Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I haven't done this in a while

Remember way back when awards were circulating throughout the blogging community? They were fun to receive but I got to a point where I would forget to post about them and then feel guilty for not following through.

Just the other day I had one come my way from Joan at My quality day. Joan is a long time blog friend who I met through Entrecard. She's an amazing woman and so far I don't think there's anything she can't do. Not only do I thank her for thinking of me but I thank her for giving me a subject for a blog post. The well has run dry here.

So the award is the Liebster award
"Liebster" is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. It is an online recognition in form of virtual award which started in 2011 passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers for enjoying and valuing their work. The idea is to recognize the effort and give credit.

So, here are the terms of the award. 

The Liebster Award is received by writing an acceptance post. The rules for accepting the award are straightforward:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
Notify each of the nominees on their blog.

Here are the 11 questions. 

1. What prompted you to begin blogging? 
I started this blog on October 9, 2008. My original thought was to showcase the digital scrapbooking I was making as well as photo editing. My original intentions were to work my way in to designing for digital scrapbooking shops. However I soon discovered that it really wasn't for me. 

2. Which language would you like to learn? 
Well considering the fact that there are days when I have trouble with the english language I probably shouldn't attempt to learn any new ones. I did take spanish in school though so that would most likely be the one I would attempt to learn

3. What was your favorite experience in the past six months? 
I haven't done much of anything in the past 6 months but I suppose doing the craft show in August was a pretty good experience.

4. What one location in the world you would like to visit? 
I don't know that I can just choose one location. How about if I say that I want to visit EVERY location in the world that is warm

5. Do you have pets? 
You already know the answer to this one. I'm owned but one not so well behaved Yorkie Cavalier mix

6. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
I don't really know if I've ever eaten anything that would be considered strange. When I was growing up though my dad had me hooked on peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches

7. What is your biggest struggle while writing?
Since I don't consider myself a writer this is hard to answer. I never have been able to write well in my opinion. I've been told though, that I write like I talk. When I write though, I tend to not do so well with punctuation

8. Who would you like to receive a week of training/mentorship from?
I'm fascinated by Tim Holtz products and his work. I would definitely enjoy a week of learning from him

9. What is the first thing you drink in the morning? 
When I was younger I used to get up and start the day off with a pepsi. Then I moved on to orange juice. These days I want my coffee.

10. How many books do you read per month? 
I really have no idea. I'm going to say at least 3 maybe more. I've never really kept track and I do all my reading on a kindle so I don't even have the actual books to count

11. What was your favorite time of year when you were growing up? 
.I always loved all the seasons and to some extent I still do. I love to see the seasons change I just wish that winter didn't last so long

OK so now comes the part where I break the rules. I'm not going to nominate anyone to receive this award. All of you who stop by here and leave me comments on a regular basis are the dearest people I know. If you want it, the award is yours. If not, that's OK too. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

just a moment

Day 2 of my 4 day weekend was not very productive but I did have fun playing around with an app I installed on my tablet. It's called MomentCam and it makes caricatures out of your picture. I don't know how much I'll use this but it kept me occupied for a while.

If you follow me on facebook you already saw this but here's one of the ones I did

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thoughtful gesture

Over a week ago, my neighbor across the street came over and told me she was going to be going away and asked if I would keep an eye on her house. Nothing involved other than paying closer attention to anything odd that might be going on. She also said she was expecting a package and if I saw it could I pick it up until she got back.

She came home late Friday night and yesterday she stopped over with a little thank you gift. I told it really wasn't necessary since I didn't really do anything other look over at her house throughout the week. She insisted that having me, along with 2 other neighbors watching it helped put her mind at ease.

This was the sweet gift she gave me. Love how the bottle is decorated.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

1 of 4

Today is day 1 of the 4 days in a row that I have off. Can you see my smile?

I'm keeping this short and just throwing in a random picture from the archives.

I know this one is a new years picture but with the 1 in the wreath I thought it fit my topic

Friday, October 13, 2017

What happened to the celery

I've been meaning to do a post about the celery that I replanted. It's been quite a while so I wanted to show you how much it's grown.

The first one I planted grew a little then stopped. I started a second and that one passed up the first in no time. Finally the first one ended up not making it but the second kept going strong. This isn't the best picture but you can see how big it's gotten

Since today is Friday the 13th I was wondering if anyone is taking extra precautions today to keep the bad luck away?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Even though the calendar says it's October 11th and the trees are dropping their leaves, it doesn't really feel like fall. The weather is a bit too warm for this time of year. Also, while I was out in the yard the other day I noticed a bloom on the forsythia bush. That's not supposed to happen this time of year.

It does look a little like fall on my table though. I've managed to pull a few things out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I don't have a title

It's hard to come up with a title for a blog post when you have absolutely no idea what you're going to write about. I have a picture though so at least there's that.

