Spot the Maples!

The temperature has plummeted here again. *sigh* Well, we did have a few days which were sunny and warm–but that was over a week ago. I took a few pictures of the backyard during that brief interlude. Here’s one of my favorite of those pictures. It shows 6 of our 7 Japanese Maples. How many can you spot? (Hint: click on photo to see larger image)

Japanese Maples

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Collateral Picture

I finally got around to making our calendar for next year. Yesterday. Just a few weeks later than usual. I love making our calendar instead of buying a commercial one. It’s so much more fun to turn the month and see our own pictures. There are several ways to make a calendar, but since all our pictures are already in iPhoto, that’s what I use. The quality of the calendar is fantastic, if a little pricey.

I usually try to get the calendar finished by the end of November, but this year I didn’t make it. I was focused on NaNoWriMo and getting my Golden Heart® entry submitted on time, and then I, er, sort of forgot. Until yesterday, that is, when I needed to add a January appointment to the calendar and realized, oops! No calendar.

I already knew what theme I planned to use for 2012. I always try to use current pictures–at least taken in the last two to three years–and this year the winners, hands down, were pictures taken from our Caribbean cruise on the Silver Cloud last March. The hard part was narrowing it down to 40 or so pictures for the calendar. But I made it–it’s submitted to Apple and should arrive some time next week. Yay!

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