Saturday, January 30, 2010

Camera-Critters #95






You know how I am... I love me some bugs... especially dragonflies and damselflies. Go ahead, think I'm strange, I don't mind. I kinda like being different ;-) You see, besides the whole self-promotion thing, part of my reason for posting this particular slide show is because I am so, so, so missing the warm weather and seeing my blessed dragonflies and damselflies flying about everywhere! But it's very cold here, and not a bug in sight. So sad... so very, very sad! I can't wait for the day I can sit by my pond again, fishing pole in hand, and watch the dragonflies flit about. *sigh* 'Scuse me while I go watch my own slide show and daydream some more.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Heads or Tails *Call*

Heads Or Tails

If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome HoT blog where you can sign up and participate in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is:
HEADS - "Call"

When I read this week's prompt, I immediately knew what I wanted to post. This is a new Country song by Matt Kennon, and it really speaks to me each time I hear it. I hope you get as much out of the words and meaning of this song as I do.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Camera-Critters #94


MOM! Stoppppp! People are watching.
You're embarrassing me! Mooooom!
(c) Misty DawnS

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Looking at the Sky on Friday *Foggy Days*



(c) Misty DawnS

Yep, that's about as much of a look at my sky as you're gonna get right now. We've had lots and lots of fog, and then... we have more fog. Then, the fog freezes overnight, and we're surrounded by a sparkling winter wonderland. That is, unless you're trying to drive on that ice. Not fun. We had freezing rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday, and now, everything is covered in ice. When I stepped out onto the steps to go get the mail and slid all the way down them, I was seriously thinking I should have gotten a life insurance quote before even stepping foot outside. Even the dogs walked outside, stopped, and then looked at me like, "NOW what the heck are we supposed to do?" But, I must admit, it looks pretty awesome, and I wish I could get some photos of it, but I leave for work when it's still dark, and I get home when it's getting dark. So, photos are out of the question right now. Saturday, they are calling for rain all day and the temperature is supposed to get to almost 50 degrees. So, that will melt all the ice, and I still won't get any photos. *pout* Not that I'm feeling sorry for myself or anything... I'd never do that... just maybe feeling sorry for the photographer in me, that's all ;-)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

True Colours Thursday *Blue & White*


True Colours Thursday is a fun meme hosted at the blog appropriately titled "My True Colours". Click on the badge to join in on the fun!

This week's color prompt is:
Blue and White together
(c) Misty DawnS

We had freezing rain and thunderstorms during the night and morning. So, now everything is covered in ice. If it weren't so windy, I could get some good photos. Unfortunately, the wind is blowing like mad and we keep having freezing rain off and on... not a good situation for taking the camera outside. So, I decided to use a photo which not only represents "Blue and White together", but also represents warmer weather. Oh, I'm SO longing for warmer weather! Is it spring yet? I'd be longing for a Branson vacation package, but I'm sure their weather isn't any better than mine right now. I am hoping that Hubs and I will get a chance to visit Branson and the Ozarks this year though, as I hear it's very beautiful there, and I'd love to visit and get lots of photographs.

ABC Wednesday *A is for...*

I FINALLY remembered to join ABC Wednesday at the beginning of a brand new round! I'm eager to see if I can come up with something for each letter of the alphabet and play each week during this round (I doubt I'll use glucomannan for the letter "g" though). Since it's the beginning of a new round, this week is obviously about the letter "A".

I actually have two photos I want to post for the letter "A". They were both taken in the same sequence of photos.

A is for...
Action!
(c) Misty DawnS

A is for...
Apprehension
(c) Misty DawnS

I didn't locate a badge for this round, so just click on ABC Wednesday to join this fun meme! This great meme is hosted by my wonderful and dear friend Mrs. Nesbitt.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wordful Wednesday *Abstract & Creative*



This is another slide show from my Zenfolio photography site. This is the slide show of the Abstract & Creative gallery. I've always loved doing nature, wildlife, and animal photography. Yet, this past year, I developed a real love for creating abstract and fine art photography. In fact, I didn't even realize I was creating "fine art" until Hubs and one of my best friends continued to refer to some of my photos as that. All I was doing was seeing something that was pleasing to my eyes, and I photographed those scenes. This type of photography has really become a favorite of mine.

