Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Okay, I know, I’m late.  What I can I say?  I’m visiting in California and slipping in computer time haphazardly in the midst of visits, walks, contemplations, enjoyment, etc.  But I did get out a couple of days ago to take a few shots for this challenge and wanted to post.

The first two are my faves, though they don’t really fit the theme of turning something familiar into something of mystery.  But the clouds that particular evening seemed very abstract in an ethereal abstract painting sort of way…  The third photo…  now that one I’m leaving a mystery…

Cee’s Share Your World #17

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This week’s questions from Cee for Share Your World:

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Pen 

What’s your choice: jigsaw, word, maze or numeric puzzles?

Word

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

Although I had long hair and loved it when I was younger, I’ve mostly worn my hair at medium length and that’s what I prefer

List five some of your favorite blogs.

There are so many more but I’m off on my housesitting gig and feeling tired and groggy so I’m going to be lazy and stick with the five.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful for a smooth journey to CA and for being in this heavenly place.  Looking forward to more visits with friends, walks around my old neighborhood and renewing my spirit.

Share Your World #16

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Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?  Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

I started with glasses at age 6.  Somewhere around 15 I switched to contacts.  Wore them for decades, but never had a pair that was comfortable — even though I saw a number of eye doctors who supposedly specialized in finding the right contacts for “sensitive” eyes — and never could wear them for more than 12 hours a day.  If that was their specialty I’d hate to think how bad they were at other stuff…

A vision therapist took me off contacts because they tense up your eyes and thereby make nearsightedness worse so it was back to glasses.  The next vision therapist (I moved or I’d have stayed with the first one till he died a few years ago) had a different theory so it was back to uncomfortable contacts.

With the first guy I gained a lot of ground and the second one helped with some side issues although the contacts led to losing some ground.  Since the muscles behind my eyes have been unwinding my vision keeps making small improvements.  Can’t afford to change prescriptions every few months and since I see fine with no prescription for the reading and writing on which I spend most of my time, I don’t wear anything except to drive.  Then I pull out an old pair of glasses that give me a headache but make me legal…

As the last throes of unwinding in the muscles continue, my sight is getting really good so I may not need a correction soon.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

For the last 30 years, coping with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, not just my day but every day has felt like a giant SLOW sign, or maybe STOP.  Lately, though, if there were a sign for cautious accelerating toward the fast lane, I think that would be the sign for me.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

Super easy in public school.  I’m pretty smart and was naturally good at it as well as um… shall we say encouraged (pushed?  commanded?) by my parents to do well  and I lived in an area where a high percentage of kids were not college bound nor interested in school, so I didn’t have to work too hard to be in the upper realm of my class.

When I got to Northwestern and found myself in really hard classes and competing against top students from all over, it came as a shock that I had to work my butt off to get the grades I was used to.   I had to learn how to be seriously academic to a degree I’d never been before.  Once I caught on, I totally loved being finally challenged to be more and do more academically.

Would you rather take a 1 or 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

Kind of depends.  I’ve been on a couple of quite small group (8 people) tours that I found pretty pleasant but they cost.  The one large bus tour I took is something I wouldn’t care to repeat.  Same thing with cruise.  If I could afford to take one of the smaller, more expensive lines, I’d enjoy a cruise but I didn’t love a trip on a big cruise ship.  The cruising was nice enough and I certainly enjoyed the stops, but mostly it was too many people all the time.

When I’ve been the planner and leader of self-guided trips, I’ve found it pretty wearing to have it all on my shoulders so I kind of like a small tour sometimes.  But one whiny or obnoxious person or a schedule that leaves not enough time in some places and too much in others can make that pretty tiresome too — and the second part is also true of cruises — can be tiresome as well.

One of my favorite trips ever was a tour with only 8 of us wherein we had a hotel room on the island of Ischia for the whole time.  There were a couple of over nights in other places but we could leave stuff on Ischia and just take a few things.  Nice not having to move around all the time.

Actually sometimes I think I’d rather stay home:-)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m grateful for an amazing healing session and many lovely warm days.  Grabbed the tulip shot at the top one afternoon when I sat on the sun porch reading and looked up to realize the light was perfect to photograph the tulips (hard moment to find in that part of the yard…).  Looking forward to heading to Marin County to house/cat sit for nearly three weeks, during which time I’ll be seeing very dear friends as well as drinking in the beauty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

This challenge turned out to really be a …. challenge for me:-)

I’ve been in a place of transition for some time (that story has been unfolding on my main blog }, in which much is changing and I don’t have a sense of where I’m headed next.  For once I’m trying not to micromanage or fearfully start concocting plans because I can’t take not knowing.

A state of limbo, if you will, in which the future is shrouded in mist.  Hmm..  Not much wanting to take photos of fog, I wasn’t sure what would suit.  I thought of the Rune, “Unknowable”, the blank rune.  Turns out a rune with nothing on it doesn’t make such an interesting picture…  go figure:

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A little more contemplating this time of limbo reminded me I’m waiting as part of learning to go with the flow.  Increasingly I try to live by intuition and inner guidance, to flow with divine spirit instead of letting my mind be in charge.  Metaphysically, I think of it as “being on the Tao”; getting in the current and going with its flow.

