Playful Mess

colorful girlsAlbuquerque, NM

Her mommy was not happy when she realized how many of these boxes of Nerds she had taken and eaten. She is a hyper girl as it is.

Meezie has fun with her. Keep each other entertained at the older brothers’ soccer games.

I am sharing here today:

Unknown MamiWeekly Top Shot #157

Inspiration and Tricks

I decided that I would go a different route today. And share with you other blogs where I have gotten inspiration, tips and tricks, or just plum like their photography. Some of these are how I started out taking more pictures or really started blogging. Whatever their calling to me was (or is), I wanted to share them all with you.

Rita shares A LOT of great stuff. Actions, templates, tips. I edited many pictures in the beginning with her actions. I also love her templates (and frames). For this example I used Rita’s Picture Portrait 3 action with a few changes. Actions are really easy to load into PE11 and above, and Rita even walks you through how to load them.rita editNot sure why little man looks so angry there.

Lately, I have been using these tips from Lisa to edit all my photos in Photoshop Elements. When I want my photos to stay as close to SOOC, these are easy tricks and really make my photos pop. For this example, I used this tutorial.lisa editHave you ever seen a piglet with such cool looking colors?

Over the years, my tastes have changed. I went through a stage of using texture as well as using only actions to edit my photos. Below are some of the blogs that I have followed for years or got great tips from before. Just click on the picture for the link. (I also just really like some of their shared photos.)

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64 Shades of Color: Sky Blue

I am a date late. I chose family fun over the regularly scheduled program =) sky blue

Went to the local pumpkin patch. Smallish, but the kids still like it. My niece loved the piglets. And feeding the goats.

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My little man looks really angry here, but he says he was just walking backwards. I don’t know about that one.

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I was soooo tired after getting home, and eating so late, that I just went straight to bed.

Link up your favorite sky blue capture by Thursday.

I am sharing here today: 1440 and Kim Klassen dot com PhotoStory Friday

 

 

Dancing Skeleton

skeleton stake

The moon is on the graveyard,
The night is cool and still,
The wind blows gently,
Yes it blows where it will,
And the slightest sound,
From a place that’s unknown,
Come do the skeleton dance,
And rattle my bones.

~part of “The Skeleton Dance” by Blaine McCanless

I’ll be sharing here today:

Little by Little

 

Bird Watching

I feel much better since yesterday. I am back to trying not to worry about anything. I really hope that whatever my realtor worked out isn’t going to cost me more than I had already figured out. And I have to say that because we haven’t had the inspection yet, I can’t walk away due to having Ernest money in the house. Soo….

First things first, I changed my blog theme for the first time in forever. So my font got bigger again. I have asked and asked what people think of my blog looks but I don’t think my posts actually get read (until yesterdays, thanks).

I stepped outside the upstairs balcony today and did a little bird watching. Again, I realize my lens isn’t big enough. Someday.

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This is the house directly next door to my parents’. This gives you an example of what flat roof houses look like if you don’t have any of those. That house I am buying is flat roofed except for a pitch down the middle of the house from front to back (tiled), that is where the leak is. This roof here has been redone lately…no cracks or seals.

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A lot of stucco houses too. I think these are more a synthetic stucco…it lasts longer. Isn’t as rough as the real mud kind.

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This one was my favorite. Not that I like pigeons, but I like how the sun setting is starting to reflect in the clouds and leave the bird and area more a silhouette.

I am linking up here today: Communal Global and Outdoor Wednesday

Frustration Seeps In

I am going totally off topic today. I have to vent my frustration somewhere. I feel I might fall over from the irritation I have right now. So I am in the process of buying a house. Mind you, this is the second house I have made an offer on in the last 5 months. This house is owned by HUD. Our government really gets me sometimes. Who is really being helped out here? The HUD requirements are that we close within 45 days of their approval of my bid. Somehow that translated to November 5 (which was more than 60 days but because of a re-bid or something it is longer). We still haven’t an inspection because HUD had to send my realtor a letter stating I could get the utilities turned on. Finally got that letter yesterday. Supposed to have utilities turned on on Wednesday and off on Friday (supposed to have 72 hours but lost Monday from holiday). Start calling utilities today and gas company needs an inspection before they can put the meter back on. (Most sellers do all this but since it is HUD, they do nothing!). First plumber said they can’t schedule appointment with me, only the owner. Second plumber said they have to inspect and permit…$375!!! Ouch. I want to cry. That is one room’s carpet. The electric company requires an electrician inspect and give a clean bill of health for that new meter. I haven’t called them yet. On top of all that, we know that there is a roof leak, so there is roof repair to be done. But every dime I have to spend on these hoops I have to go through because HUD doesn’t do anything is ridiculous and takes away from the things I need to do to move in…carpet in three bedrooms. Oh, and not only that, I learned from the last mortgage guy (I had to let him go) that for every day we don’t close on time, HUD charges me a fee.

It seemed like a really good deal, this house. Even though they made me go $5000 higher than we really wanted to. Said they had to make so much money. I didn’t know at that time that HUD had such stupid standards. It’s times like this that I wish I had just stayed in my house. Why did it have to be so far away from my parents? So that my son couldn’t stay home alone there. It was clean. It was newer. It was already mine so I didn’t have to worry about all this CRAP. (Sorry.) I will be happy when I am finally in this house and have projects to work on, but at this point I am not going to have any money to work on these projects. I am going to need to sell my liver and kidney. It’s times like this that I HATE being so single. And wish there was a white knight to rescue me. I don’t like doing this whole adult business alone. Or having to make these decisions to keep my son closer to my parents. And don’t get my started on why I can’t figure out how to make more money with my two degrees, other than working in hotels or restaurants and having to work ungodly hours and shifts and holidays. I want a life with my son right now. Not all that other stuff that would go along with making the money I was before.

