A January Day



for January 23

Outside my window...

Front window

Back window


I am thinking ...
that I actually stayed off the computer for two whole days this week...wow!

I am thankful...
that I can walk again without a crutch. (It wasn't a hamstring pull after all- it's a herniated something or other in my knee caused by arthritis. But the extra walking and yoga were the instigators of the rupture)

In the kitchen ...
Baking potatoes and turnip greens for a funeral dinner today. 

I am going..
to the funeral of a very sweet lady from my church.  She passed very suddenly this week.  

I am wondering..
about my oldest granddaughter and all the drama of breaking up with her first boyfriend - Nana can't handle all this stress!

I am reading ....
Just finished The Witch of Blackbird Pond. 

I am hoping ...
that God will bring peace to the families who lost loved ones this week.

I am looking forward to...
Spring camping trips & photo ops, family time, & always...retirement. 

A  quote or scripture to ponder...
Romans 5:8

I am learning ...
or trying to learn..how to adjust my camera settings to get my focus to work on what I want it to focus on.  See above photo with bird.  Nice sharp shot of pine needles, but bird is slightly blurred. This is frustrating me.  I've about decided I need a better zoom lens.  (doesn't everyone blame their lens?) 

Around the house...
Katie thinks I can't see her in my sock drawer.


I hope you all have had a wonderful week- take care!

also sharing with 

52 comments:

  1. Hi Terri, So very sorry about your knee. You are missed when you don't blog. That is the cutest photo of Kaite - you can see the mischief in her eyes! My sympathy to you in the loss of one of the dear ladies from your church. I know the food you are preparing will be appreciated by the family. Hope you feel better soon.
    That is sad about your granddaughter's breakup. Oh, for that reason, I don't want to be young again. God bless her.

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  2. the knee sounds painful! sorry about the loss of your friend from church. your cat is adorable. :)

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  3. Terri, I see retirement is up there, a myth... we work harder than for some years!!! Focus... I too would like a longer lens, maybe when the big money rolls in. Thinking of you and a funeral, suddenly ...gives no-one time to prepare, grieve a little beforehand, and home baking is always so appreciated. Take care on the roads, Jean.

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  4. i can't use manual focus on my camera at all... i have to use autof ocus and try and try...I hurt my knee at the gym about 5 years ago and had to wear it wrapped to walk for a year... there doesn't that make you feel better?

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  5. Hope your knee gets better soon! And I'm sorry too, to hear about the passing of your friend. That kitty in your drawer is priceless!

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  6. Sorry about your knee and the loss of your friends....seems like bad things like company. Mr Cardinal and your Katie made me smile. I think we are all ready for Spring.....It has been a bitter Winter.

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  7. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend from church and the trouble you are having with your knee. I hope it feels better soon. Young love can be quite heartbreaking. Love the cute picture of Katie. :)

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  8. Hope your knee is on the road to a full recovery. At least you know what it is and what to do about it and what to avoid. Half the battle. Take good care.
    Love that kitty peeking out.

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  9. Your cat looks very sweet. I hope your knee does improve.

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  10. Oh I am sorry about your friend. Retirement is going to be wonderful for you you know:)
    I never use manual focus these days I think my camera is smarter than I am. Oh look at that face in your sock drawer very cute. Take care of your knee. Hug B

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  11. Pretty good view out your windows ! :))

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  12. That injury sounds nasty, Terri. I hope you heal quickly. Love the kitty pic.

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  13. I hope your knee heals quickly, so painful! So sorry you lost your friend this week. I hope your granddaughters heart heals quickly also, and oh my your cat is adorable.

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  14. I only have a point and shoot digital, and I do not understand half the things on it.

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  15. I love reading Daybook posts! your photos are always so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I'm sorry about your knee. I hope it feels better soon. And I'm sorry about the loss of your friend. You kitty is so sweet! You never know where you'll find a kitty cat. :-)

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  17. Your daybook is so very interesting Terri! I hope your knee gets all better soon.

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  18. Glad to hear you're recovering your mobility, but the knee thing doesn't sound good. And condolences on the loss of a lovely woman from your congregation, and other trauma that has come your way.

    The pictures of the Cardinal and the sun are delightful. We don't see Cardinals out west, and I miss them.

    Blessings and Bear hugs, Terri!

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  19. Don't know what kind of camera you have, but you can go online and type in your camera and look up anything you need to figure out!

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  20. It never ceases to amaze me the many ways people think of to write! Nice.
    Sorry about your sweet friend. Take care of that knee, I have heard of these yoga accidents and will avoid yoga.
    My camera doesn't have a way to add a lens, I am stuck with what I have. It's a crap shoot anyway, unless you are a pro.
    What is it about cats and sock drawers? Cute shot!

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  21. So sorry about your injury. Hope it heals quickly and fully. Love that adorable kitty in the sock drawer.

