Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Photo Challenge: DO SOMETHING

I hadn't looked at the Flickr Pool. I had no idea if anyone was still with me. I dreaded the moment.

You're with me! Thank you!

Enjoy these photos. We're doing something and that's amazing.



Our Cindy rallied in MO for women. 



I protested and I have also been knitting for a local school's underserved students.



Our Janet marched in MA for immigrants. 

I thought to myself, "For the love of all that is holy, I don't know what the next prompt should be!" So there you go, FOR THE LOVE. Let that inspire you.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 21st for posting on February 22nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and FOR THE LOVE. 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 25, 2017

Photo Challenge: SWING

For the record I feel totally out of the swing of things right now. I'm working to right the ship, promise!



Our Cindy gives us the down home family feel. Thanks, I needed that!



I was on an emotional pendulum over the holidays when I was given custody of the photo album from Auntie Blanche's 85th birthday party.


I was just saying today that it's enough to do something. It doesn't have to be big. Let us be the prompt that guides us, DO SOMETHING!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday February 7th for posting on February 8th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and DO SOMETHING. 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 11, 2017

Photo Challenge: Let's Go

I'm getting back in the saddle after celebrating my birthday on Monday. It's nice to have some beauty to keep me going.



From the moment I saw this one by Our Cindy all it makes me think of is my grandparents' camp. I didn't even meet Cindy until long after that camp had been sold and the g'rents gone on to the great camp in the sky. She gets me right in the feels.



This is what I'm greeted with on cold, dark mornings. No amount of encouragement will get him out of bed. So I carry him. Once we get to the street he's willing to walk. At least for a little while.

In honor of getting the hang of this year, getting in the swing of things, if you will. Let's be prompted by SWING. Enjoy!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 24th 2017 for posting on January 25th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and SWING. 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 28, 2016

Photo Challenge: ONE LAST TIME

I'm exhausted. Are you?

Pretty pictures will help.



In my experience Our Cindy always manages an evocative snapshot of the end of every trip.



I am not a practiced selfie or ussie taker. On important occasions, though, I manage to get everyone to gather around the digital campfire juuuuuuust before we leave.

I'm taking the next one from dog training but you'll see why it fits. The next prompt is LET'S GO. In dog training I use it as a cue for the dog to know that the group is moving forward together.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday January 10th 2017 for posting on January 11th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and LET'S 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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Photo Challenge: LEGACY

I looked at both of these photos and came up with the same caption. I don't know what you call it when the caption comes on top, the theme maybe? Title? Subtext? Here's the theme/title/subtext/whathaveyou:

"Sure, he wasn't perfect but look what he created."






by Me

Next prompt comes juuuuuuuust before the end of the year so prompt is long but wide open, ONE LAST TIME.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 27th for posting on December 28th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ONE LAST TIME. 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 30, 2016

Photo Challenge: ACT

I grew up acting. I act now. I just signed up to act (sing) in Neil Kramer's annual holiday concert. I'm learning how to act when it's the first bit of activist. I found this round's entries inspiring for that.

New prompt down below!



Our Bethany elevates even the smallest act.



Our Cindy inspires action regularly.



Our Janet has a potion to activate.



The stage is set. All I have to do is act upon it.


A friend's father passed away last week, as did a high school friend of mine. Without being too maudlin I've been thinking a bit about LEGACY. I don't know what the heck that means for a photo prompt but I have faith that you will show me.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday December 13th for posting on December 14th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and LEGACY. 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 16, 2016

Photo Challenge: HOPE/CHANGE

Laura Ingalls Wilder had a long list of helpful sayings. "Least said soonest mended" is the only one I can think of right now (Oh, wait, "little pitchers have big ears!") but it doesn't seem to apply to these times we live in.

I'll let our pictures speak. And our next prompt.








Next prompt is ACT. Please ACT howsoever you wish!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 29th for posting on November 30th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and ACT. 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 02, 2016

Photo Challenge: HOPE/CHANGE

These are lovely and make me feel nice inside. In fact they are so much of both of those things that I'm not going to caption them. The captions would only detract from what they give. Enjoy!











You know I try to get all woo woo about these to give people leeway. Why do I do that? We all know what we're thinking about so why skirt it? Next prompt is VOTE. You know why.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 15th for posting on November 16th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HOPE/CHANGE. 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, October 19, 2016

Photo Challenge: FAST

In keeping with the prompt these last couple of weeks went like the wind!

Take a moment. Take a breath. Look at some pretty things.



Not even going to caption Our Cindy's photo, just gonna let you sit there and giggle like I did when I saw it entered for this prompt.



It's 80F here today but my mind and body know that these are fast approaching. *SOB*

You know, let's go with a 2 prompt system this time. Related but not super specifically. HOPE/CHANGE. Yeah, I like those words.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday November 1st for posting on November 2nd. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and HOPE/CHANGE. 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, October 05, 2016

Photo Challenge: AWARE

The entries this time are short and sweet and I love them!

Scroll down for the next prompt. I expect Our Janet will have much to enter soon as she's currently traveling on a grand adventure.



Knowledge is power and phrasing is everything, right Cindy?



I remember suddenly being aware of the light in this moment and deciding to take advantage of it. 


Let's do another play on words prompt. I choose FAST because our entry time will encompass Yom Kippur which involves fasting and atonement for those who follow the traditions.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday October 18th for posting on October 19th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and AWARE. 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, September 21, 2016

Photo Challenge: YES (2nd time, perhaps?)

Here we go! Back from our challenge vacation and BAM so many awesome photogs on board. Thank you! Let's get to it.

