Life in the Sandbox had some highs and lows this year. We were excited last Christmas when our youngest became engaged to a lovely young lady and then tied the knot in a blissfully happy marriage in October of this year. She is easy to love and we do.
The Sandbox was asked to be on a garden tour in the early summer and so there was a flurry of activity to get the gardens just ship shape for our visitors. We started a garden in a place that was just a catch-all and it turned out just spectacular. We planted some red zinnias from Renee Seeds in California and they grew so well and performed so well in the garden that I will try more of her seeds this year. The summer was just perfect this year for the garden with not too hot and dry temperatures.
I took an online Photography class with Bryan Peterson on Exposure and really learned quite a lot. We had assignments each week that were critiqued by Brian and fellow teacher Chris so I really had to put the work into a decent photo. The other classmates could also give us feedback. It helped so much. I stood beside a busy highway one Sunday panning cars for some great shots. It was fun. We did painting with our camera when we zoomed out and in while holding down the shutter button. You get some colourful and wild shots. I took my first HDR pictures too.
This fall I received my ten year pin as a member of my Master Gardener group.
At the moment my husband is awaiting a test to see why he is unable to swallow. This has been getting progressively worse over the last few months. His diet mainly consists of Boost or Ensure and sometimes some soup. He has his test on Friday. I am trying to be optimistic rather but he has has been feeling rather low.
Hopefully 2012 will be good to us all. Valerie
I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday