Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (2)

angular cat

The cat impersonating a right angle

For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular, click here. I have to admit, when I take on the challenge, I don’t feel nearly as inspired as I do afterwards, looking at the sweeping and spectacular entries from fellow bloggers. It brings me lots of joy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

common area

Angular

This week’s challenge is to photograph something that says “angular” to you. The common area at the local shopping center has just been decorated for Christmas. And I noticed that the crape myrtles are losing their leaves. When did that happen? Amid the intersecting straight lines and angles, it’s starting to look positively fall-ish. For more weekly photo challenge: Angular, look here.

Life and Times, with Remnants

Life, I’ve lately realized, is fleeting.

We’ve been celebrating the life of my mother, the mortal phase of which ended two weeks ago.

 

Mom

Me and Mom 2014

Mom

Mom (1929)

 

I’m seeing some similarities in more than just the hair styles in these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With lots of family things going on, and getting back into the flow of daily events again, I haven’t finished many sewing projects, except for this one, a shopper I started last year.

Shopping bag

Kwik Sew Shopping bag with steam punk embroidery motif

The embroidery motif is from a collection of steampunk Christmas designs at Urban Threads. Notice how the bag makes exemplary use of small pieces of remnant fabric? I hope to make more of these lovelies, but I can’t guarantee that I will have time now, the holidays being almost here!  Distractions abound!

Time, that fleeting thing that life is made out of, has been taken up with associations, both usual and unusual. Relationships have been both renewed and undone. Motives have been questioned. Long-standing resentments have been acknowledged and tolerated. Prayers have been issued. Cold hands have been held, then relinquished and folded together in repose.

Do I feel bereft? No. I believe the dead are still with us partly, in spirit. I am one of those who believes that the Spirit World is the Earth’s spirit. Just like our spirit is attached to our physical body, so is the Spirit World attached to the Earth’s body. I believe in eternal life and in the Resurrection, when spirit and physique will be reunited. I don’t feel swimming in denial, but full of hope and faith that God is in charge of this whole scenario, and that His plan will prevail. It’s going to be good, all good.

Surprisingly, my recent post about a video-game themed wedding has been scrutinized. Some folks have been wondering just what I may have been alluding to in the post, asking to whom I was referring, because of course, I surely could not have attributed abusive behavior to them!

“If the shoe fits, wear it.”  Put it on, fasten it up, take a practice step in it, see how it feels, and wear it. Abuse is abuse, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or whatever.  How exhilarating to wake up to the prospect of living life without fear, without the dull ache of having been put in your place, a place of inferiority and submission to another person who is supposed to “love” you. Exhilarating to reclaim one’s self-esteem, which has been systematically beaten back time after time after time.  Hmmm, there may be some sense in living through miserable times, if you can learn to appreciate the good times.

Meanwhile, DH is closer to completing his table.  Lots of months of hard work!

walnut table

DH’s natural-edge walnut table

ebony plugs

Breadboard edge of table with ebony accents

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

khaki pants

minimalist wardrobe: khaki pants

For more weekly photo challenge: Minimalist, click here.

a Link to Happy-Ever-After…

wedding party

wedding party

Ah, the dream of one who has mastered the thumb-controller: to beat the game. Your dreams, even though put on hold for a long time due to technical difficulties, may after all, come true. Just keep working and you’ll go from level to level, winning another contest and gaining confidence.

Many of the people I see daily have beat another level and have not lost energy. Winning brings strength and faith.

A girl I know was once called a bitch and a whore every day of her married life. But not any more. Another girl I know stood silent when her husband picked up a casserole she made for a pot luck dinner and dropped it into the trash can with a loud noise, while all the guests were looking on. Not any more. Another girl was threatened. Another was choked until she passed out.

All the time, money, love and laud we’ve given to folks along the way, who have never loved us, but used us and our resources to advance their own agendas and try to bury us under their thumbs…it has gone away into the past. Folks, you are free to go your own ways. I send you a giant, blood-red virtual rose as a larger-than-life emblem of our dedication to finding happiness in this lifetime.

PS. These are my own thoughts. There is nothing to indicate that anyone else in this image or in my life agrees or supports the opinions that I’ve posted here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

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This week’s challenge is from Pete Rosos at WordPress. He says “imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book…”

For more interpretations of this week’s theme, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

“Show us what refraction means to you.”

refraction

the bends

For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction, look here.

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