Christmas time is here . . .

May you have the gift of Faith, the blessing of Hope and the peace of His Love at Christmas and always.

With Christmas one week away, I was inspired to photograph some Christmas still life scenes on Sunday.  Time goes by so quickly and it seems to pass exceptionally fast when there is a holiday soon approaching.  As we all busy ourselves with shopping, baking, trimming the tree and well, just getting ready for the big day, those days leading up to Christmas go by extra quick!

I came across a book I read to my daughter every Christmas Eve, just reading the inscription I wrote to her so many years ago, brought back such loving and good memories, it’s difficult to believe she is all grown and married herself.

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Memories are what holidays and special occasions are all about.  The actual day goes by fast, years later, we are left with fond memories of the people we shared the day with, and the laughter we all shared together.

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As you prepare for your family gatherings, enjoy the festivities, food and good times shared with your loved ones.  From my family to yours, I wish you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I will be taking a short break for the holiday but will be back in the new year with more stories and photographs.  In the meantime, please continue to follow me on Instagram.

Thank you for continued support I truly appreciate it, until we meet again . . .

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Where from here?

Forward & Backward …

This past week I began cleaning out some old art portfolio cases I had from college.  I hardly remember those days, some 30 plus years ago now.   When I was young and had dreams, that never became a reality.  Sometimes I wonder what my life would had been like if I had gone to art school instead of college? or if I hadn’t worked in New York City; or if I moved to California when I had the opportunity.   Continue reading “Where from here?”

Summer in South Jersey

It’s Summertime in NJ

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck

So much truth to that quote!  This past week we welcomed the Summer Solstice and who wouldn’t want to welcome that in with huge smile?!

Since summer has arrived, I felt that I needed to get out and take some summer themed photographs.  This time of year, no matter where I go, there is color everywhere! Abundant color.  For me and my family, this year we are taking it slow, last year we planned a wedding and that didn’t leave much time for relaxation.  This summer since things are a bit quieter, I wanted to share what summer in South Jersey looks like from my perspective.  I am always thinking of ideas or a layout for story, and this week was no different.  I knew I wanted to share photographs of where I  live with all of you.

Shore towns in NJ are very similar no matter which town you are visiting.  The photos I’m sharing today were taken in Brigantine, NJ.  The Jersey Shore comes alive in the summer, there is an energy you can feel everywhere you go.   As I took these photographs, the sky was a bright blue and the clouds were just perfect.

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My husband and I also celebrated 15 years in our home.  We moved into our current house on June 24, 2002.  We were newly married (just a little over a month), we both were beginning new jobs and my daughter was attending a new camp.  I’m not exactly sure how we survived that first summer in South Jersey, but now it seems like a lifetime ago.

In our neighborhood the houses are beautifully landscaped, I walked around looking for beautiful summer flowers.  The orange tiger lilies grow wild on some of the roads near my home.  One of my neighbors has absolutely beautiful flowers in her front yard  that I could not resist photographing.

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I hope you have enjoyed a little piece of where I live.   If you have a favorite memory or an event that means “summer” to you, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by today . . . until next week

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