“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice….”
~ Robert Frost
We’ve had an unusually hot March this year, with temperatures reaching the low 80s, prompting me to wonder why we haven’t encouraged that poor old Groundhog to retire.
With his prediction of continuing winter (What winter?? One measly dusting of snow that melted within 24 hours?), he has proven over the last 126 years that he knows next to nothing about the relation between his shadow and the extended weather forecast.
Let him move to Florida, where they rarely experience a winter snowstorm… but rainshowers happen like clockwork every afternoon at 4:00PM.
All I know is that cats are terrible at predicting weather, or else they wouldn’t stand at the door begging to go outside, only to change their minds when their feet get a little wet. :P
We’ve been anxious to enjoy the warm weather, and Joe was excited for an opportunity to take more photographs once nature began turning shades of green ~ we had already covered nearly every bare tree and patch of earth in town.
Usually we plan our outings as a family, take the kids to the park, or a scenic road trip.
Last weekend, though, I agreed to let Lydia accompany me on a walk through town ~ just the two of us, while her siblings remained at home with Dad.
She brought along our Pentax istDL, and I used Joe’s new camera, a Pentax K-7. We remained within the Pentax family mainly to share the lenses that he has collected over the years.
We took over 700 pictures between us, many of them were nearly identical, although it was really interesting to see how she interpreted her surroundings in ways very different from mine.
She found a piece of discarded pink chalk on the sidewalk, and arranged her own still-life.
Although we started out with me leading the way, and giving her a few pointers… oftentimes I found myself following in her footsteps, trying to see whatever it was that she saw.
We even captured each other in our shots… occasionally on purpose, usually by accident.
Lydia has been watching my progress with on-line selling with increasing fascination… and has often asked whether she can open an Etsy shop with my help.
I hate to tell her “no”, although I’m stretched thin between trying to work on my own projects and helping Joe to manage his.
She does have potential, like many children do, with that innocent and untrained way of seeing things. And teaching her the basic skills required to sell artwork, manage money, and handle customer relations would benefit her a great deal in the future.
It’s either this… or a lemonade stand. ;)
[Mom’s note: ALL photographs featured in this post, with the exception of the 4th photo, were taken by Lydia Jenkinson, aged 9. Her mother is very proud of her.]
The January/February edition of Catster magazine arrived at my studio doorstep, and guess who has a feature interview on page 11...? ❤️🐈🎨
Which feline magazines are your favorites?
Tara Fly14 days ago
I have a surprise Sans in my lap this afternoon. He doesn’t often get the opportunity, nor does he stay long. :) http://ift.tt/2yH8QwF
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Every time I order ink from Staples, they send a coupon for a case of wine. I order a lot of ink. What are they trying to say??? 😅 http://ift.tt/2yLExUx
I'm just going to go knock over the vase of flowers on the table, stare at a random place on the wall for a few minutes, kill a roll of toilet paper, and then go hog the bed pillows. I need my beauty rest.
-The humans at @seizethebooksho are doing a holiday pop-up bookshop November 17 & 18 at Aisquith Presbyterian Church, 7515 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD. They'll have tons of cool new books. pic.twitter.com/BRonmIDni4
Yesterday I wanted to turn my clock back a year.