Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta Lady

My friends and I saw Joe Cocker open for the Who at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit in 1969.  This was the Premier of the Who‘s Rock Opera “Tommy” which turned out to be their biggest success.  No camera’s allowed inside.

We used to be regulars and saw many well known acts, some I cannot recall but their regular bands at that time got to be friends/acquaintances of ours.  Iggy & the Stooges, better known as Iggy Pop & The MC5 among them.  We would sometimes get together at John Sinclair’s house and stuff “anti-war” literature in envelopes with some other very interesting people that will remain nameless, for now anyway.  Enjoy the memories of Joe and “Delta Lady.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient Is All Life

As much as I am a stickler to routine, my entire life has been nothing but change.  I admit to love of travel and thus I loved it when we moved even though it meant changing schools all the time.  I never had many close friends in my life so it was not that hard.  So “transient” were almost all my relationships.  I never knew our family was “less than” in others eyes but we were.  We always managed with help from some family members while others were glaringly absent.  All the while, our mother was hiding a secret.  A secret she only recently starting giving me chosen details on.  A secret that would make it look bad for her and the choices she made in life.  It was very important to my mother to appear perfect so she crafted this false world in her own mind.  A place where she would never have to admit to the carnage her choices brought to many.

I am going to share something to anyone who cares.  I knew my father was not a good man.  That he had actually been a bad man in earlier years but only recently found out that I am actually the child of a “gangsta’.”  A genuine big time gang member captured in a hail bullets with several of his gang many years ago during a crime spree they wreaked on several cities in the area.  I will not go into details but it upset me greatly that his past was hidden and that a relative sent me a newspaper article that she found in the archives looking up the family history.  I thank God I was told some of the dirty details, like the fact that I was in jail before I was born because my mother chose poorly in life.

I don’t get that some folks obsess over certain criminal figures on TV that the mainstream turns into heroes of sort and I have no respect for any woman who would want someone like that in their life or the lives of any intended children.  Orange is The New Bullshit!  My mother has never been close to her children, but finding out these kinds of things, along with other incidents that occurred during the years my father was around or not around, explains so much.  Sometimes your life is not what you think it is.  Imagine you woke up tomorrow and found out you were not who you thought you were.  That your life was an illusion of sorts.  A lie.

Oh, transient is the lie and yet many imagine they will never be found out or they wouldn’t cover the truth up in the first place.

The Lord’s Prayer says it all.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus In And Out

In Focus

Out of Focus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Evanescent.  I just learned me a new word today.  Who’da thunk it?

Sorry I have not had much to say for the last number of years but hopefully that changes in a few months, maybe sooner, not for sure right now.  I know I am about to take at least a couple of months off after Memorial Day weekend.

I knew I was canceling my cable service, Comcast, due to constantly being overcharged for months now and not able to completely correct the various issues with my bill.  I had never dealt with this company before now & read all the complaints before going with them anyway.  Live & learn, it can happen to you too!  I had no issues the first year with my introductory offer locked in but after that year and one upgrade deal that turned out to be $33.00 more than the agreed upon amount of $142 which was still way higher than the deal advertised for only $109 per month.  They gave me a partial credit with more to come, but reneged on the deal numerous times so I’m done.  Been charging me $176 or more a month!  Probably sending a complaint to the FCC when I am done with them.  I don’t expect they will just let me cancel.  I actually expect them to pull stuff on me after the fact like sending some type of “cancellation bill” or claims they didn’t get all the equipment back.  That’s how much I don’t trust them now and will wait and see so I can give a full report to the FCC when I do file a complaint so everything’s included.

I will choose another service after I get a break from it for the summer.  Will give me a chance to create again instead of being distracted because I want to watch things and get my money’s worth out of this service while I have it.  I might do another post before I stop for a while.  This is some of the things I’ve worked on in the past in various media and with my computer graphic software of which I have three.  Photoshop, PhotoImpact & PhotoDraw.  Most are about 10 years old or more with some functions no longer supported by the company and as such no longer work like 3D in PhotoDraw 2000 because of their constant upgrades to Windows through the years.  I rarely touch Photoshop Elements 7 & 9 preferring Microsoft PhotoDraw when I need it.  The PhotoImpact edition I have came out in 1999, a year before PhotoDraw was introduced by Microsoft I purchased at a good price in my college bookstore.

I used to do restoration work on old photos back in then 1980’s for a couple of professional photo labs without the help of any software like we have now.

I have been suffering through yet another diet the last couple months trying to get rid of about 20 extra pounds after hibernating all winter with cable.  Was nice though.  Spoiled the heck out of myself.  I started keeping a journal with the approximate calorie, fat and carb info for everything I ate.  It helped me become aware of the nutrition in my food and make needed changes.  I still freak when I have a couple of slices of bread I want to use so it doesn’t go to waste but I don’t want the added calories and have other left overs that are more nutritious.  I’ve never been a big bread eater in the first place but did purchase it.  I pride myself in never wasting any food but thinking like that will put on the pounds for sure.  So will snacking on seeds and nuts thinking they are healthy but realizing just how many calories and fat is in them.

I made a “Pineapple Dream Desert” the other day for a treat after giving up cheesecake and ice cream, my favorites.  I’m not fond of just any sweets but what I do love I must have like chocolate at least once a day.  I created a “Diet Pineapple Dream Desert” in honor of my 11 lb weight loss.  I was about to go berserk feeling so deprived.  Click on the original desert name for the full recipe.

I did not make a crust, just the top sprinkle.  Whip all the ingredients together as you would any whipped desert and chill a couple of hours to firm.  Not bad but not as good as a cheesecake, fair warning.  Also found this great snack food called Cosmos Creations that I think may put a crimp in my diet plans. Like the coconut crunch in moderation.  Must be a Christian company because days later I was reading the back and found Psalm 89:11.

I have also added an additional 8 crates to my wall shelving.  I’m eventually going to sand them all better and stain them a darker color as well as input those battery stick lights in some of them for ambiance when I can find some that are decent quality.  I tried those years ago with my under the stairs storage and they eventually fell off after getting knocked.  They were cheaply made.  I will post the another picture once I complete that time-consuming project one day.  *WARNING: Again, would not recommend doing something like this with young children who could easily pull it down on themselves.  

I actually might just sand them and use white wash or milk paint.  I like both effects.  Viewed them on Pinterest.com.  I plan on being creative as far as placement once in a while now that I have 20 to work with.

I plan on starting and finishing a number of collages while I’m away for a while.  I will post them as soon as I’m online again.  In the meantime I’ll share some of my old work.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting Pink

pink mirror 2

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

An earlier Mother’s Day.

I was sometimes called a “girly-girl” which I don’t get except I was very slight of frame and quiet.  I didn’t wear ruffles or pink but preferred a book to sports, kittens to dogs and giggling to gossip.

I grew to love pink, ruffles and lace as I got older and I don’t mean as an old lady, but even into my 30’s I grew fond of the romantic look in clothing and decor.

An outdoor picnic. I made my dress and my son’s outfit.


Reflections are all around us daily but I’m reflecting internally about the time in my life when I actually “mothered.”  I am still a mother but am no longer allowed to act like one.  That sucks.

I love Sean’s expression at 3 months.

My son David used to play a little too rough, age 3. At age 10 he broke a foot right before school started.

Reflections of home.


Reflections in nature.

Weekly Photo Challenge: May Day on Earth, 2017

And what a May Day it’s turning out to be.  God only knows anymore what will occur on any given day in our twisted world of selfish Godlessness.  The evil ones take a day and hijack it as another excuse to act childish and violent in the streets calling it a protest, when all they mean to do is act out in violence and hatred to anyone who is not on their side.  I will never be on the side of evil.  Evil has turned me from at one time being “liberal” to despising those with that title.  The evil ones hijacked that term as well as hold it as a shield to trick some into thinking they are selfless and caring when they seem to only care about the rights of someone that takes everyone’s else’s rights away.  They do not stand for justice, fairness or decency so they don’t stand for me.

Protesters pretend to care about various things but their actions prove very different.  They are angry, immature and don’t care who they effect adversely by all the polluting and littering they leave not to mention the actual destruction and harm they cause to others or our earth.  The devil comes to steal and destroy, not Godly people and I definitely judge a man by his actions.  How you treat others, so shall your Father in Heaven treat you.  The same goes for our earth.  The way it’s treated, it will react in kind.

I once won a litter bug contest sponsored by a local program in Detroit by naming the litter bugs when I was about 8 years old.  I can’t remember the names but did win a board game of some sort.  My father who was part Native American gave me a knife when I was young and told me how to use it and how not to use it to respect all the living things on this planet.  My parents were not perfect, but had good values.  They explained about how everything we see growing is alive, the importance of organic gardening and not using herbicides and pesticides as so many do because it’s easier.  By now everyone should know better.  In all my years of gardening as an adult I have never had it harder because I didn’t use chemicals.  I did have to kill some pests by hand as well as do more weeding until more mulch was placed in some areas and I’ve mixed up a batch of spray to place on some plants to deter pests with garlic water and Fels soap.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Security of The Cross

If you are not familiar with Christ and his teachings please refer to the first four chapters of the New Testament to see why I cannot help but love Him.

Remembering the great sacrifice Jesus gave on Calvary over 2000 years ago on this Good Friday and just how many are still being saved by His grace today.  No one before or since has ever loved and saved so many people in the history of this world.  He truly is the King of Kings and no one, no matter how they have tried, can ever change this.  The truth, the way and the life He truly is and the truth is unchanging and cannot be hidden.  He is the light of the world as should all of His followers be.  Jesus prayed before he was crucified for the Godly people, the people that believed in who He was and those still to come that would believe on Him sight unseen.  He did not pray for the world and he told some that cried for him to weep for themselves and their offspring instead.

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