Your pictures are very good. I know photographers hate this question, but what camera are you using? I have a 6-y-o digital, which was horribly expensive and is now pretty obsolete, I'm working on getting to know it better, but in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about a new camera.
My new camera is a Canon Power Shot S3IS. I love its super zoom—12x optical zoom. I am still learning to use it, but love it so far.
these are great, and it's also fun getting glimpses around your home, which looks so inviting and gracious!