Saturday, April 30, 2011

WAIT! You stopped and smelled WHAT?!

Yayyy, Faith Restored!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read my previous post, "STOP!  You want me to smell WHAT?!"  before reading any further.

So I went out this morning to catch the sunrise... slept in, dang it!... and only was able to make it to my favorite spot by the marsh.  Anyway, I got out of the car and started taking some nice pics.  Not what I wanted, but still nice.  Then, when I was done and ready to leave, I look back at the bridge and there's a van pulled over and a hand with a camera pokes out of the passenger window!  My faith is restored!  I'm not the only "nut-job" out there taking pictures of beautiful landscapes and the like! 

I'm glad someone else took the time to stop and smell the roses.  It really is beautiful out there, isn't it?

These were all taken this morning throughout the morning sunrise, hence the changes in color.  I just love this spot.  It's not too far from my home and it has such a mystique to it with the mist and the marsh.

STOP! You want me to smell what?!?!

So, I'll drive around (if I have a spare moment) and I'll see something beautiful that I want to take a picture of... sometimes it's some flowers, maybe a tree or group of trees, a sunrise or sunset, an interesting formation of clouds... any number of things out in nature.  So, I'll pull over, roll down my window (or sometimes get out of the car) and start snapping away.  Inevitably people will drive by and more often than not, give me the weirdest look.  Sometimes even a nasty one.  Now, once in a while, I'll get the good Sameritan who stops and asks if I'm ok.  I let them know that I'm fine and thank them for stopping.  But as they drive off, they give me that infamous weird look as if I'm a freak for being ok and pulled over for nothing.  I have a camera in my hand, obviously I'm taking a picture of something... so I'm not pulled over for no reason.  I see it in their eyes, though.... What the heck is she doing?!  She's stopped on the side of the road for no good reason and is taking a picture of what?!  There's nothing there but grass and trees.  She must be doing something wrong. 

Maybe it's just me, but that's what I envision going through their minds as they drive off with that raised eyebrow and pursed lips.  How dare you, lady... you made me care and I stopped for nothing!  People!  I'm just taking a picture of NATURE.  You know, that thing that's all around us?!  You remember hearing the old saying, "Stop and smell the roses" don't you?  Well, I stop and take pictures of them.  I'm not doing anything wrong and I certainly don't mean to make you go out of your way.  You shold be thankful that I'm ok and you don't have to get your hands dirty with some problem that's not yours.  Unless you just wanted glory for being the hero, in which case, you're not stopping for me, you're stopping for you, so quit wasting both of our time and get over yourself.

And when you think that I'm taking pictures of "nothing", here's the "nothing" that I see:

This was such an interesting looking tree,
simple beauty seeming to be growing
in the middle of overgrown crap.
(close-up below)

This is a close-up of the tree above

These are just a sample of my most recent photography.  I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear what you think about them.  (constructive criticism only please)

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses once in a while.  Smell them, take a picture of them, sketch them, but don't pick them... leave them where they grow in order to share them with others who come along the same path. 

Look around you.  There's beauty everywhere!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The New Me!

So, as you may or may not have noticed, I've changed the header on my blog and the description as well.  My goal is to start blogging in the direction that I originally had planned for this blog.  I hope you like it.  Let me know, if for some reason, you're unable to see it.  Here's what the pic is:

A Distinctively Eccentric Sundry of Life

Friday, April 8, 2011

Too Much & Not Enough!

I think I've mentioned this before, but I get totally distracted each and every moment of the day!  I start out with good intentions, but I have so much that I want to do... so much that I need to do... and as I try to work on any of it, I find myself distracted to the point of getting overwhelmed and lost in a sea of "To Do's" with no time left to do them in. 

I've come to the conclusion that you can have too many good ideas.  You can have a few, but there's a thin line that I must have crossed years ago because it's not even within eye-sight or ear-shot anymore.

You see, I surf the web... not on purpose (not usually, anyway) but I start out checking emails and wanting to work on my blog.  The emails get me distracted with all the links that I'm interested in and want, so badly, to check out.  Then, once I've pried myself off the email (and all the new tabs that I opened to visit - usually around a dozen or so at this point and it just grows from there) I then go to my blogging side of life.  I use two different web browsers too (just thout I'd mention that part)  in order to keep things "organized" (pffttt, yeah riiiight!)

