Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Photo Challenge: SUCCESS

SUCCESS! I made it to this point! Did you?



I'm not sure if this is what Our Bethany meant when she submitted this but for me there are few successes better than making someone laugh.



Is this success about the space or about the dancing or about being together? Only Our Cindy knows and she'll never tell.



Taking pictures of nervous dogs at adoption events is not an endeavor riddled with success. I tried!



I suspect that Our Janet sees success in things that many would overlook. I like that.


It's been raining and weird and dull and my head has been down trying to get my work done. One of my favorite lines from Barnum! is, "You gotta let me bring a little colour into this campaign or they’re gonna beat me!" So, there you go, the prompt is COLOR.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday May 24th for posting on May 25th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and COLOR. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Photo Challenge: OPPOSITES

This one was tough for me. I'm actually taking more pics but with specific intent usually. Taking a shot just to take one is rarer. I'm busy. Everyone is busy. Here we are and it's still fun and interesting.



Our Janet has great work flow. She's able to find and combine photos from different times and places in such beautiful ways. I want to learn from her.



I've found our weather this year to be full of opposition. May we all survive it.


I recently had a huge triumph and got my CPDT-KA certification (for dog training). While we work on this challenge I'll be in the home stretch for Listen To Your Mother, NYC (buy your tickets quick before they're all gone!). So the perfect prompt, as far as I'm concerned, is SUCCESS. Let's see where it takes us.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday May 10th for posting on May 11th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and SUCCESS. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Photo Challenge: HATCH

This one was a hoot. I really enjoyed it. I love what a great sense of humor you all have. Onward to hatching photos!



This is exactly the sort of hatching I can get behind. Our Janet is on my wavelength.



He doesn't so much hatch as explode out of this shape.



Our Cindy has her own chickens. I bet these eggs were warm when she arranged them.



And now for something completely different from Our Bethany! I had to think a minute and when I got it I cracked up.


The weather whipping back and forth has done a number on my attitude. I'm working for a prompt that opens the door for all your humor and creativity. How about OPPOSITES ATTRACT?

Please enter by 9am Tuesday April 19th for posting on April 20th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and OPPOSITES. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Photo Challenge: ROMANCE

Actions speak louder than words, right? So I'm just going to ROMANCE you with some photos.



Our Cindy puts ROMANCE right in my heart with this.



Me and Our Janet's poppet, we like a nice romantic tale.



Eddie and me, we've got this ROMANCE thing down, right?


This is going to sound weird (or with Easter coming up maybe not) but the next prompt is HATCH.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday April 5th for posting on April 6th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HATCH. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Photo Challenge: Politics

OK, I was lost but now am found. I took my certification test yesterday and there's a lot more room in my brain for processing other information now. (No, I didn't offload the information I was tested on, I let go of the worry.) In 6 weeks we find out if I passed. Send all the good JuJu (or whatever it is you send), please.

On to our challenge! (New prompt below.)



Our Janet found us an actual politician! Well, a statue of one, anyway. If you click on Janet's name you'll see her write up on who it is.



Every time I teach class we navigate puppy politics. Bella (front) is a go-getter, Lucy (middle) doesn't push and waits for her opinion to be solicited, and Indigo (back) is cautious and fierce by turns. Love them all.



If a local politician has not contacted Our Cindy and asked to use this as part of their campaign materials then they're just not trying hard enough. This has everything!


Here's my confession: I've been reading a bunch of fan fiction lately. It's the modern alternative to Harlequin Romance books. Therefore your prompt, should you choose to accept it, is ROMANCE.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday March 22nd for posting on March 23rd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ROMANCE. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Photo Challenge: TRY

Well, look at me all late to the party! Ed has a bunch of dental work yesterday and I'm a little discombobulated. So is he! Even the cats are. We have 2 fun entries and a new prompt, though. Please enjoy.



Well, I say to Our Janet, "I would love to try that!"



When Bu comes over to my house he tries to do a complete inventory of our dog toys but he inevitably gets drunk on joy before he finishes.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest the prompt POLITICS. Let's see what happens with that.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 23rd for posting on February 24th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and POLITICS. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Photo Challenge: FRESH

This year. Oh my. It started so well and now it's trying to kick my ass. Thank you for the stability and beauty of these photo challenges. I hope they bring you the same good feeling they do to me.



Oh yeah, Our Bethany married a fresh one all right. It's ok, she knew that going in.



A twofer from Our Sara. That's a fresh ball and a fresh new, hand knit cowl on Our Bu



Being in front of the camera is always fresh for this family. I like to let them kid around a little to shake the cobwebs off. #GrandparentLove



I think this is the view from Our Cindy's office. She gets so many beautiful shots from there. This pastoral new snow shot is making it easier for me to slog through the old snow outside this office.


As things have gotten a little more challenging I remember that I'm just TRYING my best. Let's use TRY as the next prompt. Does that give you enough room to create?

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 9th for posting on February 10th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and TRY. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Photo Challenge: Let Go

The final celebration of the season has occurred (my birthday) so now it's time to buckle down into this year. Thanks for helping me think through the process of letting go.



I love that Our Alisun lightened it up. I was taking all this letting go so seriously. #DropItLikeItsHot



Our Janet has had to let both of these furry treasure go. I hope they're together wherever they are.



I turned 47 on Saturday. A couple of times people made weird cracks about my being open about my age. I never really think about how old I am being old, even when I joke about it. I guess I've let go of that. Who knew?


