(N.B. Snowstorm today…I think Fiona has the right idea!)
Finding the grace in a messy and uncertain, but extraordinarily beautiful, life
(N.B. Snowstorm today…I think Fiona has the right idea!)
One last summer pic before the switch over to fall, which currently is my favorite season. (Although if you ask me next April, yes, spring will be my favorite season…in June, I most likely in will say summer…and of course there is one season being left out which will remain nameless, although I love it in December as long as it brings us pretty, fluffy snow for Christmas.)
The end of summer is always bittersweet, but this year more than usual. I had all kinds of things I was hoping to do this summer, from lunch with friends to trips to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to take photos, and did nothing, almost, thanks to my ever-present chronic migraines. I even missed the annual Resch Family Reunion–something I look forward to all year–for the second year in a row.
The highlights? I saw my beautiful and sweet niece Kathryn get married in May. (Late May counts as summer, right?) I made it to a family party at my Aunt Sheila’s and got to see my cousin Elissa who was home visiting from Florida in July. My darling niece Laura and her husband John took us out to dinner. And in August George’s sister and her husband invited us to stay with them for a long weekend in Cornucopia, a village not far from Bayfield, Wisconsin, on the South Shore of Lake Superior. It was heavenly. Lake Superior is my favorite place in the entire world. The weather was lovely. And the company was, of course, superb!
All of these activities, it should be noted, took place with pharmaceutical help. Sigh. But I did get some pretty pictures. And hope is on the horizon…It turns out my insurance covers migraine Botox after all, so hopefully this fall will not be so excruciating!
The summer began with peonies…
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.
And continued with more flowers, at home and in Cornucopia…
The family party…
Summer is the annual permission to slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.
Corny days and nights…
If the sight of blue skies fills you with joy; if a blade of grass springing in the fields has the power to move you; if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
And if you have a husband who brings you flowers just because he knows they will cheer you up; nieces and cousins and friends who send you sweet messages on social media; friends who stand by you no matter how many times you cancel plans; family who take you out to dinner and invite you over and have you come to stay with them; be grateful, for this is God telling you that you are loved beyond measure.
N.B. Photographer friends, FYI all presets and textures were from 2lilowls.com. I highly recommend their products! If you choose to purchase something, I’m an affiliate and I’d love it if you used my link to do so: https://2lilowls.com/ref/9 (This way I get a small portions of the profits so I can indulge my growing texture addiction!)
Fantastic sales for the next seven days… Head on over to my Society6 website and check out my new additions and great prices!
I haven’t written much this month..it’s been a bit tough with migraines and fibromyalgia both flaring up thanks to some crazy weather changes. There are so many things I want to express with my words and my images, lovely things, bittersweet ideas, memories of love and dreams for the future–and it will have to wait another week or two until I can get my head agonies under control. (I refer to migraines, here, not depression, although the phrase would certainly work for both!)
I shall end this November with you, my friends, by sharing a favorite quote about gratitude, and few autumn images.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
I am now offering my art for sale through Society6 online; so just follow the link to “my” online shop, at https://society6.com/barbaramarincel
Through Society6, I can offer everything from art prints to canvases to travel mugs and stationery to shower curtains (yes, really, although I don’t have any photos the right file size yet!). On the right-hand side of this blog, or at the foot, if you are on a mobile device, I’ve included a little slideshow that displays some of the items currently available. If you have any special requests, please let me know, and I’d be happy to see if we can work something out!
Note–All of the above photos have had texture(s) added during post-processing. If you are interested in some super fabulous LR presets, and PS actions and textures, I highly recommend 2Lil’Owls. Just click on the link to go to her website, and enjoy! (PS As an affiliate I get a small percentage of whatever is sold through me…so if you’re going to buy, please use the link I’ve provided on the bottom of the blog!).
Fiona and I are happy to announce that Gingerfancy Photography is finally up and running, offering nine (or is it ten?) photos FOR SALE!!! I have hooked up with Fine Art America, and I will be gradually adding more photos throughout the next couple of weeks.
To order, go to my Gingerfancy Photography Page widget at the bottom of this page and click on any photo that says it is posted by Fine Art America, and it will take you directly to my site on Fine Art America. Or you can access my site on Fine Art America directly at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-barbara-marincel.html . The photos are available in anything from prints to greeting cards to beach towels (seriously!)…I hope you find something you like! If you see a photo on this blog that you like and isn’t for sale, please let me know–I’ll be more than happy to add it to the images currently for sale.
In the next few days, I hope to upgrade my membership with Fine Art America and get a shopping cart widget for this blog so any interested readers may buy from them directly.
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