52 on Friday ~ week 26

This week is all about shadows.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to photograph to capture this….. but it came to me yesterday on the wall of my living room thru the etched glass front door…

Check out the lovely Laura by clicking HERE.  Have a Great Friday everyone!


52 on Friday ~ week 25

Thought I’d play a little with the candlelight this week…. here’s what I came up with:

Check out Erin’s Light by clicking HERE

52 on Friday ~ week 23

You know when you take a “road trip” and imagine its going to go smooth & well …. Right?  Ha! I know what was I thinking?!?!  Granted road trips seem to be looked back upon with some humor…. And so it began 12 days ago….

I have some friends fromNew Mexico, who were moving here, but ran into a “road block” you could say….. Their trailer broke down. Which isn’t funny by itself, but when you hear that they literally were at the state line, Exit 0 to be exact, it’s kind of funny now to think back… they just couldn’t seem to get out of the state!  If you knew them its funny because they’ve had so many road blocks and delays just to get to the point of moving….. And then this happens.

Ouy right?   To the rescue comes me.  After hearing that the threads to this trailer had melted and really there was no fixing it and apparently in the two closest towns/cities… there were no U-Hauls or other renting facilities…….. So what other option is there on a Memorial Day weekend???  Yep you have it… So my mom and I jumped into our truck, rented a trailer from U-Haul and mad the 600 mile trip, non-stop to the NM state line to help out our friends and get them moved.  Oh sure we thought no problem.  That was the beginning of our adventure really.  This caravan was a site to see!

Once loaded up again, and on our way…… the tarp covering the items continued to come uncovered and whip all over the place, no counting how many times we pulled over on I-40E to fix it.  At one point we lost a blanket…. Poor car following us got wacked with it; I can just imagine the driver’s thoughts.  Then after about 4 hours of driving, while stopped for gas, my friend notices that some of the lug nuts on her tire are missing….. What?!?!  Thankfully we were just a few miles away from an auto parts store, where here brother-in-law worked.  An hour later we were finally back on the road again….. 32 hours later we arrived home…… well mom and I arrived anyway…. Apparently somewhere in Arkansas the lug nuts again fell out, noticeable this time, and off the side of the road they were again.  Cell phone had died.  The dad had to drive to my home, unload his Jeep and then drive back to get the rest of the family…. And I thought I had had a long weekend!

Then we got into the rental house a few days later….. Whoa the smell!!  It was disgusting!  Our feet stuck to the floor.  Yep it was gonna be more work than we had imagined…. Meh.  So we started cleaning, ripping up flooring, and patching holes.  We thought the kids would be of some help in the painting dept.  I know we had lost our minds by that point….. but kids are kids… and they gave us some laughs, they were a HUGE  help… =P

After 7 days of straight cleaning, paining, and laying flooring… 8-10hour days mind you, we were exhausted.  I’m not even sure if this humorous moment will actually translate to paper or not….. but now it’s an inside joke.  Meandy and I were making a list of things we needed, and then suddenly changed our conversation to the fact that we needed to call the gas company and see if they were the ones that connected the stove to the gas connection or not…. So our minds were on the “gas company”, not on our “list”.  My mom was still thinking “list”, and mentions “5”  … we just look at her like she’s lost her mind, what in the world is she talking about?  Speed dial on the phone for the gas company???  “you know the #5 on the list she says”   We’re still confused.  Minutes later we finally get that she’s talking about the shopping list and that we need a #5 for the outside of the house to mark the house number.  We just laughed until our sides hurt.  Yep we were just a little bit tired.

Check out Mark’s humorous story by clicking HERE.  Enjoy your weekend!

52 on Friday ~ week 21

This is a chair that not only do I have fond memories of………. I have rocked myself more than once in this chair that used to sit in my grandma Eileen Gibson’s room…. and now it sits in my mothers room…. 

Click HERE to see what Jon has for his memory…….   Have a great weekend everyone!

52 on Friday ~ week 19

The woman who has taught me love, understanding, endurance, and faith.  We have had our trials, some so unimaginable, and yet we have come through them closer than I could have ever imagined.   If you would have told me 20 years ago { that tumultuous teen years }, well even 12 years ago, that she and I would be as close as we are now, and that she would be living with me again…..whoa I would have thought you were out of your mind!  Funny how time and the crazy circumstances life hands you or the life choices you weave change relationships.  Love ya momma!

