70/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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I had the opportunity to go for a walk at the reservation today. The sun was out. The snow is melting. And the cacophony of birds chirping and pecking, including this Downy Woodpecker, was music to my ears! Soon comes Spring!

68-69/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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It’s a cat’s world tonight at our home. After driving home from Chicago I was not really inspired to photograph anything for this challenge. Not only that, I was a day behind so I needed two photos to be caught up. As I wandered through the house looking for something to “shoot,” I saw the kitty votive candle holder and for lack of anything more interesting, the candle holder became my subject. To be honest, I didn’t put much time into it, just lit the candle and placed it on a crumpled up napkin. I was a little disappointed in myself but then I told myself that when I am posting a photo a day, there will be “down” days photographically speaking.

Now, what to do about the second photo. As I was sitting on the sofa trying to think of something a bit more creative than a candle holder, Willy, our Russian Blue, jumped in my lap and curled up for a nap. He missed us while we were gone and has not let me out of his sight since our return home. While he slept I turned the camera on him and shot a few frames. That became my entry for day 69 of this challenge.

So, tonight the motif was cats, and now I’m caught up with this challenge. Thanks to those of you who follow along. This is proving to be challenging for sure. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be a better photographer and I will know my camera with all its advanced settings much better.

66-67/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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This is not my usual fare, I know. But I was in the Chicago area this weekend to celebrate the upcoming grand opening of my daughter and her family’s new business. They held a private opening for family and friends, which we were fortunate to be able to attend. The french doors in the back of the show room open to a state-of-the-art kitchen where their chef will give cooking classes and more. The place is beautiful and my kids have done it all. They took a large, empty store front space and turned it into this! Many years in the making but finally they are seeing their dream come to fruition. If you are in the Chicago area (northwestern suburbs, Palatine to be exact) drop in and see them, book a party, or purchase some really cool and useful kitchen utensils and gadgets. Needless to say, I am proud of Mica, John and Jacob!

64/365 Photo Challenge 2015

Although the temps were frigid cold, we were able to enjoy a drive though the northern tier of Ohio yesterday. Although flat fields and open spaces do not compare with the grandeur of mountain vistas and wooded scenes, I am always struck with the simple, often stark landscape in this part of the country. I love it. I find it amazing, too, that I am able to get as many shots as I do considering that we are hurtling 70mph toward our destination. Snow covered fields enhanced the views more than usual this time. We got home too late to post yesterday’s photo, but just so you know, the official photo for day 64 in the 365 Photo Challenge 2015 is the sepia toned one above.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think. Enjoy! :-)

63/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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Today Jews celebrate Purim, the remembrance of Queen Esther’s bravery that saved the Jews of Persia from annihilation. If you are interested, the biblical book of Esther tells the story. To this day Queen Esther’s story is taught in schools in Iran as part of their history when they study the Chronicles of the Kings of Iran (as told to me by an Iranian friend years ago.)

62/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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This is the essential oils kit I carry with me every day when I’m meeting with clients. When a client has a particularly rough session, I let them choose a fragrance they like, apply a couple of drops to the unscented hand lotion that I also carry with me, and then massage it into their hands and fore-arms. It always amazes me how quickly one can clear their thoughts and get grounded with just a little bit of aromatherapy. Years ago when I interned at a hospital, my supervisor stressed the importance of doing the “little” nurturing things that helped cultivate trust within our clients so that they felt safe doing the hard work of healing body, mind, and spirit. I never forgot that lesson.

60/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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I wasn’t in the mood to go out in the snow . . . again . . . to shoot another snow picture. As beautiful as the snow is, too much of a good thing is simply so much. Instead, as a last minute thought, here is a shot of my snow gear: boots, coat, hat, scarf, and gloves. Did I miss anything?