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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Week Of Yellow Day Five: Put On A Happy Face! :)



"If you are reading this... 

Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is."

~Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

Just a quick nod to yellow today... the smilie face! The man who sold me my new car gave me two smilie face stickers. Too bad my smilie face has been upside down to a frowny face. The repair to my dashboard was supposed to take 8 hours, but when the service department took the brand new, from the factory dashboard out of the box from GM it had not one scratch on the dashboard... it had 4! All deeper than the scratch I was having repaired! So, instead of 8 hours... it's going to be at least 5 more days before I get my car back.

Great.

Fine.

:)

Still, I am alive and that puts it all in perspective... right?

:)


Mood: Happy

~Me :)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Full Moon, A Sunflower, And An Egg Salad Sandwich...


Full Pink Moon
April 15th 2014
11:30 P.M. PST

"I want to fly like a butterfly around this beautiful world, till the last frame of my life and click the last click of my heart."

~Biju Karakkonam Nature And Wild Life Photographer

Well, I was a bad blogger yesterday, I didn't post to my blog. I was, however, a good photographer, because I didn't let the Full Pink Moon escape me. I got a photo of the April full moon! I am happy about that, but not too happy about having skipped posting 3 days in just this month! It has been... well... a stressful month. Lots of negativity. But I realize that I can control how I choose to look at things. I will explain it all in a different post, in a couple weeks or so, but for now I want to just focus on the assignment at hand. The color yellow, and of course, April's full moon.

The Color Yellow 
Day 2: A Sunflower 

Photographed August 2010
 

Now A Little Photo Editing Magic (Illusion)


The Color Yellow 
Day 4: A Starbucks Egg Salad Sandwich

What does a slightly stressed out photographer eat for lunch? Well this slightly stressed out photographer loves Starbucks Egg Salad Sandwiches! In fact, she is addicted!


Mood: Good

~Me :)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Full Pink Moon With The Added Bonus Of The Apocalypse



"So imagine that the lovely moon is playing just for you... everything makes music if you really want it to."

~Giles Andreae

The Full Pink Moon and the added bonus of the Full Blood Moon wasn't really what one would call spectacular from where I viewed it, in fact it didn't have much color, probably due to the light cloud cover that shrouded the moon. I have helped the color out a bit here... very little... just enough to show it in the proper light. Every once in a while I have needed a little help to shine, I am just passing along the favor.

:)

And look Ma... No Apocalypse!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Week Of Yellow Day Two: Eggs. Plus A Note About Tuesday



"There are at least two sides to every issue, and I like my issues sunny side up. I also like bacon and toast on the side. Are you eating what I'm saying."

~Jarod Kintz, At Even One Penny, This Book Would Be Overpriced. In Fact, Free Is Too Expensive, Because You'd Still Waste Time By Reading It.

Scrambled Eggs. My favorite breakfast meal. Well, scrambled eggs, toast and fruit. I have never been much for bacon or sausage, although once in a while I will have some, but it's not too often. I just don't like that weighed down feeling that breakfast meats tend to leave me with. Breakfast has never been my favorite meal of the day, I am definitely a lunch person, or maybe brunch. I know, I know... breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I just don't do breakfast. Shrug.

Note: I am posting a new yellow picture every day this week with the exception of Tuesday's photo which will be RED. You see, this month there will be a full Blood Moon. You can read all about it here. If you want to join me in photographing it, please do, then come back here with the direct link and I will include in my post. :)

Here is my photos from the Full Sturgeon lunar eclipse from August 2007...

The Full Sturgeon Moon
Blood Moon Eclipse













It was a long night of photography, but it was very rewarding. It was August, so it was plenty warm, and I had by Elvis by my side, so all was right with the world. He was my angel. I still think about him every single day, and miss him so much!


Mood: Happy :)

~Me :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Feng Shui Of The Mind... Well, My Mind Anyway



"Yellow is a very favorable vibration for mental or intellectual activity, as it promotes a clear state of mind. Yellow heightens your awareness and alleviates depression, sadness, or any kind of despondency. Yellow vibration foods are: pineapple, bananas, grapefruit, lemons and corn."

~Tae Yun Kim,  The First Element: Secrets To Maximizing Your Energy

Feng Shui-ing Of My Mind...




I am giving myself a photography assignment for this coming week. I want to find as much YELLOW as possible, and photograph it. Yellow in all things. Food. Clothing. Flowers. The Sun. Maybe even yellow in a sunset if the opportunity presents itself. You see, my Fibromyalgia has been wicked the last few months, which means an almost complete lack of energy. So, I need and want to change that. And I am willing to give yellow a chance. Sure...  why not? Right? The day-lily in this post is from last spring. It's pretty isn't it? I thought it would be fun to show the original photo and the motion swirl edited version.

