Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cool green bamboo...

Yesterday, at 5 PM, I officially began a long-awaited vacation week and I believe it was the beginning of another heat wave.  In fact, it was so hot, I had one candle melt all over the living room rug during the day...so not a great way to begin a vacation.  But, a brown paper bag and hot iron took it right up - and it was a green candle on a mauve rug!

Speaking of green...I headed over to Rutgers Gardens very early today before the heat got really bad and checked out all the new flower beds and arrangements they've got going on.  It was beautiful!  But the heat started to set in so I took a quick tour of the bamboo garden to catch some shade.  I couldn't believe all the new growth.  You were surrounded by cool green...

A Koala bear's buffet!

Lots of new green growth.

Green reflected in a brook running through the bamboo garden.

Judging from the weather forecast, I believe we'll all be needing lots of cool green this week!
Stay cool!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Distracted...

I am notorious for getting distracted.  People tell me it's a normal part of 'aging.'  I don't think it's got anything to do with 'aging.'  I think it's got a lot to do with 'age.'  Let me explain.

Tequila Rose concert with a friend.
As I'm getting older, I'm finally realizing what's really, really important to me...making a phone call to a friend or family, checking out the tomato plants, sitting on the porch watching the world go by, reading the blogs I follow, taking a photo because the light is right, etc. etc.   BUT, while all this important stuff is calling me, I still need to get through the work day, do the cleaning, get the bills paid...all the 'necessary' stuff.  So, while I'm off trying to accomplish all this 'necessary' stuff, I get distracted by all those important things.  Got it?

Trenton Thunder game with family.
This 'age' lesson has been a long-time coming.  I'm glad I didn't miss it...like so many people I know.  And it's so much less stressful to come to terms with the fact that it's OK that my house is a work-in-progress and the hamper is full to the top and you can't eat off the kitchen floor and my closets need to be organized and, and, well, you get the picture.  I like being distracted by all those important things...otherwise life would be so boring.

Lady Antebellum at PNC Arts Center from the nose-bleed
section with a P&S camera...worth it!
Well, gotta go finish vacuuming...until I get distracted again.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stay cool...

It's just too hot to think of something to blog about (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) so I decided to water those thirsty flowers in the garden and discovered a new lily.

Orange...one of my favorite colors!





It's 10:15 PM and it's 87 degrees!
Hydrate and stay cool!




Sunday, June 17, 2012

$192.70

Yep, $192.70...that's how much I made on my Saturday yard sale.  Not too shabby.  I know, I've heard all about people making fantastic money doing these things but, for something that was pulled together in a week, I'm not complaining.