Check out the rest of our little group and their moms by clicking HERE to start with Cheryl

52 on Friday ~ week 18

Night is enjoyed when the tv is off, the air is cool, the sky is clear, a book in hand, & coffee with you dearest sister … and all you can hear is nature at its best entertainment …. ahhh.

Check out what night means to our other photographers by starting HERE with Laura.  Enjoy your Friday everyone!

52 on Friday ~ week 10

This week’s theme:  stormy

Did we pick a good week for this or what?

Today I got to trudge thru the gravel parking lot to the school bus that I drive during the day in the wicked downpours that occurred.  Here was my view as I “tried” to stay dry…….

I was hoping for the actual “severe storms” to move thru, but I missed it, or it never happened.  All we got today was ALOT of rain and some dreary gray clouds; nothing impressive like a lighting bolt { as I was hoping }, or cool cloud formations { sadness } I  had some great images in my head though.

Check out the rest of my fellow photographers to see what they came up with this week by clicking here and start with Jon Yoder ~ Enjoy!

52 on Friday ~ week 6

This weeks theme is: LOVE

Way too many directions for this theme to go……. Whichever way this went it would be a journey, a trip, a discovery of what it means to be in love, to feel love, to lose love, to express it, to hope for it….. I felt it best described through a couple quotes I found on-line:

“Loves Journey”

by Amanda Prescott

The road to happiness is laiden with twists and turns, sharp and winding. The obstacles never ending. Each day gives us hope for a brighter tomorrow, new beginings. The promise of things to come. Our hopes and dreams never fading, nor will we allow it.

When the days wear long and it seems I can barely hold on, I close my eyes and think of you. And just as the warmth of the sun touches my skin, I recall how you have touched my heart.

I take a deep breathe and sigh. I picture your smile, the innocence in your laughter.         I think of how you have brought so much love, faith, hope and happiness into my life. Proving that true love really does exist. I think of your touch, the warmth in your embrace. I feel your strength in everything that you do. And it gives me the strength and courage to push forward. I’ve never felt so complete or so alive till I found you.

I open my eyes, smiling. Knowing nothing can bring me down. The road to happiness has been long. Sometimes taking us down a worn and beaten path. Our faith in love has pulled us through, showing us the way. And so, we shall walk side by side, eternally, through our loves journey.

Check out the rest of our lovely photographers thoughts and creative photography of this weeks theme by starting with Jonathan Yoder of Jon Yoder, Photographer   ~ Enjoy!

52 on Friday ~ week 4

I’m cheating this week ( i think? ).  I am using a photo I took last week for this weeks theme:  Black & White

Not sure what to write this week, other than my “black & white” influence would be the obvious famous favorite, Ansel Adams.   Our climate/weather is strange this year and it can’t decide whether it wants to be spring or winter…. Our poor plant-life is  very confused… this was of a tree budding in Blanchard Springs… Yesterday I saw daffodils and tulips in bloom… two months early… its January….. January!

Enjoy!   Remember to check out the other photographers in our group and see what they came up with for this weeks theme.  Start here with Kayleigh of Kayleigh Ross Photography

January Self-Portrait Contest

Huge Thanks goes to Rock the Shot (www.rocktheshotforum.com ) for this contest.           Go take a look at their site!

This is an excerpt from my blog on January 6th, 2012.  I am currently participating in a photography project: “52 on Friday“.  It is a group of 13 photographers from Arkansas, with their take on each weeks theme, posting on Friday, of course.  Our first week’s theme was “self-portrait”.

Honestly I have not done a self-portrait since 7th grade.  Granted these two are not exactly the same when it comes to content.  Seventh grade was paper, pencil, and a mirror … and I couldn’t get the nose right, so frustrating.  This self-portrait go around was a more positive experience.  I chose to take my last day off from my day job, and see what I came up with, a bit apprehensive, because taking a picture of yourself is a bit intimidating, at least for myself, I have always struggled with my self-image.  The more I did it though the more I became ok with staring at the camera {  hmm?? maybe this is how newscasters feel? }. I tried to set-up a “studio” in my 9’x10′ office that is literally wall-to-wall furniture ( its more like the multi-purpose room: my office, closet, dresser, and step-daughters room all in one… whoa. ), oh and did I mention I don’t own any studio lights?  Actually I kinda enjoyed the “challenge” of using whatever light source I had, and seeing what I could come up with. After a much needed nap, I decided I’d brave the cold and get a few shots outside.  I definitely enjoy natural light more!