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2013-12-20 19:12:18 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

So, I hopped online last night to keep up on plussers, as promised ... and promptly left it where it was, because we're having a cat emergency. After overnight observing, we took this guy to the vet with a urinary blockage. Not sure if he'll pull through, or how we'll afford the vet bill, but we're doing our best. In the meantime, I have approximately ten million deadlines to meet today. Fun times!

I'm still loving birds, bugs, kids, photos and beauty. Just a little preoccupied. Hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season. 

Most reshares: 6

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2014-04-20 18:49:31 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

The Easter Spider wishes everyone a Happy Easter! I'll be breaking from Easter candy, celebrations and eggs to look at spider lunches, activities and, well, eggs. Have a wonderful Easter/ #SpiderSunday , all. :-)
#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Most plusones: 85

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2014-05-11 23:42:07 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Resharing one of my favorite mothers with eight legs -- a green lynx spider, guarding her eggs.

Happy Mother's Day to the all the two-legged mothers out there today! Hope your days are going as well as mine. As always, feel free to share spidery fun for #SpiderSunday . :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2015-05-11 04:18:46 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Figured I'd reshare this photo of a mom to be for Mother's Day and #SpiderSunday! Hope everyone had a good weekend, moms and spider lovers especially. :-)

Figured I'd reshare this photo of a mom to be for Mother's Day and #SpiderSunday! Hope everyone had a good weekend, moms and spider lovers especially. :-)___

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2015-04-05 22:19:54 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Figured Easter is a good a time as any to resurrect my G+ presence and observe #SpiderSunday ! Easter Spider says she hopes you have a very happy Easter, and maybe don't taste her eggs. :-)

#HappyEaster  from +Spider Sunday, curated by me when I'm not MIA as well as by +Lerato Majikfaerie.

Figured Easter is a good a time as any to resurrect my G+ presence and observe #SpiderSunday ! Easter Spider says she hopes you have a very happy Easter, and maybe don't taste her eggs. :-)

#HappyEaster  from +Spider Sunday, curated by me when I'm not MIA as well as by +Lerato Majikfaerie.___

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2014-11-03 01:26:06 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

A lovely photo from +Terrie Gray for #SpiderSunday . Sometimes the web is as striking as its builder! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

While this photo is for #spidersunday, I almost like it more for the background than for the spider!

+Spider Sunday +Kimberly Hosey +Lerato Majikfaerie 
#bellesphotos  +Belles photos  +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Claudya Bonnet +mimiesmile b
#allthingsblue  +All Things Blue +Joseph Ehrlich 
#hqspphotoart  +HQSP Photo Art 
#dailydepthoffield  +Daily Depth Of Field  +Vince Ong  +Nuraini Ghaifullah  +f.a. fiebig
#landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional  +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin 
#macroaddict  (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and +Christian PR and +Den Bassi and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +Mia Morvan___A lovely photo from +Terrie Gray for #SpiderSunday . Sometimes the web is as striking as its builder! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-09-29 03:07:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Hope everyone's having a spidery Sunday! Check out the legs and abdomen on this beautiful orb weaver from +Ben Frewin. (Only in biological nerdery can you say "Check out those legs and abdomen!" without sounding creepy.) 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Macro shot of an amazing looking spider that i found under a rock in my garden today, Rotherham, UK.  Please take a look and hopefully like. Thankyou!


#spidersunday   curated by +Kimberly Hosey  and +Lerato Majikfaerie ___Hope everyone's having a spidery Sunday! Check out the legs and abdomen on this beautiful orb weaver from +Ben Frewin. (Only in biological nerdery can you say "Check out those legs and abdomen!" without sounding creepy.) 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-08-18 01:49:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

And another jumping spider for Spider Sunday, this time a gorgeous study in the little jumper's beauty, on both black and white, from the master of fine detail, +Seth Burgess. Just gorgeous! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Jumping spider, on black and white

For #spidersunday  +Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey +Lerato Majikfaerie ___And another jumping spider for Spider Sunday, this time a gorgeous study in the little jumper's beauty, on both black and white, from the master of fine detail, +Seth Burgess. Just gorgeous! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-08-18 01:47:57 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Have and adorable saltie for Spider Sunday, from +Sabeena LoBello.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Friendly, living room Spidey.


#SpiderSunday #AllThingsOrange #Close2Home #Macro4All #HQSPmacro #NatureAndMacroPhotos #MacroAddict #MacroManiacs #AndroidPhotography #MobilePhotography___Have and adorable saltie for Spider Sunday, from +Sabeena LoBello.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-08-12 03:47:37 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Our sky is pretty impressive. I have such a huge backlog of these I haven't even gotten to yet. "Hey, you're missing the sunset!" is a sure-fire way to get me or my son off our butts any evening.

