Nov 292015
 

Progression of a picture

My father took this picture of a field of sunflowers near my parents farm. I always loved this picture, but the sky was very boring and the colors were muted, so I decided to try to fix it.

Sunflower Field Original

I added a blue sky from another picture. I would have posted that picture as well, but I can’t remember which one I used. I also intensified the color of the sunflowers some, but not so much that it took on a fake look.

Sunflower Field Color & Sky Edit

Snowbell is a very energetic kitty and taking pictures of her was actually more difficult than editing the pictures themselves. I chased her all over the house with the camera. When she wasn’t running away from me or turning away from the camera, she was trying to get me to pay attention to her by rubbing up against the camera almost knocking it out of my hands. While she was in front of the window, she finally stood still for me long enough to take a couple of pictures.

Needless to say, I have a lot of pictures of a cat tail in case I ever need them for something. Not sure why I kept them.

Snowbell Original Photo

This is the finished product. I removed the screen from behind Snowbell to replace it with the sunflowers. I also made Snowbell a little brighter. She is a very white cat, which I didn’t think came across in the original picture. I thought about adding the screen back in, but I couldn’t get it to look right.  The perspective is off and it’s not wonderful, but I learned a lot about the process. I’m hoping to get better with time and practice.

Snowbell Sunflowers

The finished product appeared in a calendar all about Snowbell for the month of August.

Reposted for the Weekly Photo Challenge – Transition

Nov 132015
 

I’m going to try one more post for the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post. Pingbacks still aren’t working correctly for me, but I’m going to give it one more shot anyway.

While we were in New Orleans, we visited Saint Louis Cemetery Number One and I found this ornate fence around one of the tombs. It was actually a little difficult to get a picture of. The sun was bright and bounced off the silver of the fence. I think it lost some detail with all the light play. The design is interesting and I think it would have been prettier as an iron fence. The glaring silver drove the ornate feel over the top. 

Ornate Silver Fence - Saint Louis Cemetery Number One - New Orleans, LouisianaOrnate Silver Fence – Saint Louis Cemetery Number One – New Orleans, Louisiana

Ornate Fence Closeup - Saint Louis Cemetery Number One - New Orleans, LouisianaOrnate Fence Closeup – Saint Louis Cemetery Number One – New Orleans, Louisiana

Nov 032015
 

For some reason, my challenge post didn’t pingback to The Daily Post, so I decided to try again. My original post was the treat I made myself for doing well on the first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), Pumpkin Egg Nog Mug Cake.

This time, I’ll post a few of my favorite treats. It’s hard to choose just a few, but the first one was easy.

Baby Blues Getting to see my grandson

Mini Chocolate Chip CheesecakesMini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes – Yummy!

ReadingA good book

Banana BreadWarm Banana Bread

Tea and Tea Cookies

Fall FoliageThe fall color change

Pumpkin Egg Nog Mug CakeMy I did good on the first day of NaNoWriMo treat to myself

Weekly Photo Challenge – Treat

Nov 022015
 

I did pretty well on the first day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so I decided to treat myself today. I’d seen a recipe for Snickerdoodle Mug Cake and decided to modify it. I had some Pumpkin Egg Nog in the fridge that’s due to go out soon, so I thought, “Why not make Pumpkin Egg Nog Mug Cake as my I did good treat!”

As fate would have it the photo challenge for this week is Treat, so I decided now was a good time to share my modified recipe and complete the challenge.

Pumpkin Egg Nog Mug Cake
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/4 cup pumpkin egg nog
  6. 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  8. For layering/topping:
  9. 1 tablespoon sugar
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice until completely mixed.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave and add pumpkin egg nog. The warm butter heats up the pumpkin egg nog so it's a little thinner and easier to mix.
  3. Blend in butter, pumpkin egg nog and vanilla until batter is smooth.
  4. Scoop about a third of the batter into a large coffee cup. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon sugar mix. Keep layering, alternating layers, until all the batter is used. Top with sugar mixture.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until cake is done. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. In my 1250W microwave, 1 minute was enough.
Adapted from Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
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Weekly Photo Challenge – Treat

Nov 282014
 

This was something I started for an audio project for the blog several years ago. I decided to take it in a different direction, so this wound up in the dead directory on my HD. The dead directory is where things I’ve written go to be forgotten and die.

