Searching for Something Good

I’m in the home stretch of the work year, and as summer time dreams move closer to awakening realities, I’m becoming a pretty lacadasical being.  I’m procrastinating [more than usual]. I’ve got the spring fever that works hard to stop me from springing into action. Is there a cure?



Chi says this is not a good picture for decay.  She thinks I should carve away the dandelion with its vibrant yellow petals.  The decay, she says, is only the crisp, gnarled stalks of an unrecognizable plant.  She’s probably right; but I like the juxtaposition of the old and the new.  It’s like nature saying “goodbye winter, hello spring.”

Groups of 3

muffin top

Muffin top is usually not appealing… but for Ya, that’s the only eatable part of a corn muffin (aka cupcake).  He helped himself to several of these tops discarding the bottoms on his tray for some scavenger – me or the dogs – to eliminate properly.



Oma is much better at including the kids in her dinner preparations… but sometimes, I try. Oh, and according to Chi, a photo of the soapy dishes waiting for me to attack them does not scream “kitchen.”

Things that make you go hmmmm


I have a weird  fascination with caterpillars.  I don’t know why.  They’re pretty unattractive children just waiting for the day they can take a long teenage snooze and emerge as beautiful, winged adults.  And yet these oft-fuzzy, multi-legged crawlers catch my eye.  What will they become? A moth? A butterfly? Do they know they are going to morph into something amazing – – something worthy of envy? And I wonder, can I someday emerge from this cocoon I’m in and become something novel, too?

“Me” Time


I’m always riddled with guilt when I steal away for some me time.  I suspect that after eight years of motherhood, the concept of taking time for myself is obscurely foreign. Call it the motherhood conundrum – or the parenting paradox – to be a healthy, stable mom, I’ve got to find a balance between Rachelle and Mommy.  If I lose one of these people, if I deprive one of her existence, my kids will ultimately miss out. I’m choosing right now not to escape my children, who in a moment won’t be.  I’ve opted to make me time an opulent, paradisal experience – watching my babies discover themselves from a safe voyeristic perch with my camera poised to capture the fleeting moments of our lives.  Time’s never been better spent…

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  1. Ashley Sisk says:

    These are incredible – not sure that I have a favorite…love them all!

  2. I love the picture of your decay! It really works.

  3. All of your photos are great, but I love your me time and I liked it even more after reading what you had to say. Beautiful!

  4. Cecily R says:

    Love the Me Time collage and decay. Great pictures!!

  5. Great interpretations! Love your decay shot & your me time – well said! πŸ™‚

  6. Fantastic photos! I'm fascinated with caterpillars, too. Okay, with bugs in general πŸ™‚

  7. Michelle says:

    Love all of these! I can't choose a favorite, if I had to….it would be the caterpillar. Have a great week!

  8. I feel the same about "Me" time. God has blessed me with another child, so that I can relive motherhood. I don't wanna miss any part of it…

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