Wednesday, December 8, 2021

This is probably one of my favorite photos from my old house when I was still married to my ex husband.  That window was in front of my kitchen sink and had room for my radio and my plants.  The African violet was from a patient who died in the 1980's, Laura was her name.  When she died, nobody picked up her things and I thought that was so sad.  I took her violet home and took care of it for years before it too died.  The cat curled up in the sunshine was called Maggie and if you sat down, Maggie would sit on your lap.  

At the time I took this picture, 2010, I had no idea about apertures or bokeh, and the soft out of focus yard in the background was only a happy accident.  I've learned a lot about photography in the past eleven years and enjoy taking photos so much but between covid and Jack, photography seems to have been put on hold.  

When I was a young woman, I would have thought that this was the end.  I'll never get back to photography but as I've gotten older, I realize that life truly is just a progression of lazy circles that continue to turn and turn and turn.  When Jack is older, when I've retired, when I have time, I'll come back to it.  I still take tons of photos with my phone but I do miss my big camera.  

It's raining here today.  It's not supposed to rain here in the winter time.  It's dangerous because the rain freezes on the roads, making things slick.  I'm stuck in the house, still, feeling like crap, still, but I did pop outside to the backyard to take this photo.  Photos always make me feel good.  I know for a lot of people it's music, but for me, it's visual, images.

I hate sitting around doing nothing.  I'm bored out of my mind waiting for my sinuses to empty themselves out.  I've been in pyjamas since Sunday night, that's not right:)  I did manage a shower yesterday which was good but really, what's the point?  

Jack is well and when the big guy dropped him off at daycare this morning, the ladies there said Jack is always a happy boy since he started living with us.  That feels good. We made a difference in his life.  He's sleeping better and he no longer obsesses over "owies" like he did when he first came back from Victoria with me.  

We shall see what the future brings as it turns and turns again.   


  1. Beautiful rain drop! The bokeh is a perfect background. I have become so lazy and just grabbing the phone for pictures. It's actually better than my point and shoots. My big camera is in-op at the moment, Spokane does not have that many camera repair places, I must find one soon. I guess it's the disposable mind set this country has adopted.
    Jack really does sound like a new child now that he has some stability in his life. Thank you so much for providing that for him.

  2. It's so great to hear that the day care folks have noticed that Jack is doing better. And of course I agree with you about photos -- photography is one of the ways I "process" the world! I'd be lost without it!

  3. I'm so happy Jack is doing well with you - you're great grandparents! And I've always loved your photos. I bought myself an expensive camera years ago and never really learned how to use it (too heavy). Makes me think I should look more into how my iPhone camera works as there's an awful lot to improve! As for sinusitis, although I washed every day I went 5 days without washing my hair. Thank GOD nobody knocked on my door!

  4. You will get better but it's hard to be patient while that happens, isn't it?
    Such good news that Jack's daycare has noticed the difference in him. Of course he's happier now! He's safe and he's well and he knows he has big people who love him and that he can count on. That is everything.

  5. The second picture looks like a thin goldfish. Perhaps the water droplet is really a birth sac in which minuscule goldfish eggs are carried. As the taker of thousands of pictures I am always on the look out for the image of images that will trump all others. Needless to say, I haven't found it yet.

  6. Those are beautiful photos and I find picture taking, even with my iPhone, therapeutic. It helps me look outside myself and see the rest of the world/nature/animals. I have a pathological fear of ice, ugh. Hope this clears up soon so you can feel more yourself. That's very good news about Jack and his progress!

  7. beautiful pictures! music does make me feel good, but if i had the photographic skill you do, i'd feel the same.

  8. You photos are amazing. I always look forward to seeing them.