In a sort of opposition to the previous prompt I think FRESH is the right prompt. Let's see what happens with that!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 26th for posting on January 27th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and FRESH. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Photo Challenge: HOPE/WISH/DREAM

If you all remember back to when I put out the prompt I made it vague on purpose. I wanted these pictures to help us think about the year we're leaving and the one we're leaping into. Since that's happened my family has gotten a couple of pieces of sad news, making the new year celebrations feel more melancholy. I hope you're getting good news for the new year and I think these photos will brighten even well-lit days.

Thank you for a glorious year in images. I'm truly looking forward to another year of sharing this tradition with you.



Our Cindy has taken some wildly Christmasy photos this season. I can feel the wishing sparkling out of this one.



I spent the holiday in New England and was unable to connect with Our Janet in person. If we'd managed it I assume it would have looked like this.



Our Sara lives with a perpetual dreamer. Even discarded on the street he had to try this pogo stick to make sure it didn't work.



The friendship here is the fulfillment of so many of my hopes and dreams.



I don't even know what to say about what Our Bethany offered here. It feels like everything I felt when I posted the prompt. I miss her.


One of the unexpected sadnesses for my family this week is that my uncle died. Sudden heart failure in his home. One of my greatest continuing challenges is learning to release things that I cannot or should not control. In view of both those things let's have the first prompt of 2016 be LET GO. How's that?

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 12th for posting on January 13th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and LET GO. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Monday, December 21, 2015

A Wolf in No One's Clothing

You all know Our Janet from the photo challenges.

I met Janet online because she was writing some brave pieces on her experience with cancer. Spoiler alert: She's in remission. Part of what drew me into the story is that she had two dogs at the time and during her treatment one of them had to go live with a friend. I couldn't imagine how hard that would be. I could see how it was necessary but thought that missing the comfort of my crew would make things so much harder.

Funny, though, I have never asked her about that.

The Final Photo

This weekend I got a message from Janet wanting to let me know that she had to help her dog, Wolf, on his next journey. While it wasn't wholly unexpected she didn't think it would be exactly now. It's less than a week to Christmas. She could have made another choice, waited until after the holiday, snatched some time to get used to the idea but she thought about what was right for Wolf and for him she let go.

Treats for everyone, you guys. No, more than that. No, little more. Yeah, just a couple more and then a few for the humans and then a couple more and there we go.

Much love to Janet and her Dave from over this way and to all the rest of you too. May your days be bright even if the merry is tempered.

xo
Kizz

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Photo Challenge: ADVENT(URE)

Well this one was fun! I think the next one will be interesting, too, so please scroll down for the prompt and join us!

Quick announcement before you go, though. Today Neil Kramer's 10th Annual Christmahanukwanzaakah Concert (he says it's the final, I plan to deny that for as long as possible) went live in the wee hours of the morning and it's glorious as usual! You'll see Our Sara and me in there along with our talented canine companions.



Our Sara's Bu's life is one giant adventure. Ever the optimist, the player, and the flirt.



This is funny, I always think of Our Cindy as the leader of all great adventures. Nice of her to let the rest of her family take point on this one.



I took some photos of Our Sara's chorale rehearsing for their holiday concert. Holiday music makes me feel adventy.



Speaking of dogs whose lives are an adventure. Our Janet has been on an intrepid journey every day with this one. Lucky girl.

The next prompt is the last for the year. I'm calling it HOPE/WISH/DREAM but the idea is to post a photo that either sums up what was important to you for 2015 or what you're looking for in 2016. Have fun with it!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 29th for posting on December 30th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HOPE/WISH/DREAM. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Treats And More Treats

Just a couple of months ago we sent our love to Our Audra on the passing of fabulous Wylie Coyote.

Yesterday she said goodbye to Wylie's partner in crime, Raleigh Todd. A majestic beast, he was. He held on as long as he could.



As is our custom, please give everyone treats for just being here. Being here can be hard.


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Photo Challenge: CRAZY

You know what's CRAZY? I lost a whole week and didn't realize the photo challenge timer was buzzing! Here we are with some CahRAYzee photos!



We're coming close to the first anniversary of the start of Our Bethany's family's epic journey. This photo makes me think of that story.



This crazy festive tree captured by Our Janet is speaking to my (cold, shriveled) holiday spirit.



A family around the block from me fills their yard with jack-o-lanterns every year then lets the squash families compost in place. I love it and always take pictures of multiple points in the decomposition journey. For the first time I've been "caught" photographing by the human family...twice. Both encounters I've simultaneously felt that they thought I was crazy while feeling that they thought that I thought that they were crazy. They're cool.


I'm still feeling kind of crazy. Let's have the next one be ADVENT(URE). So it can be Christmasy or it can be adventure-y. You can go full religion, partial religion, or no fucking religion dammit! Anything you do will be the right thing.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 15th for posting on December 16th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ADVENT(URE). Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Photo Challenge: OVER/THROUGH

It's a quiet time as I try to stave off the holiday craziness. It's coming, though! Enjoy these photos while you can.



This happens to be a challenge with all New England photographers responding. This flower through the leaves image by Our Alisun feels like a perfect representation of New England to me.



There's something about the clarity of the writing and the murkiness of everything else that makes me feel like this one represents marriage well.



Our Janet provides us with a perfect send off. The only way forward is through! (Or over, depending on your perspective.)


Now that we've been soothed with pretty pics let's have the next prompt be CRAZY. I feel like that won't be difficult to fulfill.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 1st for posting on December 2nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and CRAZY. Check out the wonderful work in our Flickr Pool for inspiration. Also, let me know if you have any questions. The  appropriate email for that is Kizzbeth117 at gmail dot com.