Those Russell Girls: November 2006

Those Russell Girls

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Here I Go Again!

I've left a note for Tony to help me with Kodak EasyShare, but I thought I'd try again on my own to send some pictures. Wish me luck! By the way, Beth just e-mailed me today saying she and Josh have a blog ( and I haven't looked at it yet but it's there if you're interested in checking it out.

Ella & Riley & Greg's children dressed for costume day at school on Oct. 31: Katie - nifty fifties; Matthew - Arthur; Claire - Veterinarian. I can't find any pictures on my computer of Scott's boys; they're all on EasyShare!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yea! I can post pictures using Picasa!
Hope this topless one is not too risque!
Donna's not online, so she will never know. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hi Everybody . . . This is my first attempt at "blogging". Not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do. I've been out of the techinology loop for too long.

It's a beautiful day here in Nashville; a little bit cold though.

Baby Anna is doing well as are Jeff and Piper.

Aunt Bertha Update

Email from Barbara:

Hi Betty, Jenny, Jane, and Kathryn,
I took Mother to her appointment with Dr Talbert on the 6th and he said her heart was in AFib again. He didn't want to do any more heart shocks since they haven't been holding. He said he wanted to replace her pacemaker with a defibulator. We set that up for this coming Tuesday. The fact that she wasn't happy about this and the fact that it is beginning to hit her that Daddy is gone probably had effects on her heart. Then Wednesday night she started feeling different and called 911. They took her to Chattanooga and Talbert decided to keep her there until after he does the surgery on Tuesday. Carolyn and I are taking turns staying with her. Ellen was here for the weekend, Jayne may come tomorrow for a couple of days and Debbie will be here to stay with her the night after surgery. Always makes us feel better to have a nurse with her (or us.) Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Love, BArbara

Let it snow! Let it snow!

It's been snowing like crazy here, since about 8:00 this morning. I love it! It probably won't amount to anything, but it would be great to see some accumulation.

Spent the day in Asheville yesterday, shopping a little, mostly just looking around. I usually don't get far from this mountain top and often feel that I'm missing out on whatever is going on out in the "real world"! I have to spend a day like yesterday occasionally to remind me that I'm not missing anything at all! At least, nothing good! I can do without the crowds, traffic, lacking of parking places, etc. Had to park half a mile from the Mall entrance, which was OK - I need the exercise, but when I came out it was pouring rain! Which brings to mind another discovery: I do not need, ever again, to drive at night when it's raining! Made this discovery while driving home last night through pouring rain and wind; water across the highway that, when I hit it (because I couldn't see it!), felt like hitting a brick wall. Felt very grateful to get home safely!
Just got an update from Margaret about Aunt Bertha. Margaret visited her in the hospital yesterday and said she seemed fine, her usual self. The plan is still to replace the pacemaker with a defibrillator on Tuesday. Sure hate for her to be in the hospital so long! Much love to Barbara, Carolyn, Donald, and all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In spite of being very confident that she will be fine, still a little anxious! Let's keep each other posted.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Blogger Help

Blogger seems to be a little finicky these days about posting photos - I posted a couple of hints in the comments in Aunt Betty's last post that may help.

In general, I highly recommend that you make liberal (sorry Betty) use of the "Save as Draft" button - there have been a number of earth-shaking, world-shattering revelations that I've labored over until they were just so and then had something blow up before I could hit the "Publish Post" button. Use Save as Draft fairly often and then you can open it back up and continue editing.

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hello! I'm a Blogger Now!!!!

I deleted the first attempt I made to send a picture because I've been unable to figure out how to preview the pictures before sending. I'll try again, but I think I need help knowing how to set up a link for use in picture sending.

Attempt at more pictures

Ella (Beth's 5-month old)

I'm trying to get more pictures but can't. Am I only allowed to send one picture at a time?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Open Studio Tour

J and I are participating in the Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour this year for the second time - today was the first day. It runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend and the same again next weekend. Things got off a little slowly today due (we think) to the unusually cold weather, but we had a pretty good number of people come through in the afternoon. Didn't sell a lot today (we didn't really expect to) but really enjoyed talking to people about our art - always good publicity! There are about 55 studios on the tour this year and I'm one of only three photographers, so we're getting a lot of people through that are specifically looking for photography. You can see some of my stuff at my web site and J's artwork is featured here (I designed the websites so don't blame her for the lack of bells and whistles).

It's amazing the number of talented people in our area (neighboring Chatham County has a studio tour that has even more participants!) but I'd be surprised if there weren't similar events (street fairs, studio tours and the like) in your area - go support your local artists! :-D

Birdy Morning!

I hope this morning is an idication of what the winter will be like; I've had tons of birds around my yard! There is a flock of 100 + Cedar waxwings eating dogwood berries. Many of them came to drink from my small pond, along with several robins, and a junco. The feeders have been covered with goldfinches, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, chipping sparrow, etc. Very exciting was a pair of Purple finches - early for them. Temp was 23 this am, but beautiful and sunny! I hope I don't bore everyone with my nature observations; I don't have much else to write about. There's a lot I could say about politics, but that is probably best kept out of this blog!