photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Fay Stout | profile | all galleries >> 2016... A Year of Change tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

2016... A Year of Change

It was the day after Christmas, 2015 when a tornado struck and we lost our home of 28 years and many of our belongings that held so many fond memories. We survived the storm with our two dogs by hunkering down in our master bedroom closet and were astounded that in a matter of no more than 15 seconds, our home was destroyed. And then... exactly 28 years from the date we moved in, to the day, our house was demolished.

We are both in our 70's now, and the thoughts of rebuilding was more than we could handle. The builders did not want to build anything under $250,000 even though I simply wanted a one-story simple home on our little plot of land. They suggested that it is a great time to get a mortgage! Excuse me... but at this time in my life, I do not want debt and we have been debt free for many years.

So... we have bought a little "cottage" as we try to simplify our lives and expenses and strive to adapt. There are good days and bad days. It is not easy. It seems that the tornado just keeps on "giving" in so many ways!

I find that I am happiest with a camera in my hands as it takes me to a better place and I momentarily forget about my list of "to do" items. I have a small flower garden in my tiny back yard that I splurged and had dug and amended so I can grow flowers in hopes of attracting birds and butterflies in my little suburban garden. I desperately need to connect with nature.

2016 will definitely be a time of transition in so many ways.
previous pagepages 1 2 ALL next page
D Day... Demolition Day
"D" Day... Demolition Day
OUCH!
OUCH!
Tornado Destruction of Kitchen
Tornado Destruction of Kitchen
Welcome to my Home
Welcome to my Home
Art in the Garden
Art in the Garden
Trespassers Will Be Composted
Trespassers Will Be Composted
Be My Guest
Be My Guest
The Pollinator
The Pollinator
Lavender Lady Passion Flower
Lavender Lady Passion Flower
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
Summer Bouquet
Summer Bouquet
Hiding in his hidey hole!
Hiding in his hidey hole!
previous pagepages 1 2 ALL next page