My photo’s someones Quote: Day 122

“I Believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline & creativity is daring to dare.” 

Maya Angelou

July31

Ruby Tuesday: 18/19 Weeks

Hi everyone,

I cannot believe how time flies by. Ruby is growing up fast now and started taking things from the counter tops and tables. Now to get her to stop it.

For a few weeks she has been very naughty leaving us surprises in the house, we gave her a “hiding” with a rolled up newspaper. This seemed to work because she is coming to me again and asking me to go outside. Shame it I take to long she’ll stand up against me and moan then she’ll start running towards the garage door.

Sometimes she also asks me to go out but then she just runs around in circles. The next few days the weather is going to play along so we can go for walks in the mornings.

Here are some photo’s I took today on one of our visit’s outside…
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My photo’s someones Quote: Day 121

July30

 

Dear God, Today I woke up. I am healthy. I am alive. Thank You, I apologize for all my complaining. I’m truly grateful for all You’ve done.

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 120

“What is true happiness? It’s not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

Helen Keller

July29

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 119

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”

Michael Pritchard

 

July28

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 118

July27

Travel theme: Sweet

This weeks travel theme is sweet. The first photo to pop into my head was the Carrot Cake at Aspidistra Nursery near Stellenbosch.

The cake is to die for and I keep trying to get an excuse just to go back and have another piece…..

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Please visit Where’s my backpack for more on this week Travel Theme: Sweet

 

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 117

“Today walk with your head up and your shoulders back in the confidence that only God can give you.

YOU ARE AMAZING!

July26

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 116

July25

Armand’s 25 hour X-Box sleepover party

My oldest  son Armand turned 13 on the 18 April. He decided on a sleepover party. I agreed to it but I was not part of the design of the invitations.

About a week before the party my friend who’s boy was also invited told me that she takes her hat off for me I have allot of guts having 11 boys over from the Friday 16:00 till the Saturday 17:00. Say what???  I called Armand and asked him about the times and he said yes he decided he wants his friends with him the whole day….  Well how bad can it be they will play games eat and drink, eat and drink………. Oh yes and take over my studio….

I decided that I need to lay down some rules for the boys so when they were all present I told them that if they make a mess they will clean it up before they go home the next afternoon.  We only had one accident when a bottle of cool drink fell over and spilled on the one mattress. They asked for a mop and they cleaned up the mess. Then they continued to play games.

Needless to say the aim was to play X-Box for 98% of the time. The boys who had extra remotes brought it with and if you were looking for the majority of the boys  you’ll find them in front of the TV and X Box.

Armand’s brother Lian and two of their mutual friends spend most of their time in front of the computer playing games there.

For supper we made Stokbrood with Sausage in it. The boys really enjoyed this. Only after supper I gave them their goody bags filled with sweets for the two day’s.

At about 3 o’clock Saturday morning I told the boys that  they must settle down… It took them about 15 minutes to fall asleep games must be very hard work….

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Saturday morning at around 7 o’clock when I walked into the studio some of the boys were still sleeping and the others were at it again…

I made flapjacks for breakfast and could not fill up the bowl the boys ate and ate and ate and ate and ate….. At least I knew they had a good steady breakfast for their day of gaming… After all the tummies were filled up there were a few flapjacks left in the bowl.  Every time the boys came to throw in some cool drink they would take one. It did not take them long to polish the leftovers too. For lunch I made hotdogs and just before they left we cut the cake….

That evening around 8 o’clock a few mom’s send me messages firstly all the boys except mine was passed out by then and all of them enjoyed the 25 hour  sleepover party allot….

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Now I have to prepare myself for next year. Lian is turning 13 and he wants the same 25 hour party……

 

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 115

If someone is talking behind your back, that means that your life is obviously more interesting than theirs….

July24

Getting rid of clutter in my life and business…

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About Four years ago I bought the book Crystals, Colour and Chakra to help me to get to know the different types of Crystals and their healing powers. I started reading it but never came very far.  A few weeks back I was a bit bored when I were suppose to sit and relax so that my hernia could settle soI grabbed the book and started flipping through the pages. Then I got to a part were it explained clutter and a few pages further on about the different rooms in your house.

