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Remembering A Photo

Recently, I’ve lost a hard drive full of photos and writing. Lots of photos. Probably dating back to the first digital camera I had in the late 90’s. They were not backed up. The other night, I found a thumb drive and stuck it in the laptop to see what was on it. I found pictures! Not all the ones I lost but I was still happy to find them.

One of the pictures that I thought was lost to me was one my daughter took of me in March of 2005 on a trip to New York City. My son and one of my daughters were on the trip with me and I convinced them that we should go to Liberty Island and to Ellis Island. I had been been to Liberty Island on a previous trip but it was during the restoration of Ellis Island so it was closed to the public so I had missed it. We took the ferry and it was freezing cold and crowded. There was no place to sit, especially for three people. So we split up and I stood and looked out. That evening, back at the hotel, we all exchanged memory cards and loaded all of the photos to our laptops. The thought was that we would be backing them up three fold. I looked through some of their photos because they sometimes were goofy together. Tony is my oldest and is eight years older than Susie but they get along really well, playing off of each other’s goofiness and feeding into it. One of the photos I found was surprising. Susie had taken a picture of me as I looked out from the ferry. It was special because she had taken my picture but also because the photo is evocative of a lot of emotions even to the ordinary viewer, or at least I think it is.

I thought that photo was lost but it was on that thumb drive so now I am sharing it with you and hopefully, should it become lost again, I can find it here.

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Saturday

I feel like a lost the week! We had snow off and on all week. Just as it began to melt, it would come down in buckets! It looks like we will have a couple more days of this during the week next week but mostly rain for the weekend. Yay! It’s nice to be out of the freezing zone, too. Although we didn’t get a lot, this area (Portland Oregon) is not prepared for snow because we don’t get it very often. Usually (before global warming caused all of the recent changes in our weather patterns) we would get one day of light snow per yer, if that. Now we get several days of heavy snow each year. Last year we  were basically snowed in for six consecutive days then again a couple more times for just a couple of days. That’s what happens when your area is not equipped with snow plows or other snow clearing equipment and you get dumped on. That’s also what happens when people don’t have snow tires because “it never snows enough” to justify the high cost. So instead, most people either stay in and complain about it or they get in their cars and end up causing collisions because of their inexperience and lack of preparation. Some end up causing an emergency when they become stranded in their cars without supplies. Some park their cars and walk away from them, causing a huge problem because traffic gets blocked by the parked cars! Me? I stay home. Nice and warm. I am only concerned about the traffic conditions out there as it relates to my daughters who have to drive in it for work, usually. So that was the week here.

There are some cute Spencer stories to share but I will save those for other posts. I just now got called to babysit! She gave me a whole hour’s notice! That’s because I told her I won’t babysit without advance notice anymore. So I got an hour notice! And I haven’t seen the kids today so it’s okay.

I’ll leave you with this neat picture I took of some tulips I bought for myself last week. I never buy flowers for myself but I was tempted and I went ahead! I posted this picture on Instagram this past week but last night I put it through the Prisma App filters and got this really vibrant picture which I think I am going to have printed as blank cards to use for stationery! What do you think?

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If you are on Facebook, you most likely have seen the black and white challenge. In the challenge, people are to post one black and white photo each day for seven days, no people and no explanations.

I participated in the challenge a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. Below you will find some of the photos that didn’t make it on to the Facebook end of the challenge.

 

 

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If we were having coffee, it would be very early. It’s not quite 5 am here on the west coast. I’ve been up all night. I can’t seem to shut down. There are too many things on my mind. There is a sense of hopelessness inside of me right now. It has been a tough week.

If we were having coffee, we might be streaming one of my favorite movies. In an effort to just detach from the negativity in the world, I’ve tried to stay off of social media as much as I can since early Friday afternoon. It has helped. I’ve streamed some of my favorite movies, the ones I go to when I want to feel good. I’ve streamed Under the Tuscan Sun, Erin Brokovich, Dirty Dancing, Shall We Dance, and I finished the last half of The West Wing Season 7. I can’t quite concentrate on reading right now. Or writing. My mind is filled with things that shouldn’t be in there.

Yesterday I wrote about a peaceful protest here that turned violent and ugly when an anarchist group took over the peaceful march. There was a lot of damage done. It saddened me greatly. However, within hours, there was a group that was out there cleaning up the damage; broken glass, over turned trash cans, graffiti. It was all cleaned up by volunteers that didn’t point fingers or blame anyone. They just went and took care of the problem. They also set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money to help the businesses that were damaged by the protesters. The account raised over $37,000 in about 16 hours. I haven’t checked to see how much more has been raised. This is a good thing. It helps a lot to know that just as there are people that are willing to destroy things and disrespect the property of others and that of the public, there are also good people that are willing to go out there and take it upon themselves to try to make things right again. That made my heart hopeful and it made me proud to live here.

Friday would have been the 58th birthday of a friend that died earlier this year. That was another thing that made my heart heavy this week. I read through old emails between the two of us and some comments on Facebook between the two of us. I read what others posted about her, too.

Then there is the fact that my seasonal depression was setting in before the election so there was already that component before the world went crazy. So it’s good for me to detach a bit. It’s good to try to take care of myself before it gets bad. Last year I bought one of those light therapy lamps but it arrived too late for me to use it because I didn’t need it anymore. This year I will use it starting now.

If we were having coffee, I would want to hear about your week. I would hope that you would have something good to share with me; something happy; something positive. I would want to turn it over to you because I’m plum out of things to share. So tell me about you; about what you are up to.

#WeekendCoffeeShare is a weekly blog link up hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster Blog.

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On Wednesday we did one good thing. We got out of the house and went for a hike with the boys. This has become one of my favorite places as it looks out on Mt. Hood which is one of those places that makes me feel at peace and puts things into perspective. I never get tired of looking at its grandness.

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Silent Sunday 

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I know I posted doors from Stanford University last week so I hesitate to post more doors from the same place but these are beautiful doors and completely different from last week’s. These doors lead into Memorial Church (lovingly called Mem Chu) on the Stanford campus and are made of bronze.  There are three sets of exterior doors (and three of interior doors) at the front of the church.  The three sets are almost identical, except that the middle (main) entrance is wider than the other two sets.  It is a non-denominational church and always has been.  In fact, it was the first non-denominational church on the west coast when it was first dedicated in 1903.  I plan on doing an entire post on the church itself so I won’t go into much more detail.  You can read about it here and here.

One of the two main doors (double doors) that lead into the church.  They open outward and only one is ever open (or at least that I can remember over the past 40 years).

One of the two main doors (double doors) that lead into the church. They open outward and only one is ever open (or at least that I can remember over the past 40 years).

The set of double doors to the left of the middle/main doors.  This is what the middle ones would look like if they were closed.

The set of double doors to the left of the middle/main doors. This is what the middle ones would look like if they were closed.

And from the inside looking out.

And from the inside looking out.

And a peek at the exterior of Memorial Church.

And a peek at the exterior of Memorial Church on a crazy crowded day last week.

For more door photos, go over to Norm 2.0 for Thursday Doors, a weekly feature and blog hop.  His post today is here.

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I’m still in road trip mode.  We got back on Sunday night but I feel like my life is still in a suitcase that is sitting in my car.  I was trying to think of a post for the blog but I think my Thinking Cap is in that suitcase in the car!  I’ve sort of been posting lists on Tuesdays so I thought maybe you would like to see a “list” of pictures from the trip.  At least I hope so.

This was when we went out to the boardwalk over the sand dunes and to the ocean in Guadalupe.

This was when we went out to the boardwalk over the sand dunes and to the ocean in Guadalupe. He had to go ahead of Nana!

This little critter caught Anderson's eye and kept him on the lookout for more critters.

This little critter caught Anderson’s eye and kept him on the lookout for more critters.

I told him that animals might want to pop their heads in to check him out as we drove through Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.  He didn't believe me until this happened.  And yes, the window was open!

I told him that animals might want to pop their heads in to check him out as we drove through Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. He didn’t believe me until this happened. And yes, the window was open!

When we went to the pizza night for the reunion, he didn't want to sit at the group table so he sat behind me in a booth and spread out his Legos.  He played with them throughout the evening, having conversations with them.

When we went to the pizza night for the reunion, he didn’t want to sit at the group table so he sat behind me in a booth and spread out his Legos. He played with them throughout the evening, having conversations with them.

One of the hikes we took was around the lake at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa.  He saw squirrels and lizards and lots of ducks and geese.

One of the hikes we took was around the lake at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. He saw squirrels and lizards and lots of ducks and geese.

A monument to the life on Cannery Row which was portrayed in John Steinbeck's novel by the same name.

A monument to the life on Cannery Row which was portrayed in John Steinbeck’s novel by the same name.

View of Memorial Auditorium and the Silicon Valley beyond. Taken from Stanford's Hoover Tower.

View of Memorial Auditorium and the Silicon Valley beyond. Taken from Stanford’s Hoover Tower.

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I will have to write a longer post regarding all the photo enthusiasts in my family and how they came to be but for a very quick post, as I am packing for tomorrow’s trip, I thought I would share this short one with you.

Yesterday, I gave Anderson (5 years old) my Canon point and shoot that has been sitting for over two years with no use as now I use either my phone or my DSLR.  I took him for a walk and showed him how to turn it on and the shutter button and let him take pictures as he wanted to.  He was soooo excited!  He ran from one plant to the next and one flower to the next taking pictures.  He snapped a picture of every car that went by us.  He took pictures of his feet and mine.  He had a ball!  Next he will learn the video part of the camera and I predict he will really have fun with that.

Anderson taking a close up of some tiny flowers.

Anderson taking a close up of some tiny flowers.

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