To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I have been enjoying a short bit of respite this week from my usual chock full life. But I wanted to take a moment to share my accomplishments.
Last Friday I completed what has been the most challenging online college course to date. In 8 seemingly short weeks we plowed through a 760-page text on the interesting but complex subject of microbiology–you know, those little bugs that are everywhere. The course included the do it at home lab pack that required 4 cooked labs done in the luxury of my kitchen and grown in a homemade incubator. I know you are quite envious right about now thinking—wow, I wish I could have spent the last 2 months doing that!
In addition, to that course, I completed an online course in Faith Community Nursing. This has been a long held desire of mine and I felt that the time was now. The course culminated with a 2- day retreat by the water. My dream is to build an active health ministry in my local church.
It has been good to have some downtime this week. However, the break is nearly done now. Next week I start back, three courses this time. I really want to get this degree complete and move onto the next step on my God adventure. I hope that I can bring myself here to write once a week. It is nice to reflect back on my journey and share it with you.
Below are a couple of photo’s from the retreat and the pins I earned.
It snowed here in Connecticut yesterday. Not a lot but enough to make the morning commute miserable for many. I was thankful to get to work just as the snow began to fall. I have recently decided that one of the challenges with living here is that it gets cold in the winter but often times there is not much snow(last year excluded). If it is going to be cold I would prefer the world be covered with the white stuff. Plus I just love the quietness that falls over the world when the snow falls. I can almost hear the hush now.
At the end of my work day I went to the farm to pick up this weeks share. It was so picturesque I stopped to snap a couple of photo’s with my phone. You practically need to shield your eyes the sun is shining so brighter.
Have a great weekend!
Setting Sun over the hill and field.
Over on Cee’s Fun Foto blog this week’s theme is Cars and I just cannot resist the urge to create tribute in honor of my favorite auto mechanic. He has done work on many of these beauties, others are just for fun. Be sure to click on the video while you cruise the photos!
I captured this photo over three years ago from the deck of our favorite eatery. At the time I thought, “cool shot, happy someone left it for me to snap”. Many visits later to that favorite spot and I know that the lone ladder is always there, simply waiting for someone to climb its rungs or take its picture.
Weekly Photo Challenge
This weeks photo challenge asked us to use our phone camera and the mobile version to create the post. I did as asked but now edit the original at the desktop.
My neighborhood was receiving a blanket of snow so I decided to stay indoors.
On what I hope to be the final snowy night of this winter we enjoyed the warmth and glow of a fire.
Last May right around the time that I vanished from blogosphere I went with my guy to a digital photography “class” sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club. If you haven’t attended one of AMC’s programs I can highly recommend it as a good value and beauty in the setting. We spent 3 glorious days hiking the Delaware Water Gap, camera in hand, then would huddle up in the lodge after a tasty meal for some educational time with a semi-professional photographer. At the end of the program each participant went home with one photo enlarged to 11×15 taken by “you” and then edited to your preferences. The photo of the pine tree is the one I selected for editing and enlarging(done by the instructor with my input).
Appalachian Mountain Club logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How I long for springtime!
Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty overwhelms.
As the sign says
Natures True Beauty
My Favorite Guy being Silly
The Boat House
Ferns in the Wood
Little White Flower
Lady Slipper in the Wood
- Digital photography (maisie16.wordpress.com)
- 5 tips to great photography (journeyamerica.wordpress.com)
- Photography Course Day 2 (ephiriel.wordpress.com)