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All is Well

All is Well: New House! New House! All is well: All went well with both closings, and voila! We have a new house. It’s pretty much my dream house and since we had new flooring done two days after closing (a week ago now), I am even starting to forget what the old flooring looked like. The boys’ bedrooms and the hallway have been painted, and movers move us in this next Thursday. We went with pleated shades instead of keeping the original mini-blinds. We’ve replaced a handful of light fixtures, and our painter has the goal of having the main living areas done before move-in on Thursday. The Babies MowMow, our cat, moved directly from the old house to the new house the day of closing on the new house. She desperately wishes we were already living there full-time– she has made it abundantly clear that she is lonely even though we check in on her at least twice a day and try to spend some time with her. All is well: Trixie and Abby have been champs at Mama and Daddy’s with us. Mama said she would keep Abby, which is high praise indeed for Abby. But she […]

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Fuji 35mm f1.4

Firmly going back to my roots with Fuji feels like home. This shot was taken with a new-to-me Fuji 35mm 1.4. I know why I sold this lens in 2015 and it wasn’t that I wanted to part with it exactly. I just wanted the new 16-55mm 2.8 more. But with having gifted my 35mm f2, a decision I am thrilled with because I wholeheartedly believe in paying it forward…..I was left with a hole in my Fuji gear. I also picked up a Fuji X100F and I had forgotten how much fun that little camera is. It gives me a 23mm focal length too, so, it’s a win-win. I thought about the X100V but it takes a different battery than my X-H1’s and its processor is different and…..it just seemed to make a lot of sense to stick with the same generation of everything. Plus, I already had the X100F once and understand it well. Jared says I am getting more comfortable with my gear, enough so that I can focus on the art. I hope he is right. I have truly been a gear-head in the past and I desperately want to grow out of it. The Japanese […]

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Jared Says I Should Start Critiquing My Work. So Here is One

So…. I processed the color version of this photo first. As with most of my indoor photos, I prefer the black and white version of this photo. Here is where I whine to Jared and say, “That’s all I know what to say about it.” There’s nothing wrong with the color version except that Liam’s walls are yellow and I feel like the yellow calls attention to itself. I hate the color of Liam’s walls– they are the color we inherited the house as– but Liam loves his room as it is, so it doesn’t get painted. But Liam is the subject of the picture, not the yellow wall. In both pictures, I love that his desk faces his window so you get the light right on his face. I think the light is what makes this work as a black and white photo. I like my black and whites to be punchy with lots of contrast. I used the Mastin Fuji original on the bottom photo just like I did with the top photo, but instead of setting the film simulation to Provia as I did with the top photo (Mastin’s instructions to Fuji users in Capture One instead […]

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Quarantine = Bored

Quarantine = bored. I am pretty flighty by nature. I know that much about myself. In 2016, when we bought this house, the first house that caught my eye was a little two bedroom house here in town that was for sale for $45k. I had my sights set on the tiny house movement and I was gonna pile all three of my growing boys in one bedroom and we were gonna have that sucker paid off in five or six years. Ability to own outright, fast, was all I cared about. Nevermind that the outside of the house was painted asbestos siding. We bought the opposite of that. Sort of. I mean, comparatively….. 2400 square feet is not small. Nor was the mortgage exactly, though in retrospect we didn’t assume more debt than was appropriate to do given our situation, or our debt-to-income ratio. I had to be talked into coming to see this house because I was not impressed by the photos. Once I saw it in person, it was all over mostly because of the parquet floor in the family room and Oliver playing in the yard during the showing, a yard that he refuses to step […]

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Slow Days

It is a season of slow days…..we are cleaning out around these parts, in slow motion. In lieu of laundry day, I am doing a little bit of laundry just about every day right now. I go easy on myself on the days I don’t feel like starting a new load. Plans are in motion for long held and wished for projects. A new handmade wooden kitchen counter. A matching counter for the bar. Painted ivory kitchen cabinet doors. A new roof for the shed. Maybe a she-shed later? Or a man-cave? Or maybe just a place to keep the lawnmower and some other tools. I have two crochet blankets in motion and even with all the time on my hands, they probably won’t be finished by the time quarantine and social distancing are called off. I crochet when I have literally nothing else to do, as a distraction to melancholy. We let the dogs out onto the deck the other day for the first time. Those squirrels that Trixie likes to bark at are not so friendly-looking when they are perched, ready to pounce from the roof. Trixie decided inside might be better. The dogs like to go outside […]

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Self-Care in Tough Times

So….I’ve gotten to be pretty good at self-care over the years, so let’s talk about that during these weird times. My daily normal routine revolves around care for my boys and self-care. I recognize that’s a luxury most people do not have. But for this time where most of us are at home, self-care can take center stage for many of us when we are not in the midst of caring for others. Here are the some of the things that sustain me throughout the day right now: candles….scented oils….my coffee bar….ginger tea….meditation….yoga….crochet….writing Candles I used to be a hardcore candle fan. Then children came along and you know, safety. Then Click Away happened a couple of weeks ago and there was a candle in our gift bag, and so I thought, “Eh, Oliver is old enough and never bothers stuff on my desk, so why not.” I forgot how much I have missed candles these thirteen years. So, I went to Hobby Lobby and got the giant one in the picture. Oliver complains about the smell but everyone else in the house knows to pick their battles, lol. The scent of this one is sage teakwood. I couldn’t go […]

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