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“Today is an ephemeral ghost…

A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not “exist.”

In mundane terms, it marks a “leap” in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up!

But this day holds another secret—it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…

A day of unlocked potential.

Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you?

Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”  Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

I thought about this as I was “leaping” through the air on my way from San Francisco home to Vancouver, BC.  What are the possibilities that this extra day every four years can bring in to one’s life?  For me, this extra day found me headed home after a wonderful week of immersing myself in my kids and grand-kids – only to go straight from the airport to hospital – as it was discharge day for MIL who’s been recovering from a broken hip (she’s been in hosp since Jan 24th, surgery on the 25th).  I knew that I would not be spending the next couple of nights in my own warm and cozy bed – but in her spare bedroom – just to make sure she was able to function on her own without any problems.  I snapped this picture with my little point and shoot as I flew out of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Tried to capture the Golden Gate Bridge – but didn’t quite get it.

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“Little girls have a magic all their own.” Author Unknown

Today is my last day here in SF Bay Area with my Granddaughter . . . I so cherish the moments I get to spend with all my Grandkids.  They grow up so fast!  Blink and the time has flown by!  My eldest Granddaughter will graduate from High School next year . . . my goodness!!  I am so blessed to be able to spend the time with the kids that I do . . . considering I live so far away from all of them (there are 10 – four in Maryland, one in Oregon, and five in California).

I shot this picture of 15 month old Ella and myself at lunch today.  I used my iPad and processed it a bit with the new Photoshop Touch App that I downloaded yesterday.  I’m anxious to see what I can do with it!

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Six

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Six


 

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, LEAP!” Cynthia Heilmel

My first attempt at our theme for the week on MTM 365 Self Portrait Challenge: LEAP.  Couldn’t quite get synchronized with the shutter . . . will try again!

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Five

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Five

 

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go!'” Maya Angelou

My 15 month old Granddaughter and I were just hanging out watching some TV and playing some children’s games on my iPad.  I took my eyes off what she was doing for a few seconds . . . when I looked back she had the Photo Booth App open.  I’ve never used it . . . but there she and I were (as it was on front-camera) looking back from a screen full of different photo filters.  So – I snapped the picture and this is the result!  Perfect for my Day Forty Four!

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Four

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Four

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”  ~Albert Einstein

We were up and out early for breakfast with family today, then a morning spent playing at the park.

Again I say . . . Bliss.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Three

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Three

“If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” Lois Wyse

Spent the morning at the park with my youngest Granddaughter – 15 month old Ella.  She’s a busy little girl!  I was hoping to catch some good closeups of her but she was so happy to be out and running around . . . so I just followed her with the camera.  Another gorgeous day here in the Bay Area, soaking up sunshine and Grandbabies!

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Two

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty Two

“Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent.”  Donald A. Norberg

This morning I woke up with two little Princesses snuggled in to bed with me . . . after breakfast we headed out for a walk to the park on a beautiful sunny day. Bliss.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty One

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty One

“Well, I’m using a cane, so what? So what if they shot me sitting in a wheelchair? That’s life!” Dick Clark

I flew in to Oakland Airport this morning for a week long visit with my kids and grandkids.  As I was waiting for my ride, who was stuck in traffic, I spotted this line of folded wheelchairs chained up at one of the exits.  Couldn’t resist using it as part of our “chair” themed week in the MTM Challenge.  What a gorgeous day it is here – nice change from the cold, and rain back home.  My 365’s this week will be full of my beautiful grandkids you can be sure!

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Forty

Playground

Playground

“It was a great surprise to me when I discovered that most of the ugliness I saw in others, was but a reflection of my own nature.” – Unknown

Tonight I am packing for a week-long trip to visit my Kids and Grandkids.  As I was busy to-ing and fro-ing I noticed my warped reflection in the living room windows and thus had to snap this picture.  It certainly is how I feel somedays!  I think this photo is a good reminder for me to always be “checking” for a warped perspective in any given situation . . . so easy to fall prey to old habits and experiences . . .  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Thirty Nine

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Thirty Nine

“A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Today starts “chair” theme in MTM 365 Self Portrait Challenge.  So I sat while I figured out what to to . . . 

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Thirty Eight

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Thirty Eight

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