Our sky is pretty impressive. I have such a huge backlog of these I haven't even gotten to yet. "Hey, you're missing the sunset!" is a sure-fire way to get me or my son off our butts any evening.___

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2014-08-11 01:45:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Check out this awesome black and white shot of a cross spider from +Steven Spence! The orb weaver is gorgeous, as is his image, PLUS he offers some spidery poetry from Bill Watterson!

Hope you're having a super #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey )

A Sunday post that lets me combine two of my favorite things: wit and nature. In this case, Bill Watterson ( Calvin and Hobbs ) provides the wit:

Like delicate lace,
So the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
Of wond'rous design!
Such beauty and grace
Wild nature produces   ...
Ughh, look at the spider
Suck out that bug's juices!

Below is a black and white portrait of the lovely little cross spider that I met yesterday while mowing the grass. Unfortunately, I had to break her web in order to get where I was going, but I made sure she was safe.

Also, I thought Black and White might be a bit less threatening for some of you than seeing her in full color. Sort of a "distancing" effect, because it looks like in an old book. my hope at least.

Have a great Sunday! 

P.S. the picture is large enough that you should be able to zoom in a bit. 

P.P.S. #spidersunday  , +Lerato Majikfaerie , +Kimberly Hosey ___Check out this awesome black and white shot of a cross spider from +Steven Spence! The orb weaver is gorgeous, as is his image, PLUS he offers some spidery poetry from Bill Watterson!

Hope you're having a super #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey )

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2014-08-05 20:34:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Hey! I still have a blog! 

Hey! I still have a blog! ___

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2014-08-04 04:20:20 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

And one more for #SpiderSunday ! Cucumber spiders must know how nicely pink complements their green color, so this one posed accommodatingly for +Jitte Groothuis.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey) 

A male cucumber spider, I think. Buff spiders are masculine enough to hang out in pink roses.

#SpiderSunday (+Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey & +Lerato Majikfaerie)
#MacroManiacs (+MacroManiacs by +Sandra Deichmann)
#Macro4All (+Macro4All  by +Walter Soestbergen, +Thomas Kirchen, +Bill Urwin)
#MacroGallery (+Macro GALLERY by +Heinrich Wagner)
#hqspmacro (+HQSP Macro by +Terrie Gray, +Robert Vierthaler, +Albert Vuvu Konde, +Stefanie Schächtel
)
#MacroAddict (+MacroAddict, by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Didier Caron, and +Jean-Pierre Malézieux)___And one more for #SpiderSunday ! Cucumber spiders must know how nicely pink complements their green color, so this one posed accommodatingly for +Jitte Groothuis.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey) 

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2014-08-04 04:18:22 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Love the front legs on this jumper captured by +Seth Burgess. Jumping spiders are the best! :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum male)

Huge front legs in this guy.  This is a 3 image focus stack to get both that front leg and the eyes in focus - I could have used a few more to get some back legs too.  And I wish I'd cleaned the surface prior to shooting too - lots and lots of dust.  And maybe a better background for reflection.  Oh well, it's still a neat critter even if the photography isn't what I'd hope for.

For #spiderSunday  +Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey +Lerato Majikfaerie ___Love the front legs on this jumper captured by +Seth Burgess. Jumping spiders are the best! :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-08-04 03:22:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Check out this beauty from +Devyani Sen for #SpiderSunday ! Love that color.

Hellllllllllllo +Spider Sunday  :) #spidersunday  

[for this one I shot the flash through the leaf :)) ]___Check out this beauty from +Devyani Sen for #SpiderSunday ! Love that color.

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2014-07-31 19:11:13 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Nature: Our mood lifter, secret family spot, retreat, playground, spiritual fulfillment, photo safari and beautiful distraction all in one. And all we have to do is go outdoors! (Pro tip: Go before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. for now if you're in my neck of the woods. Still, that's when the best light and nature magic happens.)

Nature: Our mood lifter, secret family spot, retreat, playground, spiritual fulfillment, photo safari and beautiful distraction all in one. And all we have to do is go outdoors! (Pro tip: Go before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. for now if you're in my neck of the woods. Still, that's when the best light and nature magic happens.)___

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2014-07-23 18:12:42 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

During our recent camping trip to the Mogollon Rim. 

Me: "OK, let's try to do a selfie like we wanted. Do you want to sit down in front of the Rim?"

Husband: O.O :-(

Me: "It's OK. It's way away from the edge. And we don't have to."

Husband:  O.O 

Me: "Seriously. Let's do something else." 

Husband: "No, it's fine." :-(  (Takes two minutes to cautiously get in position.) 

Me: "Are you sure?" 

Husband: "Just take the picture." 