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And then, after I made 2 more calls to plumbers and found the best price, my realtor steps through. Good thing he’s my brother’s friend. He stayed on hold with someone for 20 minutes and gets it all taken care of. Not sure how he got it so that I don’t have to pay for these inspections to have the meters set (or maybe I still do?). Or how he got them to be there on Monday at the same time. I can breath a little easier now. (And yes, my mom has to throw in with never buy a HUD house again, like she knew these things would happen. Like it wasn’t her idea that I sell the other house.) But the clouds cleared a little, just as they did for the two balloons in my photo.

Today I am sharing here:

0df33-our2bworldP52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

Stormy

a stormSandia Mountains, ABQ, NM

Everything about this photo tells me it is fall. Look at all the texture and elements just in that little square. The clouds always roll off of the mountains like big burly waves crashing into the shore. The blue sky playing peek a boo with the white and gray clouds. And the trees playing hard at holding on to the green but the yellow leaves sneaking in anyway. If you look really closely you can see the green on the mountains too. And just a little bit of brown hiding in the trees.

How does fall look in your neck of the woods? Leave a link in your comments so we can see what the rest of the world looks like (with the location of the photo).

 

I am linking up here today: Monday Mellow Yellows

Simply Sunday

The wind has blown alllll day. And not just a meager wind. It was very forceful. Pillows and everything blowing all over the porch. It was not a go out and take pictures day which saddens me because I wanted to go to the local pumpkin patch. And finish Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Silly me decided to back up my photo gallery and it is taking forever, so not even sure if I could find something for each prompt (I like to stay new, or challenging, and only use photos taken this week). Besides the wind, it was kind of gloomy all weekend too.

The backup finally finished and I decided to go a different route than the scavenger hunt. I realized going through this week’s photos that I had been watching the same balloon from around the corner, balloon1to near the golf course,

balloon2to in front of the house,

balloon3to where I parked and watched it land.

balloon4Though this came from Saturday, it was just a simple Sunday.

I am sharing here today:

Weekly Top Shot #156

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Serendipitous Saturday

My favorite word =)

The mass accession of the balloons was scheduled at 7am (last Saturday is when they only hovered and never really left the balloon fiesta park).

I walked the dogs at almost 8am. My old girl has a torn ACL and can’t walk that far, so I had turned around to take her home. It was decided I needed to grab my camera when I dropped her off.day moonThese are some of the only yellow trees in the area right now. Mesquites I think. After taking this pictures I continued on with the other dogs and saw that the balloons had headed our way for the first time this week. How lucky was I. red balloonOnly bad thing about the balloons going up so early and where I live relative to the balloons ascending is that the sun is right behind the balloons. The sky was pretty cloudy today still as well. Lower in the “valley” where they ascend, it also looked a little fogyish. I hurried the doggies home and rushed my son out the door so we could go get a closer look. I realized it was close enough in time to his appointment for his flu mist so I went back inside and changed. Came rushing back out to find a balloon right over the golf course.usa balloon

We drove over and parked sort of in the same place I went and parked last week. You could tell already it was a nicer balloon morning than last week, there were people everywhere. Watching, where I was the only one out last Saturday (a nicer day but I guess there was more wind down in the park and they couldn’t ascend). The balloons were a lot closer today, but I still need that telephoto lens. Hopefully by next year.balloons in skyAs you can see here, there are still a lot of green trees. I would have thought with all the rain we would be more into fall this year, but by the end of the month it should have crept up on us. We stood there for a few, taking it all in. I took about 40 pictures. Then the balloon we had been watching get closer and closer decided to land. (Sadly, there were phone wires in the way of my shot, and that happens too often. I edited them out from the sky but couldn’t remove them from the balloon section without distorting the balloon.)yellow balloonWe moved on and took care of breakfast and the flu mist. Then I went back and got another shot of the Cosmos flowers. I had seen this mailbox on my way to park but decided to go back for it. I loved the mailbox pole as well as the flowers I have decided I love. I can’t wait to plant my own.mailbox

I am happily linking up here today:

Friday Photo Journal

64 Shades of Color: Apricot

apricotI am tired this week. I average over 20,000 steps a day just at work. And that’s on hard concrete. I feel I have aged 5 years in the last 6 months. Ughh. So as soon as I get into my house I need to seriously look for another job. (Shh, don’t tell anyone I said that!) My feet HURT. I don’t mean like they feel asleep, or sore like I was on them all day. They really hurt. And I can’t explain the feeling. For about 6 weeks now. I got different shoes. Then I did the Dr Scholl’s foot tester at Walmart and got different insoles. Both keep me from having to limp or turn my feet to the sides when walking but I don’t sit down at work except at lunch. So now they just always hurt. The point of my whiny babble is that I didn’t do well finding apricot until today. And it was right there on my parent’s street (just farther up than I usually drive). But it was rather gloomy today and the picture didn’t really show the true apricot it really is. apricot2There it is anyway. I also took a shot of a scarecrow of mine my mom put on her front porch. I found this cutie at Hobby Lobby several years ago, in need of repair. I just fixed her base and glued some more things on her to cover up the flaws. apricot1

I am also linking up here today:

PhotoStory Friday

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