December 22, 2018 Christmas Photo a Day

20181201-IMG_7228You know I enjoy these odd photos; the ones that have a story that happens because of the decisive moment that you click the shutter. Sometimes, you only SEE the story later on.  I saw Santa, in shorts, pushing this stroller at the beach on a rainy night.  And I took the photos FOR the shorts. But when I started looking,  this black and white image made me laugh– here is Santa, crossing with a don’t walk sign, checking to see if the police officer notices him!20181201-IMG_7230 (here, too, is the short-wearing image)  Look down below that, and enjoy Lady Madonna, another of my story photos.

Visit my photo site, and give ART this Christmas! Help fill my piggy bank for a trip to Ireland, Scotland and Wales this spring.   (OK. ADMIT DEFEAT. ANYTHING you order now is for YOU YOU YOU. You know you better than anyone, so go for it!)

Or go down to your local art gallery and help them clear off their walls!

 

December 21, 2018 Christmas Photo a Day

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Visit my photo site, and give ART this Christmas! Help fill my piggy bank for a trip to Ireland, Scotland and Wales this spring.   (OK. ADMIT DEFEAT. ANYTHING you order now is for YOU YOU YOU. You know you better than anyone, so go for it!)

Or go down to your local art gallery and help them clear off their walls!

Christmas Photo A Day, 11 YEARS on—

WOW! 11 YEARS of Christmas Photo A Day!

I know (think? hope?) that you are all enjoying my tiny glimpse into Christmas…

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Eleven years ago, the first year I did this, it was via EMAIL. I sent out email! To friends and family Who READ THEM, and responded!  Such a quaint, old-fashioned thought!

Back then, “in the olden days” when people didn’t carry phones with more megapixels than the first dSLR I owned, before the GIF, or MEME, before everyone was a graphic artist…

It was a different time, a quieter time…. (goodness, this sounds like great-grandpa talking about walking two miles, uphill both ways through the snow, to school!)

But you know what? It was for ME as much as it was for you.  I am a RETAIL Christmas person. I need to find the JOY in Christmas, “the peace on earth” under all it’s commercial nonsense. I NEED to know there is “goodwill toward men” out there! And so, here we are. This is the 10th year I have been posting images on the blog. *(search for old posts over to the right– CPAD or Christmas Photo a Day should lead you down the proper rabbit hole) I hope that the time and effort I put into this yearly endeavor is something that you have found value in, that you have looked forward to, and that you will SHARE these posts, encourage people to visit,

…to shop…

I am making it a bit commercial myself this year.  I want to travel next spring–to Scotland, Ireland and Wales with a few of my friends. And the Lottery Fairy has yet to leave me the winning ticket under my pillow. I don’t see Santa being any more accommodating, (although I will hang my stocking like a good girl 🙂 )

Consider this a go-FUNd-me type of thing… but with the added bonus of ART! You get to buy something from my website,(CHRISTMAS GIFTS!! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU) I get $$ to travel, take more photos to post on my website….rinse and repeat.  (Obviously, I receive only a portion of the price you pay because of production costs, and none of the shipping— but I want to make my art affordable as well…)

TOMORROW IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. I am a small business! (so are your LOCAL art galleries, who are ready and waiting with unique gifts of art…  (tariff-free!)img_1065

Christmas Photo A Day starts back up next Saturday, December 1st. Don’t miss a single day–sign up for the blog, or on Facebook like The View From the Passenger Window.

And do, please, comment. And SHARE!!

Joy!

Say goodbye to 2017 (Good riddance?) Hello, 2018 (Here’s hoping!)

My word of the year is MINDFUL. (I thought it was going to be JOY.  Really, I thought I had this years word taken care of early.) That’s what I get for thinking I had control of this little yearly exercise; as you hear me whine every year, I don’t get to pick the word. It picks me.

