Living and Learning · March 2014 · Uncategorized

Life Happens

Life happens.

Things get busy and priorities must be addressed.

I’m back now – at least for a while, God willing.

And hopefully, no more computer issues or camera issues!  (Doggone technology!)

One not-so-small project started with this…

It started with this...
It started with this…

 

And this…

And this...
And this…

 

Which led to this – (painting project)

Which led to this...
Which led to this…

 

And this….

And this...
And this…

 

And will be finished after April 17th with the addition of this….

And will end with this...
And will end with this…

Lots of other life stuff happened in between all these pictures, too.  Whew!!!

When the whole project comes together, I’ll post pics because who doesn’t love it when a plan comes together???

 

 

March 2014 · Photography

Coffee Break – Ahhhh….

“Coffee is a language in itself.”    
Jackie Chan

Today was so lovely.  It was sunny, with a very brisk, chilly wind, and the perfect day for a white chocolate, raspberry café mocha.   Yes, I know.  It’s only about a million calories but, once in a while?  Hey, a gal has to enjoy some pampering now and then.

I was just walking by The Coffee Place after running errands and the temptation was just too great!  I caved in and walked in to see this –   an invitation to a little piece of heaven!

Where It Began
Where It Began

Normally, this place is packed, but it was 4 p.m. and most people are thinking about dinner, not coffee.  But not me –

Usually Packed
Usually Packed

While I waited for my delicious decadence in a cup, I started taking pictures like crazy.  I’ve made it a habit now never to leave home without a camera (and, no, I don’t have a fancy cell phone camera.)

Ah, So Many Choices
Ah, So Many Choices

It’s very cozy…

Home-y Decor
Home-y Décor
Warm Touches
Warm Touches

Something old…

Something Old
Something Old

But none of this, thanks!

Yummy!
Yummy!

I was so happy when my steaming cup of goodness was in hand that I literally forgot to take a picture of it.

So, close your eyes and imagine a steaming cup of delicious coffee with raspberry and chocolate and NO calories – just for today!   Now, enjoy…

 

General · March 2014 · Uncategorized

Dreaming Big

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.”
Louisa May Alcott

I’m dreaming big and aiming high…and seeing things from a different viewpoint.

Hopefully, there will be great things to share here on my blog soon.

Looking Up
Looking Up
Animals · March 2014

Squirrel-y Friend

“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”
Benjamin Hoff,   The Tao of Pooh

I’ve always talked to animals and I’m pretty sure they talk back.  In fact, some of the most intelligent conversations I’ve had some days have been with my four-legged friends.

The other day while taking a walk, I was joined by this little fella.

Little Walking Companion
Little Walking Companion

He walked right beside me most of the way for about a mile.  Sometimes he scampered to his hidden stash for some nourishment.

Up a Tree
Up a Tree

When he finally found a peanut, I stood only a few feet away and I swear he offered me a bite of his lunch.

Want Some Lunch?
Want Some Lunch?

And then we just talked a bit….or rather I talked while he ate.

I'm Listening!
I’m Listening!

My friends are all precious and fun – and, yes, some of them are even a bit squirrel-y.   🙂

Entertaining · March 2014

Salt, Pepper and Love

“It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.”
Moliere

Since I began posting on this blog for the first time New Year’s Eve 2013, my intention then was to achieve a new perspective on life, one based on appreciation of the little things, the overlooked things, the things I take for granted.

Now, with the help of my camera, I see shadows as beautiful, upside-down viewpoints as intriguing, and exquisite beauty in simplicity – as in these salt and pepper shakers.

Once filled with delicious honey, they have been put to yet more service providing the finishing touches to many a delicious meal.

This photo of these recycled honey jars is now part of a beautiful memory of a meal shared in the home of family.

Salt and pepper season our meals.  Love seasons our lives.