This time around for some unknowable reason I am inspired to give them all titles rather than blurbs. Feel free to blurb them in the comments if you think they need it. Or make title suggestions!



Look At Those Faces 



I Love Bowling 



Real Life Friday Night Lights 



Primal Needs 



Two Grown Women in A Bar With A TARDIS 
by Me


I'm juggling a lot of stuff right now. It's in a good way but I'm always aware that I need to be aware. Can you guess what the next prompt is?

AWARE

Please enter by 9am Tuesday October 4th for posting on October 5th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and AWARE. 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, September 07, 2016

Photo Challenge: SLIP

This challenge was supposed to go live on August 10th. That's the day that Elvis died. I've thought of putting the challenge up several times a week since then but simply haven't managed it. I suspect you all know the feeling.

I'm back now! We're back. Thanks for bearing with me while I worked this stuff out. Here, look at these cool shots:



I remember when Our Cindy originally posted this photo and the fact that she slid on this day embodies many of the things I love most about her. SLIDE, GIRL, SLIDE!



I could write something clever but I'm not going to. My boy in better days. Today would have been his 16th birthday.

Onward and upward, yes? Yes! Oh, hey, I'm sure we've used this prompt before but let's do it again. The prompt is: YES!

Please enter by 9am Tuesday September 20th for posting on September 21st. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and YES. 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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Furry Frog In A Pot

I know that no joke is funny once you've had to explain it but I feel I must explain. If you follow me on social media at all I've made some jokes and posted a lot of pictures of Elvis and most of them seem to have fallen flat. So perhaps this needs to be said:

IT'S OK TO LAUGH!

In fact, please do. Am I sad about his diagnosis? Of course. Am I walking around wringing my hands and rending my garments? I am not. That seems like a colossal waste of the time he has left not to mention fucking exhausting. There will be plenty of time to do that once he's gone and I don't need any rehearsal for this one. Don't worry, I'll hit my mark.


Last weekend there was a day when I was pretty sure he was done for real. I had a plan about calling the home visit vet and when we'd schedule his death and I told myself to go to sleep and wake up and then decide. I had Pony Express come by to check my math and she felt it was solid decision making.

I woke up the next morning to a cat who was better than he had been the day before. Not a lot better but not the same and not worse. So I didn't call. I put the plan in my back pocket and I'll use it when the time comes.

My theory is that Elvis is like the frog in the pot. If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water they'll hop out right quick because it's intolerable. If you put a frog in a pot of cool water and increase the temperature very gradually he'll stay put because he has time to get used to the feeling.

Elvis has been terminally ill for over a decade. That's not an exaggeration. Nearly twelve years ago I was told he'd live a couple more years. I changed and adapted his medications, his food, his environment to accommodate that and all the other diagnoses he got between then and now. He's adapted right along with me. His life hasn't been perfectly comfortable but he's been able to be a cat and do cat things and pretend he was a dog for a while, too, because he loved Emily.

A couple of weeks ago he got the current diagnosis of a tumor on his jaw and inside his mouth (or possibly several of them, it's unclear and not important). I adapted his food and his meds and his environment to accommodate this. His comfort levels seemed to dip and his epic grossness levels seemed to rise for a few days and I took that pretty hard to heart because I feel strongly about my responsibility to keep him from unnecessary suffering. Once we got the food sorted out and I was able to give him the meds regularly enough to get him used to the process he seems to have rallied.

Now I have a cat who sometimes bleeds from the mouth, who has a weird little eye thing going on, who eats almost exclusively baby food, who sometimes gets stuff caught in his throat and has a momentary freak out, and who does a weird wheezing thing about once a day. That same cat jumps up on the counter to beg for a meal, knows which exits to take to hide from his meds (but isn't using them as much), jumps up on the couch to yell at me and drag my hand over to pet him, sleeps plastered against my leg no matter the temperature, and continues to sharpen his claws on the sofa arm.

He's himself.


So there's a lot to be happy about. His fur remains as soft and silky as it has been since I started giving him all these wacky supplements years ago. He continues to use his signature move of laying only the front half of his body on my ribcage for 5 minutes every time I lay on my back in bed. The fact that he still sometimes likes to explore the hallway outside the apartment and is still surprised every time someone comes out of another apartment is hilarious.

There's a lot to make fun of. I should get you guys a recording of his voice. It's what Phyllis Diller would sound like as a cat. His totally nonchalant, "just looking" face when he wanders into the kitchen in the middle of the day is fooling NO ONE. His humble surprise when I always open up another jar of baby food when he does that is ridiculous. He's got me hopping and he knows it. The way he looks like a furry walrus when he's lounging around in the air conditioned comfort will never cease to make me laugh.

Every day I wake up and take a deep breath to remind myself that this could be the day and I have to be open to the idea. So far every day I've taken a long, hard look at Elvis and he's seemed like the same cat I've had for almost 16 years just a little smellier and in my head I hear, "Not today, Satan!"

I'm considering posting pictures of him at the end of every day and hash tagging them #NotTodaySatan because that makes me laugh.

I encourage you to laugh with me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Photo Challenge: FOOD

This is like when you showed up in the cafeteria before school and found out that all your friends wore the same color and it wasn't even spirit day!

It's so awesome I'm not even going to caption them, just going to leave it here to make your stomachs growl. Yay!









by Me


I'm not going to explain. I'm just going to say that the next prompt is SLIP.

Please enter by 9am Tuesday August 9th for posting on August 10th. Tag your photos with PHOTO CHALLENGE and SLIP. 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.