Monday, March 31, 2014

Cheesecake Factory

We had a free Thursday because of Spring Break. So, naturally, ORU went to lunch, just the four of us who were still in town.  It was a lot of fun, even though some of us ate more than we should have.  Who can turn down cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory? We each got a different kind so that we could taste the others. It worked out well. Not one of us could eat a whole slice after having our main dishes.Thank goodness for take home boxes!
An impressive note, Paulette did not buy dessert. Understandably, she is the thinnest one of us.

While up that way, we stopped at Costco, Trader Joe's and a kitchen store with a French name.

Today it was cold and windy when I first went out, but by afternoon, the sun was shining and it felt nice and warm in the car. The ice is melted off the lake and the sun made beautiful reflections of the houses across the lake.

Sorry I'm so shallow tonight. I think my brain is atrophying.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ice Yachting

I'm not sure how widespread this practice it, but I do know it is beautiful to watch that colorful sail being carried across the ice by wind power. I believe the sail belongs to someone across the lake from us, near where it is sailing today.

One of my friends felt the urge to have a party to celebrate this little known fact that arrived in my inbox today and checks  out to be accurate according to Snopes:

A 94-year-old Prophecy Is Fulfilled
H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist, critic, and a registered Democrat. He wrote the editorial below while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920 edition.
"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."

 H.L.  Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

So it was written, and so it has come to pass.

By the way, my friend Gail was just being facetious. 

Reworked Layout

I have done something that I would advise against.  It is a time consuming activity that is not necessary. It can inhibit creativity if one continually reevaluates their work. That person could continually see something that needs to be fixed and never really get anything done.

But, like I said, I've reworked the layout I did and published last night. It just didn't set well with me, so here is the new version.

Now, I'll try to post another...

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Austin is much like his great grandfather, my dad. He was good at everything, tested genius. He  could pick up a Rubik's cube and solve it in a couple of minutes.

He loved kids. He would have been so proud of the triplets. and could have especially appreciated the way they use computers. For example, Aussie can even write programs.

Dad acquired a computer when he was in his late 70's and dove right in with it.

Of course I was proud of my dad and am proud of my grandchildren

I pray that they can keep strong in their faith in a world that more and more condemns  those who follow the will of our God and Father.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ashley Sews

I've asked for more information about this...Like, who is the lady?  Ashely hopes to begin more serious work  with this layout soon. But I'm anxious to get it ready for posting tonight.

One  problem at this time is: I'm falling asleep right here at my desk. Okay, I'm going to bed. I fell asleep in the middle of typing desk above.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let it Go

Let is Go by Frozen is a very popular song right now. I understand that it is playing everywhere. It is strange then that I am so sheltered that the only one I've ever heard singing it is Mason, our cool
grandson. I just looked it up to see it is from a Disney movie.

I don't know if he's singing it just because he likes it or if he will be singing it on stage sometime soon. Whatever the case may be, he sounds really good.

I took these still pictures from a video on Facebook.

Frozen is what I could have been today. We girls drove up to Cheesecake Factory at Legacy Village.
I had forgotten how beautiful that shopping area is. I could have really enjoyed being there if I hadn't been wearing four layers and still freezing.

On the political  scene...everyone is gearing up for the next election. I have a feeling our country will be destroyed before that time and, if there is an election, it will be like the ones in the Soviet Union, where you have only candidate. Their plot is doing us a lot of damage daily and those in charge are still parroting the top which says things are getting better all the time, and that we are much better off now than when Bush was in office. Are they completely blind?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Welcome Home

Not only has  ORU been split into North and Southwest (Ohio and Texas), but we have a contingency in Florida. None permanently however. Robin just made her way home from there recently and lucky for her, we had not finished our winter, which she enjoys.  We had a gathering to welcome her home. After eating at Tomato Grill, we regrouped at her house for dessert. All of our 'Yankee' members were there. Well, all except the Yankees who have relocated to the great state of Texas.

We have one Texan who is not yet a grandmother and Robin who is not as well. Neither of them are old enough. But, the rest of us are. And we all want the best for our grandchildren.

Although two have at least one grandchild out of the country, we all need to be very concerned about Common Core.    Defined by Wikipedia:The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce.  This all sounds fine, but...