Salt and Pepper Love
Salt and Pepper Love

As My Camera Sees It · March 2014

Bible Park

“We believed in our idea – a family  park where parents and children could have fun- together.
Walt Disney

While Walt Disney took his idea of a fun day at the park to the ultimate level, I believe children, and adults, just need a place to get away and relax.  Then the fun takes care of itself.

There’s a lovely park in Denver called Bible Park.  There are no rides, no castles, no Mickey Mouse.  Yet, there’s plenty of fun to be enjoyed.

Just ask these children.  They sure looked like they were having fun and so were their dads!

Dads' Day with the Kids
Dads’ Day with the Kids

And then there were the bikers sailing down the canal path.

Bikers in Bible Park
Bikers in Bible Park

Here are some loyal softball fans eagerly awaiting the opening of softball season next month when this park will really come alive.

Eager Fans
Eager Fans

And last, but not least, the four-legged park lovers who always have fun no matter what!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Have you turned off your cell phone and just had fun in the park lately?  I highly recommend it – once you can get there without the snow!

Postaday

Weekly Photo Challenge-Perspective

Weekly Photo Challenge – Perspective

Marcus Aurelius said:  “Everything we hear is an opinion,  not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

It’s sometimes hard to remember this when we see our world, and most of all, ourselves,  through rose-colored glasses.

Rose Colored Glasses
Rose Colored Glasses
March 2014 · Photography

Woodpeckers Pecking

For over an hour today, a woodpecker pecked at the metal protector on the top of our chimney.  He pecked and pecked and pecked until I thought he was going to peck his little “pecker” down to nothing.

Can woodpeckers peck through metal?  This little one sure gave it his all.

Rooftop Woodpecker
Rooftop Woodpecker

Soon, however, in response to his love song, a sweet companion arrived and joined in the rat-a-tat-tat chorus high-up in a nearby tree.

Companionship
Companionship
She's Lovely
She’s Lovely

After a long, silent winter with no bird song at all, survival silence has been replaced by the sweet songs of love.

Could it be that spring is just around the corner?

March 2014

Life Goes On

Aurora Century 16 Theater…

“When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane  in another part of the world.”
Author Unknown

During the warm summer night of July 20, 2012, Aurora, Colorado was the scene of the most horrific crime in its city’s history.  The details of the Aurora Theater Shooting are well known.

Fortunately, I was not in the theater that night, though I had been on many other occasions.  The last time I was there was just a few weeks before that unforgettable night.  At that time, I had my one and only panic attack ever.  Inexplicably, I  kept staring at the exit door to the right of the screen in Theater 9 with a terror I had never experienced before –  or since.  I kept telling everyone to “Keep an eye on the exit door on the right.”   They laughed, yet during the whole movie,  I never took my eyes off of that exit door.

When the movie was over, I literally ran from the theater, struggling to breathe, grateful to be away from the hellish terror I had been experiencing.  Once outside, I recovered quickly and couldn’t have felt more foolish.  That’s when I laughed, too.

Immediately after  July 20, 2012, everyone remembered how terrified I had been in that same theater only weeks before. They remembered how I kept telling them to keep an eye on THAT exit door.  They remembered …. and they weren’t laughing.

I’ve read that all of life is connected energetically, like one big power grid.   I don’t know if it’s true or not.  I only know that I’ve never experienced such terror in my life as I did the last time I was in Theater 9 at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora.  I was not there the night of July 20, 2012, yet somehow, I think I experienced just a tiny fraction of the terror that was to occur in that same place just a few short weeks later.  And if so, all I can say is God bless the victims of that terrifying night.

The Century 16 Theater was remodeled and reopened just six months later.  The original Century 16 sign was taken down and a new sign has replaced it.

To look at it now, no one would ever know that such darkness and terror stalked that theater one horrible night not so long ago.

Life goes on, yet I, for one, have seen my last movie at the Century Theater of Aurora.

Century Theater Aurora New sign
Century Theater Aurora New sign
Century Theater 9 exit door
Century Theater 9 exit door