March 13, 2013



Yesterday’s hike brought us to this little grove where the trees are still holding tight to their crispy orange leaves.  I love the way their trunks bend this way and that.

Its the last day to save 30% at Kohls, but I’ve run out of time, so I’ll have to save 100% I guess.  My snorkel came today (!) and I decided to pick up an inexpensive Speedo one-piece at Costco since I don’t know if my ruffle-y tankini will be suitable for snorkeling.  I’m about ready to get out my suitcase and pre-pack.  Can’t wait!  Also, waxing done today.  E-yowch, but I do love the results.

And, I just read that my friend won one of Kim Klassen’s giveaway’s, which includes a class.  I’m so happy for her!


March 12, 2013 – Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen

If you’ve stopped by via Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday, Welcome!

I just reviewed the guidelines for today’s link party –

Tuesday, March 12th’s theme is Anything Goes

What does this mean?

Share a recent favourite photo…iPhone, textured, not textured….

That’s it…that’s all

Wait a minute, Mr Postman!

Wait a minute, Mr Postman!

I’m glad I waited to re-read the parameters, because I originally thought we were to share an old favorite, treated with any of Kim’s textures, and that sent me on a stroll down memory lane.

This is still one of my favorites, especially now that my sweet granddaughter is turning 8 this month.  It’s true what they say, that time goes by too fast:

She has an adventurous spirit

She has an adventurous spirit

I think it’s kind of interesting that, where Kim is Sweetness and Light, I’ve often used her textures to create more of a twilight mood (and I use the word “twilight” in the classic sense — I’ve never read the books):



I guess that is a large part of the community that Kim is creating: encouraging each of us in our individual styles and providing a forum to share ideas.  Thank you for stopping by ~ have a lovely and inspired day!



March 10, 2013


A lotta texture, plus a selection of fake birds

Just when I should be working on my Lightroom class, I learned of and bought DistressedFX for my iPhone.  Hmm, hmm, hmm.

Here’s a quick look at today’s hike:


Icy morning stream. Time to break out the boots and the tripod!


Does Rio look happy to be out in the snow? Yes. Yes, he does.

March 9, 2013

It’s a windy, chilly day with a few snowflakes in the mix, too.  And that’s the way Rio likes it.



I’ve been lazy today.  After our little walk I came home and crashed in front of my screen.  I did find a fun texture from SkeletalMess ( which I applied on this shot from my recent trip to Cali:

ccmailbox2   I found this mailbox at the Crystal Cove historical district.  Love the ivy and also the inviting open box.

And I’ll tell ya, I”m ready for some more warm weather!  I really do like the snow when it piles up soft and fluffy.  When the skies clear the next day and there is snow on the peak, the rocks, the trees.  But not such a big fan of biting wind . . .

March 7, 2013 – adrift

I’m still unmoored, but happy to have gotten out early this morning with the sunrise.  The pup was happy, too, and had plenty of snow to enjoy.


I went downtown to look for shoes, a hat and a sundress for my trip.  There are good shopping days, and then there are those discouraging times which make me feel like a desaturated, dowdy lump.  So I came home and ate chicken noodle soup (leftover homemade!), then did a mockup of kitten tattoos for approval.  So not all was lost.  Tonight is spin at the gym.  Tomorrow is swim-hike-clean — then explore?  Hope so!



March 5, 2013



So, the “numbers” theme is really not working for me.  I thought it would be fun and creative, but it is distracting, frustrating, without intention, and does not serve my original purpose, which is to become more familiar and capable with my camera.  Instead, I’ve resorted to drive-by shootings — not a skill I’m looking to develop!

And, I’ve not yet come up with an alternative, so I think I’ll bob along unmoored until I decide on a theme that feels right.  I’ve eliminated selecting one of my lenses (telephoto or wide angle) because I’m waiting for a month that is not so dead and brown.  “Hearts” was fun for me because on days when I did not find a heart, I could create something and try out a technique.  So I’m putting myself on cruise mode for now.

Rio and I got out on this sunny, snowy morning.  Brought my little point and shoot to capture the trail.

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Today is the first day of my Round Trip Lightroom class with Kim Klassen, and I procrastinated downloading the software I need.  At this moment, PSE 11 is installing in the background; when that is done I’ll get the trial version of LR4 installed, and then [yay!] begin class.

I am wondering if this old dog can learn the trick of spending time rather than wasting it.

. . . suddenly leaping to a completely different subject, I’ve just finished reading “A Three Dog Life” by Abigail Thomas.  It was sort of sad, somehow comforting, and in a backhand kind of way it encouraged me to (get and) stay fit so I’m not afraid of stairs at the young age of 63.  I wanna be out there on the mountainside even if I’m a slow-poke.  Not cozily settled on the couch.  I want to be like my friend, Karen, who is still out on her bike for hours every week.

Quotation for the day:  “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” -Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright