Thursday, January 31, 2013

31 - back home

Can't believe how relieved I was to breathe that cool crisp arctic air.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I can't wait to go home but we are not leaving until Thursday.

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Iron Craft: Orange You Glad...

I love the color orange. Still, I had trouble coming up with a project for the 2nd Iron Craft challenge of the year.

The idea came to me when I the bathroom. Just taking a leak, mind you. It was nighttime and the room looked gloomy. There is lots of color in the bathroom, lots of blue and green, but nothing that really pops. I knew I could do something about that. I had the extra challenge of time. Lotus Bud and I are leaving town to visit her Grandparents in Florida so I knew I had to complete my project and complete my post before leaving or else.

Limited by time and supplies, I decided to embroider a little orange flower on to one of the bathroom hand towels.  I'm interested in embroidery and I have done a couple of stitched projects for Iron Craft in the past (here and here - please go and look because I think they are pretty amazing).

I had plenty of orange floss, but I couldn't find my hoop so I decided to just freehand it.  I was totally inspired by these flowers.  Of course there were quite a few false starts.  I pulled all the green and started over with a lighter shade.

Three stitches:  straight stitch, backstitch and french knots.  Just basic stuff with big results.

The finished towel really brightened up this corner of the bathroom.

I want to try my  hand at some more embroidery.  I'm thankful for Iron Craft because I get challenged to try something new.  This time around I learned that I don't necessarily need to go big.  I can try a technique on something little, just like this towel.
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Monday, January 28, 2013


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Sunday, January 27, 2013


This isn't my home, it's just where I happen to be this week (Florida). Check what others are doing around the world at Communal Global.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

26 - cousins

It is important to me that my daughter know her cousins and grandparents. I had no such relative around me when I was growing up.
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Colors and a bird (of course)

When winter sets into Minnesota I can easily forget the beauty of a colorful environment. That's not said to show any disrespect for my home state. I would live no where else. I choose to live no where else but the great state of Minnesota.

Of course in the Minnesota winter we have blues as deep and rich as this.

But I wouldn't be able to sit out here and lunch on shrimp that arrived by this very boat on this very morning.

And I couldn't enjoy this beer as much as I did here in Tarpon Springs, FL.

This bird.  I think I know this bird.  She peeped and chirped as she flew by my house on her way south.  It was nice to rendezvous.  She was polite enough not to smirk and tweet '"I told you so."  She just smiled and said "Glad you could join me, M!"

Here even the faded colors are bright.

Everything seems yummy.  Even the soap.

The sun starts to add color to my little love's hair.  I love seeing the blond start to streak.

So let me say this:  Minnesota - I love ya but you've been giving me the cold shoulder lately.  The cold shoulder, the cold hands, the cold feet, the cold everything.  I'm taking a break from you.  But I'll be back soon.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

25 - gold star day

My horoscope said it was going to be a gold star day. Oh my. Was that ever right, or what?

What I didn't realize at the time when I was reading about it was that literally the golden star of this solar system would be a part of it.

Three gold stars: the sun, my bright mood and my darling little love.

What? You don't read horoscopes. Maybe you should start doing it right not.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013


The flight went much, much better than I thought it would. Thank god. And the goddess. Thank the sweet baby Jesus, and Ganesh and Laxsmi. Let's throw in Allah and Buddha and everyone else out there in diety- and prophet-land. I owe much in offerings and prayers. Because the flight went just fine. In fact it was quite pleasant.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

23 - look at these gorgeous carrots

Today, 11 degrees above zero felt like a heat wave. Tomorrow the Lotus Bud and I head to Florida. Granny says that it is cold and in the 70s. To me it will be warm enough. This afternoon was all about getting the sausage and bean soup made.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I should have a house clean enough to photograph. I'm working on it.

Take a look at what other people are doing around the world at Communal Global.

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Monday, January 21, 2013


Popcorn, in theory, should be easy to make. I suck at it. But D is very good and now we are inspired by SouleMama to try different flavors. This one is dill and parmesan.

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The Out of Season Berry Delightful Cake

The Big D had a birthday this month so I got another chance to bake a cake. He requested berries, lots and lots of berries.

While the last one was more pretty than yummy, this month's cake was definitely yummy, but not so pretty - unless you are into bleeding cakes.

I made the cake in the morning, frosted it in the early afternoon, then left it alone until dinner. It bled. Very interesting and cool.

The three of us shared the one big piece and it was delicious. The blackberries add this unexpected burst of tastiness.  Didn't think I would like it but I ended up loving it.

The nice thing about making these little cakes is that there is batter left over for cupcakes.  I had a couple extra cupcakes to frost and decorate with strawberries for my neighbors who both had birthdays in the same week.

If you've got cake, you've got to spread the love.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013


There was a lot of prep for dinner tonight. I had to cook the wild rice and poach the chicken, thaw the stock and slice the veggies, and finally roast the squash for soup bowls.

