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365 Epic Fail


I guess the best thing for me to do is to admit defeat. In my opinion I have now missed taking photos on so many days this year, that I now do not feel this 365 project is representing what I wanted it to be. I’ll keep up with it, as I can, because I like to share the photos I take on any given day, but I feel that the chronicling of my days is not complete, as it would be if I took a photo that represented each day of my life. Life seems to get in the way, and I get distracted. Or – my camera is not with me. Or – I can’t imagine that the picture I’d take would be anything worth seeing. I think I might be trying to be too “special”, when, in fact, it’s the mundane and “daily” I’m after – and learning how to photograph that in a special way. I also do not multi task well, and when immersed in other activities or necessary life tasks, other activities – like photography – deemed of lesser importance on those days – slip my mind more easily. In 2009 I also tried to do this project and by September, I’d given up.

I will continue to number the photos, and note the days I miss, as I want this to be a record of sorts. I still like the idea of taking one photo a day, but think I need to evaluate how to best make that work in a way it hasn’t before. There are no failures – only lessons…

With that in mind, let me share the photos I’ve taken up to this point:

The following photo is of a pen I purchased at a craft fair. The outer shell of the pen is made out of computer “innards”. Despite the fact that I love writing (and typing) on a computer, I have always had a love affair with “pens”. I love how they feel, how they write, how they “hold”. I’m partial to Cross refills, with my second choice being Parker, which is what this pen is. I like a smooth write, and a fatter body to the pen, although I’m finding that this pen might be a little *too* fat! I collect pens now, mostly unique things I find at craft fairs. When I was a child I had what I now see to be an un-natural attachment to my pen. I would really become distraught if one got lost. Still do – to some extent.

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365 photo (June 28) #180

The photo from the following day is of a painting which our son did either in 1995 or ’96. as an assignment for his art class in high school. It was required that he use no paint brush for this acrylic painting, and instead used what I describe as a putty knife! (I know nothing about painting, so please indulge my ignorance!) He blended the paint with this tool rather than a brush, which gives it the “choppy” feel to it. Our son was inspired to do this painting from the wild fires which we had on Long Island during the very dry summer of 1995. The fire was started by a neglected campfire (I believe) – then spread throughout the pine barrens, burning a large portion of them. Several main roads were blocked off, making it more difficult to get on and off Long Island. On the day that the fires began, our son was returning home from a junior golf tournament with several other boys, and they were detoured from the road they wanted to travel. They got rather close to the fires, and the “red sky” and thick smoke inspired our son to do this painting when asked to do this assignment. We framed the painting and it now hangs over our fireplace…

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365 photo (June 29) #181

the photo for June 30 was taken when Ray and I were out in his ’57 t-bird. We mostly travel on Dune Road, which abuts the ocean and is where many wealthy Southampton summer residents live. This photo is of the “Dune Church”, which is only open for services during the summer months. I believe it’s considered to be Episcopal, but has no residing pastor. Instead, each week they have guest ministers — usually from wealthy New York City churches of different denominations. However, they do ask one “token” local pastor each summer to preach. It’s also a coveted spot for a summer wedding – – and I can’t imagine how much in advance one has to reserve the church for one! I also wonder when this church might wash out to sea in a rogue hurricane….!

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365 photo (June 30) #182. I am not enamored with the lighting in this photo. It was “back lit” too much, muting the interesting exterior color of the church.

365 photo (July 1) #183 – – EPIC FAIL!

This photo is the cats “toy box”. We purchased this “cat shack”, which is an ottoman style cat house, and we keep all their toys inside of it. The cats actually go inside to get a toy, and sometimes just sit in there with them! When when we see a toy lying around around the house (and no cat around to throw it for!) – we put it back.

