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barb howe 5:05pm, 1 January 2007
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Nick McCarthy 12 years ago
And what a cool photo to start with!
alert chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
i concur. happy new year!
iciblancheneige 12 years ago
a very welcoming porch you have!
Happy new year!!!
Samrag Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Samrag (member) 12 years ago
Welcome - Happy New Year - and I look forward to see how your year progresses.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Patrícia Raimond 12 years ago
Happy New year
dda1605 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 12 years ago
coooool

( Didier 2007 )
AllanThinks 12 years ago
So where are you in that picture? ;)

Happy New Year.
barb howe 12 years ago
oh thanks everyone! haha... I wasn't expecting comments here! sorta surprised me.

Allan, I don't have to be in the picture, do I? I already do the 365 Days project. I thought this one was just sort of a photo journal of your life in 2007.... Okay must go back and read the rules again 'cause I sure ain't up to doing TWO self portraits a day!
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
January 2, 2007

As far as I can tell it doesn't have to be a self-portrait; I guess it just so happens that a lot of people are making theirs to be self-portrait themes. So this one is not. This one is just a pictoral journal of 2007. I want to show you my friends and neighbors and family. So we'll start with this man.

Mr. Sherman.

Mr Sherman

I present to you my neighbor, Mr. Sherman. He is in his eighties and has had a long, interesting and difficult life. He's lived in his house for about 30 years I think. He has many children, the youngest of which is 13. You'll probably see her make an appearance in this thread eventually too. Mr. Sherman is very kind and gentle and quiet. He doesn't drive or have a car. He rides his bicycle. He's got high blood pressure and he likes birds. He feeds "his" sparrows, a bunch of whom live in the bushes in the corner of his yard and which my cat, Mr. Chairman, likes to hunt. He always lends me his rake so I can rake my leaves. He is the picture of a good neighbor.
afraid butter [deleted] 12 years ago
What a beautiful portrait and i wish i had such a nice neighbor. But, just stopped by to say hello also, and wish you a great 2007!
zesty house [deleted] 12 years ago
Wow and double wow.

I don't even know my neighbors. Mr. Sherman's portrait is wonderful and he seems just as wonderful a man. =)

(Heh! Mr. Chairman!)

-Sontra (A Day In My Life)
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 12 years ago
Lovely shots. Thanks for your comment in my diary. That was not a loon; but a long-billed curlew.
flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594428982939/

Lovely shots you have posted here already.

Happy New Year 2007.
barb howe 12 years ago
of course it was a long-billed curlew! I knew that!! hahahaa
Samrag 12 years ago
Great shot - and love the story that goes with it - wonderful how we all tackle this in different way. There is nothing in the rules about themes requirements, so don't worry about that - just keep on going.

I think it says a lot about what a great character you are, that you know your neighbours so well :-)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
barb howe 12 years ago
Sam,
Well, I have to admit it depends on which neighbor. One of the other ones almost bashed my head in with a four foot long metal pipe a few months ago! (long story) Anyway yeah, thanks for the comment!
AllanThinks 12 years ago
I guess I should have read the rules a bit closer.

It's a relief to know the shots don't have to be self portraits.
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
His face says a lot, shows he has stories to tell. I don't know my neighbors. In France, your neighbors are strangers to you. At least that's my experience. I've lived in this apt for nearly 3 years and have seen my neighbor across the hall less tha 5 times. And each time it's like painful for him to say hello to me.

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PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
cherriza Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cherriza (member) 12 years ago
Very nice way to start. I look forward to following you the rest of the year.


Better than Last....
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
January 3, 2006

wool

I spent most of today knitting, catching up with my best girlfriend and of course taking pictures.

My friend Sand came over this afternoon to use the computer and I knit some legwarmers for her almost-four-year-old. Not out of this stuff though. This is wool; it's kinda rough for a little kid. I used some acrylic stuff for him.

