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The Bloom Collective | Simple

Simple

I am part of an amazing group of photographers contributing to a bi weekly blog post over at Bloom.  The theme for this week is simple featuring my beautiful Kali.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4, Canon 600 EX-RT

Speedlite power 1/4, f/3.5, 1/320, ISO 250

To see the rest of the amazing collection of images click HERE, The Bloom Collective.

day 74

Today started out early.  I was ready to head out to transport/house a dog who is stuck in a shelter but that ended up being cancelled.  Luckily the pup is in good hands at the shelter and is not in danger of losing her life.  Since the jail break was called off I asked the wee one if she wanted to hit some garage sales.  She's always up for an adventure.  We headed out around 9:45 and made to about 10 different yard/garage sales.  All but the last one were duds.  I thought the last one was going to be crummy when I only saw a few things in the garage.  Then he said go inside the sale is the house.  They are moving out.  Yippee!  After the sweet old man gave the wee one a stuffed animal because she was cute (as he said) we headed in.  Boy was there a ton to look at.  The owner was a very sweet lady who's older kids were running the sale.  I immediately spotted two cast iron skillets in the kitchen.  No price tag.  Then I saw some other vintage kitchen items that I knew I had to have.  Crap I only had $20 on me.  Last weekend the cast iron skillets at the antique shop where about $40-$80 each.  I knew I wouldn't have enough for everything I wanted.  We chatted for a while, nothing personal mostly about the wee one because she thought was a sweetheart.  The wee one scored another free stuffed animal from her.  I could have stood there and talked to her for a while as I held the cast iron skillets caked in grease which cooked who knows how many meals.  I asked how much and she $5.  Sold!  I walked out of there with those heavy pans in my hands and a skipping wee one because she received two free stuffed animals.  We were both happy!  As we headed out I looked back and smiled at the family as we left and noticed a younger women with a baby and another gentlemen sitting next to her on a sofa.  They were not smiling and they actually looked rather heart broken.  It made me think why are all of these belongings being sold?  Where is her husband because she was wearing a wedding ring.  Why when I walked out with the skillets did the women collecting my money seem to struggle to smile at me.  All along the beautiful mom, grandma, wife was very cheerful and happy to speak with me and a sweet young child, as she called her.

day 74 thank you for the brief moment I was able to spend with this stranger.  She touched my heart without even knowing it.  I will be cooking meals for my family in these skillets just as she did for many years.  Now to clean them!  This may take a while.

day 76

A huge part of the wee one's daily education is reading.  If it is forced then of course there will be complaining about it.  Every night she is required to read at least 20 minutes as part of her homework.  She has been complaining about not knowing when her time is up and constantly ask if her time is up.  I recall this past summer that my brother said or maybe it was his wife that said their son uses an egg timer.  Who knew that just purchasing a cute little piggie timer would save a bunch of time and that there would be no more complaining.  This seriously is the best $7 I have ever spent!

day 76 thank you for little reminders from parents who struggle with the same issues I do.  By the way she likes to hear it tick so she sets it for longer than 20 minutes and reads until it dings.  A little control over something you don't want to do can go a long way!

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