Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I (heart) Facebook

Embroidered, multicolored hearts

(some stitching done during vacation -- you'll probably see these pop up on new projects . . .)

I have succumbed to the charms of Facebook. My husband Chris has been on it for a while, and has loved catching up with old friends there. I've avoided it because I already spend way too much time on the computer, and am trying to keep my screen time to a "reasonable" amount (oh, say, less than two hours a day).

But an old friend from long ago turned up last week, and I realized that if I wanted to truly catch up with her, it would be easier to do it on Facebook. I suspected there were a lot of other friends out there, too, and I haven't been disappointed. What a pleasure it is to meet these folks once again! The connections are a joy. I'm also happy that I can opt out of a lot of the clutter of Facebook (games, groups, quizzes, etc.), and not miss anything that matters to me.

Maybe the twenty-first century is going to have more of a human touch than I thought.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Family vacation 2009

This vacation was time for reconnecting with family. We live far away from the rest of the clan, so time together is rare. We try to make the most of what time we've got.

My parents don't like to have their pictures taken, but I snuck one while I was supposedly taking flower photos in my mom's beautiful gardens.

Mom and Dad and garden

Single orange lily

Orange rose and bug

We met my brother Lee's girlfriend, Meghan. (Hope I'm spelling that correctly?!)

Meghan and Lee

Ross was excited to spend time with his cousins.

Kids eating ice cream

Ross gets a small taste of farm life when he visits my parents. My dad took him for a ride on my grandfather's 1946 John Deere Model B tractor. (Ross's middle name is Albert, named for that grandfather.)

Ross and my dad on the tractor

While in New England, we made trips to Boston and Portland, two cities that I adore. Ross loved the jellyfish at the New England Aquarium:

Ross in front of jellyfish tank

We indulged in the best pizza at Faneuil Hall, and Ross ate his first cannoli there, as well. I love that Ross got to visit another Big City, with skyscrapers and a subway and museums galore, people speaking many languages, and life on every corner.

Bunker Hill Bridge

(Bunker Hill Bridge)

Our time in Portland was brief, but I did manage to snap one amusing shot:

"Lobsters love Guinness"

If you'd like to look at more photos, please visit my vacation photo set at flickr.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fleeing on vacation

I am in a funk.

These things happen. I wake up sick, and energy may not return for days. I've had a nastier-than-normal head cold, plus my neck has been painful. What energy I've had has gone into home projects, keeping Ross occasionally entertained during his summer vacation, and keeping up with the usual chores.

I've managed to use the camera, and I've gotten a few nice shots. But that's been the extent of my creative output for too long.

I don't want this to sound like I'm complaining, but to be honest, I know that I am.

I'm disappointed, I'm frustrated, I'm half-crazy sometimes. I've done a little embroidery, and I've sewed one seam -- in desperation to do something. I'd thought of a theme for a blog entry, but the photos I took for it were very ho-hum, so I dumped them. Thank God that dragonflies aren't ho-hum.

Glitter wings

Fortunately, I get to get out of town and (I hope) get out of my head a little. Our family is leaving on Friday for a week's vacation, off to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, to visit family and to see the sights. It's high time that we go play tourist in Boston, and maybe in Portland. I do love New England. I can see myself shaking out the cobwebs there.

I am thankful that we get to travel this summer. I need to fly away for a while.