Thursday, July 31, 2008
Across the street from Oakland Cemetary is a place which is reputed to have the best hamburgers in Atlanta. I have been trying to figure out where it is, and hey presto, there it was all along.
Name's kind of catchy, don't you think?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is the first photo I took at Oakland on Saturday. It's before my mind melted into a puddle of mush and I couldn't recall how to operate my camera.
Which sounds better, brain mush or the fact that I was trying to use the tripod that my brother gave me somewhere about 15 years ago? Which the instructor borrowed from me to show another guy which kind to buy (you rock, Rob!). So anyway, either the heat or unfamiliarity with the tripod did me in. Because in 96 photos only a handful are presentable.
And, as my instructor says, "only show the good ones".
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Anyway, while I type this, I'm waiting for my RAW converter to convert the RAW (think digital negative) into something my Photoshop elements can relate to.
It's always about relationships, isn't it?
Anyway, I'm interested to see how things turned out because in the mid-day light, it was hard to see my LCD screen. And I got frustrated b/c I couldn't make the camera do what I wanted. So, I may be back there tomorrow so that I can hold my head up in class Wednesday night.
AND, I must say it was HOTHOTHOT even though it was overcast. I wilted quickly, but I overheard another lady telling the teacher "it is hot" and she was not exactly dressed for the weather. Or much walking. And was carrying lots of stuff.
I'll share some of my shots with you, IF they merit an audience.
Meantime, here's a link to Oakland...you should drop in.
You take the inspiration for your home from the surrounding countryside. And why not? The country cottage look has been, and continues to be, the epitome of what a family ‘home’ should stand for: warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable. There’s nothing at all pretentious about this style, just a love of the good, simple pleasures in life.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
A favorite peanut butter, mayonaisse (NOT Miracle Whip), and syrup. Toothpaste? Deodorant? No? Alright, how about mascara? I'm almost certain I got one of your favorites in that list. You know it. You tell yourself it's reliable, and when the chips are down, do you really want to waste money on something that might not perform the same as _[insert your fav here]_?
No. I didn't think so.
Hello, I'm Molly, and I have brand favorites. And for these few items there is. no. deviation. Shoppers who can go with whatever is the best price once they've taken advantage of a sale and applied coupons have my everlasting admiration. I cannot do it.
With one of my brand loyalties comes a fear of running low, of looking at the stash and finding only 1 roll. That's right. Toilet paper. Fear and loyalty. There's a pathology for you.
For many years I was a Charmin girl. I eagerly looked forward to Mr. Whipple's new adventures. I, too, squeezed the Charmin. The only question was 6 rolls or 12?
From the time I graduated from college to the time I bought this house - say 20 years - steady, committed Charmin use. Folks, my middle name is commitment. Not really. I'm just making a point.
Then, I closed on my new house, and I discovered a new way. Only I didn't know the name of the new way. The previous owners thoughtfully left behind the partial roll in the bathroom along with the blue planter at the back steps, the easel upstairs and the fabric used for their shower curtain.
When I finished measuring all the windows at the new house, I went to the grocery store, straight to the paper goods aisle. And proceeded to look at every pattern and texture of each brand to try to match it up. I was driven. A woman with a mission, close to hyperventilation. If I had been thinking clearly, I would have taken a square with me. I decided it looked most like Cottonelle, which was lucky [I know, Rob, think artistic license] because it had a puppy on the package. It was a sign. A new bond was forged.
Which brings us to today. There is only 1 roll left in the closet. I am tetering on the brink of disaster. The horrible prospect of running out of toilet paper looms before me. Before switching brands I would have no more gotten below 6 rolls than I would embrace macrame for profit. What if there should be drop-in company with excessive habits? What if a certain family member turned up? Stock always disappears when that person visits, but that's another story.
What if Gus remembers his puppy toilet paper antics? Don't dwell on it. Don't be like me. It's the stuff of nightmares.
Down to 1 roll. I don't recognize myself.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Then, about 2 months ago, I was lamenting the lack of space in my little house, and wondering why I still had my Pentax K1000 camera from more than 20 or more years ago.
And I realized it was in great shape. And had a lens, flash, strap, and two filters to go with it. The only thing wrong with it was that Gus had chewed on the box for the flash.
So I decided I would try to sell it on ebay. My reasoning was even $20 bucks in hand was better than no cash and space taken up by the camera. I ended up selling it for about $60, and the buyer paid for shipping.
I was hooked.
Since then I've sold a book on cd (a duplicate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I some how got), the aforementioned Pentax and scrapbook supplies.
Now, I'm waiting to see how the auction for my Canon Powershot G5 digital camera turns out. As you can see below, we have 1 intrepid bidder(you go girl!) and 21 stalkers. I call them stalkers because they click on the item to "watch" and when the auction gets down to the final minutes they may swoop in to grab the item hoping this method will not drive the final price up.