MINDFUL? Certainly, it’s a word that requires a bit of thinking—I just got up for a sweater; it’s chilly here in the studio at the moment, and I know I had a sweater when I came home. And so, I looked in two spots in the house and then went and found a different one.  And I returned to sit down, and guess what I had thoughtlessly draped over the chair I was sitting on? THAT is not a mindful experience!

But, I wanted JOY!! That was the word. I knew it! I am in the middle of my first Festival of KonMari-ing my home, keeping only those things that spark JOY! Joy, as opposed to minimalism. I am somewhat wary, having read the books, to become so devoted so quickly that I toss out all my everything, simply because it doesn’t bring me JOY.

I am on a message board where others are on this journey, and I won’t lie, as many of their experiences I am envious of, there are just as many who I fear are going too gung-ho, too quickly and they may regret it.  I am aware that things are just that–THINGS. But, I have reservations when they get to the place that they are tossing memories like so much old garbage. The throwing out of letters, of PHOTOS or selling of heirlooms because they are essentially on a “Fad Diet “… What happens when they no longer are satisfied with nothing and want the old back? Yes, you can buy new everything except new memories and tangible reminders of such. (I digress…this is a word of the year post. But feel free to contact me to talk about KonMari I’ve added this hyper-link because she seems to be doing it right –this isn’t a one-weekend slog!)

But, as this word JOY has been with me while I am doing my modified exercises toward the goal not of nothing, but of only things that spark joy, the word MINDFUL popped up.  And wouldn’t leave.

And then I got this for Christmas.

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I can’t throw away all my anything, because JOY to me comes from knowing I can go into a drawer and pull out that random something or other, rather than the stress and expense of having to stop by the store to buy a new one of something all the time. I find JOY not in having a butter knife that I can turn to when I have a screw that needs to be tightened, but a toolbox with a screwdriver. Yes, if I was in a pinch, a butter knife would do the trick. I don’t want to live my entire life in a pinch, however.

Mindful means that as I Kon Mari’ed all my shirts, I got rid of a lot of things that didn’t fit well, or that didn’t look good. I still have more than I NEED, of course I do. (What appealed to me at the beginning is that she doesn’t say you can only have 4 or 6 shirts, but to keep only the shirts that bring you joy, whatever the number)  I tossed, folded, organized and limited the space for the shirts. But, now, if I am MINDFUL of that drawer, and I am honest about what is in there, I am aware that I am wearing still only a fraction of what I kept. What I felt I needed.

So, MINDFUL. Doing one thing at a time, rather than multi-tasking?  Sure. That is a tough one. Trying to be present in the moment…. choosing that quilt pattern and settling down to watch it develop into a gift and thinking about how the person may react? I can do that. Not mindlessly cutting fabric because it’s there, but thinking through what I hope to accomplish, and being present for that time. Vacuuming. Hmmm….that’s a mindless activity! There’s 14-16 hours that I am awake…am I MINDFUL of the things that happen, the interactions I have, the responses I give or things that are said? We shall see!

I know you want to see them, so here are (links to all the other Words of the year with which I have indulged myself ….) Happy NEW YEAR!!!!

(Hey, BY THE WAY, THIS was my 1,000th post!!!!)

And this article, just found it works with the MINDFUL part of things… not so much to save or not spend, but to be aware ….

With images this time… .12/26/2017

Oh, dear. Christmas is OVER! Whoops. That shouldn’t have published. But since it did, I am editing and adding this…   Is THIS how your Christmas went yesterday? Turn the volume up! (yes, it MAY be the 27th… but the way I have the email set up, you received the post before I put photos in –I slept i, whoops!)    Video….. Have your volume turned up. 

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Find THREE cats.

With images this time…Christmas Photo a Day, December 26, 2017

Oh, dear. Christmas is OVER! Whoops. That shouldn’t have published. But since it did, I am editing and adding this…   Is THIS how your Christmas went yesterday? Turn the volume up!     Video….. Have your volume turned up.

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Find THREE cats.

Christmas Photo a Day, December 25, 2017