The color has faded from the hydrangea blooms but they hang on enjoying every last warm day there is left before the weather turns.

I had another day off where I couldn't get myself to do much of anything. I've been wanting to work on some craft projects. I have at least 4 different ones started. Every time I think I'll work on one I decide I reall am not in the mood for it. I thought maybe it was because my craft room was such a mess so I thought I would work on cleaning that up. I got about a 1/4 of the way through it and decided I really didn't feel like doing that either. This dry spell has to end soon.

As for yesterdays post, yes something is on my mind but it's not the kind of thing that I want to put on my blog. It's not work, medical or anything right here at home. I'll get past it but for now it's weighing heavy.

This is getting to be too much of a woe is me post so I'll leave you with that and be back tomorrow.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Keeping it simple

Rather than turning this post into one giant rant I'm going to keep it simple and just give you Gibbs

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I can't be the only one.

I'm sure there must be other people who do the same thing. Or maybe I'm just strange. I can't help looking at the letters on a license plate and coming up with what those letters stand for.

With that in mind, look at my license plate and tell me what you think the letters stand for

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fair entries

The other day when I posted pictures from my animal folder I showed this one and mentioned that I had entered it in our local fair.

I also mentioned that the above picture didn't win anything. Ginny from Let your light shine said she would like to see the ones that did win so here they are.

This one got an honorable mention

And this one got third place. I think in my other post I said second but looking at the ribbon attached to the back of the picture I see it was actually third.

Friday, October 6, 2017


Believe it or not, flowers was another folder that had very little in it. You would think that would be loaded with all kinds of pictures.

Neither one of these is really all that impressive but they were the best from what I had to choose from

One thing I noticed in all the folders is that I had a thing for adding frames to pictures.

This particular picture I had done about 6 different edits to the same photo. Of those 6 I liked this one the best. It reminded me of a colored pencil drawing.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

From the family folder

Well this blast from the past is certainly helping me with blog material but it hasn't gotten me to get motivated to come up with anything new.

I have several craft projects in various stages of completion but nothing finished and ready to show.

As for my computer woes from yesterday. I plugged my external into the back of the computer and it worked just fine. Then the next time I checked it wasn't showing up so I unplugged it and plugged it back in. I think I'm just destined to have issues with it.

Today the pictures are from the folder marked family.

This is a favorite since it features my biggest hero. Sure wish he was still around.

I can't remember what this type of edit is called but I know it included adding a gradient to it.

This was one of my first attempts at extracting a subject from one picture and putting them in a different background. I didn't do so good with the hair.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


The folder marked cars didn't have a whole lot to choose from. 

This first was a picture of a diecast car that Wade has. I was very tempted to correct the color in the picture and get rid of the blue cast but the whole point of this was to show you what I did back then.

This was using doing the out of bounds edit where it looks like a part of the picture is sticking outside of the picture.  I remember having a bit of difficulty trying to figure this out but it looks like I got it. Not something I did too much of though

So I'm not quite sure what the future of photos will be like on the blog. I had resized the above pictures and had them ready to use for today's post. When I went to retrieve them to write the post my external hard drive wasn't working. It kept telling me that it couldn't detect it or something like that.  I've got a ton of stuff on that thing and I should have known that something would happen to it sooner or later. I also think that there is something wrong with the USB ports on the front of my computer which is where I plug the external in. They have been giving me problems when I try and recharge my fitbit too. Technology is a real pain in the butt sometimes.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From the animals folder

Today I've grabbed a few pictures from the folder marked animals.

This file is dated 2008

This one is also dated 2008. I actually entered this one in the photography department at the fair. The other two photos that I entered won a 2nd place and an honorable mention but this one didn't win anything. I guess the judges weren't cat lovers.  This was the last cat that I had. My boy Pringle

This one says it's from 2006. I thinkg that may have been Duke's first Halloween. What a stylin' boy he was.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Editing in the early days

For the rest of the week I'm going to go back in time and show you some of the good and not so good edits I have done. These are from a time when I was spending all my spare time learning how to use photoshop elements and having a ton of fun doing it.

I pulled out a DVD that I have all the old edits stored on and it had several different folders. I'll grab a couple pictures from each folder every day. This should not only get me through my blogging dry spell but it will be good for a laugh or two.

These two came from a folder that I labeled abstract art. According to the information with the files these are from 2008

I don't know what the original picture was but I do remember that I copied it a bazilion times and made it a little smaller each time.

This was a picture of myself that I altered. The file was labeled "feeling catty

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello October

Maybe I can be a better blogger this month. Truth is, there just has not been anything to blog about. I think you would get bored with me really quick if every day I say "I went to work, came home and vegged on the couch until it was time to go to bed"

So as not to miss yet another day, I sat at the computer and played with some old pictures. I wasn't very inspired so I just started layering things.

I took these 3 pictures along with a texture

And this is what it ended up being. Now the cemetery is lake front property.

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