Monochrome Weekly

I am a day late with my contribution to Monochrome Weekly.  At first I was stumped as to what photograph I wanted to display this week.  Overnight while I was working on building my photography website it came to me.  And on my way home this morning after dropping my daughter off at the bus stop I remembered what I was going to post.  So here is my belated Monochrome Weekly photograph.

{POTD} Photography Website

I have worked well into the wee hours of the morning, but I have finished my website for my photography business.  Please click on the picture and check out me website.  Then please come bck here and leave your thoughts and comments about the website for me.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Photography Website

Photography Website

{POTD} Precious Moments

My friend Jen over at Shutter Sisters is celebrating her son’s eighth birthday today.  Indeed the years do seem to fly by as your kids get older.  One day your baby girl is celebrating her third birthday with new toys and the next she’s old enough to entertain and babysit her younger brother.  And next week she’ll be 16!  In a blink of an eye nothing is the same.  Thank goodness we have the ability to capture those precious moments on film so that the memories can live on a little longer.

Tori celebrates 3

Tori celebrates 3

Indeed those days of childhood do pass quickly.   So what moments in time have you frozen?  If your not already a Shutter Sister, click on over there and give them a try.  I’m positive you’ll find it a rewarding experience.

What you need to know about Memory Cards

I was reading one of the lessons from the distance learning photography course I am taking and I came upon this information about the memory cards we all use in our digital cameras.  Very good to know and not something I have seen on or in the packaging of memory cards available today.

Memory Card Variety

Memory Card Variety

So here is 10 things you need to know about Memory Cards:

  1. Before you turn your camera off, make sure it has finished saving the image.  Many cameras have a blinking light to let you know its working.  Personally my camera will tell me it’s “busy” if i try doing this.  You risk losing your images or even corrupting the memory card entirely if you turn off your camera too soon.
  2. Never remove the memory card from your camera while it is still on.  Again you can lose all your pictures.
  3. There is a speed at which your camera takes a pictures and saves it to the memory card.  This is called transfer speed and it is measured as frames per second or fps for short.  The higher the fps rate is, the more continuous pictures you can take and save to your memory card.  And if your camera can record video on top of taking still photographs, than you definitely want a memory card with a high transfer rate otherwise your videos will appear choppy upon playback.  It is recommended to get a memory card with a Class 6 or higher rating.  These memory cards should have a transfer rate of 30fps.
  4. Don’t use up all the memory available on the card.  Just like when you have too many files saved on your hard drive, your computer will slow down considerably and may not be able to read or find the images on the memory card.
  5. Always use fresh or a fully charged rechargeable battery in your camera. Good to monitor your battery light while taking pictures too.  Little to no juice in your battery can prevent your camera from saving those pictures to the memory card.
  6. Do not place your memory cards near powerful electrical sources or strong magnetic field.  Just like your credit card, those sources cn instantly erase all the images stored on the memory card.
  7. Hndle the memory cards properly.  Pay attention when inserting the cards into their appropriate slot.  They only go in one way and forcing them could permanently damage the memory card.
  8. Store your memory cards in a safe place so they won’t get damaged.  Either keep them in the plastic case they originally came in or purchase a soft case that has individual pouches for storing multiple memory cards.
  9. Do not touch the electrical contacts on the memory cards.  Touching the contact can damage the delicate circuitry that makes them work.  Memory cards can also be damaged by the oily residue on your fingers, exposure to liquids or moisture.
  10. Constantly deleting the images from the card can lead to damage or memory card corruption.  It is better to reformat the card once you have transferred your images to your computer.  Most digital cameras have the option to reformat cards available in their menus.

Well there you have it.  Some useful tips to preserve your memory cards and protect the precious moments we capture with our digital cameras.

{POTD} Summer Stock Sunday #5

Time for another Summer Stock Sunday

The days of summer are quickly heating up.  Just over 100 degrees outside right now and its just about 6:21pm here in California.  And summer has just begun.  I think its time for me to find the swim suit and join my son and his friend in the kiddie pool out back.

Wishing everyone a scent-sational Sunday!

Boys playing in pool

Close up of CJ

Close up of CJ

Tyler splashes

Tyler splashes

{POTD} My strong Little Man

Ok so a few people have noticed by commenting on some of the pictures I have been posting the last few days.  I must confess that I found a digital scrapbooking site that I am totally lovin’.  No mess to clean up and so many design ideas are available at the click of a mouse.  Speaking of mice, I still have two trips to Disneyland and some scrapbooking to do of those trips before we go again here next month.  While I go dig out my actual scpbooking supplies, please enjoy this page I created of my son CJ.  Wishing you a scent-sational weekend!

VGNO – How I Met the Love of my Life

Ah, Friday nights!  Once upon a time we would get all fancied up and head out for a Girls Night Out.   That’s not always possible so in today’s technological world of wonders we have Virtual Girls Night Out of VGNO for short.  This is my first night attending a VGNO and at the moment all is quiet here on the home front so this is a perfect time to enjoy some girl time.

