A journal of sorts.

I am an avid photographer with a love for digital processing. The Bearded One and I have become "Townies" once again and are in the process of transforming our suburban nest into a peaceful refuge.
This blog is where I like to stash things. An assortment of random thoughts, a recipe or two, a few of my favorite photos, and the processing thereof.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What to do Wednesday... and "Going to the Dogs"



Ms Bette...she comes with the cottage.

Cottage Life

Day three... Six hundred square feet. I'm trying to stay out of the Bearded One's way. This is where our routines begin to mingle. What used to run like a well oiled machine is now sputtering, lurching, and stalling. And that's just my end of things. I am confident that we will find our rhythm. I just want it to be sooner rather than later. Breakfast time is a little crowded. "He" has a carefully planned out three stage meal. First oatmeal with walnuts, raisins, cut up apple and a single prune, then two boiled eggs, then the toast with peanut butter with an occasional dollop of apple butter. Me, I throw a couple of eggs in the pan, add a little cheddar and grab a cuppa coffee. Of course I tend to inhale. He is still working on the oatmeal phase. He does however make the bed while waiting for the eggs to boil. He inherited that chore because he was always still in it when I left for work at 6:00 in the morning. He's got it down to an art so I will let him continue.

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The Bearded One making the bed this morning

The Bearded One has a daily plan of action which includes weight training and stretching in the "main space", accompanied by his music of choice. I haven't had a daily plan of action which makes his plan seem somewhat annoying, so I've decided that I will huff and puff up the 1700' incline that is our driveway during that time. Honestly, if I wasn't feeling so out of shape I would probably embrace his dedication. The walking is good for me and by the time I get back I'm a much more amiable person. We are turning this hiatus of mine into a grand experiment. The goal is to be as frugal as possible and not have to dip into savings. We both embrace this kind of challenge. The Bearded One keeps track of our progress on the calendar. This means that we will be planning our meals and saving gas money by metering our trips to town, which in turn means spending a lot of time learning to get around each other at the cottage... wish me luck.

Before and After

Ms Bette is the Landlord's Dog. She comes with the territory and we love her like our own. When Melody is out and about she is visiting us at the cottage.


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This was taken this afternoon. I was downstairs and looked up to see her watching the "Bearded One", hoping for a biscuit



Ms Bette waiting for a biscuit

Finished with a pen and ink layer, and a grundgy frame




This one is a simple combination of sketch and Pen.


Healthy Choices

So far so good today. Of course I am in a controlled environment which makes it easy to stay on track. Lots of protein and veggies, and I did get my morning walk in.


Still hangin' in there

Hmmm... Pause for Thought

I'm homebound.... but this is homeward bound


Until next time...





  1. The top shot of Bette is truly one of the best dog photos I've ever seen! (Were you crouching on the stairs waiting for that one?)

  2. thank you! She assumes that pose quite often. ;-)