I like them both. 

See, I am happy and more energetic already!

Good Plan!

Mood: Hopeful

~Me :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stare, Pry, Listen, Eavesdrop



"Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long."

~Walker Evans

I love today's quote. I try... try mind you... to put all of my senses to work when I am taking photos. I want the full feeling to dictate how I approach a subject. Touch is usually the most difficult to use, because obviously, you can't always be in a position to touch the subject of the photograph! But when I can, I do.But when I can't I try to make some sort of contact with the subject. That usually means a smile or wave. Sometimes eye contact fills the moment just fine.

I took this photo way back in February. It is a bouquet that a lovely young lady was holding, while posing for what I think was her engagement photo. She and her man were at the Queen Wilhelmina garden in Golden Gate Park, and they were posed, on a blanket, sitting next to the emerging tulips and multicolored California poppies.

It was a very cold day, but with his arms around her, she was perfectly warm. He had a smile of a man who had found perfect happiness. All was right with the world on that cold, slightly drizzly day, for him it was bright and sunny outside, and just watching that much happiness, made me happy and warm inside as well. I felt warmer, just by witnessing their happiness. 

After the photo session was over for the couple, the young man helped his lady up, and they moved to another part of the park. I didn't want to disturb them when the photos were being done, so I didn't photograph them, but when the young lady placed her bouquet on the cement while she got up, I took a quick snap of the flowers. When I lowered the camera from my face, I saw the groom-to-be looking at me, patiently waiting for me to take my photograph of the bouquet, with the sweetest smile on his face. His expression seemed to say...

I know... right? :)

It was a good day to STARE, PRY, LISTEN, And EAVESDROP!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Smart Technology Verses Human Dumbness



"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works."

~Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

What a day yesterday was! When I woke up, and logged online, one of my email accounts began self generating emails and sending them to folks in my address book. Fortunately I realized it soon, and contained it. Changed all my passwords. Ran multiple virus and malware scans. And deleted the original email the started the whole mess to begin with! 

I knew as soon as I saw the mess, exactly where it came from. It can from the insurance carrier who handles my car insurence! Frankly... I am mad at myself, because when I asked them to send me over a quote on how much the new car would add to my overall payment, there was a strange attachment. It indicated a photo, which I assumed was part of the brochure, and when it loaded empty, I just didn't put two and two together. 

I know better.

Anyway luckily the offensive email opened in my business account, which has very few direct contacts. So, the virus sent emails, sometimes multiple times, but they ended up bouncing back as undeliverable.A lucky break? Well, yes and no. You see, when I jumped onto the WWW I did a lot of reading about online safety, and took those pointers to heart. One such being that it is never wise to do business out of an account you share social media with.

Keep friends and business separate.

So, all's well that ends well.

Mostly.

My brand new Samsung Galaxy tablet arrived yesterday, amid all the fun, but somehow it just doesn't thrill me! I have been wanting a tablet for a long time, so when I got that included in an offer from AT&T when I signed up for broadband and Uverse, I jumped at the offer. It was going to save us a few dollars every month, and it included a nifty tablet and a $100 gift card. Win... Win. But as it sat in it's box on my desk, I couldn't help but wonder what new wonderful trouble might come by way of it. 

Hmmm?

Still... it's a cute little thing, and I have ordered a new leather case for it, so I am sure I will get over the grr. I will. 

But you know... sometimes...

Mood: Not Happy But It Will Pass

~Me


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Art About Town: Pleasanton, California, "Leap" By Artist Yoshio Taylor



"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."

~Henry Ellis



Letting go, and holding on. Yes. That is the true process of living a life isn't it? I have always been someone that was stubbornly reluctant to let go... of anything! Well, there were some small exceptions along the way, such as the letting go of our 2007 Saturn ION last week, but I tell you what, it really does take extreme circumstances for me to walk away. 

One thing I never managed to walk away from was my love of reading! And really, why would I want to? Oh I have gone moderate amounts of time without picking up a new book, but mostly because I couldn't bring myself to remove to the storage room the tall towers of books I had already read! Each of them, in their own ways, had become a dear and comforting friend. And so with the books, as with my friends, I only leave when I am told to do so.

That's just me. 

Thank goodness a good book will never kick you to the curb, tell you that you aren't good enough, or religious enough, or too religious, or that it no longer feels superior to you. No. A good book takes you on vacation, without all the pesky travel costs, or unnecessary airport lines. Books. They are some of the best friends I have ever had.

So, you can see why this sculpture is a favorite of mine... right?


Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Daydream Believer



"There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and see some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed."

It may be April on the calender, but it feels more like the dead of August. I am not a fan of hot weather, I can't think straight if it is too warm outside. I like beach weather... if I am near the beach... but when I am just making my way around the suburbs I find hot weather intolerable. So, the last few days I think I have spent about 2 hours of day to day thinking, and 46 hours of daydreaming. And that's fine I guess. If for no other reason than to make it all more bearable.

Everything in it's time.

Mood: Quiet

~Me :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

???????????????


Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)
Conservatory Of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
October 2012

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

~Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Questions. Doesn't it seem like all of a sudden, well in the last few months anyway, that there seems to be more questions occurring without any real answers to them? About a lot of subjects and situations...

1. An Entire Plane Full Of People Disappears Without A Trace...
Q. What Happened?
Q. Where Did It Go?
Q. Was It Terrorism?
Q. Was It Murder Suicide?
Q. Was It Something Else?

2. General Motors Knew They Were Selling Potentially Deadly Automobiles...
Q. Why?
Q. Will Anyone Ever Do Jail Time Over The Scandal?
Q. If Corporations Are People, By The Standards Of The Supreme Court, Shouldn't They Be Prosecuted As Such?
Q. Should General Motors Be Financially Exempt Due To The Earlier Bankruptcy Protection?

3. David Letterman Is Leaving Late Night Next Year ...
Q. Who Should Replace Him?
Q. Can He Be Replaced?
Q. Will Late Night Be As Fun Without Him?


4. The World Seems To Be On It's Period.
Q. Is Global Warming Real?
Q. Are We Headed For Another World War... Like SOON?
Q. Will Jellyfish Be The Last Species Standing?

Sometimes I think I think too much.
Q. Do I Think Too Much?

A. Yeah... LOL. I Do. I Can Admit It!

Well, We Seem To Be Making Progress! It Looks Like Things Are Looking Up!

"An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy."

~Madeleine L' Engle

Mood: Quietly Perplexed

~Me :)

Monday, April 07, 2014

Reflection Of The Twilight Time Of Day



"Sunset is the opening music of the night."

~Mehmet Murat ildan

This will have to be another brief blog post, as I am tired and I still have a ton of things to do. This post is another view of the amazing sunset of last Thursday. Honestly, the colors in the sky that early evening just mesmerized me! I simply couldn't look away! This is a slightly earlier version of the sunset, as apparent by the muted tones. I decided this would be a nice one to do a little editing magic with. I am pretty happy with the end result!

Muted Twilight Reflection...




Both versions bring about very different feelings for me. Very different memories. I like when I pull some distant memory from a newly taken photo. I am constantly learning from my photography. It is what keeps my mind free of cobwebs, and useless chatter. Photography allows me to really experience my life, and the world I would have missed otherwise.

A Little Night Music...



Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Another View Of Thursday's Sunset



"A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of it's going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east."

~John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

I am not feeling particularly verbose tonight, so I will just let the sunset speak for itself! And oh what tales it could probably tell!

~Mood: Quiet

~Me :)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Round Robin Challenge: Dress Up



"I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days a year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to... like talking to dogs."

~Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief

RRC: Dress Up

Dress Up... I loved playing dress up as a child! If it wasn't me putting on the fancy dress, then it was me putting the fancy clothes on my Barbie doll. I had a pretty extensive wardrobe for her! Shoes, coats, blouses, pants... you name it, she had it hanging in her well organized closet! Sometimes, when I think about how all her clothes were always put back in the correct places in her closet, I think that might have been the beginning of the organizational skills I pride myself on today! LOL. In the 80's, when I was working, I always took a couple hours on Sunday afternoons to prepare 5 complete outfits for the coming work week, complete with accessories.

 At the time I thought it was so I could grab just a little extra sleep, but looking back, I think it might have been me being just a little bit obsessive compulsive about being ready for work! LOL. Either way... I did have a little extra time to sleep, and I was never late for work, so it all worked out. And today, I still embrace those skills, but I am not O/C about it! LOL. Well, not much!

Anyway, about the challenge, I decided to embrace my love for Halloween, and my love of costumes, both for me and for the kitties. Elvis was very fond of wearing hats, and costumes, and little tank tops, but Dylan and Hendrix not so much! Hendrix doesn't mind, but Dylan is his own person! If a cat person is reading this, you know exactly what I mean! I just let my kids be who they are. Simple as that! Next Halloween, I might try a costume on Joey, just to see how it goes, we'll see. Like I said, I let them be who they are. I have enough love of the holiday for all of us!

My Dress Up Gallery...

