Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In no particular order

Hello, my friends. This post is coming to you completely off the top of my head, in no particular order and what few images there are all came from my cell phone.

First off, I want to state that I should not have bought that bag of Keebler Grasshopper cookies. I guess I wanted to see if they really tasted like the girl scout thin mint cookies. But seriously, I really didn’t need to know. That they do. Especially after you put them in the freezer. And now I know that they’re excellent on top of vanilla ice cream. This is also something I did not need to know.




I took this image of my side view mirror one day last week in the early morning, while driving down the driveway heading to work. I always roll down the window so that I can wave goodbye until I reach the bend and he can’t see me anymore. That’s my husband just to the right of the orange Element, waving back. It’s what we have done every day for several years.




I broke down and bought a new smart phone last Friday. I went to the Verizon store, marched up to the counter, and asked to see the iPhone 5 which I was determined to get. I had done some research and had thought it was what I wanted. I came home with the Samsung Galaxy S4, however, which I am in love with.


I am an Android girl.


Did I mention that it has a 13 megapixel camera?




Every evening, George and I go outside while my husband takes his after-dinner nap on the couch. George chases squirrels, sniffs around the edges of the property, finds his frisbee and brings it to me while I water the container plants, freshen the water in the bird baths, and fill the feeders with seed. It’s become a nice kind of ritual doing all the little chores that my husband used to do. I know he would love to be able to still do them.



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So this is some little thing my phone does with the camera. I was walking around the property, snapping pictures and inadvertently touched something on the top of the screen that I couldn’t seem to make go away. It put this little picture in the corner, and without my reading glasses on, I couldn’t tell what it was. But then I realized it was my finger and by the time I took the picture, there I was in the shot.






Our son is coming out at the end of the month to stay the weekend with his father so that I can go visit my niece in Philadelphia. My sister and her other daughter will be there as well and we’re planning on having a girls night at home. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to seeing them and just getting away for a night and a day.





One of the first grade teachers brought me a gift and a card this week. In the card, she told me how much my help and kindness has meant to her over the years. She thanked me again for a print I had given her that she has hanging in her classroom. She said that it calms her just to look at it. It’s a black & white image of a stand of trees with bare branches that I had completely forgotten I had given to her. I then remembered that I did it when she was having a hard time of it earlier this year. The gift she gave to me was a book on photography, specifically the art of photographing trees.


I love trees.


I nearly cried.


Kindness really does matter.




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And on that note, I bid you farewell.


Until next time, my friends . . .

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Low Tide High Style said...

I loved this entire post, but most especially the picture within a picture of you, the kindness repaid by your co-worker, and that you and your husband wave to one another each day as you leave for work!

xo Kat

Jeanne Walker said...

Kat said everything I was going to say! xoxo

JaneK said...

Awwww..... What a lovely post. And what a lovely tradition you and hubby have! Fun fun shot with you as the postage stamp. Thanks for letting me know about the cookies......not.... I will have to resist with all my might.
When does the new couch get there?

Kindness does matter indeed....

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Another blogger this week was talking about spreading kindness...I believe in it wholeheartedly :)

Donna S. said...

Nice tradition you have there!! Glad you will get a little time away. Enjoy!

Em Parkinson said...

However much you love someone, sometimes you just need to be away from them for a night, even if it's just to reinforce your feelings. x

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love that photograph with you in the corner - I feel I know you better now.
As to kindness mattering - yes it does - more than anything else in the whole world.
I understand your need to get away and I am sure your husband understands it too.

Kerri Farley said...

A night away with friends will be delightful I'm sure!!!
and you are so right .... Kindness really does matter... even if it's just a smile in passing.
Hope you have a GREAT Day today!!

Hilary said...

Ah, Kate. Kindness does matter. I believe that goodness does prevail. Even in tough times.
Think of you often.
This too shall pass, that is my mantra.

Nellie said...

Such a wonderful post, Kate.

Thank you for doing that trial with the Keebler Grasshopper cookies. That saves me the time, not to mention the calories.:-)

Congratulations on being brave enough to take on a new phone!

Yes, kindness really does make a difference. It is evident that is something you know how to show to others.

I continue to offer my good wishes and prayers for you and your husband.

The JR said...

lalalalalalalaaaaaaa, am forgetting that I read that about the thin mints and ice of my favorite combo's

I'm sorry your hubs is not able to do all of his regular routine....but I'm glad that he still see's you off everyday

Country Gal said...

A wonderful post and love the different look in the photos ! I think you and your new phone will have fun together . Glad to hear things are A OK ! . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Gayle said...

All beautiful photos and lovely prose. TY

Karen said...

My favorite photo you have ever taken is the rain speckled mirror with your husband waving off in the distance...the ritual! Goose bumps, seriously. Just love it.

DesertHen said...

Yes, kindness really does matter! And it's the little acts of kindness that mean the most!

Lovely post!

I will be making homemade ice cream this weekend and I'm now adding those Keebler Grasshopper cookies to my list!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

It is the little things--a night away, a walk around the yard, a wave goodbye, a gift--that make life grand. Great post.

Cloudia said...

Kindness is most of what matters. I could see quite a lot of it in your face. In that lovely shot you are almost as pretty as George!

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mrs mediocrity said...

I love all these photos, most especially the one with you in it, that just made me smile. Glad you will be getting a girls night out, and yes, kindness is everything.

andy said...

Love the photos ! You just keep spreading the kindness !

Gail said...

I cannot say, I know, I know because I don't.

Every time I see George At The Gate I say a prayer for you and your husband.

Carolynn Anctil said...

So much good stuff here. Love, love, love.

Mary said...

Calories don't count when they come on top of things... just like they don't count if you eat standing up, right? ;)

And yes, kindness does count. We get back that which we give ten times over...

Love your husband's morning wave... so sweet! Hope your weekend is wonderful. Or at least dry!

msdewberry said...

I so understand walking into a phone store and walking out with a Samsung! I did the same thing last month and love my Samsung Galaxy! I never thought I would actually use it as much as I do! Love your photos! And have a great holiday too!!

new mexico mtn girl - CheyAnne Sexton said...

How wonderful unexpected gifts are. when thought and care are involved it takes on a whole new meaning to the giver and the receiver. And what a cool piece of your photography to give her. Trees are so magical that words just can't even begin to do them justice.
peace n abundance,
ps. love what your camera phone took of you. It turned out great

beth said...

omg....the best, the very best is you in that little stamp photo that you didn't even know !!!!

kindness does matter and i for one need to be a little bit kinder.....a lesson we all learn from time to time.


sharon said...

I know what you mean about Keebler cookies. What the hey...why do they have to make their cream cookies so good? I need a new phone too. I keep telling myself to go buy one, but I can't seem to give up my phone from the dark ages. go figure.
have a good weekend. enjoy the sun.

JC said...

Sounds like you and George have the yard routine down. I'm sure he showed you how it was done.

The weekend away will do your sould good.

A kind gesture even a kind word can make a day. It's those moments that make life worth it.

Enjoy your weekend and pet that cute cat,


Daryl said...

how did i miss this wonderful post? i have been so bd about blog visiting ... miss you xoxo

BB said...

Well I love this post and LOVE that quote. You DO find the best quotes...


GailO said...

That is one nice camera phone! Cute magical selfie included!

It is good to have something fun to look forward to....I bet you are counting down the days:) In the meantime it is those little routines that are to be cherished.

Bluebird49 said...

Oh, what beautiful pictures, kiddo! Isn't it nice to have friends that mean something to you--even if they're not really CLOSE friends!

Unknown said...

I wanted to come and tell you that I thought of you a lot one day this week. I used a note card that you had sent me to send a gift card prize to a winner from my blog. Just using the pretty card made me feel good and, as I mentioned, made me think of you - some prayers went up as well. :)

I'm with you on the Droid thing - I looked at an iphone last year, but ended up with a Razr Maxx, which I love, though I am envious of your 13mp camera!

Also, the waving thing gave me a few tears - happy ones though.

Bluebird49 said...

Although I can't really afford a smart phone, I got one about a year and a half ago from our son and DIL. I have SO enjoyed it! I've got phone apps and games on it--I've even got a couple of apps you've mentioned on yours! Camera things. I don't know how I'll give it up in Jan., but I can't afford it on my own--they gave it to me for 2 years...and I know they just can't keep doing this stuff for me! :)