The yarn pictured above is very popular though. It's Noro yarn, made in Japan. The stuff on the right is 100% wool and the stuff on the left is a blend of 45% silk 45% mohair and 10% wool --still very warm but much softer on sensitive skin.

My friend's a raw foodist (only eats uncooked things) and she showed me how to eat dragon's tongue kale seasoned with a little olive oil and soy sauce and nutritional yeast, and wrapped up in a sheet of sushi seaweed. It was really delicious!

There's nothing like knitting and talking with a good girlfriend. I love her so much. She's one of the most special people I know. I swear sometimes I think she's like an angel dropped down out of the sky or something. She's so full of goodness, just plain honest, unpretentious good-ness. It's amazing really. She inspires me to be a better person.
satrina* 12 years ago
Love the purple colors but for my skin I think I'd have to go with the blend. I like the title of your post :)

Satrina: av meg
Loca.... 12 years ago
Just came here today, loved the story of your neighbour, he must be a very nice guy, lucky you to have such a nice person for neighbour.

What are you going to do with the wool?

Loca-Bandoca's 2007 in pics
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
Oooh I can't wait to see what you knit with that. I got 8 skeins of Noro for x-mas and am completely stumped as to what to make with it. Love the lighting here, it compliments the subtle colour grade of the Noro.
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
oh wow 8 skeins! I can only ever afford enough of the stuff to make a hat or a scarf... 8 skeins.... hmmm... might be enough for a sweater...a short sleeved one? Do you have the 100% wool stuff or the Silk Garden blend? If it's 100% wool, the stuff looks good felted.

I've been making hats for all my friends with this stuff. I can get a snug little ribbed cap out of one skein with some left over for some good scraps.

oh yeah regarding the lighting, it's nice but it's also kind of... distorting? I want to take another photo out in natural light so you can really get a sense of the true colors. ... 'course who's to say that the colors of indoor light aren't the true colors?
Samrag 12 years ago
Nice colour - and I really enjoy the stories ... the text that you bring us with each picture. Funny this Rawfood thing - I decided couple of days ago to slowly become Rawfood kinda guy - and now I am seeing this popping up everywhere...Dragon's tounge...huh???

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
oh Sam then you should really try that veggie roll. Just lay out a sheet of sushi seaweed, tear up some kale, sprinkle some olive or flax seed oil on it, some nutritional yeast and a little bit of soy sauce (or Bragg's liquid aminos) and roll it up like sushi --I'm not kidding it's delish! And I'm no where near being considered a health nut.

I don't think I'll ever become a complete raw foodist but if I can pick up a few more healthy eating habits, that'd definitely be a good thing! haha....

Here's a photo:
healthy eating habits
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I like your text too. It is great seeing all the different photo diaries and what people do with them. I think I should write more. For some reason, I saw it more as just a photo thing...but I have enjoyed all of the entries with a lot of text.

As a knitter, I completely agree with you about the knitting and chatting... I haven't met that "angel" yet here in France. I have loads of great friends but it seems that we don't have enough history or something yet to create that special bond that I have had with some other girlfriends.

Sarah and here is my photo diary...
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
I got several photos today that I was pretty happy with --it was hard to choose. I woke up to a muggy foggy morning (it rained all night) so there were some cool waterdrops on some flowers down the street and I liked how the Christmas lights looked on the front porch with that gray and white world behind them. But I also did a lot of knitting and since my hand is cramping up and since this hat is already in non-existence (I frogged it --pulled it all out-- right after I took this photo) I thought this one will be the photo of the day here, so I present to you....