Son: "Mom, your hair is in my face!" 

Me: "No, it's not." (It totally is.) "Now quit slouching and moving all over the place." 

Son: "I'm not!" (He totally is.) 

Me: "OK, let's get together. And don'tlook at th... more »

During our recent camping trip to the Mogollon Rim. 

Me: "OK, let's try to do a selfie like we wanted. Do you want to sit down in front of the Rim?"

Husband: O.O :-(

Me: "It's OK. It's way away from the edge. And we don't have to."

Husband:  O.O 

Me: "Seriously. Let's do something else." 

Husband: "No, it's fine." :-(  (Takes two minutes to cautiously get in position.) 

Me: "Are you sure?" 

Husband: "Just take the picture." 

Son: "Mom, your hair is in my face!" 

Me: "No, it's not." (It totally is.) "Now quit slouching and moving all over the place." 

Son: "I'm not!" (He totally is.) 

Me: "OK, let's get together. And don't look at the screen. Look at the lens."

Son and husband (looking at screen): "What?" 

Me: "The lens, the lens! That's where you should look! Not at the screen." (I look there to prove my point while snapping.)

Son, checking the shot: "Where's the Rim behind us? You can't even tell." 

Me: "Oh, well. We're all smiling! And Dad's getting up anyway. Let's go eat." 

And that's our selfie of the year.___

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2014-07-22 21:06:41 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

The stars through the trees on our last night at Bear Canyon Lake. I didn't bring a tripod and don't even have a shutter release, but this shoddy attempt is enough to make me want to come better prepared next time and really shoot the stars. 

Plus, the sky looked like this. Photos or no, that's a pretty nice prize.

The stars through the trees on our last night at Bear Canyon Lake. I didn't bring a tripod and don't even have a shutter release, but this shoddy attempt is enough to make me want to come better prepared next time and really shoot the stars. 

Plus, the sky looked like this. Photos or no, that's a pretty nice prize.___

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2014-07-20 21:37:17 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Clouds rolling in over the Mogollon Rim during our trip. We watched as the world below and around us was swallowed in a white void. My son was pretty excited. I'm not even sure if he knew I was recording. 

(Sorry for the tilting at 50 seconds; I'm used to taking photos and forgot not to try a vertical. I'm an idiot.)

Clouds rolling in over the Mogollon Rim during our trip. We watched as the world below and around us was swallowed in a white void. My son was pretty excited. I'm not even sure if he knew I was recording. 

(Sorry for the tilting at 50 seconds; I'm used to taking photos and forgot not to try a vertical. I'm an idiot.)___

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2014-07-20 17:26:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Check out this gorgeous fishing spider from +Jason King! 

Fishing, jumping, wandering, orb-weaving, waiting-in-the-dark, creepy multi-eyed-staring ... (OK, those last two might not be species, but they fit) -- we love all types of spiders and other arachnids on #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Fishing Spider (Dolomedes striatus) 

+Spider Sunday curated by  +Kimberly Hosey +Lerato Majikfaerie #SpiderSunday
+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by  +Robert SKREINER #10000photographers
+Animalia curated by  +Adelphe BACHELET #Animalia
+Daily Depth Of Field curated by  +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah +f.a. fiebig #DailyDepthOfField
+HQSP Macro curated by  +Anja Wessels +Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #hqspmacro
+Macro GALLERY curated by  +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson #macrogallery 
+Macro4All curated by  +Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen #Macro4All
+MacroAddict curated by  +Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron #macroaddict
+MacroManiacs curated by  +Sandra Deichmann #macromaniacs
+NATURE & MACRO Photos curated by  +Robert SKREINER +Roswitha Böhmer #naturephotos
+Photo Mania Canada curated by  +Rinus Bakker +Giselle Savoie +Mark HELM #photomaniacanada
+PhotoMagic curated by  +Jason Borg #PhotoMagic
+Promote Photography curated by  +Nikola Nikolski +Naghmeh Khadembashi +Milena Ilieva +Gittan Beheydt #promotephotography___Check out this gorgeous fishing spider from +Jason King! 

Fishing, jumping, wandering, orb-weaving, waiting-in-the-dark, creepy multi-eyed-staring ... (OK, those last two might not be species, but they fit) -- we love all types of spiders and other arachnids on #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Lerato Majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-06-30 03:54:07 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Orchard orbweavers are some of the loveliest spiders, at least in terms of color. Love this beauty from +Seth Burgess! 

