Day One of Seven

I decided to take the challenge of seven days of black and white images. I figured this would be easy after doing the 365 challenge in 2012. Ha! Yeah!!!!

This first image is of Daisy as she was just drifting off to dreamland. And where was she? Up on the bed, of course. She no longer sleeps there as she’s getting older and it’s hard for her to jump up now. So she has a comfy, cozy spot on the floor at the foot of my bed.

Do you ever wonder what dogs dream of? In her case, I think it’s a safe bet that she’s herding sheep.

A little snooze

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Drac and Daisy

I’ve heard that a tsunami of love is enveloping our beautiful blue planet and all of its inhabitants. What does that mean exactly?

I’m not sure what it means for humans, although I’ve felt a greater peace about things recently than in the past.

So if this tsunami is true, then it explains the unlikely friendship that has developed between our dog, Daisy, and a neighbor’s cat. His name is Drac. (Could that be short for Dracula)? I’ve been meaning to ask his owner about that name.

Drac walks around the neighborhood like he owns it. I think he does.

When another of our neighbors, who isn’t really a cat person, walks to the mailbox, Drac sees her coming and gets in step with her all the way to the mailbox and back. She calls him her escort. So cute!

Drac loves Daisy and the feeling is mutual. They sniff each other, he nuzzles her, and then he follows us on our daily walk. It’s amazing to me how well they get along … I guess they’ve been hit by the tsunami. Animals know good energy when they’re around it. They know if the humans they encounter have good energy or not. Drac and Daisy get it … I’m taking my cues¬†from them.

Drac.daisyBe good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Succulent Horse

Yes, I know it’s been a while. I’ve been really busy with too many things to mention. Ugh!

This¬†image is one I took the liberty of playing with. And you know me … I love to play! I used an image that I took of some succulent plants, applied a cartoon effect and used a horse overlay found in the BeFunky app. BeFunky is a very cool application for special effects on images. You can make collages, cards and all kinds of wonderful¬†things.

I have the premium version ($24.95/yr) but you can do plenty of creative¬†things in the free version. It’s also available as an Android app.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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Create, Create, Create!

I have declared that this year of 2016 A.D. is the year of creating. Feel free to adopt this declaration for yourself. In fact, I hope you do!

Sooooo … in honor of my new declaration, here is my post for today. It’s an image I took last January of a young buck in our front yard. Having moved to a more urban area in May of last year, sadly we don’t see deer anymore. I sure miss them.

I simply decided to add some texture to this image and a frame. Create, create, create!

Remember to be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

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A Good Laugh

When I came across this image today on my Instagram feed, I couldn’t stop laughing, so of course I posted it on FB. Don’t we all need a good laugh these days? Of course some will say I’m being irreverent, but how can I be irreverent of a myth? But just in case, don’t show this to your kids who still believe. LOL …

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And if the image above didn’t make you smile, I dare you to NOT smile when you see this …

Golden DoodleBe good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Free to Just Be

This is my daughter and my dog, Daisy, running on the beach at Pacific City, Oregon. It was the first time Daisy had ever experienced the ocean. She didn’t know quite what to make of it but soon adapted to running freely. It was amazing to watch. But what was even more amazing that I noticed when I uploaded this image is the look on Michele’s face. Free to just “be.”

The ocean has a way of calling to us, beckoning us to give our cares and worries over to it. ¬†I did … and I plan to go there often to just “be.” ¬†Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger

Black and White Challenge Day 1

I borrowed the black and white challenge from a fellow blogger who also lives in Central Oregon and this is my first installment of a week-long fulfillment.

Last November we had our first giant snowfall and this is what we saw when we opened the garage door after 2 1/2 days of the white stuff. Wonder what she was thinking after being born and raised in the desert?¬† Feel free to add your comments. Would love to hear what you think! Namaste’

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Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger

All I Got Was This T-Shirt

Hubby and I went in search of some waterfalls a while back and before we knew it, the weather turned to gray.  Soon came the rain but before we had to get back in the car (to avoid being drenched), I managed to get a couple of shots of Mr. & Mrs. Mallard.

Remember those t-shirts that read “my parents went to (fill in the blank) and all I got was this t-shirt? ¬†Well, that’s how I felt. I wanted waterfalls but¬†instead got ducks. ¬†Oh well … enjoy! Namaste’

Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

 

 

 

Painted Ponies

While visiting my Mom yesterday, she took me to meet a wonderful little lady who lives there in the adult care home.¬† There are only about nine residents in the home, so it’s a rather intimate little group.

Each person there is probably wishing they weren’t trapped in bodies that are failing them now.¬† It’s so sad to see them all sitting around the living room, mostly asleep in the recliners.¬† Some are in their rooms, but no one seems very happy.¬† The food is decent (nothing to write home about) and healthy, the grounds outside are lovely, and the staff is very helpful and pleasant.

But back to the lovely lady that Mom introduced me to.¬† She has a shelf in her room with these painted ponies and she adores them.¬† She was thrilled when I asked her if I could photograph them.¬† All I had with me was my phone but it was enough to make her feel good.¬† Sometimes it’s the smallest of things we can provide for someone else to make them smile.

Live every day to the fullest … Namaste’

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