Every single day


I got caught up in a quilt yesterday, and didn’t spend much time at the computer.  The fact that my two helpers were here using the computer kept me away as well.  I’m not sure how much snow we got, but it was a fair amount, followed by that nasty, nasty wind. School was out early, and then delayed today.

And I’ve heard that another storm is on its way tonight.  Yippee.

The ice crystals above are on the front windows of the shop.  Isn’t it pretty?   I don’t know if that’ll be today’s photo or not, but I imagine I’ll be doing some weather related photos this winter.

So what it is with the daily photos?  And is she going to get through the whole year?

Two years ago, I tried, and only made it through day 50.  I don’t even recollect why I quit.  I’m not harboring any delusions that just because I’ve managed to get 12 days in this year, I’m magically going to make it through all 365, but I will say that I have different attitude about it this year.

I realized that EVERY DAY I get out of bed.  I brush my teeth and take a shower and eat breakfast and check my e-mail and do a whole bunch of other things that I don’t even think about.  EVERY. STINKING. DAY.

So I said to myself “Self.  You are an idiot.  If you can do all of THOSE thing EVERY DAY, why can’t you add in something else?”

Why does it have to be so hard to find a way to exercise every day, or to be creative every day, or to write down a note about what happened that day or to take at least one photograph every single day?

It doesn’t have to be rocket science.  Pick the camera up, take a picture of something.  I’ve been keeping up with Photoshopping the pictures every day, but I’m not going to insist on that of myself as the year goes on.  Though, I won’t let myself get too far behind, or I know I will quit.

What am I going to take pictures of?  Well, the boys (all 3) for starters.  Myself, occasionally.  The dog.  I plan to pick a tree or something else in my yard to take monthly pictures of, to show the  change in the seasons.  Quilts on the bed, little stuff around the house maybe.  I have some ideas for what I’ll do if I don’t manage to pick up the camera — I might even fake some pictures (i.e. take a picture of something that hasn’t changed from one day to the next, like the piles on my desk…).  Sometimes it’ll be places or people or other random, inanimate objects (like quilts!).

I want all of this in hard copy, too, and I sort of think I know what I’ll be doing with them, but I’m still debating.

The idea of a photo a day for a year is the latest HOT thing in the scrapbooking world, and there are tons of people giving it a whirl.  Lots of ideas and scrapbooking products being shared.  Lots of photos on Flickr you could go look at.  It can be really complicated or really simple.

I’ve got quilts calling my name, so I better go heed their call.