The project was called, Recordings.

(recorder turns on)

I… I… I… snuck out and got this recorder while he was out.  It was so hard for me to make myself go back into the dark.  I… I… I… see things in the dark.  Swirling ghosts appear before my eyes and… and… and… I know they aren’t real, but they look so real.  I tried to touch one, but my hand passed right through it.  I know it’s only the darkness playing tricks on me, but I’m scared of the dark!

Last time he left, I snuck out and tried to use the phone to call 911, but the phone is dead.  He keeps looking for me.  He stomps around the house and calls my name like he knows I’m still here, but he’ll never find me.  He’ll never find me.  He sounds so angry.  I only hope someone finds this recording so everyone will know what he did.

Oh no!  He’s back!

Angie!  Angela!  Where are you, girl?  Come out here now!  Angie!

(recorder turns off)

(recorder turns on)

I think he’s going to be gone for a while this time.  I already found what I could to eat in the kitchen.  The power has been out for a long time now, so I only grabbed some cookies, granola bars, bottled water, stuff that wasn’t in the fridge.  I don’t know how long the power has been out because I spend so much time in the dark.  It feels like forever.

I grabbed one of my dolls to keep me company and help me fight the darkness.

I’m so lonely.  I didn’t even know what the word lonely meant until now.

I… I… have to tell what happened.  I have to hurry before he comes back again.  Before he finds me and it’s too late!

Ok, (whew)

The power went out and at first it was fun.  My momma, Jim, and I sat around and played games by candlelight.  We live pretty far away from town, so we’re used to the power going out.  Sometimes it takes a long time for it to come back on, but the next day we still didn’t have power.

At breakfast, Jim was listening to a battery-powered radio, flipping through the channels, but most of them were that static sound like when you put the TV on a channel that isn’t there.  Those that weren’t static sounded… far away and were hard to hear.  Momma and Jim both had worried looks on their faces.  I leaned in close, trying to hear what the radio was saying, but Momma told me to go play in my room.

I pretended to play with my dolls, but I was standing at my door with my ear to it, trying to hear Momma and Jim.  They started fighting so quietly I could barely hear them…

Jim: The phones out.  (slams down the phone)

Momma: I think we need to go to the city and see what’s going on.  This can’t be real.  This has to be a joke!

Jim: The cities are in chaos and you really want to take a child there?  They’re under martial law for Christ’s sake!

Momma: Jim, I don’t believe it.  This has to be like some War of the Worlds prank someone is playing since the power is out.  I’ll go.  You stay here with her.  We need food anyway.

Jim:  You are not stepping one foot out of this house!  The entire United States is out of power and you think it’s a prank?

Momma: If the entire United States is out of power, how are they broadcasting?

Jim: Back up generators… I don’t know… the point is…

I didn’t understand.  Martial Law?  Does that have something to do with the Kung Fu movies Jim likes to watch?  Are people flying around town kicking each other?  That would be cool!

I interrupted them then and asked Momma if we could go to town to watch the big fight scene.  She rushed over and hushed me, then took me in my room and closed the door.  I tried to ask her what was going on, but she just walked over to my dolls, staring at them.  I pulled on her shirt and said, “Momma, what’s wrong?” but she just smiled at me and asked me if I wanted to play a game.  Adults never tell us kids anything.  Why is that?

The Daily Post – Leftovers Sandwich

Today, publish a post based on unused material from a previous piece –a paragraph you nixed, a link you didn’t include, a photo you decided not to use. Let your leftovers shine!

This was a bad cutting to use, but I always liked Angela and felt bad that her story was never told. Maybe I’ll tell her story another way, some other day.

Nov 242014
 

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Windows in the French Quarter at night.

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Different angular tombs in St. Louis Cemetery #1.

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Pyramid tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1.

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Tomb roofs in St. Louis Cemetery #1.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

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