This was only my second time doing one of these and this will probably be the last although I said that several years ago, after the first one.  So, now that I'm a veteran at this, I've come away with some key points...
  1. Advertise, advertise, advertise...post signs all over town, tell your friends and family, where a sign on your back the week before.  It makes all the difference.
  2. Talk to people.  Say good morning, hello, great weather, how's your mother...even the ones who look crazy as they finger through your personal stuff.  You never know, that person could be the one with that $100 bill who came to buy up your collection of old socks.
  3. Work with a friend.  While you're trying to make a sale, someone has got to watch out for those other people trying to make off with your sock collection.  And then someone has got to watch the store while you go get the wine.
  4. Haggle...most people love to haggle...and let them win.  It gives people a sense they've won something.  And, if you've lost a $1 in the sale, it's OK...you're getting rid of stuff and making room for more junk in your attic.
  5. Don't lie...just be selective.  I sold a lawn mower for $15.  I originally wanted $20.  It wouldn't start and, to get it repaired, it would have cost $85 for the service and, besides, I have someone cutting the grass.  The guy from a block over bought it and must have taken my advise about a spark plug and air filter because about 30 minutes after he left, we heard the machine start up.  I did a drive-by and his lawn looks great.  Now, on the other hand, the size 16 woman who bought my size 6 capris did not ask me if I thought they would fit her.
  6. Do not get sentimental...honestly, you really don't need those Christmas lights from 1992 just because they were on your first Christmas tree in your first house.  And the trees are pre-lit now...really!
  7. Face reality and I'm specifically referring to all those size 6s and 4s on the clothing rack.  I fondly remember those days but I highly doubt I'm going to be visiting the size 4 or 6 racks anytime soon.  And, as I face reality, I'll be watching for some young thing in my favorite size 4 pin-stripe pencil skirt.  Maybe it will give me incentive.
  8. Know the key sale hours...OK, your sign says 9 AM but people show up at 8:30 AM and start sifting through your stuff as you're bringing it out..and then they don't buy anything!  Ugh!  Then, around noon, the second wave comes in.  These must be the people who are hoping you're ready to give up and put 'FREE' signs on everything because the noon-day sun in burning through the top of your head.  And finally, the end-of-the day group arrive hoping all the neat stuff that was there at 8:30 is still there and you will make any deal just so you can avoid lugging it up to the attic again.
  9. Be bi-lingual for a day...at least when it comes to prices.  Uno?  No, dos.  Uno?  No, dos.  Uno?  No, dos.  Uno.  Ok, uno already.
  10. Have fun, socialize, joke around, catch up on the neighborhood gossip, meet new people.
Yep, I really did have fun and yep, it was hard work...especially the cleanup.  But, I came away with cash in my wallet, was able to put a full tank of gas in the SUV, and treated my mom to dinner.  That's a good day.  Hope you had a good one too!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Considering Simple

Considering I’m finding very little time lately to blog about anything, I’m trying to wrap my head around why I’m even considering starting another blog.  I suspect I’m attracted to the simplicity of certain blogs and how posting just one photo can say so much or just enough (see Through My Eyes).

Sunset on Farrington Lake...one of my first shots of a sunset.
Check out the shooting star on the left...I didn't catch that until AFTER I saw it on the computer.
So, here I am, surfing through Blogspot, trying to come up with something catchy and everything and anything catchy has already been caught. The kicker is all those witty, cute, short & sweet titles I’m coming up with were grabbed up about 5 to 10 years ago and nothing was ever posted to them. OK, so if you consider “This is a test” an actual post, I guess you can say that it’s a blog.  Really?! Really?! Ugh!

Voorhees Chapel at Rutgers...a beautiful chapel where my son and daughter-in-law got married.

All I want to do is grab a title that will grab people and invite them to look at some photos. My goal is to take a look back in the archives, pick out some photos I like and see how things have progressed (or not) over the course of time, note how it was shot, and invite critiques. But, up to this point, I’ve yet to grab that title.

Skylark Diner on Rt. 1 in Edison...great food and I love love diners!
So, until I can come up with something that has not been snapped up or until I can get creative and make up a word (see Besoterio), I will hope that one of you bloggers out there who had all these great creative intentions to start a blog and dump the idea before it got off the ground, delete your short-lived endeavor so that another can seize that snappy title and put it to good use. And, maybe, in the meantime, when I’m at a loss for words and time, I will start posting just one photo and see how it goes. It’s often said that simple is best.

Friday, June 8, 2012

I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing...

Bet you can hear Steven Tyler singing that line right now!  Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing

Fresh picked cherry tomatos in the morning sun.

Before the photo bug hit, I don’t recall how closely I looked at things or how differently; and by differently, I mean from the front, back, bottom, and sides.   I think I just accepted things as the status quo.   Whoa, how sad is that…how one-dimentional…how boring!

One of the first garden lillies BEFORE  the skunk got them.

Right now I'm not missing much with my 85mm micro.  It's my go-to lens and I’m having great fun adding on the Canon 500D for a different effect. These lenses have always come out in the spring and summer when the yard bursts with color but I have to remember to experiment with them through the fall and winter.

Cascading geranium yet to bloom.

Dorothea Lange is quoted as having said “the camera teaches us to see without a camera.” So true BUT, I think the camera can makes it so much fun.  After all, you don’t wanna miss a thing, right?