Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2009 by pjack214

Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
great food.

Thanks to my brother, Ray and my sister in
law, Lori for having Thanksgiving at their
house which is big enough to hold us all and
we all can move around. Love you guys.
Everything was so nice. We all bring something
but thanks really goes out to them for what
they do and for allowing all to join in.

We had turkey, ham, dressing, two kinds
of sweet potatoes, creamed taters, and
cheese taters. Baked beans and green
beans, corn casserole and rolls. We
had sweets, and sweets and more

We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo’s and enjoy each

My Thanksgiving was made even better
when my nephew, Chase asked me to
go with him after dark to downtown
Nashville to photograph. Chase has
recently gotten into photography and
he wanted to do night shots of buildings
and city shots. I was all to willing to
join him and honored that he asked
his FAVORITE aunt! Okay, that might
be a stretch but that is my story and
I will stick to it!!!

Chase came by and picked me up and
out we went camera’s in hand. I did
not do that much shooting but I enjoyed
watching him. He is very talented and
I think he got some really great shots
to work with. Can’t wait to see what
he turns out using an effect called
HDR. I was very impressed listening
to him tell me about the steps he
takes to get the finished product.
Thanks Chase, I really had a great time.

Now my day is slowing down and I
think I will curl up on the sofa with
my dog and chill out a bit.


Grandson’s Surgery

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2009 by pjack214

Yesterday my grandson, Dustin Jr., aka DJ,
had surgery. He was born with a club
foot a year ago.

He did really well through the surgery
and was able to
go home in just a few hours.

Being the CAMERA person I am, not
only do I have
my professional camera, I always
have a point and shoot
in my purse. So here are some pics
of DJ after surgery.

my daughter Amber with DJ after surgery in the
holding room.

After he woke up….not sure about that cast on his leg

Looks like he is saying “this thing has to go”

Pretty big cast for a little guy.

Look at those eyes…still suffering from the
effects of being put to sleep (that just sounds
so wrong) and the pain meds.
Thanks for stopping in,

Wordless Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 by pjack214

wedding I shot a yr. ago.

Hands and Stitches

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2009 by pjack214

Okay, so I had surgery on my hands, yes, both
of them 11 days ago. For those just reading about
this I had a cyst removed from my ring finger on
the left hand and a bone spur from the thumb
on the right hand.

I have not been limited much on typing (that is
my job) except for the first 4 or 5 days and it
was a hunt and peck sort of thing. After that I
can type, just not overdo it. The thumb is
still swollen but both are healing nicely.

My biggest issue is that I have to keep them
dry. So washing your hands is fun! I normally
wash the thumb and two fingers next to the
thumb on the left. Washing the right hand
is a bit better, I can hold the thumb out and
wash the whole hand. I have learned to work
with it.

The next problem with keeping them dry is…
showering and washing your hair. Yes folks,
I have showered and I do wash my hair..daily!
I have been wearing latex gloves with rubber
bands at the wrist to keep water from running
in. Not so bad except by the time the shower
is over, I am ripping the gloves off. You have
to have the rubber bands tight you see so I
get them off before the hands turn blue.
Shampooing is an issue, do you know how
hard it is wearing latex gloves to know if you
have gotten all the shampoo out of your hair??
I just stand there a bit longer to be sure it is
getting out cause I sure can’t feel it.

Okay, out of the bathroom!

The next issue is cooking! I have bandaids on
the fingers but try cooking and not getting that
wet! So I take the bandaids off and then the
stitches really get wet, but I figure I can dry
them and the air helps…..but do you want
raw chicken around that area???

There are more issues that I have learned to
work around but I don’t want to bore you so
I will add a few touches to this blog on this
subject and let it go. One issue is just
being limited on things you can do. There
is that fear of hitting or knocking them. Not
being able to limit over 5 lbs and not being
able to really use them for things like
painting, crafts or even stripping that
table I started on before surgery.

Last but not least, changing from park to
reverse or drive. My car’s gear thingy is
between the seats (auto), but there is a
button on the side that you have to push
in before moving the gear stick. Its on my
right side of course, and there is the issue
of the swollen thumb! Okay so I turn my
hand and use my first three fingers to
do this now…course I wonder how many
times I try with the thumb before I feel
the pain??

