An Observation

Fact:  If I look to hard, I won’t see it.   Has this ever happen to you?  For example, I really want a pair of cool leather boots.  I know exactly what I want, heel height, color, . . . stylish but comfortable, and a price that won’t put me in the poor house.   Seriously, somebody out there must make a pair that meets all my criteria.  Two years of searching and I still haven’t found that perfect pair.   Am I trying too hard?

This is even truer for me when it comes to my photography.    I noticed this with last month’s photo club’s scavenger hunt.  When I went out to find the items (look up, fresh, and metal), I just couldn’t see them or, if I did, honestly, they just didn’t meet my criteria for being interesting enough.  But when I reversed it and matched random photos I had taken to the items … Wa-la! There they were.  This month’s challenge is not much different.  It’s a letter search (you know where you take a photo of something that looks like a letter and then spell a word).  Once again, as soon as I stopped looking for the perfect letter, i.e. the perfect shot, they started appearing like magic.   I promise, I’ll share my letters in a couple of weeks.  But for now, here are last month’s finds: look up, fresh, and metal.


Took this with my iPhone on my walk home from work

 The last days of summer {sigh}


These fish were just hanging around (literally).

And who knows, maybe this will be the year I find that perfect pair of boots too!

 

Jump Start

Does anyone know a cure for writer’s block?   While we’re at it, how about photographer’s block?  I seem to be suffering from a little bit of both lately.

I’m going to take my cue from a movie I watched this afternoon (probably for about the fourth or fifth time and still love it) Julie and Julia, the story of a woman (Amy Adams) that starts a blog and self-challenge that revolves around the recipes of Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) recipes.  Please excuse my super short synopsis but I don’t think I could give it the kind of movie review it deserves (I’m just not that good a writer), so you’ll just have to watch it if you haven’t already.   Back to my blog . . .  I’ve been sitting here trying to think of some sort of self-challenge . . . a photo a day . . .  a weekly critique or review perhaps . . .  or maybe  a blog about nothing (why do I get the feeling that has already been done).

For me the hardest part is always just getting started . . . or in this case restarted.   I don’t have enough fingers or toes to count on the starts and restarts over the years . . . the exercise programs, the diets, hobbies (I have a whole case of beads that I never got around to stringing, yarn earmarked to be crochet into a blanket or something).  Even my blog has been started and restarted.  I think I might even still have a blog or two out there (One Red Poppy is one . . . I have no idea how I came up with that name or what blog site I started it on at this point) and I even restarted this one a few times with new themes, etc.

So today’s post is nothing more than a jump start for my blog’s dead battery.

I’m calling it a fond farewell to summer . . .

Did you know Labor Day was actually created to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers (thank you Wikipedia)?  But it somehow it has transformed to mark the end of summer.  But I’ve got good news for all you diehard summer lovers ~ you actually have 18 more days!  Summer is not officially over until September 21, 2012!   I had plenty of time to ponder this as I did actually go to work today.  Not that I minded really, it was a perfectly gray and rainy day to work on a holiday. . .

It’s Tradition

So how long do you have to do something before it’s officially a tradition?  Me and the family have been heading to Connecticut for Fourth of July for {I think} five years now.  Every year I bring the sparklers and those silly fireworks that never leave the ground, we swim, take in some sites, and some of us run in the 4 on the 4th {although I have since hung up my running shoes and crossed that off the bucket list) and some of us photograph it.

It sure feels like a tradition to me . . .

 

Team Stack

The Little Engine that could

Did she or didn’t she . . .

Loving the marble cam app

What’s a seaport town without boats ~ loving my iPhone 🙂

It just doesn’t get much more traditional than this.
And if you’re interested, it’s on the market for a cool 1.4 mil 😉

 

happy summer

Summer is in full swing!

What better way to show it off than trying out one of Kim’s
Beyond Layer tutorials . . . fun, fun, fun!♥!

Ups a Daisy

!! Yippee !!

 Texture Tuesday is back 🙂

Recipe: a couple dashes of iAm and a pinch of Robins Egg

. . .  even more amazing,  I remembered.

That’s all for today . . . short & sweet.
Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