Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You have the answer...

...just get quiet enough to hear it
Pat Obuchowski


I didn't mean to be away-it just sort of happened. I've missed being here but as I read on my friend Tammy's  blog (as told to Tammy by her friend) blogging should be fun and not something on your to-do list.  I don't feel particularly energetic to pick up my camera these days and I don't seem to have any sparks of creativity...for the moment. I've been down this road before. Usually this time of year, as school winds down, it's all I can do to push forward and keep plugging away until summer vacation. So, I'm allowing myself get through this with minimal guilt! 
Spring break officially starts on Monday, but I say when I leave work at noon on Friday, THAT'S when it starts for me. I've been sick with this annoying cold that's slowly getting better. Good thing too because Frankie and I have our very first road trip planned! We usually fly everywhere, but there's just too much we might miss on our way to the Grand Canyon, then on to Sedona and over to Death Valley. I'm so excited and I know THEN I'll be in full photography mode! 
If you follow me on IG, you'll be tucked in my pocket and coming along with us.

And just so my brain doesn't completely shrivel & dry up, I am doing a 30 day photo challenge with the 
Waterlogue app. That seems a bit more doable at the moment.

Remember the cell phone burn I had mentioned here?

Well, I decided to post the photo. After searching Google and not finding a lot of info on this anomaly,(except that it can happen) I decided to go to the Apple store and I got an on the spot phone replacement. The friendly folks at Apple were helpful and seemed truly miffed and apologetic that this happened. It would be interesting to know what, if anything, is found after the phone is sent in for investigation. 

Passover is coming up. Soon Lemon Bars and Matzo Bark will be made in great numbers! I also found a flourless chocolate cake recipe I'll be making for dessert and taking to my sister-in-law's Seder. 
Ok, that about get's you caught up with me. How are you? Anything new and exciting you'd care to share?

Happy (plow through the mental blocks) snapping!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014



Sharing over at Kim's Texture Tuesday 
I used her "greaydayslate" and added Florabella's Ruby action tweaking both in Elements.

We received more much needed rain last night and more is coming. I love how the rain washes away dirt and dust and the deep, vibrant colors of wood and flora pop in the morning sun. Blossoms are busting, birds are nesting, and the world is waking from it's winter slumber.

Happy (Spring is coming) snapping

Friday, March 28, 2014

Random 5...

Friday Finds...

I'm two timing today and linking up with Nancy & Kim for random fun-facts and great finds.

Saturday, Frankie and I went hiking up on Oat Mountain-found and explored an old Nike missile site back among the rolling hills of Chatsworth. I learned that this was one of 16 sites from the Cold War Era that protected the valley from a possible enemy attack. We climbed up a small hill and slipped through a hole that was cut out of the chain link fence.

 I searched for photos of the original buildings of the once bustling base, but Frankie reminded me that the sites were top secret so I wouldn't find any.



Today, it looks a bit post apocalyptic with several burnt out busses...

...and hollowed out buildings.

I find that I'm becoming increasingly interested in "Urban Art".

Some say the old base is used as a training ground for the LAPD and SWAT teams.

Bullet holes riddle everything.

The above photo is an underground bunker that would have housed a nuclear war head missile like the ones below. 

I was creeped out and didn't want to find anything...I dunno...dead? I was surprised at how many other hikers we ran into. They must like trespassing, snooping, exploring too!

My random facts this week couldn't be more random if I tried!

Strange but true-I have a 4 inch burn mark on my upper outer  thigh from my i-phone. Yup-came home from the grocery store, stuck my phone in my pocket while I grabbed my 3 shopping bags. Went to set the groceries down-felt a shock then a burning sensation. I couldn't believe what appeared when I went to see what was so painful. The phone wasn't in use, it wasn't hot & I can't think of one reason why that happened. I'm scared it will happen again.

We have a 3 day weekend! (happy dance)

Dusting and putting laundry away are my least favorite chores. Grocery shopping is my favorite.

My shoe size is 7

I'm a HUGE Survivor fan. I love everything about the game and have only missed 1 of 28 seasons. The kids and I have always told Frankie he should be on the show. He'd be so awesome to watch.

