Happy Fri-YAY, fellow shutterbugs,
Long time no blog, huh? Did you miss me just a little bit? I have been in Kentucky caring for and visiting my mom. She developed some new health issues – never a dull moment – but today, when I said goodbye, she was in a pretty good place, I think. Thank you for sticking by me even when I go AWOL from time to time.
World Through My Lens, 04.2019
Coming to you from 30,000 feet above Earth, somewhere between Atlanta and El Paso, on Delta flight 1244. So very behind in all things blog but going to get back in the swing of things with this post, World Through My Lens, 04.2019 – a round-up of the photos I took during the month for the 2 photography challenges in which I am participating. There’s the Sunday Stills series hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives and The Everyday Eye Candy Project 52 with LaShawn at Everyday Eye Candy on Facebook and her blog, Everyday Eye Candy. Here are the prompts for the past month and my interpretations.
World Through My Lens Week 15
Sunday Stills, 04.07.2019: For the Love of Reading & Books
Had just finished this book, Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, and set it down on the bed to contemplate the ending, when Purrsnickitty curled up beside the book for a nap. I love books for the other worlds and lives and experiences they create for us. Snick apparently likes books to sleep on. It would be fair to say we both love a good bedtime story.
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 15: Faceless Selfie
My Prince C. has had a great deal of pain in his back for several years. After trying visits with a chiropractor, a physical therapist, muscle relaxants, yoga and massage, he was finally given the first of 2 spinal ablation (nerve burning) treatments last week. I snapped this photo of him just before he was called for the procedure. He has a lot of weight on his shoulders right now. Wish I could do something to lighten his burden.
World Through My Lens Week 16
Sunday Stills, 04.14.2019: Gate
We attended our first Triple A baseball game on 04.18.2019. For this photo I like the contrast between the straight and curved lines, the black of the wrought iron gate against the sky and the brick. Nice of Southwest University Ball Park, home of the mighty, mighty Chihuahuas, to label their gate for my photo op!
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 16: Pastels
I do realize that the colors of these tulips are anything but pastel. Better adjectives might be vivid or deep. But I love the way this photo turned out. So decided to use it to illustrate the antonym for ‘pastels’. These flowers were grown in raised beds by some of the residents at Lafayette Senior Living Community in Lexington. Made me realize how much I miss flowers and trees, the green, green grass and the musty, earthy smells of the spring season in the south.
World Through My Lens Week 17
Sunday Stills, 04.21.2019: Spirit
PC and I bought this bottle of Arena Blanca Winery “Pistachio Delight” for my dad several years before he died. He saved it for a time when we could drink it together but that time never came. After a particularly difficult day at the hospital with mom last week, I came home to her apartment and decided to share a drink with daddy. Could feel his sweet spirit bolstering me for the tough days to come.
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 17: Candid Snap Shot
Snapped this picture of my 92 year-old mom reacting with excitement to a friend’s Bingo. They play every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights at Lafayette Retirement Community.
World Through My Lens Week 18
Sunday Stills, 04.28.2019: A Dog’s Life
My mom has had such a tough 6 months. Seven hospital stays in 3 facilities since December. Most recently, she was admitted for extensive blood clots in her left leg. SCARY. Being 92, hard-of-hearing with macular degeneration and a variety of other recent health problems must feel like a dog’s life at times. But mom’s home again now and has had a couple of good days for which we are thankful.
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 18: Food
Wish I had thought to use the selective focus feature on my phone when taking this photo. But I was so anxious to eat my first funnel cake that I didn’t spend much time on photographing it.
The following are pictures from my life in April.
My mom and I made Kentucky derbies in a crafts class at her senior living center. Here’s mom modeling her derby with some serious swag.
My brother Kevin had to get in on the action, too. He carries his derby-wearing-self with confidence, too.
Do you see a family resemblance? Do I look like my mom or my brother? Do they look alike, aside from the sporting the same Kentucky derby?
I didn’t get a whole lot of exercise while I was in Kentucky. My Wellness Wednesday post is going to be a real bummer. But a couple of mornings, I left mom long enough to take a little walk in the neighborhood near her apartment. Lexington is the land of rolling green pastures separated by alternating rock walls and white wooden fencing. Photo ops at every turn.
But even with all its beauty, Kentucky just isn’t home. Cannot wait for the pilot to land this plane and to get home to my kitties, and my very own bed. And PC will be home from Washington tomorrow.
Would you have a photo or two that would fit the photo prompts for this month? Tell me about them or share a little bit about the photo you took in April that you liked best. If you share it on Insta or Facebook, be sure to tag me so I can see, too.
Will be slowly getting around to reading my favorite blogs, responding to comments here, and writing more posts in the coming days. Looking forward to sleeping in ‘own’ bed.
Hugs and kisses,