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Taking Stock #005

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has another 3 months has gone by already?

It’s been a mixed bag, with news both good and bad, but taking stock always seems to help put things into perspective.

Making: memories through photography for friends near and dear
Cooking: not very often – Husband has been brilliant in taking over this role when needed
Drinking: far too much white wine
Reading: usually reserved for bedtime, and I’ve been just. too. tired
Wanting: clarity
Looking: for answers
Playing: Monument Valley  – highly recommended
Deciding: on what to wear to Daughter’s formal – argh!
Wishing: for more time to make photographs and jewellery
Enjoying: the company of friends
Waiting: for holidays and sleep-ins
Liking: my electric blanket
Wondering: where will my Beautiful Girl be in 1 year from now
Loving: my wool socks
Pondering: whether what I am doing now is making me happy and
Considering: that it’s time for a change
WatchingOrphan Black and iZombie
Hoping: that the lead-up to the HSC goes smoothly for the Daughter
Marvelling: at sunsets
Needing: a break
Smelling: my wool socks to see if I can get another day out of them!
Wearing: fingerless gloves almost every day to keep my knuckles warm
Following: …
Noticing: that I’m getting old and cranky
Knowing: that I’m only going to get older and crankier
Thinking: that I don’t give a shit if I’m old and cranky
Feeling: tired a lot
Admiring: the perseverance and determination of the Kindergarten teacher I work with
Sorting: the back room at Walcha Handmade
Buying: soap, gelatin and sterling silver sheet
Getting: cranky at the mice who insist on inhabiting my home
Bookmarking: …
Disliking: bad news
Opening: another bottle of white wine
Giggling: at the bad jokes of my work colleagues
Snacking: on dark chocolate covered cranberries – yum!
Coveting: a new lens for the camera… still
Wishing: I knew the answers
Helping: where I can
Hearing: the Daughter practising her composition

perspective gained

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{photography} cherish your family: my beautiful girl

It won’t be long and my Beautiful Girl is going to be off in the world doing her own thing…

It sounds cliched, but it really does seem like it was only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital as a tiny, newborn babe.

And now she’s approaching the end of her Senior year, with all the fun, stresses and experiences that go along with it.  We’re all counting the days down… the end is so tantalisingly in reach.

Then it will be phone calls, and text messages, and emails, and the odd visit when she has the time.

And I will miss her so desperately.

Until then I will cherish my moments with the first one who stole my heart.

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{photography} cherish your family: my little man

My Little Man has had a bit of a rough year so far…

High-school has come as a bit of a shock.  There’s not much time left over for bike riding and computer games once homework and assessment tasks have been worked on.

And he’s been battling with aching knees and a sore back, which is understandable given that he’s grown 12 centimetres in the last 12 months.

But he doesn’t complain.

He still has his wicked sense of humour.
And gives me cuddles morning and night.
And just yesterday he told me “I will always be your baby *goo-goo, gah-gah*.”

So even though getting photos of him is like having teeth pulled, I’ll cherish these images because they show his serious side, his tired eyes and his love for me that he’ll sit and have them done, even though he’d much rather be somewhere else.

He is my mirror and my anchor. And he will always be my Little Man.

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{photography} Enjoy The Day

some days are more ordinary than others, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make the most of every day

Coffee and morning chaos - there's so much to do on the to-do list... remember to breathe and if it doesn't get done, it will still be there tomorrow.

Coffee and morning chaos – there’s so much to do on the to-do list… remember to breathe and if it doesn’t get done, it will still be there tomorrow.

Listening to Daughter play the piano each morning soothes my soul...

Listening to Daughter play the piano each morning soothes my soul…

The sign above my workbench - and swearing didn't help... all the same, I'm happy with how the earrings turned out.

The sign above my work bench – and swearing didn’t help… all the same, I’m happy with how the earrings turned out.

The stress levels are peaking by the end of the day - time to light a candle and take a moment to breathe....

The stress levels are peaking by the end of the day – time to light a candle and take a moment to breathe….

A final breath of fresh air - wood in, fire lit, time to start winding up and getting ready for a cool night ahead.

A final breath of fresh air – wood in, fire lit, time to start winding up and getting ready for a cool night ahead.

tomorrow will be another day – another day to live and not regret

‘And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.’

~Abraham Lincoln

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{photography} Study of Two Mushrooms

More mushrooms, I know, but they have gone mad on the grass strip out the front of our house since the recent rains.

And after a particularly trying day at work, I decided that the best way to decompress was to get down low and take some photos (much to Daughters disgust, who claims she no longer knows me…!).  Passing cars slowed to look at what I was doing, and I saw one lady shake her head – obviously I was not behaving in a suitable fashion, laying prone on the ground beside the street.

Regardless, I’m finding pleasure in playing with black and white, and dark and moody.  And it helped take the edge off my afternoon.

Hope you enjoy the viewing as much as I enjoyed the making of.

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