Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag

I bought a bird feeder back around the beginning of December. I am enjoying having birds come by. We seem to be getting mainly one kind of bird. I am calling it a finch, but I’m not certain that is what it is. Mr. Geek did get me a bird watcher’s book at Christmas, I just haven’t looked it, yet. One of the few types of birds I can easily name is a blue jay. We’ve actually been getting a couple! Even though I think they are jerks and mean I’m excited every time I see that pop of blue. I took these shots about three weeks ago. Since then we’ve seen them a couple of times.

Forthcoming Photography Series

I was thinking today about the book A Year of Mornings.  When I had first read it some years ago it had inspired me. Today while doing the dishes, a daily necessary chore, that I particularly don’t enjoy doing, I thought, “Hey! What about a series of photos on everyday life. The mundane stuff that one would not normally associate with photography. That might be interesting.” So here we are. My intention is to post more regularly and so this I feel will help, though, I know myself and if I have to do it everyday it will begin to feel like a chore, so I’m hoping every couple of weeks, at least once a month. I also don’t plan on these being part of Wordless Wednesday but their own thing. How I take them is not set in stone, they might be  taken with the tablet or the DSLR. I am not sure how long it will be or how repetitive (I hope not) some might be. If anyone has suggestions, I’m willing to hear them. At the moment I only have a couple of ideas floating around in my head. Tentative tag/title/category is Everyday Life. Stay tuned!

Gruß vom Krampus

Mr. Geek was recently part of a Krampus Walk in Providence. This was the first year for something like this in our area. He’s been talking about wanting to do one of these for years so when a friend told him about this he got very excited. Lucha Krampus hopes it will be happening again next year. Here are a few photos I took when they got to their first stop.

*No one was harmed by the Krampuses.


Letting Go

It is almost five years since the apartment building fire. Due to the time of day and our schedules it happened we were home. When I left I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, jeans, socks, slippers and I managed to grab my coat. Beat up old slippers that had a crack in the sole do not make good footwear in snowy December weather. That night my sister-in-law had taken us out to get some stuff. One of the first things I got that night were a pair of sneakers. I had settled on the ones I got because they were New Balance (a brand I like and are comfortable for me) and my size. At first I hated them. Over the years I grew to like them. I’ve needed to get rid of them for almost a year. The treads are worn thin (I slip sometimes because they are slippery), I taped the back so my heel doesn’t rub and get a blister and there’s at least one small hole starting near a toe on one of them. Yet, I can not bring myself to throw them out. I’ve bought other clothing items since then and gotten rid of them with no problem. These sneakers though, I keep hanging on to them. I need to let them go.