bright eyed and bushy tailed

June 23, 2020

picture of the day

chipmunk of the hill
taken June 6, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/60 sec; ISO 400
focal length 300mm
CANON EOS Rebel XT
available at Picfair (linked)

ADVICE FROM A CHIPMUNK

be playful
it’s okay to be a little cheeky
be bright eyed and bushy tailed
plan ahead
stay chipper

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(pinterest)

Daffodil wakes in the spring
Rubs her eyes – begins to sing
“In the grass I’ll play go peep
while other flowers are all asleep.”

take care
stay safe
much love

~ once again, I have to apologize for being late! This might be the “new normal”, for a while anyway! I usually try to post no later than 730am, but I’ve been able to sleep in til 630 or so. My cat, Kalimba, is still hanging in there, in fact, he’s kinda eating a little bit of watered down food and still drinking water. So, that’s a plus!

simplicity

June 22, 2020

fun with words

“Simplicity boils down to two steps:
identify the essential
eliminate the rest”
~ Leo Babauta

Simplicity: noun – the quality or condition of being easy to understand
– the quality or condition of being simple
(online dictionary)

“In simplicity you will find peace.”
~ Lauren Jawno

The most complicated skill is to be simple

“Blessed are they
who see beautiful things
in humble places
where others see nothing.”
~ Camillie Pissarro
Discover the simplicity of living with this quote- The beauty of simplicity surpasses the need for things. #simplicityquotes #simplicityminimalism #simplicityliving.
(pinterest)
The beauty in simplicity
surpasses the need for things.

Simplicity is the best way
to get closer to a beautiful heart

1960’s Simplicity sewing pattern
(pinterest)

“A simple life means a humble life
and a humble life means a happy life.”
~ unknown

A manifesto for a simple life eat less, move more. Buy less, make more. Stress less, laugh more. Feel blessed, love more. Find a quiet spot every day and breathe.
(pinterest)

a manifesto for a simple life

eat less, move more
buy less, make more
stress less, laugh more
feel blessed, love more
find a quiet spot
every day and

breathe

tomorrow is…

June 23
National Pecan Sandies Day
National Pink Day
National Hydration Day

National Zoo and Aquarium Month
National Accordian Awareness Month
National Adopt a Cat Month

On June 23, 930, World’s oldest parliament, the Icelandic Parliament, the AlĂľingi (anglicised as Althing or Althingi), established (onthisday.com)
On June 23, 47 BC Pharaoh Ptolemy XV of Egypt (d. 30 BC) (onthisday.com)

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where ever you may be!
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Living with less: Discovering what really matters - Simple Slow & Lovely
“The greatest wealth
is to live content with little.”
~ Plato

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Don’t Do It!!

June 22, 2020


originally posted Feb 22, 2020

Photo(s) of the Week

taken February 20, 2020

I know, I know…not a very good photo, but I think you will understand what’s going on, and possibly why I gave this post the name I did in a minute or so!

When I took this photo, my finger hovered over the delete button on my camera, longer than I really wanted it to. My first instinct was to immediately delete it. But my instructor’s voice from Shepherd U came into my head…

“Don’t Do it…”

And I’m glad I didn’t! It may not be the best photo, originally, but if you’re willing to put some time and effort into it, you just may be able to turn it into a piece of work! It may not always work out, but…at least you tried! And you can believe me when I say, not every “bad” photo turns into something good. But…it’s worth it not to delete the bad ones immediately! It can always be deleted later, if it’s not workable.

a new sun
available at Pixels
minimal black and white
available at Pixels

So…all of the photos I just showed you came from that one “bad” photo. Crops, filters, distortions…photoshop is and can be so much fun!

“Distorted reality has always been my cup of tea.”
~ Virginia Woolf

“If your vision becomes distorted, your journey becomes delayed.”
~ Steve Maraboli

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and youtube

“Begin at the beginning
and go until you come to the end,
then stop.”

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"One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well." Quote by Vincent van Gogh. Painting by Christina Gates, www.createdbychrista.com #createdbychrista #vangogh #quote #painting #oilpainting #paint #color #colorful #colorfield #poetry #abstract #art #abstractart

“One can speak poetry
just by arranging color well”
~ Vincent van Gogh

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stay safe
much love

true bliss

June 22, 2020

picture of the day

growing in pink
taken March 21, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/320sec; ISO 1250
focal length 35mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
available at Picfair

“It is in the still silence of nature
where one will find true bliss.”
~ unknown

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(pinterest)

FLOWER CHILDREN

Sweet little maid Forget-Me-Not
She’s such a darling little tot;
A blue-eyed child with modest ways
she’s never spoiled a bit by praise.

~ an update on Kalimba: He’s doing ok, spent some time outside last night, and ate a little bit of watered down wet food. He is now resting under the guest bed, one of his favorite places to be. Still doesn’t seem to be in any pain…he rested in my lap this morning while I was drinking my coffee. Which he used to do, quite often. Sorry this is so late, Kalimba isn’t waking me up at 530 – or earlier – in the morning anymore…
To read more on Kalimba, click here (a mix of emotions) or here (Mr Kalimba page)

take care
stay safe
much love

a mix of emotions

June 21, 2020

I’m really delaying in writing this, for reasons I will explain at the end…you’ll see why. I’m really just waiting til this is right, not rushing this at all.

We had our family reunion (my dad’s side) yesterday, at Shawnee State Park in Pennsylvania. Only 6 of us showed up, I think covid-19 kept most people home. We practiced social distancing and that’s the most important thing. Hopefully, next year more people will show up… only time will tell. 🙂 It did feel a little weird not hugging, but we got through it.

the lake at Shawnee State Park, Pennsylvania

The pavilion we had rented for the day is behind me.

Everyone that was swimming and hanging out, practiced social distancing as well. The park was pretty crowded – or at least it seemed that way to me. But when walking on the beach, their didn’t seem to be too many people and everyone was spread out. Staying primarily in their bubble. Even the campground seemed a bit full. Fuller than I’ve ever seen it when we have camped there.

almost looks like snow
but I assure you
it’s not
as my feet are stuck in those clouds

On the way home, it poured. Buckets!! Thank goodness we were in the Tahoe!! If we had been in my Aveo, we would have had to pull over somewhere and let the storm pass. The photo above is taken with the wipers at full speed. I even managed to get a video of it, which is on youtube.

Kalimba
13 years old
The last picture

This will be the last picture I ever take of Kalimba. Baby Boy! Mr. Tuxedo! He is seeing his final days. It’s hitting me harder than any of my other cats. Maybe it’s because he thought he was a dog. But he is really pulling at my heart strings.

He will die at home. He hasn’t left this property since he was brought home. He’s not leaving now, nor ever. He will be buried under the pine tree with the rest of the pets that have died. Even the first hermit crab. Yeah, I buried him there. The other one’s? No, I just threw them into the woods. Seems silly to bury a hermit crab, but he was my first one and lived for four or five years. So, yeah, I buried him with the others. Hermit Crabs typically only live for a few months, around seven (mos) I think. If I remember correctly.

He totally turned his nose up to food this morning and last night. Eating only soft food mixed with water for the last two or three days. And drinking plenty of water. Lots of water til yesterday. Now, he’s laying back in the guest room.

He is not in any pain, and seems to be happy.

In Memory
Kind Of

Kalimba
2007-2020
Love You
Baby Boy

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fear

June 21, 2020

Sunday’s Motivation

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows
~ Japanese Proverb

“Thinking will not overcome fear,
but action will.”
~ W. Clement Stone

May your choices reflect your hopes
not your fears.”
~ Nelson Mandela

“It is during our darkest moments
that we must focus to see the light.”
~ Aristotle

“Don’t let your fear
decide your future”

Fear is temporary
Regret is forever

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Let your heart, passion and spirit guide you.
(pinterest)

“Let your Heart, passion and Spirit guide you
not your ego.”

take care
stay safe
much love

~ sorry this is so late, I had a long day yesterday and my cat is not doing so well…he let me sleep this morning. I will explain everything in a little bit.

in his dragon world

June 20, 2020

picture of the week

red ant
taken June 12, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/640sec; ISO 640
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
available at Picfair (linked)

“The ant’s a centaur in his dragon world.”
~ Ezra Pound

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Pic de / of @PetraBentele: #Lobo / #Wolf #Belleza / #Beauty #Nobleza / #Nobility #LoboProtegidoYA / #KeepWolvesListed
(pinterest)

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stay safe
much love

something to say…

June 19, 2020


originally posted Dec 12, 2019

In the good ole summer time
a frog stops by
to say

“Ribbit”

which translates

into human

as

“Hello!”
~ HCMorris ~

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“Sing, Little Birdie” by Gertrude E. Heath, 1928 by the Saalfield Publishing Company. Black and white illustrations by Helene Nyce, color bookplates by Jan Cragin. Cover by Fern Bisel Peat.

SUMMER

In summer when the days are long
The grass is cool and sweet
I take my shoes and stockings off
And walk in just bare feet
At night, how good the water feels
Along the bruises on your heels

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stay safe
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nothing else matters

June 19, 2020

picture of the day

Red Breasted Merganser Family
taken May 24, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/60sec; ISO 400
focal length 250mm
CANON EOS Rebel XT
available at Pixels

When we have each other
we have everything!

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(pinterest)

If 2020 was a tattoo

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stay safe
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the cat in the sink

June 18, 2020

the cat in the sink
don’t you dare think

that he is ready
for a bath

~ HCMorris ~

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  • I’m putting this in free images, if yo would like to use it!

HOW TO: resize and copyright images

June 18, 2020

As you may or may not be aware, I have started reposting some old content of mine. Either that, or I will delete. Chances are, reposting is the way I will go.

Hope you enjoy this repost, and possibly, maybe, learn something or are inspired.

originally posted Oct. 5, 2019

How to resize and copyright an image in Photoshop.

I wasn’t going to do this yet, but I figured…why not? Go ahead and get it off my chest!

So, here it goes..

First off, I have to tell you that just because your image is copyrighted in Photoshop, doesn’t mean that it won’t get stolen or copied from you. It’s just a little peace of mind. The more you can do to prove that the image is yours, the better. And of course, I’m working with an old version of Photoshop, but things shouldn’t have changed so much that this won’t help you.

If you have photoshop or lightroom, this will be of great value to you. I don’t do videos! I know it would be much easier, but it is what it is.

Adjusting image size…

First, click on FILE and then click on OPEN to bring a photo into photoshop.

I like to keep my photos for the blog around 1Megabyte. To do this, click on the IMAGE button, you’ll see the drop down page…move the cursor over RESIZE and then click on IMAGE SIZE. I don’t mess with CANVAS SIZE or SCALE, but you can.

Here you can adjust the pixels. For this photo, I will adjust the width to about 1456 pixels. This will also adjust the height pixels and the document size and width. As you can see in the photo below, the pixel dimensions is 51.3M, which is way to big! I’m not sure how this -PIXEL DIMENSIONS – relates to the saved as size…but this number does change when you change the width/height. (You can change PIXELS to inches and other measurements, I never do. Click on the PIXELS box and you can see your options.) Click in the box next to WIDTH. I usually click on/in the box to get the highlight off then move the cursor over so I can delete the “3” and change it to “1”. I usually do this, and adjust as I need to.

72 Resolution is what you want if dealing with the internet. I’m not sure why…I can’t remember the reasoning behind this. This is what everyone recommends. And i do mean everyone!

Next is to SAVE AS. I hardly ever replace the original image. You might have to go back and forth from ADJUST IMAGE SIZE to SAVE AS a few times to get it the right size, but it’s worth it as it will save you a LOT of space.

Click on SAVE AS in the FILE drop down box. You will be given an option to name your image. Do so, also make sure the image is Jpeg. (We’ll go over this later.) The next box to come up is JPEG OPTIONS. Here you can adjust the quality by moving the slide bar up and down from small file to large file. When sliding the bar, the MAXIMUM box and the number under the Preview box will change. Of course, the larger the file, the better the quality. That’s why, when in Photoshop, you adjust the image size there, instead of when you’re saving. The lowest I save as is 11 quality. If the image is still too big, save it and go back to adjust image size. Then try again.

I always keep the FORMAT OPTIONS on Baseline (“Standard”). Baseline Optimized and Progressive make the file bigger.

As you can see, the image size is 1.9M, which is fine for the blog.

Copyrighting an image.

After you’ve finished working on a photo, copyright it. To get (c)YOURNAMEDATE on your photo, click on the T on the left side of the screen. This will allow you to write directly on the image. Click on the image anywhere you want and start writing.

If you hold the button down, some options will come up. I rarely ever mess with this, except to get my text to go vertical instead of horizontal.

When you’re done typing, a red X and a green check mark will appear at the top of the screen, near the middle. Click on the green check mark, otherwise you won’t be able to move forward.

If it’s not the right color, you can change it. Near the top of the screen you will see a box between AUTO and STYLE. Click on it and a color pallet will drop down. You may have to highlight your text to be able to change it.

To change the style, click on the box near the top left of the screen.

To move the text, click on the Arrow with the direction symbol, near the top, left hand side of the screen. This will allow you to move the text around the image as well as resize it. (In the image above, it’s next to “carrollcreek12.jpeg) This will allow you to move the words and make it bigger or smaller. Move the cursor over the text box and left click/hold to move it. To resize it, move the cursor over one of the boxes and left click/hold and drag it.

Next, you want to flatten the image (this will change it back to a jpeg image). Click on the LAYER button, between ENHANCE and SELECT. At the very bottom of the drop down box is the FLATTEN IMAGE button. Click on it.

Next, click on FILE and go to File Info…

Another window will pop up. I typically only deal with Document Title, Author, and Copyright Status.

Type in the Document title, Author and click on Copyright Status, then click on Copyrighted. Click ok.

After you have copyrighted your image (or even saved your image) the title will show up above your image. If it’s copyrighted, the copyright symbol will appear before the image name.

Then you go back to FILE and click on SAVE AS and go through that whole process.

Just some personal thoughts…

  • when I work on an image in photoshop, I OPEN the file. I don’t import.
  • since I do have images for sale on Picfair, Shutterstock and Pixels and also available at Pinterest, I save at least two copies of every image I work on. One has been copyrighted (for my blog), one is not (picfair, shutterstock, pixels or pinterest, depending). The image for the blog is considerably smaller than the image for Picfair. It can get very confusing!! Once I/you get into a habit or routine of doing things, it’s not so hard. It comes naturally.

I hope that this has helped you, or will help you at some point. I’m not going to add PICFAIR or PINTEREST to this post. I’ll leave that for later.

Feel free to print, save, share… and comment!

Take care and have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by!!

inner peace

June 18, 2020

picture of the day

inner peace
original taken May 28, 2020
no photo stats today, as this is an abstract
and stats won’t really tell you anything about this photo
available at Pixels

“Even in the midst of life’s many storms
we have the capacity
to stand in the center
of our own peace”
~ unknown

I can’t find the original photo that I got this from…it’s around somewhere, I just don’t know where. I’ll find it when I stop looking, that’s the way it goes…right?

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016-Flower children…1910- Elizabeth Gordon- Illustrated by M. T. Ross
FLOWER CHILDREN
(pinterest)

Peony’s a charming lady
she doesn’t like a spot too shady
likes to live out in the light
dressed in red or pink or white

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