I bet y'all are getting tired of these slide shows. If you aren't, you probably will eventually. You'll be pleading with me to post about eczema, cow pies, bugs... anything but my photo slide shows. LOL Oh wait!!! I have a slide show of bugs... but, I'm sure you already expected that from me ;-)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Heads or Tails *Pack*

Heads Or Tails




This is another of my "wish list" posts. Gosh, if you didn't know me better (which I hope you do), you'd think I were a materialistic girl, which I'm totally not. However, everyone has things they have on a wish list, even if they never expect to get those things. What is pictured above though, I did expect to get. In fact, I promised myself that I would get a bag, in which I could pack my laptop AND my camera, before the next trip back to visit family. Well, it hasn't happened, because these bags are just too expensive. However, I'm sure I'll be having lots of regrets as I trudge through the airport carrying my heavy briefcase packed with my laptop and other accessories on one shoulder, and the bag packed with my camera and lens on the other shoulder. It's enough to wear me out trudging through the airport with these items, especially the briefcase which wasn't even designed to have a 17" laptop packed in it. It certainly doesn't help the aches and severe joint pain which come along with Fibromyalgia. I don't even pack clothes, because it's just too much. I've got some clothes that I just leave at my dad's for when I visit.

The backpack pictured above is a Tamrac 5550 Adventure 10. I, however, don't have a specific brand of bag picked out. I just need a few specifications in whichever bag or pack I eventually get: 1) Can hold a large 17" laptop; 2) Also holds a DSLR with lens attached; 3) Very Important - will be approved as a carry-on item by the airlines (and if it had wheels, that would be an added and very welcomed bonus). Any ideas, reviews, or suggestions?

Flowers & Plants & Self Promotion




One thing I've heard from people who are successful at selling a product or something they create themselves, is "You have to promote yourself and your product. Then you have to promote some more." I've been told it's an ongoing process. In other words, you don't just one day say, "Hey, I've got these great things for sale." and then see what happens - You've got to keep putting your product out there for people to see. Well, I must admit that I'm not good at this part of 'business'. I have NO problem singing the praises of other people and their creations, because that's how I am. I DO, however, shrink away from the thought of 'bragging' on myself. That's just not me. It makes me feel like I'm self-centered or conceited. However, I've told all of you that I promised myself this year would be my year to strive to make something happen with my photography. So... here I am attempting to promote myself *blush*. I'm not going to sit here and go on and on about myself and how great my photography is though. I'm simply going to show you some pictures, and you can decide for yourself. If you are, in fact, interested in any of the photos, you will find a link to my gallery by holding your mouse over the slide show. Or, you can simply go to www.mistydawns.zenfolio.com.

No, my product won't help herpes simplex, but it will brighten your walls... or your coffee mug... or your mousepad... you get the idea. Yes, I did just mention herpes and my photography in the same sentence. ;-) Oh, and I'll warn you now... I'll be posting more slide shows on an ongoing basis. Maybe I'll get this promotion thing figured out yet. ;-)

Macro Monday *Frosted Tulip Tree*



(c) Misty DawnS

Ahhhh, I've got a long weekend. In other words, I've got today off from work. Well, I've got today off from my full-time financial aid job. I had so many plans for today. I kept saying that I was just going to do "ME" things. In other words, I was going to be lazy, or work on my photos sites, whatever mood struck me. Well, guess what I've got done so far. This morning, when I get out of bed, I made the mistake of picking up the book I'm reading. No, I'm not going to make you click here and read what the book is; I'll tell you. It's The 8th Confession by James Patterson. I told myself I was just going to read a chapter or two, but two hours later, I found myself still reading. Oh well, I guess I can just say that I decided to do something for "ME", and I can also give credit to Mr. James Patterson for being such a fantastic author that I can't put the book down once I've picked it up and joined the world of mystery.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Camera Critters #93

Those of you who are on Facebook may know that it's "Way Back Week" for Facebook. If you didn't know, don't worry, because I didn't know it either. I was finally clued in on Wednesday. So, I thought it would be neat to carry the "Way Back" theme over to my blogs for this week's Camera Critters posts. So... in honor of Way Back week, below is a picture of little ol' me with my dad's Irish Setter, Brandy.



Brandy was an absolutely awesome dog.
She was beautiful, loving, and
SUPER intelligent (although I doubt she cared about things such as the best weight loss supplement.)
She was also a highlight of my childhood.
I loved that dog more than words can possibly express.
It was a super-special day for me if Dad came over and had Brandy with him.

Yes, I guess I've ALWAYS been a dog person.
I just love almost all animals.
In fact, my Misty's Words post features cats.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Writing It Down

I've always been someone who writes things. Ever since I was a child, I've done creative writing, such as poetry and short stories. Beyond that though, I feel I MUST write things. This includes notes when I'm learning something new, reminders, ideas when they pop into my head, and lists. Oh yes, I certainly write lists, especially now that I've got so much going on in life and so much to keep track of in my head.

So, when I started planning for the new year and making my resolutions goals, I decided that they needed to be written down, both to help me have something to read and strive for, and to help me organize and plan. I know it's already the middle of January, but I'm still catching up and pretending the new year started just yesterday ;-)

So, I'm going to look into the many Office Depot deals I discovered, which would allow me to get everything from pens to notebooks to binders to calendars to dry erase boards! That should get me off to a good start with planning and organizing my many goals and ideas. I'm excited, because I've really decided that this is the year to start making some things happen!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

True Colours Thursday *Apricot* & Looking at the Sky on Friday




(c) Misty DawnS

WHERE is that Wascly Widget???

I have a question...
I've seen a widget on other people's blogs which shows the book they just recently finished reading, the book they are reading now, and the next book they plan to read.
I'm wondering where I can find that widget.

I'm a member of Shelfari, but they will only let me make a widget which shows only the books from ONE category - such as books I'm reading now or books I plan to read, but they don't, as far as I can tell, allow me to show books from more than one category in the same widget.

I'd really appreciate if anyone can steer me in the right direction!!!

Fast Water Heater Company

Hubs and I moved here over two and a half years ago. We've been in a state of construction and remodel of our home the entire two and a half years. I know what it's like to have drywall dust everywhere, particle boards for floors, sawdust in the air, and, for a little while, I even knew what it was like to have no heat or lights in our bathroom. Yes, that made for a very cold shower.

Something else that makes for a cold shower and a lot of stress is if your hot water tank goes bad. Murphy's Law always manages to make something like that happen at the most inopportune time too, such as the middle of winter or when you have guests coming to stay at your place. Well, if you have a San Francisco water heater, you can get your water heater repaired or replaced quickly. The name of the company boasts their promptness, as they are called Fast Water Heater Company.

This company repairs and replaces water heaters in California, Washington, and Oregon. Obviously, I don't live in any of those places, so I can't speak for them with experience. I can only tell you what they offer by visiting their website at http://www.fastwaterheater.com/. The fact that they say they typically dispatch a technician the same day, if you have called them by noon, is very appealing if you are in need of immediate assistance.

If I were in one of the states they service and needed my water heater serviced, this company would be on my list to call due to their promise of prompt service and the other information on their webpage. Rather than hearing it from me, you can click here and see for yourself.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday *Dining Outdoors*

(c) Misty DawnS

Monday, January 11, 2010

Heads or Tails *Sweet & Sour*

Heads Or Tails

If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome HoT blog where you can sign up and participate in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is:
HEADS - "Sweet"
or
TAILS - "Sour"


So, I present to you...


SWEET
(c) Misty DawnS


And...


