Friday, May 15

hello friday.

It's another beautiful cool, crisp Friday here and it's mid-May.  absolutely.  zero. complaints here.  This week has been filled with lots of errands, but am thankful that I have the time to do them now.  Such a relief!

Last Friday Joe was home and we decided we needed to do something fun.  So strawberry picking it was!  I was happy that I had help picking this time.  If you have ever been you know it's a lot of bending and weeding through to find the best ones.  Joe was determined to pick a big bucket full and I had no idea what I was going to make with all these strawberries.  Just two weeks prior I went picking alone and prepared and canned strawberry jam.  So this time we made strawberry cobbler, two loaves of strawberry bread, two bags frozen ready for future cobblers and then a few to eat for the week.  YUM.  Now that I have had my fix of strawberries this month I am eagerly anticipating the next fruit for the season.  blueberries.

Wednesday, May 13

the sad cat club

lens 50mm 1.8 - ISO 1600 - f 4.0 - 1/125ss

I thought once I'd left my job I would blog more...  I guess I haven't had a whole lot of exciting things happen to share with anyone or the opportunity to take casual pictures.  Part of me is okay with that, but then part of me really wants to do something exciting.  So we will just have to wait and see what summer brings us...

On another note, here is a sweet picture of Contessa.  We say she's in the sad cat club-because well-sometimes she looks like this.  the saddest kitten in the world. Immediately I console her, give her a big kiss on the head and lots of petting to let her know that she is loved.  well loved...  some would say smothered.

Monday, May 4

hello may

Today marks one month since I have left Duke.  It's crazy how time passes so quickly.  It's been exciting to finally have time to work on photography projects, marketing materials, getting things done at home, running again and finally resting on nights and weekends.  It's been a really long time since I have slept this soundly, probably years.   I have to pinch myself on Sunday nights knowing that I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to go into an office.  Now I just get to go into the room next door to work in my pajamas.

Happy Monday to ya!

Tuesday, April 28

strawberry pickin'

Well... when the first day of strawberry picking happens to be on a Monday and you are the only car there at 8:30am... you realize that you might just have the entire strawberry field to yourself.  No complaints here, minus the marshy grounds due to all the rain we had over the weekend.  Good thing I wore my Hunters because they were quite muddy once I left.  I didn't pick as many strawberries as I would have liked since the strawberry season has just started.  However, it was nice to get out in the early morning to enjoy the quietness of this busyness I always find myself in.  Once I got home I ate about two strawberries and the rest went to make and can homemade strawberry jam.   A whopping 8 jars of it.  When the husband came home from work he didn't have one complaint about that strawberry jam as he loves popovers.  Thanks to that trip we took last Fall to Acadia Maine where we both fell in love with popovers, strawberry jam and blueberry tea.  Just looking at that post makes me want to go back OR just to plan another epic vacation!

Tuesday, April 21

how i got 'rid' of my pesky allergies naturally

85mm @ ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/640 sec (cropped in almost 1:1)

same image (zoomed out)

Bee's scare me a little and I definitely don't like being chased by them.  If you could imagine how close I had to be to this guy to make his picture with an 85mm.  This bee and his friend tried to run me off a few times.  It worked since I took about 6 or 7 images and was out of there!


'Nature' allergies had never effected me until 7.5 years ago when we moved to North Carolina.  Each spring we receive that lovely yellow pollen that covers everything.  Then for weeks I would be plauged with those pesky allergies and then once more around October.

This past November, I started drinking 8 ounces of warm water with 1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon, 1 tablespoon of local raw honey (raleigh area honey) and a dash of organic ceylon cinnamon.  I do this first thing in the morning when I wake up and try not to eat or drink anything (except water) for at least 30-60 minutes.

So why these particular elements?  There are a kazillion benefits to drinking all of those things, but I started with warm water with fresh lemon to help my skin from the inside out.  Then shortly thereafter I started adding local raw honey and organic ceylon cinnamon for other health benefits (primarily skin).  

I was very curious if local raw honey would really help with my spring allergies this year (we'll see about the fall later).  I read it takes awhile for your system to build up to the allergens with the local pollen the bees use to make honey, but low and behold it's truly pollen season and with almost 5+ months of it in my system daily I have not had to take any allergy medicine!  Once in a while if I'm outside for an extended period of time I will get a little stuffy, but I don't stay stuffy for long at all once I'm back inside.  Even after really long runs!  Poor Joe, who never has allergies has suffered this year through them.  I am thinking he is now going to be effected from the pollen and assume he may eventually adopt my morning health regiment to prevent this from happening to him next year.

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