I started with my kitchen cupboards and after I have rearranged nearly all the cupboards and got rid of all the stuff we never use and all the goodies with expiry dates long past.I suddenly felt like spending more time in my kitchen. I love that everything is together and my kitchen tops are clutter free…. In the past I did not feel like cooking at all, now I could not wait to get cooking and baking again… The old me is back. I used to love cooking and baking and over the years the clutter consumed my eagerness…

While lying in my bed one evening I came to the conclusion that I need to do the same with every room in our house. I read the book the secret and in there they also talked about making space for the things you would like to have. Well I want much more business so the next room on my list was a office space… So the past weekend was spend on this task…

My dressing room also doubled as a office space and before it did not have any room for creativity. It was cluttered and my desk had heaps of bills, papers, magazines. The shelves was full of clothes some I never even wear and I have a cupboard that was also full of stuff that I never use and frankly I really don’t know why I kept it all.

When I decided to make and huge career change from a Tax Practitioner to Photographer I was still studying Law also. I would never go in that direction again so  I got rid of all my notes and textbooks and in the process freed up two shelves….

I went through my clothes and shoes and decided to donate it to the charity shop around the corner of our house. Now my clothes are all in the cupboard.

I had a dressing table in front of the window and it was  full of old books, boxes and stuff I can’t even remember we bought. I got rid of all the books and boxes and moved the dressing table to our room. It now doubles as a bedside table… I also had a cream curtain and it did not do anything for my new look so I brought in some color.  My mother gave me a lovely orange curtain and a Peace Lilly. I brought in a round table with a sand colour tablecloth and I put the Lilly on it the room transformed instantly.

I am still not finish with this room I still want to bring in some more yellow and Orange and also want to buy myself a small water feature.

I also incorporated my crystals throughout the space….

I am also still busy  getting rid of old files on my computer  and two external hard drives because this is also clutter that can prevent more work coming my way… I must say I enjoy going through my old files and deleting all the photo’s of  bad quality. I can also see the progress I made over the past four years and I must say I am very proud of myself.

Now this may seem to good to be true but now with my new office space I feel much more confident and also feel like writing more posts and start posting some of my work that I did when I just started with photography….

Hmmm I must admit all this getting rid of clutter is giving me more energy….

I chose the following colours for my Office space:

Orange:  Abundance, Fertility, Health, Joy, Attraction, Luck, Marks the boundary between the self and others; associated with the sun, Projective  energy

Yellow:  Communication, the Intellect, Learning, Concentration, also movement, Travel and change, associated with Mercury, The element of Air, the east, projective energy.

Green:  The heart and emotions, Love, also nature, gardens and growth, money and prosperity, employment, associated wit the Earth element.

I also would like to bring in blue and pink. Still thinking on how to incorporate this. Maybe I must use these colours in my studio together with green. But when I get there I’ll write another post on the studio and before and after photo’s this time…

 

Ruby Tuesday: 17/18 Weeks

Ruby is really growing up fast and she is also very busy. We need to walk with her more often but the weather is not always playing along.

This morning it was raining again so I took some photo’s of her in her bed that’s getting to small and of course on our bed.

It’s a struggle everyday to make our bed and I have to throw an extra comforter over to ensure our bedding stays clean. When I am trying to make the bed she starts bringing all her “toys” a coke bottle, a piece of wood, an old shoe and her ball. I then start throwing everything on the ground I have hardly started and she’s back on the bed.  This morning  I ignored her and she picked up her ball threw it on the ground jumped off the bed picked it up and jumped back on the bed then she barked at me.

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The day I first came to live at my new family my new mommy gave me this old crock of her’s. It’s my favorite chew toy…
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My Granny and Granddad bought me this ball with rope. Love playing with it…

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Mommy keeps telling me my bed is getting to small for me and all my toys. So I’ll throw them out and squeeze myself in the bed

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My photo’s someones Quote: Day 114

July23

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

 

Catching up on long overdue edit work: Thomas’s 3rd Birthday Party

This week I am catching up on some long overdue edit work.  I need to free up space on my computer hard drive.  On Today’s list was Little Thomas’s birthday party.

Thomas is my friends little boy and I was testing a new gadget I am using in my photo shoots. It took me nearly a year to finish his birthday photo’s. Maybe this is a good sign I always do my paying clients photo’s first so this means I was a very busy girl…

Here are a few collages of his Third Birthday Party….

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My photo’s someones Quote: Day 113

Think big, dream big, believe big…. and the results will be big….

July22

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 112

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

Pope John Paul II

July21

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 111

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who have made a difference in our lives.”

Dan Zadra

July20

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 110

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

John Wooden

July19

My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 109

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Robert Collier