A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 31

Yesterday everything that could go wrong did but I didn’t stress. I was super proud of myself for not letting my mind overthink situations. I did my job, in fact, I actually cared about the final product. I was also able to voice my concerns and opinions about certain things not that the person (one of the many in the office that treat me like I don’t matter) actively listened. In the end, the company will make money and gain more recognition off of my hard work. I realized the problem with their snobbiness and the fact they believe that they’re better than everyone else is THEIR problem. Action reflects leadership and they learn from what they see their supervisors do.

I didn’t get a chance to have coffee with my friend due to health problems with her and we have made plans to make plans next week (if weather permits). We talked on the phone and that was just as good. Up in a good mood and continuing with the Havamal study. I have to say that it’s helping through my day to day life.

Pocket Version:
Clever thinks himself the guest who
jeers a guest, if he takes to flight. Knows
it not certainly he who prates at meat,
whether he babble among foes.

Chisholm:
He is wise who leaves the flyting
when guest mocks guest.
He who grins at the feast
does not know that he chatters among foes.

I think this is a continuation from stanza 30. I think it’s saying it’s better to leave while mocking and making fun of guests is starting to happen. If you sit quietly and grin or snicker you are actually not sitting with friends. They will do the same to you. I think that I couldn’t leave however but try to get the person to walk away with me or say something in their defense. The people being rude are already going to talk about me why not give them a reason.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

365 Day Project: 50

Wow! Day 50 leaving 315 days left. I would like to say that I’m improving but I’m also biased and to close to the project (any feedback from fellow cell phone photographers would be greatly appreciated). So, we have another snow system moving in tomorrow and then another one over the weekend so that would make it snow storm #455ninerWTF! I’m trying to get used to finding obsolete objects or figure to photograph with not being able to drive around and scout a location.

Tonight I chose the VW van toy car and took it outside while the snow and ice melted in certain areas of the driveway. The image SCREAMED for me to use a grainy retro filter and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! I wish I had thought to grab my micro lens but I had a difficult time getting my cell phone camera to focus on the car by itself. I know if I had a lens there was no way I could have gotten a decent focus.

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A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 30

Super proud of myself this morning (so far) woke up in a decent mood with a brief moment of irritation courtesy of my husband, made my lunch, curled my hair, and even invited an old friend to meet for coffee this afternoon. I even have time to read my stanza for this morning. Reading it yesterday was a huge mood booster and I’m going for day two.

Pocket Version:
For a gazing-stock no man shall have
another, although he come a stranger to his
house. Many a one thinks himself wise, if
he is not questioned, and can sit in a dry
habit.

Chisholm:
Do not ridicule another man,
though he is kin. He oft seems wise
who is not questioned,
and leaves dry skinned.

So my pocket version (translated by Thorpe) seems a night and day difference from Chisholm’s translation but there are a few different translations and I would contribute that to individuals trying to translate Old Norse. I think the advice here is unless you want to cause awkwardness among friends and family do not question their intent or reason for visiting. I have family that seeks out a way to ridicule me for the visit or reason. It’s embarrassing when this happens for all involved and doesn’t end well. If the situation doesn’t happen then more time getting together would happen. So I take the last two lines seem to explain that better than I just did.

OK, first, who can teach me Old Norse? Or lead me in the direction that won’t cost me an arm and a leg? Second, if I have coffee this afternoon with my friend then my 365-day project will be a little late and/or it’s going to be a picture of coffee or coffee related.

Happy Tuesday Y’all!

365 Day Project: 49

My daughter had a really good idea after I lit a candle and I wish I had worked more with the angle of the cell phone. It was a tight squeeze with the candle, incense burner, and the shadow. I wanted to try my hand at another dramatically edited image and this was a great opportunity. I’m REALLY happy with the final image.

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A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 29

Today is Monday and I did a little extra self-care and I’m in a great mood. Although my husband walking through this morning sounding like a cross between Chewbacca and Vader with his cold did make me cringe. I’m trying to get back to my schedule and I think this week may let me as there isn’t so much planned (that I’m aware of). This morning I’m going to start where I left off at bringing me to stanza 29.

Pocket Version:
He utters too many futile words who
is never silent; a garrulous tongue, if it be
not checked, sings often to its own harm.

Chisholm:
He who never shuts up
blathers powerless staves.
The speedy tongue that never stops
often brings itself harm.

I like Chisholm’s version because the translation is a little easier to understand than my pocket version. Well, at least quicker. This stanza seems to continue with know when to be quiet during conversations and speak when your knowledge of a subject is a bit better. It’s ok to carry on full conversations and learn but careful what you ramble. Those words could possibly come back to bite you in the butt. I’ll remember that today but I’m also going to remember to stay positive.

Happy Monday Y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

365 Day Project: 48

Let me set the situation stage here. My stomach HATES me right now, two older kids visiting friends, and I don’t feel like cooking breakfast. My husband takes us all out to iHop and the only thing I needed to do was get myself ready. We get there and my son surprises me with a ‘Joker in Disguise’ toy figure. ‘Mom, you can use this one today.’ The family is really starting to get into helping me find something to photograph and especially the toy macro photos.

My son sat next to me and we were trying to figure out the best pose and place for Joker to have his photo taken. We were placing him on syrup and looking at the menu and my husband suggested how about Joker with a fork. Y’all, we were having so much fun when I heard, ‘She’s got an extra lens on her phone trying to capture her 5 minutes of fame.’ Then some other comments about being one of the Instagram idiots and so on. I immediately started to put everything away when my little knight in shining armor blurts out, ‘What is hurting you for my mom to do this? Nothing. Ignorance isn’t an excuse to judge others.’ After which my husband turned and said, ‘Other people can hear you’re a judgemental person including my 9-year old that has more couth than you.’ They quickly left afterward with my son mean-mugging them the whole way.

A proud mommy moment when that phrase, ‘Ignorance isn’t an excuse to judge others,’ was understood by my son. Goodness knows I’ve told him that several times but it’s a lesson he has learned and demonstrated a great opportunity to teach someone the same lesson. My husband, on the other hand, surprised me. Usually, he would rise to the occasion of heated arguments but I think with our son doing what he did kind of put things into perspective for him.

This image has a lot of meaning. I know it’s supposed to tell a story by itself but there was so much more happening behind the scenes. I have more confidence in public to take photos thanks to my son, more patient thanks to my husband, and a little proud that I’m doing something right as a parent.

As for the photo I practiced framing the shot using the rule of thirds and wanted it to have a dramatic effect. The color palette I’m calling custom because I was able to pull out the classic Joke and Batman colors.

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Other photo shenanigans unedited from this breakfast outing:

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365 Day Project: 47

I started out strong this morning. Took it easy and rested until I remembered that I needed to get the groceries and guess who didn’t place an order online. Yup, this gal. So my husband went with me to help when my son chimed in, ‘Mom, I’ve got the birthday parties today.’ Oh damn…I forgot. Ok, not a problem. Groceries are done, gifts bought, home, wrap and rest. Wrong and wrong. He didn’t have one, not two, but three birthday parties today. The husband helped as much as possible and I made an appearance, gave my birthday hugs, and my husband helped me with an Irish exit so I can come home to shoot this photo quick and I have to lay down. I don’t want to but I may need to draw my comic tomorrow. My ulcer is reminding me who’s boss and I realized my son has a busier social calendar than I do.

But here it is the photo is Gato in the tulip. I can’t tell if his expression is inquisitive or mischevious. What do you think? I got a girly warm color palette out of the photo. Off to bed and happy Saturday Y’all!

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Friday Fictioneers: Painful Panes

I HAD to write this quick short story…it’s Friday after all. I promise I’m going to lay down after this. I know there is more back story here but I haven’t quite figured it out. I think this is a great starting point though. Don’t you?


‘I’ve only seen these panes from the inside. What am I supposed to do now?’ Tess asked the nurse.
‘Well, you’re going to live and prove to others that you are just as normal and sane as everyone else,’ Tess’ nurse reminded her with a gentle hand on her shoulder.
Tess picked up her suitcase turning to give the mental asylum one last look. All she could remember was the pain she felt looking to the outside world through those very same panes of glass. No one was there to pick her up but everything she’d done was in self-defense.

100 Word Count
© Jo Creative PTSD Gal

365 Day Project: 46

I had to take my daughter to work since my husband is working late tonight. It even hurts my stomach to drive. UGH, and it’s really starting to annoy me. By the hospital is a little junk/salvage yard that seems to be closed more than it is opened. I wanted to play with the editing filters in snapseed and perspective blue. I like the bright dramatic touch the end image has and the complementary color palette is warm even though the subject is cold (there’s a lot of snow). Happy Friday guys! I’m working on catching up on things from my bed 🙂

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