Creativity

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” ~Ayn Rand

The quote above was in my email reminder to journal today.  It is a great quote. However, the motivation is not only a desire to achieve. With the process of creating comes inner peace and calm.  Fulfillment and joy follow closely behind.

A creative window found in Philadelphia with wonderful friends over Thanksgiving weekend made me smile. Joy!

Connections and Blessings

“Vacation” is over. Yes, I still have almost a whole week before I return to work, but I have a ton of things to get done around the house and tons of errands to run, etc. Before all that happens, I would like to reflect on the past two weeks. We spent approximately 7 of the last 13 days in the car. During those 7 days, I discovered that Michael and I travel very well together. It was also wonderful to be able to have that time together alone without life’s every day distractions. Thank you, Michael, for being my better half!


Thirteen days of travel and family. There are so many folks in the areas we travelled through that we didn’t get to see or spend time with. I wish we had the time to have been able to do so. If you are one of those family members or friends, there will be more road trips one of these days. We love you all!


I have to say that, as we began our trip, I thought I would be completely overwhelmed. I was a bit overwhelmed, however, I felt even more welcomed and loved. I am so blessed to have all of you in my life. I may still struggle with everyone’s names but I am trying! I believe I got photos of most everyone with my phone and I’m looking forward to sharing them with mom and dad. Do not be surprised if I post some asking for a reminder of who is who! I am so grateful to be able to reconnect with family and spend time with family members I have never even met before. I love you all and I hope that we can continue to learn about each other and make those connections stronger. Thank you all so very much!


Speaking of family, not all family are by “blood.” Georgia and Randy, you are also our family. Some connections are just natural and immediate. We are also very blessed to have you both in our lives and we look forward to sharing more time and making more memories! I’m sorry that Michael spoiled your fur babies!


Karen, thanks so very much for taking care of our fur babies while we were gone and also putting up with Sparky’s bitchiness! We couldn’t ask for a better neighbor and friend!


The biggest blessing of our trip was spending time with people. The other blessing was getting to spend some time in some very magnificent areas of our country. I still have many photos to process and I’m looking forward to doing that. I was nine when we moved from Idaho to Connecticut. I remember driving across country and simply being miserable. I wasn’t old enough to appreciate the beauty we passed through. I am completely in awe of the grandeur and beauty of the Rocky Mountain region. I want to explore even more of our country now!

No Time for Resolutions

I never, ever follow through on New Year’s Resolutions. Therefore, I’m not going to make any! I do, however, have some goals for the new year. First of all, I really must make at least one post here per month. I know, that is not a lot. With my track record, I want to make it at least seem to be achievable!

Knitting

I have pulled 17 skeins of sock yarn out of my (ever exploding out of it’s containment) stash. It is more than likely that I will not get all 17 pair of socks knit, but I can certainly try. I will be perfectly happy to achieve 12 pair. There will be other knitting projects along the way. I would also like to delve deep into my UFOs and complete at least two projects from those this year. Of course, everyone knows I have serious case of startitis. I seriously doubt that will ever go away, so, even if I do manage to complete two UFOs, I will likely end up with even more by year’s end.

Spinning

Spinning? Seriously? What the heck is that? I did manage to do some drop spindle spinning this year, but just a smidge. My wheel hasn’t seen the light of day. Perhaps this year I could pull it out from behind the dining room table and spin — at least a pound of fiber!

Weaving

I will finish the 2nd ever weaving project of my life. Yuppers, the one that has been on my loom for the better part of the past year. Oh, I was sooooooooo excited last Christmas when Michael bought me a stand for my rigid heddle loom. I did dress it and finish one project nearly immediately! The second one, however, remains securely on the loom awaiting my attention. Perhaps I can get that project finished sooner rather than later.

Photography

Last year I took several photography classes and really learned a lot. This year I must do a much better job at putting that knowledge to the test and get out there, anywhere, with my camera for some serious shooting! I must get enough quality photos each month to create next year’s photo calendar.

Travel

I have no idea what travel plans will greet me this year. I do know that we are seriously considering a trip to New Mexico and Idaho in the fall. These are going to take some serious planning and saving. I do want to get at least a weekend on the Atlantic Coast, but I have no idea when that will be, if even this year.

Organizing

Say what????? Organizing????? I think my fingers just ran out of “ink” …

A day late…

It wasn’t planned to do my #caturday post a day late, but, as it turns out, waiting provided a wonderful opportunity. Mr. Rex was checking out our garage sale find of about 70 LPs and a handful of 45s.

Michael picked up a couple of boxes of electrical supplies for a steal. We also snagged this old singer for $5.

It does power on and it is missing a plate. I should be able to get a plate with little difficulty. I will play with it later to see how well it works.

Neighbor, we’re sorry to see you go, but thanks for the bargains!

Photo post-processing on a #caturday

Finding a theme

When you’re not a writer and when you have too many hobbies to count, it becomes difficult to post on a blog with any consistency. First, you have to have something to post about.  Then you have to make the time to write the content and find appropriate photos.  Well, thanks to Georgia always posting #caturday photos on her FaceBook page, I have decided to start with making one #caturday post a week.  Afterall, I have two cats so it will always be an easy post!  Wrong!  The cats are no where to be found this morning!  Apparently, they do not wish to cooperate with my plan.  That’s ok, though, I have archives of many potential #catruday photos!  No one ever said that #caturday photos need to be current photos!

Sparky 2016

In the process of searching for an appropriate photo, I discovered some photos that I shot a couple of years ago and ended up playing around with them in my HDR software.  I am finding the results fun and interesting, though not particularly realistic.

Ontario Beach Park July 1, 2016

Harbor Town Belle – Genesee River June 25, 2016

So, this isn’t just a #caturday post afterall, but this is ok too.  I don’t have to make this blog about just one thing.  And now, I am off to shoot more photos with which to play with in all my post-processing software.

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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