January 4, 2007

100% wool

wool

It was a cute hat but 100% wool is very itchy and I didn't think it would be very comfortable so I'm going to make a little travel accessories bag, felted, with a zipper. Just large enough to hold my comb, a lipstick, maybe my toothbrush, lotions etc. Felting wool is pretty cool. What you do is knit it up real big, whatever it is, say a bag or some slippers, and then when it's done it's several sizes too large so you do just what your momma told you never to do with your wool sweaters: throw it in the washing machine in hot water. It'll shrink. And it looks really cool. It makes real tight, strong fabric, really strong bags and really warm slippers (almost too warm for me). I made a bag like this for my sister but forgot to take a picture of it after being felted. Click here it see it preshrunk

Anyway, I know I'm a needle addict; you're probably sick of knitting pictures but it's a winter hobby. Once the weather turns warmer I stop getting the desire to knit, even though there's plenty of warm weather patterns out there... which reminds me, there's one warm weather knitting project I've been meaning to do for awhile now. So make that a late New Year's Resolution (my one and only):

This year in 2007 I, Barbara Howe of Gainesville, Florida, will knit myself a bikini!... in time for summer!
AliThinks 12 years ago
Can't wait to see the bikini, Barb. ;-)

And I love the photo of your neighbor!
Samrag 12 years ago
Agree with AliThinks - want to see the bikini - and you in it!

And before admin gets you; they have been reminding a lot of people to post only 1 photo each day...

So how much for a sweater... or a nice scarf?

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Loca.... 12 years ago
Well, I'm not sick of knitting pictures, I just LOVE them, the latest one is awesome, going to fave it. :))
Your little bag looks good too.
you know people in the net can actually give some influence (don't know if this is thr right word...) others? I am making a wool quilted thing to put on my kids bad (don't know the name either in english) and, this year I wasn't doing any of it, don't knoe why, seeing your pics made me get it out and started knitting again in the nights. Thanks.
:))

(Loca-Bandoca's 2007 in pics)
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
The photo of the day for January 5, 2007 is my 365 photo:

Day 54

It's not even 10am and I can already tell what kind of day it's going to be. You know what kind of day it's going to be when you wake up to a cat peeing on your hand because he's pissed that you haven't jumped out of bed to let him out yet (he refuses to use litterboxes anymore thanks to an ex-boyfriend who went for three months without ever cleaning the dang thing all summer while I was gone so the cat now has developed a phobia and will only pee and poop outside). And this was before 7am!

Then I got up and burnt the coffee. Twice. The third time I didn't burn it but it might as well be because the pot is burnt now (this is one of those little stove top espresso makers) which makes the water taste burnt which makes the coffee taste burnt.

Plus my hand still hurts. I don't think it's from knitting. I think it's from being on the dang computer all the time. So that's it. I'm posting this one early and then no more computer for the rest of the day.

There is one piece of good news for today though: I have a job interview next week with an organization I would die for! I've volunteered for them in the past but have never been employed by them. And the job just might be in their new Latin America office... which happens to be in [drumroll please] .... Venezuela!!!

Have a good weekend y'all... some friends and I might go canoeing so hopefully you'll be seeing some river pictures soon!
afraid butter [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by afraid butter (member) 12 years ago
you look beautiful.. and good luck with the interview next week!!!
Samrag 12 years ago
Good luck with the interview ... and nice photo... reminds me of that expression "you look they way I feel"... or in this case 'like I have felt so often'... just one of those days that should be spent in bed.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
dda1605 12 years ago
great self portrait

(Didier 2007 )
satrina* 12 years ago
Hope the rest ot the day got better and good luck for your interview.

Satrina: av meg
sarahwoo Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sarahwoo (member) 12 years ago
You do look beautiful...maybe there is something in the air today...hang in there and good luck with the job. I am going to cut myself off the computer now too... :)
AllanThinks 12 years ago
Good luck with that interview. I hope it leads to great things.

Allan
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
Good luck with the interview. I have to say too you've put such an itch in my fingers to knit with my Noro it's not even funny. Hope the rest of your day turned out a bit better than the start.
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
thanks for all the well-wishes everyone!

Now here's ...
Saturday, January 6, 2007

My friend Musa and I went to an estate sale today. I'd never been to one before but he told me he saw that one of the big mansions in the Duck Pond neighborhood was having one and they had lots of cool old books (Musa's somewhat of a bibliophile and he's always buying books at yard sales. If I find one on my front porch I know it's usually a present from him.)