I’d had a project in mind last week to head down to the Kentucky River where it flows by long-time restaurant Hall’s By the River to take photos.  On the only pretty day I wound up unable to go.  But once I’d decided how to meet the challenge, I knew I needed to go and yesterday was the only nice day in the forecast for some time (though today turned out to be quite pretty too).  So, my flowing into the future picture:

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And it was such a lovely outing, thought I’d leave you with a few more:

Share Your World #15

Cee’s Share Your World questions for this week:

Name one thing not many people know about you.

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Georgette Heyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a big fan of Georgette Heyer‘s novels since I was about 15.  I have a huge collection, most of them with copyrights/print editions in the 60’s and 70’s and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read my favorites.  Had to buy a new copy of The Grand Sophy because I read and re-read the original till it fell apart…

 

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

After checking to see whether that would cause any tax liabilities (pretty sure it’s way below the amount where inheritance tax kicks in) I’d then use it to fund my plans for a new blog/web site for info on my movement stuff, including manual with pictures and DVD.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

This house is too messy to be able to hide it all.  If I have a dinner party or out of town guests (neither of which happens very often) I’ll do a big sort and clean that involves filling the recycling bin, hauling bags to Good Will and lots of trash but not really hiding stuff.  By and large my attitude is you either like me or you don’t…  if you don’t like the way my house looks keep it to yourself or find a neater friend…

Complete this sentence:  I want to learn more about …

After I got the degree in law, which was my third, I felt pretty much done with learning.  Not that I haven’t learned stuff, but I rarely seek out learning that involves classes, etc..  However, I’ve always longed to speak French more fluently and after traveling in Italy I wished for more than the smattering of conversational Italian I learned in one class, so I have immersion schools picked out which I’d love to attend some day.

I am, however, an avid learner about inner life, spirit, compassion, lovingkindness, etc.  That’s a path I’ve been on for many years and though I do occasionally read topical books, I only attend classes that involve learning practices or doing experiential things.  No more class notes and studying for me.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

In spite of unseasonably cold –and also wet — weather I managed some nice walks last week

This week I’m looking forward to a body work appointment wherein my regular therapist will be joined by a second person who’s technique could apparently release the last piece keeping the muscles in my face from letting go.

 

Share Your World #14

Cee’s Share Your World questions

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

We actually have both cleaners and a yard service and I’d have trouble choosing between them although yard work bothers my back even more than cleaning, so if I had to I’d choose the yard, I guess.

What makes you laugh the most?

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I love to laugh so a lot of things lead to laughter for me.  Probably my cat, Salty, is my most frequent source of amusement…  he’s just a funny boy.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Peanut butter.  I was a pretty picky eater and sometimes toast or bread with pb or pb&j was all I would eat for days.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

Wow, so hard to narrow down so few:

  • lavender
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • gardenias

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I went out into the countryside yesterday to take pictures for this week’s WP photo challenge and it was a glorious day and a lovely meander.

I’m looking forward to heading to the Kentucky River tomorrow to get some shots of the river and the Palisades.

Kentucky River Palisades (wikipedia)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

This challenge to photograph half-light took a little contemplating.  To begin with I wasn’t sure what was meant by half-light and whether it really only refers to evening; had to do a little googling to be sure I had it.  Pretty much what I think of as dawn and dusk or sunrise and twilight.

I’m not a big poetry fan and haven’t read much poetry in years, so no favorite poem at all comes to mind let alone one with something about twilight in it.  Probably something in Emily Dickinson, who is (was?) a favorite of mine, would fit but I haven’t read any of hers in so long, I’d have to pull out a volume and read…  But, you know, poetry, don’t wanna…  And I must admit, generally when people pair a picture and a poem I’m left scratching my head over the connection.

So then I turned to songs.  Had to run a search for songs as, again nothing occurred to me, and discovered I’m not that much of a fan of any songs I could find referring to dawn or twilight, etc.  Anyone my age pretty much has a loop of the Eagle’s Tequila Sunrise stuck somewhere in their head, I think, but I never felt too keen on a song about regularly being drunk at dawn.  Possibly too much alcoholism in my family tree to find that amusing…

Guess I just have to say it with pictures.  These are all from the little park behind the houses across the street from me, just as the sun was going down:

And these are from my files, a rainbow at twilight in Flint and a view from my front porch:

Flint rainbow

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Share Your World #13

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

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Are you left or right handed?

I’m left-handed, as is my mother.   She grew up in the days when they still tried to make you be right-handed instead so she’s quite ambidextrous.  By the time I was in school, they let you stay a leftie, so I can do just about nothing that requires fine-tuning with my right hand.

After early elementary school we always had desks with the writing surface just on one side and, of course, almost every desk in every room was for right-handed people.  Left-side desks were so rare I just about never managed to have one.  By the time I finished school I was so used to writing with my notebook/tablet on my lap that I’ve never been able to write comfortably at a table or desk.

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I watch in the family room and I kind of like a living room that’s more formal.

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Never.  Never have, can’t imagine I ever will.

Complete this sentence: Love is… .

The center of all of us.  Just have to get through the layers of other stuff to find the lovingkindness and compassion at the core.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up

Tried out a new recipe for Easter — way easier than the complicated stuff I usually make and it was nice to have a lovely dinner that didn’t involve me spending several hours a day for three days before.

Right now the coming week is a pretty blank slate and I’m looking forward to a quiet schedule.