Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #25 (MM #39)

 My entry for this week.  Me in one of my favorite places.  I can definitely hear the water calling me.

 

 

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Balance




1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
3. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.


Balance, something I need to find in my life right now.  I seem to be viewing myself through a haze.  A misty reflection.  I see myself slowly disappearing.  Who I am, the things I love.
There has to be a balance somewhere between work and the life that I enjoyed.  Morticia and I were talking yesterday and she asked me when we were going to get to spend some time together.  As we're both busy now, I didn't have an answer for that and I felt so sad.
I don't need to step back and look at my life.  I've already stepped back.  I need to change my perspective.  Adjust my viewpoint.  Find a balance between work and my personal life.

Janet Cartwright
Viewpoint
 
That said, I'm on my  way to try to, calmly, get through this day.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #23 (MM #37)

 
My entry for MM.  It's 3 pictures layered together using paint.net.  Then I went to picnik.com and added the sandbox effect.  Look forward to seeing everyone's entry this week.  Off to work.  Y'all take care.
 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #20 (MM #34)

 
My entry this week....Sheila.  I took two of her pictures and played with them. Using paint.net,  Again I blacked out most of the picture except around her face.  Then I added a layer of a shot she took on a recent trip across the pond.  Then I went to Picnik.com, changed the pic to Black and white.  Used the sandbox feature to add a burst of light.  Then added her name.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #19 (MM #33)

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I did this picture a few days ago using paint.net.  I took the picture of me and blacked everything out except my face.  I used the lasso tool and the paint brush to do this.  Then I added then picture in the background.  I played around with the opacity for a bit and this is what I ended up with.
 
I haven't had anything on MM for a while.  Hope to get around to everyones page tomorrow night.
 
Y'all take care.
 

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dreams....

 
 
Soon it'll be that time of year again, when we all make resolutions,set goals and try to obtain them.  I did that last year and while I did make an attempt, I never finished it.
 
I always dreamed, when I was younger of writing.  I know you all are always saying I should but, I believe Multiply is as far as my writing will go. LOL
 
I did, at the beginning of the year, do some research, write some basics, for a story.  I played around with it for a couple of months but, for many reasons, time was an issue, I just let it go.
 
I did kick around the idea of trying to finish the story I began on "Picture to Words".  (part one, part two).  Again, time and other things got in the way.
 
Of all the things I've written or attempted to write, "On The Wings Of A Dragon"  is probably the one that means the most to me.  Although, there was one, "Curtain Of Dreams", that I wish I still had.  It's buried in my dead computer.  I never keep the things I write.  It's all just here or thrown away but, this one haunts me still.
 
  But dreams do come true.   Sheila, aka Mavis,  is a perfect example of that.  She has just had her first book of poetry published.  "Quite Reflections".   Here, she shares her thoughts, dreams and the love she has for others.
 
I have always enjoyed her writings.  So you all, who have a love of poetry, check her out.  I will be purchasing an autographed copy of my own.
 
To Sheila"
 
I'm so happy for you.  Your dream is realized.  You are a true inspiration.
 
 
PS...Linda Beth, you will be happy to know, when I spell checked this, there wasn't one misspelled word. LMAO
 
Y'all take care.
 
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A dream~~~that left me thinking

She came to me through a veil of sleep

Appearing from another time

A genteel look of sadness upon her face

She had something to say to me

She spoke, her words lost to me

But I understood

We both longed for the same thing

 

Dreams are such strange things.  Sometimes they seem so real.  Are they memories, maybe pieces of the day carried over.  A release of some sort.  A message from another place and time.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Magic of the Bandaid

When my girls were young, the band-aid was a magical thing.  No matter the problem, a band-aid always seemed to be the fix.  That or a kiss to the offended area.  Still works with the grandmonsters.

It was a cure-all for everything it seemed.  Skint knees, scratches and sometimes even when there seemed to be no evidence of a boo boo, a band-aid placed on the arm, leg or whatever always seemed to make them feel better.

As they got older the magic of the band-aid receded.  Walking out of childhood into the teenage years and growing into a young adult, the power of the band-aid was lost.    Sad isn't it, the things we lose from childhood.

A kiss seemed to have the same affect.  I always tried to kiss the hurt away.  Once, when Brandy was young, she literally busted her arse.  Admist the tears, she began to laugh.  She looked at me and said kiss it Mama.  The little shite.  It's a moment I'll always remember.  Laughter through tears....

