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The Great Escape

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A week ago I just got in the car, gassed up, and left town. I had no idea where I was going. I had no plans. I had no one telling me to stay or question my motives. But what I did have was this overwhelming and driving need for something unplanned.

So, I packed a weekend bag, finger foods, a case of water, phone charger, and a few camping supplies (just in case I decided to “rough it”). You see, I may have been on the verge of a momentary mid-life crisis, but hey – I’m not lacking in cognitive fore planning even if this was a spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants escape.

And there you have it. Me, my thoughts, and my beetle hit the road heading north. At first, I considered making the trek to the beach. Sand in my toes. Salt breeze kisses on my skin. Sun on my…”WAIT! What the hell are you thinking?! SUN? Absolutely NOT!” My recently 2nd degree blistered and burned legs screamed at me making me reconsider that weekend option and thus the idea to head north…to parts unknown.

I spent the early noonish hours traversing ‘cross the Georgian countryside. Look at a Georgia map and you’ll get the feeling that moonshine had a lot to do with off the beaten trail routes ’cause not a single road leads straight any place. Needless to say, the drive was peaceful, serene, and as I took in the landscape and scenery, my thoughts bounced from this, that, and the other. I still had no idea where I was headed. I just knew that I wasn’t really in a city mood and since my legs strongly opposed the sunny beach idea, I figured I’d just continue driving until I ended up some place interesting. Interesting, hu? The irony is finally setting my sights on Bristol, TN for a surprise visit to my sister (less than 2 hours away) only to find that she was literally moving back to Florida that same night. Haha! No joking. True story. You see – that little asshole, Murphy and I have been at odds for years and whenever he feels neglected, this is the shit he pulls. Well, Murphy – I’ve got news for you. Sister or no, I’m not turning around. And I didn’t. And Murphy got left in my beetle dust.

My final destination? I ended up in The Great Smokey Mountains. The drive was insane but the sights were beyond beautiful. I needed this drive. I needed to feel free and to sort things out in my head. I needed to recognize that there’s still so much out there that I haven’t explored and not just physical explorations but also personal ones. And more importantly, I needed the time to refresh and renew my personal drive. To step out from the mask of complacency and really take an introspective look at my life and where I want to be. I came to the understanding that we all make mistakes but life is ultimately what we make of it. It’s ok to go off road and take in the sights along the way but eventually, even if it’s the long way, find a way to stay driven towards your goals.

Moral: Sometimes when life has you feeling boxed in…claustrophobic…you need an unplanned, great escape in order to put it all back into perspective.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

These are just a few favorite pictures depicting various boundaries.

Boundaries

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

I love monochromatic pictures because they change a picture’s mood so drastically. I used to think that monochromatic meant only shades of gray, sepia, blue hues, green, etc. It can be. However, it can be so much more and the colors can be vibrant not moody.

So, here’s my collection to add to this theme. They may not be the best because I’m definitely a novice at this but I hope you enjoy them.  ~SE

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

When I saw this topic, I immediately envisioned a variety of ideas that could represent this theme.

We’re connected to one another via technology, media, family, friends, and community. We’re also connected to places through modes of transportation and physical connectors, such as bridges. And a person can feel connected through music, song, books, and arts. There’s literally a million ways people or things are connected.

After pondering the idea, I wanted to share what I feel is one of the strongest connections we should have to one another because without it, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to connect in other ways.   ~SE

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

I live in an upstairs apartment with a tiny balcony. It stinks but I make the best of the tiny situation by decorating with lots of color and plants. I love my colorful flowers. I love the humming birds that buzz around me. I love the birds that flock to the feeder. And even that pesky squirrel that’s chewed the feeder beyond repair. Damn squirrel(s). In recreating that garden ambience, I have included a couple of my favorite garden stepping stones, hanging lights, jars fills with colored glass, and planters of varied colors and sizes that include hanging pots, as well as rail planters. I’ve utilized the space nicely and when I lounge on my bright, sunshiny yellow bench, I feel the most relaxed and at peace surrounded by my colorful garden. This is my place. My comfort zone.

Many gardens don the pointy hatted garden gnome or other gaudy and garish yard bobbles such as the freakishly large and obese toe stubbing toad or bicycling yard frogs. Flamingoes are still a thing in some yards and so are the metallic UFO balls neatly perched atop a pedestal under the big (insert tree name here) tree.

However, in amongst the bright pink vinca, golden sunflowers, creeping jenny, herbs, and other assorted plants, sits my garden fairy. She’s not creepy. She’s just chillin’ with a good book and because I love reading, too, we’re both happy to hang out together in our little garden paradise.

This week’s photo challenge was to capture an image from different angles and I felt this little lady was an interesting photo opportunity.  ~SE

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Creepy” Weekly Photo Challenge – Creepy

A few weeks back, I was headed to the grocery store on my break when I noticed this brilliant, neon green hitch hiker. He was just hanging on, enjoying the view, without a care on the world. I am by no means a spider fan but this creepy crawly was so fascinating, I just had to take a few pictures.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself

I combed though the masses of photos taken over the years and I discovered that what expresses me the most are:

  • My three Chicks
  • Fun Adventures
  • Anything to do with WATER
  • Laughing and Quirky Humor
  • A Great cup of coffee
  • Cooking
  • Technology
  • And my attempt at capturing a great photo

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Express Yourself

Weekly Photo Challenge – Serenity

Getting lost in nature’s beauty. These are some shots I took at a local park on the river. Ahhh – Serenity!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadowed

A few Christmas back, I took the girls and mom to St. Augustine for a little holiday get away. St Augustine is beautiful all on its own but the seasonal lights and sounds, made it even that much better. This is a picture of a small enclosed courtyard decorated for the season.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – New!

I’m definitely more than a novice in the kitchen. However, baking has become a challenging new for me and this was my first homemade pie EVER!

Here’s to NEW kitchen adventures in 2015!

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