Monthly Archives: April 2015

Zipper day!

Zipper day

Zipper day

04.29.2015

So today is designated zipper day. I bet you probably didn’t know that until now. And you probably don’t realize how this invention has impacted your life just about every day. From clothing to backpacks to containers – this invention is part of the fabric in our lives.

Back in 1913 a Swedish-American scientist and inventor Gideon Sundback invented the “hook-less fastener.” And we’re glad he did.

So there’s your factoid for today.

~ melissa michelle

Keeping track

Book list

Book list

04.27.2015

It’s almost the end of April and I am still on track for a lot of my goals this year. One goal was to read on average a book a week. So far I’m meeting that goal. I’m pretty proud of that. There are a ton of other things I could do during my lunch hour or while I’m eating dinner or getting ready to fall asleep at night. I love to read and make time for the pleasure.

So how are you doing on your goals? What do you make time for that gives you pleasure?

~ melissa michelle

Chasing waterfalls

McConnells Mill small waterfall

McConnells Mill small waterfall

McConnells Mill small waterfall, closeup

McConnells Mill small waterfall, close up

McConnells Mill small waterfall, different view

McConnells Mill small waterfall, different view

04.26.2015

This photographer enjoys photographing the outdoors. It’s so nice to be outside now rather than turning up the furnace and watching it snow! I visited another state park today, one of my favorites, McConnells Mill. I hiked a mile in passed the covered bridge to this gem. With the snow melting, the water is flowing heavily down to the creek.

I set the camera on the tripod and slowed the shutter to create a favorite technique – slowing down the water. I love the effect . . . almost makes my photos look professional! I’m learning!

I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend. I sure did, as usual, making the most of every day I’m still here.

~ melissa michelle

That’s a lot of carp!

Carp at the Pymatuming spillway

Carp at the Pymatuming spillway

Mallard coming in for landing

Mallard coming in for landing

04.25.2015

I spent the morning at Pymatuming State Park and the Spillway. Sorry, Lynn, I enjoy photographing birds. But perhaps the carp will catch your fancy! It was fun being out there today. A few children were feeding the carp, much to each child’s delight.

I have not been to this park for several years so it was fun to see it again. I enjoyed the drive there, back roads and slower speeds. Sometimes you just need to do that, slow down a bit and look around.

~ melissa michelle

Being coy

Chase being coy

Chase being coy

04.23.2015

Featuring my dog again today. We were laying on the floor after he had gathered his partially eaten treats. I positioned the camera even with the floor and got this photo. The sideways glance was to tell me that I better not take his treats!

It’s been an extremely stressful week given that I’m suffering from insomnia again and an inspector from a state agency will be at my place of work to make sure we are totally in compliance and review my paperwork for the past three years. I hope I completed it all correctly.

After the morning of torture and grueling questions I’m treating myself to lunch and will then look forward to starting my weekend!

~ melissa michelle

Dramatic skies

Dramatic clouds overhead

Dramatic clouds overhead

Beautiful cloudy sunset

Beautiful cloudy sunset

04.21.2015

I hope everyone had a good day. It was raining off and on all day. One minute it was raining, then the next the sun would make an appearance. I was inspired by my friend who posted cloud photos yesterday to take these today. But the crazy weather proved for a couple good photos.

Even clouds can add beauty to our lives.

~ melissa michelle

 

High Five (or paw)

Chase giving me a high five paw

Chase giving me a high five paw

Another high paw

Another high paw

04.16.2015

I got a high “paw” from Chase this afternoon. I guess the second time he was getting tired of the camera flash and stuck his tongue out at me! He certainly has his own personality and shows it off. Dogs are great companions and I’m very thankful for mine.

Dogs and children are a lot alike, I think. They have no concept of time and they live in the moment. I want to be more like my dog, especially living in the moment and enjoying the journey.

~ melissa michelle

 

 

Take time to smell the flowers

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04.13.2015

We had a beautiful day with a high temperature of 80 degrees. I very much enjoyed photographing these daffodils and look forward to all the buds opening to reveal their brilliant yellow color.

My intention was to only capture the flowers; however, my dog had another idea and I thought it was perfect! He reminded me that I need to take time to smell the flowers rather than lining up the perfect shot, the perfect life, the perfect journey. In fact, I’m always remembering to enjoy the journey.

I have been sick with the flu. Today is the first day I actually feel human after being sick for 5 days. Health really is the first wealth. Remember that!

~ melissa michelle