Good Monday morning! Welcome to #weekendcoffeeshare! Be careful there, it’s quite slippery out there after the 3 inches of snow that fell last night. If you will please follow me, we’re going to take the stairs to the 5th floor (I no longer trust elevators) to raid the coffee machine in the break-room. 😉
If we were having coffee, I would first apologize for being absent for the last few weeks. Life has been crazy and I think it’s finally beginning to slow down for a while. As of the end of last week, my aunts and cousin have gone back home to China. Well, my cousin and his mother left on the 24th of January and my mom’s youngest sister (the-fun-yet-sometimes-annoying aunt) stayed until the 7th of February.
My cousin went back to China to say goodbye to his grandfather who had been having health problems since the start of 2019. He hated hospitals and refused to go even though his feet were swollen to the point he had difficulty walking. He had cancer for years and it was slowly killing him from the inside.
Anyway, after a trip to the hospital, he had just about given up on living but the people around him refused to let this poor 88-year-old man go so easily. They’d try anything to get him better, not knowing when the old man’s mind was made up, it was made up. He left this world about a week after my cousin and aunt reached home.
If we were having coffee, I would tell life has been much better with less people in the house (even though in three weeks, my aunts, uncle, and cousins are coming back). One can always use some peace and quiet to focus on some other things like writing, photography, etc.
Speaking of some other things, you might have noticed I have been a little absent on the blog lately even though I do still post the daily inspiration posts. This is because I have been practicing my photography and learning cool tools in Lightroom.
With my mom away at her monthly training this past weekend, I finally have a chance to be alone and when I’m alone, I like to go explore and experiment (I got to try photographing the night sky from my backyard but as you can see, it didn’t turn out too well). So when it’s not snowing, I have been going to local parks and places I’ve spotted from the highway – places with water, to practice long-exposure photography.
It has certainly been a learning process. I learned just like all photos, you can easily overexpose long-exposure photography and sometimes, when a photo is too overexposed, even Lightroom can’t help you.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from this past week:
Finally, if we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me today and hope to see you back here in a week.