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  22. Such a lovely sky! Katie in the sock drawer is so sweet!

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  23. I am sorry about the passing of your church friend. I hope your knee is better now. I know how painful that can be! Your photos are amazing. Katie is a cutie! Hug.

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  24. Your little kitty looks quite mischievous. Hope your knee heals well.

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  25. Very good verse Terri! I sure wish we had cardinals here in the PNW--they are so beautiful and I am always a bit envious of those bloggers who have them in their area. Sorry about your knee...
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  26. Sorry to hear about your sweet church friend and the painful knee. I usually blame the cat snot on my windows for bad pictures, but I'm pretty sure I could fix that easily, so I guess it's really my fault.

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  27. Hi there, I try to stay away from Blogging and Facebook on the weekends so that I can work on my Family History… There's never enough hours in the day!!!!!

    Sorry about the death of the lady from your church, and sorry to hear more about your knee problem.. Take care of yourself!

    Love your photos --especially the sky and that adorable Cardinal…
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  28. I hope your knee is better soon! Kate looks sweetly mischievous in your sock drawer. =)

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  29. So sorry about your friend --

    I get frustrated when my camera focuses on the wrong thing too!

    Enjoy your weekend Terri. xo

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  30. Lovely post, I hope you are feeling better soon.

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  31. What a terrific post Terri! Glad your knee is doing better and sounds like you have a lot on the go. So sorry to hear about your friend.
    And kitty is adorable of course!
    Hugs!
    xo Catherine

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  32. Good Morning Terri! Sorry about your knee, I am finding out that getting older is not for sissies.. :) Katie is thinking about being up to no good. So sorry about the passing of the dear lady from your church. I enjoyed your January day. AND yes it's always the lens.. :)

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  33. I would love to hear more about the baking potatoes with turnip greens. Sounds very interesting. Two of my favorites. =)

    Getting off crutches sure makes you appreciate being able to move about freely. Hope you continue to improve. blessings ~ tanna

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  34. Very interesting post. I had no idea that you've had an injury. Glad that I can give up walking and Yoga. ;D

    Ohhh...where our grands are concerned...all the best with that!

    I remember reading that book if the main character knew many home remedies and was blamed for being a witch as a result.

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  35. Oh forgot...meant to say that when I make sure to have my "face finder" on the subject, whatever it is, it becomes very clear.

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  36. Oh gosh,.. look at that little stinker peeking out of the drawer... LOL How cute.

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  37. Hoping you get better every minute. Pain is such a pain isn't it? I'm gonna look up that book, sounds good.
    Hang in there Grandma, she'll get over it. Isn't being a grandparent awesome! I love it!

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  38. Had to laugh at the cat in the drawer. Brilliant!

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  39. Potatoes and turnip greens-I'd love to try that!
    Didn't you think once your children were raised your troubles would be over?
    Now it's our g'children! It will never end as long as we have those to love...

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  40. Our knees can be pesky can't they...please take care of it so it won't give you problems later...and I too am sorry about your friend...Loosing a love one is never easy and takes time to heal.....Your kitty is so cute...I love how they like to hide and surprise us....

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  41. Great set of photos, the sky is beautiful and I love the Cardinal and the cute kitty.
    Wishing you a happy weekend!

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  42. Sound like you are busy even with a poorly knee - being a nana can be hard work but lovely x

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  43. Hope you heal soon! Have a nice weekend!

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  44. Seems you've had a stressful week, but that little furbaby with all its charm and sweetness just MUSTA put a smile on your face!!

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  45. Little reds are a delight to see especially on a winter day. Iove your back window view and Miss Katie sweet little face :>)
    Warm hugs to both of you :)

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  46. so compelling your looks at life

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  47. on my camera, if the camera does not autofocus to what you want it to focus on... change the focus to manual, and then, you have control. if you are not sure how to do that.... that good old instruction book is something I am never without. Manual focus gives you, not the camera the control. Glad that your herniated ... whatever it is... is getting better. I have also been hobbling around this week with a pulled something in my hip.... Will go right now and check out that scripture. Big hugs to you and try that manual focus!

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  48. Hi Terri sorry to hear about your knee, I do hope it quickly heals. Your shots are very good, love the Cardinal gorgeous little birds.
    Have a lovely weekend .

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  49. Great post!!!Fantastic set of photos! The sky looks so beautiful !I love the Cardinal bird!!Such a cute cat!!!I have three!!!
    Thank you for visiting my post!Hope to see you again!!Wish you a happy weekend!
    Dimi...

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  50. A lovely post ..you write beautifully about the highs and lows and ordinary parts of life!

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  51. Ouch, the knee sounds painful. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Lovely post.

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  52. All fun and great shots ~ thanks, ^_^

    carol, xxx
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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