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Around Here: May 2017

Happy May!  Another month has just about flown by once again and we are already near the middle of the year already!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in May!

-I finally FINISHED the body of work and draft copy for my long-term photography project!  There were many times, along the way, where I never thought I would ever get to this point as there have been many moving parts to this project, which has been an enormous undertaking.  At times, it was difficult to keep the faith and not succumb to fear and doubt, and trust that the pieces would eventually fit together, even when I could not see the forest through the trees.  However, I am glad that I kept going and pressed on, over the past nearly four and a half years.  I still have a ways to go to usher this body of work into the world, but I am really happy to reach this point.

“Increasingly, the work I’m doing is in service to an idea rather than just to see what something looks like photographed.  I’m trying to explore how I feel about something through photography.”  — Sally Mann

-our pools open this weekend and we are looking forward to a long weekend together including time at the pool (weather permitting) and going to a bbq!

Victory is all ready for summer and she loves and she is ready to eat yummy food her Daddy cooks on her Big Green Egg, pictured below!

-enjoying date nights together!

-enjoying time together outside.  With the warmer weather, we have been taking more walks outside, and Victory loves the walks while she rides in her Hound About!

-continue to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home, an ongoing endeavor!

-finished our gardening for this year and we finished getting our deck furniture ready to use to enjoy the nicer weather!

-we are getting all of our house windows cleaned next week so that we can see out of them again!

-enjoying many snuggles with our fur girl, Victory, who is currently recovering from another urinary tract infection (UTI).  The medicine is helping her, as she is prone to these infections, that we battle a few times a year, it seems.  She also had another bath this month, which she never enjoys, but she smells and her fur feels so good after the process is complete!

-we finished the final season of Rectify.

-watching the fifth season of The Americans.

-finished reading Devotion by Dani Shapiro, a really good read!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym!

-achieving 10,000 steps most days via my Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Friday!  Wishing you a nice long weekend!

 

Tangible: Photo Books

I believe it is important to make images tangible.  I recently completed making hard cover photo books via Artifact Uprising, beginning with our wedding through 2016.  It took me a while to make each photo book, but I am so glad that I did!  They all very in number of pages and only one image appears on the right hand side with the left hand side blank to allow one to focus on one image at a time.  In each photo book, I selected and included only the images that I really liked.  I am now caught up so that I can work prospectively instead of retrospectively.  We look forward to our vacation this year, and I plan to make another photo book as well.  I am still working on framing fine art prints to hang in our home, an ongoing project.  These tangible images brings joy and I am happy that we will have these books, capturing memories, for years to come.  I highly recommend this process, which allows you to relive the memories while making the photo books!

The photo books include as pictured from right to left below: our wedding; our honeymoon; our first trip to Nova Scotia; our second trip to Nova Scotia; our trip to Manchester, Vermont; our first trip to Québec (Montréal); our second trip to Québec (Québec City); and our trip to Lake Michigan.

 

 

Happy Wednesday!

Second Keeneland Visit

We recently visited Keeneland again located in Lexington, Kentucky, a place that Doug enjoys visiting.  Doug’s Mom also joined us on our visit to Keeneland.  The weather, unfortunately, was not as nice as last year, but we still had fun betting on the horses.  We won on almost every race, and we even picked two winners, one of which was named “Victory to Victory” similar to our fur girl, Victory, shown in red below!  A few images from our time in Keeneland are shown below!

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

Around Here: April 2017

Happy April!  Another month has just about flown by once again!  Below are some items that have occurred around here in April!

-continuing to work steadily on finishing my long-term photography project — an image at a time — I should be able to finish next month, fingers crossed, as I am down to the final stretch!

-enjoying date nights together!

-enjoying time together outside.  With the warmer weather, we have been taking more walks outside, and Victory loves the walks while she rides in her Hound About!  (We know that she is really spoiled!)

-we celebrated 3.5 years this month with our fur girl, Victory!

-we visited Keeneland again, and we won on almost every race!  Coincidentally, one of our horse picks that came in first place was named Victory-to-Victory!

-in addition to our trip this summer, we planned a special trip in honor of Doug’s birthday this summer!  It will be fun!

-continue to work on getting fine art prints made, framed, and hung in our home!

-started our gardening for this year and getting our deck furniture ready to use to enjoy the nicer weather!

-we had to get a new car, as one of our cars, unfortunately, died.  (There is never a good time for this to occur).

-enjoying many snuggles with our fur girl, Victory!  She got another bath this month, which she never enjoys, but she smells and her fur feels so good after the process is complete!

Biscuit was a ‘staff pick’ again for Jones Soda!  You can read more about it here and vote here, which is greatly appreciated!

-started and we are almost through all of the seasons of the Bates Motel — a good series providing the back story to the film, Psycho.

-finished reading Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, a good read!

-also started reading Hallelujah Anyway  by Anne Lamott, also a good read!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially, at the gym!

-achieving 10,000 steps most days via my Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Tuesday!

 

Jones Soda: Please Vote for Biscuit!

