Archive | April 2013

Colors of Your World: A Photo Assignment ~

I just now heard about Karma’s photo assignment, and it’s due in less than an hour.  I need to pay more attention!  Here’s what Karma says:  “Choose a color that you are drawn to. Post at least 3 photos (can be more if you like!) that feature this color in some way. Tell me what it is that draws you to this color. If you’d like, take it a step further and do a little research like Joanne did and find out some of the psychology of your chosen color.” 

Well, considering I’m all about color, I couldn’t pass this up, even if there was less than an hour to get it in under the wire!  My favorite color is, and always has been, purple.  I think some of it stems from my childhood when I was in love with the flavor grape.  Add to that the fact that I was pretty much brought up with lilacs in and around my house when I was at a child.  The grape flavor and the scent of lilacs has deeply imprinted purple into my psyche.

The Color Psychology of Purple

    • Purple is the symbol of royalty and wealth.


    • Purple also represents wisdom and spirituality.


  • Purple does not often occur in nature, it can sometimes appear exotic or artificial.

Well, I don’t know if the “psychology” fits me, but I sure could go for a grape popsicle about now!

Hope you enjoyed my visit with purple!  Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to come again!

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 17 ~

Wow!  Are we 17 weeks into 2013 already?!  Let’s see what Cee’s got for us to share this week:

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?  Definitely a PEN!  And, like Trisha quips, it can’t be just “any” pen, it must be a good one!  I am an avid “collector” of pens… part of my office supplies OCD issues, I’m afraid.  But I do like a good blue Bic for everyday stuff.  For Public Notary signatures, it has to be black and quality ~ no glops, no misses, no mistakes.  Very professional.  One of these days soon I’m going to post a sample of my handwriting, then you’ll understand.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?  Unfortunately, $10,000 doesn’t go as far as it used to ~ that may sound strange to some who have little, but when you’re trying to find a newer, decent car (for example) $10,000 just doesn’t cut it.  Nevertheless, I would much prefer to give $100,000 to strangers anonymously.  During the holiday season, I frequently give anonymously to strangers, but I like to be nearby enough so that I can see their faces when they receive the gift.  That is joy to me.

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?  I would pretty much do anything to avoid having my picture taken.  I did have professional portraits taken last fall to give to my husband for Christmas.  But, other than that, I’d rather be behind the lens!  Besides, taking photos is a creative outlet for me!

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I’ve always loved animals of every kind, so when I was in elementary school, I always pictured myself becoming a veterinarian.  When I reached middle school and discovered the typewriter (anyone remember what the IBM Selectric was?), it became my passion to become a “secretary” (as it was called back then).  I always saw myself in a huge high rise like Trump Tower, in a big city like NYC maybe, making lots of money and being very important being “Mr. So-and-So’s secretary”.  High aspirations for a 7th grader.  Now, not so much, LOL!  But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Great questions, as usual, Cee!

Thanks for looking, and until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

Macro Monday ~

Sometimes I like to just mess with the settings on my camera, getting to know them, and attempting to explore all the different things I can do with my little Finepix S700.  This past weekend I tried some macro (up close) shots, as well as a variety of other things.  I particularly like macro when photographing flowers.  My cat?  Not so much!

(click on each photo for a slide show or to enlarge)

If you’re familiar with me at all, you’ll know that our little piece of the world, our almost three acres of God’s goregous earth, is lackluster in nutrients to support plant growth.  It used to be a farm field, used for corn and Lord knows what else.  When we purchased it, we did not realize that all of the nutrients necessary to support things like GRASS in the front yard, trees, perennials and such are no longer there.  It has been a 9-year struggle to get anything pretty to grow, even after we’ve tried various avenues such as weeders, feeders, etc.  It’s not feasibly affordable to keep Miracle Grow-ing our acreage.  Anyway, I digress!  So each Spring, it’s with hope and excitement that I wait to see what, if anything, will “return” and … flourish?  My trees are most precious:  my King Crimson maple that my children got me, my pin oak trees that appear to be truly established and out of the danger zone, and (of course) my newly-planted red oak tree ~ my Kirkwood ~ planted last summer.  We also have flowering trees, shrubs etc. that, after 7-8-9 years are still struggling to flower, let alone flourish.  And I haven’t even mentioned our “grassy front yard” that I mow every weekend through Spring and less often into Summer.  All I can say is that it’s “green” ~ but not due to grass, but a variety of weeds.  It actually looks nice from the road, but when I’m mowing it, I get depressed at the hideousness of the weeds.  What I would’t give to till up the whole “front 40” and plant grass seed and actually have grass GROW!  But, I digress yet again in my rant.  My whole reason for posting was for you to enjoy some macro shots I took.  I should be thrilled that we even OWN a piece of God’s creativity!  And I am!

