I enjoyed a considerable amount of time in parking lots this summer. I actually didn’t think it was all that strange…but people chuckle when I tell them this, so maybe it is.
This summer was a “gypsy summer” for me. I house-hopped, house-sat, dog-sat and spent lots of time with friends and family. In fact, for the months of June, July and half of August, I don’t believe I was by myself for one night (or day). And i love being by myself, and in my regular life, I spend a lot of time alone.
So…I spent lots of time relaxing in my car in parking lots. Sometimes, it was because I didn’t really have a place to go at that time, or I was in-between work, appointments or places I was staying, or often it was just to have a few minutes alone….reading, talking on my cell phone, surfing the net, working, eating, and yup, sometimes sleeping. I got to know which parking lots have the best views (ocean, flowers, men ..), which parking lots have great wifi, which ones smell good, and in which ones I am not generally noticed, and therefore can be inconspicuous when I stay longer than most folks. When I needed some quiet time alone, I often headed to one of my favorite parking lots. I didn’t even realize how much time I was spending there until my honey, who I would chat with on most days and he always asked me where I was now, said, “You spend a lot of time in parking lots!”
After one of my trips out of town, I was really feeling like I needed some alone time, even though the home i was staying in was very welcoming. That afternoon, I spent about 6 hours in a grocery store parking lot; reading, thinking, chatting with my sister on the phone and sleeping in the sunshine. Thank goodness I have comfy seats in my car that recline!
So you ask, which parking lot is my favorite? I would have to say, its the Falmouth Public Library! Great wi-fi, good reading materials nearby, pretty gardens, great “views” at certain times of the day, and if I stop at the local sandwich shop before I get there, then its a pretty nice place to sit and eat as well.
Now that I am back in my 3 seasons residence, I will most likely be spending less time in parking lots. But if, by chance, my house becomes over crowded with guests before next summer rolls around, you may just find me back in one of my favorite parking lots. Please don’t knock on the window and wake me up!! :)
I am participating in Susannah Conway’s April Love 2015 photo challenge. And today’s prompt, “Touch,” got me thinking about something I have wanted to share here for a few months.
The Power of the human touch.
If you know me, you know I am a touchy feely kind of person. I hug a lot, and am apt to touch your arm if we are chatting without even realizing I am. I think I’ve always been this way, just the way it is, and I haven’t thought too much about it. Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer which ultimately resulted in radiation treatments.
And then the human touch became everything.
The warmth of human touch ran counter to the cold, grey, metal machinery, it was the quiet from the whizzing of the equipment, it was the safety in the midst of fear, it was the humanness when feeling disconnected from my body parts, and it was the love that made it bearable to keep going back every day for several weeks.
I am so grateful to have learned this beautiful lesson of the Power of the human touch. I will never take it for granted, or ever wonder if touching someone’s arm during conversation is the right thing to do. We need to be touched. It’s healing, it’s powerful, and it’s essential to our happiness and well-being.
Wishing you warmth and love today.
A shared post from my Friday writing over with the Fearless Ladies on our group blog, “Fearless Lines, Journey of Inked Stories.”
As far back as I remember, I have been an “eat to live,” rather than a “live to eat” type of person. Food was secondary to the socializing that usually came along with it. Even as a little girl, when I was invited to dinner at a friend’s house, I didn’t care what they were having, I was just happy to be invited to join their family at the table. I have always been one who could eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch for days on end as long as it “filled the gap.”
Now, this doesn’t mean that I don’t love food because I do. I have some AMAZING cooks/chefs in my family. A couple of my brothers nourish me with delicious vegetarian plates more often than I dare admit, or you might be jealous! Some say, I may be spoiled by them! I love the food they prepare for me. And my daughters…they are blossoming into great cooks too. It just never has been at the top of my list of things to do when I want to relax, and I have a little spare time.