There has been much discussion about the wisdom, or lack of wisdom behind this new curricula.

I, for one, am totally against it, as I would be anything that would control all the schools in the nation. I still believe in freedom.

The state of Indiana has already chosen to tank it.

At present there is controversy over a parent who sent a hard hitting note to his son's teacher about a
common core math problem. Check it out here.

I completely agree with this father and I hope and pray that parents, grandparents and friends of children all over the country check out this crazy new curricula with its stifling text books and ill fitting regulations. Save our children from the hands of freedom's enemies.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Compare Photo to Painting.

I get a kick out of Photoshop Elements. It lets me turn photographs into drawings or paintings that mimic many media, like chalk, watercolor, oil  and pencil.

This painting of Caleb is very interesting. I put the actual photo in a pocket on the same layout for comparison.

Of course to me any picture of our grandson is special...but this makes it even more so.

I did not post on this blog last night, and I also didn't meet the deadline I was trying to hit in order to save $81 on my newest book. However, since I was having technical difficulties last night until after midnight and there was no one at My Publisher to help me through it,  I was given another day to send it off to the publisher. I just needed about  one hour's work today, so I finished it by 10:00 this morning.   I imagine the book will be delivered by early next week. And, I got the sale price.

Meanwhile. I've started another one! I am a glutton for punishment.  I should have more time to work on one starting next week. Some of us at church are starting a 21 day fast. I'll be limiting my food intake, but also cutting out Words With Friends and Facebook. It will be  a sacrifice. I enjoy both quite a  bit, but both activities are eating up my time

As I fast, I plan to pray that our people will turn back to God and make Him want to save us from our enemies who are growing more bold daily. We are in a weakened state militarily now and are setting ducks. We need God.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Bradenton is a wonderful place to visit in January...It sure beats Ohio, especially this year  We had fresh grouper at the Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant with Tim, Carolyn and Brandon.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

God Is Not Dead

We went to see God Is Not Dead at Tinseltown, in North Canton tonight...spent the whole night...dinner at Carrabas, movie, the ice cream at Friendly's. My time is  gone.  But I just had to post this layout I did earlier today.  She is a special part of God's creation, in my eyes.

If you get a chance to see God Is Not Dead, you will be so glad you did. As a matter of fact, make plans now. Don't wait. It is very professional and extremely well done.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Little Dirt Never Hurt

Here we are with Caleb on another trip to Laughing Buck Farm. He really looks forward to  rides on 'his' horse. It doesn't matter what the weather is; he is ready to go.  

I  love the idea behind this farm in the city. Its focus is on teaching 'city' kids about farm life and to care for and appreciate the animals. 

They are all good lessons that many children do not get these days while sitting in front of a TV or computer. One thing they learn is respect for others  and for animals.

TV is no longer a place to learn to live a good and healthy life, free from the consequences of jealousy and sin.  There are not many shows at all that are fit to watch by children...or adults.   You understand, if you know me very well, that I don't watch TV much at all.  However, we have over the last few years started watching series that have exceptional first seasons and then when they've built their audiences and have loyal followers they always introduce a character whose life is on the sinful side and instead of showing how that causes the person trouble, it glorifies him or her.  It is an under-handed and  nefarious way to corrupt our nation.

There is one show though that is trying to fill the void for a short time each week. It is Duck Dynasty...and I do appreciate what they are trying to do, even though I have only seen it a few times.
I love the way they have stood up to the network and sponsors when they have tried to make it sound like they were using swear words, etc. They have stood their ground as well on prayer. They will not discontinue praying together. They would rather leave the show than corrupt themselves for the money. 

The show is producing some good results. Check out a sermon that Phil Robertson, one of the stars, preached at Saddleback Church in California. It shows how love can cure a nation...Check it out.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Unique Plus

Aussie takes pride in being different.  One sign of that is his hair. Recently though he decided to shorten it a bit. Actually, it was quite a bit. I tried to capture the feel of his uniqueness using artistic filters and slashes  of paint.

I'm not sure why he feels a need to look different. He is definitely not the run of the mill kid. He has tremendous talents and has made great achievements. He has a quick wit and great sparkling personality. There are more important things to life than the way one looks.  But then, I'm sure he will come to that conclusion on his own in time.

In the news: Sarah Palin speaks of a "colossal foreign police error" here.

Obamacare Premiums Likely to Skyrocket next year. Check it out here.

Why Sharyl Attkisson left CBS here.

Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker pounced on for posting a Bible verse here

The popular New Testament Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 reads  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I happens to be one of my very favorite verses as well. Go Governor Walker!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tender Love

I have loved this tender picture of Beth and Oliver from the minute I saw it. It was taken in January of this year.  Oliver was less that two months old and, if I remember correctly, there are times in those early months when Mommy doesn't get all the sleep that she needs.  Beth looked tired, but she was cuddling sweet baby as she rested her eyes.

I suspect that with a baby and a very active four year old, Beth doesn't always get the sleep she needs. There is only so much time in a day.

We all have the same number of hours in a day. Most of us  have the freedom to choose how we want to spend those hours. As Americans, many of us spend several hours a day in front of a television. 

You probably know that I don't watch much TV. Most of it seems like a waste of time and much of it is bereft of good morals. The shows are planned, I believe, to shatter our faith and lead us into stated in the Lord's prayer.

The Duck Dynasty show is so very popular and it is very different from most of the junk on TV now.  It is funny, entertaining and there is nothing offensive to those of us who believe Jesus is the Son of God and the one to whom we have pledged our lives.

I saw a clip on the Blaze today that brought me joy. A man from New Jersey drove to Louisiana to be baptized by Phil Robertson.  I promise it is not meant to mislead you or cause you trouble. Watch it.

Romans 6:3-4

New International Version (NIV)
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
The word 'baptism' is English for baptizo which means to immerse.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Memories Are Made of Sweet Moments

These are sweet moments when mother and sons cuddle close. Memories are made of times like these.

Now there is one question I have. The top photo was made on January 19, that is John's birthday, yet there was no picture of him. I guess having pictures of those most close to him is enough. 

Loving pictures like these remind us of the love our Father in heaven has for us.

There is a movie coming to theaters this Friday the 23rd that we must all go see. The title: God's Not Dead.  

Visit to see where the film is playing in your community and purchase tickets for opening weekend.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Poor Old Snowman

I realize this is a poor excuse for a snowman, but I really think this story should be told. I really wanted to build a snowman for the past couple of years. We had LOTS of snow this year and one would think I would have no excuse for not making one....despite my age. I try to not consider that. As has been said, it is only a number.

 I'm sure you can read the layout once you magnify it.

This past week has been a really sad, but interesting tale of the disappearing flight 370 from Malaysia to Beijing.   From the instant I heard there were two passengers traveling with stolen passports, I suspected a hijacking. Wouldn't any sane person?  Anyway, they have played with us for a week and have finally admitted it must have been a highjacking of sorts. The turn to it is...they suspect at least one of the pilots. Read up on it. Wow. It is a shame security persons  didn't put all this info together before the fact, thus preventing this horrid thing. The last I heard, they have still not found the plane with the 239 passengers.

CNN did a story about those passengers.

"The youngest is 2, the oldest 76. Five passengers haven't seen their fifth birthdays.

They are engineers, an artist and a stunt man, along with Buddhist pilgrims, vacationers and commuters. To those who wait for them, they are fathers, mothers, children, soul mates and the dearest of friends."

Please keep these people in your prayers as well as all those  spending day and night investigating.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Last month in Colorado Caleb and his family went sledding for his birthday. Mommy and Oliver just enjoyed the snow, while Daddy and Caleb got to slide down the  big hill.

It's not because I'm out of opinions that I"m quiet tonight...just overwhelmed by all the shenanigans in Washington and around the world. My head is tired.

Friday, March 14, 2014

God Whispers

There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. Peace seems to hover over it.

Remember the first sleeping infant you saw?

 When one has her first baby, she generally whispers when it is sleeping. It doesn't take long though for reality to set it and one soon learns that most normal household activity will not wake the baby until it has had its sleep.  Or am I limited in the number of babies I've known?