Ok my friends-I'm off to go see other great finds and Friday facts!
Happy (enjoy your weekend) snapping!

Sunday, March 23, 2014


...One is the Loneliest Number

not really lonely
but did have some fun with this one this morning!

I'm playing over at Kathy's this morning and did a complete 180 of what I originally had planned...yes...I actually planned to play today! I know the song from Three Dong Night, but not all the words(which really weren't a lot!) As I was reading them, I knew I had to shift gears. 
So the short story goes...
...Frankie left for a trip this morning after being home only one day & I miss him right now more than I am lonely. We spent yesterday hiking, exploring, dinner and a movie on the couch.
 It was pretty much a perfect day. 

Here's a sneak peak at what we found!

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder in my world.
Why not follow me over to Kath's to see other interpretations of the song!

Happy(got a song in my heart) snapping!

Find that perfect little card on my

Friday, March 21, 2014

Random 5...

is here! As always, I'm playing over at Nancy's 
Can I say...
...if the weeks come & go as fast as this week flew by, then summer vacation will be here before I blink!
Speaking of summer vacation-
I really did go back to my pixie cut. I couldn't be happier. As much winter as some of you have had and it wore thin on your nerves? Well, believe me, I'll be doing my fair share of bitchin' and moanin' from the heat soon enough~blah
BUT...at least I don't have a lot of hair to deal with!

I did NOT want to love this French series on Netflix. No I did not. It intrigued me from the get go. I had NO idea what it was about. But OMG-if you like subtitles, and creepy stuff, this just might be up your alley. It surprised me how much I liked this as I don't do scary or creepy!
 Sadly season 2 doesn't start till later this year.

Oh...and if you want to fall MADLY & DEEPLY in love with a series from Britain...

Call the Midwife
Also available on Netflix. 
It is an amazing & brilliant story about midwifery in the late 1950's. Conditions where the midwives worked to deliver babies & help the decrepit were deplorable. You will cry, you will laugh you will be glued to your seat. Each episode is better than the last.

One thing I LOVE about this blogging world, is the vast amounts of fun, interesting, inspirational and useful tidbits of information you read about. This week I tried something new that my girl D mentioned on her blog a few days ago.

Chia seeds!

I seriously LOVE them. 
These little seeds pack a wallop of health benefits including healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, a host of antioxidants plus so much more to your diet. I add them to anything and everything. I even dip cheese sticks in them!

Go crazy!

Earthquakes are scary...
I was home alone.

that's 5! I could go on...but I release you! (snort)

Happy (try something new) snapping!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014



It feels so good to be in a pixie cut.
It's SO much easier to manage and oh so soft and healthy again.

I feel like "me" again.

*note to self...get batteries for remote

Happy (new Spring cut) snapping!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I've been properly inducted...

...into grandmother-hood!


It took Erik all of 10 minutes, once I got my hands on that little munchkin, to inaugurate me into the blissful world of being a grandmother! I purposefully wore clothes that I didn't mind being pooped on or spit on. I was warmly reminded & taken back to a time when my own babies could do little more than eat, puke, sleep, poop, repeat.
 But in between those repeat moments, there are tender, attentive moments where
  innocent eyes search your face, and tiny ears listen to the sound of your voice that eventually evoke smiles and coos of acceptance.  To be so small & have no life experiences to trust or distrust is too big for me to even fathom. 
In those moments, bonding had begun.

I was gently reminded too, that sleeping angels have their own agendas and the best laid plans just have to wait.

I let it go.

Jamie and I think Erik is our "Gangsta of Love." 

Even though my photo plans were on hold, I was bound & determined to get at least one shot of Erik in the Fedora that my girl D knitted for him. I got a lucky left handed i-phone shot. Lucky because right after I snapped this, I was puked on and that was that!
Oh, and if by chance you need a fedora knitted in any size or color, just hop on over to Diane's and she'll hook you up...hee hee, no pun intended! 
I think I'm going to enjoy this new role of Grandmother.

Happy (it's ok if things work out differently) snapping!