I am sad about writing this post because it represents the loss of a fellow blogger. Although I have not met face-to-face most of the bloggers I follow, I still feel a connection with them, especially many of the FSO gang. I know many of you feel the same way! In reading Barry's blog as he wrote about his adorable dog and then his battle with cancer, there were three major attributes that shined through from his blog:
This week's topic is from redlan and is transitions. I chose to go with natural transitions.
Here are some seeds ready to burst into a bright yelllow dandelion.
A beautiful catepillar that will one day be a beautiful butterfly.
And here are some gooslings that will someday be geese.
Here is a log that is definitely on a journey.And a feather on a journey.
An egg on the way to being breakfast.
Water is the most changeable, flowing, malleable, and powerful.
Hope you enjoyed my transitions! Also, for those of you wondering about my cat Winston, he has been at University of Pennsylvania for over a week. It turned out to be a hugely bad case of irritable bowel which caused the anemia due to intestinal bleeding. He is coming home today and on his way to recovery. Although the financial hit was hard, I am so glad to have my kitty coming home and healing!
For those of you who read my post yesterday friday-shoot-out-fireworks, you know that I had an emergency with my cat Winston. He had to get a blood transfusion. On Monday, they are going to check his red and white blood cells. If they have not risen, he will have to get a bone marrow test on Wednesday.
Well, this past week has been full of ups and downs for me. The best "firework" was in my heart when John asked me to marry him when we were on the beach in Sea Isle. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show of that because I did not bring my camera to the beach. Then, yesterday was John and his daughter's birthday. I was not able to give John his gift (surprise tickets to a Sting concert, the tour for the CD Symphonicities) because our cat Winston got sick. I will probably give him the tickets today because the concert is tomorrow.
Here Winston is in healthier days. I am so glad for people who have repeated over and over to take your pet to the vet immediately if there are changes in their normal behavior. For two days, he was acting strange. I took him to the vet and it turned out he was extremely anemic and needed a blood transfusion ASAP which he got last night. They also had to run about a million tests to see what caused the anemia. All of us cried for what might be the cause. We are praying it is something treatable. So prayers for Winston are appreciated!!
For the fireworks shootout, I took some pictures of actual fireworks as well as a video. I do not think my camera is powerful enough to really get great shots but here is my attempt:
M (John's daughter) and I went on another photo walk around the apartment complex. I took a couple shots that I thought were reminiscent of fireworks.
John gave me flowers for my birthday which was last Friday. Here is a close-up of one.
And this was during the photo walk.
I hope you enjoyed!! Have a great weekend everyone! Send some positive energy to Winston!
Yesterday was my birthday. John and his daughter made me some marinated Tilapia with potatoes and asparagus. It was delicious! They also gave me some nice gifts including books, a sun hat, candy, and the DVD ONCE (BLU-RAY). Last year, John gave me the soundtrack to Once, which I listen to quite often.
John and I talked about how we both feel that birthdays are a better time than New Years to review one's life and come up with "resolutions". Birthdays are more personal and motivating than New Years, which seems more global and general. Every year as an adult that I grow older, I am reminded that my life will not go on forever. My time is decreasing every day so it is imperative that I make the most of each moment I am given.
So, looking back on my past and looking forward to my future, I know how I want to be in the present: joyful, kind, and creative. I am going to write a novel this summer and do much more art. There is not enough time in one lifetime to focus on negativity. Although I do get angry, jealous, frustrated and self-pitying from time to time like all humans, I will not give it energy or legitamacy. I'll let it pass like clouds in the sky. I feel very lucky to be alive and have what I have.
What about you? Have an upcoming birthday? What do you think about when faced with another year older?
This week's theme for FSO is urban macro. I think it is a great idea. Macro is usually focused on natural images so this was kind of an interesting twist.
I hope you enjoyed my take on the theme. If you are interested, I recently wrote a city-inspired poem: In the City. I think the lesson of this assignment is how rampant beauty is. It can be found in the most mundane of places. Even places that may not seem overtly beautiful, the close-up details can show a different aspect of it where its beauty can be appreciated. I think the really great photographers who do Macro show this idea in their work. It is definitely my goal with photography, although it is sometimes a challenge being totally inexperienced with it and having limited technical knowledge. The FSO has taught me a lot and I love learning from looking at what others have done. Well, I hope you enjoy and I am off to enjoy my last night as a 35 year old!