I took some photos of a juvenile black widow in our yard (there's a new generation every year), but this being Arizona, I nearly gave myself a heatstroke overdoing it, so I'll process/post it next Sunday. Happy #SpiderSunday , everyone. :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

An Orchard Orbweaver, Leucauge venusta

The green really shows up a lot more when hit with a flash - I mostly just saw these intense orange spots floating in the air (I don't think this photo captures them as intensely as the eye).  I also like all the hairs on the back legs near the body on this one  - I wonder what they're used for. edit: Thanks to +Ph Mo, these are "trichobothria" and are used to hear vibrations in the air - so they serve the same purpose as ears!  Now I wonder if they're just used for defensive/hunting purposes, or if these spiders have the equivalent mating calls too... time to research  google.

for #spidersunday  +Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie ___Orchard orbweavers are some of the loveliest spiders, at least in terms of color. Love this beauty from +Seth Burgess! 

I took some photos of a juvenile black widow in our yard (there's a new generation every year), but this being Arizona, I nearly gave myself a heatstroke overdoing it, so I'll process/post it next Sunday. Happy #SpiderSunday , everyone. :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-06-23 02:30:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Check out this spiky-legged beauty!  Compliments and +1s go to +Jim Robertson. 

Happy #SpiderSunday , all. 

#spidersunday   +Spider Sunday +Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie 

Shamrock Orb Weaver Spider
To add to +John Wade  "EEEEEEEK" posting___Check out this spiky-legged beauty!  Compliments and +1s go to +Jim Robertson. 

Happy #SpiderSunday , all. 

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2014-06-15 20:18:29 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Oh my gosh, I'm not sure exactly what the lighting setup is for this one (go comment on +Seth Burgess's photo to guess, and also to +1 and tell him how awesome it is), but this is fantastic! Enjoy this dramatic spider shot, and keep sharing for #SpiderSunday ! I've gotta go have a Father's Day with my non-spider-fan, but he's still kind to the critters at my and my son's behest, so we love him for that! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, and Happy Spider Sunday, as always!

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Here's a funky one.

10 points to the first person to correctly describe the lighting setup!

For #spidersunday  +Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie ___Oh my gosh, I'm not sure exactly what the lighting setup is for this one (go comment on +Seth Burgess's photo to guess, and also to +1 and tell him how awesome it is), but this is fantastic! Enjoy this dramatic spider shot, and keep sharing for #SpiderSunday ! I've gotta go have a Father's Day with my non-spider-fan, but he's still kind to the critters at my and my son's behest, so we love him for that! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, and Happy Spider Sunday, as always!

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-06-01 19:29:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

A gorgeous, dramatic shot of an orb weaver from +Tarun Bhushan for #SpiderSunday ! Happy June, and keep spidering. I've got a bum mouse on this computer, but I'm catching up on the eight-legged goodness.

Boo!

Just an orb weaver, looking rather bat-like. No worries!

#spidersunday +Spider Sunday (+Kimberly Hosey +lerato majikfaerie)
#squaresunday (+Tom Golson +Ken McMahon)
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro (+Chandro Ji +Terrie Gray +Dorothy Pugh +Sandrine Berjonneau)
#macroaddict +MacroAddict (+Sandrine Berjonneau +Didier Caron)
#Macro4All +Macro4All  (+Walter Soestbergen +Bill Urwin +Thomas Kirchen)
#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals (+Alejandro J. Soto +Krystina Isabella Brion +Andy Smith)___A gorgeous, dramatic shot of an orb weaver from +Tarun Bhushan for #SpiderSunday ! Happy June, and keep spidering. I've got a bum mouse on this computer, but I'm catching up on the eight-legged goodness.

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2014-05-11 23:42:07 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Resharing one of my favorite mothers with eight legs -- a green lynx spider, guarding her eggs.

Happy Mother's Day to the all the two-legged mothers out there today! Hope your days are going as well as mine. As always, feel free to share spidery fun for #SpiderSunday . :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Resharing one of my favorite mothers with eight legs -- a green lynx spider, guarding her eggs.

Happy Mother's Day to the all the two-legged mothers out there today! Hope your days are going as well as mine. As always, feel free to share spidery fun for #SpiderSunday . :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)___

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2014-05-09 20:09:55 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

A couple days early for Mother's Day, but you know if I wait until Sunday I'll forget (and besides, that's Spider Sunday). My son keeps telling me to share this one because it's his favorite. I have to agree. There are better photos (though not many with me in them), and it's not particularly exciting. We've done more and bigger and better things since then (though we usually end up sitting in the dirt, so that's the same). But this was right about when he really started becoming ... well, him. And when I started thinking that maybe I could do this whole parenting thing. I suck at most things in life, but I like to think I turned out to be kind of good at that. Who knew?

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. :-)

(Photo credit goes to Colleen Tucker, my sister.) 

A couple days early for Mother's Day, but you know if I wait until Sunday I'll forget (and besides, that's Spider Sunday). My son keeps telling me to share this one because it's his favorite. I have to agree. There are better photos (though not many with me in them), and it's not particularly exciting. We've done more and bigger and better things since then (though we usually end up sitting in the dirt, so that's the same). But this was right about when he really started becoming ... well, him. And when I started thinking that maybe I could do this whole parenting thing. I suck at most things in life, but I like to think I turned out to be kind of good at that. Who knew?

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. :-)

(Photo credit goes to Colleen Tucker, my sister.) ___

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2014-05-04 20:59:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

A stunning saltie from +Devyani Sen for #SpiderSunday . Check out those eyes! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Side view of a very goodlooking saltie which has its eyes set on a bunch of white flies!

For +Spider Sunday  #spidersunday  
#arachnids  ___A stunning saltie from +Devyani Sen for #SpiderSunday . Check out those eyes! 

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-04-20 18:49:31 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

The Easter Spider wishes everyone a Happy Easter! I'll be breaking from Easter candy, celebrations and eggs to look at spider lunches, activities and, well, eggs. Have a wonderful Easter/ #SpiderSunday , all. :-)
#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

The Easter Spider wishes everyone a Happy Easter! I'll be breaking from Easter candy, celebrations and eggs to look at spider lunches, activities and, well, eggs. Have a wonderful Easter/ #SpiderSunday , all. :-)
#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)___

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2014-04-19 02:51:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Resharing these for:
#WeAreParents  (+We Are Parents +Juan Gonzalez +Maki Silberberg)
and
#FloralFriday  (+FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson)

The palo verde trees are all in bloom. It's pretty gorgeous. (And no, he's not allergic in the slightest.)

A palo verde tree in bloom, and my son, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Gilbert, AZ.___Resharing these for:
#WeAreParents  (+We Are Parents +Juan Gonzalez +Maki Silberberg)
and
#FloralFriday  (+FloralFriday +Tamara Pruessner +Beth Akerman +Eustace James +Kiki Nelson)

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2014-04-17 23:43:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

My son sizing up photo opportunities at sunset at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve.

My son sizing up photo opportunities at sunset at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve.___

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2014-04-15 20:37:55 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

The palo verde trees are all in bloom. It's pretty gorgeous. (And no, he's not allergic in the slightest.)

A palo verde tree in bloom, and my son, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Gilbert, AZ.

The palo verde trees are all in bloom. It's pretty gorgeous. (And no, he's not allergic in the slightest.)

A palo verde tree in bloom, and my son, at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Gilbert, AZ.___

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2014-04-07 02:25:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

A gorgeous spider lady from +Kim Sinclair! 

Big girl with small snack

Here's the orb weaver I posted before but this time she has a buggy lunch, well snack really!

+Spider Sunday  #spidersunday  by +Kimberly Hosey & +lerato majikfaerie 

+Buggy Lunch  #buggylunch  by +Mandy Allen and me!

#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann

#Macro4All +Macro4All curated by +Bill Urwin and +Walter Soestbergen 

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Rinus Bakker and +Vishal Kumar___A gorgeous spider lady from +Kim Sinclair! 

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2014-04-07 01:04:07 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

A gorgeous "belly" shot from +Jitte Groothuis for #SpiderSunday . Check out those eyes!

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Found this one when it was near dark, but I was still out and scouting nice spots to shoot some buggies.
This is actually one of the few times that a "belly-shot" of a spider still appeals to me, perhaps because of the angle. You can still see its eyes a bit :)

#Macro4All (+Macro4All  by +Walter Soestbergen, +Thomas Kirchen, +Bill Urwin)
#SpiderSunday (+Spider Sunday by +Kimberly Hosey & +lerato majikfaerie)___A gorgeous "belly" shot from +Jitte Groothuis for #SpiderSunday . Check out those eyes!

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-03-22 03:50:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Arizona Science Center's Science of "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" dance studio room, on a recent visit with friends. Kids and adults alike could have stayed in there all day. 

Arizona Science Center's Science of "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" dance studio room, on a recent visit with friends. Kids and adults alike could have stayed in there all day. ___

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2014-03-16 17:06:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Spiders catch the light pretty nicely! Happy #SpiderSunday , everyone. Keep those awesome arachnids coming!

(Give props and plusses to +Devyani Sen)

A backlit spider for +Spider Sunday @@ +Kimberly Hosey and +lerato majikfaerie (hi there :) )

#arachnids   #spidersunday  ___Spiders catch the light pretty nicely! Happy #SpiderSunday , everyone. Keep those awesome arachnids coming!

(Give props and plusses to +Devyani Sen)

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2014-03-10 04:21:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

This gorgeous little lynx from +Seth Burgess is out of this world! Hope you're all wrapping up a pleasant weekend and  #SpiderSunday .

