It is the last day of January. Another month gone by, and into 2015 we go. It really is true that time seems to go by faster the older you get. I look at my youngest; 18 years old now. Where did the time go? Lately, I have found myself being more conscious of how I spend my time. I watch nowhere near the television I used to. I’ve actually rationalized it to myself, why spend my time watching fictitious people living through misery and pain? I rarely watch the news anymore. I will look at the news on Google to get anything important, or Hubby will let me know. Don’t we complain about how we wish they would broadcast some good news once in a while? I used to go to Facebook for that. But now even Facebook is full of news articles, or people whining about how bad their life is when they don’t have a clue, or appreciate all the have.
I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I did. I am on a different path now. I can understand a little more why people my age go back to school. No, I am not going to do that again, but I am learning. I spend time every day watching some kind of tutorial or program on something that interests me. Broadening my knowledge, learning, and growing. I am on a path to getting healthier. Dieting is off the plate now. It has to be a way of life, not just a diet you go off of when you reach your goal. The weight just comes back, so why keep doing it? So Hubby bought me a fitbit; a step counter I sync up with my iPad. This way I can keep track of not just the steps, but how many calories I burn, what I eat and more. It does help me make healthier choices. If I want that extra thing to eat, I need to work for it. I am using my exercise ball for that too. As it is so cold out right now, I can bounce on it, get my heartrate up, and count as steps. When having any fibromyalgia pain this is great as walking can be one of those areas that will hold you back.
Now, will this work? We will see. I will check in periodically and let you know. I have only had it for a 10 days, and I am working into a routine. But happily I have not gained any weight over that time, so that is a good thing.
I was watching an interview of the great photographer Jay Maisel. He said a number of things that rang true with me. Things I had thought myself, but then thought who am I to think that? I am not at the level of photographer he is, but yet I guess some of my opinions are on that level. One thing he said that really hit home was something a friend said to him. He tells the story of how he was into a number of different mediums and had two different business cards, one for photography and the other design. The friend told him to “do one thing and do it well.” So he picked phography.
I look at where I am today, and totally relate to that. So the answer to the question, what do I want to do? I want to take pictures. Simple as that. So I have picked the one thing I want to do, and now to go with it.
The message Jay Maisel imposed in me was “Be open to what’s around you.” This is want I want to be able to focus on. I remember last year driving around downtown looking for something to photograph. I struck out completely. I was actually disgusted in how the city had lost its charm. But now I think it was more me. I wasn’t looking for the right thing. More to the point I was looking instead of letting it come to me. When I look at my favorite shots I have taken, they were all in the moment. I didn’t go looking for it, I caught it. So being there, being open to the opportunity, that is my goal for 2015.
One of my favorite shots, just taken in the moment. The wild child’s hat, the youngest put it there, I took the shot. Being in the moment, and taking it, gotta love it!
Today we finished Christmas. Yes, it took a while, lol. We planned to have Hubby’s brother and his family over for some of his yummy smokin’. Unfortunately my sister-in-law has that nasty bug that has been floating around. He did bring the girls, and we got to watch them open their presents. We had decided to focus presents on only the kids now, so they sure made out like bandits!
But the high-point of the day for me was introducing them to their 3x’s great-grandfather. Awhile back when I went down to Cincinnati to spend the day with the oldest’s new MIL, we went to an antique mall. I found this beautiful old frame that has the glass that curves out. It even had the date made stamped on the glass, 1924. I have this wonderful picture of Hubby’s 2x’s great grandfather that is about 5×7. So I scanned it in and blew it up to fit the frame, which is 16×10.
It is so exciting to me when the younger generation is interested in not only the history of the world, but how their own ancestors played a part in that history. When I told my nieces about their cousin working on joining the DAR, and that they will be eligible to join the Children of the American Revolution (CAR), they were genuinely excited about the idea. I have really enjoyed researching this history, and especially reading all the newspaper articles about the family members who played their part just as far back as the Civil War. From delivering the first flagpole to the new cemetery in Gettysburg, to the uncle who won the contract to move the bodies to the cemetery itself. Not a pleasant thought, but an important and necessary job. To think that their ancestors were there when Lincoln gave his dedication address at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
We continue to make our own memories, opening presents that had so much special thought put into them. The yummy meat Hubby smoked for us too. But when you think of what life was like back then, and the sacrifices people made. They have a heritage to be very proud of. I am just so glad that I can share it with them.
Well the holidays are over, and all the decorations are put away. Another year has ended, and we are looking forward to 2015. Wow, 2014 was quite a year! But 2015 is going to be even better!! We have so many wonderful things planned for the next year. The biggest thing being the youngest and I traveling a lot this summer. But before then we still have many things we can do, and will do.
The wildchild baked a cake
I have been thoroughly enjoying the new lens I got for my birthday (17-85mm). Yes, the cake is supposed to be blue, lol.
Hubby and I got a meat grinder for Christmas too. He has to move forward from the smokin’ somehow, so this is the next step, smoked sausage. Now the first test was to grind some beef and pork. So I made chorizo with the pork, and a killer meatloaf with 50/50 beef and pork. Hubby was having so much fun grinding all that meat up, and it really does taste better when you grind it yourself. Now, what shall we do next?