I love Pinterest, not only for the cool photographs, but also for all of the delicious recipes I find. Some are healthier than others and I wanted to share a couple of those with you. Staying healthy and looking good have always been important to me. Sometimes people say, “You’re lucky because you have good genes, that’s why you stay slender”. No…because I work at it. I exercise regularly and eat healthy (most of the time). I treat myself also, which is very important! Anyway, I made this first recipe a couple of weeks ago for lunch. It’s so light and refreshing…
I haven’t experimented with my camera much or tried any tricks, but the other evening I had some inspiration, so I began moving my camera up or down as I snapped a photo looking at the trees and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! I took about 20-30 shots and picked two from them.
I’d like to paint a picture of this first shot…
For this photo, I moved side to side. I’ll call this one “Dizzy Tree”…
I really do get dizzy if I stare too long!
I’m recovering from two days of outdoor work…moving everything off of my deck, power washing the deck, front patio and house, going to Home Depot for stain and spray paint, spray painting the patio furniture, detailing my car and staining my 70′ long deck. Whew!
- Looking for the right patio furniture pieces. (sweetsnsweat.com)
- A Playhouse Ready For Its Closeup (ciburbanity.com)
- Banishing the White Elephant (in which I celebrate the start of spray paint season) (annebronkema.wordpress.com)
- Bringing in Some Color! Lime Green Tray… (rebeccasdelightfulhome.com)
- A Classic, Brick Patio Makeover by Bryn of Bryn Alexandra (ext.homedepot.com)
- My Red Velvet Cane Chair (sophistikateddesigns.wordpress.com)
- A Hilarious Woman Photoshopped Herself Taking Pictures with Her Cell Phone Camera into Old Photographs (gizmodo.com)
- Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau (thewiredalien.com)
- Trick out your camera’s shutter release with a ProDot (reviews.cnet.com)
A few days ago my girlfriend Gina took me out in the Country to “Johns Flowers” to shop for flowers for our decks. It’s located in Fayetteville. I was hesitant at first to drive that far out for flowers when I could go to a Lowe’s or Home Depot 10 minutes away, but I’m so happy I did! He has a huge selection and the quality is outstanding! John is so friendly and helpful and it’s nice to support local businesses!
My Easter Day today was great! My son and his beautiful girlfriend (pictured below) spent the night and after a leisurely morning with coffee and internet time, I prepared some mushroom omelets and toast for breakfast. He’s really tall–like 6’9″–so he makes her look shorter than she is. We attended a new church today that’s very near our house and it was quite interesting. To give you some background. Although my family didn’t attend church, I attended church with a girlfriend when I was 12. And through the years have gone to a variety of churches…all different denominations…Presbyterian, Baptist, Church of God, Methodist, Catholic, Jewish, etc. I have my own personal beliefs, as everyone does. Anyway, the preacher at this particular church was quite loud and full of spirit. He was so loud on the microphone that I had to plug my ears with my fingers throughout much of the sermon (but I could still hear him). He would start off at a somewhat normal pitch and within a few sentences of each point would be almost screaming. He said that he knows that hell is real because on YouTube he saw a video showing a team of scientists drilling into the core of the earth and their drill bit began to wobble after they were deep into the ground. There are only two reasons a drill bit wobbles…either it is bent or you’ve reached an area without any matter…such as a cavern. They placed a microphone down into the hole and heard human voices screaming. Don’t get me wrong…I’m not poking fun at religion…merely repeating what I heard this morning. Enough about that.
Last night I went to a place called Cheers to Art in Madeira, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. Initially I heard about it through the wine meetup I belong to. They had a private party there. It’s a place to let your creativity flourish by drinking wine and painting a picture during a two hour class. I auditioned earlier this week to work there. They’re opening another location in Downtown Cincinnati and need people to set the room up, check people in upon arrival, tend the bar, clean-up, etc. They also need people that can instruct a class. After attending one of the classes, I believe I could do that, with a little more practice! Either way…what fun! To watch people create and have fun!
The owner was the instructor last night and I really like the way she made it so simple and fun!
I thought I’d give you a more personal look at my life lately! I joined a new Meetup.com group a few weeks ago that focuses on cooking. Seeing that I’ve made over 160 new recipes from Pinterest this past year, it’s quite appropriate. I volunteered to host the first gathering, which was held at our house Saturday evening. The theme was Mexican and there were 12 of us. Because I was the hostess…I didn’t need to cook. Everyone else brought the food. It was still quite a bit of work to make sure the house was clean, to assist the night of, and to clean again afterwards; but I enjoyed the company and the food was delish!
I joined another Meetup group for creative people and attended the first meetup the other night. There were about 9 of us…so we went around the room and shared a little about ourselves and I’m signed up for the next event, an art exhibit for one of the members!