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Sleepless Night

Jaguar Dozing.

So I told my daughter I’d take little one overnight next Friday night, but she changed the days I was going to have her from Monday and Wednesday to Wednesday and Thursday. Then I’d have her Friday and Saturday and wouldn’t get any writing done for 3 1/2 days. So I took her yesterday afternoon through today instead.

“Do you want to sleep on your mat in the living room?” I asked little one at 8:30 last night.

“Yes.”

Everything is set up. I know how this goes. She wants to be in there until she doesn’t. And then I have to move her mat into my bedroom. So yep, next thing I know, she’s tried to move her mat on her own, gets it hung up on the coffee table, and she’s stuck. So Grandma goes out, grabs her mat, all her stuffed toys, her blankets, sets her up near the bed.

I bring in my laptop, hoping I can work a little later on the story. It’s already 9 pm.

“I want to come in bed with you,” she says.

“In just a few minutes. Let me finish this.” I hope she’ll sleep on her mat. I am a super light sleeper and she’ll keep me awake. I hope she falls asleep while I’m working on the story.

I don’t get anywhere, can’t concentrate and close up my laptop. She’s sound asleep on the carpet next to her mat. I have pillows next to the mat so she doesn’t roll off, even though it’s only a few inches high, so I suspect she was sitting next to it waiting for me to allow her into bed with me and fell asleep. I’m afraid to move her and wake her. So I turn off her lullaby machine, yay! No wonder I couldn’t write. And then hope I can sleep with her stars and moon lights racing across the ceiling over and over and over again.

I can’t. But I know if she wakes and it’s not on, she’ll be scared. I try to sleep. I can’t. It doesn’t matter. I’ll hand her off today after her parents have time to sleep in. And then I’ll take a nap. Can’t sleep. Can’t sleep. 11 pm, she cries out with a nightmare.

“I’m right here.” And I reach out my arms and she’s in bed with me for the rest of the night. I think I slept for about 2 hours. Then I hear this whale like sound. I’ve been listening for the rain that never comes. Didn’t come yesterday. Didn’t come Thursday. Is the whale like sound Tanner? How could a little Havanese sound like a whale?

I don’t want to get up yet. Little one is still sleeping. I want one of us well rested at least. And I’m just resting my eyes.

Whale sound again. Little whimper from Max. I know they need to go out, but they won’t go and do their business outside without me. It all has to do with when they were puppies and I didn’t have a fenced-in yard.

But if I get up, it will wake little one, and then she needs to go to the bathroom, be fed, then the dogs taken out, and fed, and taken out. I just want everyone–but me–to sleep a little longer.

Whale sound.

Little one stretches a couple of times. Looks over at me. Okay, it’s time to get up, let the dogs out, though they just come right back in waiting for me to come out with them.

This is going to be a long morning, but we had fun yesterday, and after I feed the dogs, get her dressed, let the dogs out again, I hope to take her for a walk because…there’s no rain.

Have a super great day!!! Mine is off to a tired start!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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I Love Clouds

Sun, sun, go away, come again another day. It’s so nice to have clouds that help to cool it down just a wee bit. I love clouds and can stop whatever I’m doing when some interesting clouds appear and take pictures. All blue skies? Whatever. Add some clouds and you’ve added some interest.

Yesterday, we had Florida clouds. No, they didn’t come from Florida, but they reminded me of them when I lived there. Big white fluffy clouds and big blue skies. Really pretty. We would wish for rain, and sometimes they would turn dark and we would have a major storm. Then they would evaporate and it was steamier than before.

Most of these are pictures I’ve taken in my neighborhood. The one over the water I think was in Scotland.

Capture the clouds at sunset or sunrise, and even prettier.

Captured at Disney World a few years back.

Okay, I’m doing stuff with my daughter and granddaughter this morning. Two more weeks of my daughter having off and then working long days during the week to make up for it. After that, she’s back to working 5 days a week and shorter days, so no more Friday play days. We didn’t used to get together every Friday over the summer like this. She had things to do. With COVID-19, the whole world has changed.

Have a great day and we’re supposed to be getting storms in from the Gulf. More clouds! Right now, it’s sunny, sunny, sunny.

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Birds and Butterflies

Giant yellow swallowtail. Pelicans? I included the before of the bird picture also to show what a difference it made. The swallowtail is recent, the pelicans were at a zoo in Omaha and no, I haven’t been going to zoos of late. These are all old pictures I’ve never shared. It’s fun taking a ho-hum picture and making something new and interesting out of it.

We were supposed to have 80% rain yesterday, we had none. So today, no rain. Tomorrow, rain. A system in the Gulf might bring us rain. We’ll see. I didn’t get to capture them, but we had some beautiful thunderheads.

I couldn’t write yesterday because of little one. I went over and had dinner with them, so I only managed 349 words on the book. Today, I will have to do better!

I have a hummingbird visiting the hyacinth bean flowers. Who would ever have thought! I haven’t been able to capture it either. I was about a foot away from it the other day, camera in the house. lol

Have a super, great day!!! And stay safe!

Terry

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On Being Helpful

I’ve been pulling dead holly, 🙁 , and pulling some of my milkweed that’s grown into a jungle and lots of grass and weeds since it was cooler yesterday and we had an inch of rain, yay!

But I was thinking about what someone said to me about trying to help others with creating photo art and she really appreciated that I would do that. I thought everyone would do it! I really just started using the textures with success this past March, but before that, I had been doing a couple of years of composites and learning how to really take better photos. I’ve been offering how I do it and several thanked me for my tips.

I’ve watched a ton of Youtube tutorials to learn how to do some things, but through trial and error, and lots and lots and lots of practice, I found what works for me. It’s like with writing, I’ve offered lots of advice to writers over the years. I don’t feel it’s something I have to worry about being in competition with anyone over. When I have time, I like being able to help others. I have noticed when someone asks someone how they did something on their photo art, some either don’t answer, or give such a vague answer, no one would be able to figure out how to do it with their own pictures. It’s like a secret recipe for success and they don’t want to share. But even if they shared, which I was hopeful one would, lol, what I did with it wouldn’t look anything like what they did with it because our base pictures and any textures we added would make them completely different.

Like with stories, photos and creating photo art, we all have a different “spin” on it. We have different life experiences. We have different ways of seeing things. When we create our works–no matter the media–it will still be our own. No competition. Different. And that is what makes each and every one of us special.

Okay, little one will be over here soon and when she is I will totally forget to post this!

Have a beautiful day and hope you are staying safe.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Reflections on Mixed Messages with a Preschooler

That’s the way I feel when going out in this heat!

So I was pondering something the other day when I was with my granddaughter–mixed messages. I still call her baby sometimes. I try not to. It just slips out. She’s officially the age of a pre-schooler now, no longer a toddler. Sometimes she’s a little girl. “You’re too little to do that. You’re a little girl.” Then at other times, “You’re not a baby. You don’t do that any longer.” Then, “You’re a big girl. See how you can do that?”

lol

I was out pulling up some milkweed that had taken over. One of my rosebushes looks pretty sad. I want to cut it way back, but I don’t think this is the right time to do it. We were supposed to have rain yesterday, then no chance of rain, then it rained. Yay! 80% chance of rain today. It was sprinkling while I was out.

Okay, I’m off to write. I managed to get 1200 words after little one left–49,000 to go. Sounds much better than 80K, which is the minimum.

Have a great and safe day!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Cool Pictures for Hot Days

I took the picture of the wolves at The International Wolf Center, Ely, MN.

It’s hot. We’re supposed to have thunderstorms, but now they’re like they’re not coming in until this afternoon. Totally clear skies twenty minutes ago, and now big white fluffy clouds have appeared. Weather can change so quickly.

I have to remember to save my story to my email periodically. I’ll be typing away and because of the heat and everyone using AC, we’ve had a lot of electric outages. Just briefly, but enough to shut down the computer in the middle of writing and there’s nothing worse than losing 200-300 words in one flicker of an outage. At least when I’m on my laptop, the battery kicks in.

Hope you all have a safe and fun day! Little one is arriving and I’ve got to get busy. Managed 500 words this morning. Hope to at least get a 1,000 words today.

Terry
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A Butterfly on Zinnia

Playing around with textures and cropping the photo at different closeness. I thought it was cool in the really close picture that you can see the pollen on the butterfly.

Yesterday, I had fun with the kids from the morning through lunch and still managed to get 3,000 words. Yay! That all has to do with doing some research and coming up with a fun side trip in the story. I have to start taking little one two days a week starting tomorrow, two weeks early, so I’ll miss my word count that day. Hope to make up for it by writing more today. I was torn–weed, which I desperately need to do, or just write.

Tomorrow, it’s supposed to be a little cooler. Maybe I’ll weed this week instead. See how easy it is to put off the inevitable?

I did walk today anyway!

Have a great day and stay safe!

Terry
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Water in the Garden

It’s so hot, seeing water in the garden helps to cool things down–visually. But also, the birds are panting so much, they need water too. The blanket flower is in a field of flowers. They’re so pretty and are doing great in this heat, humidity and no rain. Every day I look at the weather, it says we’re going to get rain a few days from now, but then it’s gone. No rain. *sigh*

It’s only around 90 today and for a few days, yay! A break from the 98+. Ever little bit helps. Cloud cover helps. But I see the sun. *sigh*

Okay, I’m off to write a little. Getting together with the kids at 9 and again at 6 pm, so need to get some writing done before and between!

Have a fun day and stay safe!

Terry
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Photography Art and Plain Photos

Wallaby and joey from San Diego, fuchsia flower from walk, pink flowers at arboretum in Minnesota.

It was so fun traveling around. I don’t go very often, maybe once a year to some place new, so I hope we will be able to again sometime in the not too distant future–like next year.

Getting together with my daughter and granddaughter today. Next week is the last time we get to do this and then she’s back to her regular hours, 5 days a week. This has always been a special time for us, but more so now with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Have a great day, and hope you don’t get tired of hearing this, but please stay safe!

Terry
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Creating Photo Art

While I’m writing, I’m also creating photo art. I get stuck, I play with a photo. The flower and butterfly photo was taken in San Diego, the big bird in Dallas.

Because of COVID 19 in my area, my daughter had to take my granddaughter out of daycare. I’ll be taking care of her 2 days a week starting next week, when normally I wouldn’t have had to for 2 more weeks. Which means I need to write faster! Before that happens.

Have a great and safe day!

Terry
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