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Farmer Gal, Mr. Blue Eyes,
Miss Peaches, Little Blue Eyes and Short Stack!


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Items Up For Discussion

Tomorrow morning I will have another post ready about Mr. Blue Eyes and I, bright and early, I promise. Today, however, I have a whole laundry list of things to share with you...

Discussion Item #1: Photo of the Week!

I'm full of blogging ideas this week. Whether or not most of them will ever come to fruition -- thanks to my three-wheelin', child-rearin', Cheerio-laden lifestyle -- is still up in the air. There is one, however, that I am committing myself to and it is this: Photo of the Week.

I don't know if it's the two cups of coffee I just sucked down or what, but I'm particularly excited about this project. It's going to be a photo sharing community, over on my photography page, of course, where people can share their favorite photo for that week. The only constraint I'm putting on it (other than keeping things 'family friendly') is that the contributor either has to have taken the photo or be in it. It doesn't matter when you took it. It doesn't matter what the subject is. There will be no criteria as to photographic elements, such as bokeh or exposure or composition (although I do encourage you to think about these things when you're out shooting photos and use this project as an opportunity to stretch your photographic muscles.)

The only thing that I want to encourage you to do, in your own blog post, is write about why this particular photo is your pick as your personal photo of the week. My reason is this: photos capture moments in time that often would otherwise pass us by. They capture emotion, whether or not it's what you were feeling at the time you took it or what you feel when you look at it. The reasons why are your story, and this leads me to my final observation: Sharing our stories with one another, through photos and words, has power. They can help us better understand the human condition as well as gain insight into those things that are beyond our human understanding. They create empathy. They bring us together.

That said, if you don't really have a story to tell about your photo, that's o.k. too! Sometimes we just like a certain photo. We don't know why. They speak to us on a level that is beyond words, and we want to share them. This will be a place for you to do that!

And, get this... If you don't have your own blog, you can email your photos to me, and I will put them up with my own post. I mean, just because you don't have a blog doesn't mean you shouldn't get to share, right? :)

Photo of the Week will start this Sunday. Be part of the group! Come on, you know you want to. It's what all the cool people are doing. DO IT.

But, like, no pressure or anything. It's all loose, casual, whatever.

O.k., I'll move on. I wasn't really going to go into that much detail but it got away from me.

Discussion Item #2: Room to Grow

I've been obsessively compulsively working on my site design this week. So many ideas, so much trial and error, such frustration! It's an extension of my household frustration... I can not figure out a better way to rearrange my living room, no matter how much I try. The lack of arrangement options puts me on edge. I don't know why. I'm trying to make peace with it. In the meantime, I'm taking out all my rearrangement woes on my website.

I am happy to say that I think I am finally coming into my final product. This is a relief. You don't know the mental torment I have suffered. It's the curse of a creative mind, I guess. I had a break-through last night, however, and today I feel much better about how it's looking. There will be more little changes here and there and the addition of another sidebar will allow me to include more little tid-bits and as much eye-candy as you can handle, but overall I am done with any major structural changes. I don't know if you even care about any of this, but it makes me happy in my heart and much more settled in my psyche, so I wanted to share it with you.

Discussion Item #3: Why I'm Really Here

Part of why I have been struggling with my site is that I want it to reflect farm life and what farm life involves. Sure, it's all well and good for me to ramble on aimlessly from time to time, but I think you need a reason to stop by other than a peek into my stream of consciousness. Like gardening. And goats. And canning. And farm-style recipes. And farm-related resources. And horse poop.

These are the things I'm willing to offer you, I've just been a little way-layed with living in the mountains and moving out of those mountains onto this farm and now being limited by the winter season. It's been a long and winding road. I just want to say thanks for sticking with me.

In the interest of writing about something that is directly relevant to farm life... And because I need to remind myself that someday soon, all this snow will melt and we will be able to once again bask in the sunshine and Burley will resume his strange habit of eating frogs... And because this will, at last, be the year that I get to plant a garden and watch it grow... Because of these things, I will be putting up one or two posts a week about my garden plans. Think seed selection. Planting schedule. Planting methods. Soil preparation.

I can hardly wait!

Discussion Item #4: The Olympics... I'm Hooked

Since I have been so engrossed in web design for the last few days, I've had the Olympics on in the background a good portion of the time. What is it about the Olympics? They suck you in. You get caught up in the explosion of athletic endurance and sheer talent. We all become part of something bigger than ourselves, even if it is from the comfort of our own living room. Stories are shared. Images are shared. Kind of like a...

'Photo of the Week' photo sharing community.

Ladies and gentlemen, by a far stretch of my imagination, we have come full circle to where we started. If you've made it this far, you deserve an Olympic medal.


And now, because my household and my husband and my children and my laundry and my hygiene have all been suffering for my art (a.k.a. my blog) I must go. I must go forth and wash and tidy and nurture and fold. I must go forth and make apple crisp.

Which I will put up a post about later.

Along with the post for tomorrow about Mr. Blue Eyes and I.

It's a big day, people. A big day.

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Reader Comments (3)

Well, I'm very excited about all your Olympic style plans for us. The photo of the week thing is kind of an exciting thought.
I've been taking a photography class once a week at the technical college 30 miles from my home. It's really been good for me. I'm trying to be able to really use my camera like it's made for!
I'm not doing very good.
I think I would love to do your post of the week...it may involve blood or guts.....cause that's my world.....just kidding.
I love your laundry hanger clippy thingies.............it does say a lot actually.
So count me in on that. Will you teach us? Critique us?

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

I don't know if I'm qualified to judge other's photos, but if you have specific questions about trying to achieve a certain edit with your photo I would be glad to give you my two cents!

I'm so glad you're on board!!! This is gonna be fun.

February 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterFarmer Gal

I'm going to try to play along with the photo game, too. Maybe it will help get me out there taking some more photos. :-)

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

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