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Spring Cometh and Daylight Savings Time

March 9th, 2017

I am sure I’m not the only one who feels solar powered at times.   This morning I woke up to fog, but within a few hours it had burned off and it was an absolutely gorgeous Spring day.   It was a little windy- and for some probably a little too chilly, but for me-   perfect!   I felt as though I was plugged into the sun and my batteries were charging away.

Even JJ was feeling the energy from the sun as he was definitely showing a case of Spring fever.   SO much so that it was difficult for me to get him to sit still long enough to pose for a photo in the crocus- but he did- and I was a happy pup owner.

This coming Sunday-   the clocks in the United States spring forward one hour.   Giving an extra hour of daylight.   Don’t forget to set your clock forward an hour late Saturday night before bed, so you won’t be late to any Sunday appointments, or even work on Monday- if you happen to forget to spring forward all together.

On Getting Older

March 8th, 2017

My favorite feline is turning 12 this year. I’ve noticed small changes in him that start to occur when cats get older. He’s losing muscle mass and in turn seeming a little thinner. Ragdoll cats are large breeds, and he still weighs more than 10 pounds, but those little things tell me he’s getting older. I’m so grateful that he still plays. In fact, lately he plays more than he has in years. For a long time after we got JJ he wouldn’t play at all, because every single time he did, JJ would intervene and spoil the fun. He still tries to, but Mister M. will often turn the tables and pounce on JJ, which leads to a crazy chase or some other fun for the two of them. It more often than not leads to me breaking them up, to avoid excessive hair flying all over the house. They love each other, even if they don’t necessarily admit it.

Knowing that he is getting older leaves me faced with that one day I’ll have to say goodbye to him & that’s something I can’t begin to imagine. Thankfully, right now I don’t have to. Instead, I’ll continue to love him (even when he’s being naughty) and cherish every moment we have together. That’s what matters most.

Monday’s

February 20th, 2017

When you wish it was still weekend 

Day of Love and Other Fun

February 15th, 2017

I was so excited to have been able to surprise Marcel with a lunch out for Valentine’s Day that I actually won from a ‘give away’ on Instagram.  How cool is that?     I decided to participate on a whim, but I was glad that I did, because the restaurant, somewhere I’d never been turned out to be a huge WIN!   The food was delicious and the service also great.      I had a wonderful spinach and warm goat cheese salad with sun dried tomatoes and Marcel went for the club sandwich and french fries.    We were both happy- and because it was a late lunch- dinner ended up being very light last night.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that last week we were covered in a blanket of snow & I spent part of the weekend enjoying the bitter cold temps and snow play.    Yesterday and today-  it’s more like Spring, with blue skies and plenty of sunshine.   The snow has practically all melted, but I love the contrast and find joy in both, much to the surprise of many.

Even though I suggested he ‘not’ do anything for me for Valentine’s Day-  as I believe every day is a day to show love, he still surprised me with some gorgeous deep red roses, that I admittedly love.

Our evening was far from exciting, but we did things our style- which meant lounging and watching our favorite TV shows.     Tonight will be more of the same, while tomorrow…. well, lets just say it’s that time of the year.   More on that tomorrow.  As for now, it’s time to catch up on the latest episode of Bull.

I Am….

February 2nd, 2017

I can’t believe it has almost been a week since I was on here last.     The week has flown by- with last weekend spent in the company of a good friend exploring various inspirational foodie haunts, plus a little trip to the beach.    One of our ‘stops’ during the day was the local camera store, because she needed to get some passport photos made so she could renew her ‘almost’ expired passport.

While this is not a post about Nikon-  I’ve long been a fan of their products and even own several Nikon DSLR cameras.     That being said-   some of my favorite commercials ever are their I AM ads.

I saw this ad in the store and I couldn’t help but pause and soak up not only the image, but also the text and what it means.

I do believe that what we focus on in our lives is what we not only see more of, but also what we manifest.  Yes, life is full of ups and downs- but when I think of some of lifes’ darkest moments in my life-  I also can find the beauty in them.     I would prefer that life had no sadness or tragedy, but to be able to find something beautiful in the midst of pain is important, at least to me.

I was reading an article earlier today talking about life defining moments, and how some of them are moments that have brought us the deepest sorrow.    I was reminded of a moment where I felt a deep amount of pain and in the beginning wasn’t quite sure how I would make it through- as it was something I’d never experienced before.

Rather than becoming angry and bitter- as it would have been easy to do-   I allowed myself to feel what I was feeling, also made a few choices that I wasn’t extremely proud of, as a knee-jerk reaction to the pain, but on the whole-  I took the time to grieve, then I wanted to be aware of what the pain could teach me, and what lessons I could take away from the entire situation.

Through that-  I learned SO much.   It was one of lifes’ biggest gifts and because of the experience, I was able to carry what I learned with me- so that I can apply it to life as needed.   That embodies the above photo-  and the …. beauty of life.

We are all different.    It seems now more than ever there is a focus on how different we really are, but at the core-   it really isn’t us versus them-   we are all very much the same.    We all bleed, we all have hopes- dreams- fears- uncertainties.   We all love- believe in something-  laugh-  sleep- and the list goes on.     The truth is-  we are far more alike than we are different.

Fill in the blank-    I am.. ______  As for me-   I believe the one word I’ll  put above all others for what I AM-    LOVE.   I am LOVE.    Don’t you want to join me in striving to be love in all that we do?     While one person doesn’t have the power to change the world-  we do have the power to change ourselves- to be a shining light-  the proverbial North Star in the night sky-   to leave a ripple of love, respect, inspiration and positivity so large that it creates a tidal wave of the aforementioned and brings something beautiful and positive to every one in it’s path.

That, my friends is how beautiful things happen.    Love!

Weekend Smiles

January 27th, 2017

It’s weekend and I am SO glad. Mostly because I get to spend some girlfriend time with one of my dear friends, plus there has been such a heavy fog of seriousness hanging in the air- that I’m ready for some light-hearted fun with people I love.Smile

So weather permitting- tomorrow will include a trip to the beach, but also some laughter- shopping and good eats. I’ve got mom’s taco soup recipe all prepped and ready to go in the Crock Pot tomorrow morning with the timer on- Plus, I’ll make diddy’s cornbread when I get home. I’ll mix all the dry ingredients in the morning- and all I’ll have to do when we get home is mix it up and put it in the cast iron skillet to bake.

Pure bliss!

One thing that we never need to forget- is to smile.  It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the world, no one can steal our light unless we allow it to happen.     Smiles are free, plus they can work miracles without us even realizing.

 

Comforts of Winter

January 23rd, 2017

I am one of those people who absolutely loves each season for their own uniqueness.    During the winter months, I could eat soup every single day, but of course that doesn’t happen, as I do believe my dearly beloved would not approve.     My favorite winter weather?   FullSizeRenderIcy cold temps (preferably snow- but we can’t have everything all the time), blue skies and sunshine.  It makes me happy and despite the temps, I don’t mind being outside in the cold (often without a coat- but my favorite blanket scarf and a thick sweater), in fact, I love it!

Yesterday I cashed in on that exact weather and took a long walk in the late afternoon.   I’d planned to go earlier in the day, but a friend stopped in for coffee, which is so worth delaying the walk for.   She was limited on her visit time- as she had other plans, but we spent a little more than an hour catching up and enjoying some good girl talk.

As I was out walking with my favorite canine-  I couldn’t help but notice the afternoon sun reflecting on the frozen canal, the ducks gathered at the edge of the one spot in the shadows of the bare willow tree where the water was still accessible.   I took a moment to soak up the beauty and snapped a few shots before moving on.

I couldn’t see the photo very well- because of the glare on my iPhone screen, but the photo you see is what I found when I got home and into the light.    It captures the mood of winter and when I look at it I smile.    Some may find it dreary, but I see beauty of the season.