I submitted this image, shown below, a few years ago, while our dear Biscuit was still alive, and I was notified recently that Biscuit is a ‘staff pick’ to possibly appear on the Jones Soda label again!

In the image, Biscuit is sitting with many bottles of Jones Soda with his image appearing on the Jones Soda label.

I would be most grateful if you vote today via the link below, which only takes a second and helps increase the chances of Biscuit getting on a Jones Soda label again!  (Also, please feel free to share — 1 vote per I.P. address is permitted!)

*Vote Here: http://gallery.jonessoda.com/gallery/view.php?ID=1322367&offset=1

 

Thank you!

Around Here: March 2017

 

Happy March — I know I am a few days late!  It is officially spring and it is finally starting to feel like it!  Another month has flown by and April is already here.  Below are some items that happened around here in March.

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time — I am so close to finally finishing and May is my target deadline!

-enjoying date nights together!

-just about finished planning a trip this summer with our fur girl, Victory!

-we recently went to Delaware to one of our favorite restaurants, Iron Hill Brewery!  The weather is getting a little warmer, and we have been able to take Victory with us out to dinner a few times, which she loves!

-finished printing all of our photo books from 2008 through the present via Artifact Uprising, which I will share at some point!

-started hanging and getting more fine art prints printed to frame and hang around the house.  Fortunately, Doug is really good  at measuring and hanging, which is a huge help to me!

-watched the first and second seasons of The Man in the High Castle — an excellent series!

-binged watched the entire season of This is Us with my Mom — I really enjoyed it!

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially at the gym!

-achieving 10,000 steps most days via my Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

(The above watercolor image is via Pinterest).

National Dog Day: Victory

I feel like a neglectful dog mommy for not posting on National Dog Day.  Victory brings immeasurable joy to our little family and so much more.  And, importantly, she teaches me something every day about just being.  We are so very grateful for our fur girl!

Below is a short video of our little fur girl, Victory, sniffing around at the dog park!

Happy Friday!

 

 

Around Here: February 2017

Happy February!  Another month has just about flown by once again!  This has been a busy month for us.  Below are some items that have occurred around here in February!

-continuing to work steadily on my long-term photography project — an image at a time — I am getting so close to finally finishing, about 12 percent of the project remains to be completed and the project is taking shape!

-making homemade dinners with Doug, while trying new recipes and old favorite recipes, too.  Here is an old favorite recipe.  We make a really good homemade pizza, too!

-enjoying date nights together!

-enjoying time outside.  It has been unseasonably warm here for February, which has been really nice.  We have been able to open our windows and let in fresh air along with enjoying long walks around the neighborhood together!  Victory loves riding in her Hound About!  We hope spring will officially come soon!

-going to the dog park with our Victory!

-finished making all of our photo books from 2008 through the present via Artifact Uprising and we have ordered almost all of them!

-started getting fine art prints printed to frame and hang around the house.  This has been on my list for some time, which I hope to finish this year!

-we finished our taxes!

-we made some clothing donations in our attempt to adopt the Marie Kondo method!

-enjoying many snuggles with our fur girl, Victory!  She had her first dental this week and she is doing well, thankfully!

-started the second season of The Missing — it is very good and keeps you on the edge of your seat!

-started Big Little Lies — we are only one episode in, but it is pretty good.

-I was not able to get to any reading completed this month, unfortunately.

-listening to a myriad of podcasts, especially at the gym!

-achieveing 10,000 steps most days via my Fitbit!

-continuing to make incremental progress on our ever-growing to do list!

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Happy Heart Day!

We can hardly believe that today is already our fourth Valentine’s Day with our little love, Victory; for Doug and I, it is our 13th Valentine’s Day together, but who is counting!  I am most grateful for my loves, Doug and Victory, who I am lucky enough to share my life with and who make life so much sweeter!  We celebrated Valentine’s Day, early, this past Saturday, and Victory got a new stuffie friend, a monkey, shown below!  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Doug and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Northern Virginia, where we had one of our first dates.  Doug was kind enough to bring a ‘doggie bag’ home for our fur girl, Victory, who gobbled up every morsel of her prime rib in no time!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” —George Sand

 

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Five Year Blogiversary!

Today is the five-year Blogiversary of www.biscuitsspace.com in conjunction with my photography website.  It is really difficult to believe that five years have already passed by so quickly!  Many things have changed over the past few years, but some things remain the same, fortunately.

If it were not for our beloved Biscuit, I am not sure I would have ever started blogging and I know that I would not have started my long-term photography project, which is so close to completion, for which Biscuit and Victory are my inspiration.  Biscuit was such a blessing and gift to us.  Biscuit permanently changed our lives in so many positive ways and Biscuit sent us our precious little rescue sheltie, Victory, who we adore and love, shown below!  And, coincidentally, Victory is as old as the blog!

Thank you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been visiting!  I truly enjoy creating content for the blog to share with all of you, and I hope that you continue to enjoy visiting and reading the blog!

Thank you so very much!  xoxo

 

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