Tuesday, March 24, 2015


'Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.'   -  Abraham Lincoln

'Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.'  -  Gerard Way

'Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.'  -  Groucho Marx

Happiness is...
Laughing... laughing so hard tears are running down my face.
Time spent with family.
A smile.
Holding hands.
A walk with a friend.
Exploring a new place.
Taking pictures.
Finding a pair of jeans that fit.
A good book enjoyed in the quiet of the early morning.
Kind words that were unexpected.
Flowers that brighten a room.
My daughter's parakeet running around the house tweeting.
Walking barefoot, feeling the ground beneath my feet.
Knowing warmer weather will be here soon...

I am going to be away from my computer for a little while enjoying some family time.  I will be back soon...

Today I am joining Texture Tuesday.  I used Kim Klassen's preset chocolate and her texture waterfront7_magic on both my images. 

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Kim Klassen dot com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Treasures Found

'One man's trash is another man's treasure.'
'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.'

If you have visited my blog before you know that my family and I occasionally visit flea markets and antique malls.  At first I wasn't too  thrilled with the idea of looking through other people's discarded stuff.  But then I realized I was looking at table after table of great photo prop possibilities.  I always look for bottles, keys, cups, anything interesting that would make a good photo prop. 

Another thing I keep an eye out for at flea markets is silver serving ware.   I managed to find this silver pitcher a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the perfect red flowers to place in it.  This week I found exactly that at... you guessed it, Trader Joe's. 

Do you like to go to flea markets?  If you do, what do you look for?

I took this photo of the ranunculus flower with my olloclip macro 3-in-1 lens (14x lens) on my iphone 5.

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's FridayFinds.  I used Kim's textures waterfront7_magic and simple1 on my first image.

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Kim Klassen dot com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Tulips

'In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.'  -  Mark Twain

Spring is definitely in the air, soggy yards, warmer temperatures and I wore flip-flops yesterday.  

I wish these pale pink tulips were from an Ohio yard but they are from Trader Joe's.  They are still pretty, but I am looking forward to having flowers soon grow outside my door.  

My birthday was yesterday.  I asked for an olloclip macro 3-in-1 lens for my birthday.  Guess what? I got one.   This daisy picture was among my first attempts at using it.   I can see many more iphone macro shots in my future...  

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  I used Kim's texture flow on my top image.  

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great week!

Kim Klassen dot com

Friday, March 13, 2015


'Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised.'  -  Star Trek: Voyager
'Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.'  -  Jessi Lane Adams
'I like my coffee strong, not lethal.'  -  M*A*S*H
'I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.'  -  T.S. Elliot

I am not a connoisseur of coffee by any means.  I couldn't tell you the difference between a cup of Starbucks and a cup of Kopi Luwak, but I do take pleasure in a cup now and again.  I enjoy the smell, the taste, the warmth in the winter and the coolness of an iced coffee in the summer.  It isn't my first drink of the day, that would be green tea, but I do look forward to my cup of coffee.  

I like my coffee black.  My husband, John, likes cream and sugar in his and my daughter, Megan, likes her cream with a splash of coffee.    How do you like your coffee?

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's FridayFinds.  I used Kim's preset eve in Lightroom and the textures subtlyyours and waterfront7_magic in PS Elements.  My Find is this lovely little wooden spoon on Etsy. 

Thank you for stopping by!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Kim Klassen dot com