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Passion

Art has always been my thing. I love to create, and I love putting my imagination to use, and I’m pretty good at it. When I started painting, though, I found a passion deeper than I had ever explored before. I love photography, I love writing, and I love drawing, but nothing ever felt like…

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

One way I’ve found to get over a fear of insects is to appreciate their beauty and learn more about them. I found out this little (not so little by grasshopper standards) guy is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, and he can’t fly. Instead he hops clumsily over grass. He is also very stinky when scared,…

Mistakes

I made a blog post on my other blog (it’s a devotional blog, post scheduled for 8/28 on The Hope We Profess) about making mistakes and not getting frustrated and just covering them up. About fixing them, trying again, or making them better. So today, I practiced what I preached, and when I made a mistake…

Painting

For a long, long while, I’ve wanted to start painting. I’ve had the supplies to get started, but there was some sort of deep-seated fear preventing me from picking up a brush. What if I wasn’t very good? What if I couldn’t paint something I liked? Would I have the patience to keep trying? Would…

Little Friend

Found this little praying mantis on one of our tomatoes while in search of ripe ones, today. He was keeping a very close eye on me to make sure my big hands didn’t smoosh his little body. Yesterday, I found a slug happily snacking on a tomato. As far as I’m concerned, there’s plenty for…

Take a Hike

Had a lovely hike today at a local state park, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I don’t find myself hiking or enjoying the outdoors nearly as much as I used to, other than while camping. It was nice to have a little weekend refresh. Granted, I was listening to music most of the time, but it…

The Face of Betrayal

I present to you: the face of betrayal and disappointment.   Bath time isn’t a pleasant time for anyone, but those pitiful little eyes, conveying every ill-will she has against me in that moment, are worth enduring for the end result. A clean, fresh, happy doggo. She’s been feeling not so great, lately, and it’s…

Her Natural Habitat

Food has always been a very big part of my life. Celebration, comfort, a friend, and a place to go when I’m in need. I’ve spent nearly 3 years trying to normalize my relationship with food to be a positive one. That doesn’t mean I don’t stress eat, but I at least try to not…

You Are Enough

Weight and diet and fitness are hard topics now-a-days because a lot of people turn to shaming rather than acceptance. The body positivity movement is a wonderful one, though, because we are all starting to just love ourselves and love everyone else, without judgement. Sometimes, though, our biggest judgement comes from ourselves. And that goes…

Smells

There is something inherently comforting in the smell of fresh brewed coffee and fresh baked bread. It’s homey, it’s yummy, and it’s satisfying. Why are smells so powerful, though?┬áIt’s actually a psychological and biological thing, and it’s really quite fascinating. There are four sensors that help us see, but there are over 1,000 that help…

My Mother

This is not an original type of photo, but my mom wanted me to take it while we were camping, sitting on an old wooden bench overlooking a little creek. I laughed, and I thought it was silly at the time, but looking at it now, just a day later, and thinking about what this…