Reflect on this today. Happy Easter

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Good Friday.  I really never understood why it was called “good”.  I’ve read the account repeatedly.  I could understand Easter being called “Good Sunday”.  But Friday was a horrific day for Jesus.  For those that loved Him.  For His mama.

When I ponder on the heartache I have held for my own children, I cannot begin to  imagine Mary’s.  Illness.  Struggles. Disappointment.  Mistakes.  A mama wants to fix these things for her children, no matter their age.  The hardest place is when you come to the realization that you have no power to change a circumstance.  Were the many prayers sent up for this child all in vain?

And then I reflect upon Mary.  She had no power.  No prayer left.  Her heart exposed.  I cannot help but wonder, when her eyes met His eyes that day, did she know?  Did she know through the tears, the blood, and…

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This is from a friend’s blog but my hubby is also a realtor and can relate.

Marsha Ingrao

What do I know about real estate sales people?  First of all I used to be one.  I was 21, single, living in Portland, Oregon, and my dad was a broker in Indiana.  I had to show him that anything he could do, I could do also.  Not better, mind you.  Secondly, I am married to one.  Yes, V is a realtor, and a good one.

Realtors are busy folks.  You might think it is easy money being a realtor, but I assure you that it is not.  Just the opposite.  First, sales is a difficult art.   A sales person is not only selling property; they are selling themselves, and constantly having to remind people how capable they are in a humble way.  Next, realtors need to know how to coordinate between buyers and sellers,and the myriads of people who are involved with real estate:  loan, title and escrow officers…

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March Phoneography Challenge: TOYS

Here are some more iPhone shots, edited with Camera+

There isn’t a lot to shoot around my drought stricken yard yet; I’ve been keeping my eyes on the budding trees, just waiting to capture some color. So in the meantime, I turned my iPhone to the toys that my grands left scattered like last autumn’s fallen leaves around my place. 🙂

I am adding this image to this blog, because it doesn't fit anywhere else. I shot it a couple weeks after the other toy images, but I really liked it and wanted to add it to my challenge!

I am adding this image to this blog, because it doesn’t fit anywhere else. I shot it a couple weeks after the other toy images, but I really liked it and wanted to add it to my challenge! I love the way the light plays over the new batch of chalk that I put out for my grands on Easter morning! Shadow and light make even the most mundane subject spectacular.

These play garden toys lay were they were left by my grands after playing in the dirt. The red is what is common for dirt here in Oklahoma - hence, The Red Dirt State.

These play garden toys lay were they were left by my grands after playing in the dirt. The red is what is common for dirt here in Oklahoma – hence, The Red Dirt State.

This Radio Flyer wagon has been around since my girls were little. Edited in Camera+

This Radio Flyer wagon has been around since my girls were little. Edited in Camera+

A rusty wheel. Edited in Camera+

A rusty wheel. Edited in Camera+

The same wheel, but I wanted it in sepia tone so had to take it into photoshop to edited and save this way without losing the original. That is the only drawback of Camera+, you can only chose one feature to save.

The same wheel, but I wanted it in sepia tone so had to take it into photoshop to edited and save this way without losing the original. That is the only drawback of Camera+, you can only chose one feature to save.

Wagon edited in Camera+

Wagon edited in Camera+

Same wagon with further features added in photoshop. LAMO

Same wagon with further features added in photoshop. LAMO

Slide with HD added in Camera+

Slide with HD added in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Bike wheel edited in Camera+

Swing set with HD added in Camera+

Swing set with HD added in Camera+

Keep playing with your phones!

Light the lamp, not the Rat! Light the lamp, not the Rat!

Todays writing challenge was to take a line from a favorite movie and write.

Light the lamp, not the Rat! Light the lamp, not the Rat! was spoken by Rizzo the Rat to The Great Gonzo when Gonzo lit his tale on fire while lighting the street lamps. It is one of my most favorite lines from The Muppet Christmas Carol, and the ensuing push into an ice cold bucket of water, only adds to the perfect comedic timing.

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I have so many favorites, but when this line popped into my mind, it shoved any hopes of others out.

That is okay, because it really is one of my favs, simply because it makes me laugh. It also conjures up delightful memories of when we watched it for the very first time with our young daughters.

There is nothing as delightful as a child’s unabashed innocent laughter.

It’s contagious.

It spreads over you like a warm blanket until you are engulfed in happiness and love.

We have made a tradition out of watching this (and many more) Christmas movies for the past 20 years or better. Even now, with my girls grown and moved out on their own with families of their own, I will still watch my Christmas movies. Sometimes I watch them by myself, and sometimes I watch them with my husband. And on those very rare occasion that I get to watch it with my grandchildren, I get to experience that childlike joy and laughter all over again.

I also relive memories of other Christmases from my own past during this time. Seeing how today is my 35th wedding anniversary and that I have three grown children ranging from 34 to 28 years old, I have many, many great memories to relive. If the season gets too busy and I find myself missing my favorite movies, I will even forego sleep to get them all in. Crazy? I know it probably is, but I get all nostalgic during the holidays.

There are other addictive famous lines from this film like:

“Hoity Toity, Mr. godlike smarty pants.”

and

“What, What?” you have to see it to understand

and

“God bless my broken little body.”

If these quotes don’t make any sense to you, then I would suggest you dig up the film and watch it; you don’t even have to wait until Christmas.

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

I don’t actually live in a neighborhood. I live in a rural area where I and many of my “neighbors” have a least five acres. So when WP set the phonographic challenge of photographing my neighborhood with my iPhone, I was at somewhat of a disadvantage. Plus, since we are in the midst of winter in Oklahoma, it is rather a bleak looking landscape.

I accepted the challenge and walked around my place photographing small portions of my landscape. I hope it meets the criteria. 🙂

Ivy on a metal pedal

Ivy on a metal pedal

Sunshine on ivy (the ivy is the only green things in winter)

Sunshine on ivy (the ivy is the only green things in winter)

Tiny little violas no bigger than the tip of my pinky grow heavily amongst the weeds. My grandchildren love these little flowers and hate when I mow them under.

Tiny little violas no bigger than the tip of my pinky grow heavily amongst the weeds. My grandchildren love these little flowers and hate when I mow them under.

I guess there is a bit of green in these weeds.

I guess there is a bit of green in these weeds.

 

The only thing that I have found that the iPhone can't do is focus on something small in the foreground when there is a lot going on in the background. This was the closest I got; if anyone knows how to accomplish this, please let me know.

The only thing that I have found that the iPhone can’t do is focus on something small in the foreground when there is a lot going on in the background. This was the closest I got; if anyone knows how to accomplish this, please let me know.

 

These dried weeds grow on my creek; they are about 7-8  feet tall. With the upward angle and the bright blue sky, they were a perfect subject for my iPone's capability.

These dried weeds grow on my creek; they are about 7-8 feet tall. With the upward angle and the bright blue sky, they were a perfect subject for my iPone’s capability.

I tried for a silhouette on this one taken on my creek bed.

I tried for a silhouette on this one taken on my creek bed.

I sepia toned these on my camera; I love the old world look give to these dried weeds.

I sepia toned these on my camera; I love the old world look give to these dried weeds.

Have a great day!

Lovely Blogger Award

I may actually be a bit of a procrastinator. I never would have believed it to be true of me – the person who plans for a plan – but it must be so.

I was pursuing some older comments from one of my first blogs that I wrote and came across a post where a new and dear blogger friend nominated me for The Lovely Blogger Award.

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Okay, it was dated back in September of 2012! At the time, I didn’t know of five fellow bloggers that I could nominate (one of the conditions of the award), so I put it on the back “to do” burner and pretty much forgot about it. Sorry Marsha!

The rules state that I should thank the nominator – so THANK YOU MARSHA LEE, a.k.a., The History Gal @  http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com, who is one of the loveliest bloggers I know! I really didn’t mean to leave this undone for so long. In the past several months, I have gotten to know several bloggers quite well and consider them some of my best friends (even if we have never met in person)!

Here are the Rules for the Lovely Blogger Award

1. Thank the nominator

2. Copy and paste the award logo onto your post.

3. Nominate 5 other people.

4. Tell them that you nominated them. (I hope I did this right, I put their URLs in the trackbacks section)

5. List seven random things about yourself

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As I’ve said, before a few months ago, I  didn’t know enough bloggers, now I’m having a hard time choosing, but choose I did and here they are:

1. http://lyndamichele.wordpress.com  – a most gifted and inspiring photographer who always has a kind word and makes me laugh.

2.http://stuffitellmysister.me – who has taught me so much about the world of blogging, you make me laugh and live a life I’ve never had, Thanks Paula!

3. http://thismansjourney.net  – Island Traveller you always have a kind word of encouragement and your blogs inspire me to do more a be more!

4. http://lifeofaministermom.com – Patricia your faith and love and devotion to God and family inspire me!

5. http://livelaughrv.wordpress.com – Ingrid, I’m just getting to know you but you have already taken me on a beautiful journey as you travel the roads in your RV!

Seven Random Things About Me

1. I like to photograph things in my yard while still in my PJ’s

2. I tried a Vegan diet for 6 weeks. It didn’t stick, I like cheese too much to be totally vegan.

3. I just started playing cards with a group of old ladies once a week, we call it Tuesday’s With Tommie (Tommie is a senior citizen friend who doesn’t get out much, but boy can she play)!

4. I definitely BRAKE for garage sales, so don’t follow me in a car too close!

5. I can hole up reading teen fantasy fiction novels for several days in a row – if you don’t believe me, just look at my kitchen!

6. I will celebrate my 35th anniversary next Wednesday – that is if I don’t forget again (the hubby’s the one with the good memory)

and .  . .

7. I love to eat chocolate chips mixed in peanut butter – it has to be creamy Jiff!

March Phoneography Challenge: Tabs

This is my second blog featuring my new-found iPone app, Camera+. I am still having a good time with the new app, except for the part where it ate all my data allotment for the month – going to have to figure that one out. But if you are not like me and have unlimited data, they you will thoroughly enjoy this app. Beware that this program eats up all your data. I’ve got a smartphone and it is not grandfathered in so I can’t get unlimited data (and more is very expensive). I was told that it is the editing process that eats up your data, so I will be doing some experiments to confirm that next month when my data starts over. 🙂

This is close up of my sleeping cat, Tabs

This is close up of my sleeping cat, Tabs

Even closer, all editing done in Camera +

Even closer, all editing done in Camera +

I sepia toned this shot.

I sepia toned this shot.

This is some images of my big ol’ fat tabby cat named Tabs (I know, not very original). He is very fat and very lazy, spending most of his day asleep on the end of my bed. I wanted to try some indoor shots and found that if you are working close up without the window light coming through, the app works quite nice.

I love kitten toes; again edited in Camera+

I love kitten toes; again edited in Camera+

All of these images were edited on my iPhone.

Phoneography Challenge: iPhone Maddness

Okay, I’m not afraid to admit that I have never taken a decent iPhone photograph.  I am a photojournalist, and I work with Nikon SLR’s; I guess you would say that I’m a bit of a camera snob.

This is how most of my iPhone pics look, no thought to composition; why work on it if the image quality is so poor. I used my iphone as a desperate measure for times I didn't have my camera.

This is how most of my iPhone pics look, no thought to composition; why work on it if the image quality is so poor. I used my iphone as a desperate measure for times I didn’t have my camera.