Just asking that question  allows me to tie in the video I want to share tonight. It is entitled God Whispers. Check it out here

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Oliver

Before I even mention my sweet grand baby, I must correct my post of yesterday.  I've been told that the type of robin spotted near my window and on my layout is very hardy and is often seen in during the winter months here.  I've lived in NE OH almost all my life and had not noticed them in winter before yesterday. But one of my best friends is a nature lover who dedicates much of her time to the Cuyahoga National Park and she knows her birds. So I am no longer concerned that this poor robin will starve. Thanks Robin, for your info.

Now, check out these pictures of our little Oliver and his dinosaur pjs. He was 10 days shy of 2 months old here. We have since gotten lots of pictures and I need to get caught up with layouts.

In the news... Things are so out of whack that I could probably make a list,  "The 10 worst things that happened today" each day in my blog.   But tonight I'll just name one. Obama has once more put off implementing Obamacare. He has delayed the mandate. It is a disaster and they know it. They don't want it to affect negatively those who supported it  in the 2016 election. Their plan is to delay it until after the election.  Then it will come down heavy on us with all its outrageous cost.

It is so overwhelmingly bad for our nation that one could write page after page of criticism. I've written about all I can stand for tonight.  If you want to know more, there are many sources to help you. I'm giving you a link here to the Rush Limbaugh show today. It is a good place to start.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First Robin of Spring

Even though our friend Robin made it back from Florida earlier this week, I have not seen her; so she is not my spring robin.

Actually I've not expected to see one of those fair weather birds yet. So imagine my surprise when I looked out and there he was,  hopping around the shrubs in the snow. I grabbed the camera I keep here on my desk and got a photo of it in the tree outside my window.

I'm still thinking about that little red breasted bird. Will it freeze? What will it eat, since the ground is still frozen and everything is snow covered? What can I do about it? I would put out bird seed, but robins prefer soft bodies invertebrates and berries. I don't know if they will even eat birdseed.  As much as I like the clean cover of snow, seeing this hungry bird brings a wish for warmer weather.

I have much the same concern for all those in our country whose jobs have ended because of the irresponsible  policies of our government. Many have to rely other taxpayers, when they would much rather be able to work and earn a living on their own.

If we are to save our country from those would destroy it, we must turn from the world and ask God to forgive us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

They Think You Are Stupid

Our little grandson is so blessed to have a great mommy and daddy. His mommy stays home with him and his brother and keeps them busy with plenty of life learning activities. I love these pictures of Caleb helping make apple chips. He is a busy boy with a train load of experience. He is at home in the kitchen as well as the garage and yard. He is a big helper.

Don't think he will ever let the press think for him.

Our title today is  about those in the press. They think we are stupid. And they are right sometimes. It is easy to pull the wool over a sheep's eyes if all they hear is filtered through the press. And that goes for human's as well.

I remember my 5th grade teacher. She had been raised behind the Iron Curtain and had escaped to the USA and to freedom. She taught us to think for ourselves.  Of course, I got a good dose of that at home as well. But she put it to practical use and helped us learn through the experiences  she had as a young girl in Albania.

For the most part, the Democrats in Congress and our President and their tools in the  media are copying that Communist way and trying to convince us they are good for the country. The sad thing is, so many of us have had our heads in the proverbial sand, that they are winning way too many people to subjugation (slavery).

Check this out  to see  what I'm talking about.  Watch it now.

If you didn't learn anything new, watch it again. Check the price of gasoline when George Bush left office and the price of gas now.  Listen to the Democrats cry because of the lower price in Bush's presidency. Then watch Obama laugh at  how high gas prices are now.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Quiet Time

Caleb has found something quiet to do. I'm not sure what he is thinking...wish I knew.

But my intent tonight is to  talk about adult quiet time...time to sit down and contemplate...trying to see father than the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next year.  What are your goals for yourself, for your children? Will you be able to meet those goals if our country continues on the same path?

I'm sorry to broach the subject, but if something isn't done...and in our country we do it at the ballot box, this great nation will quickly become like Detroit, like the third world. I encourage you, no matter how busy you are to stand up and be counted. Study the situation and vote...but not only our people who could lead us into a renewal. Find those who, like our early fathers, follow the lead of our God.  For if we follow Him as a nation, He will lead us to freedom and victory over those who would destroy us.  Without Him we are nothing, but lost.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our Mothers Are Sisters

Our mothers are sisters.  They are stay at home moms. And we are all smiles... 

