this Memorial Day weekend. We usually think of the soldiers who died in battle, but we have a new battle with COVID-19 and I want to remember all of those who have died while doing their jobs to save the sick and those who were providing a service that keeps us going too! All the people behind the scenes, the grocery workers, parcel deliverers, those working at the food processing plants. The list goes on and on.
The deaths continue to rise across the world in this deadly battle.
Had a ball at my daughter and son-in-law’s house for his birthday. I had gotten him a board game, Everdell, that we played and though I said he should win, since it was his birthday, I won! Even better. lol My friend said, they let me win. Ha! They are super competitive. We’d never played the game so we learned as we went and while they were wheeling and dealing, I was doing my own little hope-this-works strategy and it did. They were both shocked. I really thought my daughter had won. I had double their score. Yay for Grandma!
We’re having hamburgers on the grill for Memorial Day.
So, I’m back to working on Red Wolf. Starting from the beginning and editing more. Though I still need to finish it. I’m hoping working from the beginning, I will know what I need to do. Talk to me, people! (I’m talking to the characters in the story–they really do their own thing and if I interfere, I go down the wrong path.)
We’re supposed to get rain. But that’s been the same old story for days now. You have 100% chance of rain at 8 am, delayed now until 2-3 pm, wait, 10 pm, no, 2 in the morning, change that to 8 am, how about 5-6 in the evening, okay, not until 8 in the morning, make that 5 in the evening… This is the ongoing changes from day to day. They say women change their minds, ha! The weather is worse!
So not a a drop of rain, yet we were supposed to have it from Friday through Thursday of next week. It’s Sunday now. Noon–that’s what they say now. Honest. Noon. Well actually: 12:15 to be precise.
Right. It will come if it comes. And right now? I have no faith in the weatherman. Just saying… lol
The challenge this week in the flower photography FB group is to do soft flower photography. In the yellow hydrangea and white flower, the softness was created in camera.
In the azalea, I added layers of brush work, then topped it with a texture overlay. Creating the soft look in the photos in camera is fun though. I’m going to try and do some more of that.
Today we’re celebrating my son-in-law’s birthday, so trying to get some writing in this morning and this afternoon. I didn’t think about getting wrapping paper for the birthday presents! And with Covid-19, I don’t make all kinds of extra shopping trips for stuff I forget, so I’ll need to find something! We don’t even get paper bags any longer, so that I could wrap it in brown paper and decorate! Maybe I have some more of little one’s birthday paper. lol
They say if you get up earlier than normal, you don’t get as much done. Well, I’ve been transferring files because my hard drive is too full and so I’ve been getting a lot done. Though I’ve been up for 3 hours and haven’t even done my blog.
I did get other stuff done also. Is it lunch time yet?
Oh, yes, and next week is Release Day for Night of the Billionaire Wolf!!! Tuesday! May 26!
I managed to get some background colors of yellow coreopsis and purple Spanish heather.
My goal is to finish writing Red Wolf by Sunday. I didn’t get but 250 words yesterday with little one here. So I have 4 more days to finish writing the book. That doesn’t mean I’ve finished it to turn in. After the book is done, I have to read and edit it. That is the fun part. Seriously. Making it better!
I’ve been getting my daily walk in before it’s light out. It’s getting to mid-90’s all week.
The juvenile squirrel was trying to get on this feeder, but he kept falling off. The white-winged dove was flapping his wings like crazy trying to get tidbits of seeds on the same little feeder. lol So I caught a few frantic flapping-wing trips to the feeder. They weren’t giving up.
And that’s dedication. Seeds are all over the ground, but somehow the ones in the feeder are worth the effort!
I managed 3,000 words yesterday–getting toward my 89K word goal. Eighty was minimum.
No sugar in my diet for a week now, no cravings. I picked up grapes and cantaloupe, have apples and carrots, so if I feel the urge to have something sweet, I’ve got it. And they taste sweeter now that I’m not eating tons of candy. Though my friend said that dark chocolate has all kinds of health benefits as long as it has 70% cacao, so I’m going to pick up some that have almonds in them (the almonds are also good for you), and have those as backup. BUT only a piece a day, or I undo all I’ve done with being good.
Sometimes it’s impossible to get any distance between your subject and the background, or you can’t get too close or you’ll chase your subject off. But if you have still life to photograph, or subjects that are prone to hold put even if you get closer to them, you can get some interesting effects. I love the bubbled bokeh, but creamy will do too. In the yellow and white mother’s day flowers, the bubbles are yellow esperanza in sunlight, and the flowers were on the patio. So when I went to shoot them, in the shade, the esperanza across the lawn several feet away gave a spectacular yellow bubble effect.
With the purple flowers, the bubbly effect is a waterfall behind them. The fall leaves–light filtering through the trees. The caterpillar–light reflecting off plants, and the wild grasses–that was harder since they were mostly on top of each other. I had to find some that I could get close to and the background faded away.
I try to get the sharpness of the subject, not really paying attention to the background as much, but I joined a group on Facebook to share silhouettes, bokeh, and reflections. I love to do the latter two, so it’s made me make more of an effort to try and find a fun light source behind my subject for natural bokeh when I can.
Ran to the grocery store this morning–empty, yes! Of people that is. I went at 8 am, but learned they are now open at 7 am, so will be going earlier next time. I haven’t gone in 3 weeks, most food in, lots of beef wasn’t available. But I really needed fresh veggies and fruits, and shoot, forgot tilapia and garbage bags. Always something.
And I took a walk first thing before it gets hot.
I’m off to write. Got my 80K in yesterday!!! Yay! So now I need to wrap this puppy up.
I used Daily Textures and Magnolia Textures to emphasize what I wanted to and exclude the rest. On the zinnia and hummingbird picture, I used the same texture both around the flowers as a background and another on top.
If I had my feeders away from the shrubs, then I could capture a creamy background instead. But the birds like the protection of the vegetation. We have shinned-tail hawks out here that would love to swoop down and have a nice meal too.
I have 3,000 words to go on Red Wolf to make 80,000 words, the minimum word count. Hope to get that today!
I’m on a NO chocolate, NO chips diet. I’ve been doing it for 4 days and feel so much better, lost 3 lbs right away. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, so no sugar added that way. Yay!
Today, I found this article on sugar and how bad it can be for you. Brain fog? Okay, anything that messes with my writing can’t be good for me.
I love Highland cows! I also love longhorn steer, but I haven’t found them to take pictures of and I live in Texas, I know. I took these pictures in Scotland.
Okay, got a little written yesterday on Red Wolf–after little one went home. Wild storms this morning at 3. It’s still raining. I believe them now when they said we would be under flash flood watch. My dogs haven’t even asked to be taken out when they’re usually ready as soon as I get up. It’s still thundering like crazy.
I’m back to the story, so have a fun day and I’ll catch you later!!!