Almost a wimp…

Yep, it’s true, I think I might be a wimp.  Okay, maybe not a complete wimp, but I truly feel like I wimped out on this weeks photo challenge.    (Now for the whining……)    But it was hard.  I mean really hard.   The subject of “distortion” was just realllllyyyyyy hard.   I couldn’t really think of anything.   Then I wondered if I should photograph something that was distorted or if I should distort a photo I had taken.   hmmmm, decisions.    And then I was kindof pre-occupied with a sick husband and a busy work schedule.   yada, yada, yada  – whine, whine, whine    It could all just be an excuse for being lazy though.

So here is what I settled for as my upload.   At the last minute I finally captured a distored picture.   Can anybody guess how this picture was taken? 


 If it hadn’t been for the last minute picture above this was going to be my submission.  

I used the special effects feature of a photo editing program by Roxio.  It has some other really cute effects but that really kindof felt like cheating on the challenge.

Since this is a PHOTO blog (hence needs pictures), and since I am kindof wimping out this week (on the challenge and my blog too, I guess), here are some really sweet pictures of my not-so-sweet-sometimes puppy, little Ms. Rileigh.    Besides, who can resist a sweet little puppy face.

She is growing by leaps and bounds it seems.  She is one smart cookie too.  She is just bearly 6 months old and her list of tricks includes sit, down, rollover, speak, stand, leave it/take it, and we are currently working on giving hugs.   We bought a hula-hoop (you can see it in the background) to teach her to jump through but so far she’s afraid of it.  We’ll have to work on that one!

And she is without a doubt the friendliest puppy I have ever met.  She LOOOVVVESSSS everyone she meets whether person, dog, or cat (well she tries to love our cat but the cat isn’t quite so sure, LOL).  

Thanks for hanging in there with me during this not-so-creative time.   Honestly I will put more effort into the next subject for next week – which is “night”; maybe, if I’m blessed, I will be able to get some fireworks pictures to share – MAYBE!   I can hardly believe we are up to week 26, half the year is already gone, wow!


The Wimp (aka Kim)

Bonus Picture:   This is the totally awesome birthday cake my totally awesome SIL made for me!!!    She is the best anyone could want or ask for in a friend and in a SIL.   Thanks Pam!!


Person, Place or Thing

Person, place or thing?   Well in this case I guess it is kindof all three.   The challenge for this week is “person”.   I took this picture while on vacation (place), it’s of a person and, well….umm, I’m not sure what the thing part would be but it sounded good when I started.

I have so many great “person” photographs from this past week but I chose this one in peticular because it is of some random person that I don’t know.   That is hard for me.  I don’t usually point my camera at people I don’t know and ask them to say cheese.   So I consider that my challenge for the week.   

He was a really nice guy working in this little diner dive we went to on Friday night.   My SIL said they had the best grilled cheese sandwich.  My burger was just okay but not great.   But I definitely think it was a dive and not a diner because of the decor and the other people behind the counter.  

Here’s a picture from across the street standing on the end of the pier looking at the place we ate, it’s in the bottom left of the picture.  

And here is the other end of the pier! 

The pier was different from any I’d seen before (not that I’ve seen a lot of piers).  You could go fishing along the sides and at each end was a bar, most nights with live music.   There was also fireworks on the beach every night.  Not by anybody official, just random beach visitors having some fun and providing a free light show for everyone else.  

This next weeks challenge is “distortion”.   Now won’t that be an interesting photo subject?   Wish me luck with that one!


Vacation Time

I’m on vacation.   A phenomenal vacation, literally!  It’s a girls trip to the beach and I’m lovin’ it!  We leave tomorrow – boo, hiss!!!  I can hardly believe the week is almost over.  

We’ve had some of the best food.  Some we fixed ourselves like this shrimp boil – yum! 

But we also found this great local seafood place called Biminis.  I highly recommend them if you are ever in the Myrtle Beach area.   They’re not the usual tourist-y eatery so you will probably have to look them up but they are so worth it.  

Of course, it’s been really stressful laying on the beach, walking on the beach, looking at the beach, listening to the beach…well you get the idea.   I don’t mean to rub it in that I’m at the beach and you’re not, I’m just really enjoying myself and it is overflowing into the blog.  I bet you’d be the same way if you were on a girls trip (or a guys trip). Besides it’s a photo blog and I have lots of beach photos to share!!!

Okay, enough already with the beach.  Here is my photo challenge submission for this week for Shutterboo’s subject of shadow.   Let me know what you think. 

Oh heck, I can’t help myself – here is one more picture.   It’s sunrise at a marina near where we stayed.  It was beautiful.  

Signing off from the shores of SC.


I’m determined

Life is getting busy and crazy and loads of fun stuff is happening but I’m determined to keep up with Shutterboo’s weekly photo challenge.   This week’s challenge has been “open”.   A couple things have run through my head at various times during the week but nothing has stuck long enough to grab the camera and go for it.    So I guess I will be making a determined effort to capture something quickly when I get home from work and get it posted SOMETIME before I go to bed tonight.  

I’m not exactly sure how that is going to happen though.  We have to take the kiddo (Rileigh) to the vet tonight to check out her little toothies.   As with all puppies she is teething and chews everything.  It seems that those longer teeth on the bottom at each side are not coming out or getting loose and the new ones are coming in behind them.  We’re determined to get this taken care of quickly so that she doesn’t need braces later on!!   (LOL)  My hubby actually pulled one of her teeth because it was all floppy and stuff and seemed to be irritating her.    I also pulled one but I’m kindof embarsed to tell you about.  But it’s pretty darn funny so here goes:

We have this little brown puppy bed (see picture), and apparently it has some kind of quilted pattern stitched into the bottom of it and Rilegh as chewed on it enough that some of the threads are loose.   So the other night she was chewing on the threads.   I, being the good puppy parent that I am, was concerned that she would swallow some of the thread and that could be bad for her little intestines.   So I snapped a few of them off by hand and put them to the side.   The last one was a bit trickier as she had it in her mouth.  I pulled on it though and could see the bed moving on the other side of her mouth so I knew it went through the sides of her mouth and not down her throat.   So I decided to just snap it off and then it would pull right through her mouth.   Good plan, huh?    WRONG!!!!     I pulled, it snapped, thread comes flying through her mouth and out flies one of her little teeth across the room. ……….(dramatic pause).   I felt TERRIBLE, as I slap my hand over my open mouth in astonishment and look down at her sweet face only to see her looking directly at me kindof licking her lips and chewing like “what the heck was that for?”   Bad puppy mom, bad, bad!!!!     Don’t worry, I made up for it by giving her lots of lovin’ and some extra treats.  Treats are always welcome!!

What a sweet little face, huh?

Added after work:

Okay so I’ve got my “open” picture now.

That’s the one I submitted but here are two others I considered.

They were both taken with my point and shoot and I think that is one reason why I’m not happy with them. 

Oh well!   Next week’s subject is “shadow”.    Wonder where you can find really cool shadows on the beach – cause that’s where I’ll be for 7 whole days with the girls!   Surely I won’t be too busy lounging on the beach to capture a good shadow picture so I’ll try to squeeze that into my agenda for the week:   sleep, eat, play in the sand, sleep, watch chic flicks, sleep, take shadow picture, sleep, walk on beach, laugh, play games, and sleep.    Yea, that should work.   

Until next time.