Pinholing at the beach

Photography

I am completely and totally obsessed.  It is all I think about.  What I can pinhole next? It has become a sickness. Should I get help? Or should I just continue on down this merry path and see where it takes me?

Here are some favorite pinholed moments from our visit to the beach a few weeks ago.

Street Fair in Astoria

Street Fair in Astoria, Oregon.

Long Beach

Long Beach.

I want to ride my bicycle

I wan to ride my bicycle.

shuffleboard and foosball

shuffleboard and foosball

wildflowers in the graveyard

pushing up daisies

seashell by the seashore

seashell by the seashore.

There is more over here on Flickr.

I just received notice that my Zero Image has shipped. Stay tuned as I sink deeper into this madness.

Because she asked

Life

Let’s face it. The Oregon rain is getting me down a little bit. Mind you, I like the rain better than the snow and ice and I don’t want to go back to it. At least in rain you can go out and walk without the fear of slipping and falling on your ass. But the constant driving of the rain gets to me after awhile, not to mention the lack of sunlight.

The beginning of the week was a downer. I had a horrible experience at the Oregon DMV on Monday (which, I assure you, I will blog about) and everything kind of went downhill from there for the rest of the week. I woke up yesterday at 4:00 AM freaking out about all of the stuff I have to do for work and couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided that since I was up I might as well run (I started the couch to 5k program this week). It helped. As I ran I made a mental list of things that make me happy and you know what? It totally worked.  I thought, “I should make a blog post about this so that when I get depressed again I can look at it and be happy again.” Guess what? Allie from Incidents and Accidents did the same thing that very day! And she asked her readers “What’s been making you smile lately?” So here are my answers:

socks are the mashed potatos of knitting.

Knitting. And anything yarn and fiber related, really. I seriously love the craft. It comforts me and calms me. It has gotten me though some rough times.

Isn't she breathtaking?

Isn’t she breathtaking?

Mt. Hood. I love Mt. Hood. I have always been fascinated by this mountain, even when I was a little kid. Nothing makes me happier than seeing it when I drive to work in the morning on a clear day. When I see the peak of it it comforts me. I feel complete. Imagining the lupine meadows up at Timberline Lodge is my vision of heaven.

Sunset over Natural Bridges

Watching the sunset or sunrise over the ocean. There is absolutely nothing that compares with this. It is a spiritual experience.

Santa Cruz, I Love you.

Santa Cruz. My heart aches with longing when I think about Santa Cruz. I miss this town so much. When I want to feel happy I think about this place. I swear, sometimes I feel like I left part of my soul there and that part of me is living out life in an alternate universe. Last winter, during the darkest part of that horrible snow we experienced, I would peek at the Santa Cruz beach Cam and it would make my day brighter.

A good song. Today, the above is that song. I think this is why running made me feel better. Listening to music is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Those are just a few things that, when I think about them, give me instant joy and bliss. And since Allie asked on her blog post, and since I think it’s an interesting subject, What makes you happy? I would really love to know! Let’s kill the winter doldrums with some positive energy!

sunset at Seabright with Cold Tone effect

Photography

There was the most AMAZING sunset at our old beach, Seabright when we were down visiting. I think I took a hundred pictures of it.

I downloaded a trial version of Lightroom and used one of it’s pre-packaged effects on this one. I liked the way it turned out. My trial is over and i am really missing it. I guess I need to pony up the cash for it!

Happy Friday everyone!

I had an awesome run this morning. I was running on the beach near my house and I saw a pod (? what’s a group of dolphins) of dolphins swimming around. there was also a sea lion swimming around, too. And, I practially had the beach to myself, which is always nice.

Oh, and my dream house is for sale again. Hmmm maybe I’ll win the lottery.

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