Camera Play

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I have gotten all my decorating done and that is a good feeling. Now we can sit back and enjoy it. This morning I got the camera out to play with the modes and the tree lights. This one is no flash and a little movement.

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Using flash, not nearly as pretty…too stark.

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No flash, with no movement. It was too bright outside to get a good movement effect. The shutter wouldn’t stay open long enough and I didn’t want to go manual.

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This is a snowman with lights in a much darker area.

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Shutter stayed open longer and I moved the camera back and forth. I think that’s really neat.

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Here it is with just two movements.

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Little tree with colored lights in my husbands office. I liked the reflection of the lights in the window.


I shut the blind so it would be dark and moved the camera sideways.


I also moved it down. Reminds me of the glow sticks that can be bracelets or necklaces.


I then moved it up and down quickly. Nothing like some cheap amusement.


I had my son Kevin get some 2 X 4’s which are not exactly that size (a little puzzling) and cut and sand them. I saw blocks like these in a store front with paper letters on them. I am going to paint decorated letters and see how they turn out. I will keep you updated even if they don’t work out. This is my door paint color from the HGTV collection, I love it.


Books that I am reading right now. The Big Magic I received yesterday, it is written by the author of Eat, Pray, Love. Another artist recommended it and said that she will not view creating in the same way. The other book I received from my friend Colleen and it has been on my bedside table and it is high time I finish it. She greatly enjoyed it. I have also been watching my Roosevelt’s DVDs and love it all over again. I was sad when Theodore died at age 60. I am sad now because the USA is trying to recover from the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor has not been bombed yet but we know it is coming. I have been rooting for Franklin and his Polio and and had to look up if there had been any cases of polio in the US recently. The vaccine certainly took care of it…I knew three people who had it, when I was growing up,  all approximately the same age. Eleanor just worked tirelessly during the FDR’s time in office. I just try to picture how bad it was and I wish my parents were alive to talk this over with them.  


So I have had my afternoon coffee, filled out some forms for a new doctor I am going to tomorrow and going to work on my grocery list. It’s a nice day….hope you are having one too! Thanks for stopping!

Julia Roberts Kick

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The past couple of weeks I have been on a self imposed Julia Roberts Movie Marathon. It all started when I was scanning the television and Pretty Woman was on. I admit that I am a sucker for romance. This is just one of my very favorite movies and watching it Julia has certainly grown in her acting abilities but she is so lovely in that movie. Then this one, Erin Brockovich I really like also. It has history and is based on a true event. She played this really well and it was enjoyable.

mona lisa smile

My sister Linda suggested  I should watch Mona Lisa smiles. It is based in the 1950’s and she is teaching an art history class at an all girls college. She is from California and is more liberal in her teaching and this college is more to educate the girls how to be good wives not to really have an education to get an outside job. Julia isn’t married and the college criticizes her in the subject matter and in her relationships and that she should not counsel any of her students to put any kind of meaningful thoughts into their minds. It made me thankful women are not in that era anymore. Enjoyable movie!

my best friends wedding

I have Amazon Prime and this is the only free movie that is free with my prime membership. I was surprised because she has so many. The only down side is that I had to pay $2.99 for all of the other movies. Though much less expensive then the theater and much more portable on my Ipad. This movie drove me crazy because they didn’t want to be truthful with each other and kept holding back what they wanted to say. I thought “Just spit it out for gosh sakes”. I still liked it though, another good one.

Notting Hill

This movie has Hugh Grant in it and he really is pretty cute. I never wanted to watch it before because I guess I always had his prostitution incident in the back of my mind when he was dating Elizabeth Hurley 15 years ago. So it’s only a movie and I enjoyed watching it. Julia plays an actress who meets this travel bookstore owner and they become an on again off again couple. It ended happily of course.

pretty woman

Richard Gere is just so handsome in this movie, I can hardly stand it!. So I don’t know if I am done yet with the JR movies, but I have scratched that itch. She has a new movie coming out this Friday where she plays a policewoman hunting down the murderer of her daughter.  It looked good.  

The Roosevelts

I am now revisiting this set that I received for Christmas last year. I love history and this is just chock full of it. Teddy Roosevelt is so interesting and driven! FDR was such a sweet little boy and handsome young man who as a president got this country through a terrible war. Eleanor was an amazing woman who overcame such problems as really did all three. It is a well done documentary by Ken Burns. Thanks for Stopping!