Monday, June 26, 2017

Best Shot Monday: Besties

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These three have been best friends since they met in preschool at three years old. When we made the move to Tallahassee but kept our home in Jacksonville, this was part of the reason why: life-long friendships. I shared in this post that I've had a lot of different addresses. (I mentioned in this post that I wouldn't mind NOT finding the right family to rent our home to, and we didn't...so I love that we still have Home with a capital H, as I sit here right now writing this at Home...) 

When I was growing up and moving around, we didn't have the internet, Instagram, Facebook, Facetime, texting, online Minecraft battles, and all those other myriad ways to keep in touch with friends not in the same city as you. It's been fun for me using those avenues (except for the Minecraft battles...) to catch up with old middle school and high school friends that I lost touch with.  Despite all the downsides that all this technology has brought us at times, I'm so happy my girls have that technology now.  Pretty sure this will be one of those life-long friendships. Thank you, Lord, for this blessing.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Best Shot Monday: Meet Morning Glory

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I get to spend a good bit of time working from home in Jacksonville this summer, so that means I'm able to get back into my "home" shelter for photos! I spent this morning with the pups at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services. It was a bit of a challenging day since they are replacing the air handlers at the shelter. That meant that each back yard enclosure door that exits each run was largely blocked with a large portable a/c unit, with its exhaust vent propping the door open. The dogs and I had quite an adventure making it around that for each exit and entry back into the run!

Morning Glory here was a lot of fun. This girl has been at the shelter since early February, nearly six months. Can you believe it? She can't; that's why she's sticking her tongue out at you. She's a Lab mix, about six years old, chock full of personality. She's available for adoption at ACPS, 2020 Forest Street, Jacksonville.

Friday, June 16, 2017

2016 Documented Life Project: December

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Whoo hoo! I've finally made it to the last month of my 2016 Documented Life Project! And I'm not quite six months late! :-) I'll skip the narrative this time and just share with you how much I've enjoyed this project the past few years. I've done something a little different each year, and while 2017 is proving to be pretty similar to 2016 (with the goal of using up just what I have ... and apparently I have way too much to use up), I'm keeping it up. The only thing I'm finding is that I really don't care for the actual "calendar page" parts. I think I'd just rather just do a simple background with some quick highlights of the week instead of following that restrictive grid format. The second half of 2017 may see that. Thanks for sticking with me through this project! Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to the full project!

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To see the rest of my 2016 Documented Life Project, click here. For 2015, click here. And for 2014, click here. Up next, 2017!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Best Shot Monday: Meet Raisin

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How about a Best Shot Monday on a Wednesday? It's summer time! Nothing is on schedule! I spent yesterday afternoon at the shelter in Tallahassee hanging out with sweet pups like Raisin. This little gal is so much fun. She runs, runs, run, and then just stops right next to you ... and I mean right next to you. The only way I was able to get a good photo of her for the website was with her looking directly up at me like this. But I love the shot!

Raisin is available for adoption at the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center.  Adopt, don't shop!  There are thousands of wonderful pets waiting on you in your local animal shelters.  And they truly know they are rescued...and they often rescue you in the process.   

Monday, June 5, 2017

Best Shot Monday: Meet Lexi

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Meet, Lexi! I photographed this sweet girl about a month ago, and I'm so surprised she hasn't been snatched up yet! She's a good size, not too big, not too small, walks well on her leash, loves to play fetch, and is just an all around great dog. She's been in the shelter for about six weeks now. I always wonder why dogs like Lexi sit there waiting for a while. Her kennel presentation is pretty good, and she's obviously adorable. I mean, seriously! Look at that face! She has a little bit of hair loss on her chest, but that's likely just due to kennel stress. Once she's in a good home, that'll grow back in nicely.

Give shelter dogs a chance, everyone! You'll find that they rescue you in the long run. Lexi is available for adoption at the City of Tallahassee Animal Service Center.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Best Shot Monday: Remember

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As I was traveling home from my meetings in Tampa last week, I stayed off the interstate and took the back roads. I came upon this site in Cross City in Dixie County. There were a couple hundred of these flags lining Highway 98, memorializing fallen soldiers.  I took the photo with my phone and I see now that I really have my glasses on that it's a little fuzzy, but I wanted to share it just the same. I just thought they were so beautiful. Happy Memorial Day to those in the United States. Remember and honor those who have given their lives for our country. Thank you, service men and women. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2016 Documented Life Project: November

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Finally catching up on posting the last of my 2016 Documented Life Project! Work has been crazy lately! :-) So here's November. This first spread I clearly took the easy way out and pulled a piece of great magazine art and called it a day there on the left. This first week of November included our state volleyball tournament. She girls came with me and the husband went home to Jacksonville for a few days, so one of my sweet Chi Omega officers pet sat for us. She left me the sweetest note on the counter when I got home so I popped it in here. I'm finding that this project really is a great way to capture the little bits and pieces of your life that you'd like to hang on to, but just can figure out what to do with.

November-2

The challenge for the week above was do something with your initial. The redheads and I had the opportunity to visit the Ringling Museum and Mansion where we were at the volleyball tournament and captured this sweet pic of my little ladies on the steps of the mansion. Worth the visit!

November-3

The challenge above was pretty funny: use something from the bottom of your purse. I just so happened to have a receipt in there from our lunch date with bonus daughter Courtney that week. We went to the Riverside Arts Market that morning and then had lunch at Al's Pizza. I pulled the page on the right from the art journal I started creating in Melody's class at Serendipity a few years back.

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Back side of the Serendipity page journal here, using one of my cow photos. This was Thanksgiving week, so we were home for a few days and went to see Fantastic Beasts with Hailey G.

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The tail end of November and the first couple days of December brought my birthday and Sarah's band marching in the Winter Festival parade. Her first parade! I can't remember for the life of me what this journal challenge was, but I'm guessing it was something to do with stencils! So that's it for November! December coming up next week and then I'll start sharing 2017!

The Art 5 ladies aren't hosting the challenge in 2017, but I've enjoyed it so much these past three years that I'm keeping it up. As I mentioned at the top of this post, it's really been a great way to gather life's ephemera and make me print out some of those photos on my phone! Check out the Art 5's offerings here. You can see more of my 2016 journal here, my 2015 journal here (which I'm still working through...) and my 2014 journal here. Now go make some art!