Halloween 2008

Hendrix The Clown



Halloween 2009
Dylan The Hot Dog



Halloween 2013
Carly The Rubber Duck



April 4th 2014
Blair The 2014 Chevrolet Spark
The Sock Monkey



Oh yeah, about the sock monkey photos, yep, that is a sock monkey seat cover. I purchased it for the driver's side of my new car. I bought it last Wednesday, and in keeping with tradition, I some seat covers to keep my car as nice as possible! It helps when the inevitable day comes for trading it in on a new one! I chose the sock monkey seat cover for two reasons. First, I own another Chevy Spark and I love it, all except for the fact that the head rest doesn't quite hit the back of my head the way it does others, so I end up with a strained neck from no support.

The stuffed sock monkey head on this seat cover provides the perfect support for me. NO MORE NECK ACHES! It's not easy being short! LOL. And the second reason... simple... I love stuffed animals. LOL. Yes, even as I toddle off to the tomb, I still love and collect stuffed animals, mostly teddy bears, but the occasional sock monkey is a good too!

Okay, that's my post, now go see what everyone else came up with! Just click the link at the top of the post to be redirected to the Round Robin blog, where you can find the list of participants, and their links, and all the information you need to join in the photo challenge!

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, April 04, 2014

The End Of The Week...



"I am so tired I can hardly type this worfs."

~Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival

Okay, I am just going to say it's been a busy week... A VERY BUSY WEEK!

Here is a brief recap of events...

Monday, was fairly uneventful, but we did have some prep to do in order to take Joey to Dr. Barrett's office on Tuesday for his neutering and other procedures.

 

Tuesday...
 
* I didn't sleep well the night before, so when I got up to take Joey to Dr. B's I felt more like a zombie, than a fully functioning human. We went out to breakfast after the appointment, of which I took maybe 2 bites. I was missing my boy too much to eat. We can home afterward, and turned on CNN to see the latest about the missing plane.
 

It was still missing. Still is as I type this.


After the report on the missing airplane, came the testimony before congress of Mary Barra the new CEO of General Motors. It was not pleasant to sit through, considering we still own a 2007 Saturn ION DEATHTRAP. The one good thing about watching her testimony, and learning new details we hadn't heard before, was the fact that Alan finally heard information he needed to conclude that holding onto the Saturn was no longer an option for us.

The decision was made. Time to visit some car dealerships in the area.

One problem... it was April Fool's Day... and it was a DARK AND STORMY DAY! LOL.


Who buys a car on April Fool's Day? Especially during a storm? But all was well. We learned about some cars we liked, and came home and did some emailing to some dealers, and then called it a day! We resolved to begin anew on Wednesday. No worries.

Wednesday...

We heard back from a Chevy dealership in the East Bay. They had the car we were interested in, at the price we needed it to be, so went and took a look at it. It was a perfect fit, and a few hours later we drove our new Chevy Spark off the lot! 

Her name is Blair.

Everything was good! Yay! All except for the the scrape on the I found on the dashboard, that I hadn't seen before driving it off the lot!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Why can't stuff go smooth?

Thursday...

I took a photo of the scrape, called the salesman who sold me the car, and he asked me to bring it into the dealership for it to be looked at. 

Sigh.

I was NOT super happy with the fact that they tried everything the could to come to some sort of compromise, rather than just making it right. A compromise offer here... a compromise offer there. Some of which were downright insulting. NOT FUN! Finally they I told them, that while I appreciated their "offers" I wanted the dashboard fixed... PERIOD!

So, in about ten days, after the part comes in, they will make it right. We will see how it goes.

That brings us to today, Friday. I am exhausted from missing Joey. GM's willful misconduct that could have gotten my husband killed! Having to deal with the new car situation. My Fibromyalgia is cutting me no breaks. It's cold. And I am kinda in a bad mood from all the emotion, but I am sure after a good night's sleep, I will be back to my old self. I just need to sleep.

A good night's sleep. 

Mood: Quiet

~Me :)
PS No. I did not purchase a lemon yellow car. I will show her off in a few days. She's kinda cute. I love her!



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mousies



"In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you."

~Michel de Montaigne



Today is a big day! My baby, kitten Joey, is 6 months old now and that means it's time for him to take a trip to Dr. B's for the last of his shots and be neutered. Joey was about 2 months old when he came running into our lives, literally, but it doesn't feel like we have been his mom and dad that long! He is so much fun, and he has all these little quirks, like chattering to himself, so you can imagine how much I will miss him over the next three days! And you know I am going to worry about every little thing while he is gone! 

Is he warm enough? Is he lonely? Does he think we kicked him to the curb? Will he be missing us and sad? The truth is, he will probably be going through all those things, and it breaks my heart! But Dr. B. is an amazing doctor, and his nurses are the best, so I know he is in safe, loving hands, and before I know it, we will be picking him up! Thursday afternoon will be here in no time... right?

Thursday. I just have to get to Thursday!

 

"If a cat spoke, it would say things like 'Hey, I don't see the problem here."

~Roy Blunt Jr.

Mood: Anxious But Happy

~Me :)