Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Photo Pairs: Lost and Found

Here's a tail tale of two cats - "Gerald" and Julie. Clara found Gerald (as she called him) while out running at the beach. Or, perhaps I should say, Gerald found Clara. He followed her from the beach and hopped into her car. This is not a portion of the beach with any houses nearby. And Gerald was pretty scrawny (and very hungry). Yet, Gerald was clearly a (former?) pet. You could tell he had worn a collar by the indentation on his fur, and he was so mellow and friendly. Of course, Clara brought him home. We posted on facebook, looking for an owner, but when none popped up, I took him to the Humane Society the next day. 
They scanned him for a microchip, found one and promised to look for his owner. And they did! It turns out that Gerald Charlie had escaped while his owners were on vacation; sneaking out on the house sitter. We were so happy to hear that they were reunited!
And the second cat? That's Julie. The kitten Clara adopted from the Humane Society this year. She's definitely comfortable in her new home, don't you think?
Linking up with Helena's Photo Pairs meme this week. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Me on Monday: What's Happening in My World

I've seen several blog friends using an interesting meme recently, and I thought I would use it for my "Me on Monday" post, linking up with Sian over at From High in the Sky. The meme originated at All the Weigh but I changed a few of the questions to better suit me.
1.     What’s the title of the last book you read? 
I just finished "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman for my book group. It is set in 1911 New York City (a pivotal year for that city, it turns out). It was a little slow starting, but overall I think it was worth reading. Some of the themes it raised about animals, nature, family, faith and fate will lead to an interesting discussion I think. It also gave a very good snap shot of 1911 NYC. Others have compared it to The Night Circus, but it reminded me more of The Golem and the Jinni. I listened to the story on Audible, and it went for thirteen hours. I think it would have been shorter if I read it myself, and I think the slowness of the reading contributed to my feeling that the book was a little slow.
2.     What is the last thing you cooked at home? 
Chicken cakes. I've been working on losing weight since the end of summer, and I've dropped about 15 pounds. It feels good to be back to a healthy weight. Chicken cakes are a recipe from my "Take Down Challenge" binder, and they are relatively quick, very tasty and filling.
3.      What is your favorite thing about Fall? 
I love the cooler temperatures and the ability to bundle up in a nice, warm soft blanket. I find it so comforting.
4.     Share one thing that challenged you at some point over the last week.
Clara. She is being incredibly challenging at the moment. Prayers and good thoughts for frazzled parents welcomed.
5.     List three hobbies that you actively pursue or want to pursue.
Working out (is that a hobby?), blogging and drawing mandalas are the ones I'm actually pursuing at the moment. Photography, scrapbooking and art journaling are what I want to be pursing. 
6.      What is the most recent sporting event  you watched? 
Watching the Manchester Derby (Manchester United v. Manchester City) right now.
7.     Besides watching "live TV," what service do you use to watch TV or films  (netflix, on demand, etc.)?
Mostly "on demand" which is part of our TV service that shows recently broadcast television shows (they generally have the current season for free and past seasons for a fee). I also watch Netflix for older shows and movies, but I will purchase/rent and download movies from itunes as well.
8.     Have you started Christmas shopping yet? 
I went to a "pop-up" boutique at a friend's house last week that sold socially responsible crafts and bought a few things. So I guess the answer is yes.
9.      Do you have any upcoming trips?
I've got two - I'm going to visit my son in two weeks. We'll go to a college football game, go to see Spectre (in its American release), and hang out. I'm hoping to also have a crafty afternoon with friends. Second, I'm going to Arizona near the end of November. I'm going to watch my son play soccer in the national club soccer tournament, but I'm also really, really looking forward to a visit with Deb
10.    Do you remember your dreams? 
Not usually... I wonder if it's because I don't dream?

In case you want to cut and paste the questions, I thought I'd list them here without answers to help you along. 
Here’s what’s happening in my world:
1.     What’s the title of the last book you read? 
2.     What is the last thing you cooked at home? 
3.      What is your favorite thing about Fall? 
4.     Share one thing that challenged you at some point over the last week.
5.     List three hobbies that you actively pursue or want to pursue. 
6.      What is the most recent sporting event  you watched? 
7.     Besides watching "live TV," what service do you use to watch TV or films (netflix, on demand, etc.)?
8.     Have you started Christmas shopping yet? 
9.      Do you have any upcoming trips?
10.    Do you remember your dreams? 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Some final thoughts on the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

Fall has definitely arrived to my coast side neighborhood, judging by the decorations I found on a recent walk. And fall seems like a good time to reflect on this year's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt . . . 
Every year, there is an item that turns out to be really scary. And I never have any idea which one it will be! This year, it was definitely a flag pole with at least three flags on it. That set up is very common here in the United States - a flag pole will often have the U.S. flag, the flag of the particular state and then the flag of the city or company. Apparently, this is not so common in other countries and people really struggled with it. And there's the ones I think will be hard, but turn out not to be.  This year, it was the overloaded vehicle. That's one that you had to keep your eyes open for and then stumble upon, but most people managed it.
And there's always an item that turns out to be much more fun and way more interesting than I anticipated. This year it was "a public restroom, bathroom or toilet." I found every single one of the entries in this category fascinating. It surprised me a bit that people found it difficult to take a photo of this item. I guess because I often find myself in an empty bathroom. So glad I included it on the list! I also am really glad I included two or more people wearing matching uniforms. Loved the variety that showed up in response to that!
Every year, there are some items which are ubiquitous but varied. This year, for example, there was the traffic signal. I saw boat traffic signals, regular traffic signals and (surprisingly) many of the London traffic light tree. That's something that I never knew existed. And I really like the idea someone suggested that maybe there were several of you there at the same time.  The other item in this category was "someone plugged in to social media." Way too ubiquitous these days (but interesting none the less). 
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the hunt! And I will definitely be hosting it again next year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pairs: Look Left, Look Right

Went to an off-site work out at Mori Point in Pacifica, California recently. At sunset, I looked left to the point and right to the pier. Posting these to Helena's Photos Pair challenge.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Well, hello there (Me on Monday)

It's been almost a month since the end of the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt, and, like last year, I took a blog break. So, what have I been up to? Well, we brought this cute little kitten home from the kitten nursery (her name is Julie). The kitten nursery ended with us saving a record 230 kittens!
Went out to watch the lunar eclipse. Had my usual difficult time photographing the moon. And I'm still having camera-to-computer problems. I need to figure out how to get my photos from my camera to my computer. I'm thinking about diving in to lightroom, and I'm thinking about taking Jessica Sprague's class on it because I think she's very good at teaching this type of editing. I know that the inability to take photographs and share them has kept me away from my blog.
Work has been extraordinarily busy this semester, both my classes and my travel schedule. I did take an interesting work trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The amount of work has kept me away from my art desk and that has also kept me away from my blog.
I really want to get back to photography, making art and blogging. Hopefully I'll be able to fight through the various barriers and be back here more often.
Linking up with Sian at From High in the Sky