May 1, 2013

and they laid helpless.....


this was taken four years ago in may and is still a favorite of mine. i love shooting from my ankle. well, that's what i call it. i'm not sure if anyone else calls it this or if there's a more technical name for it, but when i can't get close to the ground for whatever reason {hillside, mud, wet grass} i hold my camera at ankle height and shoot away. i love the bug hanging out in the background of this photo, which of course i didn't even see until after i got home and pulled the photo up on my computer. ankle shots can be full of surprises.

i ate some garlic shrimp a few months ago from a company i won't beat up here because i like some of their other things, and ended up with a migraine. after looking at the ingredients, sodium bisulfate and sodium tripolyphosphate were probably the culprits. did you click on my links? did you read about these preservatives? um, yeah...don't eat food with ingredients like this. just saying.

winter killed the big bushes in front of our house. yes, killed them as in weighting them down with so much snow and ice that it cracked their little hearts {branches} and they laid helpless all winter until our landscaper showed up this morning and took them away.

now for a medical update. i'm doing great not being on an antidepressant for my migraines. i've put back on the five pounds i lost, i sleep at night without taking any medication and i've only had one migraine since i weaned myself off of the antidepressant.

i'm glad so many of you loved my last post filled with quotes. 
here's a couple more for today.

"don't mix bad words with your bad mood. you'll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you'll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke."
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"if you think the grass is greener on the other side, it's fertilized with bullshit."
anonymous
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24 comments:

  1. Happy news that you are doing well off the antidepressants Beth! But ick on the preservatives in that shrimp -- little wonder you had a migraine!

    May 1st -- seeing this photograph is filling me with the happiness I've already been feeling since waking up. I adore May!

    And that second quote?? How true is that!!?? xoxox

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  2. Yay you for feeling better and I love that 2nd quote. You know I'm a collector of Q's myself... I'm keeping that one :D
    So fitting for some blog misconceptions that some gals have...

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  3. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hopefully May will bring some flowers this way once again.

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  4. I so hope this is the road to recovery! Both the decision to go on and to come off of them is huge- so I commend you for trying and then realizing it wasn't for you. Now I must go see what quotes I missed - cuz the first two are great!

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  5. that last quote is awesome.

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  6. Glad you are feeling better and doing fine without being on antidepressants. You're gonna win this war, Beth! Those last two quotes are so wise and the last one made me lol. :)

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  7. So glad you're feeling good!

    Love your new header too....

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  8. Three cheers on the migraines or lack thereof. That's indeed good news. And I love the shot from the ankle! I think that name works just fine.

    Been trying to write back to your comment but there is a more detailed post up now -- since I put that up I found out that my disease is a cousin of the one mentioned and very rare (swell) and yes, I do have shingles on my face and head. But there's more on that one. I bit the bullet and turned off capcha (I had reluctantly turned it on awhile ago when spam was screaming) and I'm glad I did.

    I love our blog world. And the quote about bullshit? Spot on.

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  9. "if you think the grass is greener on the other side, it's fertilized with bullshit."
    anonymous

    This is just priceless!!!

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  10. Before I forget, I love the quote about bad moods and bad words and not being able to do anything about the words even though your mood may change.... Well, it went something like that. So true and wise those words....

    And that's great about your lack of migraines lately. I just bought a 2 for 1 supply of Kroger brand Excedrin. I felt one coming on today. I think food is probably the culprit for me, too. Well, foods and preservatives. Oh, and the ankle shot. Love that bug in the background. What a fun surprise to find!

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  11. ankle shots...So that's how you do them...I will give it a try even if I know I will not end up with something similar to yours :-)

    I am so glad you are doing awesome without the antidepressants and I am praying it is the beginning of better things to come for you xo

    ps: I LOVE the quotes

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  12. Taking a photography class to launch my passion properly is on my list of must-(please)-do's. Until that happens, I'll keep experimenting. And I'll give your trick "a shot." :)

    The second quote is indeed popular among your readers. I LOVE IT.

    Glad to know you're recovering from migraines. Good health is everything.

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  13. hooray - except for the bad shrimp part

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  14. so glad you are feeling better my friend ...

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  15. Love that last quote! And I'm glad you're feeling better. My heart is sad for all of the new spring blooms that just got clobbered with this latest winter hammer.

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  16. I hope everyday gets better and better for you. Got hit with a snow storm today...it felt like a slap in the face!

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  17. Happy May, beautiful Beth! May it be sweet and pain free.
    Happy ankle shooting!

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  18. ~ i wash my underarms first : )
    ~ i have not danced enough, i used to dance to 3 songs everyday ~ i want to find the discipline to do that again, i've got to find a buddy to keep me accountable!
    ~ the quotes are wonderful
    ~ love your new header

    sipping a cup of tea catching up on blogs ~ yeah saturday!

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  19. Glad you are doing well.
    I will watch for those ingredients and avoid.
    That last quote reminded me of my mom telling people she was a "grass widow" - the grass was greener for my father. Sad for my mom. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, sunshiny day.

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  20. glad things are looking better for you :)

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  21. That second quote is awesome. Going to actively remember that one. lol.
    I'm so glad you are doing so well, Beth. And that you are sleeping! It must be such a relief to know that you don't need the meds.
    And shooting from your ankle.. haha! I do that all the time! Glad I'm not the only one!
    That bug, and his big huge antennae ... adorable. He reminds me of people who try to sneak into the camera view when a reporter is trying to do a story. Slowly sneaking into the frame for his one second of fame.

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  22. Lovely shot! I call this kind of photography 'shooting from the foot'.

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  23. I call it shooting from the ground but I actually lie on the ground and use a mat. That last quote cracked me up. And I am so sorry to hear about your bushes. I was depressed after the dead cherry tree fell on top of the old lilac and cracked it in half in 2009. This was the first year that we actually had good blooms from the resurgence of that old bush. I had armfuls of lilacs, and because of the cooler temps this spring, they are still fresh and beautiful on the bush. I just know how it feels to lose a planting.

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  24. Woo-hoo! So glad you are feeling better, Beth. That's huge!
    xo jj

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth