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Karin Nelson

Karin Nelson Verified in Google 

I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.

Occupation: Graphic Designer (Kayenne Photo & Design)

Location: Chilliwack, Canada

Birthday: 02/17

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Lotus Carroll1,777,406Welcome to Self Portrait Sunday for May 1st, 2016. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: No theme - do whatever you like! Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/bxIHd4 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, April 25th up until Monday Morning, May 2nd. (Other photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj _ #selfportraitsunday   #photography   #selfportraiture   #SSP   #selfportrait  May 1st: Self Portrait Sunday2016-05-01 03:00:0040  
kimberton pemberly44,954  *it's a hamburger party and you're all invited* Are we ready to wear some meat.. LadyGaGa style??  Take a photo of yourself, your cat, your dog.. your fish.. whatever floats your boat and paste that hamburger hat somewhere on the photo! This is all for Gilmar! Let's make her smile that huge gorgeous smile that we all love to see.  Lets get her hamburger hat all over the interwebs! If you don't want to wear the hamburger hat, any photo or happy dedication for her would be fantastical.  Use the hashtag *#HamburgersForGilmar* here is the download link from +Mark Rodriguez if you would like to use the original hamburger hat in your photo:: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ptju6wztncnxbp/hamburger-hat.png?dl=0 thanks for your participation, everyone!  :) WE LOVE YOU GILMAR!!!!!HAMBURGERS FOR GILMAR2016-02-19 15:00:0089  
Lotus Carroll1,777,406  This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: *Faceless*. What this means is create a self portrait where your face is not the focal point, or even present... use other parts of your body to make a statement this time. Here is where you enter your ONE Faceless Self Portrait. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tips & Inspiration* Your creativity will play a huge part in getting this image right - as will composition.  Thanks to Community moderator @112528921891703025888 for recommending this month's theme - he offered this article as a good read in connection with it: http://www.lightstalking.com/faceless-portrait Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* *1 Year @118357019708110162087 Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features *$150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870  http://www.borrowlenses.com  *@100266938567862344330 Citywalker 20 http://goo.gl/TjWfXK * @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com and @100424993750772730018 Free One Month Awesome Acct Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2015 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The RighJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: Faceless2015-01-29 07:00:00154  
Lotus Carroll1,777,406This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Oct. 26, 2014 *Halloween Edition* Don't forget that this ties in well with: *October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear* found here  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cgik4hlbf2g0j3fgv7kun5nkb28 Thanks to @113847951893881070422 for her fantastic photo on the theme image. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken from Oct. 20/14 before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Oct. 27/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-10-26 02:00:0059  
Jeff Smith62,001  Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 27, 2014 *Theme: Your Alter Ego* You have to ask yourself this question: Who or what would you want to be if you had the chance to change yourself? Or even perhaps what other "alter egos" just lurk inside your head, waiting to be revealed. Thanks to the "most" extraordinary @110573952887886961621 for his theme suggestion and photograph. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Apr. 28/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-04-27 03:00:0083  
Jay Patel1,643,631Just how do you make a choice before getting the next tripod? We will also be sharing storied about what happens when things go wrong...and what is the best workflow to ruin your tripod. ;) @115105647022907007398, @101145980349117737014 and rest of the Visual Wildernes will join a special guest @117697399358826098478 to talk about how to go about selecting a tripod. Enjoy & Share. ________________ Via: http://visualwilderness.com/articles #landscapePhotography  Visual Wilderness E9: How to choose a Tripod2014-04-22 03:00:0066  
Jeff Smith62,001*Happy New Year* Welcome to the first Selfy Sunday Project of 2014 (Jan. 5, 2014) *Theme: A fresh start* Since we have started a new year its time for everyone to have a fresh start so that is a theme for this week.  Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Jan. 6/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-01-05 03:00:00125  
Lotus Carroll1,777,406This is the Event for our October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a creepy/disturbing halloween type theme. Your photo must have been captured *this month.* This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Keep an eye on the submissions to the Event and you'll notice moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community adding their own "creepy/disturbing" self portraits. We each may add multiple photos - remember that moderators cannot win, but we're putting our photos in to inspire you! If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  Get your _disturbing_ on, be creative, and have fun! *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Pro http://www.smugmug.com/pro @100266938567862344330 Sling O' Matic 20 Sling Bag http://goo.gl/UZh1N @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com A signed copy of the newly released book by Jon Blacker, Musical Ink http://goo.gl/suKg7w Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2013 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme!2013-10-31 06:00:00157  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 20/13. Theme for this week is: *Halloween* A great companion theme to The Art of Self Portraiture October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! http://goo.gl/BuPxDD Ghoulish, gruesome, creepy and horrific, they all fit the bill for this Selfy Sunday. Lets have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-20 03:00:0085  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 6/13. *No theme for this week* but I can guarantee the next SPP will be a scary one. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, so have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-06 03:00:00168  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for September 22/13. No theme for this week. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-09-22 03:00:00154  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for June 2/13.  The theme for this week is *I've got the music in me* Again this can be taken literally or metaphorically but basically since we have have some love or appreciation for music I would like to see that incorporated into your selfy. Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _____________________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-06-02 03:00:48128  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for *May 19/13.*  No theme for this week.  I want to thank +Jason Jakober  for allowing us to use his fantastic "Selfy" from a previous project as the *event cover*.  Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _______________________________ *UPLOADING* The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  *Add Photos* button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-05-19 03:00:00158  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for March 24/13. Coming off our monumental "Film Noir" themed SSP we will be free styling it this week so *no theme* but please consider our  March *Self Portrait Challenge: Face Close Ups! Event* here https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckh29md3mvj0g8pa5ch8gks426g for some inspiration. There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-03-24 02:00:00189  
Peter From83,313Time for the (shorter) November challenge... Your task is to upload a creative self portrait to the event.  *Rules: only ONE picture (must be taken by you or by using a self-timer) or you will be removed from the event guest list. Please add a few lines about your photo as well, it's always nice.* The contest ends on November 30, 1 PM CET. Winners will be announced in my feed as soon as possible after the event has closed. Good luck!November Challenge –– Creative Self Portrait –– Please Reshare2012-11-14 19:00:00466  
Jeff Smith62,001Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for November 11/12 This will be an "open" project this week so no theme. __________________________________ The Halloween SSP was the scariest, most ghoulish, terrifying Selfy Sunday ever. The submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride   for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffSelfy Sunday - Nov. 11, 20122012-11-11 03:00:00196  
Isabelle Fortin27,186Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00144  
Leslie Lina Sigala7,080Hello Everyone!  September 19 not only happens to be Luc Asbury Birthday  (Okay Ladies Swoon together ;p ...)  It's also "Talk Like a Pirate" DAY!!!!  Two of my favorite things wrapped into one day!   Surprise Luc with some Birthday Luv on September 19! If you can cross anything to do with Pirates, talking like a Pirate or some fun Nekkidness... (wink, wink) anything Luc is known for, Do it!!!!!!!  And don't forget to hash tag it as well !!!      #lucasburybday  #lucasburybirthday  Also, Please pass this along!!! Luc Asbury Birthday / Talk Like a Pirate Day2012-09-19 09:00:0012  
Scott Jarvie444,801*POST YOUR GOOGLE+ ALBUM OF PICTURES* It's been very very popular event in the past and I'm finally doing it again tonight. _This time it will be more organized, more heads up than usual and even a live event._ *SHARE AN ALBUM/GALLERY LINK* It's simple and easy but a lot of work and very fun for all. You simply share an album here and I'll be going through every single one of the albums. Then I will +1 the pictures in the album that I'm really drawn to. *BENEFIT* Well it's simply if you'd love to know which pictures I like most.  I always loved knowing which pictures people really love of mine because it helps me have an eye for which pictures are best received. It's a huge part of becoming a better photographer in my opinion. _*To be able to put out great art is first to know what great art looks like*_ *ON AIR* This will be something new... I'm going to go through all the albums Live, Online as an On-Air hangout. I'll talk a little bit about what I'm doing. If the show goes well I'll keep it for later viewing on YouTube... if the recording isn't great I won't. *SPECIAL GUEST* Because I want to have an outloud conversation about what and why I'm doing things  I will have my good friend and great photographer @109486822103622036238 on the show to facilitate the discussion. She will also visit a lot of these albums and +1 pictures as well. We ask that everyone add her to a circle ... not just because she's awesome (though that's reason enough) but so that if any of these albums are by mistake limited access she will have access. *DIRECTIONS* 1. Paste a link of a Google+ image gallery 2. Put a title or description of what we'll see in the album 3.  *IMPORTANT* If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and perhaps your profile in a recorded Youtube video. 4. Make sure the album is Public access 5. Add @100962871525684315897  @109486822103622036238 to your circles 6. Return the favor. Take some of the other people's albums and +1 some of your favorites. *IMPORTANT* It bears repeating: _If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and your profile (maybe) in a recorded Youtube video._ Do not post a link if you are not ok with lots of people visiting that link in addition to us and are not ok with it being on video as well.Share your Album- A Jarvie PlusOne Critique Experience2012-09-12 05:30:00141  

