Posted in an appreciative life, good stuff, in the great outdoors, out and about, thru the lens

today’s little happies…

*Sleeping with the window open and enjoying those crisp low 50s temps.

*Feeling productive by getting loads of school prep done today.

*Loading up photos from our walk at High Acres Natural Area yesterday.

*Chatting about other perspectives with a dear friend. So nice to have that implicit safety of disagreeing and learning with someone you trust.

*Having one of my favorite meals for supper tonight–mac and cheese bake, broccoli, and cantaloupe slices.

*Not having a single bout of nausea today. *knocks on wood*

*Anticipating finishing up Stranger Things with Rich this evening.

Posted in an appreciative life, good stuff, in the great outdoors, thru the lens

life is good, life is good, life is good…

on repeat…ad infinitum…or at least until it crowds out the other crap trying to control my mood. It’s not that I don’t think it’s okay to give the not-so-good stuff space, but I’m letting it take over more often than I’d like. Some pretty major financial worries, some stupid health issues, and the overwhelmed feeling that always comes as the school year is about to start–it’s not that I want to ignore them. It’s that I don’t want to allow them to create this weight that then darkens my whole attitude, that leaves me feeling cranky, that causes me to turn the small stuff like ruined plans or a splattered mirror after just cleaning the bathroom into matters worth crying or cursing over. Because you know what, LIFE IS GOOD. And the damn laundry is going to wait to be hung until I’ve made a list of the stuff that deserves my attention. The good stuff.

*The spectacular weather the last few days. Perfection. Utter perfection.

*This sweet little goldfinch in the coffee shop parking lot the other day. I must have sat watching him for close to ten minutes. He was just so intent on getting every last seed from this coneflower.


*Max finishing his summer homework with days to spare. Getting him to do homework during the school year is bad enough, so I wasn’t looking forward to battles that might ensue having to do so much over summer. I frankly think what they assigned was overkill (not just reading a decent sized book, but a big writing assignment to go with it, plus a big packet of other miscellaneous assignments)…I mean I thought it was supposed to be summer break. Ah, but welcome to high school, I guess. And the point is Max not only did it all with little complaint, he put in more than his typical “as little effort as possible” to get by. Proud of him.

*The beauty of dead flowers.


*All things RIP. I ended up making a book pool after all. It’s excessive. As usual. Just the way I love it. And this picture doesn’t include the next-in-the-series Marti McAlister book I ordered from PaperbackSwap or the handful of holds I put in at the library. Yes, excess is the way to go when it comes to RIP.


*I’ve hit the point where I’m eager for autumn’s arrival. I love all the seasons, and tend to have a hard time letting go of the current one. That is, until something clicks and I find myself ready to revel in all the wonderful things of the season to come. That something clicked, and I am so happy to be welcoming the early signs of autumn. Goldenrod and turning leaves and shorter daylight hours…

*Listening to Annie’s and Gray’s shared laughter as they watched videos on YouTube last night.

*The wondrous colors of sunsets.


Yes, I am blessed. And life is good.




Posted in in the great outdoors, tidbits and babblings

a few minutes of calm…

grape hyacinths in bloom

Sometimes, no matter how long the to-do list, no matter how much pain is wracking the body, no matter how many people need how many things, yeah sometimes, I just need a few minutes away. Away needn’t be far. Just down the back steps is often plenty far enough. Away is really more a mental thing anyway.

moss on fallen tree in swamp

Five minutes with my camera can often provide that most welcome, that most needed, chance to just stop, breathe, and refresh. Not that I’m a photographer–I most assuredly am NOT. I possess zero technical skills, and I honestly don’t have the time nor the patience to learn. For me, photography is not about the result. It’s about the seeing. About the focusing on what’s right there in front of me if I’m only willing to steal those moments to look.


Project progress:

#43. Take photos of 100 different flowers. (7/100)

#87. Take 100 photos of our little swamp. (3/100)


Posted in at the writing desk, in the great outdoors, on the giving front, thru the lens

a few odds and ends…

38. Give away 100 boxes or bags of things to library, charity store, etc.

I am in such a “get rid of stuff” sort of mood lately. I did a quick weeding out of the big bookcase in our bedroom yesterday, and managed to fill up a fairly large box of books to take to the library. But then Annie came along and pulled out a pile to keep for herself…*sigh*…so I went back to the bookcase and forced myself to find more to get rid of to fill the box back up. And we actually managed to take the box to the library that very day.



42. Take photos of 100 different wild animals.


The garter snakes are out of hibernation! April 1st may be the earliest date I’ve ever seen a garter snake out and about. And I didn’t just see one, but three! 🙂 Sadly, this was the best photo I could manage, as I didn’t have the “real” camera with me.



52. Send 100 postcards.


Another postcard off to Jill. I am having ever so much fun with our little streak of one-word messages. 🙂