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“Foto Finish” is on Break

As much as I’ve tried, I just can’t keep up with Foto Finish right now.  Life just keeps happening and then I don’t get is posted or the linky open.  It makes me sad and disappointed when I don’t get to it.  I can honestly say at this point that I know we have a lot going on this Spring.   I have things going on like a close Uncle that’s been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have long to live, our 25th anniversary, Spring Break, and several other things. 

Right now, it’s my goal to restart Foto Finish on 5 April 2014.  That will get me past all the activities that we have going on.  I do hope that you’ll come back and join in the photo meme at that time.  I’d love to see it thrive when it returns as it’s a fun photography challenge for me.  I’m already pre-planning some themes for Foto Finish and I hope that you’ll like them.

When it does return, our Foto Finish theme will be BLUE.  Remember, the theme is optional and you may post photo that you choose for Foto Finish.  Our theme is just there to give us an idea of a photo to take or dig out for the meme.  If you’d like to read more about Foto Finish, please click here to check it out.

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RIP Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams

Esther Jane Williams was born 8 August 1921 and was a competitive swimmer who won 3 U.S. National championships by the age 16 and had a record-breaking time in the freestyle. She signed a contract with MGM in 1941. Esther achieved pin-up status because the number of swimsuit photos that she appeared in. She was married 4 times and had 3 children (with her 2nd husband). Esther died in her sleep on 6 June 2013 at the age of 91.

RIP Esther Williams!! Another one of the classics is gone….there will never be another million dollar mermaid.

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Foto Finish: In a Tree

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This week’s Foto Finish is on time!!  WooHoo  So, what did you do for our theme of  “in a tree”??

I had fun with this one.  I was going to go literal and go for a bird in the tree because I have lots of photos of that.  Instead, I had to go a little different route.  I used a photo that I took earlier this Spring of this pretty butterfly fluttering from blossom to blossom on our dogwood tree.

Here’s my Foto Finish for this week….

In-A-Tree byElaine

Thank you for joining in Foto Finish.  Please be sure to link-up below.  After you do that, I’d appreciate it if you’d visit some of the other blogs participating and be sure to leave a comment so that they know that you were there!!

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of “in a tree”!!  For next week, our (optional) theme is shoes.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with this and what photo you share!!

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Foto Finish: On a Shelf

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Two weeks in a row and at least I’m consistent with being late for Foto Finish.  I’ve decided that I’m going to have to do my post earlier in the week and schedule it for Saturday’s to post!!

This week’s optional theme is “on a shelf”.  I didn’t have anything for it, so I was running around looking for just the right shot.  I wasn’t happy with what I was taking or what was on my shelves.  I actually ended up going with a simple shot I took with my aim and shoot camera instead of my Nikon.

Here’s my Foto Finish for this week….

FF-OnShelf byElaine

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of on a shelf!!  For next week, our (optional) theme is in a tree.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with this and if anyone comes up with something unique!!

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Foto Finish: Fast or Speed

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I’m so frustrated, my first week of Foto Finish and I’m starting it an hour late!! I apologize and I will get the hang of this.

For my “fast or speed” photo for this week’s optional theme, I’m posting one from last week.  It was our annual trip to Texas Motor Speedway.  It was a night race, so my pictures were limited.  I think this one best captures our theme though!!

Here’s my Foto Finish….

FF - Fast or Speed byElaine

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That’s it for this week and I can’t wait to see what you all have for this week’s Foto Finish of fast or speed!!  I guess I had better tell you next week’s option theme as well.  HAHA  Next week, our Foto Finish will be on a shelf for the optional theme. 

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The “Iron Lady”

1990_margaret_thatcher

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925-8 April 2013) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979-1990. She holds the honor of holding the office for the longest period of time in the 20th century and being the only woman to hold the office. A soviet journalist gave her the nickname of “Iron Lady” because of her leadership style. In 2007, she was the first living British Prime Minister to be honored with a bronze statue in the House of Parliament.

R.I.P. The Right Honorable, The Baroness Thatcher!!

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Good-Bye “Mouseketeer” Annette

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RIP Annette Joanne Funicello (22 October 1942-8 April 2013).  Annette was an actress and singer, and she rose to prominence as one of the original “Mouseketeers” on the Mickey Mouse Club.  She transitioned into “beach party” genre in movies along with co-star Frankie Avalon in the 1960’s.  In 1992, she announced that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1980’s and died from complications of that illness.

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“Foto Finish” Returns

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For those of you that haven’t seen that button in quite some time, I’m happy to say that it will be returning in 2 weeks!!  Yes, that’s right, we’ll be holding Foto Finish weekly again.

Barbara who used to host this photo meme was no longer able to do so.  We’ve been missing Foto Finish since December and I do mean we miss it!!  I finally contacted Barbara to ask her if I could host it and she agreed.  I’m so honored because she always did such a good job with it. 

