Thursday, August 14, 2014

Story of Their Life

Hope y'all are having a wonderful summer.  Can't believe it will soon be over. 

Thought I'd post some portraits I've done recently.  Back in the spring, a family friend who's moved to another state returned to go to the prom with a friend.  She asked me to do the prom pictures.

Her date took us to a private club/camp on Lake James, which served as a beautiful backdrop for prom pics.  Here are a couple.




Then in June, a friend of my granddarling Lo asked me to make some engagement pictures for her.  So, against my best instincts of putting someone's precious memories in my hands, I said yes.



The wedding was to be a traditional Hmong wedding and was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. this past Saturday, moving at 5:00 p.m. to Hickory which is about 45 miles from our town.

About 11:30 Saturday morning, Lo called and asked if I'd take some pictures of her and her friend in their bridemaid dresses.  And Lo says, "Do I have a story for you!"

So Lo and her friend (they've been best friends since they were infants in Daycare together) dropped by looking just lovely.

They had gotten up at 6:00 a.m. to get ready for the day-long festivities, and at 8:30 a.m. arrived at the bride's home where the wedding was to be held. The chairs in the yard were strewn about, and eventually the bride's dad answered the doorbell.  They went in and folks were everywhere sleeping, but the bride was nowhere in sight.  Laughing as it was really funny, he related to the girls that the wedding had been performed the night before and the bride and groom had returned to South Carolina, but would be in Hickory at 5:00 p.m.  They had been in contact with the bride the previous afternoon, so they had no idea what had happened.  Lo had turned down work for the day, she and her friend had spent hours looking for a dress that would meet the bride's color requirement and their budget, then had to have the dresses altered.

Lo on left, Cat on right





Until next time...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mundane Faithfulness

Blogging has lost its appeal for me...writing, not reading.  Summer is going well, rain every day.  I've been busy with family and friends.  A couple of weekends ago I actually did some photography for a friend of my granddarling and her fiance.   I'm hoping to finish editing this week.  Unfortunately I was under the weather for a whole week but hope to be back to normal as soon as I take  the last of those nasty antibiotics - only four more days, yay!

Today I want to share with you the blog of a young woman - a wife and mother - who is walking the same path as thousands, probably millions, of others.   She has cancer and is the author of a blog entitled Mundane Faithfulness.   Her words are an inspiration to me. I hope they will be to you.  And I hope you will pray for her and her family as they travel this rough and rocky road, and beyond.  

I still have not mastered blogging protocol.  So instead of pasting her blog here, I'll just link to it:  Mundane Faithfulness.  She also maintains a Facebook page by the same name.

Though not blogging regularly, I do check in every day and enjoy your musings and images.

Wishing you a wonderful summer. 

Till next time...



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Spring


Happy Spring, yall!  Hope it came and stayed at your home.  Here, spring is bouncing all over the place - warm for a few days, then cold again.

This week is spring break for the schools here as well as the schools in Marietta, GA, where my youngest daughter and her family live.  Saturday, she and the girls arrived for three days of fun.

My daughter here  took the week off to spend with her son, so they joined in the family fun.  Even Lo came home from college on Saturday to see her aunt and cousins.

After supper on Saturday, this Nonnie loaded up the granddarlings for a trip to Jack Frost Dairy Bar.  No trip to Marion this time of year would be complete without experiencing the sweet delights of this family business!

We ate lunch at Fatz on Sunday; afterwards I took a picture of the four grands.  Not sure what's going on with my camera, but I was very disappointed in the picture.  (I experienced the same disappointment when photographing them yesterday, though the butterfly pics turned out okay.  Could it be the photographer?)!

Cousins - 2014
Cousins - 2011
Sunday afternoon, I took Mo, Rea and GiGi to see the Muppet movie while their mothers drove Lo back to App State at  Boone.  Yesterday, Aunt Melanie took the Georgia nieces for horseback lessons and a trail ride; then they all went to the movies again.

I stayed home to clean, but instead spent a couple of hours playing with the newly born (?) Swallowtail butterfly Mo found.  He put it on the lawn and it crawled up on a branch that was on the concrete driveway.   I moved the branch to the deck table to more easily photography it.  Whenever the branch moved, the butterfly would spread its wings, then settle down.   After about 3-1/2 hours, the butterfly flew away; thankfully I didn't have to rustle it up any grub!

The house is now quiet, with only the echos of sweet voices and memories of a fun-filled few days!  Speaking of sweet memories, I forgot to tell you about the rocky start of our visit.  NO ONE could connect to my wireless router.  A visit without electronics would not be acceptable,  so my daughter set out to rectify the situation.  An hour or so later after doing this and that to the PC, connection still wasn't made.  Finally, the phones connected...then eventually the iPad.  Horrible weekend averted!  This child of mine used to visit to sleep; now she visits to sleep and connect with the outside world!  Is there a 12-step program for this?!

I leave you with one more picture - a sign of the times.

Oh, here's one more:

 
Hanging with Nonnie Boo






Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Cards and Texture Tuesday

Today I'm playing along with Kim Klassen's Free-and-Easy Texture Tuesday.  I'm so happy for Kim.  She and John will be heading home Friday after months of medical treatment for his cancer.

Before Christmas I ordered a new set of photographic greeting cards from White House Custom Color.  Here is one of my new designs.   I used actions from Sarah Gardner and textures from Kim.




I began ordering press-printed note cards from White House Custom Color (WHCC) after my printer died when I couldn't decide which printer to buy.   At that time I was taking a photoshop class from Damien Symonds, which required me to calibrate for a monitor instead of a printer.   So I ordered a calibrator and that settled the printer problem.  (I now wish I'd purchased the dual calibrator model which would allow for both monitor and printer calibration.)

Ordering cards is really not that much more expensive, considering the cost of printer cartridges and paper.   However, the minimum order is 25.  It would be nice to print a card when I needed one.   There are other labs that print smaller amounts, but they use CYMK rather than RGB, which I've been told would make the images muddy.  



Check out the lovely work at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday

Till next time... 


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