Bob shows off his new earrings- Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4
April 22, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: canon rebel xsi, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, kittez | 8 Comments
I’m far too excited to sleep. I’ve only got 2 weeks left in the semester! I’ve been up for hours researching Master’s programs and trying to decide if I want to move away when I begin working on my PhD. That’ll be a few years from now but I’ve actually been thinking of moving much sooner. My kids are all grown and everybody’s on their own, pretty much, but I can’t leave my mother, so I’m sticking around this ole town. At least for a year or two more. (But it’s in the cards.)
The major hurdles are over this semester and I’ve only got my term paper on OCD to tighten up and two finals remaining. That’s reason to celebrate. 🙂 The mood around the house is jovial and I’m feeling packed full of love!
For anyone who may be reading this who has chosen to follow my blog and has offered your support over the weeks, months, and years, both emotionally and artistically, I want to take this time to thank you. I started out writing this blog so that my kids could have a piece of me when I’m gone. And, so perfect strangers might read my story (BIO) and see my pics and be inspired. I’ve had a lot of hard knocks in this world, but they’ve only served me. I like to tell people that the more cuts you have in your stone, the greater your shine, and that’s so true.
What’s started out as a lone walk through bloggie land (more than three years ago) has turned into me claiming several hundred of you as family, and you certainly are. You’ve supported me, held me together (stapled, tied and glued!), encouraged me when I was downtrodden, and made me laugh when I thought it impossible. I love all of you. ♥ Oh! And thanks a whole heap extra for encouraging me to hang in there when I wanted to quit school (a million times)!
Thank you guys- friends and strangers alike. Here are some flowers for you. 🙂 MUCH LOVE. xo And Oloriel, if you’re reading this, the 2nd pic is especially for you. I thought of you when I was editing it- it totally reminds me of you. :0)
Taken two days ago- Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 vintage film lens
(I’m totally in love with this rocking lens.)
One more thing. SAMI, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I hope things are well, and I hope you’re still toughing out that journalism major! I also hope “other situations” are better too. I miss our many chats. Lots of love to you. X
April 20, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: artists, bachelor's in psychology, beginning master's program, canon rebel xsi, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, Double master's degree, florals, flower photography, flowers, friends, indiana university east, joy, love, Master's in Forensic Psychology, master's in psychology, musicians, nature photography, PhD in Psychology, saying thanks, spring semester, writers | 9 Comments
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Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 film
So in love with black and white!
April 19, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: black and white, black and white floral, black and white nature photography, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, dandelion photos, dandelion pic, dreamy images, dreamy photo, extra large wall art, film lens, film lens + digital camera, fine art floral, fine art floral print, fine art wall art, large dandelion print, large mural, large wall art, monochrome dandelion, monochrome floral, wall mural | 8 Comments
This time, it was with the cherry blossoms outside of a church down the street from my Mom’s house:
I can’t explain what was happening when I was taking pics today. I felt high, literally. I’ve always been really drawn to these blossoms. When I’m underneath them and zooming in close and there are hundreds of them swirling all around my head in the breeze, it’s like a drug to me. The bokeh (blurry stuff in a pic) goes in and out of focus all around the blossoms when I see them through the lens- it’s a really heady experience.
And speaking of falling in love, I think it’s funny, that expression, “falling in love”. People generally mean with another person. But I was thinking today as I was driving, “Why do we have to fall in love with a person? Why can’t we fall in love with the sky? Or cherry blossoms?”
I’m betting just being around all of these blossoms (in the light drizzling rain) released loads of endorphins. I was smiling and felt like a kid again. So yeah. I’m pretty sure I fell in love with these blossoms today. 🙂
I also noticed when I was driving today that I don’t really think about Josh any more. Days go by and he won’t even cross my mind. I’m soooooo happy about that. It doesn’t hurt any more.
Yeah. I’ve been crazy happy lately. Not sure how long this is going to last, but it’s so good to be feeling ALIVE again.