It seems the older they get, the harder it is to kiss the hurt away.  We watch as our children go through the pains of life and most times, there's not much we can do.  I  feel so helpless sometimes and long for the power of the band-aid.

When they suffer the trials of life, we can love them, be there for them, give advice but most times we just have to let time heal the wounds.

Being a Mother is the hardest job there is I think.  But, it's also one that's full of rewards.

Seems I'm just in a reflective mood this morning.  Looking back.  What I need to be doing, is packing and getting ready for work.  I'm going to Morticia's when I get off.  Gonna spend a little time with her tomorrow.  That's always a bandaid for me.

Y'all take care and have a wonderful day.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Joined

Babes On The Beach

 

1 a: to put or bring together so as to form a unit <join two blocks of wood with glue> b: to connect (as points) by a line c: adjoin2: to put or bring into close association or relationship <joined in marriage>3: to engage in (battle)4 a: to come into the company of <joined us for lunch> b: to associate oneself with

Joined, to come into the company of.  That's what we did above.  Three friends, okay ones my crazy cousin Moticia but, she's also my friend. LOL

Morticia and I met Sonia at the beach last June.  We spent a night and day together.  We had a fantastic time. 

Sonia is one cool Chic.  She was the first online friend that I met.  Well, she's the only one so far but, I hope to remedy that.  LOL

We laughed, we danced, we ate, had a drink or two.  Played in the water at 2am.  Sonia and I did.  Morticia fell asleep.

I still chat with Sonia and talk with her on the phone from time to time.  Every time Morticia and I go to the beach we think of her.  I hope we'll have the chance to do it again one day.  I miss her.  Meeting Sonia wasn't like meeting someone for the first time.  It was like seeing an old friend that had been away for awhile.  There was no awkwardness at all.  Just happiness at being "joined"  together for a time.

A lot of good memories were made during that time and a bond of friendship that will always be.

If you would like to see more of "Babes On The Beach"  Click here.  We all decided together on a song and put the pics on a video.

 

For more on PP click here.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

9/17/2008

Good-Bye Art Print by Anthony Loy
 
 
Goodbye
Anthony Loy

In my dream, there was no excitement in hello. Only an acknowledgment.
In my dream, there was no sadness when you turned to go. Only an acceptance.
Sometimes, Goodbye is all that's left.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Picture To Words~~~Reflections Week 1

 

Worn and tired

Broken by trials in life

Softened by one who loved

Gone to soon in his life

Standing alone on the edge

Looking at happiness from afar

Never reaching out to grasp it once again.

For more on PTW click here

 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #10 (MM #24)

 
I've been playing around with paint.net this week.  Been having fun with the different effects they have.  The picture above is one I took when my friend, Jean and I went to the lake last week.  We had been playing in the rain and chasing raindrops. LOL
 
First thing I did was crop it in a bit.  I changed it to black and white but wasn't really happy with that so I tried sepia.  Then I went to the effects, photo, soften photo.  I then went back to effects and chose artistic.  Then changed it to oil painting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
After this I played a bit more.  I went back to effects.  Chose the distort tool and the polar inversion.  This is my final pic.
 
 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Perspective

  1. A mental view or outlook: "It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present" (Fabian Linden).

 

Sometimes, in order to gain "perspective", we have to take a step back from reality and just be.

I hadn't planned on participating in PP this week.  Most of the time I'm so tired by the time I get home, I just don't feel very creative.

Then, I started playing with pictures.  The picture above is layered.  It's a shot of my friend Jean, playing in a puddle.  Merged with a shot of the sun rays shining through the clouds.  When I was finished, I had changed my mind.

Most know that Jean is recently back from Afghanistan.  She spent a year there.  A few days before this picture was taken, we had both lost a family friend.  In small towns like ours, everyone is linked to everyone, somehow.

Jean had a hard time with this.  Not only the death of our friend but, what she had been through, was factored in.  Seemed to me she needed some down time. So, I took her to my favorite thinking place.  I told her husband, Bill, we would be back, maybe wet but, I would get her home.

I took her to the lake.  It was supposed to rain and it did.  Which made me happy. LOL  Jean hadn't played in the rain since she was a child.  At first, she wasn't so happy about it then, she was helping me chase raindrops. LOL  We were laughing, wet and having fun.  Nothing was important but, finding the perfect raindrop to photograph.