Until next time, God bless and TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Pet Peeves ~

We have two pets now, having lost our beloved cat, Doug, over the winter.  Now we have Jammer, our 9 year old Golden Retriever, and Sumi, our 14 year old Siamese cat.

Jammer is a joy in his simplicity.  He’s been a good dog since the day we brought him home as a 8 wk old puppy.  Easy to crate train, low maintenance, well-disciplined/obedient.  In many ways, a complete wimp.  As good and sweet as he is, he’s huge like a lumbering ox.  Mix that with a fear of just about everything ~ wind, thunder storms, fireworks ~ and you have the potential for serious injuries to your feet as he scrambles to get away from whatever threat he perceives.

Jammer as seen through the lattice panels on our back deck

Jammer as seen through the lattice panels on our back deck

Jammer in the sunlight of our back yard.  Notice the slobber hanging from the left side of his mouth.

Lest I forget to mention the “wet mouth” characteristic of the Golden Retriever breed.  Slobber, slobber EVERYWHERE!  When he shakes his head to relieve whatever itch he thinks he has, the foamy saliva often winds up wrapped around the outside of his muzzle, as well as the walls of the kitchen or anywhere else he might be at the time.  And who could forget that “trail” of water he leaves after drinking water from his dish and coming to see if he can get attention from me or Al.  The wet spot on the jeans or shirt is inevitable!

Did I introduce you to Sumi?  She’s our Siamese “Miss Priss”.  She allows us to live in our home only to service her.  Easily insulted she is.  Demands attention.  Often, if she perceives she’s being ignored, or if her every day routine is disrupted for whatever reason, she’ll make her displeasure known by throwing up … wherever.  Could that be called bulemia?  I think “persnickity” fits better.  If you notice that her brown ears look a little “funny”, it’s because several years ago she had a bout with ear mites that made her ears balloon and swell until they were literally round like balloons with fluid.  Our vet treated her with the caution that her ears might not return to their original look ~ whatever that meant at the time.  Indeed, they look similar to potato chips… crinkled.  But we don’t mind.  That doesn’t dissuade her at all from vomiting at her leisure.  Siamese cats are yowling noisey animals, you say?  Not so!  Sumi doesn’t really even meow.  On occasion she’s muster a kind of “crackling” mew if she can’t get your attention fast enough, but mostly she “coos” ~ you know, the sound mama cats make to their kittens.  It’s a “coo-purr”.

Sumi surveys her back yard from the back deck

Sumi surveys her back yard from the back deck

Closeup of a pretty face with crinkled ears

As much as I love pets, and in particular OUR pets, I understand now when my parents used to say “No more pets!”.   Jammer and Sumi are wonderful additions to our family… no, they aren’t “pets”.  They are one of us, and completely irreplaceable.  We are lucky to have them and we hope they feel the same.

Until next time … TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Horsing Around ~

Our neighbors have horses.  They have quite a few horses.  They often get foals from this combination of horses, and they invite us over to view their new creations.  This weekend, the weather was favorable to walk over (the equivalent of a couple of city blocks), camera in hand, and check out their new charges.  (click on a photo to enlarge)

I don’t ever mind having the opportunity to go visit our neighbor’s horses.  I love equines ~ and the chance to photograph them.  As a teenager, I owned  horses and rode them daily (weather permitting).  They are strong, beautiful, intelligent, loving and obedient.  Nothing to be “afraid” of.  I’m looking forward to “horsey season” and all the shows that come to the NYS Fairgrounds Coliseum.  I will be posting more such equine photos in the near future.  I believe the Arabian show is coming up next month… one of my favorites!

Until next time … TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt