If you read this blog very often, you know that I have a love of photography and I have pursued getting better at this hobby since I retired nearly two years ago. I have had a few successes. I've even placed in some local competitions. I like photographing wildlife, landscapes, street scenes, sports, and cars. A conversation that I had with a professional photographer the other day really made an impression. Regardless of how good we get and photographing certain subjects, don't ever forget to chronicle the family. A couple of generations from now (or much sooner), no one is going to care about my images of a good high school football game, or a perfectly composed landscape filled with the colors of autumn. The photographs that will survive and that future generations will actually pick up and view will be those of their ancestors. I have a few photos of my childhood, some of my parents and grand parents, even a couple of my great grand parents. They are very special images to me. They recall good times with family. Many people don't like to have their picture taken, but there will come a day when they would love to look back on the good times.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
When you have a craving for comfort food, where do you go? In the chain restaurant business, most people would consider Cracker Barrel the king of comfort food. I'll have to admit, they are right at the top of my list. I can eat breakfast there any time, and their sausage is just the best ever. However, if you were to ask our grandkids where they like to eat breakfast, the answer is probably going to be "Nana's House". Whenever they come to visit, a good home cooked breakfast is a given. The menu must include scrambled eggs, biscuts, bacon, sausage patties and gravy, and milk and orange juice. The fact that they get to help crack the eggs, make the gravy, and set the table only adds to the magic that is Nana's Kitchen. The sign hangs above the kitchen window and it is all true, meals and memories are indeed made here.
What about your soul? When it craves comfort, where do you go? I go to The Rock. The Bible tells me that God loved me so much that He sent His only Son to pay the price for my sinful behavior in order that I might be able to have an eternal relationship with my Creator. In fact, the Holy Spirit is referred to as The Comforter. I find comfort in His Word. I find comfort in people that He has brought into my life. But when life becomes a burden, I find comfort in knowing that this earth is not my home, and the place that He has prepared for me will provide eternal comfort, where there are no more tears, anger, sickness, hurt. There is just joy in the presence of Lord. Have a blessed day.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
After several weeks of packing, moving, unpacking, and settling in, I am almost back on schedule. My blog has suffered significantly, so it is time to resume Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here we go.
Some people think that I have nice handwriting for a man, but the best looking handwriting I have ever seen belonged to my father. Our handwriting does have one thing in common...we tend to fill the available space.
I have always been a doodler. Is that a word? Anyway, I tend to doodle when talking on the phone. It is something that my mother did. I guess it was one way to practice my cursive writing strokes as a kid. After I retired I bought some pens, pencils and paper so that I could explore a relatively new trend in crafting/art called Zentangle. I really like this activity, I just haven't pursued it as diligently as I should. There are lots of great example on Pintrest if you would like to see more. At any rate, this is one of my more curly examples.
As you may have noticed from the previous Zentangle, the art form is basically a collection of patterns that are
confined to a larger pattern or shape. Most zentangles are done in black and white, but there are some who have done marvelous work in color. I can see where this might be a training exercise for tattoo artists. I must admit, it is a relaxing pass time.
As I sit here working on this post, this is typically my view when I come into the room. I just purchased a 27" monitor and that is a great addition to my computer interests, that include photographic post processing.
I'll admit, it's not the neatest workspace, but it suits me and I do tidy up a bit from time to time. I'll be in "tidy up" mode shortly after finishing this post.
This is Valentine's week-end and the last prompt is "Love" so I am taking the opportunity to post an image of myself with the love of my life. We've been married for forty-one years. Obviously I didn't take this photo, but I choose to bend the rules on this last prompt. We were on our Alaska cruise, celebrating our 40th anniversary when this image was taken. It was the trip of a lifetime.