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365 photo #184 (July 2) – Cat Shack toy box

The next photo is of a circular throw rug I purchased online from Orvis. They have sold several kitty rug patterns over the years, and this is just one of the few I’ve purchased. Because I nearly forgot to take a photo on July 3, this photo was taken actually taken after midnight so it’s technically taken on July 4th. In the spirit of what I’d intended, I’ll classify it as my July 3rd photo:

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365 photo #185 (July 3) – Orvis kitty throw rug

I’ll end this entry for now, as I have many photos to post for the 4th of July, and I’ll leave that to be it’s own entry.

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I’m never going to catch up if I let days go by before writing any entries. I end up just as behind as ever! Photos are being taken and I’m happy to say that I’m finding almost as much interest here on Long Island as I did when I was in Hilton Head. The landscape, plants and wildlife are different but still beautiful in their own way. I have places I want to go for future photos – so it’s all good. I do miss Hilton Head, the lagoon, the beach, Great Blue Herons, egrets and bluebirds. In the last few days the island has been inundated with bad weather. Tropical Storm Beryl has dropped torrents of rain, and I hope there has been no flooding or wind damage.

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365 photo #141 (May 20) – a blue jay in the “staging area” trees – not far from the feeders. They don’t get on the feeders much but are basically ground feeders. Blue Jays can be such bullies to the smaller song birds (along with grackles and red winged blackbirds), but despite that, they are so pretty to look at with such beautiful blue markings!

A few bonus photos:

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1. The lilac bush is blooming!
2. More rhododendrons. We have several bushes, and they don’t bloom all at the same time, which is nice as it extends the season.

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365 photo #142 – (May 21) — Ooops – I nearly forgot to take a photo that day. This is a mug I purchased when I went into NYC to see CATS – the musical. And, ironically, Ray and I will be seeing it again tomorrow night at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY. I did not know this when I took this photo. I’m very excited as it’s my favorite musical. Figures – because of my love of all things feline!

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365 photo #143 (May 22) — Another day of not much interest in photography – so I took a photo of a photo. Not exciting, nor innovative or creative, but it is a chance to show off one of my favorite photographers, Dan Williams. This is one printed on photo canvas I purchased from him at “Springtime Made in the South” craft fair in Savannah. He told me that he took this in the Savannah Wildlife Refuge at sunrise. If you check out this link you will see just HOW gifted he is!! On the day I took this photo, I was also preparing to go to PA for my Uncle Ned’s funeral…

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365 photo #144 (May 23) — flowers at my sister’s house in PA

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365 photo #145 (May 24) — I arrived home from PA to misty, foggy, damp weather, and took a photo of the rhododendron bush that’s just outside of the living room window that looks out to our front yard.

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365 photo #146 (May 25) — It was another rainy day – and I took this photo of one of my lucite kitties which I have on one of my window sills where it picks up the light and interesting colors from the outside.

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365 photo #147 (May 26) — finally a clear day and I discovered the goldfinches have found our nyger feeder. Here is one, in all it’s glorious yellow summer plumage, on the trees just around the corner from the nyger feeder!

Bonus photos:

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1. Male house finch – in the staging area near the feeders
2. Male cardinal – also in those same trees

Not quite caught up — but I’ll end here. For now.


Our trip north was when things deteriorated with my 365 photo project. I’d planned to quick run out and take one last photo of the lagoon the morning we left Hilton Head. I went to get my camera, which I’d placed in the “staging area” of our living room – but my husband had been ever so vigilant – and the camera had been long since packed in the car – and buried under a multitude of other things. There was no way I could unearth it for the photo… 😦 However, when I ran out to remove the bird feeders (which is such a sad job for me, so I wait to do it at the very last minute — the morning we are leaving), there was a most magnificent Great Blue Heron walking right on our lawn along the shore of the lagoon. I stopped short and looked at him — and “snapped the photo” in my mind. If only that camera was with me… I looked at him squarely in the eye — and he looked at me. I finally said … out loud, “Goodbye sweet Great Blue Heron, I will miss you so very much. I’ll see you in the fall.” Yeah — I know … I’m sappy. I thought my voice would scare him and he’d fly off – but he continued to look at me even as I said, “I love you sweet birdie”. I don’t know if he/she was the bird who belonged to the nest we had in our yard this spring, but I also thanked him for allowing me to see his nest while he/she raised his/her babies. He continued to look at me, but then started walking slowly across our yard — and faced the lagoon – fishing, as always.

So – – in honor of this great blue heron — a photo of another one is my photo of the day. I’m sorry that the “real” photo is only in my mind and that I can’t share it here, but here is a photo of another great blue heron in it’s place:

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365 substitute photo of the day #129 (May 8) of a great blue heron taken 1/7/11 on the shores of our lagoon

And … with that we were on our way north…

The following day was a complete blur, and once my camera was unpacked, I was way too exhausted to even think about a photo of the day. These trips north (or south) with the cats are tiring, and fray my nerves. I need to remember that they always end up fine, and that it’s my lack of confidence in the entire process that makes me nervous.

365 photo #130 — Epic Fail. (May 9)

365 photo #131 — Another Epic Fail. Wildly distracted in “Unpacking hell”! (May 10)

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365 photo #132 (May 11) — Finally a photo was taken. This is a mirror which we purchased from Lori Wilkinson, a vendor at “Springtime Made in the South” in February. Check out her website to see more of her wonderful work! I knew when I purchased it where it would go – in the dressing area of the bedroom. It’s made of a lovely color combination of mosaic tile and it’s gorgeous. You can see the reflection of the window to the back yard in the mirror.

365 photo #133 (May 12) – Another Epic Fail. How did that day get away from me? I was getting nervous that this project was headed for the trash. Even with forgetfulness, however, I have decided to continue…

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365 photo #134 (May 13) – a sparrow of some kind – – I hope not a house sparrow, as they are the arch enemy of bluebirds and bluebird nests. I think it’s a song sparrow, though, and it was singing it’s heart out the entire time I was snapping photos! It was taken – by chance in one of our bushes. Our feeders were not yet up at this point.

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365 photo #135 (May 14) – azalea bush in full bloom – with the rhododendron bush next to it just coming into bloom

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365 photo #136 (May 15) – Sweet Little Misty kitty. I almost forgot to take the photo that day! The cats have made themselves at home in their Long Island home!

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365 photo #137 (May 16) – the rhododendron buds are are beginning to bloom!

And .. with that I will end for this entry, but will continue with the catch-up soon…. Stay tuned!


I have returned from Pennsylvania and now have a little more time to post. It took some time to go through all my photos, edit them and get them uploaded, but that job is done now.

This was a bittersweet time. My mom is very ill – so critically ill that we all felt it necessary to go see her. She was in Abington Hospital in suburban Philadelphia for almost three weeks. Despite having been discharged to a skilled nursing care facility, she still remains ill, though stabilized. Over the course of her hospitalization, our family surrounded her, including grandchildren and one great grandchild. Despite the worry, stress and exhaustion we were feeling, it was also a time of family bonding. I took a photo each day and they are a visual way of documenting my time in PA with Mom. To conserve space because I have so many photos, they are all shown in a smaller size. However, you can click on any photo to see it larger in my Flickr account.

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1. 365 photo #76 — A photo of the lagoon only a few minutes before we left Hilton Head on the day we were informed how sick mom was – and that we needed to come see her. A storm was brewing, and as we left town the most ferocious thunderstorm hit as we drove off of Hilton Head Island. It wasn’t lost on me that storms were brewing in my life, too….
2. 365 photo #77 — We stopped at a Hampton Inn in Fayetteville, NC that night – and the next morning I took a photo of the sunrise as we were leaving to go the rest of the way to Pennsylvania.

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1. 365 photo #78 — In Mom’s hospital room there were some lovely flowers…. 🙂
2. 365 photo #79 — For the first 3 days in Pennsylvania, we stayed in the Garden Hilton Inn, and I took a photo of the room that night. It gave us our own space for a few days. However we moved over to my sister’s house and that was good, too – to be closer to family. I nearly forgot to take a photo that day, and this one was taken at nearly midnight!

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1. 365 photo #80 — This is the view from Mom’s room, showing the York Road garage. It’s an “average” hospital room view, and at least she had a window. Some rooms do not, as they look out into the lobby
2. 365 photo #81 — More flowers in Mom’s room — an amyrillis which my brother brought with him shown against the window shade.

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1. 365 photo #82 — A white board in mom’s hospital room. It gives staff information, like the name of the nurse and student nurse on duty, and the date. But – we wrote all over the board, too 🙂
2. 365 photo #83 — The tower on Abington Hospital — and it’s the hospital’s logo. This was taken after sunset as we were leaving the hospital.

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1. 365 photo #84 — Since we were all in town, my siblings and I celebrated my sister’s 60th birthday — a few days early. We had dinner out together, then went back to my other sister’s house to have this delicious cake.
2. 365 photo #85 — An interesting stoplight – with trees in the background – on Susquehanna Road on our way home from the hospital. It was around sunset time when we took this photo.

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1. 365 photo #86 — Again I nearly forgot to take a daily photo, and realized this as we were getting ready for bed. In the room where we stayed, my sister had this cute little tiger – and he made a nice photo!
2. 365 photo #87 — Mom’s room was in the Widener Building at Abington Hospital, and this is the lobby, as taken from the 2nd floor, where Mom was located. They have a great coffee shop there were I stopped daily to get a cup of flavored coffee to take up to the room with me.

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1. 365 photo #88 — This was the day Mom was discharged by ambulance to the nursing facility. Our car was parked in the York Road Parking garage on the top level – and we could see the skyline of Philadelphia from that vantage point. As we were leaving to meet Mom at the nursing facility, I took this photo.
2. 365 photo #89 — On this day we left Philadelphia to return home to Hilton Head. We did the entire trip in one day, and when we arrived my first photo of the day was of my sweet Felix. I missed my kitties SO MUCH while we were gone… But – they were well taken care of by a good pet sitter.

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365 photo #90 — This was our first full day at home – and I discovered that during our trip I had managed to break the glass of the filter over top of my 100-400 mm lens. I couldn’t unscrew it, and there was concern that I’d bent the filter, or – at worst, the lens itself. At the suggestion of the Best Buy Geek Squad, I got one of those rubberized “jar openers” and that did the trick – and the lens itself was not bent. Thankfully the broken glass of the filter did NOT scratch the lens and all is well. This photo — the first I took with that lens after realizing it probably was ok — is of some fungus growing around a stump of a downed tree.

I’m not caught up with my photos yet, but think that this is enough for one entry! More to come later…!


Yesterday I was lucky to discover today’s photo subject. While I was running to accomplish some household task, I looked out the sliding glass door to see the head of an anhinga right on the shoreline of our lagoon. This required that I stop what I was doing, grab the camera (and darned if I didn’t have to change the lens, too!) and go out to see if I could get the anhinga’s photo! I got lucky … he didn’t move while I did all that! He also didn’t seem too concerned about me as I walked softly to the tree in front of the lagoon so that I could both hide behind it, and lean against it to take more close up shots of him. Such interesting aquatic birds they are with their colorful black and white wings (which are sometimes outstretched when they are drying), and their long, lean necks when they are outstretched!

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365 photo #74

Bonus photos:

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1. Preening anhinga
2. This is one of the first photos I took in this series, when my first view was just of the anhinga’s head. Our yard drops off down a mini hill as you reach the water’s edge. This anhinga was at the bottom of this hill allowing me to see only his head. Once I got to the tree which is closer to the water, he was pretty much in full view.

Today was — sadly — not much of a photography day. what a day to waste because it was probably one of the most gorgeous days we’ve had here — pleasantly warm and sunny. But – – as the sun was setting, it was shining into our house – right on one of my cat figurines, which will make today’s photo:

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365 photo #75

The situation — the metaphor for the “approaching storm” — to which I mentioned in yesterday’s post is still as it was. I will update when there is one.


The last two days have not been photo days, and I have resorted to photographing interesting things (to me) inside the house.

The first is a painting which I purchased in Canada when I was there in either 1999 or 2000 on a “girlfriend” trip with my good friend, Claire. It was purchased from a street vendor, and I was taken with how the geese in this picture were made. I don’t know the procedure, but it’s like the geese were “cut out” giving it a 3 dimensional feeling. It sits in our hallway … and the geese seem to be directing us to the kitchen as we leave the study. Or I think of that every time I face it as I turn into the hallway.

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365 photo #57

This next wall hanging, also located in the same hallway, is an image of Kokopelli, the Native American flute player. It’s made of metal, which is painted in turquoise and terracotta colors. It sits out of the wall a little, giving it some depth. I purchased this in a rather touristy gift shop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it caught my eye and I knew I had a spot for it. I play the flute, and have always loved the image of Kokopelli.

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365 photo #58

For the next few days I will be visiting Claire to help her do some painting in her new house. I will not be the only helper, as there will be a small group of friends helping in this endeavor: “craniacs” — i.e. — those we have met through Operation Migration and Facebook, who care deeply about the endangered whooping crane. It will be an exciting and fun time, and there’s a good chance I won’t be able to post too much while there. There’s a time to live life and a time to write about life, and next week I’ll be doing more of the “living” part! But — the daily photos will be taken – to be posted when I get the time.


I’ve been busy over the last three days, but the photos have been taken and it’s finally time to post.

I have so many photos to choose from for February 22nd. My childhood friend, Connie visited for a day on her way to be with her daughter and family. I cherish these visits, as we have a lot of history … good history!. We may be separated for a year (or more) at a time, but when we get together, it’s like we never were apart. Conversation flows … and, that’s an understatement! 🙂 Plus – she travels with her white lab, Maggie. I’ve never been much of a dog person, but Maggie has won over my heart, not to mention that the cats did very well with her. There were a few “fluffed up” kitty moments with minimal hissing, but it was short lived, as Maggie doesn’t chase them. They always have time to quickly retreat to the safety of “high places” in the house.

Connie has a blog, too: View from the Empty Nest. It’s full of insights — the kind that come while walking Maggie! Many are thoughts I’ve always had, but I never “thought” to “think” them! (I know — that doesn’t quite make sense…!) Check it out — it’s a good read!

On the one full day Connie was with us, we looked for “photo ops” in beautiful spots, both at home and in the neighborhood. First there were some photo ops right on our lagoon. Then we went into Whooping Crane Conservancy. After a quick lunch, we took Maggie for a walk on Boneyard beach. As we drove there, we made a stop along the side of the road where there’s another lagoon and aquatic life often hang out. As I type, I still can’t decide which photo will be chosen for this. All I know is that I will include several bonus photos!

Ok – – here we go — an alligator in the swamp inside Whooping Crane Conservancy:

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365 photo #53

And — of course there will be some bonus photos:

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1. fall foliage lives on inside the Whooping Crane Conservancy…!
2. Ibis well hidden in the brush in Whooping Crane Conservancy

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1. Ibis on the lagoon at home
2. I wonder what those cormorants see??

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1. Anhinga – drying it’s wings
2. Maggie — such a sweet white lab — on the beach! 🙂

Connie left first thing the next morning – but I kind of remained sluggish, and didn’t get out for photos. Suddenly it was 10 p.m. and I hadn’t even picked up my camera – so yesterday’s photo is a wall hanging — something my son gave to me for Christmas one year. I love the haggard expression the kitty. Reminds me of me when I’m not in a good mood! 😉 When I was younger I had a photo copy of this picture taped to my refrigerator, which said “I have a handgun and PMS, any questions”. Kind of said it all!

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365 photo #54

Today I looked to our cats for the photo. The weather started out ok, but it’s now reduced to rumbling thunderstorms and tornado watches…. This is Felix — “birding and squirreling” behind the draperies!:

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365 photo #55

Bonus photo: On Tuesday night I won honorable mention in the camera club competition – category “windows”. It’s the first ever ribbon for me:

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This isn’t the EXACT photo I submitted as it had to be resized just slightly for printing, and I enhanced the saturation a small amount, as well.

As I sit and wait for a good friend to arrive, I will post my days 365 photo. I didn’t go out and chase down photos of living things – plant or animal. Instead, today’s photo is of inside things. it’s a bird that will remain incredibly still while I focus. 😉 I love my stained glass…!

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365 photo #52

Bonus photo:

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guest bathroom kitty switch plate. While I was cleaning it for my guest who is arriving in only moments, I snapped this photo.

Now — time to have fun!!


Yesterday I had a chance to take photos outside of the house. The weather has been cloudy for the past few days, but there was this window of opportunity and my friend and I went to the Whooping Crane Pond Conservancy to see what was inside. There wasn’t much in the way of wildlife – except for a little gecko. We could hear interesting, and unique (to me) bird calls.

The 365 photo for today is a photo of a dragon fly wing that my friend found. It seemed to be a fun object to experiment with some macro photogrpahy on top of the boardwalk railing… It’s so intricate!

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365 photo #46

Bonus photos:

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1. Interesting shadows of plantlife and an odd root system in the algae laden swamp
2. the little gecko. Not the best photo of him, but he slipped away before I could get another.

Today the weather (up until now – the sun is peaking out now!) has been cloudy with rain. So — it was inside photos for today. This is a “floral” painted porcelain cat which I purchased quite a few years ago because it reminded me of my mother in law’s paper mache floral kitty which I loved so much, which was the 365 photo #41. I have it placed in the same spot where my mother in law had her paper mache kitty when she lived here — on top of the breakfast bar counter.

The little kitties next to the floral cat are actually tiny boxes. The head (or top of the body) comes off to reveal a place to store something very tiny!

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365 photo #47

Cat decor… and Love


Question: How many cats figurines can one person have to decorate a house.

Answer: As many as they want!

For yesterday’s photo of the day, I took a photograph of one of my favorite kitty items – – some “rock cats” — i.e. — cats painted on river rocks. I found these in a shop here in Hilton Head, and then more of them in a shop on River Street in Savannah. Each and every time I visited these stores, I *had* to purchase at least one — first for me, and then for my friend, Claire, who ended up loving them as much as I did. In fact, she puts one of the smaller rock kitties into her manger scene. I even put one in Ray’s Christmas stocking one year!

They weren’t horribly expensive – the little ones going for only (about) $10., and the larger, more intricately painted ones for maybe $35. or $40. Each and every one has the words “Lats Cats” painted on the bottom of the rock kitty.  I finally asked one of the shop keepers who the artist was. According to her, she was from some place in New York state (I can’t remember where at this point), and she collected the rocks from rivers in that area. However, she also had a home on Hilton Head Island, which is why they were being sold in this area.

I am sure I kept this artist in business, as I have so many — and so does Claire, for that matter. However, as suddenly as we found them, they just as suddenly disappeared — sold out — and no more were forthcoming. The shop in Hilton Head ultimately changed hands, and I have no clue if there are any more anywhere else. These are my rock cats that live here in Hilton Head:

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365 photo #44

Today is Valentine’s Day – and the photo for today is to wish everyone a most happy and loving day.  I know this day can be a difficult one if we are not where we would like to be in our relationships – whether they be with a spouse, parent, child, or friend. But – I have this mug, a close-up which is today’s 365 photo, purchased a few years ago from Starbucks. It always makes me happy whether or not other things are going well for me in my “love life”. It is a white mug with only one red painted heart with many etched hearts all around it. *I* have one heart to give, if only I will open it – and be vulnerable to both giving and receiving love and caring. I have my morning coffee in this mug on Valentine’s Day — but also on many other days of the year, as well.  As I sip, I encourage myself to open my heart:

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365 photo #45
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