Anyway today he went back again and brought me with him and I brought the camera and took a lot of pictures. I'd never been inside one of those houses before. This one was built in 1926. It's three stories high and there are lots of sunrooms and dormer windows and little nooks and crannies to sit in and read. I would almost love to live in a house like that full of kids and books but it's so bourgeois it'd be hard to justify with a "live simply" philosophy. (I've always liked that old Shaker saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" --you usually see it as a cross stitch hanging in someone's kitchen). But I'm still very sentimental about old houses because I grew up in one that wasn't nearly as nice as this or as fancy but was even older.

It was so sad to walk through the place, all of us strangers picking through the pieces of someone's life, even if they were rich. I suppose we shouldn't think of it that way --that our material possessions are NOT who we are and I don't mean to suggest that exactly but I do think that it seems to be true that the objects around us after a time imbibe a bit of ourselves and vice versa. They weave themselves into our memories and stories so much. And walking through that house you could see here was the life of Mr. and Mrs. Atkins (or whoever the couple was whose lithograph was hanging on the wall in the dining room). Here was her sewing corner with its boxes of notions for sale. Here was her art table with her brushes and watercolor paintings of flowers. Here was a glass table in the sun room with the porcelin teapots displayed (there were silver ones in the kitchen). Here is a Russian-English dictionary, some Spanish novelas, old Life magazines from 1946 (Musa bought that one for me and several from the 80s for himself).

It wasn't all sentimental. I found a VCR for $10 which we hooked up to my old table top tv at home and which I'll use for a couple of months before donating to my friend Pat who still has a collection of several hundred VHS tapes. And as I paid the lady for it, being ready to offer my condolences, I asked her if the couple who lived there had died but to my surprise she said no the lady of the house was right over there and it was just that she was moving to a smaller place and needed to get rid of everything in the house! So it turned out not to be such a sad event after all.

So that said, here is today's photo, from upstairs in the mansion, a roomful of chairs that held a generation of Atkinses.

room of chairs
sunshinecity 12 years ago
oh i love all the coloured wool!!!

~ sunshinecity
satrina* 12 years ago
Great story, makes me feel like I'm there walking in that house and it also reminded me of my grandma's house -a tiny house full of memories.

Satrina: av meg
AliThinks 12 years ago
Great story, Barb.

I wonder if it was hard for Mrs. Atkins to watch people looking through her things?

Alison
Samrag 12 years ago
Fantastic story - and you really are a good pen!!! I lost myself in your text there - you almost got me to cry....

...and of course.. very nice photo.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
I wonder too if it was hard for Mrs. Atkins to see people going through her things? Like Sam said, I got totally engulfed in your story, too.

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
dda1605 12 years ago
Great picture and a beautiful story. It can easily be the begining of a scenario or a movie (The girl found in the house an old diary of mrs Atkins, buy it and ............).

(Didier 2007 )
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I love this photo. We have a big old house as part of my family (my grandmother lived there and my Dad does now...) and while it is true that I couldn't see myself living someplace like that for the same reasons as you...I am so attached to our house. There are so many nooks and crannies, random objects, hidden staircases, memories. I can't imagine someone walking through and buying all of our old stuff. Then again, if it bring someone else pleasure and I am ready to pass it on, that could feel good too.

Cool experience, thanks for sharing...

Sarah My Photo Diary
Loca.... 12 years ago
Nice story, it's nice to have a different day from the usuall and see things we never thought we were going to see.

Good luck for your job next week.
:))

Loca-Bandoca's 2007 in pics
barb howe 12 years ago
Tired. I wouldn't have even picked up the camera today if I didn't have these two stupid photo-a-day projects going on. This is dumb. Why do I make myself do this? There's no way I'll have time once I get a job.

Here's today's photo. Dumb ol' Life...

Life in 1946
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
ya you're right so i guess you better put off working until next year eh?
Samrag 12 years ago
It is sooo nice to come and visit you here - so you are not allowed to give up!!!! - take photos each day - just post them with few days in between, if you get very busy.

