Feeding time

My backyard bird feeder is a success!!

It’s official: My bird feeder is a success!

On Sunday, I put up a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder and I was afraid that it would go unused. I shouldn’t have worried — there were doves eating when I arrived home for lunch on Monday. This morning, I even noticed smaller (probably sparrows) eating.

I’m pretty excited. Now, if I can just get some hummingbirds I will be even more happier.

Introducing … Aqua (MAN!!)

Mr. Aqua

Meet Aqua (MAN!!) Morris. This blue male Veiltail Betta is the newest creature to join my household. My mom bought the little guy for me and I couldn’t be happier. I think Izzie likes him too, although not the attention I have given the fish!

Blue Veiltail Bettas are native to southeast Asia — Cambodia, Thailand — and are also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, Combattant (in Canada), Trey Kroem phloek (in Cambodia) and Ca lia thia (in Vietnam), according to Petco, which is where I bought my little guy from.

The fish can get to be 3″ in their adult size and are easy to care for. One neat fact: Veiltail Bettas can breath through their gills like other fish as well as from the surface through modified gills (labyrinth organ).

I’m not a big fish person — I love the interaction that fish usually doesn’t provide. However, Aqua is definitely settling in (with me screaming Aqua Man!! each time I enter the door.) Plus, I’ve bought the bulbs that are supposed to grow into plants — hopefully — and I keep checking for signs of life from it.

Oh well, welcome to the house Aqua (MAN!!). 😀

DIY Camera Bag

For months, I’ve been craving a purse made specifically for digital SLR cameras. I even found these amazing bags that I would love to have if I didn’t have to pay from $120 to $250 for each. It was a happy day when I finally stumbled across several photographers’ blog posts (a few are here and here) on DIY camera bag/purse. I couldn’t wait to try it!

My main expense for the project was the purse — I chose a black ELLE Lotti Hobo bag from Kohls ($47.40) before a 20 percent discount).

I was more specific about what I wanted this purse to look like on the exterior than the interior. I knew I needed a purse that was large enough to carry my Canon SLR camera body, two lenses as well as what I would normally carry in my regular purse. I also wanted to be able to fit an iPad in it when I travel.

I wasn’t sure how this DIY project would work — I’m not usually successful on them — so I reused dividers from other camera bags I had as well as fabric left over from my sorority days. My only other purchase was foam to line the inside of my purse from Hobby Lobby ($2.17).

Once I had everything I needed I — OK, my mom — made a pillow case of sorts for the poly foam that I bought. The foam fit perfectly inside my new purse and the pillow case for the foam allows me to easily change the foam’s cover whenever I feel like it.

Here’s my finished camera purse. It works great, however, I now need to go back and either sew a zipper, button or velcro to the open side of my pillow case.

My DIY camera purse is definitely well worth the nearly $50 I shelled out for it. Plus the foam slides out so I can also switch back to a regular purse whenever I need to. Definitely a project well worth the slight effort.

A happy grandmother

My grandmother has cancer so whenever I visit I try to make the most of the time I spend with her. Recently, I happened to catch her on a “good” day and we spent a while outside so she could show my mother and I the flowers and peach tree in her front yard. We love flowers, especially irises, so I think we all agreed the above flower was our favorite blooming at the time. What else made our trip outside great?

Thank God it’s waterproof …


I’ve bought my first waterproof camera – and a Nikon at that! I’m ridiculously excited about having it, and my coworker and I had to test it out quickly by sticking it under our work’s kitchen faucet. It’s still working. Thank God.

I bought the camera to use during vacations such as Hawaii as well as when I go canoeing or kayaking. It’s a wise investment – I lost one camera already because I dropped it in a cup of Dr. Pepper and another when I flipped my car into a water-filled ditch (it was during a snow storm).

So, really this is great. An additional positive is that it’s shock proof up to 5-feet. Since I’m 5’4, that will work perfectly!!

So prepare yourself – underwater pictures will be coming – even if I have to just stand out in the rain to get them!! 🙂