SOUR
(c) Misty DawnS

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Macro Monday *Web of Pearls*



(c) Misty DawnS

I, with my camera, capture the beauty I see around me. This web's owner is an artist in its own right.... creating this magnificent work of art. I was thankful for the opportunity to capture this beautiful creation.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Camera-Critters #92

These are a couple shots from a couple weeks ago of some Northern Harriers I saw flying around our field. They didn't start their acrobatics (or should that be "aero"-batics) until I had already exited the field and was walking home via the road. Therefore, I was quite a ways away from them. I still enjoyed taking the photos and watching them. These birds are very entertaining to watch.
This one was looking right at me.
It had just caught a mouse and has it in its talons.
(c) Misty DawnS

These two were swooping at each other.
It was as if they were playing "Tag"
or possibly dancing in the air.
(c) Misty DawnS

Sorry the pictures aren't the best. Sometimes, the photos don't turn out as great as the experience, I guess.

I haven't been able to get out much do to the weather we've been having. I tell ya - I'm already ready for spring, and I know I've got a long wait ahead of me! Wish we could go on a nice cruise to warm places. Or, maybe look into some destin florida condo rentals. Wonder if they'd allow the dogs to come too...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Looking at the Sky on Friday *Mooving Silhouette*



(c) Misty DawnS

I really, really like silhouette photos. I think they are very artistic, dramatic, and beautiful. Therefore, naturally, I really enjoy creating my own silhouette photos. Hubs says that he can see me 'growing' as a photographer. He says I'm developing an eye for what makes an 'artistic' photo, whether it be an abstract or a fine art, when that wasn't really my thing when I first started in photography. I think I'll take that comment as a compliment. I don't know if this photo is 'artistic', but I like it, and I enjoyed creating it.

Before you go back to reading about data center services or whatever it was you were doing, click on the badge and view more awesome sky photos, and don't forget about Camera-Critters this weekend!

True Colours Thursday *Snow White*


True Colours Thursday is a fun meme hosted at the blog appropriately titled "My True Colours". Click on the badge to join in on the fun!

This week's color prompt is:
Snow White

(c) Misty Dawn

The photo above is of Bear. Bear was a huge, gorgeous, wonderful, sweet, loving Great Pyrenees. My dad got him for us as a wedding gift, because he knew we were interested in having a Great Pyrenees to guard our sheep on the farm. However, Bear wasn't interested in guarding sheep, he was a kleptomaniac (hehe). He especially loved containers. At night, he would go around the farm collecting all the containers he could find. When we'd wake in the morning, there would be a perfect line of containers sitting in front of one of the barns. The barn cats' dishes, the feed bins where we poured pellets for the calves, milk jugs, 5-gallon buckets, you name it... they would all be there in a perfect line. We'd put everything back, only to have Bear gather it all up again the next night. Bear was also very, very loving. I could wrap my arms around his big neck, and he'd sit there for hours enjoying the hug. The only part of Bear that would stop you from coming and stealing possessions, jewelry and loose diamonds (which we never had, but you get the idea) would be his bark and his size, but his heart was just full of love. R.I.P. Bear, we miss you terribly.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

AcuLife Therapod


I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive a free AcuLife Therapod for the purpose of using it and subsequently completing a review about it. Although I received this product for free, that does not influence my review and opinions of the product in any way.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let me tell you about the Therapod, which is a 2-in-1 moist heat and cold therapy product. Yes, if you sprain your ankle, you can put cold therapy on it to keep the swelling and inflammation down, and if you have a pulled muscle, you can use this same product for heat therapy. It's basically an ice pack and a heating pad put together!

Here's how it works.
If you need heat therapy, when you would normally go grab your corded heating pad, you simply remove the gel pack from the Therapod. Then you place the Therapod in a microwave safe dish, and put it in the microwave for about a minute and a half. You'll want to let it sit for a minute after heating it up, because it can be too hot.

If you need cold therapy, rather than grabbing a bulky and uncomfortable ice pack, grab the Therapod. You insert the gel pack in the Therapod and put it in the freezer for three or more hours. Then, you've got yourself an ice pack.

What makes this item so great, in my opinion, is it is hands-free. It has an adjustable strap which holds it in place wherever you need it. You're not limited to how far the cord will reach on your heating pad, and you're not stuck holding a bulky ice pack to an injured area. If you have stiff and sore muscles, the strap holds the Therapod in place while you continue to freely function.