I know that once I begin my evening school (tomorrow) and I have full time job, and I might be opening up my "own" restaurant later in the year - that time for this will be minimal - but I am NOT going to quit - only maybe visit fewer times.

Great photo!!!! - though what is the story behind it?

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Loca.... 12 years ago
:)))))

Loca
barb howe 12 years ago
oh right. it's the magazine my friend Musa bought for me at the estate sale, Sam.
sarahwoo 12 years ago
I'm going to be in the same situation as Sam very soon...but already today it is 10:00 and I don't have a photo yet. So, I will have to taken something dumb too. I questions why I am doing this photo diary thing a lot too...what purpose is it serving for me and if I feel pressure to do it, why? Anyhow...I know that I like your photos and your stories. Even if you didn't post everyday, it is still nice to see your little world :)

Sarah everyday
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
thanks Sarah! and everyone... Really I don't know how long I can do this. I'm such a perfectionist it really takes me a good chunck of time each day to get a photo I really like enough to post here. For some reason I can't get myself to just post a snapshot, but maybe I need to revisit that.

Anyway I did a lot of work in the garden today (everything --including weeds --is growing like crazy!) so here's today's contribution:

January 9, 2007

what I pulled out of the garden this morning

Also I got a call today from that potential job I mentioned above. The interview is scheduled for tomorrow at 3pm. I'm not nervous. I'm excited but generally have been real low on energy today. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
Android9 PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Android9 (member) 12 years ago
Good luck on the job interview tomorrow. And pretty veggies. Yum. I hope you're able to continue your photo project, though I know how hard it is once life starts getting in the way a bit.

My Photo Diary
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
This project has actually got me taking my camera with everywhere I got now. I'm starting to get busier and busier everyday but I hope I will be able to make time to post daily photos. I hope you continue, I enjoy your stories and I think having something like this to look back on later will be really wonderful.

--
Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
barb howe 12 years ago
I already take my camera just about everywhere! I guess maybe this project won't be the one that gets cut, more like my self-portrait project --the 365 days thing. But we'll see...
sunshinecity 12 years ago
you can't give up!!! Your pictures are too beautiful!
We are all busy, but I know that deep down, you'll be glad you've stuck through it... Just think half way into the year how great it will be to look back...

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
satrina* 12 years ago
Another person here hoping you find a way to continue with this project 'cause I really like your entries.
Samrag 12 years ago
Comon... please keep on going -
I began this project in August 2006 for myself... and I posted in last year many shit photos, I was even stuck home ones feeling very sick, so I just took photo of the toilet.... bad one at that!

Looking back over the pictures now - I am soooooo happy that I did this, and that I am doing this - it really has become something very very valuable to me!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
im so jealous of the garden - i am not going to get started but if nothing else can we please have more garden photos - things are growing !!
nothing will grow here (outdoors) for months - I WANT THAT radish and the carrot -
AliThinks 12 years ago
I want to eat those veggies, too.

I'll be thinking of you this afternoon!

Alison
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
uh, please would you kindly add the date to your daily pic ?
thanks a lot
(it's a dirty job but someone has to do it)
(you'll thank me later !)
:-)

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
leroyer 12 years ago
Yeah, you better keep going on, girl !
Believe me, you really don't want to piss off the guru !
And you quiting would piss me off.

Let's seat down, have a glass of milk, and talk this through, will you ?
:)

[philippe leroyer - the milky bald guru on a day by day basis : too much pleasure for all !]
barb howe 12 years ago
sure thing, lady! sorry 'bout that

thanks Ali

hey sure thing! tomorrow I'll post a garden photo. and I agree life without a garden is a diminished thing!

thanks for the encouragement y'all... I really will try to keep this up. It's good for my photography skills!
barb howe 12 years ago
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

My friend Tom has bad timing. He came over just as I was doing my daily photos. He hates having his picture taken. I don't know why --he's actually quite photogenic. Always has a great smile. He's just shy I guess. Anyway, that shyness makes it difficult sometimes to get him to let me take his picture but I got this one today and I like it. He's very handsome, eh? ;-)

Tom

In other news, remember that interview I had today? It went really well but I guess the moral of the story is that maybe before you start it'd be a good idea to ask what the position is they're interviewing you for 'cause I had no idea! It turned out to be for an internship! Don't get me wrong I woulda loved to do an internship with them --five years ago! But I've done my share of internships. I need something more... how should I say it? I don't need something more paying but I do need something maybe more permanent, ya know? Anyway it was good practice.

It's stopped raining here but turned cold and clear. I feel better. :-)
AllanThinks 12 years ago
Wonderful portrait, B.

Sorry the job thing didn't work out, but at least you found a positive in the experience.

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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
Loca.... 12 years ago
Sorry for the job... :(

Your vegetables look great. I don't have a garden myself but as I'm also a biologie teacher, every year in my school I star a garden project with one of the classes, so it keeps me from beeing sad about not having one of my own.

And your friend looks great, he should have more photos.
:))

Loca
mbauhs PRO 12 years ago
I'm a little late to visit your 2007 images but love them all. Great photos and stories behind them! Keep 'em coming.
satrina* 12 years ago
It's better to say: the interview went well but that wasn't what I wanted than to say: the interview was horrible, anyway, something better is coming your way

Satrina: av meg
sarahwoo 12 years ago
There are so many cool internships out there...too bad we don't want internships! I have been in your position many times. Who knows, maybe they will have been so impressed with you that they will contact you when something permanent (a.k.a paying) comes up.

Tom looks very kind and friendly...a very handsome portrait.

Sarah
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Tom looks like a great friend and a great overall guy!

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
The garden looks lovely today. It was clear and cold here today. The lettuce loves this weather. There are so many greens! For lunch I had a veggie burrito and offered one to my friend Antonio who's working across the street. He looked kind of surprised when he saw it. "I thought you meant veggies wrapped up in a tortilla or something!" Who needs tortillas when you have collard leaves? So yeah, this was a veggie burrito which consisted entirely of veggies, wrapped up in a big collard leaf and seasoned with olive oil and nutritional yeast and soy sauce.

Anyway, there's a lady who has a plot in our community garden who is the star gardener. She grows everything and anything and her spot looks gorgeous. I don't know where she got this lettuce but it looks delicious, don't it?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

lettuce patch

I might regret posting this one already. This afternoon is the weekly downtown farmer's market and I plan on taking the camera. It always presents great photo opportunities.

I'm knitting some legwarmers and reading a novel called Whiteman I found in the new arrivals section of the library. (I tell ya, this being on the job market ain't a bad life! ... well, until the money begins to run out! haha) Will pick up the job search again tomorrow. I'm trying to stay off the computer because my right wrist and forearm is hurting lately and feels like a repeatative stress injury... carpal tunnel syndrome??
satrina* 12 years ago
Oh yes, it's no fun when the money runs out :(

have fun at the farmer's market.

Satrina: av meg
sarahwoo 12 years ago
LIke I said earlier (or another day or once) food is a great subject because it doesn't move...we have nothing growing in our garden right now (except some old swiss chard) otherwise you might see more veggies shots coming from me. I love it so shoot away! The lettuce is a beautiful color...

Sorry about the arm...give it some rest (too much Flickr!)...

Sarah
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Nice photo - I have similar problems... want to post too many photos a day... so I post them and put a "leftover" link in my diary he he... maybe you can do that if you take lots of nice photos at the market.

Yeh, be careful with your hand... the pain can be so bad if you keep punishing your hand (listen to the pain!!!)... we will forgive you if you leave only short comments ;)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
thanks for the garden shot - oh i miss the dirt - am very glad the star gardener missed that one little sprig of grass - i just felt such an impulse to reach into the screen and pluck it out -they used to say of my grandather when he was gardening that he wuld stand in the middle of his garden and defy the weeds to come up - hahahaha - loved it thanks
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
I had to go a day without knitting today because of this arm hurting like it is. Tried to stay off the computer too, so I hung out with my friend Pat and Marvin, the mentally disabled guy he takes care of. Did some work around the house too. Fixed the backyard fence. Re-potted some plants for spring. Biked up to the local grocery store to get some new lettuce plants from Farmer John (maybe I'll take a photo of him one day too. Farmer John's pretty interesting. I used to work for him. He sells plants and veggies at the farmer's market and also sells stuff at grocery store. His hat was pretty worn looking. I should knit him a new one.... dangit! there I go thinking about knitting again!) ....

Anyway on my way back I passed by two bed and breakfastses up on the next block and I remembered I promised my mom I'd take a photo of one of them while it still had its holiday decorations up (not that I'm particularly inclined to do her any favors now; last time she spoke to me she told me that I was the mental equivalent of a three year old!). But I did take the photo. And a couple of other ones. I like this front porch --a bit less ostentatious than the main house. This is a little cottage that I guess people can also stay in.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

porch rocking chairs
AllanThinks 12 years ago
Lovely photo.

And please do take a portrait of Farmer John, and his present worn hat.

And the new hat you knit for him, too!

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AliThinks 12 years ago
Oh, gosh, that is a beautiful photo! And, what Allan said!

Alison
satrina* 12 years ago
Yes, we want to meet Farmer John

Satrina: av meg
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Catching up, I envy your garden. All the wonderful veggies you must eat. Lucky you! The portrait of our friend is indeed very good. It conveys perfectly how friendly he is. Great smile. I'm sorry to hear about the job, that has happened to me once. I ended up taking the internship because I was really in need of experience and all they wanted me to do was run around and get coffee. I quit after three days. My arm has started hurting to when I knit, I hope this isn't going to be a prolonged problem for either of us. I love to knit too much...

Thanks for the company, couldn't sleep this morning...

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sarahwoo 12 years ago
Beautiful shot Barb! Looks like a cozy place to hang out and....drink a cup of tea...chat...or maybe even (sorry!) knit! Maybe the B&B wouldn't notice....

It sounds like you live in a cool neighborhood. Can't wait to see more photos of it...it reminds me of when I lived in Olympia, Washington. Interesting characters, co-op within in biking distance, gardens (but I suppose this atmosphere can be found in lots of places...thanks for reminding me either way.)

Sarah
dda1605 12 years ago
great picture. Would like to spend 2-3 hours on this porch with a good book and a great coffee.

"mental equivalent of a three year old...." - reading your comments and looking at the pic. you take, I had the impression you were a bit more mature.

Joking.....Parents also can say some nonsense sometimes.

(Didier 2007 )
barb howe 12 years ago
<--- oooh, what a great new icon Sarah! (and you say you don't do good self portraits!)

thanks Didier, it was just an unfortunate analogy she made. She didn't mean it --well, not consciously anyway. She never would have said it out loud but her point was that since I am her child (that I'm 31 and by far a legal adult is a point lost on her) she and my father should protect me and I should not be trusted to make my own moral/economic/financial decisions. She --or more accurately, my father-- will make them for me. Anyway you're right it is nonsense and there's no sense engaging it. I will not even stoop to the level of arguing with her about it because it is so ridiculous.
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
Friday, January 12, 2007

Eat this! (it's from my garden)

eat this2

I'm off to a party tonight so no long commentary (thankgod!)

Just a brief newsbit... the organization I interviewed with (you know the one that turned out to be just an internship) came back and offered me something else. Something they said wasn't an internship but then they proceeded to describe something that sounded very much like an internship in everything but name. They wouldn't pay me but they would provide room and board and a small stipend for transportation. I might be okay with that except that 1.) I really want/need? health care 2.) I'm worried they wouldn't allow my dog to come to their "room and board" 3.) I still have old Puritainical notions in my head that if they're not paying me, it's not a "real" job.