Only three of these are my grandchildren, but I think all five are quite special. They have such beautiful smiles and sweet personalities.  Well, I guess I'm jumping the gun on little Oliver there, but I truly believe he will follow suit. There have been good examples set for him.

It is interesting that God set up families with a mother and a father and told them to be fruitful and multiply. His plan was to cover the earth with people raised in a loving atmosphere with both parents, each of which would play a different role in the child's life.

Over the decades studies have shown that children are better off with both parents in the home. However many would tell you otherwise now. They want to do things differently, so they do their own studies, or just make untrue statements  to sell their own lifestyles. 

It is sad to see children grow up with only one parent in the home.  It is also sad to see the mother have to go off to work every day, missing all the milestones  of their children's lives.  The Bible says to teach our children throughout the day through all kinds of activities. No matter how good teachers and day care workers are, they are not a good substitute for a stable home environment where their child can learn by example

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Maggie Loves Her Crate

Maggie started out loving her crate...but then she loved the cats bed as well. Since these pictures were taken, she has trained herself to go outdoors to 'potty'. And because that was the reason we would not allow her to sleep with us, she now does. It is her 'Biggy Bed'. Yes, it is my fault she speaks baby talk.  

She has now trained herself to go to bed at 10:30, whether or not we do.  Since she can not get up there herself, she comes to get me...usually I'm at the computer at the time, and leads me into the bedroom where she gets in position for me to lift her onto the bed. She has me well trained...I guess she thinks I'm smart for my age.

Tonight we made a big mistake. Evidently puppies should not have steak bones, at least not a rather  full one from a 30 oz steak. It made her sick. Glad she asked to go out before she threw up. I feel sorry for her. She doesn't know why she is feeling so badly. I hope tomorrow she will be better and will be able to eat.

It's always good to be able to look forward to tomorrow. In this case I am. However our nation is in worse shape day to day. Nothing is getting better, and will not as long as the present administration is running things.  They are doing everything in socialist form and blaming conservatives for the outcome. How is it that ANYONE believes them. All I can say dog is smarter!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Great Cut

Not every cut is a good one. Few are great ones. So seeing Mason looking this good made me smile a mile.

It's been a very busy day. I haven't kept up with the news. But I do want to say I am impressed with Ted Cruz of Texas. He has embraced the Tea Party, and is running with the good news. I am praying that the Republicans get it together before the next election and send up candidates who will offer us a choice: Socialism or Constitutionalism. It is a clear cut choice, no gray areas where candidates could be wishy washy.  I believe it is our only choice to save this country.

God is good.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

First Christmas

Well, guess we had better forget about being timely on the blog. I'm constantly behind, even though I have pictures coming in regularly and could be up to date...if, IF I DIDN"T MIND SKIPPING SOME PICTURES.  However, I love every photo I get and want to 'scrapbook' each one...especially the ones of my grand babies.

Wish I had about one week of vacation when I had nothing to do but make layouts. I think I might get caught up, at least momentarily, that way.

But here we are  back in December.  Oliver was only 15 days old on Christmas day. But he was already well dressed in his little color appropriate first Christmas jammies with mismatched holiday socks.

As for the news...I know you don't want to hear this, but keeping our brains detached from our heads will cause us more trouble than we can afford. These are frightening times which require that people not only pay attention, but take action of some kind. Otherwise our heads will not be the only parts of us buried beneath the sand.

Our grand government just gave Iran $6 billion of formerly frozen cash because they promised us to not develop a nuclear bomb.  You read that right.  They  PROMISED.  Oh, and our president made ups some promises in order to get elected over 6 years ago.

I wonder what we will do if they don't keep their promise. Could be that we would tell them that they disappoint us. That might help.

Not only did he give that astronomical sum to Iran, our enemy, but we took money from Israel, who is our friend...of at least we've been calling them friends while hitting them in the back.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


This is my favorite Christmas Day layout. It isn't Chrismasy, but it does bring joy to my heart.

Another travesty of our system took place today. It would take me longer to write about it than I want to take right now. I need my sleep in order to keep my sanity with what is going on in our once great country. We have been hijacked by a bunch of socialists who are out to destroy our  entire country. 