But lately, “eat to live” has taken on a new meaning for me. With breast cancer only a few short months ago, recently I have been taking a long, hard look at what I eat. I know that the foods I put into my body matter when it comes to my health, and specifically cancer. Articles like this remind me there are some things I CAN do to help the chances that my cancer won’t return. And I am becoming committed to working toward these goals.
Am I inspired to cook? Well, let’s say, I care enough to work at it. I most likely will never be one who cooks for pleasure or relaxation, you’ll find me out photographing for that! But maybe, just maybe, I will become more inspired than I have been before to cook a little more and therefore eat healthier, with a wider variety of fresh and delicious options.
But of course, the socializing around food and drink will most likely always be the center piece for me.
Cheers to our health!
Lots of love for a wonderful weekend!
P.S. When we move from this rental home, I am sure going to miss these beautiful blue dishes!
Maine has some amazing photographers and iPhoneographers. I am inspired by them each and every day! They get up before sunrise to show us the morning light on Ferry Beach, and they are still out there after dark shooting the Milky Way in Acadia National Park!
I am proud to say that several of these folks have become friends, on social media and in person. Their creativity abounds, and I thank them for all the inspiration they give me! Keep up the great work, my fellow Mainers!
There will be a Maine Instameet in Portland, Maine on Saturday, March 21st at 2pm, joining the 11th Worldwide Instameet! More details will be coming soon if you follow #Maine_Instameets. I have never attended one but am planning to join in the fun on the 21st.
Here are some of my very favorite Maine Instagramers you may want to check out and follow! They are in no particular order, except for how their beautiful images landed in my Instagram feed in the past couple of days!
stephaniec0331 (Stephanie is organizing the Maine Instameet)
I’d love to have you leave your Instagram name in the comment section below and I will follow you. And if you have favorite Maine Instagramers you feel the world should know about, please leave their name here too! You can find me at nanettefaye.
Have a wonderful weekend!
A couple of years ago, I was asked to write a piece for Model Life magazine’s Valentine’s Day issue on shooting and processing images with an iPhone. At the time, I was a regular contributor to their Children’s Literature department and the editor knew of my passion for iPhoneography.
I am still very much inspired shooting with my iPhone. I love the convenience, and when it’s cold and snowy outside like it is now, it’s very easy to grab a couple shots and put it back in my pocket. Then, when I get home and warm, I can check and see what I shot, and decide how I want to “play” with the images.
Those of you interested in what apps I use to shoot and process, might be interested in this article which I posted here on my blog. Since then, I have added many new photo shooting and processing apps to my repertoire but I still use many of the ones listed in this piece, as well.
Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about shooting and/or processing images with an iPhone!
Stay safe and warm out there friends!
Lots of love and happy shooting!
A little writing around “Fear” shared from where I am thrilled to be guest blogging today…Fearless Lines ~ Journey of Inked Stories.
In doing some thinking about what I wanted to write about this week, the name of our blog, “Fearless Lines,” kept coming to mind.
This past year, has found me pushing my outer limits on my comfort zone. Saying “Yes!” first and then “No” only when I can come up with a good reason why not…Trying to push through the fear of the unknown, the fear of “am I good enough,” the fear of the “what ifs?” Lots of fears. I have come to the conclusion that I am not fearless. I have lots of fears. But this one life is all I’ve got, and playing it safe won’t get me to where I want to go. I want to live this life to the fullest, experience everything the Universe has to offer me. And I have found that the more I push through the fear and say “Yes” to life, the more I gain trust in myself, and the more self confidence that follows. And this helps me to be a little bit less fearful in saying “Yes” to the next thing that pushes my envelope.
Am I fearful? Hell, yes!
But whether in work, art, personal relationships, or new adventures, I am choosing to feel the fear and act in spite of it!
Here’s to fear and maybe one day being fearless. But until then….let’s be brave together.
I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, I am over here.
I am guest blogging today over on Fearless Line, with the Fearless ladies. I am sharing a start to finish tutorial on editing this iPhone image from SOP (straight out of phone) ~ to creative and much more interesting.
Take a peak!