Monday, June 27, 2005

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Get Hungry

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Show us a picture of something that makes you hungry. To be specific for you double-entendre fans out there, it has to be food. Also, it has to be your picture -- don't just cut-and-paste an ad of your own favorite (which is a copyright violation anyway). And naturally, home-made delights are not only acceptable, they're encouraged.

From as early on as I can remember there was something about Spaghetti.  My Mema cooked it for me every Friday night from first memory till I was an adult and still came.  I stayed with her every Friday night from 3-18 years old.  Maybe I skipped a few when I got about 17.  There is something comforting and just makes me feel good.  Tonight it's been raining so I started cooking the sauce.  It was a quick job, not like Mema's sauce, which I do make on occasion.  Her's would simmer all day and sometimes all night.  Anyway this was a quick shot of supper.  That's redneck for dinner.  Yes I'm going to jog an extra few miles tomorrow.


One of My Favorite Photos, Challenge: Share Your Favorite Image

This will be one of my favorite pictures of Eli for a while.  It really captured the little man.  His essence.  His tractor, and his Teddy.  The things he loves the most.  I've never seen a kid love tractor's more. 

Sunday, June 26, 2005

One year ago today

Lately I've been visiting my old journal entries to see what I was doing last year at this time.  I was living one block from the beach in my cute little beach pad for the single man.  I had late night visitor's.  My mom, sister Sherry and Autumn, we all took a late night walk on the beach, and we told Autumn not to go in the Ocean and get wet.  Did she listen.  Nope!  Good thing I had the camera.  Then the next day  was a beach filled day as well.  

I'm missing parts of the beach place just to be honest.  The beach is very much a part of me.  But I'll definately have to get us out there some this summer.  Although I am loving the river as well.  I love my jogs on the river.  I miss my sunrises on the beach.  I just have to get up and watch one on the river.  I'm sure it's beautiful as well.  Ok.  I need sleep.


Saturday, June 25, 2005


For most of the time when I've been around my first cousin Selena's youngest girl Chyna acts as though she were possessed, and “relaxed” is the very last word you would use to describe her. Rarely though, as with this shot, she appears almost magically and mysteriously calm.  Although two seconds after this shot was taken she was wide open dancing with her sister Chelsea.  I thought it was a cute shot.  I took all the color out of it except her lips and the glass.  She was holding the glass for her mom Selena who was wearing a nice shade of pink.  Me and Chyna's mom grew up together, she went on many of Sherry and my adventures when she was little.  Looking at this picture reminds me very much of Selena.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Mark and Nick's Photo Challenge


Friday photo challenge is Orange. I saw this on the side of the road and had to stop.  Orange is one of my favorite color. 

To be part of Friday's photo challenge join 
Photo Friday: Orange


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Round Robin Challenge


Like Father Like Sons

In our case it's our bald heads.


Be sure and check out ALL the entries.....

Kat... "From Every Angle"

Mary... "Alphawoman's blog"

Aunt Nub (AKA) Liz..."Aunt NubsEmpty Head"

Celeste..."My Day and Thoughts"

Steven..."(sometimes) photoblog"


Becky..."Where Life Takes You"

Gypsy..."Gypsy's Journey"



Kimberleigh..."Life as I live it"

Karen..."Musings from Mavarin"

Betty..."My day My Interests"

Duane..."sotto voce"

Nancy..."Nancy Luvs Pix"

Sharky..."Substance; or lack of"

Robbie..."Robbie's Ruminations"

Coy..."Dancing in the rain"

Michael..."Confessions of a Madman"

Tess...First Digital

Patrick..."A Stop At Willoughby"


Monday, June 20, 2005

Another One of the Flower girl

This is one of Autumn walking down the isle.  I don't think I had ever posted it.  Thought it was cute.  Sherry told me Autumn got her hair all cut off.  Autumn really loves it, she's been wanting a haircut for a long time.  I can't wait to see her, I bet she looks like a little lady.  At least she won't have to cry when we comb her hair.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

A couple of years ago I had taken all my mom and dad's old movies and made a vcr tape of them.  They were tapes dating back to when my dad was in high school all the way till I was around 8 or nine.  My grandfather had an old video recorder, he passed it on to my dad, and now I have it, it doesn't work though, but I still have it as a reminder.  Most of these old films I may have seen when I was younger but not as an adult.  I saw these films of me as a baby and as a toddler.  Sometime I guess in my teens I built up a resentment for my father.  I had issues.  Many I never discussed with him and kept them to myself, I had even at one time convinced myself that my dad didn't even love me.  Then I watched these video's of a man with so much love in his eyes, so many dreams.  He had this baby in his arms.  He held him up and smiled like I've never remembered my dad smile.  He laid in the bed with this baby, this little part of him and everything seemed to be alright in the world.  I remember that first time watching it as an adult and I cried and cried hard.  Because there was no doubt in my mind that he loved me.  Forget all the things that I thought he'd done wrong in rasing me.  Being to hard on me, feeling he didn't love me for me.  He did!  It was right there on film and I had told myself something else.  I'd convinced myself that wasn't true.  He did and he still does.  I love him too!  Life changes, and changes you.  He is a good man!  I got many wonderful things from him.  He did have a big heart, even though he tried to hide it.  I'm a dreamer much like he was or maybe still is.  I miss many parts of him because I feel like I don't know him as well as I'd like too.  I know him much as I did as a child, but as an adult there is still much to learn, about myself and him as well.  We all love him very much.  I put a picture of he and my Papa in this collage at the top.  Doesn't Papa look proud of his son.  I hope my dad knows how much Papa loved him.  I hope he knows how proud he was of him.  A moment with my father that I will always remember and show his best quality, was the day I was saved.  I remember him hugging me I was 12 years old, and when he hugged me he told me, I'm proud of you, there's nothing more in your life that could make me more proud.  Then he told me he loved me.  In that moment more than any other, I believed him and knew he was speaking from his heart.  His best quality is his love for God.  Something we both have in common.