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10. d) The last thing we did in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was taking the "primitive" path back to our car. With every step, we felt wilder and more primitive. Towards the end, we even tested some grunts and some timid chest poundings.

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It's still #caturday , isn't it?
Wyatt has grown up soooo much - and he's still only 8 months old. He has the longest tail I've ever seen on a cat, and he's carrying it with pride.

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10. d) The last thing we did in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was taking the "primitive" path back to our car. With every step, we felt wilder and more primitive. Towards the end, we even tested some grunts and some timid chest poundings.

10. d) The last thing we did in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was taking the "primitive" path back to our car. With every step, we felt wilder and more primitive. Towards the end, we even tested some grunts and some timid chest poundings.___

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10. c) One more life form greeted us at the Dungeness National Wildlife refuge: The famous one-legged seagull. He seemed indifferent of our presence, and after posing for a minute or two, he flew off to his next gig.

10. c) One more life form greeted us at the Dungeness National Wildlife refuge: The famous one-legged seagull. He seemed indifferent of our presence, and after posing for a minute or two, he flew off to his next gig.___

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10. b) The only dungeness crabs we saw on our trip were dead ones. There were a lot of them, in all stages of decomposition, with legs, without legs, big ones, small ones... but they all head one thing in common. They were all as dead as a door nail.

10. b) The only dungeness crabs we saw on our trip were dead ones. There were a lot of them, in all stages of decomposition, with legs, without legs, big ones, small ones... but they all head one thing in common. They were all as dead as a door nail.___

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10. a) The sand spit was indeed very, VERY long. It would be a seven mile hike, one way. And with the tide coming in, we wouldn't have made it back in time before being cut off. The water never goes all the way across, but it reaches up to where the logs are, and - as the lovely ladies were of the interpretative center were quick to point out - "Walking on the logs at hight tide is fun for a couple of meters, but then they roll, and move, and after a while it's just dreadful."
We decided to walk along the beach for a little while, on the left side, since we weren't allowed on the other side of the spit. The right side of the spit was the part of the refuge, and that's where the animals were nesting and breeding and resting, as they were protected in this natural harbour from the constant crashing and rolling of the waves.

10. a) The sand spit was indeed very, VERY long. It would be a seven mile hike, one way. And with the tide coming in, we wouldn't have made it back in time before being cut off. The water never goes all the way across, but it reaches up to where the logs are, and - as the lovely ladies were of the interpretative center were quick to point out - "Walking on the logs at hight tide is fun for a couple of meters, but then they roll, and move, and after a while it's just dreadful."
We decided to walk along the beach for a little while, on the left side, since we weren't allowed on the other side of the spit. The right side of the spit was the part of the refuge, and that's where the animals were nesting and breeding and resting, as they were protected in this natural harbour from the constant crashing and rolling of the waves.___

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10. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
After a fairly uneventful drive from Chimacum west, we reached the sleepy town of Sequim (pronounced SQUIM - yes, I know...), where we would have our first overnight stay. It was way too early to check in, so we decided to stop at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. It's a really, REALLY long sand spit that reaches far into the ocean, and Google Maps suggested that there was a hiking trail on it. We figured it would be fun to see some dungenesses...

Up to this point, I'm afraid to admit, I had no idea what sort of animal a dungeness even is, but luckily, the lovely lady at the interpretative center was quick to explain that they're crabs. She held up an orange shell of some sorts and said, "THIS is a keeper," and then, pointing at a tiny little orange shell on a table close by, "THIS is a baby....Not a... more »

10. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
After a fairly uneventful drive from Chimacum west, we reached the sleepy town of Sequim (pronounced SQUIM - yes, I know...), where we would have our first overnight stay. It was way too early to check in, so we decided to stop at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. It's a really, REALLY long sand spit that reaches far into the ocean, and Google Maps suggested that there was a hiking trail on it. We figured it would be fun to see some dungenesses...

Up to this point, I'm afraid to admit, I had no idea what sort of animal a dungeness even is, but luckily, the lovely lady at the interpretative center was quick to explain that they're crabs. She held up an orange shell of some sorts and said, "THIS is a keeper," and then, pointing at a tiny little orange shell on a table close by, "THIS is a baby....Not a keeper." I nodded politely, and smiled.
"These are hummingbird eggs. Did you know that their nests can expand as the babies hatch?" No, I didn't, but I wasn't here for hummingbirds. I wanted to see the ocean, and possibly some dungenesses, if you please. I accepted the leaflet one lady handed to me, paid the three dollars "donation", and we got the hell out of there before they would introduce us to more of the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. We just wanted to see the ocean, dammit. And maybe some orange crabs.

Before we could see the ocean however, we had to venture down a concrete path leading through a beautiful forest. There were a few signs, inviting us to take the "Primitive" path instead, but we resisted the call of the wild and stayed on the paved road. We'd do the "wild" stuff on the way back.___

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2016-05-26 17:10:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

9. We eat to travel... or travel to eat?
A large part of trip planning involved pitstops, and where to find the best food in the area we would be around mealtimes. In the small town of Chimacum, the "Farms Reach Cafe" was our first refueling station of the trip. We opted for a brunch and all had their eggs benedict, and I must say, the sauce hollandaise was one of the best I've ever tried (not as good as my mom's, but that's not surprising). It was a tiny little place, built inside an old home, with a counter where you order and pay, and then the server brings you your meal. While the atmosphere was a bit lacking, the overall impression was good, and the food great, albeit a bit pricey.

9. We eat to travel... or travel to eat?
A large part of trip planning involved pitstops, and where to find the best food in the area we would be around mealtimes. In the small town of Chimacum, the "Farms Reach Cafe" was our first refueling station of the trip. We opted for a brunch and all had their eggs benedict, and I must say, the sauce hollandaise was one of the best I've ever tried (not as good as my mom's, but that's not surprising). It was a tiny little place, built inside an old home, with a counter where you order and pay, and then the server brings you your meal. While the atmosphere was a bit lacking, the overall impression was good, and the food great, albeit a bit pricey.___

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2016-05-25 22:44:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

8. The Kettle's Barn?
A big part of Betty's life on the chicken farm were her neighbours. Neighbours become your only lifeline when you're out in the middle of nowhere, and for the city girl Betty, this was even truer.
Ma and Pa Kettle and her many children lived in the farm adjacent to Betty's, and I read her description of the family with fascination:

Mrs. Kettle told me that she and Paw had fifteen children, the youngest of whom was then ten. Seven of these children lived at home. The other eight were married and scattered in and around the mountains. Mrs. Kettle began most of her sentences with Jeeeeesus Key-rist and had a stock disposal for everything of which she did not approve, or any nicety of life which she did not possess. "Ah she's so high and mighty with her 'lectricity," Mrs. Kettle sneered. "She don't bother me none—Ij... more »

8. The Kettle's Barn?
A big part of Betty's life on the chicken farm were her neighbours. Neighbours become your only lifeline when you're out in the middle of nowhere, and for the city girl Betty, this was even truer.
Ma and Pa Kettle and her many children lived in the farm adjacent to Betty's, and I read her description of the family with fascination:

Mrs. Kettle told me that she and Paw had fifteen children, the youngest of whom was then ten. Seven of these children lived at home. The other eight were married and scattered in and around the mountains. Mrs. Kettle began most of her sentences with Jeeeeesus Key-rist and had a stock disposal for everything of which she did not approve, or any nicety of life which she did not possess. "Ah she's so high and mighty with her 'lectricity," Mrs. Kettle sneered. "She don't bother me none—I just told her to take her old vacuum cleaner and stuff it." Only Mrs. Kettle described in exact detail how this feat was to be accomplished. As Mrs. Kettle talked, telling me of her family and children, she referred frequently to someone called "Tits." Tits' baby, Tits' husband, Tits' farm, Tits' fancywork. They were important to Mrs. Kettle and I was glad therefore when a car drove up and Tits herself appeared. She was a full-breasted young woman and, even though Mrs. Kettle had already explained that the name Tits was short for sister, I found it impossible to hear the name without flinching. Tits was a Kettle daughter and she had a six-month-old son whose name I never learned as she referred to him always as "You little bugger." Tits fed this baby pickles, beer, sowbelly and cabbage and the baby ungratefully retaliated with "fits." "He had six fits yesterday," Tits told her mother as she fed the baby hot cinnamon roll dipped in coffee.

Could this old barn be really a remnant of the Kettle farm? I wanted to believe. It did look old enough...

The actual "Kettle" family appeared to be called Bishop, and back in the day they sued for $ 975,000 in damages for ridiculing them in her book. The suit was dismissed, and the grandchild of Albert Bishop (aka, Pa Kettle), still lives on the Egg and I Road on his dairy farm. No. I didn't stop and ask. I saw the sign.___

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2016-05-25 22:19:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

7. Destination!
We tracked back from Point No Point Lighthouse (in the rain) and found our way to the place where Betty MacDonald's farm was supposed to be. The street is aptly named "Egg and I Road", on the outskirts of Chimacum, WA (if there is such a thing as outskirts in a town of 4 houses...). I jumped out of the car and took a picture of the street sign, while risking life and limp in my battle with the oncoming traffic...

As we ventured down the road, to my dismay, we didn't find a farm that resembled the farm that Betty described in her book.

The house, evidently begun as a log cabin about twenty feet by twenty and added on to at either end, was beautifully situated on a small rise of ground from which an old orchard, peering out from the second-growth fir, sloped gently down to a small lake or large pond. The original cabin was the living room... more »

7. Destination!
We tracked back from Point No Point Lighthouse (in the rain) and found our way to the place where Betty MacDonald's farm was supposed to be. The street is aptly named "Egg and I Road", on the outskirts of Chimacum, WA (if there is such a thing as outskirts in a town of 4 houses...). I jumped out of the car and took a picture of the street sign, while risking life and limp in my battle with the oncoming traffic...

As we ventured down the road, to my dismay, we didn't find a farm that resembled the farm that Betty described in her book.

The house, evidently begun as a log cabin about twenty feet by twenty and added on to at either end, was beautifully situated on a small rise of ground from which an old orchard, peering out from the second-growth fir, sloped gently down to a small lake or large pond. The original cabin was the living room with windows on the north and south sides and a thin rickety porch across the front. It faced south, across the orchard, to the pond and of course the mountains. The mountains were everywhere—I'd start to turn around, come up against something large and solid and wham! there was a mountain icily ignoring me.

I refrained myself from snapping wildly about with the camera, since all the houses we looked at were private dwellings, hidden behind trees or gates, and being a foreigner and all, I decided to play it safe and just keep driving by. But from what I could tell, there were no ponds, no sloping, no mountains icily looking back to us. I suppose I chalk it down to poetic freedom, although historians seem to be certain that it was the right place. Erik reminded me that almost 90 years had passed since Betty first laid eyes on that farm, and it would have been a miracle to still see the same structures as back then.___

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2016-05-25 02:02:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

6a. My trusty boots...

