I started this blogging journey in December 2013 thinking I wouldn’t make it through a couple of months. Here it is a year later and I’m still here. Some months have been pretty slow posting wise, not so much life being slow. As a family we’ve been through a lot this past year. Dealing with the bullying of my grandson in the spring and then with finally getting the diagnosis of Autism. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome but due to the changes in the DSM-V he falls under Autism now.
Had a pretty quiet summer, got the pool up and working even with dealing with a leak in a new liner. Spent a lot of hours on the mower in the “back 40” from March through October. One of my favorite things to do outside. In the midst of all of this I started back to school, working on my Masters in Criminal Justice. It has been an interesting journey from May. Been on break with no classes since mid October but they start back next Monday, 5th. Transferred to Nova Southeastern in FL to finish. Pretty interesting class starting, all about Firearms and Ballistics and the other one on Forensic Science. Looking forward to these two.
Still hanging on to my insurance license, got too much time and money invested not to keep renewing it every two years and doing the continuing education. I am in the midst of working on my AFIS (Agriculture and Farm Insurance Specialist) designation, so I guess taking the third part of that course will be my continuing education this year, that and the Ethics class that is required.
Started by journey as a Jamberry Nail Wrap consultant in November. Funny thing, I’d never heard of them until August of last year when a Face Book friend had a Face Book party and then became a consultant. Wish I’d know about this company before. Pretty new, started in 2010 and growing fast. Check it out: http://www.eulasullivan.jamberrynails.net/ and anyone wanting info let me know. Cool nail wraps and get paid to have pretty nails. It’s only in the US and Canada right now.
Through all of this the last month has be trying on my health and dealing with blood pressure issues. I am hoping that things will settle down again when school starts back next week and one of the grandkids will be back in school. They have all been sick including the three year old. This crazy flu and respiratory stuff is nothing to mess with. If you are sick with this, go to the doctor, emergency room or something. Kids are dying from it, scary crap!!
If we could keep all the vehicles around here running it would be a miracle. Out of seven vehicles, three are down right now….OUCH that’s a lot of $$$$’s going to be going out the door.
This is about it for my crazy life. Striving to increase my blogging and writing in this new year and accomplishing much more along the way. With major home improvements looming on the near horizon it’s going to be a busy one.
Posted in Autism, children, Family, Farm, fun, grandchildren, Holidays, memories, RandomRamblings.., Time
Tagged anxiety, Family, farm, grandchildren, home, life, Random Ramblings, wishes
Today, let’s bump up the contrast for a bold take on triumph.
This is from a few years ago when my son wrecked his PT Cruiser and it caught fire.
Before changes in contrast:
After changes in contrast:
Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.
There’s lots of sinkholes around the property here, the one I wanted I couldn’t get to today so I chose a smaller one. I may post the other one later this week.
Show us something (or someone) you cherish, and get up close.
Not really what I had planned when I read the description of this challenge. While walking around the back fields today I saw these – while they are not a treasure to me they could definitely be to the birds during the cold.
Posted in Fall, Farm, Flowers, Food, Photo101, Photos, RandomRamblings..
Tagged Family, farm, flowers, grandkids, photo, photo101, Random Ramblings
We’ve practiced shooting outside, getting different kinds of shots, and experimenting with light. This weekend, let’s build on these skills.
This is a series of shots from a few days ago. Trying to get the feel of what I as looking for when I posted for “Solitude”. Took several from different angles of the cog that is mounted at the entrance to The Factory at Franklin in Franklin, TN.
Posted in Family, Franklin, Photo101, Photography101, RandomRamblings.., travel
Tagged Franklin, NaBloPoMo, photo101, photography 101, Random Ramblings, TN, travel
Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot.
This shot is of the ticket booth at the old drive in on Hwy 50 in Lewisburg, TN. It’s closed for winter and looks so desolate and abandoned. Took a shot of the sign at the entrance also but the color on this one really stands out.
The following photos are of the sign and the concession stand area. They all have the pops of red.
Posted in Fall, Farm, NaBloPoMo, Photo101, Photography101, RandomRamblings.., Storms, TN, Water
Tagged children, Family, farm, grandkids, life, photo101, photography, Random Ramblings
Show us something uncertain, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.
Used some crazy setting in my photo editing after downloading pix taken with my Fire Phone. The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Spring Hill is being re-acted this month at the battlefield at Rippavilla just outside of Spring Hill, TN. These flags line the driveway to Rippavilla. Battlefield definitely looks different with the GM Plant across the highway now.
Posted in Battle of Spring Hill, Civil War, Fall, history, NaBloPoMo, Photo101, Photography101, RandomRamblings.., TN
Tagged ancestors, Civil War, family history, history, NaBloPoMo, photo101, Random Ramblings, Spring Hill, travel