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Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday

January is just flashing by and it's already the 20th of the month! Trying to think positive on this particular Friday so I'm  joining up with Amy over at Love Made My Home to have a little fun.

I thought I'd share five things from my week. It's not been very exciting here in my house - then it never is, hence the title of my blog. An ordinary woman with an ordinary life lol.

I booked my trip home to England!!! It's really early to do it, but an airline I travel with was having a really good sale on flights. I ended up paying $600 less than I paid last year! Now Mum and I can concentrate on where we want to go when I'm over visiting.


 Crafting - there hasn't been a lot of that going on here this week. Instead I have been cleaning up my craft room and the mountain(s) of cross stitch floss that seems to have multiplied over the house.


It is all nicely stored now. I have also sorted all cross stitch patterns, fabric and kitted projects and they are all easily accessible and in one place. I am sure there are more over the house, but when I find them I will be taking care of them. It does feel really good to have this done. I can easily find what I need!


Daughter and Shasta are settling in their new home. They went out and about on Monday and found a new trail to walk along. Hopefully I'll be visiting them soon!

Hubby and I bundled ourselves up on Sunday and went to Lake Michigan for a walk. We were tired of sitting in the house and as it wasn't snowing and the roads weren't bad we decided to go visit a State Park we hadn't been to before. It was really beautiful.





It was really beautiful and interesting to see all the ice formations.  Such a fun walk. Winter isn't my favourite time of year but this year I am trying to see the beauty in winter. On this walk I definitely saw some beauty!


These books are on my reading list this week. I'm not reading them all the way through in one sitting. I admit I would have a little trouble reading and understanding them completely if I just sat down and read. But I am determined to learn how to use my camera properly this year. The Year With My Camera book goes along with a Facebook group and emails (you don't need the book to participate) and already I am loving what I have learned. Hopefully by my summer hols I'll be taking really, really good photos that I can be proud of!

Hope the week went well for everyone. I'll be popping around the blogs to check.

19 comments:

  1. Good luck with the camera. I never have really conquered mine, though I'm netter than I was. Nice looking winter photos - but I don't think I'd want to be out walking in any of them!

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  2. Your walk in the state park looks wonderful, you are certainly findng beauty in winter and cheering up January:)

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  3. It's a great feeling, when all is well stored, isn't it? I did that too, after the renovation works...
    Wow, what a lot of ice! Seems like a hard winter.
    Enjoy your weekend

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  4. Good luck with the camera, once we have moved it is our intention to find a photography course so that we can take photographs of the beautiful area. We are looking at a trip to Florida in the Spring and there is some really good deals about at the moment. Take care.

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  5. Wow!Way to go on saving all that money. The craft room looks great! We love going to State Parks and usually go for a week every summer.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Colletta

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  6. You did well with booking your flight tickets at a lower price! Now you get to enjoy looking forward to the trip and planning what you will do. It's nice to celebrate the day to day happenings, I think. After all, so many of our days are ordinary days.

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  7. It sounds like a good week with a great saving on your flight and knowing your daughter is all settled in well. That is good news. Enjoy making your visiting plans and what photos you are going to take with your camera!

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  8. Love the icy photos, although I can imagine it must be very cold to create those shapes. I have just bought a new camera so thanks for the link to a Year with my Camera, it sounds really interesting.

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  9. Your trip to England sounds lovely. I wish you all the best as you learn more about your camera -- you'll be sharing some 'wow' photos when you get back.

    Really enjoyed your ice pictures -- you captured some splendid scenes.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    Brenda

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  10. It is always fascinating to try to improve one's photographing skills isn't it! I should open my books too! I love the first photo and the dog too. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Your goal of better photos is one I need to do. Your photos of the ice and snow banks were pretty so you must be learning already. Excited for you on the trip planned for home. By then you should be able to take some great pictures to share with us.

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  12. Every so often I drag out my camera book and practice something new, too. Then I forget it if I don't use it frequently. The icy lake and snow make some beautiful photos. Enjoy planning your trip to England in the summer.

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  13. Love the snowy pictures. Well done on booking your holiday. Hopefully you will enjoy taking photos while you're away with all the new information you'll learn from your books. Have a great weekend. B x

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  14. I think you've had a great week one way and the other. Beautiful snowy photos and a holiday to look forward to as well. 🙂

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  15. Beautiful photos. I'm using an old Nikon Coolpix s6100 and need to improve my photo skills so I can justify getting a "real" camera. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  16. You take some awesome photos. I always enjoy seeing them.

    I'm impressed by the floss. It must have been a job but it looks awesome now. x

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  17. How exciting to have your trip book, study your photo books and you'll take even better pictures. My but it looks cold up where you are.

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  18. I love Michigan. But, like you, I'm not a fan of winter. So I like Michigan more in the summer months! I'm sure you and your Mom will enjoy your trip home no matter what you do!

    Cindy

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  19. Yay for your good ticket price, and hopefully your practice with your camera will help you get wonderful photos on your trip. As it is, I especially enjoyed your pictures of the ice around you now. When we were out driving today I am fairly certain our potholes here have potholes too, as you said yours do in your last comment on my post 😮

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