This will seem like an odd photo to illustrate that particular prompt, but it works for me. For whatever reason, sometime during the summer of 2010, I began having a strong interest in photography. I am not trained in any way, but I just can't imagine not seeing things through the lens of a camera and wanting to tell the story of what I see.
This photo was taken whilst taking a walk with Mike and Janet on Saturday after our grilled steak and potato dinner! They live on the west side of Galveston Island in a place called Indian Beach. I just can't help but love Galveston!
"Summertime and the living is easy"
I chose this one for 'Joy' cos this family looks happy and enjoying the moments when being part of a family is something so special. I still remember the summer I turned 14, we took a family vacation to South Padre Beach. I think Daddy rented a big family size tent from base and we stayed for about a week in a tent on the beach. I remember getting so burnt that for some of the last days, I had to wear a dish towel over my face to protect it from more sun! I looked like a weird modern day version of Jesse James. I also remember that I met a mom and son one day during that stay, and for whatever reason, during that conversation, I told them that I had just turned 14. What a weird thing to remember, yeah?
This is just one page of the awesomely funny artwork Cressida Cowell did for her "How to Train Your Dragon" books. She is really, really funny. Honestly, I recommend her dragon books, even to grown-ups.
I'm proud of my creativity. On the right is a painting I did for a friend who is having a baby. In the middle is a hat I knitted and below it a necklace I designed and made. To the left is a veteran sticker on my car. I feel like it sounds ridiculous to say that I am proud of being a veteran--of having served our country, but I really am proud of it. Excepting becoming a Christian 20 years ago, I feel like those years were ones wherein I did the most important things I've done my whole life.
"A smell you adore"
This is a weird combination, I'm sure. But I love the smell of apples (they smell like Christmas) and oranges (they smell like sunshine and happiness) I also love the smells of basil and cilantro (sorry Rachel) and Rosemary. They make me happy!
2 p.m. It is a good thing I set my cell phone alarm, otherwise, I would have passed up 2 p.m. for sure! Even when it started ringing, I thought, "Why is my alarm going off?" We were inside at that moment, and Pop was--by far--the most interesting thing happening!
"Something that inspires you."
Old Glory and everything she means. I realize this isn't an official Old Glory, but still--she makes me happy whenever I see her blowing in the wind on our porch. <3
It was a surprise because the previous evening, I had pinched off the flowers cos they looked like they were dying. I'd read or heard that if the flowers or herbs or whatever looked like they were going the way of all men, then you should pinch 'em off so that more flowers or herbs or whatever would continue growing. So, the next morning, as I walked to the mailbox, I noticed that the flowers I had pinched off were lying on the ground, in full bloom!!! It was quite a surprise, I will say!
Regarding the second list: The prompt was "skyline." Well, I live here in woody southeast Texas which sorta doesn't HAVE a skyline unless it is just a bunch of green trees which all look basically the same and the sky. So, I decided that since I had at least one of the photo-a-day prompts done, I'd be satisfied!