December 30, 2016: Hearts, Rose, a Cat and Cardinal

More of our favorites….

A red rose and cinnamon heart

A red rose and cinnamon heart

Cardinal and Blue Heart

Cardinal and Blue Heart

Orange Cat and Wooden Snowflake

Orange Cat and Wooden Snowflake

 

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December 29, 2016: A Solstice Sun and Seattle on our Tree

Our tree can only hold so many decorations yet each year we manage to festoon the tree with our favorite decorations including sun decorations and special ornaments we’re picked up as time as passed by.  Here’s Seattle and the Sun this year….

One of our sun decorations

One of our sun decorations

Seattle in Blue

Seattle in Blue

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December 28, 2016: Solstice Hearts

Over the years we have picked up, and made, many different types of heart decorations for Solstice decorating, whether on the tree or elsewhere in the house.  They’re among our favorites.  Here are a few of the many…

Cinnamon Heart - they look pretty and smell like cinnamon

Cinnamon Heart – they look pretty and smell like cinnamon

"I Love You" Heart

“I Love You” Heart

A Heart of Ribbons

A Heart of Ribbons

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December 27, 2016: Crazy Solstice Lights in Disco

My son works at a guitar shop and the other night he came home with a “light machine” that projects colored lights that “pulse” to music being played.  You can change the settings  for different light patterns and it’s truly crazy wild what light patterns can be projected. As you can imagine, this was an opportunity for the “use what you have” camera, which, in this case was the iPhone 6.

Solstice Ornaments in Disco

Solstice Ornaments in Disco

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December 27, 2016: Our Outside Solstice Tree

Our "Outside" Solstice Tree

Our “Outside” Solstice Tree

This year my wife wanted to do something outside for Solstice – a “tree” on the south side of the house, a tree that could be recreated each year, a tree that added brightness, cheer and warmth for those driving by during the long December nights.

We built a “frame” of nails, hung the garland, added lots of lights, a final readjustment to make sure it looked nice and turned on the lights.  And, yes, it does add brightness, cheer and warmth.

Technical Details:  iPhone 6, Carbon app

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December 26, 2016: Random Blog Reflections for 2017

Infrared converted to b/w - Graham marsh 2007

Thoughts on the Journey Ahead

One of the reasons I haven’t posted as much as I should have these past months is that I’ve been mulling over how I want to proceed with my blog in 2017.  While my original intent when I started blogging in September 2012 was to write about my journey and travels via photographs and accompanying narratives, I believe it is time to add to the tapestry I have been weaving these past four years, e.g., an enriched version of my current blog.

Some of the topics I’ve been considering is a chronological “Photo of the Month” where I choose what I consider the best photo for posting as well as an accompanying narrative.  Another topic would be “Random Thoughts” which would allow just that…random thoughts of items I find interesting.  Also in consideration would be on technology, a topic I find particularly interesting given the rapid advance of technology that “compels” constant upgrading vis-a-vis using what you have or performing a “retro” upgrade to make an “outdated” component more viable and why I choose this route.  Another topic which I truly hesitate to dive into as it’s one of those subjects that can quickly amp me up to the point where I feel I’m going crazy with anxiety, frustration, anger, and in some cases fuels the PTSD that haunts me. Yet, as I think about it, one of the best ways to address PTSD is to not avoid those triggering events, but to embrace the event, to understand why I’m being triggered, and how can I reduce or work with those emotions to avoid full-blown descent into the proverbial PTSD quicksand.  The last topic under consideration is posting images of those places we’ve been to, either as a couple, the family, or when I traveled on various business trips.

So, thus far my thoughts for the new year’s blog…which also necessitates that I update the categories, or perhaps the blog look.

Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to the new format / topics, even though I will feel out of my element on some of the new topics.

I can only hope those of you kind enough to read my blog will bear with me through the growing pains as I’m sure there will some.  Also, if anyone has suggestions or observations that will provide insight to revamping a blog, please let me know.   I would welcome them!

Thanks all and here’s to 2017!

Tommy

 

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December 25, 2016: Merry “Catmas”!

Merry "Catmas"

Merry “Catmas”

There can be no other title our kitty “Magpie” caught in the moment.

Technical Details:  iPhone 6, shot with Camera+; edited with Snapseed and Carbon

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