Yesterday’s News

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.

—Author Unknown

I’ve been thinking a lot. That’s what happens when I have time on my hands (did I just say that in an earlier post?). What I’ve noticed lately is that—in certain areas—I’m a bit of a control freak. Nothing huge, mind you, just little nagging issues that bother me.

One example: I’ve been obsessed with trying to jazz up my blog’s home page this summer. I don’t know how anyone else feels about this, but it seems virtually impossible to control the end result when you’re dealing with “all things internet.”

I had widgets in my sidebar for awhile, then noticed one day that they didn’t appear when the site was viewed on a tablet. It was just a bunch of white space at the left. My blog content ran to the right… way past the margin… all the way into no man’s land.

I can spend hours changing things, deleting things, moving things—and on and on—until I’ve reached the point where everything is aesthetically pleasing to my eyes, then I open it somewhere else (a different browser, the smart phone, a tablet), and everything’s out of control!

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The Man Cave

Boys & Their Toys

It started with skates,

Then a skateboard or two.

The toys just got bigger,

As the little ones grew.

A bike; then a car,

With a rack on the top,

To haul all these toys…

Oh, when does it stop?!

Toys for water and sand,

Three wheelers and such,

Soon the car had to go,

Since it didn’t fit much.

A board for the snow,

One for catching a wave,

The garage has been shrinking,

Now we need a Man Cave!


After my “mystery” image earlier (ha-ha) I started thinking it would be fun to do a “Guess What It Is” series. I went out to take some photos and, par for the course, things went in another direction. I decided to try a night image and capture some lights instead. I love how they twinkle.

Anyway, the poem is a slight exaggeration, inspired by my son’s surfboard that’s being stored here temporarily. It sparked some nostalgia, reminding me of the ‘good old days’ when my kids were young (and expensive!).

That’s about all for now. Peace & Love!

Silk Screen

Haiku #10

Just another day

Gazing through a silky screen

Everything looks new


Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Silkscreen

The word silkscreen reminds me of my rose covered glasses (which I wear quite often)… hence today’s Haiku.

The photograph comes to you from our backyard. It’s gorgeous in color, but I wasn’t in the mood for pink today. I guess you could say it’s covered in a silky screen of black and white.

Be Real

Be unique. Be awesome. Be you.  

Do whatever it is that is true.  

Take chances. Make mistakes. Step out.

No one else knows what you are about.

Encourage. Give a hand. Be kind.

Speak gently, of what’s on your mind.

Do what’s right, when others go wrong.

You matter. You’re here. You Belong.

Being phony will fracture your soul,

So be real. Be authentic. Be whole.

—Janet

Word of the Day Challenge: Phony

Doorways


“Still round the corner there may wait

A new road or a secret gate;

And though I oft have passed them by,

A day will come at last when I

Shall take the hidden paths that run

West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”

—J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve been on a new art kick lately, trying out new techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator. This piece was created using both programs. I did most of it in Photoshop and then moved it to Illustrator to add the frame—and eliminate something that looked like pixelation.

Believe it or not, this started out as one of my ‘zoo lights’ photographs. I did some distortions and blending and… voila!

My inspiration came while watching the series Luther. Oh.My.Gosh. First of all… I love that guy. That’s not the point though. What motivated me to go for this was the show’s title sequence. It’s an interesting contemporary- industrial- grunge style art. That’s what I would call it anyway.

I started to write a poem about doorways, fear, and playing it safe, but nothing sounded right. Then I saw the words of J.R.R. Tolkien (above) and I knew it was a perfect fit for this post.

That’s about all for now. Peace, Love and TGIF!

Word of the Day Challenge: Safe. I think I really skirted around this one, but making this piece was my way of stepping out of my safe zone!


Reflect


The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. —John Berry


I’ve been unhappy with my photographs lately. I spend time in Photoshop—sprucing them up—and then decide that the picture in the frame wasn’t really worth the effort.

Yesterday is an example. I spent the morning at the beach with my son. The weather was perfect and the ocean was beautiful, but the images I shot did the landscape no favors (although I’m sure I will keep trying).

I came to the conclusion that the photographs I dislike the most are usually the one’s I’ve taken when I was trying too hard. The results are always better when the picture comes naturally.

I found a book of quotes at the thrift store, and skimmed through it while sitting on the sand. I think the quote above expresses my thought perfectly. So… I wanted to try something different today—a piece of digital art titled Reflect. Ha!

Peace & Love Everyone!
—Janet


FOWC with Fandango: Reflect

An Ode to Blogging

We’re going out in public,

So please put on your mask.

Say “I’m fine” and “thank you,”

If anyone should ask.

I know your thoughts run rampant,

You want to share them all,

But these are not the places;

The grocery store, or mall.

Wait until you’re all alone,

And type them with your hand.

Share them on the blog instead,

Where people understand.

—Janet

Written for the Word of the Day Challenge: Public

Nurture

RDP Thursday:

Nurture

verb: care for and encourage the growth or development of.

noun: the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.

My featured image is kind of random! I did so many assignments in the past semester that the rebel in me has been fighting to break free and do something that’s just “because.” No judgement, no grade.

I looked for inspiration this morning and saw the word nurture. That’s a great word! Last night I sat around and wondered what I have to say anymore. You would think with all of the classes I’ve been taking I would have a lot more to talk about.

Here is something I’ve faced recently: “What do you do when someone close to you is struggling or in pain?

I don’t know if any psychology class I’ve taken thus far has given me the answer: Love them. Encourage them. Nurture them.

I guess you don’t really need a class for that.

Anyway, I’m not sure about the image. I wanted to show the stark contrast between someone who is in the dark, and someone who has been loved and encouraged. It could be better… if I spent more time on it… but I’m going out today and wanted to finish before I left. It’s the meaning that counts.

So… that’s my thought today. Love someone who needs love. Nurture them. Even if it’s yourself.

Peace & Love!

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
—1 Corinthians 13:1-3

In a Flash

I finally got around to deleting my calendar that was counting down the days to my 3 year sober anniversary. It’s about time, since the date flew by almost three months ago!

I’m officially on summer break now. I was going to take a couple of online classes, but I decided that my brain needed to rest and reset. My life has been whizzing by in a flash, and it’s time to slow down and enjoy the simple things for a while.

The image I’ve featured here sort of represents how it feels to race through life, full of wild excitement and eager anticipation. When you stop and look around, you realize that nature offers you something wonderful, even if it’s in the simplest of forms; colors, shapes or lines. That’s how I see it anyway.

That’s about all for now. I just wanted to say I am back!

I’m looking forward to a long, enjoyable summer—catching up on reading your posts, writing some new stories, and (hopefully) sharing some new images taken with my new Nikon. 🙂

Peace & Love!

Horsing Around

I’m taking a much needed break from my studies this evening. Just horsing around I guess! There are 6 more weeks in the semester, and I’m SO looking forward to some rest and relaxation.

The photography class I’m taking right now does NOT permit the use of any image altering software, so this Photoshop fiend is going bonkers. I figured, at the very least, I’d do a black and white this evening to let off some steam.

During an attempt to do some street photography, I stumbled on this horse. I thought it was an interesting subject, and he was not what I had expected to find out there on the streets. I did an unusual camera angle for the sake of class experimentation (yes, I did that on purpose). This course is forcing me out of my comfort zone… and it’s scary out here! 🙂

Anyway, I wanted to check in, say hello, and send some love. I miss everyone, and I’ll be checking up on you shortly.

Peace & Love!
—Janet

End of the Rainbow

Something wonderful happens when it rains here! I saw this ‘end of the rainbow’ a few weeks ago and thought it was a great image for this evening. I logged on a while ago and saw that I have 25 minutes to go until my sober anniversary. Woo!

School is keeping me SUPER busy, and I rarely come up for air… but I’ve been thinking about everyone!

Anyway, I added a lot of drama to this photo, just because. It was quite a dramatic feeling to walk out and see it in person. I never really knew if you could see the end of a rainbow until I actually saw it.

And now I’ve hit my 3 year sobriety mark and life is fabulous.

What’s funny is that I shared it on Facebook the day that I shot the image, and someone seemed adamant that it wasn’t real. I guess my Photoshop adventures have placed my photo shares in the “this image could be fake” category. BUT… it is real.

That’s about all for now. Miss you all and hope to have more time soon… “Spring Break” is just a couple weeks away. 🙂

Peace & Love Everyone!!

Directionally Challenged

—I need a little direction right now.

First of all, I took this photograph yesterday while riding with my son. I noticed the yellow lines in the mirrors and the Which Way Photo Challenge instantly came to mind. I realize I’ve already used the “rear view mirror” idea, but I had to do it again because I really enjoy how the lines repeat, but they don’t line up.

One of the things I love about word and photo challenges is that they provide you with a little direction. The blank canvas isn’t quite so “empty,” because you’ve been given a prompt to draw upon.

I’m beginning the first project in my design class, and I’ll be designing a mug, a coffee bean package, and a bag for an imaginary partnership; between Starbucks and (INSERT IDEA HERE).

It can be a food, a company, a place, an event, a charity… or whatever it is that I dream up. It’s going to be a fun and challenging project, I’m sure of it. But, in sitting down to name this fictional partner…

I’m feeling directionally challenged.

That being said, I’m hoping that a prompt will get me moving. If you’re reading this… and a wild word or idea comes to mind… please share!

I’m super excited about this month long journey, but first I need to know which way to go…

Until later,
Happy Saturday…
Peace & Love!