6a. My trusty boots...___

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2016-05-25 01:57:56 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

6. The Lighthouse
The Point No Point Lighthouse. We only went there because I found the lighthouse symbol on the map. And then I investigated, and they said it would be a nice sight to see. Well, it was. Except that it rained. A lot. But don't fear, I was wearing my trusty gum boots, I held my umbrella close, and my camera is rain proof. It was deserted, which is good. And wet, which is ok too, since we expected rain pretty much on the entire trip.

As Betty so eloquently describes it:
"It rained and rained and rained and rained. It drizzled—misted—drooled—spat—poured—and just plain rained. Some mornings were black and wild, with a storm raging in and out and around the mountains. Rain was driven under the doors and down the chimney, and Bob went to the chicken house swathed in oilskins like a Newfoundland fisherman and I huddled by the stove and brooded aboutinside to... more »

6. The Lighthouse
The Point No Point Lighthouse. We only went there because I found the lighthouse symbol on the map. And then I investigated, and they said it would be a nice sight to see. Well, it was. Except that it rained. A lot. But don't fear, I was wearing my trusty gum boots, I held my umbrella close, and my camera is rain proof. It was deserted, which is good. And wet, which is ok too, since we expected rain pretty much on the entire trip.

As Betty so eloquently describes it:
"It rained and rained and rained and rained. It drizzled—misted—drooled—spat—poured—and just plain rained. Some mornings were black and wild, with a storm raging in and out and around the mountains. Rain was driven under the doors and down the chimney, and Bob went to the chicken house swathed in oilskins like a Newfoundland fisherman and I huddled by the stove and brooded about inside toilets. Other days were just gray and low hanging with a continual pit-pat-pit-pat-pitta-patta-pitta-patta which became as vexing as listening to baby talk. Along about November I began to forget when it hadn't been raining and became as one with all the characters in all of the novels about rainy seasons, who rush around banging their heads against the walls, drinking water glasses of straight whiskey and moaning, "The rain! The rain! My God, the rain!"___

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2016-05-25 01:53:59 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

5. The Trip
Planning the trip had been a big undertaking. I wasn't aware of anyone in my surroundings who was familiar with the area, who I could have asked for advice about where to go and what to see, but then again, I'm not the type to ask. I am a researcher. It's what I do. So I dug in deep, and researched the heck out of the area. What to see, where to stay, where to eat. I used Furkot.com to plan out the trip, and I googled different areas, used TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com to find out about locations and restaurants, hotels and beaches. In the end, I got a list crammed full of locations and things to see. A long trip, of which only one quarter really was about Betty, and the remainder about the impressive area the Olympic Peninsula really is. Would it make an impression on me as well?

5. The Trip
Planning the trip had been a big undertaking. I wasn't aware of anyone in my surroundings who was familiar with the area, who I could have asked for advice about where to go and what to see, but then again, I'm not the type to ask. I am a researcher. It's what I do. So I dug in deep, and researched the heck out of the area. What to see, where to stay, where to eat. I used Furkot.com to plan out the trip, and I googled different areas, used TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com to find out about locations and restaurants, hotels and beaches. In the end, I got a list crammed full of locations and things to see. A long trip, of which only one quarter really was about Betty, and the remainder about the impressive area the Olympic Peninsula really is. Would it make an impression on me as well?___

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2016-05-25 01:36:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

4. Where to stay
When I first mapped out the trip on Furkot.com, I wanted to stay overnight at the Manresa Castle in Port Townsend. Thomas and I are avid followers of the team from Ghost Adventures, and they encountered some pretty cool stuff in their lockdown of this old building turned hotel. Unfortunately, because of the Rhododendron Festival, there were no rooms to be had. In hindsight I'm glad, because I don''t know if I would have been able to sleep. While I'm a firm believer in the existence of spirits or ghosts, I have never encountered one, and somehow I hope I never will.

4. Where to stay
When I first mapped out the trip on Furkot.com, I wanted to stay overnight at the Manresa Castle in Port Townsend. Thomas and I are avid followers of the team from Ghost Adventures, and they encountered some pretty cool stuff in their lockdown of this old building turned hotel. Unfortunately, because of the Rhododendron Festival, there were no rooms to be had. In hindsight I'm glad, because I don''t know if I would have been able to sleep. While I'm a firm believer in the existence of spirits or ghosts, I have never encountered one, and somehow I hope I never will.___

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2016-05-25 01:30:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

3. Port Townsend
We arrived in Port Townsend and didn't quite know where to go from the ferry dock. The town wasn't big on my list of things to view, but we decided to drive around anyway. Although early in the morning, a lot of the city was already cordoned off for an event later that day (I believe the Rhododendron Festival parade or something along those lines). Except for the beautiful buildings on the main road by the harbour, we found the town cute, but utterly unimpressive. I suppose we should have given her a fighting chance, but we pressed on. Just like Betty and her husband back then...

"The ferry landed, we drove ashore and made a circuit of the two streets which comprised Docktown. There were a great sawmill, a charming old Victorian hotel with beautifully cared for lawns and shrubs, a company store, a string of ugly company houses, and a long pier where... more »

3. Port Townsend
We arrived in Port Townsend and didn't quite know where to go from the ferry dock. The town wasn't big on my list of things to view, but we decided to drive around anyway. Although early in the morning, a lot of the city was already cordoned off for an event later that day (I believe the Rhododendron Festival parade or something along those lines). Except for the beautiful buildings on the main road by the harbour, we found the town cute, but utterly unimpressive. I suppose we should have given her a fighting chance, but we pressed on. Just like Betty and her husband back then...

"The ferry landed, we drove ashore and made a circuit of the two streets which comprised Docktown. There were a great sawmill, a charming old Victorian hotel with beautifully cared for lawns and shrubs, a company store, a string of ugly company houses, and a long pier where freighters were being loaded with lumber by an alarmingly undecided crane that paused first here, then there and finally dumped a gigantic load of planks almost on top of the longshoremen. Curses flew up like sparks from the men as they scattered to safety but in a moment or so the air cleared and they were back at work. Cranes and piledrivers can keep me at a pitch of nervous excitement for hours and hours and when I finally do tear myself away it is always with the conviction that the operator is going to find the operation very difficult without my personal supervision. I would have been content to lean on the sun-warmed railing of the ferry dock, smelling that delicious mixture of creosote, cedar and seaweed which characterizes coast mill towns, and watching the cranes for the rest of the day; but Bob warned me that we had a long drive ahead of us and if we intended to return that night we should get started."___

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2016-05-25 00:54:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

2. The Ferry
On Saturday morning, the alarm was set for 5 AM. We jumped out of bed and headed south, towards Coupeville on Fidalgo Island. The island is connected to the mainland with a beautiful bridge over Deception Pass, always a treat to drive it, even if it's at 7 am in the morning. We reached the ferry terminal early and were lucky to be able to manage a spot on the ferry that had come in at the same time as us.
The ferry ride was only 25 minutes long, and we didn't see much, but I knew this hadn't been the ferry ride that Betty and her husband had been on. Her ferry ride had been much longer. Maybe because in 1927 the boats weren't that fast, but I believe she probably started from somewhere closer to Seattle.

