The Royal Feeling Sort of Hope

Mother Nature laid out her red carpet for me today!  I felt so very lucky. So very fancy, so royal as I climbed the stairs into my own home.

I couldn’t really find a photo of me looking “red carpet ready”. It’s not really a common look for this “stay at home” mom. Red Carpet Ready doesn’t really work at baseball games or gymnastic competitions. It also gets you looked at sort of oddly in the grocery store.  Though I feel like a shot like that would’ve totally made this post complete. Had I had more energy, I would’ve thrown on a gown and whipped one up. (Because I totally have red carpet ready gowns  laying around waiting to be worn.)

However, a few months ago, I did my very first  test like “photo session” on the other side of the lens, (after a 20 plus year hiatus from that side) with a man I met through a photography group. These pics were from that session-closest thing I could find to me being  ‘red carpet ready’ under such short notice~ without actually staging such a look. I certainly felt close to Red Carpet Ready that day. Wonder if Mother Nature will still give me an Oscar?

Sadly, I fear all too soon her Royal Red Carpet will be replaced by a giant fluffy blanket of fresh white snow. And Red Carpet Ready or not, I know I’m not ready for * that* just yet.

The Enough is Enough Sort of Hope PT2

“And the rain rain rain came down down down” ~ Winnie the Pooh

(That ‘s now two Winnie the Pooh references for me in 2 days. )

Day 2 Hurricane Sandy. I’m tired of hearing her name already.

Things that I can’t get out of my head when I hear the name Sandy-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZfmXzIbHI8 – the song from Grease that John Travola croons out in the Drive Inn.

( I know I should like “Good Sandy” better, but c’mon.. those pants!!)

and naturally,

Sandy hasn’t even really reached us yet. All schools remain closed. Many local roads either closed or unpassable. I am unable to access true storm data. Which you’d think would be available in this day and age. Can’t get rainfall totals or wind gust speeds. But I can tell you that it’s windy as heck and it really hasn’t stopped raining since this morning. It’s 7:00pm or 19:00 hours for you military folks or other daughters of Marines.

My facebook status this afternoon said ~that sad, sad moment when you open the door to leave your doggie out into the raging rain and swirling winds and she looks back at you with those big brown eyes and tilts her floppy eared head like ” are you freakin kidding me? ” My poor Sophie dog. She’s battling ear troubles too and in this wind I really wish I could find a doggie hat or something to send her out in. I suppose dogs don’t really like hats though, do they ?

My Sandy shots so far. Or, photos I should call ” pictures I could take without leaving the comfort of my home” .  I came back in as soon as the wind started to blow me away.

I’m so brave.

The Enough is Enough Sort of Hope

Last year at Halloween , it snowed. SNOW! Here .. in October. Prior to our October snow in 2011, I think it had only snowed here less than 5 times in recorded weather history.

As we speak we are sitting through Hurricane Sandy. Though I am unable to photograph Sandy while she is in progress, I was able to get some shots of our October snow while it was happening last year.

On the first day of that record breaking snow, we lost power. Primarily because of my condition and my inability to be in the cold, we set off for my mother in laws home just a few short miles away, as she has a generator to power her home when their electric ceases to run. The trip was not the smartest of ideas, as you will see. I was able to compile a complete photographic journey of our travel over the hill to her home. We were met with un-plowed slippery snow covered roads, downed trees and power lines making it impossible for us to pass. We met a few kind people on the way who were also stuck so my husband would get out and try to help them clear the debris. At one point we were just moments away from a giant tree branch that came cascading down right in front of our moving car. The journey was treacherous at best and we were more than thankful when we reached the warm shelter Mike’s mom had provided for us.

The following morning the snow had stopped and the sun came up. Life, it seemed, would continue as if nothing had ever happened. Our power would be restored later that day. Little did we know that many of our friends would remain without power for a week, some up to 14 days. We then, opened our home to people who needed shelter and showers and warm meals. That storm would remain quite a memory. One I hoped would not be repeated for a very long time.

I am praying we can get through this Halloween storm without losing power.  Two teens without entertainment is never a fun thing. Me without heat is no joke, either.

I hope to be able to head out after the rain and see what effects Mother Nature has left us with.  In the meantime, I will just watch the leaves swirl to the ground from my window in the comfort of my favorite chair.

They say that the third time is a charm. I can’t even imagine what Mother Nature intends to shock us with  next Halloween.

The Obsessed With Autumn Sort of Hope

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

Elizabeth Lawrence

I’ve been sitting still and watching leaves pretty much since the weekend. ( and by sitting still I mean  I am still doing laundry, cleaning, editing, running kids, etc but not really going anywhere , making an effort to get dressed, etc). For me that’s “still”.

That’s the yucky part of my condition. The down time after the up time. It’s a give and take. A delicate balance that I can’t always seem to get right.

My daughter had to make us dinner for a school project tonight. What a nice treat. It’s been a long time since I wasn’t the one cooking here in this house. I could get used to it! She did well, though I’m afraid if I allow her to continue to cook after tonight they will figure out that I am no longer useful here and put me out to pasture like an old horse.

I am totally and completely obsessed with fall again this year.

These are all edited in some regard~Whether they are painted, HDR’d or simply enhanced.

I am restless.

My thoughts are scattered.

The past few days have been challenging at best.

The good news is, this too shall pass.

The bad news is, so will my beloved autumn.

Catch it while you can.  ❤

I took these while Mike and I were driving home from our whirlwind weekend. Thankfully, he was driving and I was the one with the camera. It just works better that way!  He doesn’t always indulge my passion for photographing pretty much everything, so I take what I can get.

Just like in life, when it comes to catching the good stuff, there are no “do overs”.

I love the little white church on the hill. It’s my favorite.

Falling into fall (original,ya, I know.)

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn, a mosaic of them all .” ~ Stanley Horowitz

Don’t just read that, *see* that, visualize that in your mind. I think it’s so lovely. Autumn is my very favorite.  The colors, the smells, the textures. Reds, oranges, yellows, even browns. Pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel .. oh the caramel! and funnel cakes from all the local fairs… crunchy leaves under our feet, snapping twigs, the songs of the different birds as they head south. And of course, sweater weather!! Give me a fabulous sweater/turtleneck, a great pair of pants and my favorite boots any day.  You can keep your shorts. And your flip flops. I’ve no use for those.

I woke up so excited this morning to get busy around the house and make it look like fall. I like it to look like fall around here, on the inside too, for as long as possible. I’m already behind. Treatment last week set me back. But I’ll catch up. My home is decorated in all the fall colors that I love, too. They are warm and they make me feel warm and comfortable and I  find it such a compliment when even my childrens’  friends remark on how “warm” and cozy our little house feels. I read somewhere that women tend to decorate our homes in the colors that we look best in ( without even realizing that’s what we are doing).  So I looked around and realized that was exactly what I’d done. Except I don’t have any terrific hunter green or royal blue rooms. YET….

But I digress…

Attaching some of my past favorite photos of fall. I’d like to think I’ve come a long way in my photo skills so hopefully this year’s shots will show some marked improvement. I joined a photography group and met some incredibly talented people along the way who were kind enough to share some tricks of the trade with me. I was like a sponge.. I couldn’t (can’t) get enough of these amazing folks.

So here’s to fall.. every glorious aspect of it’s too short season.  I “roll” down my car window, turn up my radio, sing a little bit louder and raise my caramel cappuccino to you!

What’s your favorite part of fall?