Once on my blog, I surf around other blogs in order to Spread the Love of Comments to my fellow bloggers.  This usually takes me to many many many more websites and adds many many many tabs to my browser window.  This tends to slow down my system and sometimes my browsers end up crapping out on me.  This holds up the works.

All of this, is of course, in between a crying 7 month old who is in the clingy stage; feeding, changing diapers, playing, reading to, etc.  I love being a mom, but it's another item (or many items) on my list of things that keep me from other tasks.  And of course, there's the whole "sleep while he sleeps" idea that I need to adhere to, but don't usually do.  But lately he hasn't been taking his regular naps, or at least, not for as long, as he had been.  So, he gets top priority, of course!  I just can't believe how fast he's growing and I certainly don't want to miss any of it if I can help it. 

Then there's laundry, dishes, cleaning, sweeping, vacuuming, etc...... I try to squeeze some of these in during the morning hours as well. 


Well, that's my story for today of Too Much & Not Enough!  As you can see, my main issues are time management and organization.  It's a Work in Progress, with a very dim light at the end of a very long tunnel.  But then again:

Life is a journey, not a destination.

My little Bugaboo sporting his first two teeth!
Now, who could resist this face? 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Teldrassil Sproutling

In keeping with the monthly theme of "Sprout"...

I happen to be a gamer... for those of you who know me personally, you've known this for a long time.  The main game that I'm obsessed with is WoW (World of Warcraft) and in that game there is a Teldrassil Sproutling.  It's a companion that follows your toon (toon = cartoon = game character) around as you travel through the game.  It is sold by Rook Hawkfist <Darnassus Quartermaster> for the price of 40 Champion's Seals.  All of this information can be found on of course.

Got Game?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Planting a surprise...

I've been trying to grow plants, but I have to do it in the house because the squirrels will destroy them if I plant them outside.  Yes, I know that we should get/build a greenhouse of somesort, but that's just not in the budget at the moment.  So, I've been growing and killing sprouts for months now.  I've got three growing now and honestly, I've been through so many seeds, I don't remember what these are!  LOL  But they're still growing, so I'm happy.  I can't wait to see what they are.  LOL

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weeds weeds go away... maybe...

Our yard is filled to the brim with weeds... except for the really dead patches of yard that only have sandy dirt.  Yet, some of the weeds can be really pretty if you look at them right.  We had quite a few storms go through the area lately and these weeds sprouted up.  I'm really not even sure what exactly they are.  But the purple flowers on them are beautiful.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Growing like a weed!

Sprout!  April's theme.

And my little man is sprouting up like it's no one's business!  I always heard that babies grow fast, but until I had a baby, honestly, I had no idea what "fast" meant!

PS, this post was made on April 2nd, but I kept getting an error when trying to publish it.)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April Fools Day!

Well, this day has come and just about gone and I never played any jokes on anyone.  But, then again, I didn't have any playe on me either, so I suppose that's something to be thankful for. 

*side note*  I started this blog entry before midnight, but as usual, I get distracted constantly and didn't finish until after midnight... hence why it states the date as April 2nd.  One of these days, I may actually get something done on time!  lol

So, anyway, April's theme from NaBloPoMo is:

The first thing that I thought of is the channel "Sprout" on tv that we've been watching lately with our 7 month old.  It's a really cute station with some interesting shows.  Dirt Girl World is one of my favs, even though it creeps me out a little, with the way the characters move (a strange combo of live action and digital-ish(?) animation - sort of along the lines of the Southpark cut-out animation - not sure of what that style is called) never seems to match up and it's a bit weird, but the show itself is really cute.  Maybe it's the accent! LOL

But there's also a writing prompt (I missed Mama Kat's prompts again this week, dangit!) which is: 

What are you ready to let go of?

Well, all the crap in the garage for one.  We're packrats, from a long line of packrats, and the two car garage is so jam-packed with stuff, you can barely walk to the washer & dryer!  Don't even think about getting a car in there!  LOL And if I sold everything for a $1, I'd probably be rich!  That's how much crap is in there.  It's sad, really.  *sigh* but it's hard to get rid of sentimental things, especially when your parents and your sister are passed away.  The things that I've found in there recently are so emotionally overwhelming, I usually find myself back at square one before I've even really made a dent in the junk.

But I'm soooo ready to let go of stuff... I really need to get rid of the miscelaneous junk and only keep the really nice, really heart-warming items.

Well, that's about it for now, it's way past my bedtime.  Thanks for joining me this evening.



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