Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for umbrella...



Which I had to put by the door to remember that I will need it for tomorrow's expected rain.


Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for train...



Took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. It was a beautiful day with the family. Ate some lunch, explored some shops, and visited the mission.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

S is for sunset...

I tend to take a lot of photos of the sky and clouds.  This is one of my favorite shots. It was taken on my way home from work one day and I had to stop for gas. When I looked up towards the sky I saw an amazing array of orange and reds.

*day late in posting due to car issues...I completely forgot


Friday, April 20, 2012

R is for red...

Leaving work today, I saw these 2 soda cans next to one another. It was as if they were just sitting there,having a conversation, and watching the cars go by. Just shooting the breeze. The red stood out because the cans were surrounded by various shades of black from the asphalt of the parking lot. It all seemed so random. I think having a long work week allowed my imagination to run for a moment. Talking coke cans...really?

In the end it worked out for me, the shiny red caught my eye and today happens to be the letter R.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Q-tips...

...which I tend to use for both cosmetic and household purposes. They come in handy.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for nook...

I read mainly on my nook these days. I've had it for a few years now. I still love hard copy books and will buy those books that I want to feel in my hands but my place is limited in space to keep everything I enjoy reading.


Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for lights...

I took this shot after I came home from work. I was experimenting with the black and white effects on one of my apps.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

K is for keychain...

Ordered this last week and just received it today. It's a key chain/travel bug for geocaching. I recently took up geocaching and now I'm hooked!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for heart...

I'm not sure if it was done with purpose, but this is the second time I found trees that form a heart around the complex. The first picture I took had only one tree and it was only after I took the shot did I realize the heart-shaped design. After that first shot, I came across this set of trees.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for gnome...

This gnome has been with my family for ages. First in my grandmother's garden, now in my mom's. There were a couple of others but this particular gnome was a favorite hiding place for eggs at Easter when we were younger. Funny thing, I use to imagine as a kid that the gnomes were the bunch that had lots of gold...I use to confuse them with the leprechauns.  


Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for flag...

It was a nice breezy day when I captured this. I was experimenting with a photo app on my phone for the second shot.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for espresso...

I use to manage a coffee shop and prepared espresso drinks everyday as part of my job. There's nothing like making espresso...measuring the right amount, tamping it just right, and using a portifilter on an espresso machine.  I went through several phases as to what espresso drink of choice I favored before I settled on regular brewed coffee...with a hint of vanilla and a splash of cream.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Duchess...

One of my cats needs to hide in blankets or pillows whenever she gets "spooked." Usually, it's from any noise she may here from the outside. Since I knew there was work being done outside in the complex, I knew where I would find her when I came home.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for crosswords...

I love doing crosswords and always in pen, not sure why. It's usually the daily crossword in the L.A. Times. Starting with Monday, they progressively become more difficult. I have difficulty completing one once I get to Thursday and almost never finish Sundays...almost. This particular week, I was able to complete it and couldn't resist to capture my moment.


Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for books...

I love to read. I moved not too long ago and I couldn't take all the books I had collected over the years to my new place. After packing up what I could I donated the rest. I must've donated some 250 books or so. I then bought myself a Nook. I still by hard copies of books now and again, but mainly download them now.  

This is a random shot of some books on my shelf.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for apple...

Captured a great display of apples while grocery shopping. After taking this picture, I was tempted to go around and see how much of the alphabet I could capture. Maybe another project for another day...


Friday, March 30, 2012

The A to Z challenge

For the month of April, I'm participating in the A to Z challenge. I first read about the challenge last year on Twitter while the challenge was nearing its end. I thought "how cool is this!" So this year I signed up to participate.

I use to post pictures often, experimenting with what I can capture just using my phone's camera, and editing through the various apps. I had a lot of fun. But this past year, I've had a hard time maintaining a regular posting schedule as my demands for work took up my time and then I made a decision to return to school after many (many) years. I would take the pictures but forget to post. Which made me (to be honest) a little lazy because I do everything through my phone and I always have it with me.

With the challenge, I figured I would try to capture a picture of something during my day, using the letter for that day, and then post to my blog...try to get back to what I had liked to do. (Bear with me as I try to learn how to use links with my phone). And to be on the safe side, shortly after I signed up I wrote down some ideas and took some photos to prepare in case something came up...now here I am.

I like the idea that the A to Z challenge will make me focus on a yet another way to look at things because I've always just taken pictures of random things that capture my eye in that moment.

Aside from the challenge of capturing the alphabet through my pictures and attempting to post regularly, I'm really looking forward to discovering new blogs. I've already started yet there are so many people signed up, it's a bit overwhelming but I'm excitied to explore as many as I can before the month is up and continue to visit once the challenge is over.

Thanks in advance for visiting my blog.
~elaine

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Relaxing Sunday

After making breakfast and reading the Sunday paper (and attempting the crossword) , I went to the local Farmer's market and picked up some amazing little goodies. I tried a new fresh fruit drink that had a variety of mixed berries floating around inside. The straw they gave me had whole berries coming up from my drink. Came home, read some more, and took a little nap. It was an amazing and relaxing way to spend a Sunday off.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Family time

Grateful to have had some family time this weekend...played some games of Monopoly with my younger brother.