Monday, October 28, 2013
So, I just finished editing and downloading the photos for printing and then they'll be delivered to the school.......and they're free to the kids and family. A great program.
I'm enjoying my photography again......in fact about a month ago Norm convinced me to submit one of my photos in to the local newspaper and they published it. That was encouraging.
The nights are getting cooler and some of the trees are now bare. Mother Nature is getting ready for her yearly nap.
For those of you in Port Orford who might be interested, Finch's Liquor Store and again carrying some of my photo cards. Take a look and see if there's anything you can't live without!
Everyone have a great week.....I, personally, am enjoying the quiet of mine.
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 7:15 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013
And thanks to the tutoring of Rick, I now have Skype capacity. More fine-tuning on my smart phone and etc. with all the new electronics that are now around here. I hear bells and whistles constantly. And no........it's not just in my head! There is my washer and dryer that play little tunes when the cycle's are done........my microwave, oven timer, oven temp. gauge, my smart phone (sub-sounds are gmail messages, texts, phone calls), Skype now sends a few little notes and........oh yeah! The door bell! I hear a sound and have to figure out where it's coming from and what it means.....
I hope you're all off to a good run on the new week. Mine will be a little busy with this n' that. This Friday I will be taking photos of the kids that come to the Harvest Festival here in Winchester. It's been a while since I've done any shooting of children.....and these will be posed rather than them running around like they did in the Kid's Art Program in Port Orford. There, I could always blame the constant movement of the kids for any blurred shots...........(Not MY fault!!). Not so this time. Although I don't like using tripods, this might be a good time to break mine out.
So, you all have a good week. And Ullie...........I'm happy to hear you made it back safely to Germany. Now you can hug that darling little grandson to your heart's content!!
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 7:08 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I remember a time when I was picked blackberries down the road. My kitty at the time, Willie, always came with me and waited around for me to finish. One day, Max was being taken down the road for a walk when Willie and Max spotted each other. OH-oh.........Max lurched forward and he was not only a big dog but strong. I left the berries and helped hold Max from going after Willie. Willie must have sized up the situation in her favor and she attacked Max! At least she did that particular "crab-shuffle" that cats do when they're trying to intimidate.......Max was duly intimidated and was pretty shocked. Willie then decided to go home, having done her duty in 'protecting' me. Max never stood for that again.......at least not from Willie. The tables were turned from then on, but it is a funny memory.
He has fought a hard and long battle but finally, much to the heart-felt pain of all who knew him, Max needed to move on. All of you who have had and loved pets and viewed them as family members, know the ache and pain of having to say good-bye. It always hurts. All life forms suddenly seem so very precious and endearing. I've always felt that our pets give us that unconditional love that echos or reflects our own love back to us. When we lose that pet we feel like we've lost one of the best and pure, true parts of ourselves.
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 4:58 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Today we ran into the previous owner of our house who is a manager at Costco. I showed him my new cell phone, grinning broadly....he said it was one of the best in Roseburg and warned me to get a good buffer case for it. He has dropped other cell phones in the past and instead of the low sale price for the phone that went with joining up with Verizon, he had to pay another $400 to replace the broken phone he'd dropped. That made me very nervous! So tomorrow we'll be scouting out a Verizon store and buying a buffer case. His was made of a very strong rubber and had rounded and raised rims.......so if it drops it will hit the surrounding case rather than the phone itself. That sounds like a safety must have for me.
So, that was the week that was.......Good friends, good visit and good new toy....ah, I mean a good new tool..........
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 7:16 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Both Myrna and Angie are very active in various types of volunteer works. I'm getting internal 'nudges' to begin becoming involved outside of our new home. This entire area is a non-stop highway to so many more kinds of involvements than you could possibly imagine. I just have to be careful of not trying to wear too many different hats.
This month there is going to be a children's carnival at the local elementary school. I'll be there wearing my very own 'photographer's name tag'. Fun......When I photographed the Kid's Saturday Art Day in Port Orford on Saturdays........I really enjoyed it. The kids are all so natural (and funny).....the various moods or instant happenings are right there on their faces or in the scene. These photos will be a little more posed but I'm thinking that they'll be just as much fun. I'll edit them and them send them over to WalMart for printing. Each child's family will get a photo of their kid in his/her favorite super-hero/heroine's costume. The photos are free to each child which is a lovely thought.
I think my original plans of just holding up in my studio and doing art, art and more art, are getting shuffled aside. But I'm looking forward to seeing just which doors open for me.
Both Norm and I have had dental appointments the last couple of weeks. I have two crowns coming....just in time for the present bruises on my face to disappear before I get more.....And Norm had some dental problems of his own which had him eating 'gingerly' for a day or two. All is well now. And I'm finally getting rid of a nasty cold.......and hoping to do the same with this miserable phone system we now have. It HAS to go! No one can hear well at either end. One sister referred to it sounding like we each had a tin can with a string in between. Another thought it sounded like I was calling from Russia. Found out this week that this phone system will never work right since our internet and TV is satellite. I'm just waiting for the phone representative to come and dismantle the thing and I'll go and find a regular landline phone. Problem is that all the companies are pushing their bundles. I'm really so tired of working with this phone issue. I can't count the hours that have been spent over it. Hopefully, soon I'll have something that will work.
I'm hoping to go photo shooting tomorrow.........and in another week or so, Myrna has all kinds of places she's going to show me where there are photo ops galore!! Yahoo!
On the not so neat side of things is the rain. Remember how Norm and I were snickering at how the newspapers over here thought how the rains were so heavy? And the winds so fierce? Compared to Port Orford, it was funny to us. Well, they'll all have the last laugh since that 3/4" rain had washed out part of our back lawn.......a regular little gully that washed somewhere on down the hill behind us. The fence is now tilting and I'd be surprised if it lasted the winter. Norm got 3 sacks of soil at Lowe's and packed it into the gully. Of course, he thought he wouldn't need his post hold digger...or his shovels......Guess what Santa will be bringing this Christmas??
Well, that's enough about me.........Hope all of you are enjoying the beautiful autumn. My favorite time of year!!!
Have a great rest of the week!!!
Posted by Snap-Smith Photography at 8:22 PM