…and then it was over

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August 5th. The date of  my last post. Where did the time go? Where did summer go? We all waited patiently for the dog days of summer but they didn’t mate­ri­alize until this week. This week….when everyone’s thoughts now turn to a new school year. It’s now that we get the heat index in the triple digits and no rain. Now, when the pools are closed and back-to-school rou­tines are a pri­ority. Perfect. Summer was a whirl­wind working from home while taking let me read more…

My home office-of sorts

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I’ve read posts from some blog­gers who share what their home offices look like. Tranquil areas where morning coffee or tea can be enjoyed while writing and ideating away the hours in blissful pro­duc­tivity. Deadlines and expec­ta­tions seem like they’d be more tol­er­able in this type of envi­ron­ment. Theirs is an office I can only dream about owning. Many of them look like some­thing out of Martha Stewart mag­a­zine. Stylish, organized….clean. Now, I’ll show you my office. Keep in let me read more…

A collage for July

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Texture by Kim Klassen; Follow 100% soft light. July was a strange month. There were summer temps in the 90F range, but almost a whole week in the 70s where I threw open the win­dows to air out the house. The corn came in and we picked, shucked, cleaned and froze 11 quarts….and ate about an equal amount of fresh corn on the cob ears! The green beans exploded and are still coming. The cherry toma­toes lost their minds and we let me read more…

Photo blogging challenge: Baseball

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Check off another month…July is his­tory! PJ over at a ‘lil HooHaa’s photo chal­lenge for the month of July was Baseball. This one was not easy for me as I’m not a huge base­ball fan. But I love movies about base­ball….The Natural, Field of Dreams, Major League, A League of Their Own, Bull Durham, Trouble With the Curve and, of course, Angels in the Outfield. With all that, you’d think I would be a huge base­ball fan. But, alas, I’m really let me read more…

Redemption and those dark places in your soul

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Texture by Kim Klassen; Follow, 2 layers at 100% soft light with selec­tive masking Cast all your anx­iety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7 Well, Peter would cer­tainly know about anx­iety. I’ve done a char­acter study on Peter before but he is just so much fun to pick on. The Peter in the bible is such a mess of con­tra­dic­tions: bravado and cow­ardice; pride and shame; total moral col­lapse and restora­tion. The list goes on. We know let me read more…

34 years: the good, the bad and the 90s

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July 26th is Entrepreneur and my 35th wed­ding anniver­sary. And some said it wouldn’t last. In fact, the min­ister that mar­ried us con­fided in Entrepreneur’s mom he didn’t think we’d make it….being from vastly dif­ferent back­grounds (city vs country). Guess we prob­ably proved him wrong. Boy, did we ever look young back in the late 70s/early 80s. Oh…wait…we were. And we didn’t look that much older at our wed­ding in July, 1980. Had not a clue about let me read more…

The lost day

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Texture by Kim Klassen: Lily, soft light 100% Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. ~Unknown There is a reason women have chil­dren when they’re younger than their mid 50s. Yesterday was the day from you know where. I’m not sure when it descended into the black hole of chaos, but once it started speeding down­hill, there was no stop­ping it. Twix is 5 months old; let me read more…

Pondering a major paradigm shift

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I have a Canon Rebel EOS. I’ve had it since 2008 and it’s served me very well. My tween days began with a Kodak Instamatic camera that took 110 film. In high school, I grad­u­ated to my dad’s Pentax manual SLR and thought I’d hit the big leagues. I used it all through col­lege and beyond. A few years after Entrepreneur and I got mar­ried, I bought my own Minolta SLR…still a film camera and com­pletely manual. It took me to Hawaii, Mexico, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. let me read more…

Summer’s Schizophrenia

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Texture by Kim Klassen: Cora 50% soft light. We’ve had a strange summer so far. Just when I think the stereo­typ­ical middle Missouri summer is here…hot, humid and drought dry with triple digit temps….I find I’m turning off the A/C and opening the win­dows. I’m not really com­plaining, but we did pur­chase a pool mem­ber­ship this year for the grand­babykins and I’m sure we’ve lost money on it so far. Twix has been enjoying her mid-morning bottle on the patio almost every day. let me read more…

When we least expect it

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When we least expect it, life sets us a chal­lenge to test our courage and will­ing­ness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pre­tending that nothing has hap­pened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The chal­lenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our des­tiny. ~Paulo Coelho Are you at a cross­roads in life? Maybe let me read more…