Ann {who is celebrating a Anniversary today {Congrats} asked if we had met the Love of our Lives yet?  And if so, how did you meet.  Well the story of how Chris and I met is definitely an interesting one.  It all started back in the summer of 2000…

Forget about dating services and bar hopping, its the beginning of the Internet age so I place a personal ad on {remember that website}.  That’s how Chris and I first connected with one another.  Two lonely young widows looking for love outside the boundaries of their ordinary lives.  I in the steam hot desert of Southern California, him, the cooler climate of the forests in Northern California.  Immediately there was a connection, mainly because we had both been widowed before the age of 30.  We spent many hours chatting with one another and passing emails back and forth.  After a month of so we progressed to talking on the phone.

Then in October of 2000, he traveled south to Hesperia to visit family and a chance to meet face to face.  Even though we had gotten to know each other pretty well in the previous months, I was still a little weary of a face to face meeting.  So I arranged for us to meet one day on my hour lunch break at a nice little eatery near work.  I made a point of telling my boss at the time where I was going and whom I was meeting, just in case I didn’t return from lunch.  BTW, I worked for the Sheriff’s Dept so I had plenty of reliable back up.  I snuck in the back door and surprised Chris who ws nervously witing by the front door for me.

The lunch date went well.  Funny I was rather calm during the whole time while he was so nervous he barely touched his lunch.  We easily picked up where our online chatting had ended.  After lunch we walked to his car where he had a bouquet of flowers waiting for me.  Then he walked me back to my car.  Our first date eneded with a simple kiss.  The next night I drove to Hesperia for our second date.  We met at his brother’s house.  Which was awkward because most of the night I kept looking at his brother’s girlfriend like I knew her from some place but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

Flsh forward to a few months later and Chris decided to leave what was left of his life up north and moved back to Southern California.  He joined one afternoon for a family gathering to celebrate my cousin turning 30.  We were in the back room watching football when in walks this older lady with 2 children.  They see Chris and immediately come running up to him for hugs.  Remember his brothers girlfriend, turns out she was my cousin via my step-dad’s side of the family.  We had only seen each other a few times over the years so we didn’t really remember each other all that well.  Obviously!

The pictures below are from his brother’s and my cousin’s wedding in 2003.  I was actually about 5 months pregnant and miserable when this photo was taken.  Chris and I have been together for 9 years come October.  And the funny thing is we will probably finally get married in October and when we do, his mother and I will share the same name.  Patricia Knight.  Its been a strange journey from the beginning and expect it to continue to be a strange and interesting adventure for the rest of our lives.

Thank you to all the VGNO for stopping by my blog and reading my stroy.  I hope you will look around and see what else I have been up to.  Wishing you all a scent-sational VGNO!  And now I will go read all of your blogs.

My Scrapblog

Friday Fix It #18



I love Friday’s!  For one its the beginning of the weekend.  Then there is the Friday Fill-In meme which can challenge your brain.  And then there is the Fix It Friday meme over at i {heart} faces which challenges our photo editing skills and allows us to get creative with other people’s photographs.

So above we have the before shot.  And here {just below} is my first edit.  I basically cropped the picture because the window in the background is too distracting with all that light shining through.

First Edit - Cropping

First Edit - Cropping

And lastly, I decided to get creative with the cropped picture of went with a scrapbookish type edit.  This is such an adorable child that had so much to say without saying a word.

Creative Edit via Scrapbook

Creative Edit via Scrapbook

Well I hope you enjoyed my edits.  If you would like to play along, click on over to i {heart} faces and lets see what you can come up with!

Just thought I would share

Thursday I took a day off from trying to redesign my blog.  I have decided that I will probably move my blog over to so that I have more creative control.  So I spent my Thursday clearing out some closets and putting some stuff up for sale on ebay.  So if you are looking for some boys clothes size 24m to 5T check them out here.   Or perhaps you are looking for a unique gift for a friend or family member – may I suggest a custom electric simmer pot.  Looking for something crafty for Christmas.  I have a collection of cross stitch kits available as I can no longer do them because of arthritis in my hands.  Or perhaps photography is your thing.  I have a couple of lens available and some 52mm filters up for grabs as well as a camera bag.  Speaking of bags, I am selling one of those Buxton organizing bags.

Happy shopping my friends!

Friday Fill Ins

Graphic courtesy of Tonya

Graphic courtesy of Tonya

And…here we go!

1. She had a great career as a Charlie Angel.

2. My shadow is by my side, always.

3. I know this: 2 plus 2 ain’t five.

4. 29 still.

5. These words apply to me: blonde, blue eyed girl.

6. Cool how it rains when the sun was shining.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching a movie with my family, tomorrow my plans include redesigning my blog some more and Sunday, I want to awake before the sun and go out and take some photographs !