Turkey Day Poetry

tractor filled with pumpkins

I'm thankful for family and friends... for you, and pumpkin pie! I'll be lighting a candle and saying a little prayer for happiness around your table and for world peace. Photos for Blue Monday

Heap High the Board
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer,
And gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band
Whose courage never ceased.
Give praise to that All-Gracious One
By whom their steps were led,
And thanks unto the harvest's Lord
Who sends our daily bread.
Alice Williams Brotherton

candle lit

A Grateful Heart
Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
George Herbert

And singing a song, along with this pretty bird, of praise and thanksgiving on this special day... each and every day.

siaila mexicana

I'll be eating mostly vegetables while the family enjoys the turkey bird!

Turkey's on the Table
"When turkey's on the table laid,
And good things I may scan,
I'm thankful that I wasn't made
A vegetarian.
Edgar A. Guest

wooden turkey display

Photo Credit: Taliesin

If Turkeys Thought
If turkeys thought, they'd run away,
A week before Thanksgiving Day.
But turkeys can't anticipate,
And so there's turkey on my plate!
Jack Prelutsky

photo editing of turkey

Photo Editing: Light Trail Texture with Lomo effect

Photo for Mandarin Orange Monday

Funny Bird
A turkey is a funny bird,
Its head goes wobble, wobble,
All it knows is just one word,
"Gobble, gobble, gobble."
Author Unknown

Full Circle
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
"The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway
Thanksgiving comes again!
Author Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating in the US, Canada and the Philippines!


 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -- C. S. Lewis

Reading Monster: Dino Tales

Photo Edit of Reading Monster

Here's my photo shop contribution for Coloring Page Tuesdays

I started with the image below drawn by Elizabeth Dulemba. This is so cute with the dinosaur reading a dino tale upon a stack of books! My 4 grandson's are happy campers with this inspiring image to encourage reading!

Dulemba Reading Monster Illustration

Then I added some nature texture, like these green leaves with multiply layer. The finished product was adding a radiant shine layer in the first photo.

There's a celebration going on right now... It's Picture Book Month for November. On the calendar is "Heidiey Stemple - Dinosaurs." For more information, visit Heidiey Stemple's Bio. I'm not familiar with the author but I do know Barefoot Books favors dinosaurs and here are some of my former posts on the subject.

1. Dino Island

2. Meeting The Blue Dino

3. Dragons and Monsters

4. I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur

By the way, I was featured at Dulemba ColoringPages! A special thanks to a very talented illustrator/author Elizabeth Dulemba for choosing the photo shop "Reading Fox."

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

Retro Gas Stations

Escondido Bowling Alley and Gas Station

The Escondido Bowling Alley... oh, how I remember it well. It was a highlight of my younger days, along with that same red gallaxie that my parents owned. (maybe it's them!) :=)

Although I grew up in El Cajon, trips to North county were fondly remembered. The loud, dungy-dive place is off of Via Rancho Parkway but unfortunately gas is no longer 25 cents! ElectroSpark captured it well and offers more retro pics on his blog, http://www.flickr.com/photos/electrospark/3516258643/

Standard Gas Station

Retro Gulf Station

My cousin sent the family many nostalgia type gas station photos. Photo Credit: hipspi/freewebspace

Mobil Gas Station in the 60s

I love the overhead power lines and the good looking cars of the 60s.

Rancho Cucamonga Garage

Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban city in San Bernardino County, California. I love this vintage look before all the development took place. For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_Cucamonga,_California

old time gas station photo edit

Photo Edit: Color Boost, Nature Overlay

Happy trails,

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

Reading Fox: Aesop's Fables

Reading Fox

Coloring Page Tuesdays is hosted by a wonderful book author/illustrator  Elizabeth O. Dulemba. I enjoy reading her posts about book giveaways and author interviews. I've been fortunate to win one of her books also that I absolutely love. You can read my review of  Prince's Diary
If you're interested in participating in this meme, post your drawings and cards at her gallery, http://dulemba.com

I love taking photographs and I like posting them for Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday.
Even though I missed yesterday for this new meme, I wanted to experiment and see what coloring looked like in PhotoShop. Here's what I did to get this effect for the Reading Fox.
  • Photo Editing
1. Paint Effect
2. Light Multiple
3. Weave Texture
4. Water texture
5. Paper Overlay

What have you created lately?

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

The Tire Swing

little girl swinging

Our granddaughter loves to go to the playground everyday. I think it's awesome that the city provides this wonderful sea foam blue-green indoor/outdoor carpet for the kids.

tire swing at the playground

The tire swing is a huge hit with her. I think she looks awesome in her pink sunglasses!


Once she gets in motion, there's no stopping her. She enjoys the merry-go-round, too!

granddaughter at the playground

Even though she gets a little dizzy and needs to pause for awhile, everything looks rosey to her!

Do you have a park nearby or a play area in your back yard? Photos for Blue Monday.

minnie mouse costume

Our precious granddaughter had her heart set on this costume. Isn't she an adorable Minnie Mouse?!

photo editing of minnie mouse costume
Photo Edit: Peeling Paint/Orton Effect

I thought Minnie Mouse also looked quite pleased with herself for Mandarin Orange Monday
Did you have many trick-or-treaters this year? On to the next holiday, along with the time change!


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis