Ah! A beautiful, sunny Saturday morning going on. I love mornings, the sunlight, birds chirping and the promise of a new day, full of wonder and joy of living. When the children were small, we camped almost every weekend at the Matansas Inlet over by the beach. We could drive down to the inlet and park, giving us a small, waterfront “property” for the weekend. A quick walk across dunes, highway A1A, and more dunes and we would be at ‘Rock Beach’. We gave the beach that name. I don’t know what it is, really, except that it is also the beach for Marineland. In the surf there are these enormous rocks that have worn down over the eons. You can walk from rock to rock and never touch water. But, the holes and tunnels in the rocks, made by water, allow for a uber-cool water show.
Here is a long view of the beach, southward
A rock that is worn
A close-up of the “coquina” rock the beach is made from
It’s really cool to stand on top of one of the mammoth rocks and watch the sun come up. When camping, we either got up early or just stayed up. Before dawn we would all make the short jaunt over to the rocky beach. Each one of us picked a rock of our own and climbed on top. There, complements of yours truly, “freespirited Su”, the family and their friends would get a narrative about how this is a “brand new day” that has “never been lived” before. And, how, we have choices as to how we could live each day. Et cetera! LOL
Anyway, I had fond memories! LOL
I have not exactly kept it a secret that I had to go back on some of the meds I used to take. I had gone off them, anti-depressants, for well over a year. I felt the need to go back on them after the holidays and it is difficult getting through all the side-effects. I feel like my body is humming, or vibrating. Since this is annoying and it makes it difficult to try to type anything, I have put off much of my online correspondence and involvement. A lot of folks, like me, try to go it alone after they start feeling better. This isn’t advisable. Don’t ever try it without consulting your physician first!
During this ‘down’ time, I have been working on organising my pc files. HA! Now, that I have situated myself in the design community, I see how I should have set up my files. LOL That is a slow process, weeding out things I can’t use, deleting duplicates, etc.
But, that isn’t all I have been doing. Last month at the Chat at Magickal Scraps
, I was invited and agreed to join in on May’s Daily Download creation. Each designer is assigned a month, picks the theme and color palette, and they each create part of the overall kit. I am so nervous that what I make will not
stand-up to the caliber of art the other ladies have been doing. I’m not going to tip it off, here, but, look for May’s Daily Download. I’ll also keep ya posted as to when and everything. (tease-tease!)
Next, a wonderful lady I have the honor of knowing, here, online, Jodiann Cates, from Weblog Jodiann
, commented on my list of ‘things about me no one knows’ in a blog award/chain-letter from last year. I posted that I had hair down to my ‘buns’. She said she’d like to see that. So, so many months later, with camera in hand, hand stretched out as far as it possibly can be, I attempted to take some snapshots. Please, bear with me! LOL Have you ever tried to take a self-photo? I figured in front of my big mirror would be good, since there is a lot of light and I can ‘see’ the image before I snap it. That was totally confusing to me! I kept forgetting where to look, the mirror, the camera lens? (Did I mention that I can’t chew gum and walk at the same time?) LOL A good time was had by all! So, I decided not to edit these photos. Here they are in a little gif-show.
For YOU, Jo-jo!
I had to get the ‘length’ of my hair in two photos. Can you tell I am amusing myself quite nicely? LOL
Notice the little pendant I am wearing? My son’s oldest step-son, Chad, gave it to me for Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it cool? He said he saw it and knew it was for me. He couldn’t have done better. I thought it was neat that he remembered me on V-day. It’ says “Peace on Earth” and, in addition to the cut-out of the peace sign, there is a tiny little gold peace sign on the chain, too. It’s real special!
In other family-related news, Kaleb is “monitor-free”! The little guy doesn’t need to wear it all the time. It’s nice to be able to pick him up without grabbing the monitor’s carrying case, too. He’s also starting to develop his personality. I kept him the other day so his mommy could go to the dentist. He would watch me with a look of amusement, when I spoke to him. He smiles and wriggles over it. LOL It’s cute! I didn’t hover over him with the camera like the last time I watched him. But, I do have this recent image.
Kaleb & Elliot
Elliot thinks he is still ‘daddy’s’ number one boy. Ha-ha! Kaleb will teach him just who’s number one!
What makes it so special to me is, one, my utmost admiration for Kyra’s own art, and, two, the company I was in. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Minky Sulin, yet, at least, go visit her website, The Continent of Sulina
. Minky, and friends, have a project going to raise funds for charitable causes, one, in particular, The Starchildren Project
. Their pet project is in ‘Sulina’, a place to be safe and free, especially for children. Her website, plus some other supporting sites of hers, are the most magickal places to visit. Minky does images with the fae, fairies, angels, etc., along with affirmations and poetry. They are phenominal! Each image is enlarge-able so it can be viewed clearly. They are all free for use, with few, if any, stipulations. Minky’s Sulina and the Starchildren Project, bring warmth and love to an otherwise cold and impersonal internet. Here is an image she took from a previous post of mine of Kaleb. It was when we were all worried about Kaleb’s irregular heartbeat. Isn’t this special?
When you visit Sulina
, be sure to consider helping these amazing folks, and the fae, of course! Without them, Sulina would have never been realised. You will be forever rewarded!
Even though I have been busy as a bee with creating, I don’t really have too much completed, yet
. I will, soon, though. In the meantime, unable to finish up several of the challenges from last month at Magickal Scraps
, I pulled what I had together and submitted the following goodies.
For the Brush Challenge, we took a brush, in this case it was various floral shapes from “KaiPrincess” at DeviantArt.
(Click images to go to MediaFire for download)
Antique Rose Page Set
The next one, the Shapes Challenge, was to used “Paper Shapes” from “Gojol23”, also at DeviantArt.
I made some ‘notes’ pages.
Notice my new “label”. Notice I used it on one, but, not the other? LOL I can’t help it. Actually, I was testing you all to see if you are still with me or of you’ve died of boredom. LOL
After very little prodding, I found I could shorten my URL by purchasing a ‘domain name’ from Blogger. Ten(10) bucks for the year! Did that. Now, my URL is
If you still use the old link, with the “blogspot” in it, you will be directed to the new one, so, do not worry. Thank you.
I will take leave, now, but, I will be back. As lengthy as this is, I still have more stuff to write about.
(See the gif I made for my siggy? I made that with my PS CS3. Next, I will work on a blinkie.)