Monthly Archives: January 2015

Snow covered trees

Snow covered trees

Snow covered trees

01.30.2015

It was another terrible day at work. We put some new rules in place and there was uproar and attitude where there wasn’t before. It made for a stressful day and lack of willingness for additional help.

I left with a headache that did not improve when I stopped at the gas station and they couldn’t get the pump working that I pulled up to. Then I pulled to another pump and it didn’t give me the $.10 off. Finally I got my gas, only to have to run back in because I had paid too much money and needed cash back. Even the cashier said I was having a tough day.

I drove to my beau’s an hour away. I was still lamenting about my day when I finally looked around me and saw the beauty of the snow clinging to the trees. Once I let go of my bad day I was able to see the pretty snow. I won’t mention that we got inches upon inches last night and today.

So there you have it. Sometimes we need to get out of ourselves and how bad we feel to just look around. I stopped at the next rest area to snap that photo. lol  I kid you not. The things I do for a photo of the day!

~ melissa michelle

Docked

Docked

Docked

01.29.2015

Today was a difficult day at work. I mean it was just hard and every time I turned around it wasn’t getting better. I had to yell at people, give others bad news, and I went off about some problems that should have been taken care of a month ago.

The weather hasn’t helped – it’s dark, dreary, we had rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow today. What’s a girl gotta do to get some warmth and sun?!

The picture above was taken a week or so ago (the one I took today I wasn’t happy with). This photo reminds me of a quote I heard once: A ship at shore is safe but that’s not what ships are for.

I am not good at dock, on the shore. I miss being outside, being active. So tomorrow I’ll go back to work, tackle it again, hoping for a better day and one day closer to spring and warmer weather.

Hang in there folks!

~ melissa michelle

Face time

Face time

Face time

01.28.2015

So this is a self-portrait. I put the camera on the tripod, set the timer, adjusted some settings, pushed the shutter, and stood in front of the camera.

Would you spend time with someone who is always on their phone, not engaged in the conversation at hand, and generally not paying attention to you? Would it make you feel insignificant and not worth the effort?

When you spend time with someone, put down the stupid phone, or leave it at home and be in that moment. Just saying.

~ melissa michelle

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise

01.27.2015

We al know we should exercise more. These are a couple of my tools pictured above. I feel so much better when I am working out and taking care of myself. So why don’t I do it more often?

This time of year is tough for me. I do not get enough sun. It is freezing cold outside and everything is covered in snow. It can often get depressing. One thing that helps me is to exercise.

I am definitely an outdoor photographer. It is a stress reliever for me to be outside in nature and watching wildlife around me. I can’t wait to get back out there every day. But for now, running outside is on hold. Exercise inside is what I have for the moment.

So come on people, work it, work it! <smiles>  Tell me how you get through winter!

~ melissa michelle

Heavy equipment

Big boat

Big boat

01.26.2015

I’m not sure what this contraption is so if you know, please leave a comment below! This was docked just to the east of the State Street dock; I got there around 12:15pm. I’m thinking shortly before I did because there was still an opening next to the boat where all the seagulls were diving for food. I just thought it was really interesting and wanted to share it with you.

There were other things I probably would have photographed; however, it didn’t take long for the wind to chill me to the bone in that area so I headed back to the car pretty directly!

~ melissa michelle

 

Something old

Something old

Old barn

01.24.2015

I love old buildings and architecture. Back in the day buildings were constructed with the bare minimum of tools and machines, and yet, they have stood the test of time.

I have always loved older things – learning about their history, wondering who owned it previously, what was it used for in the day, etc. Old things have so much character. Sometimes I wish they could talk.

Years ago I absolutely loved taking my Mom and his sisters & sister-in-law out to eat. I would sit there and just listen to them reminisce. I loved hearing the stories of when they were growing up and sometimes misbehaved, and of their families stories.

One of my favorite stories is when my oldest Aunt on my Mom’s side had a fight with her husband and he left. She found him in a bar and somehow there was fighting and my Aunt got shot, flesh wound, on her arm. So, at the next family reunion, I asked the Aunt who told the story, “Which arm?” She replied, “What?” I said, “Which arm got shot?” They started laughing.

Old things and most old people have so much character and wisdom. My term for a building / place is “walking through history” and people, “walking history books.” We have a lot to learn from them before they go.

~ melissa michelle

Worth the truth

Flame

Flame

01.23.2015

Someone lied to me today. I asked a specific question. I got the wrong answer. Do you know what the worse thing is about being lied to? It’s knowing I wasn’t worth the truth.

After this happened, I wanted to take a photo of something black, nothingness, emptiness to reflect how I was feeling. But I knew that wouldn’t be a good photo. So I took a photo of this match, a flame. It reminds me of how small things, like this flame, even though we think it’s not a big deal, can grow into a huge fire out of control.

I’ve heard it said many times of my brother (see “Dedication” page) that you either liked him or hated him. I think it’s because he tended to see things in black and white, right or wrong. There was none of this sitting on the fence, gray areas, or middle ground. I tend to be the same way. So I have a decision to make – call this person out or let it go. Do I snuff out the “flame” or hope to tame the fire (controlled burn) that is sure to smolder while hoping I don’t get burned in the meantime.

Thought for today . . . . . Don’t lie. If the person isn’t worth the truth to begin with, why are they in your life?

~ melissa michelle

Winter sunset

Winter sunset at Presque Isle

Winter sunset at Presque Isle

Moon sliver over ice dunes

Moon sliver over ice dunes

01.22.2015

What a beautiful evening here in Erie! The sky cleared after morning snow showers and gave us a wonderful sunset. This is near the front of the Park Beach 1. The sun had just set and I made it in time to capture these photos.

Thursday night is hike night at Presque Isle guided by the naturalist. I love these hikes. It is a way to get out for some exercise to a place that is normally closed to hikers after sunset. We also learn from the naturalist about the park and animals who habitat there.

I need to get some rest so no “words of wisdom” this evening, save for this: remember to look up every so often, even at night. You never know what you’ll be able to see.

~ melissa michelle