Happy Halloween!

I used to go all out decorating the inside and outside of the house at Halloween but now that my boys are grown men I haven’t done that in YEARS!  But there is one thing I insist on doing for the month of October and that is making Halloween style cards:)

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Card sent to Cheryl

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Eek – a spider for Brenna

 

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Pumpkins for Jeanette

Two family members celebrated birthdays this month:

For my Dad - I always make something relating to music

For my Dad – I always make something relating to music

Kiesha loves green so that was my starting point

Kiesha loves green so that was my starting point

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

 

 

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Texture – can you feel it?!

Does anyone else love texture the way I do?  The feel of different fabrics, papers, wood, metals – I could go on.  If you love texture,  you may love these shots too.

This sheet metal building made me smile

This sheet metal building made me smile

This is a cabinet maker's building. He saw me take this and I had to tell him I loved his doors!

This is a cabinet maker’s building. He saw me take this and I had to tell him I loved his doors!

Quansa anyone?

Quansa anyone?

Makes me think of Ramen noodles - but Tin Roof Rusty also comes to mind:)

Makes me think of Ramen noodles – but Tin Roof Rusty also comes to mind:)

Near the train tracks

Near the train tracks

Straight out of the camera - love the rusty color of rust!

Straight out of the camera – love the rusty color of rust!

Skinny tree meet big timber

Skinny tree meet big timber

This track is going nowhere

This track is going nowhere

I love these fuzzy  weeds -  you know I've shot them before.

I love these fuzzy weeds – you know I’ve shot them before.

Sunday Shots

Signs of Autumn - taken with cellphone a few weeks ago

Signs of Autumn – taken with cellphone a few weeks ago

My hunt for red leaves last weekend

My hunt for red leaves last weekend

Hate spiders but fascinated with webs - as long as I don't walk into them!

Hate spiders but fascinated with webs – as long as I don’t walk into them!

Overexposed but I find this appealing

Overexposed but I find this appealing

Yesterday in a swampy area - the sun hit that area and I like it

Yesterday in a swampy area – the sun hit that area and I like it

Cotton - it's what you are wearing (for dinner?) lol

Cotton – it’s what you are wearing (for dinner?) lol

Ray knew I wanted that tree shot and pulled over

Ray knew I wanted that tree shot and pulled over

Juxtaposition anyone?

Juxtaposition anyone?

Last stop at the Franklin Depot and Visitor's Station

Last stop at the Franklin Depot and Visitor’s Station

Loved those angles

Loved those angles

Loved THIS!

Loved THIS!

Texture, graphitti art and a store front facade. What more could I ask for?

Texture, graphitti art and a store front facade. What more could I ask for?

I started a rambling blog post but have decided to let the photos speak for themselves.  My next investment will be filters!  I was disappointed in several shots yesterday that were flat and I know that is the missing ingredient.  Lesson learned.  I have more shots to share tomorrow.  Had a lovely rambling day driving down unknown roads with my honey at my side.  I saw my first bald eagle flying in the beautiful blue sky yesterday and will savor that memory for years.

I {heart} Vintage Cameras

Do you know the thrill of finding the unexpected?  Ray and I travelled to Ivor this afternoon so that he could test drive a motorcycle.  As we parked the car in front of the motorcycle shop, I noticed a very small yard sale in the side parking area.  I walked over to browse as Ray went in the store.

There were decorative vases, books, collector’s knives, a Brownie Hawkeye camera with the flash attachment, costume jewelry…backup a minute.  Did I see a Brownie Hawkeye camera?  Oh yes I did!  When the seller noticed me eyeballing it, he came over and made his pitch.  I was drooling but I never (mostly never) keep cash on me.  I listened intently and almost fell over when he said it was only two dollars!  Only $2.  Well I marched over to see Ray sitting on a motorcycle and asked him for a couple of bucks.  He’s a nice husband and he handed over the cash.

I took the camera back to the car while I waited on Ray.  I examined it very closely.  It has a broken shutter button but I don’t care.  I lovingly looked down into the view finder, found the gizmo to open the device to see the film compartment and set it on the dashboard so I could stare at it.

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How many memories did this little camera capture?  Who owned and operated it?  It looks like it was in good shape so I imagine the owner loved it like I love my Canon.  I became mesmerized looking at it and imagining all the people that it faced when it captured that moment in time and what they were doing.

I want to take a moment to thank the memory of my Grandma Lee for having a huge collection of photos that I loved to look at when I was a little girl until whenever it was that I stopped.  I’ve always loved photos and the memories behind them.

Then we drove away from that motorcycle shop and took a few random turns down roads we have never travelled.  I captured a few treasures to share with you tomorrow.

-ING

Celebrating a month of full time work, money and benefits

Waiting for my monthly paycheck (come on Halloween!)

Adapting to a 40 hour work week

Smiling at my new tote bag

Rooting for the St. Louis Cards

Savoring So Delicious Frozen Coconut Milk (Vanilla Bean)

Freezing after eating the above:)

Planning a photo mission this weekend

Dreaming of a weekend away SOON

Guzzling Zevia Cola (thanking local Farm Fresh store for stocking this per my request)

Saying Good Night to you lovely readers

Cathy Zielske’s blog inspired my Ing list.  Will you make an Ing list for yourself?

Where did the weekend go?

I woke up to gray skies on Saturday and wanted to put my head back under the covers.  But since the kits were in desperate need for kitty litter, Ray and I had to go to the nearest Pet Smart.   We made an afternoon of it with lunch at Five Guys, a walk around Michael’s (and I didn’t buy a thing!) and then Pet Smart.  Not only did we snag a bag of Dr. Elsie’s litter but we visited the cats and birds as well.  Then it was home for college football and I scrapbooked a page for my Project Life book.

I was so excited to see blue skies yesterday and that big bright orb in the sky.  I took my camera outside on a quest to find things that were RED.  I confess I was looking for red leaves and didn’t find many.  But I was shocked that I had a hard time shooting in manual mode.  If you don’t use it, you lose it – obviously.

The highlight of my weekend was seeing and talking with Brandon, Kiesha and Chance last night.  Oh, the marvels of technology that we take for granted.  The flip side of that is worries over my computer this weekend because I kept getting blue screens with scary words like “crash dump” and computer code all over it…ugh.

A new anti-virus and internet security system download and a warning that it found a virus and contained it has made me feel much better.  Ah, technology.

The most interesting man in the world.

The most interesting man in the world.

Digital Project Life Template B, Font – DJB I love me some Laura, journaling card – Suzy Q, Pixel Gypsy What’s Cooking tag, LBDV I was here flair.