A little lynx spider and her reflection for  #SpiderSunday  

We keep having cold snaps, but today was warm enough for some of the more adventurous critters to come out of hiding and test the air.  In contrast to my previous post, this is pretty much SooC with levels adjustment; 2 orange gelled backlights and an overhead softbox on a slab of black ikea glass.

+Spider Sunday now with +lerato majikfaerie and +Kimberly Hosey ___This gorgeous little lynx from +Seth Burgess is out of this world! Hope you're all wrapping up a pleasant weekend and  #SpiderSunday .

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2014-03-09 19:23:34 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

I'm out to scout some new spiders, hopefully (and insects, and birds, and mammals...). In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous orb weaver from +Marcelo Valente, and keep sharing and browsing our arachnid friends on this lovely  #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

The idea was to make a macro shot of this spider, but, as it was as large as the palm of my hand my courage failed me!! Beautiful specimen...does anyone know what kind of spider it is. Shot was taken in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

#Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Chris Levers  +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )

#HQSPMacro +Sandra Deichmann

#BugsEveryday curated by +Chris Mallory

#dailydepthoffield +Daily Depth Of Field by +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah +Virgil Cowen +f.a. fiebig

#buggyfriday +Buggy Friday by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar +Dorothy Pugh

#SpiderSunday is curated by +Kimberly Hosey

+10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS by +Robert SKREINER___I'm out to scout some new spiders, hopefully (and insects, and birds, and mammals...). In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous orb weaver from +Marcelo Valente, and keep sharing and browsing our arachnid friends on this lovely  #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-03-07 19:24:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

My long-billed dowitcher made it into this week's Friday Fotos at Arizona Highways Magazine's website. I have landscapes and whatnot, but I'm glad I used a critter -- because the other fantastic photogs featured have the landscapes down! Some amazing work there. Go check out all the photos. They're gorgeous.

My long-billed dowitcher made it into this week's Friday Fotos at Arizona Highways Magazine's website. I have landscapes and whatnot, but I'm glad I used a critter -- because the other fantastic photogs featured have the landscapes down! Some amazing work there. Go check out all the photos. They're gorgeous.___

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2014-02-24 03:18:37 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Check out this fabulous funnel web spider from +David Elefante. They're just the best predators. 

Happy #SpiderSunday ! 

Funnel Web Spider

Thanks +Greg Murray for pointing it out. While +Barry Blanchard and I waited for it to come out of hiding a small grasshopper jumps into the outer web. All we had to do then was wait for the spider to sense it.

#SpiderSunday  for +Kimberly Hosey & +lerato majikfaerie
#WildWest2014___Check out this fabulous funnel web spider from +David Elefante. They're just the best predators. 

Happy #SpiderSunday ! 

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2014-02-23 00:59:18 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

EDIT: I now know that this is the blister beetle Lytta magister, thanks to +Seth Burgess. 

Spotted by my son in our backyard, San Tan Valley, AZ, 2/17/14, 5:50 p.m.

EDIT: I now know that this is the blister beetle Lytta magister, thanks to +Seth Burgess. 

Spotted by my son in our backyard, San Tan Valley, AZ, 2/17/14, 5:50 p.m.___

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2014-02-17 02:27:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

+Jitte Groothuis has a lovely spider showing some lovely legs for this #SpiderSunday !

I'll be catching up on everyone's gorgeous spiders (and sharing some of my own too!), but I'm super grateful to have +lerato majikfaerie's help curating the theme starting now. Thank you! :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

Very overblown shot, but I felt like sharing anyways.

#SpiderSunday (+Spider Sunday by +Spider Sunday & +Mandy Allen)___+Jitte Groothuis has a lovely spider showing some lovely legs for this #SpiderSunday !

I'll be catching up on everyone's gorgeous spiders (and sharing some of my own too!), but I'm super grateful to have +lerato majikfaerie's help curating the theme starting now. Thank you! :-)

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +lerato majikfaerie +Kimberly Hosey)

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2014-02-09 18:09:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

A giant desert hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis), and a reminder that all arachnids are welcome on #SpiderSunday !

Also, an update: +Mandy Allen, my co-curator (i.e. the curator doing 99 percent of the curating these last few months) has decided to focus on her many other creative pursuits. Thank you SO much, Mandy. Anyone want to take her place? 

In the meantime, have a scorpion, and keep sharing your eight-legged friends!

A giant desert hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis), and a reminder that all arachnids are welcome on #SpiderSunday !

Also, an update: +Mandy Allen, my co-curator (i.e. the curator doing 99 percent of the curating these last few months) has decided to focus on her many other creative pursuits. Thank you SO much, Mandy. Anyone want to take her place? 

