hot chocolate and go sit by the bonfire. Though I didn't get pictures by the fire because it was surrounded rather tightly by people and you couldn't see it. There's a small trailer that has Santa Claus for the kids and a small path to walk by a few goats, mule, and a few other animals.

I think it's more the time together for us than the sights. But I have a few images for you.

They had a metal snowman project on display.

The boys rode on the small train for the young kids. And they had fun! Look at those smiles.

 Pictures at the boards, pretending to be train engineers and train.

When they were both the engineer they were much happier!

And being snowmen (and snow-woman).

Another view of the metal snowmen.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Christmas time is a lovely time to play in taking pictures. This series of pictures are of the different bulbs and focuses of the tree.

I call this one, Christmas Night

Change the focal point and you have, Stockings hung with care

I have to have my glass bells on the tree as well.

We have a big beautifully Christmas colored bulb.

I spent a lot of time on this ornament as it was the one that caught my eye this year. A sparkling silver snowflake.

Then we have the lone small red bulb.

I wanted to play with views of the tree. Instead of the basic view from the side, I tried different focal points from the bottom of the tree up.

What did the tree look like? This is an image I took with my cell phone when I put it up. It's not of the best quality, but you get to see the room as a whole.

Do you have favorite ornaments on your tree? What are they?