So far so good on the resolutions to pursue good health on a daily basis. MaraBella and I go out at least once daily, I have reacquainted myself with my Orbitrek and watch Spanish TV while I push those pedals around and around. No doubt I indulge myself with feelings of anger at the current political climate and allow myself to be entertained by a good movie and good food. I continue my postings at Trip Advisor, Buen Provecho being the latest. Aaron provides good company and expert analyses of our selections. To compensate for the delicious dining out indulgences, I try to be extra careful at home and even made my own Beef Bone Broth. I hear that stuff is very good for you… And I add garlic to almost everything. I used the broth to bring health and good fortune to the Black Bean Soup I made for my brother.
#Dogwood52week Advanced Challenge moved to flicker and I cant say I like the environment there and the associated facebook chatter is mostly the beginners and confused people. If anything, Ill make it a personal challenge and just try working the images and not too much talking. hahahahahahahahahahah One post a week to flickr, work more diligently on my blog and photography.
I’m doing the best I can to keep up with my lists…Pennington Market, Black Bean Soup, 10 thousand steps OY! Find a primary, find a pulmonary, make this weeks image, schedule Marabella 3 year with us and annual VET VISIT, go to the bank, don’t forget to pick up some wrapping paper while you are out…..
Have you been invited to participate in a woman’s march? I have! Will you go? The United States of American with the support of Russia has elected a man who I can see going mad before completing a 4 year term in the white house. He wants to make friends with Russia…What about Mexico our south of the border friend.
Me gusta Mexico. Me gusta raspberries in winter. Raspberries from Mexcio. I want my raspberries….
I don’t want to be political…I just want to eat raspberries.
#Dogwood52week Challenge continues with an advanced challenge…moving to flickr. Not sure I like it. flickr that is. I will play along for a while and see how easy it is to navigate before deciding. Picked up an off camera flash and want to try working in Raw this year. Working on #dogwoodweek2 straight out of the box…or SOOB in photog terms. Maybe this one.
I used to save all received holiday cards. Now I just take one picture of them all……Happy Everything…I like that Trisha.
I have lived in Pennsylvania for almost half my life, yet I cant help thinking of myself as a Jersey girl, after all that is where I was born. So when it looked like New Years Day was going to be a bright sunny outside kind of day I had the urge to go to the Jersey coast and commune with the Atlantic Ocean. I was not the only one.
There are some very crazy people who are willing to wait behind a yellow tape in their swim suits in winter for their interaction with the water. We arrived just in time to see them. Sunny and bright and about 49 degrees, these ocean loving folks were waiting to plunge into the 47 degree water.
They were hilarious
It was a great way to start the New Year with the sand under our feet, the sun on our faces, the sky so blue above. And that is how we said our goodbyes to 2016….
Last Saturday, after lunching at Maria Rosa’s in Flemington, Husband, Nephew and I, made a few stops on the Covered Bridge Artisan Tour. We had the pleasure of meeting Geoff Caldwell at the Sunflower Glass Studio in Stocktown, NJ. He spent some time with us explaining his labor of love with the glass, how his wife makes designs for him and how he likes to cut and bevel and shape the glass into the finished masterpieces. Oh how I would have liked to make a purchase in this shop but alas I am in the process of shedding and bringing home an expensive decorative item seemed a bit extravagant to me. But, it did not inhibit me from entering a drawing for a Chamfered Square Candle Hurricane.
Now you might find this hard to believe, as did I, but yesterday I was notified that I WON! So today we decided to head over to the Full Moon in Lambertville and grab breakfast before heading back to the studio for my gift. It was then that I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Caldwell who was there to present it to me. Thank you Karen and Geoff for your kindnesses and dedication to your art. Thank you for the beautiful handmade Hurricane and candle. To all my readers, you know who you three are, 🙂 if you have a chance and a little expendable cash stop by. You wont be disappointed.
I have been thinking a lot about the holidays and what they mean to me. In particular, how what they mean seems to have changed as time moves forward.
As a child I was mostly influenced by my parents. Birthdays were big in my family as three out of 5 shared the celebrations in early January. Made my birthday special on the years that I did not share it with Mother’s Day.
Religious holidays were treated as such with family gatherings, prayers, candles, wine and good food. My mother always made a beautiful table filled with food, back in the day when I really cant remember anyone bringing anything. She made her graham cracker chocolate pudding pie and that was the only dessert I remember lest someone brought candy for the kids.
I don’t remember Thanksgiving being any big deal until my sister took it on when she had her own house to host it in. She prepares a tremendous feast. I’m usually full after appetizers but continue on through the sweet potatoes, stuffing, and turkey, and even then I manage to force at least one dessert down with coffee. The selection has varied over the years but there are always multiple choices of cookies, pies, and cakes.
This was the first year that my mother was not in the crowd. She gracefully excused herself And this was the first year Thanksgiving was on Saturday. The Saturday thing worked out great, at my sisters and I got to see my mother earlier in the week. Spent some time with her in her new place. I brought us some lunch. Straightened the place up and took care of some paper work and bills. She let me take her picture, a first, without any makeup. She even smiled for the Camera. I couldn’t decide on which pic to post for #Dogwoodweek43 Elderly
I’m not the sicky kinda person. So when something got me and took hold, and gave me the chills, made my eyeballs seem to be big for my head and made my teeth hurt, I almost canceled my flight to Palm Beach. I had stopped fearing lung explosion but I would not want to be on the plane with me last Friday, sniffle sniffle, cough, honk.
Despite my arrival with clogged ears and the sniffles, I was able to enjoy a spectacular week in the Palm Beaches. Lucky for me, first stop Saturday morning was farmers market. A light rain sent us back to Yacht Club drive where Ruth made chicken soup. I was fed good food and ate healthy.
We walked for miles along the ocean, we lunched off Worth Ave.
We visited the Butterfly Garden, and painted palm trees and lunched and lounged pool side.
I had just the right amount of sun in small doses til Thursday’s full afternoon on the beach. One more sunrise then Friday home….to await the Super Duper Moon…
Despite lung explosion, mother’s need for assistance while downsizing, and brother’s need for support, I have somehow managed to keep up with the 52 week Dogwood Challenge. In fact I shot two weeks ahead. But this week the subject of ELDERLY is going to stump me. My Mom has not been in the mood to have her picture taken and I don’t have a wide circle of elderly friends. Well since I am elderly myself, I guess I do, but not the kind of elderly that has been appearing on the challenge.
So I shot some fun minimalisms.
I have a good selection of abandoned to choose from.
Finally two of my favorite trees have lost their limbs….so sad. But one of my favorite sycamores stands out among its neighbors….love viewing this tree from my dock.
Any volunteers for Elderly? #dogwoodweek43
WEEK 43 Portrait: The Elderly Tell the story of an elderly person through the power of your camera. Capture the lines of their life.
It is always a photo op when my niece drops by with her run around girl Maddie and her husband Sean. I love trying to catch them looking good. This time around I had some fun in photoshop….learning something new.
I had so much fun with this young happy couple preparing to start a life together. I was more than just a photographer doing an engagement shoot. I knew this young woman as an infant. My husband stood as best man for her father. He sat in this very same gazebo as a very young man when her parents posed for their wedding pictures. I was delighted when I learned that the couple would like the engagement pictures in the park, less then a mile from my home. I met them with some props at the Gazebo on one of the cooler mornings of this summer and one in which clouds hung around for a while creating a nice soft light.