For a couple of hours, we stepped back.  We just enjoyed spending time together.  Both, feeling lighter and with a hopeful "perspective" of our daily lives.

Even though, I don't participate as much as I would like, I enjoy it very much.  To learn more about PP click here.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #9 (MM#23)

It's that time again.  Good thing I've been playing around with pics this week because, I'm just too tired to do much tonight.

I'm doing one of each.  The first, just a simple color change using picnik.com. The holga-ish feature.  I tend to like that one.

 
 
 
 
The second, a little more too it.  First, the pictures I worked with.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I worked with these in paint.net.  Layered, cropped, changed the color.  There is also a tool for effects.  I went to the photo effect and played with the warmth of the picture.
 
This is what I got.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After all of this, I went back one more time.  My friend at Walmart has printed these for me.  She didn't like them but, I  love them.  This is my final pic.  My favorite.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #8 (MM#22)

Mine this week is just a simple one.  Haven't had time to try anything new.  This is a picture I took last week of Damianna.  I took it to Picnik.com, applied the holga-ish effect, then used the fade filter to add a little color back.  I guess I could have taken the dirt smudge off her face but, I like it. LOL

 

For more on MM click here....

 
 

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mono Monday Plus #7 (MM#21)

Decided I would go both ways this week...First up a crop and change to black and white using the holga-ish effect.

Click here for Gators MM

 
 
 
 
Now for the next one.  Three pictures, layered....
 
The originals...
 
 
 

Friday, August 22, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Look-a-Like

My Aunt's, Flora and Shirley Ann.  They've both lived in Society Hill for over 50 years and people still get them confused.  LOL  Mind you the population of Society Hill is about 850.  Now, fast forward 20 years and you're looking an my cousin, Morticia, and I.  LOL

For more on PP click here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Picture to words~~~ Movement...week three

She was finally here.  The place she had always dreamed of.  That place that had aways called to her.

She stood there, looking at the beauty before her.  Rays of light beaming, through the clouds, above the magnificent old building.  The birds seem to be drawn to the light, as was she.  Circling ever upward, toward it's warmth.

So many emotions filled her.  Peace, contentment.  A sense of arriving home after a long journey.

But, there was also sadness.   A feeling of emptiness.  She was not supposed to be here alone.  The one that had been her light, the one that had pulled her from the storm, had fallen into a darkness of his own.  What she had offered, what she had given, had not been enough.  She had not been enough.

Life was full of such strange twists and turns.  The one who had given her hope, the one that had seen her, even though she tried to hide this from others, had also been the one to give her strength.  The one that had given her the courage to walk away, the ability, to say goodbye.

There was something waiting for her here.  She knew it.  She could feel it.  She would leave the sadness and emptiness behind.  Her time had come.  She was off to find her destiny.  Whatever that might be.

 

Link to PTW...

Monday, August 18, 2008

MM (I forget which number)

This is actually a blend of four pictures.  Don't have time this morning to dig them all up but, this is the results.  I thought I had posted this on a blog when I first did it but, darned if I could find it.  Anyway, I blended the pictures then used the holgaish effect in picnik.  Then changed it to Sepia...

Have to work in Southern Pines today.  Bit of a ride from here.  Y'all take care and have a good one.

 

Saturday, August 9, 2008

MM 19

Nothing fancy here this week.  Just cropped and changed to black and white and added a frame.

 

 
 
 
 
An Edit...The following picture is my original, I think.  I was looking at the numbers on the photo's last night and for some reason the numbers don't match.  So, here's another.  I didn't even notice it because I always go by the numbers unitl after I posted.
 

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Picture Perfect~~~Precious

My Cousin, Morticia.  Yesterday, while chatting with Emmm, I brought up PP.  This weeks theme, precious.  Naturally, my grandmonsters came to mind but, I wanted something different.  Now, to show how slow I am, I didn't even think about "Precious"  Morticia's little friend.  Emmm reminded me of it.

Precious is Morticia's hand gun.  She's an ace shot.  She can out shoot all the males in our family, with the exception of her son, Justin and she's the one that taught him to shoot.

Precious goes with her everywhere she goes.  She does have a license for this.  I know there are those who will think this is a terrible thing but, in her business, it's a must.

