Dear Valentine

When I was growing up Valentines Day was one of my favorite days. In school we’d make these cardboard mail deposit boxes and tape them to the front of our desks, and classmates would put their Valentines cards in. I’m not sure what grade/year this stopped. I do remember some girls being particularly tickled pink about getting Valentines from their crushes. Myself, I liked the funny ones.

“I choo-choo-choose you,” said Thomas.

Valentines Day as an adult? ……Ugh.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone special in your life, that you still can stand to look at, maybe you’ll get flowers and/or chocolates. Champagne. Not have to do the dishes.

(How high are our standards? Am I right?) Lol..

The element of surprise is what makes Valentines Day special. I hope someone surprises you. Catches you off guard, in the best way. Throw around smiles like they’re free, because they are.

Loving YOU,

M.

Mon valentin

orange melt

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i can feel the energy of the sun melt into my skin
my eyelids absorb the orange glow
the crisp winter wind steals the feeling from my fingertips
you bring me back to life with a tug of your leash
keep moving, we’re almost there

M.

Inside Labrador

Ya girl is featured in Inside Labrador magazine this month!

Hoping Dad gets to see this before anyone asks him about it — surprise!

M.

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Dog Parkin’ It

Since we got Daisy the lil husky mix back in October we’ve been visiting the dog park more. Bringing Grace alone often proved to be a challenge, because other dogs would tend to gang up on her as they saw her blindness as weakness and I didn’t think it was worth the stress on her to do this.

Daisy, on the other hand, is a little scrapper when things get in the way of Grace and herself, so she’s proven to be quite useful at the dog park. No dogs have been picking on Grace since I’ve taken them together. Sometimes I luck out and it’s just the three of us there.

Here are some shots from today. There’s one that’s quite funny, you’ll know it when you spot it. I was attempting to take a picture of Grace and just as I went to take the shot Daisy jumped over her. I laughed so hard it made me dizzy.

My love to you all.
M.

My life through a different lens

You may remember I went on a social media disconnect before. This time, it’s all going. Yes, I have a Facebook account FOR work, that I use AT WORK solely to contact customers I can’t reach via any other means. I have no friends on there (purposefully).

X Twitter, X Instagram, X LinkedIn if I can figure out how to do it because that site layout is ancient? Ok I figured it out. Gone. Goodreads, gone. It’s all gone. The only thing I have left online is this blog and my Pinterest because it’s taken me so long to curate and I honestly love it.

Anyways. I asked the people that I follow/follow me online to follow me here, so if you’ve made the switch and haven’t been here before – welcome! There’s a lot of shit on here! Browse! Frolic! Don’t steal my crap!

(Seriously, if you use anything, just give credit where it’s due).

My life through a different, yet same, lens. When I started this blog I had a beautiful Canon DSLR to take pictures on. It’s since broken and been replaced several times by other cameras. But somehow now all I reach for is my iPhone because it’s so accessible, and let’s be honest, can make a great image.

Now that I’m back here on the blog and will be posting more frequently, I’ve decided to break out the fancy gear and bring it back to slow, intentional photography. Sure, there will still be a lot of iPhone shots because it’s always in my pocket. I just want to reach back to the time when I enjoyed being creative, in hopes that it gets re-injected and I feel good about it.

So here’s the first shot. New Year, same me. And that’s alright.

M.

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