Sunday, March 31, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 31: Stuff

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 31: Stuff
A shopping basket full of very useful stuff bequeathed to me by Jody before her move.  Bath and facial tissues, light bulbs galore, laundry products, Q-Tips, bandages, sponges, and OTTER POPS! 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 30: Relax

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 30: Relax
If there is one thing at which Tigger is an expert, it's being able to RELAX. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 29: Goodnight

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 29: Goodnight
There's nothing more magical than the full moon.  She is the bright queen of the skies. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 28: Zoo

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 28: Zoo
I may not be able to access any of my slides from trips to the zoo, but I can create my own personal zoo of tigers and bears (sorry, no lions).  The middle three are the ones I've had since I was small and the ones who protected me from monsters under the bed.  Even the crocheted blanket is part of the zoo as it is the snuggle that came with my cat, T.S. Elliot, when I adopted him.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 27: Pair

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 27: Pair

A very handy pair of items for any crocheter or knitter to have:  a swift to hold a hank of yarn and a winder to form it into cakes or balls of yarn. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 26: Something I Did

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 26: Something I Did
By now, I think everyone knows how important crocheting for charity is to me.  This is the sixth blanket I've made this year, so far, for Stitches from the Heart. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 25: In My Drawer

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 25: In My Drawer
Within the body of this liberal, activist, feminist lies an old-fashioned girl who loves hand-crafted items.  The potholders, apron and embroidered tea towels were made by Gran Nissen.  The stenciled tea towels were done by me.  The hand-made tea cozy was made by a friend.  Every items is infused with love.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 24: Up

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 24: Up
 Architecture is fascinating.  Looking up to the ceiling and details of this Victorian-styled bandstand was a delightful find.



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 23: What I Do for Fun

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 23: What I Do for Fun
I love spending time with friends, both collectively and individually; in person and on line.  I love to crochet for charity, watching British television shows and movies.  For me, reading is fun, and so are road trips; whether near or far.  Most of all, I find having a positive attitude makes any day fun.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 22: Mistake

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 22: Mistake
No, it wasn't meant to be blurred.  Unfortunately, I never did achieve a clear picture of this piece.  My mistake for not taking more shots of it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 21: Working

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 21: Working
Every now and then, you read a book which ends up having a major impact on the way you think and, by result, who you are.  "Working" by Suds Terkel was one such book for me.  After reading it, and seeing the televised musical, I was never able to view people in the same way again.

Each person is an individual.  Although we are all different, we are all essentially the same. 

I was very fortunate to meet Mr. Terkel, tell him how much his book has meant to me and to have him sign it. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 20: Clean

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 20: Clean
There's nothing better than a jumbo LL Bean boat bag full of CLEAN clothes. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 19: A Sign

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 19: A Sign
Bright green leaves and baby figs are a certain sign for the coming of Spring.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 18: Shoes

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 18: Shoes

It can never be a bad day when you're wearing red shoes. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 17: Green

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 17: Green
You never know exactly what shade of green you may need.  Having two bins of green yarn is not excessive. 

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 16: Ansel Adams Inspired

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 16: Ansel Adams Inspired
Ansel Adams is best known for his sweeping landscapes photographed in black and white with sharp contrasts and deep black shadows.  Two of his favorite subjects were Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon.

The photograph on the left was taken by Ansel Adams.  The photograph on the right is one taken by me.  Both were taken at the Grand Canyon.  Mine was originally in color but, thanks to PicMonkey, has been color adjusted to black and white, with the contrast sharpened.  Not too bad, I don't think.

Adams photographed other subject, as well.  However, I don't find he photographed cemeteries.  However, I had the photograph of this angel guarding a mausoleum at Mountain view cemetery in Oakland.  She reminded me that, although we each have wounds or scars, visible or invisible, we persevere.  We continue on and learn to fly again even if our style may be awkward and our path a bit lopsided.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 15: Explore

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 15: Explore
Sometimes, if your very lucky, even though you're traveling on business, you have an opportunity to explore a new place.  Thanks to a friend I made in Toronto, she made it possible for me to explore a bit of Ontario and to see Lake Ontario from her mom's house.  In the distance, you can see the mist rise from Niagara Falls.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 15: Tasty

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 15: Tasty
It's not often I make New England Clam Chowder, but when I do, I make a double batch and give people the option of without corn, or with corn. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 13: Sound

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 13: Sound
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I love wind chimes and have 13 of them outside or next to various windows.  The three by my front door are the largest and deepest in tone.  Happily, my neighbors have told me they enjoy them as well.

I wanted to re-film this so it wouldn't be sideways.  Unfortunately, the wind died. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 12: In the Distance

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 12: In the Distance
Always mesmerizing, always magical:  the moon.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 11: Important

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 11: Important
Getting a new modem was very important as it allows me to stay in touch with friends throughout the world. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 9: Funky

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 9: Funky
 My 22nd birthday.  Shag haircut, HUGE glasses, halter top, hip-hugger bellbottom jeans, and a leather monkey-knot bracelet braided onto my wrist.  Yes, I'd say that's FUNKY!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 8: Favorite

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 8: Favorite
How do I select "a favorite".  There are so many more things I value, enjoy, appreciate, than those I dislike.  My parents; my friends, my furry family, special books, movies I watch again and again, places I love, music that transports me, foods I savor. 

There is, however, one thing that always comes to mind.  In lean times or in plenty, simple or fancy, I do LOVE pasta.  Yes, pasta, of any type and in any form, is a definite favorite.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 7: Fear

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 7: Fear
Every month, for the past 18 years, 3 months, I've set up the room our The East Bay Mystery Readers' Group.  Every month, I have the FEAR that no one will show up.  Every month, my FEAR has proven to be unfounded.  I do love the EBRMG!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 6: Chair

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 6: Chair
A chair is always best when filled with a laughing wolf.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 5: Under

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 5: Under
...our beautiful, blooming plum tree.  Ah, Spring!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 4: Lucky

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 4: Lucky
I believe in blessings, rather than luck.  I am incredibly blessed to know such kind, and generous people as Marian.  She enabled me to retire my 33+-year old mattress by giving me her 5-year-old Tempur-Pedic matress.  I've wanted one for years but affording one was impossible.  Now I not only sleep well at night, but wake up without any hip pain in the morning.  That is a blessing.

And yes, I would be lovely to have the model's shape.  Ah, well. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 3: Key

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 3: Key
The sound of a pendulum clock is one I find very comforting.  Never being one to do things by halves, I have nine pendulum clocks in my house.  Sadly, only six are currently working.  Still, one could say I do have a lot of time on my hands. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 2: Beacon

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 2: Beacon
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You were expecting something else?  What better beacon could there be than the blue light on top of the T.A.R.D.I.S.? 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 1: "L" us for....

Photo-a-Day - March 2013 - Day 1: "L" us for....
Light.  Sometimes a complete mistake ends up being quite wonderful.  I was trying to photograph the last light of the sun peaking through a break in the branches of a tree.  My setting were completely wrong and this was the result.  I just love a happy accident.