This is about Lois Lerner's refusal to answer questions at a congressional hearing on the targeting of tea  party groups by the IRS. Ms, Lerner used the fifth numerous times to destroy the first amendment.   
Click here to see more.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Home Schooling

What a cool new sled! Caleb and his family were able to  spend some time sledding on his birthday. They are a close family and it was good to be together.

In the news is a German homeschooling family, who has been seeking asylum in the states will be allowed to stay in the country.  They were represented by the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. The mother and father were both music teachers in Germany and left the country when they were being forced to send their five children to public school.  The family is the first to get asylum based on the protection of homeschooling rights.

I pray that we will continue to protect that right, considering that some of our public schools have become nothing more than indoctrination centers in recent years.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Told You So

Can't remember what, if anything, I posted for Valentine's Day. It was a busy day here...oh yes, Ron polished the floor for me and I bought him a sweater...that he has worn practically every day since.

This is my Valentine. This is Ron's Valentine. We both love this little dog who cheers us everyday with her wagginess, her cold kisses, her cuddles. We need a lot of cheering to keep us out of the pit of despair.  Yes, we know that is what God does for us.  And I believe that he works through others and even through dogs.

Ukraine is suffering, while we shame Russia because they are not doing what they promised years ago. Putin has flooded troops into the Ukraine and  is trying to turn back that countries decision to oust their ruler.

At the same time, we are of no use to the Ukrainians, our president is threatening Israel. We want Netanyahu to agree to a peace agreement which the US has proposed.  Well at least we have set the framework for a peace agreement.

One might wonder why our priorities are so skewed.  It isn't so hard to understand if you first believe that the aim is not to strengthen our country, but to cripple it, to bankrupt it, to destroy it.

And by the way,  Sarah Palin predicted this invasion in 2008.  She has said that the Obama administration's response has made President Putin more bold. She told us so.

I quote her 2008 statement: "After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russian' Putin to invade Ukraine next."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Your Mother is Watching

From the time Maggie came to stay with us, I've been trying to get her to look in the mirror. She always turns her head away. But one day she discovered this one in my closet and whenever I'm in there, she is as well...looking into the mirror.  She has figured out I'm behind her, so her little head is spinning, trying to figure that out, I suppose.  I finally got a picture when I realized I had my phone in there. Meanwhile I am telling her, "Your mother is watching you."

In the news: Big brother is watching you.

  What Drones can see from 17,500 ft.
This is cutting edge, and then some, photography.  Having worked in aerial reconnaissance I can tell you that the size of the area being covered, and the high quality of the imagery are, beyond incredible!    This imagery is being taken from 17,500 feet up.  That is roughly equal to 3-1/3 miles.  I'm extremely impressed, but I think that just about anyone, particularly those with experience in SERIOUS photography, and especially those having a military photographic background, will be.  From 17,500 feet the drone can see you from that altitude, but you can't see the drone. 
  What A Drone Can See From 17,500 feet.
Prepare to be very impressed. Excerpt from a  PBS story 

Saturday, March 1, 2014


It would make my life much  easier and more pleasant if there were more light. It's difficult to shoot good pictures in the dark. Oh, and don't get me started about the anemic lightbulbs they are now pushing from Washington. Everything about those things fire me up, but even then there isn't enough light to actually see.

Back to Christmas tonight. I hope I eventually (need a deadline) get caught up. I've been jumping to present day and back over and over again in the last 6 months.

For the news I'm jumping back to the present and bringing light on a subject you thought you would never hear.  Since our leaders have been so mamby pamby, the Soviets are becoming more and more brazen. I received an email today about their seeking naval bases over the world and especially in the Western Hemisphere. I have been getting emails with 1/2 truths and all out lies, so I was very cautious to check this out. It is all over the web. I even found a source I trust exceedingly...Matt Drudge and the Drudge report.

The Soviet military is talking with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. If I were on their side, I would stand up and cheer. But since, I would like to see our freedom preserved, I must sit down and pray instead. We can't beat these demons without God's help. There are too many of them and their basic thrust is to eradicate us and freedom.

As I said before, it is all over the web. I could sit here and type for a long time and still not inform you like you should be informed. Please google : The Soviets  / naval bases.  Snopes is staying away from this so far, but Drudge reported on it February 28th.