So here we go with another sodding selfie week, with an overall theme of ‘What I Love’. Sigh. I don’t love selfie week. Not too many AFACs (airy fairy abstract concepts) this week, at least none that have thwarted me. Yet.
Day 171 ~ Determined. ~ Today’s prompt word is “determined.” I absolutely love to hike in nature. It’s funny, as I have gotten older, I have gotten more determined to try things out of my comfort zone. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t be doing some of the daring (to me) things that I do now. If you had told me then that I would be climbing over boulders and using ladders in some of our hikes, I would have laughed at you.Determination is mind over matter. Once you get it in your head, and have the confidence that you can do it, you are more likely to succeed at it. What is something that you are, or were, determined to do and you did it?
Straight in with an AFAC! Just blerkety blerk. 🥴 I am not really “determined” to do anything other than get through sodding selfie week, and get through work days. No hiking up boulders with ladders in Gateshead. But I came up with this instead. In the past couple of weeks Lord Vincent has been bringing presents home. The tally so far is 3 bluetits and a sparrow. He hides under a bush under the Happy Eater tree and somehow manages to catch them. I’m so surprised as bluetits are very speedy and wary little birds, and I am not happy about it at all. I got a bell for his collar, but that hasn’t done the trick. So I sent off or 2 extra loud bells to add to his collar, and Phil has cut away the branches where he was hiding, so hopefully that will suffice. Lord Vincent is determined to murder birdies, I am determined to stop him! But I do love him!
Day 172 ~ wave. ~ What does wave mean to you? The crashing waters at the ocean’s edge? Flowing hair? A flag blowing in the breeze? The wave I most love these days is the one that comes from this little hand each time I get out of the car at his house and get back in to leave at the end of the visit. Today, turn your camera toward a wave that you love.
I decided to take ‘wave’ as in the sea, and in the evening took myself off to Long Beach at South Shields, and got my legs wet trying to photograph myself in a wave.
Day 173 ~ nourishment. ~ You might think, what has this photo to with nourishment? Well, I thought I would go to the source, I walk the fields at least once a week and with the sun shining on the crops it does make for some great photos and really makes me happy! This is a flax field, blue flowers for as far as you can see…well, to the Waterloo Lion in the distance! Flax is used as a food and fibre. What is nourishing you today?
Well I was at work today and nourishment is a quick chew on a chicken saté stick in between dances. I bought a salad for dinner, but I checked IG and quite a few people had chosen salads for their picture. Have to say salad as artwork is a thing, but I don’t like doing the same as other people so I figured I would nourish my face instead and used a clay facemask, the cucumber came in handy though. There is no way I would ever have posted a picture of myself thusly in my younger (and arguably prettier) years, I guess I got too old to give a rats arse about what anyone thinks of my radiant beautiousness these days. 🤣
Day 174 ~ Park. ~ What a lovely prompt today! Take a photograph of yourself in the park! It is “Where I Stand” day so try and include your feet. What a perfect excuse to get outside and head to the park. Tell us about your park and why it is special to you and why you chose to stand there and why you love it. Show us what you love to do in the park. In this picture I am standing on a very old wooden one way bridge spanning the Thompson River. I love the slow moving waters of the Thompson and its greenish hues. It fills me with a sense of peace and therefore I visit it quite often.
A nice and specific prompt from Mrs. Cocktail~dress, but there really isn’t a park in walking distance from me. However there is a green space over the road from us with a mowed field one end and marshland at the other, with a little oak tree stuck in the middle. I had thought and then unthought, about climbing the tree, but instead decided I’d fly with an umbrella for a bit of fun.
Day 175 ~ 6 O’clock. ~ What I love at 6 o’clock in the morning is coffee! Instead of showing you my sleepy face, I decided to share a still life with coffee being poured by my hand in the photo. There are so many elements in this photo that I love…the wooden tool box was a recent find at a thrift store, the teapot and cup set were gifts from friends and the shutters that I painted purchased at a consignment shop. Then the textures – burlap and dried flowers. So what does 6 o’clock look like in your part of the world? Are you making breakfast or dinner, out buying props like a vintage clock or setting up a still life scene? Don’t forget to let us see you sharing what you love!
6 O’clock is cooking time here at Fraggle Towers, and for tonight I did a fried rice, which was very yummy.
Day 176 ~ Zipper. ~ Picture You week doesn’t mean you have to share all of yourself. Sometimes it’s nice to creatively crop just enough to show a part of you that still conveys what you are sharing in a great and personal way. I didn’t think it was necessary for you to see my face today as I am showcasing my favorite jacket. Think of how you can creatively crop yourself in today’s photo while adding a zipper from something you love.
Here are my great and personal favourite boots, with zippers. Creatively cropped too!
Day 177 ~ Affirmation. ~ For the last two years I’ve been on a journey to improve my health. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life and knew that I had to lose some weight and get more active if I wanted to enjoy my retirement to it’s fullest. I’m so happy to say that I’m down 120 lbs. During this time, I have never felt better. It hasn’t been easy, but the effort has been oh so worth it! I have this saying on the mirror in my bathroom as a reminder every day. It helps to keep me going and reminds me of why I’m doing this. Do you have a saying or a mantra that you find affirming? What or who in your life provides you with the support and affirmation you need to live life to it’s fullest? Being kind to ourselves is not always easy but you know what, you deserve it! You’re awesome!
And it was going so well, sigh. I’d been thinking about this one all week as it’s the mother of all AFAC’s so far. And came up with nothing, niente, nada. I don’t do ‘affirmations’, so I googled ‘affirmations for life’ and groaned my way through airy fairy clap trap. I was on the verge of shooting the cats, but then I realised, there’s a cool saying I saw on the wall of a ladies loo, though that should be ‘bathroom ‘ as I was in a rest stop on Route 90 on the way to Columbus Ohio at the time. And it’s rained solid for two days here.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”.
So all in all this has been a better sodding selfie week than usual, it’s even been nearly fun a couple of times! Also Vincent hasn’t caught anymore birds. Also I was inspired to do a Haiku again!
Today the rains came ,
people are staying inside.
At last they’ve shut up.
Stay tooned for next weeks adventures with ‘details’.