She took one bite and reacted as if I had put vomit in her bowl.
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Saturday, January 19, 2013

19 - after dinner

We started making the act of eating together as a family a priority sometime last June. Tonight was a magic evening when the wine made the lights brighter and everyone heartily ate their dinner. We're clearing out the wine that D got for presents in December. Despite how I enjoyed it all tonight, I have to say that I'm not a fan of those wines that mix it up like this one which was a grenache and a syrah - even if it is French.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

18 - ice skates

Can you tell she had fun?
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

17 - the view above

I took this photo right before Bud's naptime. It's her ceiling which is actually full of a lot of color. The lighting made it seem celestial. One thing I really like about this 365 project is the chance to photograph the ordinary and as a result see them in a new extraordinary way...elevating the ordinary.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I went to the FStop photo group meeting tonight and when asked about my latest project I had trouble explaining this Buddha work. I left there feeling like a silly stay-at-home mom, rather than the awesome superhero photographer that I am.

I don't want to have to explain myself anymore. I just want to do.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Cold winter-y days around here. Just the kind of cold snap we needed. It's amazing to see budding life surviving in the frigid temperatures.
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Iron Craft: Cotton

This is just the photos from the post. Somehow I lost the original somewhere in Internets. It's a shame because it was a good one, too. Anyway, I want a record of my Iron Craft projects so here it is.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

I had a Love Affair with a Large Format Camera

I may not have a cape but my camera does.

One week before our annual trip out to Moab, Utah, my neighbor offered to loan me his large format camera. I was overwhelmed by the size of it, but decided to give it a go.

We hauled it out to Utah with us and one morning I sent D and the Lotus Bud off so that I could load the film. I had one of those black loading bags, fit with sleeves and I fumbled my way to loading B&W and color film. It took me 1 1/2 hours to load 16 sheets of film. The cartridges could have been cleaner, but I figured I'd just do this thing and deal with the mess later.

It was cold the first day I pulled the camera out. I had an audience which made me nervous AND I busted the clamp that attaches the camera securely to the tripod. It was still workable but my anxiety level skyrocketed. I was so cold that I couldn't even think straight. At one point I freaked out because I could not remember how to focus. There are so many little knobs and things on this ancient beast.

The second and third attempts were much, much easier. The people watching were friendly and encouraging. In fact, one of them mentioned an awesome place to shoot. I was thrilled to have the moon snuggling against one of the giant rocks.

Oh, I was so happy. I was happy to be out and shooting with big film (4x5). I was happy to be trying something new. I learned a new dance that got me circling around the camera from the back to the front to cock the shutter, then around to the back again with the cable release, a pause of several seconds to let the shake subside. I came up with a little rhythm - the 4x5 shimmy.

I had dreams of a portrait series. I had visions of sharing my images at the F-stop photo group. I had hopes. I fell in love with this big, bulky hulk of a camera. We danced, we romanced. I was a superhero and it was my supercamera.

Can you see the look of lust and desire and utter satisfaction on my face? I'm so glad I had D take a few photos of me with this big hunk of a camera...

...because that's all I got. All my negatives came out blank. It totally feels like I had this rockin, steamy affair in Moab and then the dude never bothered to call me again.

[sobs and wails, boo hoo and all that]

Regardless of the emotional let down, I don't regret the experience at all. I still have my dreams and my hopes. And I will try again. Soon.
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Saturday it was all party and cake, Sunday we went ice skating at the Depot - a great birthday weekend with D.  Next time I'll bring my camera but for now I'll show my surprise with the vibrant bit of color found smack dab in the middle of winter.  These make me think of how grateful I am that we were able to get some fun despite the frigid outdoor temperatures.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

13 - Airstream Trailer Christmas Lights

We hung the Airstream Trailer Christmas lights around the dining room window for D's birthday party. In this picture they totally look like little UFAs, don't they?  The three of us thoroughly enjoyed the festive brightness these lights added to our little party.

A friend of D found these Airstream trailer Christmas lights at a garage sale. I think he picked up three strings of the lights. This is the first year we've hung them. D surprised us all by secretly packing them for our trip to Moab and hung them on the little fake tree at the rental condo.

Before we bought the 70s trailer for our woodland retreat we had no idea about the hoopla around Airstreams. To tell you the truth, I didn't like these when they were so generously given to us. Now I love them! Cute little things. We might have to get a Christmas tree next year just so we can hang them again.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 - D's Birthday cake

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Friday, January 11, 2013

11 - Hydrangea Perfection

It is amazing to see these keep their shape so well after weeks of snow and cold, winter temps.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 - Winter Decorations

This year I decided to decorate for the winter instead of the holidays. We weren't at home for the holidays so it made more sense not to decorate. But I had fun with the snowflakes and couldn't stop making them.

Here is a link to other winter crafts I have planned for the season.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I am a Superhero

no capes. just courage.

I took Andrea Scher's photography e-course.  I took the course with the idea that I wanted to like my photos better and that I wanted to like them enough to print some out, perhaps enlarge a few and hang them on the walls.  My ulterior motive is that I wanted to venture back into film photography but felt I needed to earn this right.  Film is expensive and I could not go into a new project without fresh energy towards photography.  I found this enthusiasm and I found much, much more.  I'm sharing here a collection of my favorite photos from the course.

Andrea helped me recognize my superhero powers.  I knew that one of my superhero powers was the ability to make things appear for me when I wished for it.  I knew I could open my eyes and open my heart, and make things happen.  I learned that's what my photography means to me.

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9 - Lotus Bud's friend

Once a week we hang out with these folks. Look at K, doesn't he just have that look of awesome to him? If it was up to Lotus Bud, we would be packing up that yummy baby (in the background on his Mama's lap) and taking him home with us.

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