Heartfelt sentimentsPosted: February 1, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Adventures in art, Air, Daily Walk, Digital Art, Earth, Fire, home, Love, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, snow, Spirit, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter | Tags: February, Lake-effect snow, MaidinSun Photography, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, quotes, snow, trees, water, weather, winter 26 Comments
True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations; it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
~ Honore de Balzac
Since the beginning of the year, I have been toying with the idea of jumping into a 365 project. There are a lot of good ones out there with plenty of great prompts. Cyndi (the Book Chick) has one going at Appearing Closer. Holly is participating in one put together by The Photography Butterfly. There are more out there, but the one that grabbed my attention yesterday is the one found at Capture Your 365. The first prompt for February is Heartfelt Sentiments. (You can find the entire February 365 Challenge List here.) I have been collecting notes, letters, and cards from M for almost 38 years. I keep them in an old candy tin. Each and every one of them is, to me, a heartfelt sentiment, and the group of them as a whole seemed like a good indoor subject for this prompt. Indoor is appealing because it is frigid outside. Old Man Winter has returned.
I don’t plan on committing to doing an entire 365. I’m a little late for that this year anyhow. I won’t be committing to the entire month of February, either. I know it’s a short month, but it’s difficult to commit to a daily anything right now. My future looks busy with travel and some big projects here at home. But I will jump in every now and then just for the fun, the challenge, and the inspiration of it.
Talk about going from hot to cold, eh?
It is brutally cold here today. I think we’re feeling it more than usual because on Monday the temperature was in the mid 60’s. Today it will not get any warmer than 18 degrees. Factor in winds of 25 mph and it really feels cold. I couldn’t stay out more than a few minutes, even with the sun shining (as it has been appearing off and on, in between the lake effect snow flurries).
For the first time since we’ve lived in this area, roads were closed up north (near Cleveland and the lake shore) due to snow. Usually they’re good about clearing the roads, but the lake effect snow squalls up that way were pretty bad this morning. The snow was coming down too fast for the plows/salt trucks to keep up with it.
It’s not so bad here. Just the occasional flurries with little to no accumulation. We might get one to two inches of the white stuff tomorrow.
In other news…
Soon, but not too soon, I’m going to stop posting here at Life in the Bogs, and move to a new blog. Gosh, that’s shocking to see in print. I’ve been blogging at Life in the Bogs for over six years. It will be a big change for me.
I know. It will be a change for you, too. I apologize for that. I know it’s a pain to change links on blogrolls and bookmarks, or to have to subscribe to or follow another blog. The good news is that it will not be in addition to this blog. It will be instead of this blog. A whole new place and name and decor. You will not need to worry about un-following or unsubscribing to Life in the Bogs because there will be no more posting here. I will, however, leave it open in case I want to link back to something here. The new blog will be a continuation; a new chapter in Life in the Bogs.
The other good news is that we all have time to get used to the idea. I won’t be switching over for at least a few more weeks. I have to get the new place ready. Ready for me. Ready for guests and friends and family. Well, probably not family so much. I don’t think anyone in my family follows my blog. Don’t worry. I’m not sad about it. They already know what’s happening here in the Bogs. They don’t need to read about it online.
You may be wondering why I’m moving. In addition to feeling the need for something new (but not much different from what you see here), I am just about out of media space. I was going to ante up and pay for additional space. Then I decided I’d rather start over. It will be a new adventure.
That’s enough from me and from the Bogs for today. Thank you so much for visiting on this chilly day. Since it is so cold outside, I highly recommend a seat by the fireplace and a hot beverage to keep you warm. I’m making (vegetarian) burritos for dinner tonight. I think I’ll give them a spicy kick to help us warm up from the inside out.
Have a great weekend! 🙂
Looks cold! Glad you are joining us for February! Love your photos.
Thank you, Katrina. And thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂
Change is good!!! hope you feel comfortable with your new page!!! is it a WP one? and stay warm!!! looks really chilly!!!! send you some extra degrees from BA to help!!!
Thank you, Ellen. 🙂 It is a WP blog. I decided to stay with what I know.
I’ll go visit where ever you take your pictures. 🙂
Thank you, Colleen. 🙂
Your photos are fabulous and I will be happy to visit you on your new blog. Have a great weekend!
Thank you, Denise. 🙂
Looking forward to your new blog. Stay warm!
Thanks, Amy. 🙂
Brrr, your photos made me chilly this morning. Or maybe it is the fact that its quite chilly here too. No snow on the ground after that freaky warm weather we had briefly earlier this week. I’ve thought about some photo projects too, but haven’t made a commitment to anything. I’m feeling a bit blog-stuck at the moment. Best of luck with the new site. (PS, you know you can save media space by hosting your photos on another site, right? You already use Flickr, so I assume this isn’t new infomation for you)
Oh and I meant to mention how much I liked the heart bokeh! Did you use some sort of filter for that?
Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I used Pixlr for the heart bokeh. I keep forgetting I can link my photos here from Flickr. I think I’ll go ahead with the new blog for now. If I happen to use up all my media space there, I’ll resort to Flickr. 😀
I’m not committed to this 365, not even for the month. I just needed some ideas and I like some of the prompts. They come in handy when I’m feeling stuck.
Your cold photos are very good (and beautiful) , I’m almost freezing now. 🙂
Thank you, Giiid. I hope you weren’t too cold! 🙂
You manage to capture the whirling swirling bits and pieces of fluffy snow in your photos so much so that I want to put my tongue out and taste the snow.
What fun to start a new blog. I’d like to change my theme but just don’t have the courage. I don’t know why but I feel I’ll lose everything…
Thank you, Rosie. 🙂
Changing themes can be almost as much work as changing blogs. I lost all of my widgets the last time I changed themes and had to go back in and redo them all. Maybe WordPress has worked out the bugs with that by now. It’s been a long time since I changed themes. One can hope they’ve fixed it.
Love that you’ve kept all the cards etc from M. Lots of memories in that tin. It’s an aewsome composite photo, too. Really like the effect.
Thank you, Bo. 🙂
It’s a brave new world you’re contemplating! To start over from scratch…I admire you. I did that after the outdoor blog and had mixed feelings about it. In the end it turned out wonderfully, but there’s pros and cons both ways. You’ll enjoy the brand new freshness of it…
Thank you, Kathy. I think it will be fun. A new adventure. 🙂
Snow shows up far more clearly in photos than rain does Robin! It makes me feel cold just looking at your snow drifts (and that’s not a bad thing either!) I can see your reasoning for starting up a new blog and I’ll be there! It’s really quite exciting and I can’t wait to see your new home. So long as Izzy and Bella are there once in a while, it will be a warm and welcoming place to visit. 🙂
Thank you, Joanne. 🙂
Rain is tricky. You need a good background for it to show up. Even then, it’s still tricky. Sometimes the “action” or “sports” setting will pick it up.
That’s for the tip Robin. I’ll try the action setting next time it rains and see if that helps. 🙂
I’m happy I stopped by in time to read about the big changes ahead (before they happened… though now I’m questioning whether you’ve started your new blog yet or not!) I think change is great, especially when it comes to blogging. I am considering starting a new site myself, but– like you– it wouldn’t be in addition to anything. It would just be a new place for me. Good luck with the transition!
Thank you, Dana. Don’t worry. I haven’t moved yet. I’m using up all my space here before I transition over to the place. 🙂