Project Joy: Post 4

There is a peace that water brings in the stillness of a lake’s edge. When I close my eyes I can go back to the day we played by Willow Springs. I can feel the cool water and stand on the rocks. The sun is gentle in the wooded mountains and in it’s rays I am renewed.

4 am is peaceful at my house now. I sit at my computer with my juice and thoughts. Nothing is here to disturb me but me. My thoughts return to my breath and the peace of the water. In this space there is nothing I have to do. I can feel calm and know that this is my natural state.


Project Joy: Post 3

It really is the little things in life that I seem to appreciate the most. A message from a friend, a lovely hug, sitting next to my dog on the couch, and rain in the desert.


This last Sunday I was reading a book in the garden and realized I was ever so hungry. I had packed granola bars, but really wanted something chocolate.



Guess what?! Peeking out out at me was a forgotten chocolate bar from the corner of my purse. Yay!

Project Joy: Post 2

Apparently I had 2 sites running and didn’t realize it, so that’s where my other posts went. I crack myself up. Let’s play catch up here.

The mini lesson at church today (last Sunday by now) was finding joy.

I find that serendipitous.

There’s another picture of the lake and the beautiful overcast sky.





And here is the most adorable baby dragon I have ever seen. Rawrs and all.


Pure happiness here.

Project Joy

I thought I put up a post, but I don’t see it. I’m going to try it again.


I was recently asked to make a vision board or collage of things that make me happy or that I find beautiful. I don’t have magazines at my home other than my daughter’s Highlights.

After giving it some thought, I remembered my long forgotten blog and my camera. Today I’m starting Project Joy.  I’m not going to pressure myself into a timeline to post. I don’t need more stress. It’s been a heck of a year and I would like to share things which bring me joy.


Willow Springs Lake

This lake is two hours away from me, but I would love to visit it more often.

The remainder of January

Day 21: Accessory

AccessoryOne of my daughter’s hair ties. I’m digging the short hair right now, so I don’t have any of these for myself at the moment.

Day 22: On My Plate

On my plateCrumbs. Crumbs are what are usually on my plate.

Day 23: In My Town

In my town

Flip Flops are worn nearly year round. It is warm enough in the winter to comfortably get away with this. Whether one can fashionably get away with this is debatable.

Day 24: Making

MakingI am making cloth diapers. I plan on using both these and disposables when our little gentleman arrives later this year.

Day 25: Laugh

LaughI tried taking a picture of me using this, but just was not happy with the result. It’s a mustache to go on a sucker, and I have to say, this is how I will be eating my suckers now. It’s just too fun. I made them for my daughter’s class. If they enjoy them half as much as I have, they will have been worth the two quarters and twenty minutes it took to make them.

Day 26: Salty

SaltyBecause salt. After I tried sea salt, I put the table salt down. Where has this been all my life? There is a huge difference in flavor here.

Day 27: Broken

BrokenThis is from my daughter’s Halloween costume. I bought it from the Dollar Tree. It was cute for a while, but after she banged it against everything trying to turn whatever into a real kitten or flying unicorn, it didn’t stand the test of time. At some point I’ll have to get out the hot glue gun, but right now it’s decorating the living room as a reminder of something else I need to do that only takes five minutes. Those five minute projects add up quickly.

Day 28: Something on me

Something on meI wore a hat this afternoon. After I saw my hair in the middle of the day, I thought it was a great idea. I let the baby model it for the photo shoot.

Day 29: Together

TogetherSalt and pepper. The smell of this made me want to pour olive oil over it and dip fresh bread into it. Too bad I didn’t have any fresh bread. The lighting could have been better so the salt would be more visible. In a previous photo, I poured salt on my dark kitchen table and that showed up well. If I had used the table for this shot, the pepper would have blended in with the background. I currently could not think of anything else I wanted to pour spices on to experiment with this shot. Something neutral would have been nice.

Day 30: A Game

A game

Graduating triangles. She’s only five, but she sneaks out to the back porch to draw with the sidewalk chalk. I had no idea she did this until I went to take a picture of the skateboard she drew, but I think it’s brilliant. I don’t know what she was trying to make, or if she was just experimenting with the shapes. She isn’t trying to make a statement or examine things differently. It is just a game.

Day 31: IcyIcy

This is not my ice cream. I do not care for mint chocolate chip. I rarely will eat a Thin Mint. My caramel swirl was gone long ago.

The January Challenge was fun. Although I did make it to equal a photo a day, many days I did not get to touch my camera. I did learn more about angles and some of the settings to achieve a better looking photo.

Entertainment and A Noise

Day 19: Entertainment

I like a little background noise for my crafting. I’ll usually either turn on Pandora or the television to help keep my mind from wandering too far.

IMG_0239This is my remote, who’s home is on the arm rest next to my spot on the couch. My spot on the couch has perfect viewing angles into the kitchen, out the back door, into my daughter’s room, and directly at the television. It’s not like I’ve put any thought into it.

Day 20: A Noise

It takes some time for me to adjust to new noises. The train in the distance at night doesn’t bother me anymore. During late evening, the nearly nonexistent glub-glub of water being sucked into the humidifier makes me jump out of my spot on the couch.


This machine has been here a couple weeks. I’m hoping to get used to it soon. It works for why I bought it.

Days 14 through 18

Another make up day. I’m still here.

Day 14: Everyday I…

This had me singing, “Every day I’m shufflin,'” because I’m cheesy.

IMG_0220Really, every day I am greeted by this one who is so happy to see me. Unless she managed to get into the trash or something when I was gone, then she tentatively wants to see if I’ve noticed or not yet. She acts even happier to see my hubby, although he doesn’t typically feed her. She is in need of a haircut.

Day 15: Shiny

Water and its plastic vessel.IMG_0224

Day 16: Bundle

There is a great quote I’m not looking up right now about getting a bouquet of pencils in the fall from the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” This is what I was going for here.


A bundle of pencils. Because school supplies are cool.

Day 17: Glass


I’ve kept up with this little candle holder through a few moves. It’s cute, but doesn’t have any significance or attachment. I do like how the camera blurred the background for me.

Day 18: Black and White


I shot this as the sun was going down. It is amazing how turning on one more light in the house made such a big difference in this picture. Aren’t these Mary Janes adorable?