Maybe I'm the only one who has ever had this problem, but I once had serious back pain and spent a LOT of time lying on a heating pad (because that was the only way to keep the heating pad pressed against my back). Well, of course, I didn't stay completely still. I would move, turn, fidget, re-adjust my body, etc. This caused the heating pad to end up ruined. It got all squished up and out-of-shape, and I ended up having to throw it away, because I was afraid I had messed up the wires in it. The Therapod moves with your body - you aren't moving against it.

After being on an extended holiday break from work, I ended up with a very severely sore muscle under my shoulder blade when I returned to work. It was from being hunched over a desk for several hours, to which my body had become unaccustomed. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the pain in this muscle was actually causing me to be nauseated. I came home, followed the directions for heating the Therapod in the microwave, and strapped it over my shoulder so it would cover the extremely sore muscle. Not only did it provide much needed heat therapy, it was so much better than a heating pad, because I was able to receive that heat while I performed my normal evening chores. I wasn't stuck lying on the couch on the heating pad as I normally would be. AND, the major bonus was that even though I was still moving around and completing tasks, after using the Therapod, the pain in that muscle subsided. True story!

Another thing that is awesome about this product is you can comfortably use it for headaches and migraines, to which I am, unfortunately, victim. When I have a migraine, having a hard ice pack or bag of ice lying on my head just makes me feel more uncomfortable, and cold washcloths do not stay cold for more than a few minutes. The Therapod has a gel pack for cold therapy, and when you place it on your forehead, it comfortably covers your eyes and forehead from temple to temple, and it lasts a lot longer than a few minutes.

The only cons I have about this product are:
You are only supposed to use this product for around 20 minutes. Sometimes, I need longer treatment.
While the adjustable strap is a dream, because it makes the product hands-free, it would be awesome if the product were a bit larger to cover more area.

A few warnings about the Therapod:
Excess weight on the gel pack may cause it to rupture or leak.
Do not sit on or sleep with the product.
Do NOT use the Therapod if you have diabetes, circulatory problems, or sensitive skin.
Do NOT use the Therapod as a hot pack for the eyes.

Let me tell ya - since I have Fibromyalgia, and Hubs does physical labor for a living in addition to farming, the Therapod will get a LOT of use in our household. If you want to find out more about how the AcuLife Therapod treats all stages of the healing process, you can visit Health Enterprises, or simply click on the image at the top of this post.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Macro Monday *Nature's Holiday Lights*



Misty DawnS
This is kind of an abstract macro shot. Apparently I have a thing with grass and plants (such as milkweed) when they go to seed. It catches my eye, and when something catches my eye, I photograph it.

We're experiencing some very cold temperatures this week (in the negatives... YUCK). Now that the holidays are over, it would be just fine with me if we could just skip right to springtime! I know, I know, I shouldn't wish the time away, but I don't like winter much at all.

Also, now that the holidays are over, I'm back to work. I sure wish I could work from home full time. Oh well, I've got to make money to pay the bills, finish the house (including buying floor tiles which are going on our counter tops... yes, you read that right.), and put food on our table and in the dogs' bowls. ;-)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I Finally Did It!

Well, I finally did it! I stopped just talking about it, and I did it! Keep in mind, it's still a work in progress, but I finally started my website for selling photography.

A special thanks to Lisa at Lisa's Chaos. She and her Zenfolio site were inspirations to me through this process, even if she didn't know it. hehe

Misty DawnS Photography

Camera-Critters #91


I was walking along, lost in daydreams and thoughts about how I'm filling up all my laptop memory because I can't bring myself to delete my photos. Then, I saw something. I wasn't sure what it was, because I was a ways away from it, so I decided to walk closer to investigate. That's when I realized what 'it' was. Y'all read the post on Misty's Words which told that our cows have a pet cat? Well... apparently she knows some other cats in the neighborhood, cuz now the cows have babysitting duty too...

(c) Misty DawnS


I got a little close for their comfort.
Shhhhhhhh... really you can't see it *wink*
(c) Misty DawnS

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