Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hot Days

After failing the photo challenge, I decided not to worry about restarting it. :) I'm ok with that lack of commitment. I am still finding things to photograph and I'm still keeping up with my summer commitment to go somewhere every other week to take photos.

Thankfully this week, my great friend Joan invited me to Chattanooga. She was there on business and it has been a very long time since we last hung out together. I went down for the evening and we caught up on all the good stuff of life.

When she headed out off to work, I headed out to Chickamauga National Military Park. I'm teaching US History again this year and I decided some photos might help capture my students attention. Here is a sampling of the monuments at the park. (103 degrees when I left at 12:00 pm)

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I failed the challenge. :) I forgot to take a picture Saturday and don't feel it today! Asher and I are snuggled on the couch. I did finish my scarf. I will post a photo tomorrow along with my challenge photo.

I don't have any pics of Dad on my iPad, I got it several years after he passed away. In his honor I will post a photo from Sedona. I felt dad with me the entire trip. He gave me a great love of Louis L'Amour westerns and I felt like I was living in one the entire time I was there. I know he would have loved the trip.

Happy Fathers Day to all

Friday, June 15, 2012

Day Three and Four

I did shoot on the appropriate days, I was so mad at myself I didn't post last night. More about that later.

Day Three - favorite shoes

Yes, I love Crocs and I had these on yesterday when I worked on the porch.

Day Four - Mother Nature Father Creator

I rarely have two lilies blooming at once. They don't last long and a third is poking its bud out of the water.

Back to being mad, I took a quick knitting lesson a couple of weeks ago. I finished the two face/spa/dish cloths and got very ambitious and started a scarf. I told my sister it was a shame I had expensive tastes no matter what my hobby. She said buy cheap.

I went to a local yarn shop, LYS, and was looking for a heavy yarn to start a scarf. Every skein I picked up was $20+. Because this is my first scarf, I know better than to spend $25 on a skein that will only be worn because its a gift and not because it is a pretty handmade scarf.

But I found a gorgeous silk in a my favorite colorway and decided the first scarf, with all it's flaws should be for me. I bought needles and proceeded to have almost 3.5 feet of scarf knitted when I realized I had some how turned the scarf and was now knitting the wrong side.

I unraveled six to eight inches of scarf last night. Luckily I figured out where to stop and put my needles in correctly. (that part wasn't taught in my class) Today I'm reknitting those unraveled inches, I'm on the phone with sis and Puff decides the shiny needles need to be played with. She's still giving me the innocent look. It took forever to get the needles and stitches in the right spot. I'm still not sure I have the stitches lined up correctly.

I'm just happy I picked a very forgiving open weave pattern. The next scarf is for sis, I hope she remembers she said go cheap. ;)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day Two

Today was favorite food picture. I played with PS Express on my iPad. Softened the focus and deepened the saturation.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day One Photo Challenge

I've decided to do a 30 day photo challenge. I Googled challenges and then surfed through Pinterest and finally decided to combine several lists.

Today's photo - green.

This is SOOC - straight out of camera.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Stitch Day

Stitching of a different kind - what I call a new hobby, women 100 years ago knitted to clothe their families and keep them warm.

My first project complete - a simple dishcloth.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

New hobby

Last summer I decided to get a little more serious about my photography. I took a great class at Watkins Art Institute in Nashville and learned a lot about my camera. I now shoot 95% of the time in manual or out of program mode. Tremendous difference in my ability.

I decided this summer to continue increasing my photography skills by going out and taking pics every other week. I also decided to learn how to knit. I had a private session at sit and stitch this week and started a dish cloth.

My two favorite photo models decided to bring me my knitting last night. I woke up to find this in my bedroom door this morning. Luckily all they did to the knitting was add natural fibers! LOL I hope to finish it today and I'm headed out to take pics at the Belly Rubs Basset Waltz. Going to rub some basset bellies.

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