It does make things interesting sometimes when we're going in and out of shops. LOL  Metal detectors start ringing when we walk in.

On a serious note, what's precious here to me is the bond Morticia and I share.  I dearly love my cuz.  She's one of a kind.  Not much she can't do.  She and Claire share a love of stitching.  She's a fantastic cook.  Grows her own vegetables.  Has animals galore.  She's raised a couple of deer that have been brought to her when the mothers were hit by cars.  She has a natural instinct when it comes to animals.  She's very good at healing them.

She's always there when a family member needs her.  She's always trying to take care of everyone.  Sometimes at her own expense.

There are many more things she's good at but, that's enough for today.  Off to work soon but, look forward to viewing the entries this week. 

Y'all take care.

For more on PP click here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Adventures of Linda Carol and Morticia

 
Last Wednesday morning, around 2am, Morticia and I arrived at the beach.  Even though we were tired and weary from our everyday lives, we felt a relief.  We were at the beach.  It was time to have fun.  Misery and trouble could not find us here.  Or so we thought.
 
Morticia's son, Travis, had purchased a new car.  She got up that morning to go help him iron out some insurance issues.  When she returned, we walked over to the Airport Diner.  They have a great breakfast there.  We sat down and I was eagerly awaiting my grits.  Then...my phone rang.  The health inspector was in my store and I was a the beach.  The waitress picked that moment to deliver my grits.  Unfortunately, I couldn't enjoy them at that time.
 
We went back to Morticia's place and I was on the phone for some time, back and forth, with the store.  The inspection turned out okay but, it had taken some of the um-mph out of the day.
 
With all that behind us we decided to go to the beach.  The sun was shinning, clear blue skies.  A gorgeous day, at least for a while.  Usually, we go to Garden City but, this time we went to Myrtle Beach.  We payed our 2 dollar parking, started toward the water. 
 
 
That's when we heard it.  The sound of thunder.  Within minutes we were walking on the beach in the rain.  We had a great time although, I was a bit worried about my camera and several of my shots had blurry spots from the rain drops.  I was actually glad I had a filter on it so the lens itself wasn't getting hit.
 
As the rain got harder we ended up under the pier.  This too was fun.  I had so much fun trying to get different shots of the water.  The backside you see reflected in the water is Morticia's. LMAO
 
 
 
After this, we headed back toward the car  (Moticia's NEW car).  Wet but, happy.  We had decided to go to The Palace Theatre to see "The Magical Spirit of Ireland".  We called up to find out what time the show began and were informed that we needed to purchase our tickets in advance because this show filled up fast every night.  We were only minutes away from the theatre so, wet and bedraggled, we stopped on by.
 
The inside was gorgeous.  An amazing place.  We were told we could take pictures of the inside of the Palace but, not of the show.  We had a little time before the show began so, we went back home, checked out our camera's to make sure the rain hadn't caused any damage and had a bite to eat.  Got cleaned up and off we went.
 
If you ever get to Myrtle Beach, this is one show worth seeing.  The dancers were fantastic.  The Irish Tenors, fabulous.  The whole group was very friendly.  We had a chance afterwords to talk with them and grab a few shots.  Or, at least, Morticia did.  When we got to the theatre and I opened my camera bag, I realized, my camera was still sitting on the kitchen table. 
 
And this was just the beginning.  There was also the death of a hat.  The crazy lady on the beach and an interesting tale about  fried green tomatoes.
 
 
Okay, so I had to play a bit. LMAO.  I also did this in black and white but, It needs more tweaking.
 

Saturday, July 26, 2008

MM Plus 3

Mine is simple this week.  I tend to like things that way.  Wonder why it never is?  LOL  Anyway, I took this of the Belk Tower at St. Andrews, at the lake.

 

 
I took it to Picnik, cropped it up, used the holgaish feature (that's probably not the way it's spelled.)  Then changed it to sepia.  I kinda like it this way.  Look forward to seeing the entries this week.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

MM Plus 2

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In Tyler's Eyes.  I took this a couple days ago.  Decided to play with it.  Took it to picnik.  Cropped it, changed it to sepia and put the color back in his eyes.  The I took it to the adobe and took the little knat off his face.  LOL  Still wasn't happy with it so, I cropped it some more.  If I ever learn to do layers....I'll play with it again.

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