But then I opened up my emails today and had a new posting from a blogging friend of mine, Island Traveler. His images were stunningly beautiful and all taken with his iPhone. He gave a hint of a new camera app that he purchased that apparently made all the difference. I was sure that he must have the top of the line iPhone, mine is just a 4GS, and not with the snooty Suri.

Not all my pre-Camera+ images were awful. This one turned out quite decent. As long as I had good lighting and was outdoors, they were okay.

Not all my pre-Camera+ images were awful. This one turned out quite decent. As long as I had good lighting and was outdoors, they were okay.

So I searched the app store for the afore mentioned app and found Camera+ was only a mere 99 cents! What’s to lose, its only a buck? So, naturally I downloaded (or is that uploaded) it and then went outside to my drought-stricken, post winter yard to see what I could find. (I also tried some inside shots as well). I attempted and few trick shots that IT had shown – note: staring up at the sun while you figure out where your camera angle is causes extreme tearing of the eyes!

This is the shot I duplicated from I.T. It was a lot harder than you would think to hold the camera steady, get the sun lined up in the lens and push the button with one finger.

This is the shot I duplicated from I.T. It was a lot harder than you would think to hold the camera steady, get the sun lined up in the lens and push the button with one finger. I love the flower flare caused by the sun.

Okay, surprisingly enough, it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand while holding an iPhone. And my eyes were watering like crazy.

Okay, surprisingly enough, it is really hard to take a picture of your own hand while holding an iPhone. And my eyes were watering like crazy.

This was my first Camera+ shot; to say I was surprised at the outcome would be an understatement.

This was my first Camera+ shot; to say I was surprised at the outcome would be an understatement.

When I came back inside and edited the images in Camera+ I was truly amazed. Even my simple 4GS phone took images to rival my big camera! Needless to say, I managed to drain my phone battery before lunch!

This is of the same kitty only he is much older. I played around with some of the editing features giving him a warmer look.

This is of the same kitty only he is much older. I played around with some of the editing features giving him a warmer look. I’m amazed at the amount of detail from a phone camera!

The Phonegraphy Challenge has forced me to go back to my roots in photography; without all the fancy lenses I had to get up close and personal and hunt for interesting things to photograph in my dismal yard. It was just what the doctor ordered to get my creative juices flowing.

Straight up through winter dead branches to behold the bright blue sky.

Straight up through winter dead branches to behold the bright blue sky.

Thanks I.T. for giving me a swift kick in the photography tush to get me out of my rut of thinking there is nothing to photograph if you can’t travel to an exotic place.

I will be posting my images throughout March’s Phoneography Challenge month! Because the image files are so large (5 mb), it does take a long time to save the images to my phone and even longer for them to be transferred via iCloud to my computer!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in Details

Without too much work (I took these off my FB page), I’ve selected a few images for this photo challenge. I know I have more locked away in my disc archives, but I really need to be cleaning my disaster of a house instead of perusing though decades of backed up images – maybe another time.

Veins of Life

Veins of Life

Mini Wild Roses

Mini Wild Roses

Dew Drops on Tiny Leaves

Dew Drops on Tiny Leaves

I hope you enjoy a smattering of images with attention to details. 🙂

This is important information. I hope it helps others as it has me.

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I’ve been watching some of the TED talks that have been done over the past few years. There is no doubt that it’s becoming ever more difficult to keep up with the changing world of science and especially anything to do with healthcare. Just a couple of days ago I learned that antioxidants may not be the panacea they have been touted to be. So now I have to rethink my supplement choices and make sure my vitamins are “low dose.”

One of the most important TED talks I’ve seen concerned diagnosing children with developmental disorders and how we’re doing it all wrong. An estimated one in six children suffers from a developmental disorder including:

Mental retardation
Learning disorders (Dyslexia, speech & language disorders)
Attention disorders (ADD, ADHD)
Autism spectrum (Autism, Asperger’s)
Genetic disorders (Down & William Syndromes)
Sensory processing disorder
Epilepsy, seizures, sleep disorder

Traditionally, these disorders have been…

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