I’m keeping everything pretty much the same way that Barbara had it.  I can’t wait to do this because I know that I need to challenge myself more with my photography.  That’s really the whole purpose that I asked if I could take over hosting this great photo meme.  I can’t wait to come up with our optional themes and push myself to get out there and take some new photos.

To learn more about the return of Foto Finish, please click the button above to be taken to the Foto Finish page.  And remember, be back here on 20 April where our optional theme will be speed or fast!!

 

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Meet Ralph Elf

We have a new member in our family. Well, our holiday family, that is.  Yesterday, we officially adopted Ralph Elf.  He’s direct relation to all those other helpers to Santa, Elf on a Shelf.

Kiddo and I went shopping yesterday and for a couple years now, we’ve been saying we should get one.  She told me she didn’t get how they could possibly work.  (I just love how she plays along!!)  Finally yesterday, she decided it was time.  Leaving the store, I told her that she gets to name it.  I jokingly said he looks like a “Ralph” and Ralph Elf  was “born” and became ours!!

We went home and promptly filled out all his information and his new family name.  We printed out our adoption certificate so we could keep it close by him.  Miss K read the story to the dogs and they listened with great intent.  I about know what they were thinking…..FINALLY, we won’t be the only spoiled naughty ones in the house!!  We set Ralph on the tv cabinet with some other decorations and said that we hoped he’d be a good boy and just return there each night.

No such luck!!  This is where we found Ralph Elf this morning….

Ralph Elf Day1 2012

Click to enlarge Ralph Elf on Day 1

Now this is a definite no-no!!  That decoration is very old and delicate.  But sure enough, there he is enjoying a ride on the reindeer.  SHEESH  The kid in the picture is pretty cute too, isn’t she!?!?  It was a few years ago, but she’s still alright for a teen!!  HAHA

I’ll keep you posted on our newest holiday family member.  Right now, I’m just hoping that he doesn’t find too much trouble or he might get a punishment!!  By the way, if you head over to the Elf on the Shelf site, they have some really fun games that we wasted a fair amount of time playing yesterday afternoon.  HAHA

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Creek

Here’s my Wordless Wednesday and this is courtesy of the beautiful fall foliage that we saw on Fall Break and you can click to enlarge….

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Foto Finish: Show Us Where You Live

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Today’s optional theme for Foto Finish is “show us where you live”.  I think this is a great topic!!

For us, something that’s part of our life on a regular basis is the Wildlife Refuge.  We go out there quite often.  This particular day, there was plenty of buffalo and many of the fields and meadows were in bloom.  In this particular shot, you can see the purple wildflowers blowing in the wind while a lone buffalo grazes on the grass with Mt. Scott behind.

I love this shot and I hope that you do too!!  Here’s “where I live” for Foto Finish…..

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Flashback Friday: Singin’ in the Rain

Today for Flashback Friday, I’m going back to a movie that TCM celebrated yesterday for it’s 60th anniversary, Singin’ in the Rain.  This movie was shown again on the big screen in select theaters across the US.  It was originally released 27 March 1952 in NY and 9 April 1952 in LA.  At the time, it wasn’t considered to be that good of a movie.
Singin' in the Rain movie poster
Singin’ in the Rain had an all-star cast with Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Donald O’Connor (Cosmo Brown), and Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden).  It also featured Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont) and Cyd Charisse.  The film was directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelley and it was produced by Arthur Freed.    The premise (from IMDb) is “a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. “  This leads to lots of laughs….and plenty of dancing!!
Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly dance
Gene Kelly by far has one of the best scenes in the movie.  That would be the singing/dancing scene in the rain.  The fact that it’s filmed in Technicolor helps to add to many of the parts of the movie, including this one.  As only Don Lockwood could sing and dance it…..

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo…

I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

Dancin’ in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!

I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the rain…

Gene Kelly in the famous dance scene in the rain
Donald O’Connor has some great lines in this film too!!  He’s also an amazing dance talent himself.  Cosmo Brown can “make ’em laugh” with lines like, “Short people have long faces, and long people have short faces. Big people have little humor, and little people have no humor at all. ” He also delivered some zingers to Lina.
Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly
Debbie Reynolds is spectacular through the whole movie.  She’s cute and perky.  Most of all, she’s right on cue with both men in the dance scenes.  She’s a true pro and has such natural talent.  I think this part was made for her!!

Umbrella dance scene
To me, this is one of the greatest musicals of all time.  The elements of comedy keep it fun and entertaining.  The amount of pure talent is just amazing throughout the entire film.  Despite all this, I’ve also read that this is on-point enough to be a documentary to the changing times when Hollywood first went to talkies.  This is a must-see movie whether your an avid classic movie fan, a musical lover, or even just someone who occasionally appreciates the oldies.  This is a feel-good movie that will make you want to get up and sing and dance yourself!!  Don’t be surprised if the next time it rains, you grab your umbrella and so splash around some puddles!!

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