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Oh boy . . . challenging day today.  Had several appointments scheduled, starting with a visit to our accountant at 9:30am, then taking MIL to get a Holter Monitor put on for heart palpitations.   She’s 92, healthy as a horse but having stability problems.  After the Lab appointment, I was taking her for an Orthotic evaluation to hopefully get her better shoes and support for walking.    She uses Nordic walking sticks to get around generally.  We made a stop at the bank, then headed next door to the lab for an 11am appointment.  We had to navigate down about 4 steps, and then up another 4 steps.  On the very bottom step going down, she grabbed for the handrailing, and missed.  I had taken one step ahead of her anticipating turning around to help her down the last step when suddenly I heard a yell, turned around just in time to see her literally just tipping over.  She had completely lost her stability and down she went. She landed on her right hip and lower back.  Luckily there were two bystanders who rushed over and helped me get her up to her feet again.  She seemed fine and insisted that we carry on to the lab for her appointment.  However, as we sat waiting . . . the more it was obvious she wasn’t ok.  So I packed her up in the car and took her to the ER for evaluation.  Long story short . . . after X-Rays and CatScan . .. a fracture in her right hip.  Not a bad one . . . but it warranted surgery to pin it so that we could get her up and mobile ASAP.  Otherwise – it would be six weeks of bed rest – a death sentence for a 92 year old woman.  We (hubby, his brother and wife) stayed with her until they moved her up to the surgical floor and settled her in for the night.  I live 30 minutes from the hosp – so was tucking myself in to bed around midnight.

This is my 365 Self Portrait Challenge pic of the day . . . taken with my iPad and a bit of editing applied with PhotoShopElements App.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

I’m having fun today playing with textures on my photos.  I’ve used Kim Klassen textures to give this kind of a dreamy feel – hubby and I and a romantic candlelight dinner.  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

 

I’ve been seeing several people putting up Multiplicity shots on the MTM Challenge board so had to give it a try.  A bit of a cheat on this one, as I took the pics yesterday up on Grouse Mountain but had so much fun doing the edit in Photoshop today.  Can’t wait to try this trick on one, or several, of the grandkids!  

What do you mean CLOSED!  Where are those darn BeaverTails anyway??

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

Had a great day today – celebrating my 60th birthday with my favorite companion . . . my husband.  I thought we were just getting new snow tires for the car . . . who knew tires came with a whole new car??  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Six

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Six

One of my favorite things to do on a cold snowy winters day (we’re getting up to -20C here in the Fraser Valley today) is to stay snuggled in to my comfy cozy bed with my flannel sheets.  So I lay awake for about 20 minutes thinking hmmm . . . that would make a perfect pic for Day Five!  So I finally pulled myself out of my nice warm hidey-hole and set up my camera on the tripod and took about 25 shots before I came up with this one . . . gotta love the delay timer on my camera.  Have it set at 10 seconds which was JUST enough time to snuggle in to the covers each time.

Took a few test shots with a balloon first . . . (left over from New Years when we had a party with the little ones).

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five TEST

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five TEST

 

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five

Today I challenged myself to try something other than just pointing the camera and shooting. There are some AMAZING self portraits being posted over on the Michael the Maven blog. Seriously! Huge inspiration . . . I’m really fascinated by images where people are “ghosting” themselves. So – I tried that today, out in the snow – freezing my tush off! It was fun though . . . and this is the result . . .

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Four

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Four

It’s snowing like crazy right now. Nice big fluffy soft flakes. Just gorgeous . . . as I admire them from INSIDE my nice cozy abode.

365 Self Portrait Challenge DayThree

365 Self Portrait Challenge DayThree

Day Two Challenge submission: heating up some homemade chicken soup in the microwave for dinner on a cold winters night …

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Two

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Two

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