Archive for ‘everyday happenings’

January 25, 2012

foggy mornings

Being awake before 10am is unreasonable. My cats, however, are up at 4am. I feel bad for locking them out of the bedroom but what else can I do? They sound like a full fledged stampede on these old wood floors. Mornings would be worth the effort if I could make use of the light with my camera. The past two mornings have been beautifully foggy along the river, but I only have the time to take iphone snapshots while I’m stopped at redlights.

January 23, 2012


I can’t believe I haven’t updated since before Christmas. It really doesn’t seem like that long but it never really does. The good news for photo-mongers is that I now have a proper camera again, no more shoddy iPhone shots.

The bad news is that the company I work for seems to be falling apart. Not that I particularly like corporate life, it would just be nice if something would sit still long enough for me to get situated. Plus it’s really close to home. Five minute commutes are worth exchanging a lot of things for.

I woke up this morning feeling closer to God, though. I think He’s telling me to be a little more satisfied and appreciative of the things and opportunities that I have. A peaceful heart can take us a long way.

Speaking of peace…I have some things to say about that, but it’s time to get ready for work.

November 23, 2011

creative inner child.

My creative inner child wears flouncy skirts and is absolutely certain that spinning is always appropriate. She thinks rain is romantic and kiss-bruised lips are enough of a reason to keep breathing. Actually, my creative inner child is more like a pubescent teenage girl – with newly discovered sexuality and a desire to temp the world, just to see what she’s capable of.

November 21, 2011

a memory

My first science experiement took place crouched in my bedroom closet. I was eight. I don’t know what posessed me to start mixing chemicals together but I believe it had something to do with ants. Dad kept trying to kill the fire-ants in the yard and never had much luck. None of the stuff he got at the store would work.

I didn’t understand this, considering my mother had warned me so often about Windex. She said it would make me have pneumonia – which I alredy knew made people die. Actually, she was probably just telling me it had amonia in it but I didn’t understand the difference. I figured those ants could get pneumonia from it too.

Determined to make something that would kill anything, I sneaked all sorts of bottles out from the cabinets – lysol, peroxide, iodine, baby powder, alcohol, dish soap, and of course, windex. I used the little dixie cups from the dispenser in the bathroom and created all sorts of concoctions.

At the annual Railroad Festival, Dad had bought me a wooden, screened in bug house and a butterfly net. I used it to trap all sorts of crawly critters to torture with my poisons. It’s really a wonder I didn’t poison myself, but I was careful not to breathe any of it in so I didn’t get pneumonia.

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November 21, 2011

My Writing Desk


I should probably buy proper curtains.

November 13, 2011

The Morning Pages

Tomorrow I’m starting the Morning Pages again – pretty powerful stuff.  I’m about the farthest you could imagine from being a morning person, so it’s going to be difficult to stick to. The last time I did this, it was more like Afternoon Pages. Still effective, but more muddled with the day’s events.

For those of you who don’t know what Morning Pages are – it is a practice suggested by Julia Cameron, featured in her book The Artists Way. The idea is to write three pages, or around 750 words, of stream of consciousness long hand. The last time I tired, it opened up a big can of emotional worms that I had no idea was buried. It was more alarming than creatively developmental. Let’s hope I get past that this time and move on to some serious flow.

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November 13, 2011

was a beautiful day for a jog on the river


November 11, 2011

Another Death and One Month Later

Wow – life sure has taken a few turns lately. I’m having trouble keeping up with the cuckoo, much less my blog.

Soon, another photo tour is in order.

October 12, 2011


I’d rather be at home writing.

September 25, 2011

The Flood, The Death, and The Wardrobe

That would be a great book name, come to think of it.

I’ve been unplugged –  and it all started with the earthquake.

The earthquake itself didn’t cause the trouble, but that marked the beginning of a streak of misfortune.  During my visit south, a hurricane came through. Upon our return, my fiance’s brother passed away, prompting a visit to his family in Newport, RI.  While we were there, our house flooded…just the basement, which was more than enough, thanks.

We’re renovating in other parts of the house and had many things shoved into the basement that typically wouldn’t be there – all of my winter clothes included. Since we were out of town, we obviously weren’t here to get anything out of the path.  Though the recent tragedy has reinforced an understanding that it really is just all “stuff”, and there are things much more important than stuff.

This area floods once every thirty years, on average – and it happened during a time that we were out of reach and couldn’t do a damn thing about it.

Today marks the day of the banishment of further bad luck.  The house is finally back to normal, and clean! But man, what a lot of work the past few weeks have been.

Moving forward-  we have an estate to manage and I have a wardrobe to re-build.  As if three years without a dress code at my previous job didn’t do enough damage to my style (going to work in gym clothes or just whateverwaslyingonthefloor was way too easy), losing most of my cold weather duds has finished it off. Most of the items now in my closet are either worn out or never worn, and the disorganization has been the culprit of more frustration than necessary – so this re-vamp is a good thing.   It’s just too bad I can’t get the insurance to cover it!

As with any new endeavor, I start with a bit of research online. This article by youlookfab regarding “Wardrobe Capsules” seems like a good place to start, so today I’m going to start planning the outline for my new wardrobe.