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“I’ve reduced a lot of the stress in my life.  I’ve gotten rid of a lot of things.  The light was turned on and a lot of the cockroaches started spinning.  I swept them out the door.  And sometimes you just have to throw things out because they carry a certain energy.”  Wesley Snipes

It’s a very cold, crisp day today, and perfect for an invigorating walk in the sunshine.  My Great Nephew came along with me to the playground at the park behind where we live.  I don’t know how he managed to talk me in to spinning on this silly contraption!  It was fun though, and he laughed up a storm when I got off and just about fell over from dizzyness.  A very enjoyable afternoon!

I like the quote for today – because I’ve been there, done that.  Most of those cockroaches were monsters I created in my own brain.  There’s still a few left in there – squiggling about every now and then . . . but it’s so much easier to squish them now than it was 10 or 15 years ago!  

Practice makes perfect . . . 

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“My life is my message.”  Mahatma Gandhi

I seem to have a re-current theme in my 365, and that is quite a few photos of me with my grandkids . . . I have this very strong drive to spend time with them, to make sure they know they are cherished and loved and valued.  In actuality, all my Grandkids are fortunate to have many loving and supportive people in their lives.  I happen to be just one of them . . . but do not live close to any of them.  I don’t want distance to be an excuse for them not knowing me, and me not knowing them.  Therefore, I go out of my way to include myself in their lives.  I suppose it could be said that I never felt “special” when I was growing up as one of seven children.  Well, that’s life, and it’s all just an excuse.  I don’t need an excuse to spend time with my kids and Grandkids . . . it’s what I put out there that counts.  I give them my time and my love . . .  

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“Be who you really are, do not change for anyone, and always, always dream big enough to achieve.”  Unknown

Play time at the Kristi Yamaguchi “Always Dream Park” in Fremont.  I did some extra processing to this image.  The original image was not blurred in the background.  I used Topaz Plugins and Photoshop to do a detailed blur which took several hours as I had to mask out the chain on the swings.  I’m pleased with the effect, as it put the emphasis on the Baby and me.

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“Everyone gets a chance in the spotlight; you can have it when I’m done!”  Unknown

I flew to California this morning to take care of my 18 month old Granddaughter while daughter is away for business.  I was expecting warmer weather, but was quite surprised at how cool and windy it was! I kinda like how this turned out, especially since she it certainly in  my spotlight this week!

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“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

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