drowning my cares

white bathtub

This is where I go to forget. And feel better. And rest. And restore myself. And feel born again.

Also: Clean.

Out of all the things in my life right now – all the things I love – my tub is my best friend, and the only thing that truly seems to calm me.

What calms you?

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My #photo365 project on Tumblr.

fierce

cat yawning

RRRRRAWR! (Actually, that’s just him yawning. But doesn’t he look fierce? I need me some of that.)

napping with cat

Seriously, though – very lazy day. Lots of napping going on. Laziness. Good for me.

napping with cat

Made a frittata (below). Was trying to improve on my own technique, after sampling someone else’s at brunch. Very satisfying.

Do you ever do that? Try something for yourself, when no-one’s looking? I had an idea about the frittata – a way that I wanted to cook it, that might be an improvement. Fun to experiment…

frittata

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My #photo365 project on Tumblr.

perfect parking

car in parking garage

I park in an underground parking lot at my office. It’s a good day when I can pull through into my spot, so that I’m facing out rather than having to back in. Perfect parking. The perfect parking spot. It’s funny how good that makes me feel.

bed

Another thing that makes me feel good is a made bed. It’s very rare that I don’t make my bed every morning – the sooner the better. After I’m done, the room feels ready. Perfect, just like the parking.

stovetop with pots 1

Above and below are what my stove looks like pretty much every morning. I love to cook fresh meals. It’s an Ayurvedic thing, although I don’t follow Ayurveda much anymore. But I still like to make things from scratch each day. I always put my hard-boiled egg pot in the back right corner, and my kettle in the back left – until it’s boiled. The wooden board is to protect the burner from splashes from my vegetable stew pot. It’s complicated.

stovetop with pots 2

Below is a new kitchen sink shot. The scissors are to cut up snow peas. I also use scissors to cut the ends off green beans. If you were a detective in a mystery novel, you would be able to reconstruct my vegetable stew from this photograph…

kitchen sink with vegetable scraps

This is the desk in my front room this morning. It’s been so dreary lately, it was nice to see the sun.

desk at dawn

Finally, here’s an impulse buy for supper: Panzerotti. I’ve been promising myself that I’ll start a primal diet soon. This is like a last carb hurrah…

panzerotti

Do you ever binge on “forbidden” foods? Do you ever feel like it’s beyond your control? It’s part of why I want to give up a high carb diet – I’m hoping that the cravings will disappear…

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a country drive

winter landscape

One of my favorite bloggers is doing a #photo365 project this year, and it’s inspired me to do a #photo365 project myself. I’m going to be taking at least one photo each day for a year, and sharing them on the Internet. I started yesterday, January 1, and the above photo was my chosen shot from day 1. I’ll keep track of each day’s photo here on my Tumblr blog. On this emelgy.com blog, I’ll be sharing background info about the photos, and any other shots from the same day.

winter landscape

Yesterday I took a short drive with a friend. We didn’t go far, but the trip took us slightly out of the city as we travelled from one suburb to another, and we happened to pass through some wintry country landscapes in the process.

winter landscape

These shots were taken with my new Hipstamatic Tintype SnapPak, and then processed with Camera+ to heighten the contrast. I love the 19th century feel of this Hipsta pack…

winter landscape

I’ve added all of these photos to this Google+ album of winter landscapes. More to come, since I also went for a walk in the woods yesterday…

winter landscape

winter landscape

winter landscape

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See this post on Tumblr.

wildflowers

wildflowers 1

I took these photos on the weekend while walking in one of my favorite woods. Some of the photos are taken with Camera+, one with qbro, some with Instagram, and some with Hipstamatic.

wildflowers 2

wildflowers 3

wildflowers 4

wildflowers 5

wildflowers 6

alive

Michelle Lynne Goodfellow August 2012

I took this self-portrait earlier this month. I think it’s going to be my avatar for September. Then I found the awesomest quote this week:

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~ Howard Thurman

I appreciate what makes me come alive…

psychedelic shadow

shadow and sidewalk chalk

This is just a fun photo of my own shadow that I took while out for a walk several days ago. The sidewalk chalk flowers were huge, and I thought my shadow – made super skinny by the setting sun – looked interesting in contrast to them.

This photo also makes me think of my favorite parts of this summer – which otherwise has been a really challenging one, in many ways. I’ve loved walking in my neighbourhood in the early evening, when the air is warm and the sun is low, and my steps are lazy.

I appreciate the beauty in those moments.