What I give thanks for today may leave you a bit puzzled. Why would you be grateful for this thing that’s so bad for you, you might ask.
Well I’ll tell you. This is cheap. It’s warm. It’s filling, and to me, it tastes good.
I generally try to eat well. I’m educated when it comes to nutrition and I know what I should be eating. Sometimes though, you find yourself without the means to buy organic… or even groceries. While watching The Daily Show this week, I heard director, Ken Burns say, “when your back is up against a wall, ideology goes out the window.” I’d certainly say that about myself when it comes to nutrition.
When my back is against the wall and my bank account is up a creek, I’m grateful that there exists a thing that will fill my belly and warm my soul.
Today, I give thanks for ramen.
Don’t judge me!
Today’s entry goes out to all my actor friends out there.
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been an actress for a lot longer than I’ve been a photographer. Like a lot longer. As long as I can remember really.
Through the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working along side some of the most talented, hard working, long-suffering, tenacious people in the whole wide world.
People say it’s hard to be an actor, and it is. The funny thing is, it’s harder than even the people saying it’s hard (ie high school counselors, your parents, random strangers on the street) can even fathom. It’s hard in far-reaching ways you can’t possibly predict.
As I edited the headshots of my last “victim” today, I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride.
The “victim” I speak of is my dear friend Nanci. We’ve worked together as actors and I’ve taken her picture many a time. Nanci has raised two lovely sons, both in college. She moved from Canada (I try not to hold it against her ) to the US and has worked in many different fields. She’s an incredibly talented actress and a laugh a minute. There are few actors I’ve had as much fun working with as Nanci.
During her session, I was simultaneously disappointed and thrilled when Nanci let slip that she is moving to LA! After all these years she’s taking a chance on herself. “I’m giving myself 10 good years,” she said smiling.
I’m so unbelievably inspired by Nanci for throwing caution to the wind and taking a chance on herself. It’s never, never too late and if anyone can do it Nanci can.
I’m so proud of all my actor friends for fighting the good fight and continuing, sometimes against reason and odds, to believe in themselves. Keep going. It’s never too late. You all inspire me in ways you don’t even know.
Here’s Nanci! Wish her luck!
Behind the scenes… Nanci didn’t like this sign. We think rules were made to be broken. Besides it didn’t say NO LOUNGING! Right Nanci?!?
Hope you liked the pics! Who or what are you grateful for???? Write a comment and let me know!!
Okay, so, I’m cheating… a little…
In all honesty though, my gratitude for this next person should take up at least this many days! Today, I give thanks for my dad.
His name is Stan… some call him “Stan the Man” some call him “Stan, Stan the fix it man!” Some call him Stanley or Stanley Dean (much to his chagrin). I call him Dad, or more often “Pops!”
Whatever you choose to call him, the title he prefers is “Master Woodworker”… and he is. From a very young age I learned to appreciate real craftsmanship. I learned not to flop down on the furniture (for every time you do, somewhere, a furniture maker weeps). I learned how much work and how many hours go into fine art whatever the medium. Sometimes you even have to sacrifice a few digits… That’s a story for another day… Please note the menacing table saw pic and the following one of my dad’s poor fingers… yeah, that happened.
Today I pay homage to my “Pops” who taught me how to be an artist in the truest sense of the word. Thanks Daddio!
BTW please do not take this post as an invitation to ask my dad to borrow tools He’s a very kind man but he has his boundaries!
Today was the first day I’ve been a little stumped. It’s one thing to be grateful for things… it’s another to think of a creative way to photograph and communicate those things. I’d like to thank my friend and HGM supporter, Heather for her simple suggestion. Cheese. I bet she didn’t think it would turn out this way .
Meet my new friend, Gouda Fromage! Say cheese Gouda!!
Gouda had a terrible day at work today. She has a headache and stubbed her toe this morning. All in all today was the worst!
As soon as she got home her friends surprised her by showing up at her door with a bottle of Cabernet and a loaf of french bread.
Gouda feels so much better for a glass of wine and some good company.
Gouda feels the same way I do. Everything is better with some wine, cheese and a loaf of fresh french bread.
I know I’m not supposed to play with my food but today I am grateful for Cheese!!
I know today is a big day in our nation’s history. I know I should be grateful for democracy on this day of days. I know I should be overjoyed by the fact that today I drove up to the elementary school at which I am registered to vote and had the opportunity to cast my ballot. I made my voice heard! I am an American!…
However, today there is something even more momentous to celebrate. Last night, despite the fact that I only have one functioning burner – I COOKED A FULL MEAL! That’s right people, hold the presses! All this talk of Mitt this and Obama that is for the birds! Doesn’t Yahoo know the real news???
Here are some of the shots I took of our meal last night. Nothing fancy. Just good fresh, food.
I love food.
Yummo!!! Feel free to pin these pics!!
Send me your pics, snapshots, or just message or comment and let us know what you’re grateful for!!!
She’s an old gal. She rarely lets me down. She has cloudy, sun-damaged eyes and likes to wink from time to time. She has bumps and bruises on her tough grey skin but moves with pride despite the creaking of her joints. I don’t always treat her as well as I should but I’m grateful for her and I’m taking day 5 to tell her so.
Ellie I love you! Thank you for being there for me when I need you.
Can you guess who she is???
Her cloudy eyes aren’t very bright but always see me through.
She takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin’.
She’s tough in the ways that matter.
Ellie has a flare for the dramatic!
Her hide is cracked and worn.
and she’s always hungry!
Ellie’s a California girl.
She’s kind of an animal on the inside.
No Ellie isn’t short for elephant it’s short for Elantra.
She’s my car and as I sat in traffic today, I suddenly felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this popeyed, dinged up, high-miled, silver fox.
Are you grateful for your car?? Tell me about it! Leave us a comment or email us your pictures!!! They don’t need to be fancy a snapshot will do!
Thanks a heap!
Today I stopped and smelled the roses… and the marigolds… and the lavender… and the – well you get the idea.
My parents recently moved from Missouri to California. My husband and I had been living in the house they bought a year prior. While we took great care of the house itself, the yard… well, that’s another story. It’s been just a few months since they moved in and we moved out. In very short order, they transformed the dirt lot we left them into the most beautiful garden full of flowers.
I’m so grateful to have my parents living so close and to be able to visit their gorgeous garden whenever I need a little inspiration.
Here are some of the shots I got today.
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Lately, I’ve been working my tail off to meet my self-imposed deadlines. For me, the hardest part of running your own business is that you have to be ultra disciplined to put in the hours and work to your fullest potential. No one is looking over your shoulder to make you do anything. This is good… and bad. It’s easy to let the Bravo network take over your life (I confess my guilty pleasure – RHNY).
We’ve been living in our new house since June and as of a couple of weeks ago, I had yet to set up my office in our little granny flat out back. Though its far from perfect, I’ve been able to give this little space a make-over and infuse it with a bit of my personality. I have so much work left to do but I’m so grateful to have a space to focus my energy and get things done! No TV, no cat, no husband! Just me and my work.
Here are a few images of my office captured this morning. I think these convey the stillness, the peace and the quiet of my little flat out back.
I like frames. The wall of book pages to the left took me forever but I really like it. The framing of the foot in the image to the right was purely accidental and I love it.
Okay, so Budah looks cool but I have to confess… he's from Target Hey man, it's not his fault. I like to pretend I got him whilst on an wild escapade through the Orient. Wah wah.
This is one of my pieces I threw in a frame. I gotta get some more printed… sigh.
While visiting this week, one of my clients mentioned she felt some spiritual cob webs lurking in the corners of my office. Like they say, “the customer’s alway right!” Here’s a little sage burning. Now my office is minty fresh!!
To the left is the view from my window. I’ve grown this Morning Glory from seed (one of my few gardening success stories). To the right is one of the vintage hats given to me by my lovely mother-in-law. Thanks Nancy! They look great hanging on my wall out here!!!
Silence, peace, stillness, and space. This is what I have gratitude for today.
What about you???
Feel free to comment and send us your pictures of gratitude!! I need pics and comments for my final day!!!! Help!!
Today I woke up early to take my mama to work. She’s letting me borrow her car today (another thing for which I’m grateful) as one of our cars has given up the ghost, at least for now according to Jesse.
I love coffee so very much on a normal day but today it was so necessary! I was grateful that we were stocked with plenty of grounds and all the things that go along with them! Here’s my homage to coffee.
Thank you to Elizabeth Flesh who gave me this mug (one of my faves) for which I’m also grateful!
See, this has a domino effect! What are you grateful for????? Let us know in the comment box or even send us a pic!! We’d love to feature your gratitude!
In honor of November, I’ve decided to start a new photography project, “25 Days of Gratitude.” I figured it would be a great way to provide you with things to look at while reminding me to be grateful for the little things in life everyday leading up to Thanksgiving.
I hope you like it and continue to follow me though out my 25 day journey. To ensure you’re notified each day, make sure you’ve liked our page on FB!!
Oh, and to all you Pinterest addicts out there, feel free to pin these! The button’s on the bottom
Day 1 – Mary.
Meet Mary. She’s my cat. I have had her for 6 years now ever since she was a wee 5 week old. Too young to be away from her mama, and so tiny she could sleep in my shoes (which she did btw) this little creature had sass from the git go! I’m grateful for my little kitty who greets me with a chirp every morning.