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“If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.”
Pythagoras

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“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose” – Indira Gandhi, Indian politician.

Thanks for visiting,

CAT

Blackberry Adventure 2013

Story Behind Foto: Earlier this summer my boyfriend, Ryan, and I went on a little blackberry pickin’ adventure. I call it adventure because it involved nature, a creek, flowing water, bugs, and getting wet. See, to me, this is an adventure, to him it was something to do. As I mentioned before he has an interesting job, I think it is interesting.

Moving on, he decided we should go blackberry pickin’ in a “secret” spot off some bike trail in the Sacramento area. I agreed to this adventure and so off we went to find blackberries. He made us DIY buckets (an empty gallon of water with a handle) and a berry pickin’ stick with a hook at the end of it this way we could reach out further and get the better larger berries. We trekked down a shallow creek pickin’ berries and ended with a few pounds of the fruit. We had anticipated making some great dessert or smoothie with the fruit of our labor, but in the meantime, they’re waiting in the freezer.

Overall, we had a lot fun doing something out of the ordinary and I was able to take a few cool foto’s. Here’s one of my favorite.

Happy Friday,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: a few days ago I joined my boyfriend on one of his weekly fishing trips. Okay, in reality I decided to be a good girlfriend by joining him on his number one hobby. As he was fishing I was taking sunset foto’s and taking in the scenery. Now I understand why he does this so often, it is peacefully quiet out there!

 “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” –Dalai Lama XIV

Here’s one of my favorite foto’s from that evening; I took it as we were leaving. Isn’t it lovely?! I think so.

Thanks for your visit,

CAT

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Story behind foto: It’s Friday, weekend is only a few hours away and I feel like a nice tall glass of red wine – Zin. 

“Red red wine you make me feel so fine

You keep me rocking all of the time

Red red wine you make me feel so grand

I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand…”

What wine do you prefer?

-Cat

Summer 2013 Butterfly

Story Behind Foto: much like butterflies, life is about becoming something better. It is about transformation, leaving our cocoon behind and reemerging as a beautiful butterfly.

Here’s a quote that inspired today’s post: “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~~ Eckhart Tolle

Good luck on your journey,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: “Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.” — Unknown

I found this quote through Pinterest and I find it so inspiring and spot on. Sweet and to the point!

Thank you for visiting our blog,

CAT

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Story Behind Foto: Recently I realized that I tend to focus too much on the future whether it is my career, mom’s health, family or relationship. I am constantly trying to figure out how to make it better, how to improve, or what is in store for me. Long story short, it is a bit exhausting and stressful!

While talking to a friend, I was reminded to “stop and smell the roses,” or in my case, relax a bit and focus on the progress I’ve made. Focus on what I have now! The conversation made me realize that if I continue to focus on what may be I am totally missing out on the NOW. I am thinking this would be a good time in my life to read, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

So, let this be a reminder to us, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

– CAT

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Story Behind Foto: I believe there is beauty all around us; we just need to slow down and look closer to appreciate it.

Recently I had a conversation with my mother about photography and how much I enjoy taking foto’s. During our conversation, she mentioned that one of her friend’s and her had a similar conversation a few days prior. Her friends mentioned one of her hobbies is driving to coast and watching the sunset on the beach. My mother wondered why – why did her friend enjoy watching the sunset, why drive to see that, what was the big deal?

When I heard this come out of my mother’s mouth, I was surprise. My thoughts were, “duh, it’s gorgeous!”

She did not get it and I wondered why.

Now thinking about it, I wonder why it is that mom did not get such a simple concept. Is it that throughout her life she has had to live life without taking the time to slow down and appreciate the little things, or, is that currently there are other life issues running through her mind that are fogging up the ability to “smell the roses?”

Eventually I explained to her that watching the sunset is beautiful because of the multiple colors in the sky, and it is a tranquil setting by the beach. She got the point.

So, let this be a reminder for you to take time to appreciate the beauty around you whether it is a gorgeous sunset, a lonely flower growing in the middle a sidewalk, or the sweet smile of your significant other. Whichever it is, take time to appreciate that moment in time because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

-CAT

 

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Story Behind Foto: I am back! I apologize for my hiatus, as I mentioned in my last Foto Friday post my family has been going through some changes, but I failed to mention the entire situation. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided to share my experience. I will not be mentioning specifics because I have not discussed with my family, but I will share my experience as the daughter and caregiver of a cancer patient.

Yes, we (my family) and I have been stricken with a cancer diagnosis. As you can imagine such news is not taken lightly in fact, it is quite the opposite. Today marks the one-month post-surgery day. The extensive surgery area is healing well and slight movement has been restored. However, the next phase will be the dreaded chemotherapy. As of now, we do not have an exact start date but we do know treatment will be for a little over a year. Yes more than a year!

Therefore, in the midst of it all, I am trying to stay strong and positive, but some days are better than others.

Thank goodness for early spring and beautiful blooming trees all around us. It makes it easier to remain positive and strong when nature is so beautiful and young, sort of like an innocent child worry-free and unaware of the harsh reality of adulthood and aging parents.

Here I share a foto taken at my parents’ home. I believe this is one of their nectarine fruit trees in their front yard.

Happy Friday,

CAT

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