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Saturday, August 29, 2015

making the most of what you have ...

There has been a trend of taking individual pieces (shells, nuts, flower petals) and making art.
[for a better example of this - check out some of Kim's work over on Instagram @kimatpickingpoppies].
Of course I just threw out some old nuts which would have worked beautifully - but still took a stab at it with some flowers headed for the trash from my recent bouquet.  


showing that even when something is past its prime, it is still of value


I foresee exploring this more in the future.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

little.things.thursday | poetic ...

talk is cheap 
say what you mean 
mean what you say 

linking up with:

 Little by Little

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

black.white.wednesday | making a statement ...

On the other side is the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry.
A flag large enough the British could see it from their war ships;
a flag large enough to make the statement of a nation;
a flag that would move Francis Scott Key to pen a poem that would become our nation's anthem.

If you ever get the chance to visit the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC - do so if for no other reason than to appreciate the sheer size of this flag hand-made by Mary Young Pickersgill 
(and a few members of her family and house staff).


Linking up with

My Memory Art

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

song*ography | happy anniversary ...

happy anniversary
happy anniversary
happy anniversary

IF you grew up in the era of Flintstone cartoons then odds are you recognize this melody.
IF you did not - well, then you missed out on some of the best cartoons ever.

The anniversary, by the way, was of our first date - eons ago. 
He remembered the movie. I remembered it including a visit to his hometown hardware store. We started out with the plan to go to a movie in one town but for some reason it was a no go so we migrated to the neighboring town (his hometown) where we were too early for the next showing, hence the trip to the hardware store to find brackets for a pot rack. 
(proof in point he had fair warning of my complete and utter randomness)
Don't remember if the pot rack ever got put up but I ended up marrying the boy, so it's all good.

Happy Anniversary | Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble

Monday, August 24, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | August adventures ...

the GOOD ...

I had the wonderful opportunity to do Stage 1 of this young lady's senior pictures. 
Note to self: earlier in the morning or later in the day 
- it was SUNNY, like blinding sunny, 
and it was HOT, like in "let the sweating commence". 
But we got some good pictures and broke the ice for a series of seasonal senior pictures. 
Next stop: Autumn. 

 the RANDOM ...

It would appear that Ariel has a crush on someone,
and Batman can only wonder how long she is going to harp on about
legs and feet and thingamabobs.
What the sam-hill are thingamabobs?
Spiderman has no clue but apparently she has 20 of them
(and isn't sharing!).

 the FUN ...

Moving Day! 
 This went down as the easiest move-in day we have had yet with a kid going to college. 
Please let that be an omen of the semester. 


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

song*ography & b/w.wednesday | CLIMB ...

I can almost see it 
That dream I am dreaming 
But there's a voice inside my head saying "You'll never reach it" 
 Every step I'm taking 
Every move I make
feels lost with no direction 
My faith is shaking 
But I gotta keep trying 
Gotta keep my head held high 
There's always gonna be another mountain 
I'm always gonna wanna make it move 
Always gonna be a uphill battle 
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose 
Ain't about how fast I get there 
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side 
It's the climb

Miley Cyrus | The Climb


Growing up is not an exact science and some of us are champions to learning the hard way, on top of which we seem to have a magnetic draw to every hurdle coming or going.
All the more reason to occasionally set aside the climb and just enjoy.
(like an evening out snapping pictures of nothing in particular)
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Linking up with

* (which is temporarily on sabbatical but will return in September)

and with

My Memory Art

Monday, August 17, 2015

Good.Random.Fun | capital idea ...

Rather than sit and wait in our hotel room for Allyson to complete her pre-departure orientation, we decided to walk around and I, of course, photographed a few of the usual suspects.

the GOOD ...

US Capitol.

Visiting DC brought back memories from when I lived there in my early 20s when it was nothing to adventure around the Capitol or stroll through the various Smithsonian exhibits. On one such visit I accompanied my brother for a class assignment
 (he was a GW student) to sit in on a committee meeting with real live politicians.  I don't remember the issue being debated, but I'll never forget the delicious crab cakes I had for lunch at one of the eateries in the Capitol following the meeting.

the RANDOM ...

Washington Monument. 

 A million different random shots of possibly one of the most simplistically designed landmarks.

... never gets boring.

the FUN ...

Lincoln Memorial

It's all fun and games until someone starts sweating.  
"Like a pig."  "Like a faucet."

I always forget how hot and stifling this 'open' monument is until I get there
and within minutes I look and feel like I ran a marathon.

 Still worth it.

and then there is that quaint little house view a view

Presidential Palace, Presidential Mansion 
You may know it as "The White House" 
Named 'The White House' after being painted white following the war of 1812 when the exterior was charred by the British army's attempt to burn the city down.

(not your average $30/month ADT security service)


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