The HDR’ed Sort of Hope

*9 Days until my next treatment!*

My Philly Freedom is rapidly approaching!!

The last 2 weeks before treatment are truly the most difficult. The anticipation of knowing that relief is only mere moments away. That soon, very soon the muscle spasms will settle down again, the pain will go from off the charts to manageable, noises will no longer send me reeling, I won’t be unbearable to live with any more and I can start contributing to the world again. 9 more days. RSD really is a monster. But I consider myself one of the lucky ones. At least I get some relief for a small period of time. It’s better than none, ever.

Anyway, after that shoot with my daughter it became all too apparent to me that my lenses really do need a good cleaning.

Shooting on a dusty, sandy, dirty baseball field eventually does catch up with you, it would seem.

Now to find a period of time that I am willing to part with my lenses. Isn’t that like sending back an appendage? A part of yourself? And who do you trust to clean your babies?

And what would I do if I didn’t have a camera? That’s the way I settle myself down. Calm my nerves, distract my disease…

Where do YOU send your lenses to be cleaned/ cared for?

I  got to get out a few days ago, then I played with some HDR.


This song (below) is stuck in my head. When I get a song stuck in my head I go to this website below and find another more annoying one to get stuck there. Now you can too! ( you can thank me later!)

PS- It’s soon time for me to start collecting new POWER SONGS for me to fill my iPod with before my treatment. Start thinking of your favorites!

Get Rid of That Song

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.