In the blink of an eye it seems, I have done much and not so much. I consider all the mental plans I had made for last year sitting here, gazing out my window as cars zoom by and students leave school. The occasional jogger runs by and I wonder what we are all thinking in this moment in time.
I imagine all of our ideas of things we want/need to do as vastly diverse as our fingerprints. I can almost see those ideas and tentative plans swirling upward like breath out of that jogger’s mouth on a wintry morning – quickly remembered, quickly vanished.
My to-do lists, sticky notes, planner jottings, and journal all filled and representing my 2015 now loom ready to stay either checked off as completed or ready to be transferred to clean pages of a new year’s planner, folder, journal in time to get those undone things done, I hope. It’s time to put 2015 away and keep on going into 2016.
Good bye to the shoulda, woulda, and coulda things.
Hello to shall, will, and can things.
Last year, I never had that day alone with God when I set aside time to pray through plans for the year ahead. The file folder containing past years’ penned prayerful goals and plans sat unopened all of the year. Occasionally, a scrap of paper would be forced in-between others in the folder in hopes I would get around to that day. I looked forward to it. Yet, I neglected to make time for it. No goals or specific hopes with prayers and verses were ever penned last year.
So yesterday I had the opportunity to begin the refreshing work on it a bit in the morning and I yearned to complete it before leaving the house to fulfill a joyful duty. I contemplated forgetting about the commitment only to be reminded of letting my yes be yes. Off I went with my thoughts swirling about my head, excited to pick up the day alone with God today. It looks like that will happen over the course of several days…snippets of time savored alone with the Lord. Ahhhhh.
A bit of tidying up the space on this blog needed to be completed today and thus, I have evaluated whether to keep investing money into a spot where so little writing happens. But then, I thought better of it and decided to keep it for this year. After all, writing still remains a pleasant activity for me, along with sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, volunteering at the local cancer center, working on a manageable garden in the spring, taking care of dear husband, helping our adult children and our two-year-old grandson and soon another boy due in April to the younger son and daughter-in-love…then there’s teaching the occasional Bible study, helping out with church things for women, mentoring, spending time with friends, maybe practicing photography, maybe learning hand-lettering and hybrid journaling, cross-stitching, healthier habits (always), paring down my wardrobe, remembering the gospel daily, sharing the gospel with others, remembering God’s gracious goodness…
…and so the hopes, plans, and thoughts swirl about and waft up from my head hoping to make it to the days ahead and respective lists of things to do. Goodness gracious, it’s 2016!
Today is the last day of the SITSgirls #SITSblogging photo challenge. It’s been a fun 10 days to learn lots of tips and practice a little bit.
The tips and challenge today were all about taking photos in black and white or converting colored ones to black and white in the editing process. I opted for the latter due to the author’s encouragement. I edited the pictures below from the colored state and then converted them to black and white.
Ironically, several of the pictures I took had black and white items in them. Bear with me as I parade a few extra ones today.
I think this spilled salt on the granite countertop is my fave…
Over the kitchen sink is a lightweight metal oak leaf wreath that makes me happy in its fresh greens against the white shutters. Here in black and white and at an angle it has quite a different look.
Outside on the front porch we have a set of rockers and this summer’s heat and mosquito population has prevented much use of them, but today, I took a gander through the lens and yearned for a glass of tea and a cool breeze.
Rob and I value shutters that actually fit a window when closed as originally intended for the outside of a home. When the shutters are open a lovely S-shaped shutter dog is the functioning holder to keep each half in place.
I took a picture of the wrought iron post on the porch and when I played with the exposure the black iron looks white instead as you gaze up at what was the lighter colored ceiling before editing. Interesting effect.
To wrap up the photo challenge what better photo than one of chef’s twine on a granite countertop to tie it all together. It’s been a blast! I’ve loved the learning process.Read More
I took a break a little while ago to go outside and complete today’s SITSgirls photo challenge of shooting things in motion. Even though we live across from a busy park, I preferred the soothing sound of running water in our fountains out back. And I was not all that confident that just anybody would appreciate a strange woman capturing their sweaty running essence and posting it on a blog. Ha!
Following a couple of the tips posted on the informative blog mentioned above, I set my camera to what I think was appropriate settings and took lots of pictures only to realize when I got back into the air conditioned house a pesky piece of pine straw had photo bombed my plethora of fountain shots. Out the door I went again and this time removed said pine straw and a leaf, found a couple of better angles and ended up getting both fountains in one of the pictures.
Here’s the pine straw photo bombed picture:
Here is the same fountain as above but from a different vantage point:
Then, by just moving the camera a tad to the left, I was able to get this shot of the same fountain and one further in the distance at the wall:Read More
Today’s challenge from the SITSgirls made me greatly aware of my limited knowledge of my camera’s functions and I found myself yearning for the familiarity of my old Minolta I had begun to understand and use with various lenses on manual settings and lots of film.
I need to read my digital camera’s manual in order to gain understanding of its settings and limits pertaining to shooting pictures in low light. I need to understand ISO and f stop and so much more.
Low light shooting was today’s challenge and after getting sucked on by several mosquitoes and finding my pictures yucky due to blur, I stomped off to take one last picture of this garden angel residing in my small herb garden. I think that I should have waited until lower light, but at 9:00 pm my pajamas were calling and I had nothing left to give the monster mosquitoes.
This is the only picture worth a consideration for posting, and even it has some blur going on. Live and learn, and learn, and learn some more.
So, note to self: Read the manual cover to cover soon and use a spritz of bug spray next time.Read More
I did not take this photo today for the SITSgirls photo challenge. I took it over a month ago at an outdoor wedding. The setting was an empty window frame from ruins of an old mill. The subjects are my husband and grand son.
The point of portrait photography according to today’s information, is to capture what you feel for those you love. Nothing makes my heart go pitter pat quite like seeing my husband dressed up toting our grand son.
Neither had a clue I was taking their picture as they looked through the vacant window panes at the Chattahoochee River in the distance, biding time before the ceremony began. It’s what this grandfather does. He takes loving pride in showing Quentin (Robert, V) the sights and having one on one time with him. For a brief moment I felt I had gone back in time to when my husband would take the same care with each of our boys and I felt that same pitter patter flutter in my soul.
I have no doubt that it is not the best quality photo, but it’s the best portrait I think I’ve taken in a long time simply because of what it caused me to feel.
The tips posted in today’s photo challenge will surely be beneficial to me when I take more pictures of those I love.Read More