Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Amazing Photographer

So my daughter wanted to set up a day to take our annual 3-Gen photographs before I move to Ohio.  And she wanted to have them taken on the beach in Galveston by a professional photographer.  This was a photographer she found via "The Nest", an online site for young mothers, so I figured this would be a young woman sort of "in training", working on building a business.

Wow -- was I ever naive!  Kasey Marsh, the photographer, IS a young woman, and she's very laid back, fun to be around, and our experience with her was completely enjoyable.  So I wasn't expecting much more than some nice shots of all of us at the beach.  I was especially happy that she IS so laid-back, as I was feeling rather cranky about having to take time out from purging & packing, getting ready to move, and leaving my house at 5:15 a.m. to meet the fam in time ...

But the photos she took are positively BREATHTAKING.  I can't even believe it's us in those pictures -- we don't look like real people.  Here are some preview shots she posted on Facebook for us:  http://www.facebook.com/Queen.Space.Cadet#!/photo.php?pid=1009978&id=16477234943&ref=fbx_album

Bottom line, if you want some AMAZING photographs taken professionally of you, your family, whatever, contact Kasey.  I *highly* recommend her.

Here's a link to her website:  http://monkey-tree.com/

Enjoy the eye candy, and then call her!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Mobile

I've whittled down my book collection significantly, and catalogued the ones I'm keeping in GuruLib.com.  Whew!  I've only got 376 books in my library now!  And that's after giving away at least twice that many.  Sometimes having a plethora of built-in bookshelves is not actually a *good* thing, I guess.  But I sure do love my books.

In the process of cleaning out junk, I came across my original Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes book -- the one my parents gave me when I was about 3, where I tried to teach myself how to write.  Oh the scribbles in the book!  They crack me up now.  They also bring me very fond memories of both my parents reading to me, and letting me "read" to them .... gosh I miss them.  Still.

I also found my ancient "French Fairy Tales" book, and my old Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verse".  Wow, I love those books!  The illustrations in "French Fairy Tales" are simple line drawings, but they're exquisite to me.  These books are both so old they have no ISBN's for cataloging purposes.  :-(   My parents read to me from those books, I read them to myself, and then I read them to my children.  It was quite gratifying to learn a few years ago how much our "reading sessions" mean to my now-grown offspring.  And it thrills me to know they read to their children.

When you're an only child, books can be your best friends, your windows on the world, the source of a vivid imagination ... reading is still a great comfort to me. 

Now we have Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and numerous other websites selling books (and a whole lot more), which explains why I had to get rid of SO MANY BOOKS.  :-)

Parents, read to your children.  I'm convinced it creates a special bond between you, one that lasts a lifetime.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Half Price Boxes

Have you heard of "1/2 Price Boxes" in the Houston area?  They're a fabulous resource for boxes of any kind, as well as moving and shipping supplies. 

I went to the Pearland store and got 25 boxes (20 small and 5 large) for only $25 -- you can't beat that price anywhere that I've found if you're buying boxes for anything.  The gentleman running the store was so helpful, and so sweet ... I've packed up all those boxes and will be headed back for more.

They also sell bubble wrap, peanuts, tape, tape guns, packing paper (blank newsprint), moving blankets, peanuts, foam, stretch wrap ... I'm sure there's more that I can't think of right now.

I found them on the Web, which is why I'm posting about them here.  I'm not affiliated with the company, nor will I get paid for this endorsement, but if you're in the market for boxes or shipping/moving supplies, I highly recommend them.

Here's a link to the website:  http://www.halfpriceboxesofhouston.com/index.html