Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.
~William Cowper

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

a yummy summer salad

spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts

I haven't shared a recipe here in a really long time, but for so long nothing has really grabbed my attention....until now :) I had this salad at a party last weekend and fell in love with it. I came home and quickly found the recipe and added the ingredients to my grocery list and we had it again for dinner on Monday night. The kids loved it as much as hubby and me and that makes me very happy! I also made some sauteed chicken to have on the side....yum!

Here are the basic ingredients, of course adjust to your own preference.

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This time I bought Newman's Own Cranberry Walnut Vinaigrette to dress it with, but next time I'll probably make my own balsamic vinaigrette to cut back on the sugary stuff ;) It is sooo good and is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. So if you're looking for something different and healthy and delicious or even easy (as was my case) give this one a try! I think I may just have another one today for lunch :)


Oh...and Idol...(yes, I'm a watcher - I can't help myself)
What are your predictions? I can't wait for tonight's finale :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 18, 2009

the softer side

the softer side

This is my entry for week 3 of the Self Portrait Challenge theme diptych. I tried to go softer with this one, including white in both photos and a slight aging effect on the processing. This wasn't too terribly creative, but considering I was fighting off a migraine all day long today and never even took time for Bench Monday, this is as good as it was bound to get.

I also wanted to contribute this to Shutter Sisters' Invisible Photographer challenge today. I remember less than a year ago, before I went out on a very shaky limb and started weekly entries to Self Portrait Challenge, I was never seen in photos if there was any way I could help it. I hated to see myself in photos and I mean that astonished, sickened, disassociated kind of hate. I just had no connection to myself that was a puzzle that didn't fit. I could feel about myself one way, but when I actually saw myself, I felt totally different and not in a good way. It was weird, but I know that I'm not the only one who has felt that way and certainly not the only one who has spent more than my share of time hiding from the camera that I love so much.

So, now that I've been participating in SPC for the last 10 months, contributing every week and then finally building up the courage to just turn my camera around whenever I feel like it or hand it over to someone else and let them capture me the way they see me, I actually like it. I like not feeling invisible anymore, I like not having a wave of sickness wash over me just because I saw myself in a photo, and I like getting to know "me" better. This self portrait was taken just that way, I stood outside in natural light and turned the camera around, aimed at my desired focal point, and clicked the shutter. Such an easy exercise now.....but was admittedly painful to begin with. With each click of the shutter it gets easier and my view of myself, flaws and all, gets better - and that's a good thing!

So, now I'm asking you.....When is the last time you turned your camera around on your beautiful face and clicked the shutter? hmmmm? Are you ready to join me at Self Portrait Challenge or take the Invisible Photographer challenge? If you're not comfortable with putting your image out there, then just take this challenge at home. Upload those SP's on your own computer for your own eyes to see. I think you would be so happy with the way you'd begin to see yourself and learn about yourself. If you do, leave me a link....I would love to see you ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

to blossom

Kindness is the greatest wisdom.

"There came a time when the risk
to remain tight in the bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom."

~Anaïs Nin

I came across this quote today and thought about how incredibly true it was. There are times when not changing or taking the risk you're faced with becomes more painful than just accepting the need for change and taking the leap. It was exactly what I needed to read today because lately, with certain areas of life, I've felt like a bud that was too scared to just let go and open up. And, now that my petals are unfurling little by little, I feel stronger, my mind is more free and my load seems lightened. There are still lots of petals left to open in this life of mine, but as more light comes in, so will more courage.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

head to toe

head to toe this morning's sunshine ;)

I have to admit that I am really loving these golden rays of sunshine lately. You know the soft golden light of early morning and the deeper golden glow of late afternoon....I can hardly get enough of it! So, for this month's Self Portrait Challenge, the theme is Diptych and looking for light is exactly where I was in the mood to start :)

Here are some other golden moments from fellow flickr-ers that I love.....

My creation

1. my son and his guitar, 2. light, 3. Cole, 4. Follow Your Destiny, 5. Finally, 6. Untitled

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.