So, I needed some new PR photos that reflect how I actually look now at 71. As one of the gazillions of people who dislike 1) having portrait photos taken, because 2) we hate how we look in them, I put it off for awhile. But eventually I swallowed my pride and had Steve from Dog Grin Photograph come out. He’s a great guy, he loves people, he loves dogs and photography. No wonder I had him come out to the farm.
As usual, there were a lot of photos that, uh, didn’t turn out so well. Nothing to do with Steve, everything to do with me, Skip and, of course, The Queen of PhotoBombers, Nellie. We did get one good photo that I’m okay with, but I thought you might be amused at the outtakes. Here’s one, in which I love that I’m laughing my usual laugh (and my saggy neck is stretched out), but it looks like I have jammed my fist down Skip’s mouth. In actuality, after we found the perfect place with good portrait light, Nellie just had to stroll over and distract Skip. When he is crazed to do something he can’t do, he gently mouths my hand. We’re working on eliminating it, but it’s super gentle and sort of sweet (don’t shame me for saying so please). I’m laughing because it was so predictably funny that Nellie ended up messing up the shot.
I liked the photo at first, but then, I realized that Skip looks as uncomfortable as I look happy. Eeeeps.
Here’s what we finally settled on:
Maggie, deservedly so, got some attention too. I like this one of her intensity while about to drive the sheep in the upper pasture.
We tried to manage things such that Steve could get that perfect photo of a working dog coming right at you with the sheep in the foreground. This is close, but I wish she was on her feet.
Steve had an exhibit of his work at the UW Children’s Hospital (where Tootsie used to volunteer with Pet Pals). That’s Maggie in front of our barn, third photo from the right.
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Good weather! Oooooh, so gorgeous for a few days. What a joy. I’ve been working Skip and Maggie a lot, but doing less gardening than is needed. But I sure have been enjoying it. Here are some Day Lilies that caught my eye:
Please scroll down quickly if you’re not a fan of spiders, but unless you’re phobic I hope you can enjoy how beautiful she is!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of cooking too, here are the dinner rolls that I make several times a month. I just freeze them and then pop them out before dinner. Yeah, Jim and I could eat less bread, but uh, well, never mind.
If it’s August, it’s corn in Wisconsin. I couldn’t resist taking a shot of field corn ripening while showing off it’s tassles. Gotta love summer.
I hope there are things to love about your summer too. I’d love to hear about them.