2013—Day 90—Easter Cactus

Today is Easter Sunday. I haven’t left the house all day. I was too tired to even consider taking any photos today. Late this afternoon, I took a couple of Bobo with the Easter Cactus blooming in the background. It started out as a Christmas Cactus but years of neglect have delayed its blooming until spring and so it is now an Easter cactus.

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And, this is how I feel right now so I am off to bed and rest at last….

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2013—Day 89—Grand Opening—Mo’s By Day—Mo’s By Night

Doug Thomas, a DJ with The Eagle, snipped the red ribbon about 10 Saturday morning and suddenly, we were open for business. I am embarrassed to admit that I set up the ribbon cutting shot using just the sign as a reference instead of people. When we all scrambled up the embankment to the monument sign, we realized too late that Doug was blocking me. Oh well, live and learn! I do need to work on my group shots. So, left to right, Lisa, our Kitchen Manager, Doug, the DJ, a little bit of me, Jesse my business partner, Kathleen, Jesse’s wife, Rich, our day manager.

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Quite a few people stopped by for free coffee and samples of our cinnamon rolls. Evan Zee played acoustic guitar and sang for us and Foxtrot Mary Light, a mini version of Foxtrot Mary played as well, with Tim Brisson on guitar and Mott Reaves and Dana Moret on vocals. This was an incredible afternoon.

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The Grand Opening with Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers sold out! What an incredibly fun night.

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And the festivities were over too soon.

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2013—Day 88-2—A Little Duct Tape

Friday night we opened our doors for a Housewarming Party. The turnout was light but the music was fabulous and the light attendance gave our crew a chance to get in the swing of things in preparation for the Grand Opening. Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood are a phenomenal blues act and we’ll have them back so that when the word gets around about Mo’s, people will be able to experience Jeramy and the Mood. They weren’t at all dangerous! 🙂 My favorite shots were of the instruments because this band’s instruments were intriguing.

I love closeups of the head of guitars for some reason and this base is gorgeous.


Jeramy Norris used a table top to play his guitar!


My favorite shot of the night, though, was this bundle of drum sticks. I didn’t notice if he used the duct tape wrapped stick during the performance.


2013—Day 88—My Wall

Today we hung photos and guitars on one of the walls at Famous Mo’s. All of the photos are mine; I’ve never had such large prints made. And one of the guitars is Ron’s guitar. I took this shot with my iPhone; one of the upside-down tables protruded into my shot.

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2013—Day 87—Ceanothus

I took this shot Sunday afternoon in my brother’s front yard in Santa Rosa. Ceanothus, also known as wild lilac, is one of the few plants that sport blue flowers and its blooming period is short, always in early spring. The rest of the time, this evergreen plant is unnoticed.

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2013—Day 86—Cuppa

My friend Annie found this lovely cup and saucer at an antique store near Famous Mo’s yesterday. It’s in Mo’s colors and she suggested I use it to sip lattes and cappuccinos at Mo’s. I decided to photograph it this morning with a reflection to show off its elegant profile.

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2013—Day 85—Black Velvet

This morning I tried one of the blends that my friends at Vaneli’s Handcrafted Coffees gave me a week or so ago. It is called Black Velvet and the fragrance and flavor are divine. I spilled a handful of the beans onto a swatch of black velvet this morning. Sigh. I could drink this elixir every morning forever!

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2013—Day 84/Day 55—Back to the Canyon

I have to confess I didn’t take a single photograph today. It is the first time in almost two and half years that I haven’t taken at least one photograph with my Nikon. I’m having computer and hard disk issues; my huge D800 files have finally filled every nook and cranny of my hard drives and my computer and I need to take a few hours to figure out what’s going on but I can’t take the time right now. Earlier today, I got an email from the “Nik Collection by Google” people announcing an update to software I had previously purchased; because my purchase was recent (right after my Grand Canyon trip) they’re giving me a $50 refund and updated software. I haven’t had time to look carefully at it yet but I tried it, exporting one of my Grand Canyon time lapse shots (another problem I haven’t yet resolved…getting my time lapse shots to look like a time lapse movie) and edited it in Silver Efex Pro 2, one of the Nik collection recommended by Moose Peterson on my trip to the Grand Canyon. The editing creates a very dramatic view of the Grand Canyon.

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2013—Day 83—The Agnews

Yesterday was my Mom’s 96th birthday and we convened at my brother John’s house in Santa Rosa today to celebrate along with her caregivers Luisa and Tammy who are sisters. Mom loved her new red sequined cap and it coordinated well with the sparkly sweater she sported. There was lots of animated talk today and Mom was happy but focused on her food. John made a fabulous coconut shrimp and spinach dish that he concocted and will never be able to duplicate; everyone had seconds because we knew we would never get that exact taste again. When we cut the cake, we joked that Mom would have to have enough breath to blow out 96 candles but in the end there was only one which she nimbly managed to dispense with. I wonder what she wished for?

Here are some shots of my family. My sister-in-law Pam, John’s wife, was cat sitting in San Diego for their son Michael so she wasn’t there. Arthur’s wife Sue joined us, though. After looking at the shot of Arthur, it’s no wonder that they named a nut house after us. 🙂 It is also clear to me that I need to work on focusing group shots, especially when I’m in them!

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2013—Day 82—Slide Guitar

Memphis soul music by Foxtrot Mary filled Famous Mo’s on the second night of our “soft opening” and I was blown away…Foxtrot Mary was fabulous as usual and the energy in the place was palpable, but what blew me away was not a Foxtrot Mary regular but rather Jim Papastathis III who sat in for part of the set. As he played a slide guitar solo I realized that he was sliding a bottle of Deschutes Obsidian Stout. Obsidian Stout is on our beer menu because I insisted it be. I am not usually a beer drinker, preferring an Old Vine Zin to most beers but my brother introduced me to the dark richness of this stout and I discovered my now favorite beer. I wonder if I can sell this photo to Deschutes for an advertising campaign? Oh, and don’t try this at home…unless you’re playing an air guitar!

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