In the meantime, have a scorpion, and keep sharing your eight-legged friends!___

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2014-02-01 02:23:54 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sometimes I do projects that have nothing at all to do with bugs or being a cantankerous know-it-all! I've been serving as editor in chief (after having much debate about whether it's "editor in chief" or "editor-in-chief"--OK, I'm still a nitpicky know-it-all) on Get Image Ready Magazine, a newish and growing Arizona-based magazine all about beauty, fashion and lifestyle and the wonderful people, locations and things behind it all.

This issue features +Nicholas Pappagallo Jr, who many of you might recognize, on page 72. They also talked me into agreeing to a profile, which you can see on page 28. 

The magazine grew out of the company Get Image Ready, which produces all-inclusive photo shoot events and sends photographers out to fashion and lifestyle events around the Valley. We've branched out into covering more about our "subjects"... more »

Sometimes I do projects that have nothing at all to do with bugs or being a cantankerous know-it-all! I've been serving as editor in chief (after having much debate about whether it's "editor in chief" or "editor-in-chief"--OK, I'm still a nitpicky know-it-all) on Get Image Ready Magazine, a newish and growing Arizona-based magazine all about beauty, fashion and lifestyle and the wonderful people, locations and things behind it all.

This issue features +Nicholas Pappagallo Jr, who many of you might recognize, on page 72. They also talked me into agreeing to a profile, which you can see on page 28. 

The magazine grew out of the company Get Image Ready, which produces all-inclusive photo shoot events and sends photographers out to fashion and lifestyle events around the Valley. We've branched out into covering more about our "subjects" editorially as well, but seriously, if you're in the market for some fantastic portraits, keep an eye out for Get Image Ready's photo shoots (the website is growing at www.getimageready.com)--and I'm not just saying that; I had it done (you can see one sample on the magazine profile). Seriously, you guys. Me. Portraits. Of myself. And my face. With MAKEUP. And not a spider in the whole shot. If you're looking a photo shoot and you, like me, know more about capturing bugs than people, look 'em up. They provide the setting (mine was in Kurt Warner's former residence), the makeup and a professional shoot with outfit changes if needed.___

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2014-01-30 02:37:34 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

I hear that #Superb_Owl Sunday is coming up, so I figured I'd share a great horned owl we ran into recently at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve recently. Credit goes to my son for spotting it first, though we'd both have seen it ... it was almost pitch dark and totally silent around us, and then it was just RIGHT THERE, just sort of looming over us at the gate. It flew off in total silence after a few minutes. Superb indeed.

I hear that #Superb_Owl Sunday is coming up, so I figured I'd share a great horned owl we ran into recently at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve recently. Credit goes to my son for spotting it first, though we'd both have seen it ... it was almost pitch dark and totally silent around us, and then it was just RIGHT THERE, just sort of looming over us at the gate. It flew off in total silence after a few minutes. Superb indeed.___

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2014-01-27 19:07:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Another shot from our trip through the Odysea Mirror Maze--I'm not quite sure which is the real kid. At least a dozen times I'd be talking to "him" when a hand would reach out from behind or beside me and startle me. 

Psychedelic mirror maze, plus you get to see adults looking stupid. A kid paradise.

Another shot from our trip through the Odysea Mirror Maze--I'm not quite sure which is the real kid. At least a dozen times I'd be talking to "him" when a hand would reach out from behind or beside me and startle me. 

Psychedelic mirror maze, plus you get to see adults looking stupid. A kid paradise.___

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2014-01-27 02:32:52 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Just a quick one straight from the camera, because I can't stand to not participate in #SpiderSunday  anymore, no matter how busy or flighty I am: A juvenile male western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) in my backyard. Love the boxing-glove pedipalps.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Mandy Allen and hopefully me again if  I can get my act together!)

Just a quick one straight from the camera, because I can't stand to not participate in #SpiderSunday  anymore, no matter how busy or flighty I am: A juvenile male western black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) in my backyard. Love the boxing-glove pedipalps.

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Mandy Allen and hopefully me again if  I can get my act together!)___

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2014-01-26 04:52:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

For my latest family column, we went to Odysea Mirror Maze in Scottsdale, and I only took slightly longer than all the children in the maze to find my way out. (Those who know me should be quite impressed.)

For my latest family column, we went to Odysea Mirror Maze in Scottsdale, and I only took slightly longer than all the children in the maze to find my way out. (Those who know me should be quite impressed.)___

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2014-01-07 23:53:50 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Can’t ring in the New Year without setting things on fire! We had to wait until the night of Jan. 1, but we made up for it by doing this for hours (well, this, and other considerably more explodey versions).