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 film
April 16, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: black and white film, black and white photos, canon rebel xsi, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, cherry blossoms, dogwood tree, film lens, film lens + digital camera, monochromatic photos, monochrome, spring blossoms | 6 Comments
Technically, there are 3 weeks left in the semester, but I can knock it out in two I think. I get the whole summer off! My brain always feels so tired when I’m at the finish line. I have a term paper to tighten up and submit, three more quizzes and two finals- that’s it. I’ll take a week down, more or less-when it’s over-, and do absolutely nothing, and then I’ll dive into my art/photography, as I do every summer.
I’ve been spending all of my free time with Virgil, who’s completely stolen my heart!
My baby, Virgil- Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon (film lens) 35/2.4
Somebody needs a bath…
April 13, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: baby kitties, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, cats, kittens, kitties, sloppy kitty mouth, virgil | 4 Comments
It’s 3:30 a.m. and I’m watching The Dark Crystal and thinking about nabbing another bowl of Pistachio Almond Ice cream. Party for one. 🙂
I’m in a particularly jovial mood- a bit celebratory. For weeks, I’d been super depressed- lost in the post-breakup haze that always accompanies splitting up with the mate. I knew I would have my bad days here or there, but I didn’t anticipate that it would be so bad. My heart was just wrecked.
Two days ago, in the twilight hours of pre-dawn, I fell on the bedroom floor and just wailed. I hadn’t let myself cry after Josh left (except for once) and finally, the damn burst; I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I cried and cried and prayed and really just got all of the ick out. I read Isaiah 26 (out loud) and really felt the Lord there in the room with me. After I anointed myself and finished reading the Bible, the cloud passed over me; I could feel it lifting physically, not just in my spirit, and afterwards I felt so light. The chains fell off of me and it’s been that way since. The heartbreak and sorrow were just too heavy for me and I knew that I wouldn’t make any type of progress until I let it all out, and let it all go.
So I did. It’s funny…to the hungry, desperate soul, even bitterness is sweet, and I was just soooo desperate to feel Jesus’ love. My heart has been restocked with sweet love and I feel a warm glow swimming around inside.
I have one of these too. >>>>>>> 🙂
Oh…and these little guys don’t hurt either:
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 film lens/Canon Rebel
We have two new housemates! Our dog, Chance, is crazy about them: He gives them baths and is a great guard dog. Brianna named the male kitty Virgil (from Dante’s Inferno), and Brian named the female Do Re Mi Fa So La To Do, but we call her Doey for short.
They’re absolutely adorable and I’m madly in love with them.
(Time to hit the hay.)
night morning, world.
“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.” -Isaiah 26: 9
April 7, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: canon rebel xsi, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.8, fellowship, forgiveness, God, isaiah 25:9, Isaiah 26, Jesus, kitties, kitty love, life, light, love, Prayer, redemption, salvation | 6 Comments
The smile. (Sort of.) Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon film lens-35/2.4- selfie
I have no flaming idea how I’ve adopted (an all-natural) trout pout, but by George, there it is.
April 4, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, direct positive, film lens + digital camera, grunge, grunge art, natural trout pout, self portrait, selfie, trout pout, vintage | 8 Comments
And lots and lots of rain. Taken today through my window: Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon (film) 35/2.4
April 3, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: black and white photography, branches, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, craggly branches, depression, feeling blue, high key photography, monochromatic photography, monochrome, overexposure, sadness, sorrow, trees | 12 Comments
So my midterm results are in:
Behavioral Neuroscience exam: 233/250
Cognitive Psychology exam: 142/160
Overall results: two strong A’s in both classes.
Go me! Go me! And today is the first day of spring break. I’m alright with that.
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4/ film lens Ohio River Construction- down by the riverside
March 16, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: behavioral neuroscience, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, cognitive psychology, contruction work, film lens, midterm exams, midterm pressure, midterms, ohio river, spring break, under construction | 10 Comments
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon (film) 35/2.4/bedroom lamp
March 14, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: black and white, bug photography, carl zeiss jena flektogon 35/2.4, Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.8, cyanotope, film lens, grunge, grunge photography, monochromatic photography, monochrome, natural lighting, textured | 7 Comments