Have you ever heard the phrase "Your just like your father"?  That was not a phrase I heard much.  If anything we were not a lot alike.  We've always been very diffrent.  There was never an easiness between us.  We were never very close, guess we still aren't but I know him.  And yes, I love him.  I was raised in a family where I heard love talk from my mother.  It was always soft, sweet, and gentle.  He didn't really wear his feeling on the outside for anyone to see.  He didn't feel he needed to chatter a lot to be heard like me.  Even though we never talked about our feelings when I was  a kid and weren't anything alike except maybe our looks.  Even though I may have told myself at times when I was a kid he didn't care about me, deep down I knew he did.  Somehow I've always known that beneath the tough exterior was the most special, loving, and caring father in the world.   So anyway guess I just want to say I do love my dad, even if we've never really shared much how we feel.  He's a lot diffrent now than I remember as a child.    He's still a stranger to me at times, but maybe I'm a stranger to him as well.  We all love him: Sherry, Dena, Lance, and I.  Sending my love to you today on Father's Day.  I love you!  Happy Father's Day!  Your son, Derek


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I love photoshop

I love photoshop I put Sherry right in the middle of Kolob Canyon in Utah.  She looks a little lost.  I think she's looking for a bathroom.  She loves the great outdoors.  I'm enjoying editing my pictures and trying other stuff, this almost looks like an ad or something.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Monday photoshop shoot on Tuesday

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Picture something red. Show it to us.

I changed the Monday photohoot to Photoshop shoot since I've done it on Tuesday.  I took an old picture of my mom and made her look like Little Red Riding Hood.

Friday, June 10, 2005


Today's my last day on the P's, so had to put one of Papa on here, of course I didn't take this one, since I was only a little tyke, but this shows you why I loved the beach so much and my Papa.  I'm so glad I had such a wonderful Papa, I feel his presence a lot,  Mema too, I'm cooking spaghetti and meatballs tonight, so the smell makes me think of them, Mema would always cook Spaghetti for me every Friday night. 

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Pacetti sings

Sam Pacetti

This is the guy who played in Sherry's wedding, He was excellant, he and his guitar will blow you away.  Check out the site or just do a search on Sam Pacetti on google or yahoo. He plays every Monday night in St. Augustine at the Milltop.  We'll have to go there some.  I really enjoyed his style.  I'm definately going to get his cd.  I'd say he was a mixture of folk and  bluegrass.  I really enjoyed it.  He made the reception. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2005


Photo Challenge: Crystal

I'm trying a new photo challenge, and this one is suggested by Steven at the (Sometimes) Photoblog. The theme is Crysal. I looked around the house and found some waterford crystal candle holders and tried a whole bunch of diffrent things, I ended up using the one where I put the two on top of each other.  Here's some of the other entries.

Steven - (sometimes)photoblog

Carly - Ellipsis

Alan - F-Stop

Duane - sotto voce

Karen - Musings from Mâvarin

Kat - From Every Angle

Robbie - Robbie's Ruminations

sharky - Substance; or lack of

Monica - Mamarrazzi

Dawn - Dawn's Drivel

Coy - dancing in the Rain

Becky Yanagi - Where Life Takes You

Betty - My Day, My Interests

Patrick - A Stop At Willoughby

Celeste - My Day and Thoughts

Tess - FirstDigitalPhotos



Pretty Pony with Autumn and Eli

Children's laughter is the best medicine in the world.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Pretty Bride

My pretty sister!  She wrote me the sweetiest email the other day that just touched my heart.  I may share it later. 

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Orange Eli

Found this one of Eli in Orange when we were up at the cabin.  He looks like such a little man in this one.


What happened to my ABC challenge.  I think I was on O, here's one of Auti in the hot tub, she loved it.  Let me look for some O's.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Thought this was just a great shot of Fatherhood.  Andy is a great dad with both of the boys.  He find delight in Eli and Ethan.  I  remember the first time I saw a video of me when I was a baby, and it almost brought me to tears, cause I saw how much my dad did love me at one time.