Hazy Days

The tree swing is an integral part of our summer trips out to Grandpa and Grandma’s.

A girl sits in a swing under a tree in summer Not So SAHM

Hazy days – ProjectEdit365 – 14 June

The original was dark and out of focus. This editing challenge is to take any kind of quality of picture and try to make it look better. I couldn’t sharpen it up much without adding a lot of noise, so I softened the whole picture by decreasing the clarity while using an adjustment brush to sharpen her eyes. I decreased the contrast and played around with the shadows, blacks, and whites until I got it where I wanted. I adjusted the temp and tint towards the warmer and magenta sides.


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The girl in the boots

And I had to post this picture after posting the one yesterday.

She loved these boots and wore them for several years.

And got compliments every time she put them on.

A girl in red boots plays in a swing Not So SAHM

The girl in the boots – ProjectEdit365 – 12 June

The original was dark and not sharp. I did my best to sharpen it up. And I did a lot of little adjustments, not in this order:
Increased the tint towards magenta and cooled the temp just a tad.
Barely increased the exposure.
Increased the contrast.
Lightened the shadows.
Decreased the clarity and saturation.
I used an adjustment brush to sharpen her eyes and created a small vignette.

The original:


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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

A little Throwback Thursday pic.

We visited the Outer Banks of NC this summer, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It is the tallest brick lighthouse in the US, and we climbed to the top. A beautiful view, both the lighthouse itself and the 360 from 198.49 feet up. That’s 269 spiral steps.

To read more about it visit the NPS site.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
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Hawaii (to warm our winter bones)

Unless you’re located south of the Equator you’re probably getting sick of the cold. It can’t be just me. Wanting to strangle poor Punxsutawney Phil made me realize that I needed a boost of Vitamin D and some temps above 60.

If you’ve been feeling the same way then these pics are for you. We went to Hawaii this past summer, and right about now I wish I were back there. Hover over the pics for captions. Click on them to see a larger size.

Warm wishes to you!

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School’s Out For The Summer — Musical Stylins re: School

Our third year of homeschooling has come and gone. I, like my student, am glad to see summer. Don’t get me wrong, homeschooling is very rewarding. You play the essential part in putting knowledge into your children’s brains. You see the ah hah! moments when the lightbulb suddenly switches on. You get to know your children on an even deeper level. BUT (could I make that any bigger?) it is also very challenging. Attention spans tend to get shorter as the weeks march on. Amazingly my patience dwindles as well. It’s a thankless job you sometimes sob over (for evidence please read this post). Are they learning what they really need to be learning for “the state”? Some days you just want to stick their butts in “outside” school (as we like to call it). Only by the grace of God do we continue year after year. I mean that.

In honor of our school year coming to an end I’ve taken the liberty to post a couple of songs that speak to how we feel about school right now. And before you judge me and homeschooling and how much it must suck this is all in jest. We normally have a good time. But when the weather gets warmer and the lessons come to an end, who wouldn’t rather that school be out for the summer?

Be True To Your School – The Beach Boys

I’d like to sit Reagan down and play this one to her. Over and over again. Until she “reely likes home skool”. Obviously I need to come up with some type of alma mater that will induce pride in our school. Maybe actually formally giving our school a name would help.

School’s Out For The Summer – Alice Cooper

This version is particularly funny and age appropriate for Reagan. It’s interesting to realize that back in the 70s it was ok to show the Muppets blowing up school buildings. Mind you these are the monster Muppets though, maybe that’s the difference. The NEA would have a fit over this today though.

Another Brick in The Wall, Part 2 – Pink Floyd

I never offer any sarcasm, dark or otherwise, to Reagan… Even though, I swear I’ve heard Reagan mumbling this song under her breath… On another topic, I subscribe wholeheartedly to the philosophy of the teacher at the end of the song: “if you don’t eat yer meat you can’t have any pudding!” We’re meanies around here.

Chalkdust Torture – Phish

Whoever knows what this song is about? I hope there’s no…hidden meaning, shall we say. Who can even understand most of it? I think Reagan could testify to this verse though:

But who can unlearn all the facts that I’ve learned
As I sat in their chairs and my synapses burned
And the torture of chalk dust collects on my tongue
Thoughts follow my vision and dance in the sun
All my vasoconstrictors they come slowly undone
Can’t this wait till I’m old? Can’t I live while I’m young?

I Don’t Want To Be Learned – The Ramones

These guys are about as creative with this song as ACDC is with every single one of their songs (but that’s another topic, and it’s not a compliment). But it pretty much sums up what Reagan feels about school right now…

I Don’t Want To Go To School – The Naked Brothers Band

This song is so dumb. One of the lyrics is “I’m really tired of being treated like a fool, I don’t want to go to school.” Hmm, seems like some schoolin’ would do you some good. Yet, I heard Reagan singing it the other day. Not really, people. We don’t watch Nick or Nick Jr. Even if we had cable we wouldn’t watch Nick. She so feels this right now though. 

Whew, there are so many more I could make associations with. We’ll end it here. I’m going to leave you with one more song. It doesn’t really apply to us, but I just love the song. It’s even better when Larry the Cucumber and Jr. Asparagus sing the Veggie Tales version. Oh don’t worry. I’ve included that too. You’ve got to have an imeem account though.

Sadie Hawkins Dance – Relient K


Veggie Version