“Without Rain, Nothing Blooms…..”

“Without rain, nothing blooms. Learn to embrace the storms in your life.” ~unknown⁠

While not all storms are created equal they do serve a necessary purpose in our lives. They break us down, they nurture us and we grow from the process.⁠

Are you embracing your storms?


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52 Week Challenge: Week 2 – “My Everyday”

So, the theme for this past week was all about “My Everyday.”  It was a pretty good theme, challenging me more to think about “the story” of my everyday, versus really practicing photography skills.

Here’s a glimpse into “My Everyday:”

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“The Workout” – I try to make it a priority to squeeze in 5 days a week, either through cardio or resistance training.  These are my “indoor shoes” and my “outdoor shoes.”    

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“The Master Tinkerer” – I had some help with the theme this week from my Dad.  He will be 91 next month and is still extremely active.  I’m blessed that “My Everyday” includes spending time with him.  He ALWAYS has a project to work on and I’m slowing catching on.


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“The Workshop” –  The three (3) pictures above are of Dad’s workshop.  He has a tool for EVERYTHING and every tool has an assigned space.  Trust me, if he sends you out to his workshop to find a tool it will be EXACTLY where he said it would be!

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The “End of the Day” – This is a pretty good representation of how most of my days come to an end.  A refreshing beverage, a cozy fire, good music and long conversations with my husband.

Obviously, there is more to my “Everyday” but the above seem to sum it up the best.  I’m humbled and blessed I have the health and the time to enjoy each.

The theme for Week 3 is “Out of Focus.”  Wish me luck!




For the Love of Photography – National Public Gardens Day at the Swan House

“Did you know there is a “National Public Gardens Day?”  I sure didn’t, but when I read about it on the Atlanta History Center website, and they said in honor of the day you could tour the Swan House Gardens…….FOR FREE….I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a photo outing.  And, since it’s way more fun having a fellow photographer with you I invited my friend and sister-in-law, Janice to join me.

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Front of The Swan House.  This photo really doesn’t do it justice.

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The driveway leading to The Swan House.   We tried to get in but our “garden tour” stickers were a dead giveaway that we didn’t pay for that part of the tour!


While most of the floral was in transition (azaleas and rhododendrons had long dropped their blooms) the summer greenery was vibrant.

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A beautiful trail leads the way

There was so much to see on the grounds…..there were even statues in the middle of the trail;

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And, historic farmhouses which had been moved to the property for preservation,


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The Wood Family Cabin. It’s original location was near the Chattahoochee River, not far from where the Creek Village of Standing Peachtree once stood.

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A closer look of the Wood Family Cabin. 


There were even life-size playhouses built for the original owner’s children!  This was my favorite……the Victorian Playhouse.

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It was such a fun outing and a great way to practice those photography skills!  I was so glad I brought along a second camera so that I could use my macro lens!

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Weather wise, I couldn’t have picked a better day as there was so much natural light…..no flash needed.


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Inside the Wood Family Cabin

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Looking through one of the cabins on the Smith Family Farmsite


Here’s to a new week with new adventures!

Until next time…








Thoughts – Anything is Possible

Here we are! The first week of 2016 behind us.  We’ve made our resolutions and set our path forward to making this year different and better than in the past! Yep……..it’s going to be a great year!

As I began laying out my plans for taking this blog (and my photography) to the next level I knew anything was possible, I had to set goals with realistic and achievable milestones.  But, I also knew that in order to grow and be successful, I had to stretch and challenge myself.  Kind of like the little dog in this photo:

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Several years ago, my husband and I were out walking on a local trail and came across this little Yorkie trying to pick up a stick that was about 5 or 6 feet long.  Carefully, try after try, he kept working to find that right spot on the stick that would give him balance.   The sweet spot that he could grab hold of and carry the stick with ease, following his owner down the path.

Like this little dog, I’m working to find that “sweet spot” to achieve my goals.   For my blog, specifically, I have laid out a monthly plan with re-occurring weekly themes (yikes…..there’s that stretch and challenge).  Each theme a little different…..some easier to write about……others challenging and stretching myself.

I chose “Thoughts” to be a monthly theme and for this particular post I wanted to share my thoughts on “Anything is Possible.”  I know I can be a better photographer and writer, but it will take work, patience and persistence.  It will take me pushing myself past the excuses for not getting a post written or publishing new photos.

So, what are your “Thoughts?”  What do you see as possible for yourself in 2016?!?