Anyway, this is life in my eyes or should
I say with my hands.
Thanks for stopping in.


I Heart Faces – Autumn Beauty

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2009 by pjack214

Hello…this is my first time to be a part of I Heart Faces at
This shot is my niece, Holly. I had her out taking pics of
her this weekend and this is one shot that I just love.
Look at that face, laughter, smiles and fun.
Thanks for stopping in,


Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2009 by pjack214

Caleb…just last fall

Caleb and Nana (I) taken a couple
of years ago.

I am addicted to Facebook! I found it almost
a year ago and I have been a daily visitor since,
and I must add more then once a day ( I don’t
even count it )….

I have reconnected with friends from school
(and I have been out a while), its a great way
of keeping up with family in other states and
just daily chit chat.

Last week there was a post (can’t remember who
it started with) that asked you to post something
that you are thankful for from then till Thanksgiving.
I have posted that I am thankful for family, friends,
my job, and my health so far.

I was telling my sweet grandson, Caleb who is nine
about this and then I asked him what he was thankful
for. His reply, after just a second of thought was that
he was thankful for his great family! That reply made
his Nana happy, it was a sweet reply and he did not even
have to think about it.

Two days later when he came to stay the night with me
I asked him again what he was thankful for. Without
thought he replied that he was thankful for Sgt. Young.
This sparked my attention so I asked who that was.
Sgt. Young, a man my grandson has never met, is the
husband of Caleb’s math teacher. Sgt. Young is a doctor
in the service and has just returned from over seas.

Now I know that the teacher talks to her students about
her husband and where he was because Caleb told me
a few weeks ago that she was not there that day cause
he was coming home. I think that is so neat that she shares
this experience with her kids. They now know that Sgt. Young
was at war, protecting them but he was also the doctor
to help with the injuryed. What touches me more is that
my nine year old grandson knows the importance of this and
he is thankful for Sgt. Young and the job he has done for

They say things like “out of the mouths of babes”, and I
consider this reply to me as being out of the mouth of a
very sweet, loving and kind hearted young boy. I am
blessed and very thankful for him in my life.

Thanks Caleb,
Love Nana

Thanks for stopping in,
Nana aka Pam


Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 by pjack214

As the weather outside is getting cooler here
in Nashville TN. the bugs are starting to
venture indoors. That ranges from spiders
(which I am deadly afraid of) to Ladybugs.

As I sit at my desk at work I find those
harmless little bugs all over the windows inside.
Now our windows are sealed tight (suppose to
be) but somehow these little bugs keep
finding their way in.

Today, I noticed I had rolled over one in my
floor….oops, didn’t see you there.

With that a discussion got started here in the
office about the color. I always thought of them
being red with black spots. The ones that are here
in the office are orange/red with black spots.
So with that discussion of color I had to run to
my favorite source of info…the internet. Had I
had the internet in school I would have graduated
with the highest honors and been the smartest one
around. I read from it all the time.

Anyway, this is what I found out.
Did you know…
Not all ladybugs are really ladies (course not…don’t
they need a male???)???
Ladybugs are also called Lady beetles or Ladybirds
All ladybugs are born black
There are over 5000 different kinds of
ladybugs worldwide
Ladybugs are a type of beetle
Ladybugs chew from side to side
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells
and tastes terrible so predators won’t eat them
It only takes the larvae, or baby ladybug,
about one week to grow into an adult
Ladybugs eat aphids
Ladybugs hibernate for the winter
Ladybugs are commonly known to be
red with black spots, but they can also
be found as orange with black spots
or black with red spots
The colour, pattern of markings, and
the number of spots on a ladybug
will help you identify what type of
ladybug it is (okay, time to start counting)
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times
a second when it flies (like a
Ladybugs are cold blooded
If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite
you, but the bite won’t hurt
The spots on a ladybug fade as the
ladybug gets older

Thought that info was rather fun and interesting.
And since I was at a loss for a blog today and
still recovering from finger surgery…it was an
easy blog.

Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment
so I will know you were here.