Saturday, June 02, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 24~ RRC Variety Show

From For Ellipsis

"In the time of your life, live... so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.

~William Saroyan

Round Robin Challenge: Variety Show

Has it been two weeks already? It's time for another installment of the RRC! If you would like to join in, I know Karen would love to have your participation. Simply click on the link above to be redirected to the official RRC blog!

As an amateur shutterbug I, of course, love and indeed, seek out great variety in my subjects. But my favorite way to search out variety is to take one theme, like say, pumpkins, and search for the variety within the subject, as opposed to perhaps a subject which might be more general like Halloween. Shapes, shading, color tone, length, width, the possibilities are endless. 

You knew I would start with pumpkins... right?


The way to this girls heart is with CHEESE...

I adore Heirloom tomatoes...

Clowns... Cute or creepy?

An apple a day...

See... doesn't autumn leaves make even the most mundane object look lovely?

One Potato, Two Potato...

On the first day of autumn my true love gave to me...

Okay, so the summer isn't all bad...

~Me :)

Okay, that's my contribution to the RRC for this time around. Now, please go and visit the other participating RRC contributors.You can find their links by clicking the RRC link at the beginning of this entry. And also my friends Kat and JR, who are joining me on my quest of A Photo A Day For 6 Months.



Friday, June 01, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 23~Last Autumn

"There is a delicate balance of putting yourself last and not being a doormat and thinking of yourself first and not coming off as selfish, arrogant or bossy. We spend the majority of our lives attempting to perfect this balance.

~Cindy L. Teachey

I decided to share with you today, some of the photography I did last autumn, and didn't get a chance to share at that time. I had a big day with the camera yesterday, so of course my energy is a bit low. I am still learning how to balance all my various little physical oddities. It's getting better. I am back to posting a blog entry daily, and believe me, that has been a huge sign the my thyroid and my fibromyalgia are learning to play nice with one another! I will be back to my old self soon, certainly before the end of the summer. I am already planning my autumn leaf peeping jaunts. 

Just thinking about it makes me smile. :) Oh autumn, you are so delicious!


~Me :)

Now that you have viewed my photos, please go an visit my friends, Kat and Jr. . They are awesome photographers, I am constantly inspired by their artistry and their friendship and support! Thanks Guys!



Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 22~ The Final Countdown

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.”

~ Chester Nimitz


 If the United States falls under attack our job is to defend her in the past, present and future. 

~Capt. Yellend (The Final Countdown)

It was a big day for me, and my cameras. Alan and I decided to go to San Francisco to watch the aircraft carrier the Nimitz depart the Golden Gate. The Nimitz had come through the Golden Gate last week, as part of the celebration for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. We weren't able to go to the celebrations, which was disappointing, but being able to see the Nimitz depart made up for it.

I kinda have a special place in my heart for the Nimitz because it was pretty much the star of one of my favorite movies, The Final Countdown. I don't even know how many times I watched that movie with my dad. 100... 200 maybe... at least 20 for sure. There were several movies that dad and I never missed, and The Final Countdown was right at the top. 

My dad has been gone all most 17 years, but sometimes it feels like he is her with me. I know he would have plenty to say about the state of today's politics. He would have HATED... ahem... strongly disliked George W. Bush. He would have thought Sarah Palin was a twit... to put it kindly... and I think he would be missing Keith Olbermann as much as I do. LOL. He and I had long talks about politics. He was the one who taught me that it's not enough to know how or what you feel about about something, you had to know why you felt the way you did.

It wasn't always easy being my father's daughter... but I know that I am a stronger person for it. I can better understand at my current age what he was trying to teach me, and I try to remember to thank him every day. Although there were some genuinely horrific times in my childhood, I now mostly remember the bowls of popcorn, and the movie rentals. It was a good time. It was the best time. He would have loved seeing that gorgeous ship going under the Golden Gate, just as he did when he left for Asia, during WWII, when he was serving as a merchant marine. Today, he was there with me... smiling... and I could almost hear him asking me to" fix a BIG bowl of popcorn... extra, extra butter... the real stuff... and DON'T TELL MOM!" :)

The Final Countdown (IMDB)

The Final Countdown (Wikipedia)

Chester Nimitz (Wikipedia)

~Me :)

If you would like to join me in my quest to post A Photo A Day For 6 Months, please feel free to jump right in! Just post your photo, come back here with the direct link back to it, and I will include your link with tomorrow's blog post.

Now, go see what my pal Kat has posted...


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 21: Strange Underwear

"Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story."

~Ashleigh Brilliant

It was a better day. Although a decidedly strange one. It's not often that a see other people's underwear, but today I saw not only one pair... but two. The first pair of underwear was spotted near a local Arby's, where I went for lunch. I was waiting for a light to turn, so I could make a left turn, and there she was... a woman... in her underwear. Black bottoms to be exact. She was just standing, on the opposite corner, in a pair of black undies... with a turtleneck top on. A turtleneck... and black panties. At first I thought it might be bikini bottoms, but who wears a turtleneck top and bikini bottoms? I decided to pretend I wasn't seeing what I saw and took my delicious Arby's sandwich home for lunch. It was the best way to deal with it I think.

Now, for the second pair. After dinner tonight, Alan and I decided it would be fun to go to Starbuck's for an ice tea. As we turned into the parking lot, there, in all her glory, was a young woman, dressed in nothing but teeny, tiny, panties, a leather bra, a black garter belt, and hose with glow in the dark hearts on them. Ummm... huh? All I could think to say was... "Alan... don't look." "I have to look" he said... I am driving. "Yes... yes you are" I said. At that point I had tons of questions. Was it black undies day? Was there some sort of ritual I have been missing? Sigh. Is it just me, or is life getting really, really weird, the closer we get to December 21st, 2012? Well, it is, according to some, the possible date of the end of the world. Perhaps peoples inhibitions are waning. Or maybe it's just life in California... SHRUG.


~Me :)

If you would like to join me on my quest to post A Photo A Day For 6 Months, by all means, please jump in anywhere! There is no need to participate every day, and there is no theme, just post what strikes your fancy, and comeback here with the direct link back to your post. I will be happy to list your link with tomorrow's blog entry.

Now go see what my friend JR has come up with!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 20~ Cats

"Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling."
 ~Helen Powers
I am really tired tonight, so this will be a brief post. Some days are good ones, some aren't so good. Everything usually revolves around the amount of sleep I get. I didn't sleep well last night, so, as a result, I am tired tonight. Tomorrow Alan and I will be spending the day in the garden, that always makes for a good day.
 Now... that kitty you see above...

That boy is Dylan. He is my boy. We adopted each other, and two closer soul mates could not possibly be. Dylan loves his daddy... Alan... but I am the only one allowed to put him in his kennel when it is time to go see Dr. B. . Dylan lost his kitty mom, when she was hit by a car, while moving her litter of kitten across a busy street. I am not sure if Dylan saw what happened, but I know he was one scared little guy when he was rescued from under the porch of an abandoned home. His foster mother said he had trembled the whole weekend she had him, and the minute I picked him up he stopped shaking for the first time. We looked into each others eyes, and we both instantly knew we needed each other to survive this world.

And Here You See Hendrix...

We brought Hendrix into our home 8 days before we found Dylan, so Hendrix is the official big brother. And Hendrix takes his duty seriously. I told Hendrix... "This is your baby, now you take good care of him.." And he does. He keeps him in line, and cuddles him at night. He lets him eat first, use the box first, and doesn't intrude when Dylan plays DILLY BALL with Alan. Alan bonded with Hendrix the minute he walked out of his kennel at Dr. B's. He walked over to Alan and climbed up to his neck and gave him a big kiss. Next he made his way back down to the table, and over to me, where he made sure I knew I was loved to. And everyday, he comes over to me, at least once a day, and pats my face with his soft little paws.
Both boys have very different ways of doing things, but both seem to have a sense of humor.  Their daily hijinks keep us laughing, and isn't that just the best medicine?
~Me :) 

If you would like to join in with the Photo A Day For 6 Months challenge, feel free to jump right in. You don't have to post every day, just as the spirit and inspiration moves you.

Now, go check out what my pal JR has come up with...


Monday, May 28, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months: Day 19~Memorial Day 2012

"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men."

~Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

It's never felt right to me to wish someone a happy Memorial Day, so I will just say... I wish all who visit my blog today, a day of peace. 

~Me :)

This is day 19 of my A Photo A Day For 6 Months challenge for myself. You are more than welcome to join in. There is no theme, and if you can't get out with your camera, archived photos are fine. Although getting out with the camera is part of my personal challenge. 

Now, to see some truly lovely photos, please visit my pal Jr. Just follow the link below.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Photo A Day For 6 Months Day 18~ Happy 75th Anniversary Golden Gate Bridge

"The Golden Gate Bridge's daily strip tease from enveloping stoles of mist to full frontal glory is still the most provocative show in town." 

- Mary Moore Mason

Today is the big day, the celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary is going to be amazing! I am not going to brave the traffic to attend, but hopefully the fireworks will be visible from up here in the East Bay hills. We have had a cold, overcast weekend so far, so it will take a bit of luck. Have I mentioned that I am crazy in love with the GGB? 

Enjoy the last of my archived Golden Gate Bridge series, buy stay tuned, I need to add some new GGB photos to my file this year. In the mean time, to read about an exciting new art project that's centered around the Golden Gate Bridge, see the link below! It's FABULOUS!

~Me :)

Now go see what my dear friends Kat and Jr have posted for today!