Can’t ring in the New Year without setting things on fire! We had to wait until the night of Jan. 1, but we made up for it by doing this for hours (well, this, and other considerably more explodey versions).___

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2014-01-06 16:57:03 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Camping at Bear Canyon Lake. The hillsides around the lake were so insanely green, and for these desert rats, it was "like a wonderland from a story" (to borrow my son's description).
#NatureMonday  (+NatureMonday +Rolf Hicker +Jen Baptist)

#Arizona   #nature   #naturephotography  

Camping at Bear Canyon Lake. The hillsides around the lake were so insanely green, and for these desert rats, it was "like a wonderland from a story" (to borrow my son's description).
#NatureMonday  (+NatureMonday +Rolf Hicker +Jen Baptist)

#Arizona   #nature   #naturephotography  ___

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2014-01-01 00:04:39 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Sorry for the repost. My previous version of this had a title that was (completely unintentionally) very close to the blog title of a friend of mine. That's what I get for multitasking! Anyway, I deleted the old one, so now you all have to go re-like and re-tell me how great these are. Kidding. Thanks for sharing, for looking and for a great 2013. And thank you once again, +Alex Wild, for curating these. So much great science and nature photography here (and sorry for messing up my link)! You really all need to head to his blog post at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/12/31/compound-eye-readers-best-science-and-nature-photographs-of-2013/ and marvel at some great photos. After you marvel at mine, of course.

Happy New Year, all.
#NewYear  

Sorry for the repost. My previous version of this had a title that was (completely unintentionally) very close to the blog title of a friend of mine. That's what I get for multitasking! Anyway, I deleted the old one, so now you all have to go re-like and re-tell me how great these are. Kidding. Thanks for sharing, for looking and for a great 2013. And thank you once again, +Alex Wild, for curating these. So much great science and nature photography here (and sorry for messing up my link)! You really all need to head to his blog post at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/12/31/compound-eye-readers-best-science-and-nature-photographs-of-2013/ and marvel at some great photos. After you marvel at mine, of course.

Happy New Year, all.
#NewYear  ___

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2013-12-30 02:50:18 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

We saw this tarantula--an Arizona blond tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), I believe a mature female--on our camping trip to Bear Canyon Lake this past year. Figured I'd finish the year strong(ish) with a new spider post of my own. Happy spidering in the new year to you all, and a happy #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Mandy Allen +Kimberly Hosey)
Also for #ScienceSunday  (+ScienceSunday +Robby Bowles +Allison Sekuler +Rajini Rao +Chad Haney +Buddhini Samarasinghe)

We saw this tarantula--an Arizona blond tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), I believe a mature female--on our camping trip to Bear Canyon Lake this past year. Figured I'd finish the year strong(ish) with a new spider post of my own. Happy spidering in the new year to you all, and a happy #SpiderSunday !

#SpiderSunday  (+Spider Sunday +Mandy Allen +Kimberly Hosey)
Also for #ScienceSunday  (+ScienceSunday +Robby Bowles +Allison Sekuler +Rajini Rao +Chad Haney +Buddhini Samarasinghe)___

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2013-12-26 19:12:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Season's greetings from the Christmas spider!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is resting and continuing to enjoy the holidays however you each like best. As for us: Cat's still with us (fingers crossed), talked to and visited family yesterday, ate ourselves silly and--as always--had way more under the tree and in stockings than we'd planned. Tonight: using presents, going to the lake, eating some more, loving the cat and (hopefully) getting a few minutes' rest at some point. We're here tonight, and that's enough, as they say. A late happy holidays, all.

Season's greetings from the Christmas spider!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is resting and continuing to enjoy the holidays however you each like best. As for us: Cat's still with us (fingers crossed), talked to and visited family yesterday, ate ourselves silly and--as always--had way more under the tree and in stockings than we'd planned. Tonight: using presents, going to the lake, eating some more, loving the cat and (hopefully) getting a few minutes' rest at some point. We're here tonight, and that's enough, as they say. A late happy holidays, all.___

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2013-12-20 19:12:18 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

So, I hopped online last night to keep up on plussers, as promised ... and promptly left it where it was, because we're having a cat emergency. After overnight observing, we took this guy to the vet with a urinary blockage. Not sure if he'll pull through, or how we'll afford the vet bill, but we're doing our best. In the meantime, I have approximately ten million deadlines to meet today. Fun times!

I'm still loving birds, bugs, kids, photos and beauty. Just a little preoccupied. Hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season. 

So, I hopped online last night to keep up on plussers, as promised ... and promptly left it where it was, because we're having a cat emergency. After overnight observing, we took this guy to the vet with a urinary blockage. Not sure if he'll pull through, or how we'll afford the vet bill, but we're doing our best. In the meantime, I have approximately ten million deadlines to meet today. Fun times!

I'm still loving birds, bugs, kids, photos and beauty. Just a little preoccupied. Hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season. ___

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