Friday! Thank God it’s Friday…Friday! Stay clear, I might just start doing the Hustle!
Hello and good day, it is December 10, 2021 and you made it! I am looking forward to this weekend as my sons will be here! Grinning showing all my teeth right now. It will be nice to have them all here under the same roof. Soon, I will begin cooking for the get together I have planned for Saturday. Really I am not having a formal party just a relaxed way to catch up on life and such. Nothing planned really, as sometimes over preparing takes away from the magic of the day. My boys will not be expecting much pomp and circumstances from me, but they will be expecting some good food. Secretly, I am hoping to play a board game or cards Saturday night and who knows, maybe a night around the fire, but no worries if it doesn’t happen. Truthfully, I hope I can stay awake past my early bedtime. Also, I am hoping we get a chance to go out and explore the Coachella Valley with them, but again, no worries if that doesn’t happen either. The whole goal is spend time catching up on their lives. The past two years has been difficult for many as pandemic restrictions made it difficult to visit. Hopefully, this will start new family traditions, like this Thanks-Christmas get together. My children, are no longer children, but tax paying adults, and it is a joy to see them being all grown and creating their own traditions and such. Truly, one of the best gifts.
This past Sunday, Hubby and I took a short drive to the Salton Sea to watch the sunrise. It is one of my favorite spots around here to watch the morning show. It was his only day off after the TG holiday. That morning was much like this morning, cold and cloudy but the sun did break through and created some vivid colors over the horizon.
The fields were green and we saw many people working in the fields. It reminded me that my Dad had also worked in the fields of Central California when he was a kid and how he would never take us camping because of the memories of his days in the fields. To him, camping was not a vacation.
During the ride I pulled out the Sony A7, a mirrorless camera. The picture that I saw as I was looking through the view finder was hazy, so turned the camera around so I could look at the lens. It was a mess, dirty and no matter what I did, it would not clear up. However, I did like the hazy effect and shot a few photos like the ones above. There really was no fog that morning, just clouds.
Taking care of my equipment has been a struggle. No matter how hard I try to be all organized and adult like, I get lazy and I really need to work on it. Hubby mentioned that it is probably time for a new camera. He is right, I would like a new or decent refurb and I have been eyeing a few D750 refurbs and hope that they are still available at the price point I want. Also, I still have film that I need to use so I plan on using the analog cameras a bit more in the coming year.
The above painting was inspired by Dolly Parton. Early this week, Hubby and I watched a 2019 documentary about Dolly Parton. The documentary gave an intimate portrait of Dolly and I loved watching her through all the years and different wigs and makeup. Anyhow, there was a scene where Dolly was singing, possibly at the Grand ol Opry, and she was in this gold, sparkly gown. There were small lights hanging from the ceiling behind her and it was just a lovely scene. The following morning I started working on that little 4×6. This is the first painting that I didn’t have an actual photo to use. I am kind of diggin’ it! The below short clip shows how it looks when you move it.
Time to get on with the day. I have a turkey mellowing in the ‘fridge for a few more hours till I pop it in the oven. Tomorrow, possibly tonight, I plan on making turkey tamales. Today on the agenda, I will be getting the masa ready to become a vessel of corny goodness. Oh my, making food does excite me! Now to decide if I am going to make the cornbread and poblano stuffing or cornbread and chorizo…maybe both?
Before I get on with my day, I did want to mention that we lost a pet this week, the bunny. When Hubby and I first started dating and before I moved to the Coachella Valley, Hubby lived with two bunnies and a turtle ( and ex-gf). He added a cat, Duke and then Nora shortly after. The bunnies, he mentioned he had for around 5 years before he moved here to the desert. I had a love hate relationship with them. They chewed and gnawed on everything but I did everything I could to keep them comfortable and alive during the longs hot summers. Since those first days here, we have lost three pets and each time it is sad. Mainly, it is sad because it is a reminder that death is inevitable. I cried a bit that morning and would tear up over things that were innocuous or maybe not. The one thing that death does create is memories. Hubby and I reminisced over some of the funny things that happened with those bunnies and I got to learn a little more about their past, before me. It was a bad day but ended up being not so bad after all.
Thank you for visiting, dear reader, where ever you are reading this. Where ever you are going this weekend or what ever you are doing, I hope you get there safely. Hugs to you and you and YOU!