I suppose it started when I found myself saying “Yes” to every kid from Charlottesville High School Band that asked me to buy fruit in their fundraising drive late last fall. We’ve always bought fruit to support the local high school marching band, because my better half, having done that himself, likes to support the local band, although I have to admit that these last few years I’ve been a supporter knowing these are the same families we’re going to hit up when Edie starts fundraising for orchestra next year. Some of our family are big citrus fans and eat it up rather quickly, but I found a few pieces languishing in the drawer (no doubt a testament to how many times I said YES), so I thought I’d get crafty with it and try my hand at baking with it. Continue reading
Patience posted a year in pictures recap on this “Mondayist of Mondays” as a way of easing back into the swing of things after the holidays. Given that we got back late yesterday evening from a most wonderful wedding to make this day truly the most Mondayist of Mondays, it seemed like a wonderful suggestion to join her in doing a photo recap of 2015. Continue reading
“The car is packed.”
“Did you see what an awesome job I did packing the trunk? I did it in record time too. I even took before and after pictures.”
“So you can post it on your blog and tell everyone how awesome you are?”
“Well, isn’t that the point of having a blog, so that you can brag about how awesome you are?”
Five Photos, Five Stories, #1
I like to wander my yard with my camera in hand. I’ve been teaching myself to shoot manually for the last year or so. I’ve briefly – as in, sat in the yard one afternoon with a stack of library books and a glass of wine – studied the ins and outs of this. I only vaguely know the terms, but I have (mostly) figured out how to set my camera to achieve the shots I want. I learn more by doing than I do by reading sometimes, and this is definitely true when it comes to photography. Thank goodness for digital, which makes learning to play so much cheaper and easier than film photography. I like to capture light and moods, I love shooting with macro lens and focusing in on details. My garden and everything that inhabits it, are some of my favorite things to shoot because they are always changing, always in flux. What’s in bloom today can be gone tomorrow. Such is the tale of this spider. I was walking into the basement to check laundry when I saw the late afternoon sunlight shining through the web and ran to grab my camera, as that light can be fleeting. I held my breath as I shot, almost unable to believe I was able to capture so beautifully the streaming sun light through the delicate web. It’s taken me a good bit of work as well as luck to be able to shoot this photo. Such is life, isn’t it? You can work all you want, but sometimes, you just luck into things.
Suzicate at The Water Witch’s Daughter invited me to play Five Photos, Five Stories. I invite Cassi at Bad at Being Mom to participate. If you wish to play the rules are that you post a picture a day with a story, fiction or non-fiction, or a poem and nominate one fellow blogger a day to participate.
I first discovered Suzicate’s blog, The Water Witch’s Daughter, while in the midst of getting sucked down one of those rabbit holes the interwebs are famous for. Her writing struck a chord with me as her Virginia is for Lovers page gave away she was from the same state. I discovered she lived in Virginia Beach on the coast, but was from Nelson County, just south of here. The more I got to know her, I realized we were creative kindred spirits and then some. We picked at the same orchards. I was pretty sure we knew some of the same people and that our husbands would hit it off. Continue reading
Suzicate is a creative kindred spirit, with her poetry blog, her sewing/quilting/fiber arts blog in addition to The Water Witch’s Daughter. Suzi is an amazing photographer as well as an inspiring writer. Whatever the topic of her latest post over on The Water Witch’s Daughter, I find it has some relevance to what is going on in my life, every time. She approached me a few weeks ago about participating in a creative blog hop with her. As I often find myself either in some sort of conversation about creativity or following the path of some creative avenue, I thought it was right up my alley. Continue reading
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? True to form, May has kicked my ass on every level imaginable once again this year. How is it Memorial Day weekend already? I’m still not done getting the gardens in, the only batch of strawberry jam I made was at last night’s Happy Cook class and when people ask what our summer plans are, I have no answer. None. Continue reading