As I type this, the # of stalkers is up to 23 with only 2 hours 7 minutes to go.
Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Friday, July 18, 2008
- I like that
- it costs what?
- I could do that
and then I take a picture and step away from the item convinced that I will have the thing constructed on the basis of the snapshot by the next weekend, and my only concern is where will I store it.Here are some examples of projects that are languishing on my computer waiting for a certain level of industriousness and creativity to strike. Waiting years in some cases.
One would think I could get a wreath at Michaels, along with some silver and gold spray paint, et voila, chic holiday wreath. Photo taken in 2005.
These next two should be a piece of cake. Cone shaped styrofoam, silk poinsettia(s), decorative push pins, ribbon, terra cotta pot, spray paint, dowels...how hard could it be? Photo taken in 2007.
These next two were for me to take to someone to create for me because even I recognize something beyond my skillset. But I love them, they are on an artificial nandina base, with artificial leaves, pine cones and fruits scattered over and white lights all around. Photo taken in 2007.
There. I've gotten it off my chest. I am a procrastinator.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
1. White balance set correctly to cloudy.
Cotton: She's down there by the truck. Do you think we're going somewhere?
Gus: Is that a squirrel over there?
2. White balance set to Tungsten light (incandescent lightbulb).
Cotton: She keeps pointing that thing up here. She never goes anywhere without that thing. What IS that thing anyway? She gets mad if I lick it. Do you think we're going somewhere?
3. White balance set to fluorescent.
4. White balance set to flash.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I think I'm going to have to investigate another trip to the beach. Soon.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I took this photo in 2005 when I was on vacation in Cape San Blas. Rob and his family also rented a house there - it was the year Katrina hit. Anyway, we had gone to lunch at this place and while we waited for the others, I took this. Eli and Brooks are such good subjects.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
One of the things I loved about this house when I looked at it the first time was the bathroom tile. I'd never seen a pattern quite like it-it creates a basket weave effect. I worked very hard to decorate around that tile, determined to enjoy it as long as I could since it has to be at least 30 years old. When the landscapers worked in the back yard, there were bits of broken tile that tell me the floor has been redone at least once, and the house was built in 1930ish. Anyway, aside from the towel that is askew and the random coat hanger, this room is one of my favorites. It's also Gus'. When we go for a walk and he wants to cool off, he goes to the bathroom floor. When I shower, he lies on the floor against the wall, just like this. When I can't find him anywhere else, I look in the bathroom and there he is on the floor. What I didn't realize until I snapped this shot is how nicely he coordinates with the room. Better even than the bath mat he has shoved out of his way.
Now I know: I can use Gus to match towels and bathmats. I will borrow one from the store, run out to the car, and check it against his fur for a match.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Despite the fact that it looks like I twirled the camera while the shutter was open, I put this one here because it was an unusual display that was repeated on top of the building we were in, and at the head of the park. And it was the big finale.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 small jicama, small dice
1 tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped*
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 clove garlic, diced
2-3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Splenda to taste (1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp)
In a large bowl, combine beans, diced tomato, jicama, onion and cilatro. In a separate bowl, mix the lime juice, garlic, cumin and olive oil. Whisk until well blended. Add Splenda to taste. Pour over bean mixture. Stir. Serve room temperature or chill.
*or substitute 1-2 Tbsp dried if you don't have fresh, and mix with the dressing.
This is a recipe I found on the South Beach website and modified for my tastes. Everyone who has tried it has loved it. I think you will too. I made this for my lunch today, but ate it before I could remember to take a picture. C'est la vie. Jicama is a mexican root vegetable that is crunchy and slightly sweet. I first had it on the barbecue chicken salad at California Pizza Kitchen.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This butterfly was missing some of its wing, but it didn't seem to affect the flight.
Gus and Cotton usually enjoy being on the porch. This day, though, they were plotting the destruction of all squirrels, everywhere, but most certainly the one just out of reach in the hickory a few feet from the porch.
Does anyone know why a 3 year old would lie down on a concrete porch when someone wants to take her picture?
Do yourselves a favor and double click on the photo and see how sparkly her blue eyes are.
I emphasized them a bit with my favorite toy, photoshop elements. And I may have complemented them by encouraging the blue paint on the porch. And perhaps have even given the butterfly hair bow a boost. You see, Olivia gets 2 M&Ms every night that she makes it through the whole day without pulling down her hair. So we must notice and complement the hair. Which is why I juiced up the pink butterfly barrett. Just a touch.
Olivia, your hair looks very nice. I hope you got your M&Ms.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This is an old building at my Grandmother's. It has housed tools, honey, boxes of books and quail egg incubators. At least that's what I can remember from childhood. It was always very tempting to push open the door and go look inside. There was always something interesting in there.
The cute little pixie peeking in the door is my niece Olivia.
She was curious about what was in there.