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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 6

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Almost No Filter Friday – 7 Days 7 Photos: Day 5

(A not-quite-NFF this week. Still technically “no filters” as the editing was just adjusting saturation, contrast, and sharpness to change from color to black and white, but my usual protocol for NFF is to not even do that so I am making an exception this week for the 7 Days 7 Photos challenge!)

 

I love tea and have a section of my kitchen counter set up as a little “tea station” with my current selection of hot teas (and usually a box of iced tea bags as well), tea bags for my loose leaf teas, a small canister of sugar, and my electric kettle. And Nessie is currently hanging out in the tea station as well. Lol Nessie tends to float around the kitchen a bit. She’s a terribly cute slotted spoon (though there is a non-slotted spoon version as well, I’ve not gotten one of those yet but likely will at some point) that was designed in a way that it resembles a little loch Ness monster.  Whether that was intentional by the manufacturer or not I have no clue. But I saw it and loved it and it was cheap enough to justify the “I just want it” purchase. 😜 

Until next time. xoxo

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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 2

I don’t cook as much as I used to since it’s just me and I don’t like leftovers, but I still love my recipe collection and adding to it. I periodically clear out my recipe box to get rid of things I have finally tried that were clipped from magazines or product labels if I didn’t like them, or if my tastes have changed and I don’t care for a recipe anymore, to note things that were loved, things that could use some tweaks etc. I use multi-colored index cards as a quick way to browse my collection for my original recipes, favorites, or cards where I simply have general kitchen info/tips or ideas written down for reference such as cake flour substitute or homemade taco seasoning, metric conversions, variations on favorite dishes to change them up a little like taco meat loaf or garlic toast pizza and so on. 

Until next time. xoxo 

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7 Days 7 Photos: Day 1

I am going to cheat a little bit on this first post, for the sake of explaining this little series of posts. This is a trend going around social media apparently though I have only seen one friend actively participate on Facebook: the 7 Days 7 Photos challenge. The idea is to, 7 days in a row, take a black and white photo that shows something from your everyday life. Of course I am not going to judge if you take the photos in a day or two, then post them later. (Yeah, that’s what I did. Scheduling blog posts in advance is a beautiful thing.) No people are to be included in the photos, and no captions/explanations are to be offered. 

That last bit is why I say I am  cheating a little here on this first post at least. Because as you can see, I’m writing and explaining. How else are others to know what you’re up to and how to participate if they want to, if they don’t know what the heck is going on? More importantly, though, I think if you want to share a caption or story/explanation of any of your photos, be it just one, some, or all… then why the heck not? As far as I am concerned that last bit about no captions/etc is totally optional!

I will say that I took these all in color with my phone then used my favorite editing app to adjust the saturation, contrast etc to get a somewhat decent black and white to share. Not the same as actually shooting in black and white, true. But when I shoot in black and white I prefer to do it with my DSLR. Which if you have been here a while you know went belly up on me. So. I worked with what I have. And when using the phone camera I prefer to edit into black and white as the shoot in black and white setting just does not offer enough  control over an image, the way a DSLR does. Shooting in black and white requires more finesse than shooting in color so I personally like to have the full control of a DSLR for that. 

All that said I must apologize as the first photo for this series is last week’s NFF. 😶 I have no excuse, really. My brain hit a road block while trying to summon up something at least sort of creative or visually interesting for photo number 7 so I could get these posts ready to go live. I’m a bad blogger sometimes I know. In my defense many of the top blogs constantly recycle their old content but they do it in a sneaky way so you’re less likely to notice it happening. At least I am up front about it when I do it right? 😜

Until next time. xoxo

Thursday Things

Thursday Things

I am exhausted. 

First things first: I worked my first shift at a new job yesterday. It kept me busy and active and on my feet all day other than getting to sit for a little while for my break and lunch, so that in itself was exhausting physically but mentally/emotionally as well what with nerves and trying not to mess anything up etc. It’s a grocery store bakery, so my day consisted of making two big batches of icing, boxing, tagging, and shelving lots of things and primarily piping icing onto, then decorating (mostly just sprinkles) nearly 400 cupcakes. I’m not sure it’s something I want to be a many years-long job, but based on my first shift, it’s certainly tolerable for the time being and probably about as enjoyable as working for someone else possibly can be. I still think I would love to have my own bakery some day, If I could find the right building/location and had the funds to do it. 

After a long and busy day you’d think I would have slept like a rock last night. And you’d be right if not for one thing. I had been soundly asleep for just a couple hours when I was woken up by both dogs barking, as well as several other dogs from neighboring houses barking. It’s worth noting that Rascal is very laidback and does not tend to bark unless: she is playing or wants to play or otherwise get your attention or she wants outside or a treat, or if something is REALLY wrong and needs investigating. So while I do check things out if just Princess is barking, when Rascal is barking and on edge too I get nervous. I thought I heard noises outside my house a couple times but with all the barking from both inside and outside I honestly don’t know for sure other than I definitely did hear something in the crawl space under the house at one point. I kept getting up and checking windows, and never saw anything. All the barking continued for an hour straight though, then continued periodically for another half hour or so. After all that, it took me a while to get back to sleep and then once I did get back to sleep, said sleep was fitful and I kept waking up. It was probably just a furry critter of some sort looking for a warm, or warmish, place to sleep. That’s keep telling myself anyway.

So, instead of waking up well rested this morning I have woken up exhausted, grumpy, and with a headache. 

I am off. I have laundry to tend to, and have a few things I want to do with my day off today. Including figuring out tomorrow’s NFF post.

Until next time. xoxo