It has been too cold to really get out and take photos.
Let’s face it, it has been too cold to do much of anything. Just the daily activities of surviving are exhausting. I don’t normally get impacted by the cold like this, but the past 7 days of extreme cold have kicked my tail. The hardest part is that our home heating is not functioning at optimum due to one of our stoves being out of commission – so it is always chilly in the living area of the house and we wear lots of layers. But that is countered by the fact that both our vehicles, which we park out doors, have started up problem free every time. We even had to loan our 16-year-old truck to a friend whose fancy-shmancy by comparison and much newer truck wouldn’t start and their business required some hauling. Of course we were glad to help and I note that they have helped us with the loan of a car when we’ve had one in the shop before. Like I said above, getting through this cold has really become about survival.
TRIAL UPDATE: The trial is going on despite the cold. Andy is working hard. Attorneys who are there with him tell me the jury is responding very well to him, leaning in to listen to what he has to say. But a couple of jurors are sleeping during the time that the prosecution is presenting. That doesn’t mean anything regarding the outcome of the case, but it sure does speak well for Andy’s general skills.
LEO UPDATE: Leo is not doing particularly well and we are preparing ourselves for a fast approaching sad day. He can’t get comfortable at night and is up 9 – 10 times and he has been avoiding eating for the last couple of days. It breaks all our hearts and the tears will flow, but right now we are seeing if something will change. But we are thankful for the 10 years we’ve had with him.
And it’s not going to get delightful any time soon. We’re expecting highs in the 0 – 10 range tomorrow, and by Wednesday through the weekend there is a chance the highs will be 0 or below. Makes the idea of outdoor photos a little daunting for now. In the mean time, here are a few of the kittens who have grown so much the past few weeks.This is Arrison. I know it is him because his paws are darker than Arnica’s. He’s up on the dining room chair in this photo which was taken by J.
Here they both are confirming that it won’t be long before they are each larger than their mother. This is at 8 weeks. Sophie is a little thing, and it really hits home just how little when I see how big the kittens are already.
And here the big ol’ galoot, Tank, joined them on the bed – clearly they are not afraid of him. This is Arnica (I know because the dark paws are in the background kitten, and Arnica has a slightly lighter chest. Tank is not usually allowed on the bed, but this was a special occasion – like he was being cute with the kittens so I didn’t kick him off.
Stay warm out there!
It was a quick month, that is for sure. Busy with work. Trial starts on Tuesday for Andy, supposed to go all the way through the 20th. Merry Christmas to all the members of the jury. I’m sure they will be thrilled to catch this one!
It is officially the holiday season – not telling you anything you don’t already know, that’s for sure. I’m prepared in some ways, not in others. Already got one branch of the family mailed to, have most of my shopping for J done, have lots of plans for keeping the next few weeks focused on celebrating Christmas and doing things with J to keep up the spirit even though Andy will be pretty unavailable. So I’m not in terrible shape going into the season, but there are some things I wish were already done that just aren’t. Oh well.
One thing I do have done is my one little word for next year is already picked. But I’m not saying what it is yet.
And interesting thing is developing for my photography – I got a mentor. Well, really two. I emailed a local couple that I don’t know, asked if they would do it, we met and we came to an agreement. I’m pretty excited to start after the first of the year. We are bartering for this service because I have a skill they could use some help with too. I’m very excited.
There has been snow on the ground for over a week, and looks like we might get some more in the next couple of days. I need to get out with my camera and take some photos, but there just hasn’t been time. It will come, I’m just being impatient.
These are more of the photos I took way back a couple of weeks ago – when there was no snow on the ground. Should probably go back to the same place after a fresh snow and see what I get.
Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one! I’m planning to blog more in December, but with that trial going on I may get side tracked quite a bit.
I’m always working to get better at my people photos. It is a long hard process for me – so much still to learn so little time to apply it and play with it.
Recently I had an opportunity for some feedback – so I can learn some more – and I was asked to present my top 10 from 2013 on the people photos.
These are them.
Not claiming they are perfect for sure.
And it was humbling to re-examine photos with a critical eye.
But very worth the effort – a learning process in and of itself.
There were some things pointed out to me that were “good” that I didn’t even recognize as being noteworthy.
So much to learn, but after this process I’m excited to get out and learn it!
I anticipate the learning will be time-consuming, but I’m hoping to increase the slope on the learning curve over the next few months.Thanks for looking – and as always, feedback is welcome, even the kind that says – hey, you could of, should of . . . Cuz’ without that I won’t learn.
More photos from my walk earlier in the week – tons of photos from one walk. Today I’m highlighting the berries I saw along the way. I love to photograph berries, although I don’t know what berries they are – I assume not edible since I know nothing about them. The reason I love to photograph berries is because it really requires me to focus on focusing, and it provides an opportunity to play with getting bokkah in the background. I showed a photo of these type of white berries earlier in the week, and Joanne commented that they look like unglazed china. I think she’s right, and that is a wonderful description. This is completely off the topic of berries and photography, but I’d like to draw your attention to the new link in my blog roll – Duty Dogs. It is to a website about dogs that can sense when their diabetic owner has undesirable blood sugar levels. My cousin and her family are the owners of a business that breeds and trains these dogs and this is their website. They got into the business because one of their six children is diabetic. It is really interesting stuff, and amazing what these dogs can do. This family is one of my favorites ever, and I’d love it if you clicked on over to their web page and took a look at the “About Us” page. You’ll get to meet some pretty cool folks! Plus, with this newly launched website, more clicks will help Google to recognize them and pop them up higher in the queue for those who search. And just to tie it back into the subject of photography, I think all the photos on the site were taken by my cousin’s husband and/or her 14-year-old daughter.
More from my walk the other day. It’s like a Dr. Seuss story:
Our trees have no leaves . . .
And I can’t think of even one more rhyme except:
Our leaves have no trees.
Lame I know, so just look at the photos.
If you are a 13-year-old boy, going to a “Ball” of English Country Dancing might not be the first thing on your bucket list. But these boys did it before and liked it enough to do it again. . . and even again. Last Saturday night was the third one for my J.
There is a pretty strict dress code – and honor code about how you behave with someone of the opposite sex. But back to the dress code. A tie is required. But Saturday evening Andy was working (remember big trial coming up in less than 3 weeks) so J had to tie his own tie for the first time. On our way to join the others in his group he expressed to me that he was “proud of myself” for having tied his own tie. He did use YouTube to help. Then when we got there, he helped N tie his tie.
Both of the other boys were going, but the second N still had to meet up with his parents and get his attire. C is the first N’s sister, and she is a bit older than the boys, but a real trooper to get ready with them. And she looked beautiful. These photos were taken at C & N’s home.
So fun to see them growing up!
These are from my trip to Idaho – well really, we went across the Snake River and were in Washington when I took them. Just thought it was interesting how a change in focus could completely change the same basic scene.
Five photos from my unexpected trip to Idaho last week/weekend to be with a friend in need. It wasn’t a photo grip, but we did take a walk at one point and I whipped out my camera along the way – walking, talking and photos, what better way to spend an afternoon.