Tag Archive: christmas

Instagram a Day: Day 7

Christmas morning, after all the unwrapping, our cat Odin laid down on the coffee table amongst the gifts. He usually wants to be where the action is and he loves to lay on uncomfortable items, like scissors. I love this photo of him on the wonderful book “The Snowman”, which was a gift to my husband.


My husband bought me these amethyst earrings for Christmas that year. I was attempting to take some photos of them and this is what I got. I like the black and white one, the color one is ok too.  The black and white one is interesting to me. Sometimes you have a specific idea of what you think you look like and then something comes along and makes you realize you have no idea what you really look like. The more photos I took of myself for this project the more I realized I look very much like a cousin of mine.  I previously thought we couldn’t have been more different. Perception is very interesting to me.


“If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy


“These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.” ~George Eliot

Both of these photos are associated with Christmas. 267 was taken on an escalator in the mall while Christmas shopping. When my husband and I were in high school, yes we are high school sweethearts, we would go there just to ride the escalator up and down. Those were good times when something simple could be entertaining. I was remembering those moments when I took that photo. 268 was taken at work. I was working at an Elementary school and it was pajama day. I wore my slippers and Christmas socks. Loved that job!


“The other line moves faster.” ~Etorre’s Observation


“It’s always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.” ~Jean Paul Gaultier

Two hundred and fifty-six

It was obviously Christmas time. We had our tree up. I was relaxing on the couch enjoying some peace and quite after the kids had gone to bed. I was content and at ease. I was cherishing the moment of sitting in front of our tree we had decorated as a family. So, I took a photo to remember the moment. I realized just now, I am sitting on the same couch, the exact same way right now while I am typing this. HAHA! I guess that’s how I roll. Hard to believe Christmas time is just around the corner again.


“Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age.” ~Terri Guillemets


Christmas morning with my Christmas socks in front of the Christmas tree with the Christmas presents all around. I have had these socks for a few years now and I always wear them to bed on Christmas night. They are fun. I guess I am into my own sort of traditions.

“One can never have enough socks.”~Dumbledore

Seventy-four and seventy-five

It was night. My husband had fallen asleep on the couch. It was very foggy outside and not too cold. I took my tripod and camera out into the mist. It was a magical sort of evening. No one was out. The lights looked  amazing diffused in the fog. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, trying different things. It was peaceful and calm and creative. A very enjoyable night.

Seventy-four I am not too happy with. I am out of focus; however, I decided to use it anyway because I liked the way I looked in it. A shallow thing to say I suppose. Also because it was still that time of the year and I liked having the Christmas lights in it.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

Seventy-five, on the other hand, I absolutely love. I love silhouettes. I love the fog. I liked being a small object in the photo, instead of at arm’s length. I love how the light interacts with the mist. I love the black and white.

“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” ~W.S. Merwin

I keep getting futher and further behind on my blogs. I am now on about 109 of my photos and only 73 of my blogs. Ack! I’m starting to forget why I did them. This one was taken from our family Christmas photo (see below). I had been really enjoying the look of the double mirrored image, hence why it showed up again here. It was still Christmas time, obviously, so I went with the red and green combo. One side is negative, one poistive. I don’t really like this one. It was the best I could come up with at the time.

 “At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year” ~Thomas Tusser

Family X-mas card photo, I make my own every year.


I am a fan of the candy cane, the original, plain old red and white peppermint kind. None of those cherry flavored, muted rainbow-colored imitations of the real thing. Or God forbid the wacky starburst, Spongebob, crazy colored whatevers. (Really I’ll eat any of them, but I like the traditional.) I was in a goofy kind of mood, enjoying a refreshing candy cane. Part had broke off and this is what I did with it; instant minty mustache.

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it is better for the health.   However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of tobacco, were carefully placed several mustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends: “Mustache? Mustache? Mustache?”   Nobody dared to touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of mustaches.” ~Salvador Dalí


A couple of days before this shot we had been watching one of our favorite food shows, Unwrapped. They were showing a place that makes hand-made gingerbread houses. On the top of each house they put two small candy canes in the shape of a heart. I thought that was really neat. So I grabbed two big candy canes off of our tree, placed them on my chest and took some shots. Not the best quality photo, but it’s cute.

 “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ~Roy L. Smith


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and New Year! My wonderful husband bought me a studio lamp with umbrella for photography!!! Finally have one after 15 years of serious photography work! So excited to use it. I got it put together and played around a bit with it. The possiblities are endless now. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas!