Maternity Photos, Biloxi, MS


For my daughters maternity photos, we decided to travel to Biloxi, Ms to capture these beautiful beach shots.  This is my first grandchild and I am so excited….you can also expect many photos of my grandchild once he is born.  His name is Daniel Edward Shelman III (aka Tripp) and he due to arrive in this world on August 31, 2015.


Isn’t she one beautiful mama to be?  I keep telling her that Tripp will look back at the photos one day and say WOW….I’m sure all of his friends will be jealous.  I never looked that good pregnant (or any other time).  

Garvan Woodland Gardens ~ Hot Springs, AR

I had been seeing so many beautiful photos online about the Tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR  that I made a quick trip to photograph some of them.  Here is a sample of some of the photos I took.  You can see all of the photos and read the full post on my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.



Happy Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day everyone.  I decided to work today (I know, crazy huh?)  and decided to take  pictures of this old bicycle propped up next to this antique store here in the park.




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I have had several people ask for the pimento cheese recipe used in these photos.  I don’t have any particular recipe since I usually look into the refrigerator and use what I have.


While my sister and I was traveling the Texas Hill Country photographing bluebonnets, we ran across an employee of Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).  When we asked for recommendations for a beautiful location to photograph, he suggested Mulseshoe Bend.  And boy was he right !  It was perfect!

You can check out the full post and helpful information at Southern Blue Traveler.



Hamilton Pool, Texas

Have you ever been to Hamilton Pool in the Texas  Hill Country?  We if you haven’t, pull out your bucket list right now and put it close to the top.

It was at the top of my list of places to see in Texas so when my sister and I decided to travel to the Texas Hill Country to photograph bluebonnets, I knew I had to go.

You can check out my full post on what to see and do while there at Southern Blue Traveler.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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When I pulled into my driveway this afternoon, I could see the sun shining between the dark clouds and loved the way it lit up my blue chair.  I ran into the house and grabbed my camera and headed out the back door.

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Photographing Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country

My sister wanted to travel to the Texas Hill Country and photograph the bluebonnets this year and this is the results.  The flowers were beautiful and I had the opportunity to photograph some other amazing places I had wanted to visit for year.

You can check out a list of the places I recommend checking out if you are in the area HERE at Southern Blue Traveler.


Spring Chickens


I just had to run outside and snap a picture of these chickens roosting on an old swing. They seem to like it so much that I’m thinking about moving it to their pen.


I also wanted to get a few pictures of my chickens before we mowed all of the flowers.

Homesteading On One Acre ~ Getting started

I ran across this article on homesteading on one acre in the new Mother Earth News.  I sit staring at it trying to decided how much of the plan is actually feasible for me.  I love to plant and harvest my fruit and vegetables every year and I love canning, freezing, and drying those fruits and vegetables.

It’s the in between that I have a problem with.  You know, the dreaded hoeing.  I don’t like to hoe and avoid it at all cost.  That is probably why I love  my square foot garden so much.  Don’t get me wrong, there will be plants in the large garden  (aka..the work garden) but I actually love working in a smaller, raised bed garden.

I also want  to do a  more research in an effort to become more self sufficient.  There are cows in the pasture, chickens, eggs, fruit and nut trees already in place.  I just need to make everything come together and work more efficiently.


In preparation of planting season, I met a friend at our local Farm Store and purchased some seeds.  I restrained myself and only purchased what I needed but I wanted to get a little of everything.

Visions of  baskets overflowing with vegetables and shelves lined with canned goods danced in my head but thoughts of the dreaded hoeing  kept me in check.


I dug out my little garden tools, gloves, and seeds this morning.  You may notice that I have  a total of 5 gloves and that none of them match.  Yep, my gloves have sock syndrome.  I always end up with gloves that don’t match.  I don’t know how this happens.

Really, every fall  I put away matching gloves and by spring, one glove magically disappears.  Fortunately I have a couple of gloves for the right hand and a couple for the left hand  so I’m good to go.

Have  you started planting your garden?




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