Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth...

...Day
2014


Nobody was more surprised then me that I actually thought far enough ahead to plan an actual photo for a later date! When Frankie I started to plan our road trip, I quickly found my Earth ball and packed it to be used for an Earth Day photo or two. I actually saw the whole photo in my head & Frankie was more than happy to put up, see to it that what I saw in my head is what I would edit and post. And seriously, what better backdrop for Earth Day than the Mojave Desert. 
I'm glad to see more and more people are paying attention and doing what they can to help save our planet. But you know as well as I do, there is so much more that needs to be done. I am more aware than ever of our water consumption, what time of day I run big appliances, recycling and reusing whenever possible. I know personally there is a lot more I can do-so I will be spending time looking into how and what we can do as a family to go a little more green.
I mean why not go a little (or a lot) greener?
 Look what we stand to lose. That become so much more evident here...

I'd love for you to share how or what you plan to do today and how you help our planet live and breath a little better.

Happy (Earth Day) snapping!
xo
Kelly

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy jelly beans...

...and bunnies day!


Why hello strangers!
  If I felt behind before Spring Break, you can imagine how I might be feeling today! 
First and foremost, I want to wish you and your family a Very Happy Easter for those of you that celebrate. If you're like us and celebrate Passover, Chag Sameach, (Happy Holiday) to you and your family also.
I have quite a bit to share with you all and I will be stopping by your blog and getting caught up with you during the upcoming week. 
 Frankie & I got back from our road trip late Friday afternoon and I'll just say real quick that we had a blast. If you follow me on IG then you know I always tuck you in my pocket and take you with me on my get aways!

Here's a sneak peak for everyone else...

...there are not enough words in the English language to describe the Grand Canyon.
It absolutely took my breath away. 
Hopefully you'll come back and see more. But for now,
I need to go and finish my laundry and get ready for the week (which includes getting back into the gym after more than a year of NOT going) ugh

Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends.

Hoppy Snapping!
xo
Kelly

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!
xo
Kelly

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello...

...Spring


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
xo
Kelly


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.

before...


 ...after

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!
xo
Kelly













Sunday, March 23, 2014

Song-ography...

...One is the Loneliest Number
e-dition


**disclaimer**
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!
xo
Kelly

Find that perfect little card on my
ETSY

Friday, March 21, 2014

Random 5...

...Friday
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.
 Creepy. 


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

Happy (try something new) snapping!
xo
Kelly