Other than that, I'm considering it. It'd be in Washington DC.
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
Sorry to hear about the job situation, hope thing work out well on that end.

On another note the greens look absolutely delicious.

Android
glucozze 12 years ago
Me too i hope you will find the good thing.

And this salad wake up my stomach....i'm lazy of potatoes !
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
looks like a salad made by a three year old
kidding kidding
serioulsy - looks wonderful - yum yum
barb howe 12 years ago
LOL! thanks, Jonathan. I needed that!
dda1605 12 years ago
First of all you have to fix some red lines and do not cross them (for instance health insurance).
The second point should be : do I gain or do I lose from this option (the new job they offered you). Is it good for my future, is it a good point in my resume, can I live from it ........?
The third point is : do I have other options, how long I have been looking for a job and is it possible/logical to go on looking for the perfect job.

I wish you luck and I am sure you'll reach your harbour.

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 12 years ago
oh I just love the porch!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

The porch get my star straight away Star... just wonderful.

Loved reading your text with it, and again (like I've said in some other threads...) love when people are so honest.

...that made me laugh so much that Heiða came over to see what was 'wrong'.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
durhamyankee Posted 12 years ago. Edited by durhamyankee (member) 12 years ago
man, what a yawn. Great focus on the tongue there!

DWM's return to the everyday
barb howe Posted 12 years ago. Edited by barb howe (member) 12 years ago
Sorry Dave I changed my mind about that photo after you put your comment up. (he's referring to my original choice for today's photo).

I just finished this book by Tony D'Souza. Wow. I wasn't sure I liked it while I was reading it. I'm only just now concluding that I do. I really, really do. So here is...

Saturday, January 14, 2007

Weekend reading


It's about an aidworker in Western Africa... I like books about this sort of thing. White people going off to try to do some good in the world and all the problems that come from that. Philip Caputo's Acts of Faith was good;. it problematizes various aspects of "helping" (privilege, racism, classism, the concept of development, the painful dynamics of unequal relationships etc.)

But this one is a bit different. It's a first person narrative from just one person's point of view while Caputo gives you multiple perspectives from several different main characters (and I believe his's a third person narrative). So what that means is that D'souza's more focused on the individual psychology of Jack Diaz, who works for Potable Water International and what happens to him there in Africa. Caputo is more situational. How his different characters react to particular complex situations kinda results in the book being broader, more general. I guess I'd say it's like one is an interesting portrait of the psychology of the aid worker and the other makes you question the whole concept of aid work in and of itself. Maybe you could say D'souza's does this too by default (the guy goes to the village to help dig wells but ends up nearly raping somebody, sleeping with another man's wife and killing an old woman, to mention just a few things) but it almost takes a backseat to the individual psychology of the protagonist. I think. If anyone else had read this and has a different take, feel free to comment below.

To tell you the truth this book made me a bit uncomfortable sometimes. It seemed very accurate to me, the uglier parts. Parts about how it feels to be in another country in another culture reminded me of Colombia, of course. What was nice about it though was that it certainly didn't glamorize the profession or idealize those who do it, which was a relief.

It's a good book. It really is. I recommend it. The author is about my own age and it turns out he spent three years in the Peace Corps which I guess provided a lot of the material here. At one point I wanted to write a book like this. Maybe I still will.
barb howe 12 years ago
Sunday, January 14, 2007

books and movies
sarahwoo Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sarahwoo (member) 12 years ago
Cool stack....lots of classics and important books in there....

Sarah

Edit: I just realized this is your "return to library" stack. You have been busy!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
I agree with didier's suggestions for the job....
I mhope it works out for you... I can only understand too well what it's like to be looking but not finding...

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
you have a real eye for color.
p.s. i've heard mixed reviews for Spanglish but i, myself, really enjoyed it. did you?
AllanThinks 12 years ago
I used to read voraciously. I would visit the library on a Saturday, check out 7 or 8 books, and have them all read by the next Saturday.

Then the internet came along. It takes time to finish a book now.

I really need to turn this computer off once in a while.
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