2. The Ferry
On Saturday morning, the alarm was set for 5 AM. We jumped out of bed and headed south, towards Coupeville on Fidalgo Island. The island is connected to the mainland with a beautiful bridge over Deception Pass, always a treat to drive it, even if it's at 7 am in the morning. We reached the ferry terminal early and were lucky to be able to manage a spot on the ferry that had come in at the same time as us.
The ferry ride was only 25 minutes long, and we didn't see much, but I knew this hadn't been the ferry ride that Betty and her husband had been on. Her ferry ride had been much longer. Maybe because in 1927 the boats weren't that fast, but I believe she probably started from somewhere closer to Seattle.___

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2016-05-25 00:04:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

1. The Book
I don't remember how old I was when I read "The Egg and I" for the first time. I'm not sure what intrigued me more - the fact that it was one of my mom's books (I never knew she was an avid reader), or the title. It was a very strange title indeed. But after only a few pages, I realized that I have stumbled upon a gem - my favourite book of all times, and a book, that in the course of the years I would re-read often, and gladly.
When I first read the biography as teenager in Germany, I had no idea that destiny would eventually lead me to live in close proximity of where Betty had spent the years described in the book, a stone's throw away, so to speak, a mere 2 hours by car and a short ferry ride separated me from seeing what I had imagined as a teen... the untamed wilderness of the Olympic mountains.

So a couple of weeks ago, I told my... more »

1. The Book
I don't remember how old I was when I read "The Egg and I" for the first time. I'm not sure what intrigued me more - the fact that it was one of my mom's books (I never knew she was an avid reader), or the title. It was a very strange title indeed. But after only a few pages, I realized that I have stumbled upon a gem - my favourite book of all times, and a book, that in the course of the years I would re-read often, and gladly.
When I first read the biography as teenager in Germany, I had no idea that destiny would eventually lead me to live in close proximity of where Betty had spent the years described in the book, a stone's throw away, so to speak, a mere 2 hours by car and a short ferry ride separated me from seeing what I had imagined as a teen... the untamed wilderness of the Olympic mountains.

So a couple of weeks ago, I told my husband that I finally intended to see the region that Betty described with the pamphlet she had found on the ferry ride herself:

""The Olympic Mountains are the most rugged mountains on the North American Continent . . . the largest stand of Douglas fir in the world . . . three million acres, two and a half million of which are wild . . . Cape Flattery is the most westerly point in the United States . . . the greatest fishing fleets on the Pacific fish from Cape Flattery." The little book stated that here was nature at her most majestic, that opportunity was pounding at the door, natural resources were pleading to be used and scenic drives aching to be driven. I thought the whole thing slightly hysterical but then I hadn't seen the country. Now I know that that country is describable only by superlatives. Most rugged, most westerly, greatest, deepest, largest, wildest, gamiest, richest, most fertile, loneliest, most desolate—they all belong to the coast country.

I had to see this superlative setting for myself. Finally. After 30 years of reading, I wanted to experience it. And maybe see the rest of the Olympic peninsula too. So we went on a little trip. The Egg and I Trip.___

2016-05-24 04:49:14 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Coming home after a long weekend trip and looking at my pictures, I realize two things:

1. I don't take nearly enough pictures. I spend most of my time gazing about, taking everything in and I forget to take pictures. Dear me.

2. I am not a good photographer. I'm lucky, at times. But it's all luck, and not knowledge and skill that bring me the few keepers I can show for.

But it was fun. It was an amazing experience, and a wonderful time I was able to spend with my family. I'll cherish this road trip for the rest of my life.

Coming home after a long weekend trip and looking at my pictures, I realize two things:

1. I don't take nearly enough pictures. I spend most of my time gazing about, taking everything in and I forget to take pictures. Dear me.

2. I am not a good photographer. I'm lucky, at times. But it's all luck, and not knowledge and skill that bring me the few keepers I can show for.

But it was fun. It was an amazing experience, and a wonderful time I was able to spend with my family. I'll cherish this road trip for the rest of my life.___

2016-05-21 04:08:36 (43 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Packing for a road trip: I need your help. Can we please brainstorm some things I need to bring? What do you absolutely have to have for a road trip (no camping, we stay at hotels)?

And... go!

Packing for a road trip: I need your help. Can we please brainstorm some things I need to bring? What do you absolutely have to have for a road trip (no camping, we stay at hotels)?

And... go!___

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2016-05-21 00:37:34 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Ok, you guys inspired me. +Mark Rodriguez showed us again how it's done, and +John Getchel and everyone did it too, so I felt compelled to throw a quick collage together of what I believe represents me and my "art". Art... art is such a big word. I really don't consider myself an artist. I just create. Can I be a creatist instead?
#artvsartist  

Ok, you guys inspired me. +Mark Rodriguez showed us again how it's done, and +John Getchel and everyone did it too, so I felt compelled to throw a quick collage together of what I believe represents me and my "art". Art... art is such a big word. I really don't consider myself an artist. I just create. Can I be a creatist instead?
#artvsartist  ___

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2016-05-20 18:06:37 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

The Cannery
At the Northern State Mental Hospital, certain outbuildings are completely destroyed and remain as mere ruins, overrun by nature.

The Cannery
At the Northern State Mental Hospital, certain outbuildings are completely destroyed and remain as mere ruins, overrun by nature.___

2016-05-20 00:16:16 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

My desk is a mess. My house is bigger mess.
I need to clean up.
I need to organize my camera gear and pack.
Trouble is: I don't want to do neither.

What's a girl to do?

My desk is a mess. My house is bigger mess.
I need to clean up.
I need to organize my camera gear and pack.
Trouble is: I don't want to do neither.

What's a girl to do?___

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2016-05-18 19:11:01 (32 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Google Voice Dilemma
So I'll be traveling to the US this weekend, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to apply for a Google Voice phone number (which don't exist outside the US). I'll have an US phone number that I can get verified with, but I don't know if I can use my Canadian Google account to apply for a Google Voice phone number, even if I'm physically in the US. Do you think I will have to apply for a different Google account?
Thanks for any info!!

Google Voice Dilemma
So I'll be traveling to the US this weekend, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to apply for a Google Voice phone number (which don't exist outside the US). I'll have an US phone number that I can get verified with, but I don't know if I can use my Canadian Google account to apply for a Google Voice phone number, even if I'm physically in the US. Do you think I will have to apply for a different Google account?
Thanks for any info!!___

2016-05-16 22:58:01 (66 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Spaces? What new devilry is this??

Spaces? What new devilry is this??___

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2016-05-16 15:53:14 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Well, I finally hashed out next weekend's "The Egg and I" trip - a three day journey around the Olympic peninsula, where we will visit some of locations described in Betty MacDonald's book, and then some. Let's hope for decent weather!

Well, I finally hashed out next weekend's "The Egg and I" trip - a three day journey around the Olympic peninsula, where we will visit some of locations described in Betty MacDonald's book, and then some. Let's hope for decent weather!___

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2016-05-15 02:10:35 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

It's still #caturday , isn't it?
Wyatt has grown up soooo much - and he's still only 8 months old. He has the longest tail I've ever seen on a cat, and he's carrying it with pride.

It's still #caturday , isn't it?
Wyatt has grown up soooo much - and he's still only 8 months old. He has the longest tail I've ever seen on a cat, and he's carrying it with pride.___

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2016-05-14 21:58:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Disneyland, California. The hotel pool was a definitively needed, very much appreciated bonus.

Disneyland, California. The hotel pool was a definitively needed, very much appreciated bonus.___

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2016-05-13 22:55:15 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Quite often I don't fly to places - most of the time I drive. This lonely, dead tree I found in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. It's a symbol for all the other dead trees that are perished because of the mountain pine beetle at the beginning of the new century. Approximately 18.1 million hectares of forest have died because of this little tiny beetle. Luckily, he ate himself out of house and home, and his numbers are receding. Plus, the government learned to diversify the trees when replanting, and the numbers look promising.

Quite often I don't fly to places - most of the time I drive. This lonely, dead tree I found in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. It's a symbol for all the other dead trees that are perished because of the mountain pine beetle at the beginning of the new century. Approximately 18.1 million hectares of forest have died because of this little tiny beetle. Luckily, he ate himself out of house and home, and his numbers are receding. Plus, the government learned to diversify the trees when replanting, and the numbers look promising.___

2016-05-13 00:17:22 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Anyone here on Headspace?

Anyone here on Headspace?___

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2016-05-12 23:16:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Inside the abandoned slaughterhouse.
(Northern State Hospital, Sedro Wooley, WA)

Inside the abandoned slaughterhouse.
(Northern State Hospital, Sedro Wooley, WA)___

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2016-05-11 18:41:17 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

It's been a few days, and I haven't had the time (or the brain), to write about it. But I'm back up from the pit, and I'm ready to report about it.

In recent news, one of the medications I am taking has been in the news several times. One report says that taking this medication increases your chances of getting Alzheimer's. Another report states that continuous use of the medication can give you a much higher chance of having kidney disease...

I wasn't even watching the news. It came up as a side note. But my brain is so trained to pick up on these things, it hit me instantly: I HAVE BEEN POISONING MYSELF. In less than a minute, I was at the bottom of a very, VERY deep pit, and the walls were closing in, fast. In my desperation, I went on the internet. What I found was extremely disheartening: Article upon article, study after study, pages and pages of law firms... more »

It's been a few days, and I haven't had the time (or the brain), to write about it. But I'm back up from the pit, and I'm ready to report about it.

In recent news, one of the medications I am taking has been in the news several times. One report says that taking this medication increases your chances of getting Alzheimer's. Another report states that continuous use of the medication can give you a much higher chance of having kidney disease...

I wasn't even watching the news. It came up as a side note. But my brain is so trained to pick up on these things, it hit me instantly: I HAVE BEEN POISONING MYSELF. In less than a minute, I was at the bottom of a very, VERY deep pit, and the walls were closing in, fast. In my desperation, I went on the internet. What I found was extremely disheartening: Article upon article, study after study, pages and pages of law firms that want you to hire them to sue the pharmaceutical company that is poisoning you. 

At the same time I noticed a dull pain in the area around my kidneys. It was clear to me that I was dying. 14 years of taking the medication had finally taken a toll on me. My body was shutting down. This is the end, I was certain of it. My husband just rolled his eyes. "You're fine," he told me. "Your doctor would know if your kidneys aren't healthy." How would my doctor know? As far as I can tell, I've never had a kidney test done. How do you even test for kidney disease? What are the signs? OMG this pain in my back...!! I guzzled more water in an attempt to flush the poison out of my system. I needed to get off this pill, as soon as possible. I started to slowly wean myself off it. Getting off a proton pump inhibitor pill is hard. Apparently, there is a rebound acid production, so as soon as you get off the medication, your body's acid production goes into overdrive. It doesn't matter, so I told myself, I'm getting off this shit.

Then, yesterday, I saw my doctor. She knew about my fear of Alzheimer's, and I told her that now those same pills were under fire because of a report concerning kidney disease. She hadn't even heard about it. How could she not have heard about it?? It was all over the news!! 

Well, she kinda put it all in perspective for me. One study isn't much proof of anything. There may be a connection. But even if there is a connection, even this study doesn't say that if you take the pill, you are definitively getting kidney failure. The study says that you increase your chances of getting it. And if your chances before were 1 in 1000, and the study doubles that, if would be 2 in 1000. Ok, I guess I still have a higher chance to die in a fiery car crash. She told me that studies are hard to interpret. There are people in university studying 8 years just to be able to interpret such studies. And again, when these studies in the form of press releases are sent to the newspapers and TV stations, the newspapers and TV stations only take from it what they think will have the highest impact within their readers and viewers: bad news sell. More clicks, more subscriptions, more views, which in turn means more money for ads, which pays their salaries. 

Just in case you didn't know: TV Stations and newspapers don't broadcast the news because they want to do you a favour. They are per-profit companies. They have a bottom line. They need to make money. So they can't really be trusted all that much. Sure, watch the news. But watch and read everything with a few grains of salt, just to be sure.

So what's the moral of the story? There are a few:

1. If you are on a medication, question every once in a while if you need to be on it at all. Maybe you don't have to be. Check with your doctor. See what your options are. Maybe losing weight, or stopping to eat crap may help you more than any pill.
2. Trust your doctor. Or, if you don't like your doctor, find one you can trust. 
3. When you watch the news or browse the internet or read the papers, always remember: bad news sell. Just because it's in the news doesn't make it real. And just because it appears on the first page of your Google search doesn't mean it's correct. It's just more popular.

Yes, ok. Maybe I have been poisoning myself for fourteen years. Maybe I have two months to live. I may fall down the stairs and break my neck tomorrow, or get breast cancer in two weeks. Fact is, I don't know what's going to happen. So every day, every minute of every day, is a gift. A present. That's why right now is called "the present". If I panic about something, if I worry and fret, I am wasting the precious time that has been given me. I am losing what is dearest to me: The life I'm so desperate clinging to. 

Btw, my doctor IS checking my kidney values with our annual blood test. The last one I had done about a year ago shows that my kidney function is above average, and I believe that means what my husband said is correct: I'm fine.___

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2016-05-10 15:06:23 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Justin Timberlake is a bloody genius. I was dancing in my car on my way to work today...

Justin Timberlake is a bloody genius. I was dancing in my car on my way to work today...___

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2016-05-09 22:56:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

I suppose if you really needed to "go", you could...

Sedro-Woolley Northern State Mental Hospital, the (presumed) Slaughter House.

I suppose if you really needed to "go", you could...

Sedro-Woolley Northern State Mental Hospital, the (presumed) Slaughter House.___

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2016-05-08 21:59:15 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Who says that moms get all the presents? My Mother's Day gift to my boys:

Who says that moms get all the presents? My Mother's Day gift to my boys:___

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2016-05-07 23:03:00 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Traveling the back roads to avoid running into the Trump Rally in Lynden, WA today.

Traveling the back roads to avoid running into the Trump Rally in Lynden, WA today.___

2016-05-06 23:07:02 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I have a crush too!! +Michael Russell is an amazing nature photographer. This is just one of his collections not to miss!
#collectioncrushfriday  

I have a crush too!! +Michael Russell is an amazing nature photographer. This is just one of his collections not to miss!
#collectioncrushfriday  ___

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2016-05-06 22:57:27 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

It's one of those days today. One of those days I'd rather be on the beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic than here. Ok. I guess every day is one of those days.

It's one of those days today. One of those days I'd rather be on the beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic than here. Ok. I guess every day is one of those days.___

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2016-05-06 17:31:14 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

If you can help, please do. 80,000 people evacuated. A lot of folks lost everything. And it's only just the beginning of fire season...

I have had many people who know I live in Alberta reaching out to ask if I am okay. I am over 400 miles away from the fires at Fort McMurray. I thank you greatly for your concern.

I am in shock and dismayed by the events and extreme suffering my fellow Albertans from Fort McMurray have had to endure and will continue to endure for the days ahead.

Please, if you share my grief for the suffering of these people, the best way for you to help is to donate to the Canadian Red Cross: https://donate.redcross.ca

https://youtu.be/ICLPyhSdPlA

There will be a long road to recovery. Upwards of 80,000 people have been displaced.

To give you a bit of perspective on that number, it is more than 3 times the number of Syrian refugees Canada has vowed to take in and help settle in communities across Canada. That process has happened over a wide time span. ___If you can help, please do. 80,000 people evacuated. A lot of folks lost everything. And it's only just the beginning of fire season...

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2016-05-05 22:50:11 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

I go places, but not often. When I go, I mostly go to the same spots. But I take pictures anyway. I'm not organized enough to make pretty coffee table books of my images - sometimes I don't even know what I'm taking a picture of. But I figure, I can throw them all in here and share a new picture every once in a while. I'll share my little window to the world with all of you. No, I'm not going to Bali, or Singapore, or Iceland or any of those amazing places where the "real" travel photographers go. I'm a tourist. Not a travel photographer. So if you're looking for National Geographic, look elsewhere. Here you get sightseeing, and tourist traps.

Alright, so today we start with a picture of the Strasbourg Cathedral. One of the most impressive churches I've visited thus far. Ok. I haven't visited that many. But it's nice, I swear. And it's super... more »

I go places, but not often. When I go, I mostly go to the same spots. But I take pictures anyway. I'm not organized enough to make pretty coffee table books of my images - sometimes I don't even know what I'm taking a picture of. But I figure, I can throw them all in here and share a new picture every once in a while. I'll share my little window to the world with all of you. No, I'm not going to Bali, or Singapore, or Iceland or any of those amazing places where the "real" travel photographers go. I'm a tourist. Not a travel photographer. So if you're looking for National Geographic, look elsewhere. Here you get sightseeing, and tourist traps.

Alright, so today we start with a picture of the Strasbourg Cathedral. One of the most impressive churches I've visited thus far. Ok. I haven't visited that many. But it's nice, I swear. And it's super old. Like, SUPER old. They started building it in 1641. And then they built and built and built and built some more. It's 466 ft tall. And old. Did I mention it was really, REALLY old?___

2016-05-05 22:20:06 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

The World Password Day - a day created by an evil villain to make you change all your old passwords to new passwords you can't remember.

The World Password Day - a day created by an evil villain to make you change all your old passwords to new passwords you can't remember.___

2016-05-04 01:12:37 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

With Cruz gone... who's left. Are you guys stuck with Trump now?
#ns

With Cruz gone... who's left. Are you guys stuck with Trump now?
#ns___

2016-05-02 23:50:14 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

2016 Census... received, and done! :) 

2016 Census... received, and done! :) ___

2016-05-01 17:19:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Added photos to May 1st: Self Portrait Sunday.

Added photos to May 1st: Self Portrait Sunday.___

2016-04-30 18:20:14 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

In what kind of world do we live, where Justin Bieber's haircut is trending on Twitter? I think I'm on the wrong planet...

In what kind of world do we live, where Justin Bieber's haircut is trending on Twitter? I think I'm on the wrong planet...___

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2016-04-29 23:31:59 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

What do you do when your internet is down? You colour!!

What do you do when your internet is down? You colour!!___

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2016-04-29 16:04:17 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Say it ain't so...!

Say it ain't so...!___

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2016-04-26 02:20:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

On the menu for today: Oral cancer. 
I watch the news, thinking of nothing in particular, when they run an article on how they are now doing oral cancer screening in the pharmacies, since oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer in North America. Oh, swell, I think, yet another cancer to worry about. Like I didn't already have enough to worry about breast cancer, and cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer, and all the other fine specimens who are out to get me. I can stop watching the news, like I stopped going to Facebook. I can put my head in the sand. Or I can try to deal with my fears. 
One says, Karin, concentrate on the good things in life. Everything is going well for you. You are strong and healthy. You have a beautiful son, a wonderful husband, a home and a job, two elderly parents who love you and are healthy, lots to live for and lots to enjoy. Yes. I have a lot to lose. And I'ma... more »

On the menu for today: Oral cancer. 
I watch the news, thinking of nothing in particular, when they run an article on how they are now doing oral cancer screening in the pharmacies, since oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer in North America. Oh, swell, I think, yet another cancer to worry about. Like I didn't already have enough to worry about breast cancer, and cervical cancer, and ovarian cancer, and all the other fine specimens who are out to get me. I can stop watching the news, like I stopped going to Facebook. I can put my head in the sand. Or I can try to deal with my fears. 
One says, Karin, concentrate on the good things in life. Everything is going well for you. You are strong and healthy. You have a beautiful son, a wonderful husband, a home and a job, two elderly parents who love you and are healthy, lots to live for and lots to enjoy. Yes. I have a lot to lose. And I'm aware of it every day of my life. But what is the sense of fearing to lose what you have, if that fear destroys your life already?___

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2016-04-25 22:10:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Discovered this today. It's right down my alley: 

Discovered this today. It's right down my alley: ___

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2016-04-25 21:15:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Where do I start? 

Me. It hasn't been easy being me. And it's not easy to describe what it's like being me. I'm 48, annoying mother of a non-annoying 13-year-old, wife of a equally non-annoying 52-year-old, graphic designer during the day, and internet addict the rest of the time. 

I've always been described as a worry wart by everyone who knows me. In recent years, my worrying about everything channeled into worrying about health. Having a child obviously didn't help matters. If you have children, you know what I mean. If you don't, then let me explain you that if you are even only a little bit normal, you will worry about the health of your child at some point of your child's life. The first fever. The first childhood illness. The first time your child asks you about this lump they found somewhere on their body. 
Every time you turn on the TV,so... more »

Where do I start? 

Me. It hasn't been easy being me. And it's not easy to describe what it's like being me. I'm 48, annoying mother of a non-annoying 13-year-old, wife of a equally non-annoying 52-year-old, graphic designer during the day, and internet addict the rest of the time. 

I've always been described as a worry wart by everyone who knows me. In recent years, my worrying about everything channeled into worrying about health. Having a child obviously didn't help matters. If you have children, you know what I mean. If you don't, then let me explain you that if you are even only a little bit normal, you will worry about the health of your child at some point of your child's life. The first fever. The first childhood illness. The first time your child asks you about this lump they found somewhere on their body. 
Every time you turn on the TV, some child somewhere is dying from some sort of cancer, some sort of ailment - you can't escape it. Yes. It's some super rare form of an uncommon thingie - but it could happen to your child too. Right?

The Internet doesn't help things, either. If you ever googled "strange mole on arm", or "lump on abdomen", the first words the search results will throw at you are "cancer", "tumor" and "dying". There will be lots and lots of hits on forums where distraught people recount their frustrating experiences with doctors who wrongly diagnosed their ailments, condemning them to certain death. People who implore you to get another opinion before it's too late. People who know exactly what is wrong with everything, and how to treat it. When you research the Internet for health reasons, and you are only a little bit susceptible to anxiety, you will fall into a bottomless pit of despair, a personal hell of worry and suffering.

It took me a long time to understand how Google search works. The results of a search are based on the popularity of the results - not necessarily on their accuracy. Now reflect on the anxious, human mind: an anxious mind will be alarmed by bad news. Bad news sell. We are experience it over and over: if you are a in the news business, and you are funding your operations with the sale of ads, you have to post the bad news. The bad, horrible news generate views, and clicks, and traffic. Lots of traffic. More traffic equals more views, more views equal more ad revenues. That's just how humans are. We are drawn to bad news.  So a "bone cancer" result in a search about a sudden pain in a joint will draw your attention, you click it, and next time it will be higher up in the search results, hence more people will click it, until soon and it will pop up first in your search - and before you know it, you have fallen in the pit of despair.

My doctor tells me over and over that certain horrible illnesses, the ones I'm so afraid of, are actually quite rare. There are more healthy people than sick ones. A lot more. Statistics are you friend. But when you are in the bottomless pit of despair, you have no friends. Only fears.

So here I am, two and a half years since my first panic attack, and I'm still working on climbing out of that pit.  Health anxiety is real. It's a real issue, and I know that thanks to the Internet, there are other people out there like me. For their sake, I hope there aren't. For my sake, I hope there are. It's pretty lonely down here in the pit of despair.___

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2016-04-25 00:28:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

So my therapist says I’m supposed to write about my worries and fears. Instead of talking about them to my husband, my friends, my coworkers, strangers on the street… I’m supposed to write them down and deal with them myself. In some sort of a diary. Whenever I worry about something, or I’m afraid of anything, I’m supposed to shut up and write.

For years I’ve been talking about my worries and fears with everyone. The checkout lady. My neighbours. Some random dude that stops on the street to tie his shoes. "Oh hi! Shoe untied? Yeah, that's a bummer. Like that stomach pain I'm having from time to time. Such a nuisance, I tell ya. Do you think it's something worrisome...?" And then from one day to the next, I’m supposed to NOT talk about what bothers me anymore, but rather write it all down? I’m supposed to write down my worries, so that the next time I push mycart up to the ... more »

So my therapist says I’m supposed to write about my worries and fears. Instead of talking about them to my husband, my friends, my coworkers, strangers on the street… I’m supposed to write them down and deal with them myself. In some sort of a diary. Whenever I worry about something, or I’m afraid of anything, I’m supposed to shut up and write.

For years I’ve been talking about my worries and fears with everyone. The checkout lady. My neighbours. Some random dude that stops on the street to tie his shoes. "Oh hi! Shoe untied? Yeah, that's a bummer. Like that stomach pain I'm having from time to time. Such a nuisance, I tell ya. Do you think it's something worrisome...?" And then from one day to the next, I’m supposed to NOT talk about what bothers me anymore, but rather write it all down? I’m supposed to write down my worries, so that the next time I push my cart up to the checkout lady, I won’t tell her that I’m worried about my son and the headache he has been having, but I smile at her and nod, say nothing, and carry on bagging my stuff. And the smiles back, and nods too - possibly - and then is quietly thankful that I don’t chat her ears off with my petty worries and fears. Because normal people don’t talk about their troubles. Normal people talk about the weather, and about the football scores, and about their plans for the weekend. Normal people don’t open up about these intimate things to everyone and their grandma. They deal with them alone. By themselves. Normal people don’t do what I do.

But then, I’ve never been one of the normal types.___

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2016-04-25 00:21:13 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Ok, maybe we'll get three or four strawberries. Let's wait and see. 

Ok, maybe we'll get three or four strawberries. Let's wait and see. ___

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2016-04-24 23:35:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

The strawberries are flowering. We'll have berries on the balcony this year. Maybe one. Or two. 

The strawberries are flowering. We'll have berries on the balcony this year. Maybe one. Or two. ___

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