I came home and curled up with a cup of my favorite Chai tea, a cookbook that had been on my ‘to read’ list, an old quilt (you know- the ones that wear like your favorite pair of jeans)  and the always magestic, Mister Mistoffelees.

 

Simple Beauty

July 20th, 2016

IMG_6792 (1)One of the things on my ’49 Things to do in My 49th Year’ list was to plan monthly ‘themed’ photo excursions. I’ve had a love for photography long before the digital days & thought it would be a fun way to tap into learning some new techniques, but also inspire me to spend more time with my camera, be it my phone camera (which I tend to carry everywhere) or my faithful Nikon.

My first themed photo adventure was somewhat spontaneous and I didn’t think of grabbing my Nikon before we left. Luckily, I do always have my iPhone with me, plus I have a love for Macro shots and nature- so the historical garden we visited provided the perfect setting.

The thing that challenges me about using my phone when I’m out shooting on a sunny day is that for the most part- I’m not sure how my photos are going to turn out.   I find the subject matter that I like, focus in on it- and take multiple shots hoping that at least one turns out ‘ok’.   Sometimes they all turn out, sometimes none of them turn out, but most often there is at least one that is usable.

With this particular image, I took three shots with my iPhone.  It was windy, so despite feeling there was no way I was going to get a clear shot (despite snapping between wind gusts), I took the shots anyway knowing I could delete what didn’t work.

When I got home and was looking through everything-  I loved how this one ended up being framed, plus the bonus of the bug in the flowers, something I hadn’t noticed on location.  That was the bonus.

I had a good time and already looking forward to the next themed outing-  but I still have a few weeks left on this months theme, so I’ll keep focusing in on those.

What simple beauty brings you joy?

The Love of Pets

February 26th, 2016

For me, there is nothing like the unconditional love of pets.   They can sense when we are not feeling well, they are a source of unconditional love and joy, plus even when they are being naughty- they are the most loyal of friends. IMG_0386  It never fails that if we come in from being gone somewhere that Mister M will meet us at the door with a quick brush against our legs, and immediately JJ begins to bark and wag his tail.        He can’t wait to get out of his crate, grab his favorite red rubber bone and run around the house happily.

They can brighten the darkest of days.

Recently, I received a package from iHerb for some Bob’s Red Mill products that I’d ordered, and after opening the box, I sat it down beside me on the sofa.   Within seconds Mister M. jumped into the box (What cat doesn’t love boxes or bags?),  and JJ ran to see what was going on.

I was lucky enough to be able to capture a rare moment between the two of them- of JJ doing what he does best, herding and ‘trying’ to keep Mister in line, and Mister M. attempting to lounge peacefully from the comforts of a box that I was convinced was too small for him to lay down in.    IMG_0220Within seconds of that photo being taken, JJ started barking and Mister M. fled from the box.   Of course, JJ took that as his cue to pounce on top of Mister M. and grab him by the fur.   I stopped him just short of him pulling Mister M. across the floor and using him as a dust mop.   Something he’s been known to do.

Mister M. is oddly tolerant of JJ’s antics for the most part-   until he decides enough-is-enough, and then all bets are off, usually resulting in tufts of cat hair floating through the air.

Despite their antics- I can’t imagine life without them.    They make me laugh every day- and I know that their love and loyalty is something I can always count on.

Coloring for Grown-Ups

September 14th, 2015

coloringYesterday-  when I ‘should’ have been working on checking things off my ‘to do’ list-  I decided to take a little break and do some coloring.

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and are cited for how they can bring total relaxation and can be really good for stress.    Even though I wasn’t feeling stressed, I was definitely having the urge to tune in to the colors and unplug from everything else.

I love that these coloring books happen to be coloring cards-  so that when I’m done coloring it-  I can write a note on the back-  add an address and send to someone in hopes of brightening their day.

Have you tried coloring, and if so, does it relax you?

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