A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 2)

I’ve erased dozens of opening sentences tonight trying to sum up my experiences from this past week and finally decided to just start with a few thoughts about the process.  It’s hard to find your balance when every day is extreme in its peaks and valleys but in the end, when finales and new beginnings come at you fast and furious it’s important to acknowledge the changes and hold tight to the positive.   My pictures are just little snapshots this week, I didn’t have the opportunities to think ahead to what I might want to capture and share but I know that later, when I look back on this year-long project, I’ll be glad I took the time to note each day.

Did you know Sunday, September 6th was National Read a Book Day?  Our house is full of books and Ryan started reading as soon as he could hold the pages still.  He enjoys fiction but Ryan’s true love is natural science and these are just a few favorites from our shelves.   Monday was both John’s birthday and Labor Day here in the US.  Even though it is a national holiday designed to honor American Workers 41% of us still had to work, myself included,  but John and Ryan had fun relaxing and celebrating the day in style. When I got home I settled into the kitchen to make a lasagna dinner and together we enjoyed some wonderful wine.  Tuesday afternoon I made a quick stop at the waterfront to photograph some of the lovely summer plantings while they still look full and nice.  We’ve enjoyed one last week of 80 degree weather but change is in the air and next week looks like cool temperatures and plenty of rain.  I’m glad I captured a few flowers before the elements have their way with them.

Believe it or not Wednesday morning meant Ryan was now a High School Freshman.  How did this happen?  I swear his first day of Kindergarten was just yesterday… Happily he still wanted his mom to drive him to school for the first day so we were up early packing the backpack, filling his lunch and reading the map to find where each classroom was located.  That night was spent with the mountain of paperwork that comes home with every student, signing more checks to pay for activities and clubs and acknowledging the inevitable behavior/responsibility/syllabus contracts that every teacher sends home.

Thursday morning came bright and early and after I walked Ryan to the bus at 6:35 am I had to pack myself to drive across the state to attend my Grandma’s funeral.  My lovely Grandma Emma passed away last week at the grand old age of 97 years and her services were held Thursday.  My brother and I along with the rest of our family made one more trip across the mountains to Eastern Washington to honor the life of this great lady and her true pioneer spirit.  On the way we estimated we’d made this 10+ hr round trip at least 100 times in the past 45 years and even though we complained every single time we all shed a tear about this one marking the end of an era. I didn’t feel like taking a public photo commemorating this occasion but we all shared a lighthearted moment changing from our traveling jeans into dress clothes at a  highway rest stop and Sasquatch was resting proudly on my brother’s “before” t-shirt.

Friday morning I woke early and left the hotel to take a quiet walk along the Columbia River thinking of the times Grandma took us here to play and how her family came to the river as farmers trading produce for fish with the Native American residents before the small farming communities grew into cities and life changed for everyone.  Saturday I was home again, back into the rhythm of our routine and I remembered we had afternoon tickets to the grand opening of the new Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA.  This little space is dedicated to legacy of Northwest Art from the late 19th century to the mid-modernist era and this Art History Major couldn’t let the occasion pass without attending.  We had a fantastic time viewing their inaugural show and plan to return soon.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.





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20 thoughts on “A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up September With Hipstamatic (week 2)

  1. Nice shots and so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. My friend asked me to drive up to visit the new Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds with her, but just to long of a drive right now.
    Told her maybe next month. She loved it.
    I am down in Aberdeen on the coast.


  2. Sorry to hear of Grandma’s passing. She sounded like a very nice lady and I’m sure she will be remembered. That is amazing Ryan is now a freshman. Growing up fast and it sounds like he is all prepared ready for the year ahead 🙂


  3. Ninth grade! Such a milestone. They do grow up way to fast. There were days i thought ours would never grow up, and then they had!

    When our son and daughter were in high school, we never lived far enough from the school for the bus. I drove every day both ways and was happy to be able to do it. Mornings were usually quiet, but the trip home was five minutes of sharing the day’s events and its highs and lows.

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. It sounds like you have wonderful memories of her. Who would have thought to change at a rest stop? Good idea.

    Your husband and I share the same birthday week (not the day). Happy Birthday to him.

    Have a great week!


  4. Your week was quite full on Lisa. Sorry to hear about your grandma, but the consolation is that she had a long life and left a lot of lovely memories behind. My English granddaughter started secondary school this week too, but I don’t think that is quite the same as your High School as she is only eleven. But she is very excited to be more independent – I hope she remains so.
    Have a good week 🙂


  5. lovely picture as always, Lisa. sorry about your grandmother but what a joy to be able celebrate her through places and memories you built together. have a great week! 🙂


  6. Like the other commenters, I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. It does sound as though she had a long and remarkable life, though.

    Incidentally, your description of Ryan sounded exactly like me at the same age. I loved reading too, but I was REALLY into natural science.

    Small world. 😀

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  7. Lisa, I’m so sorry you lost your grandma, but glad you could celebrate her life and all your memories.
    Next time we’re in Edmonds we’ll have to stop at Cascadia Art Museum. I’m a Fine Arts major, myself!


  8. Lisa, you really have had quite the shake ups in Life that do come along. Losses, gains, new beginnings, endings. I send my Heartfelt condolences to you for the loss of your Grandmother. (((HUGS))) And your son who is now in highschool … you are right, where does the time go? Loved your post and really enjoyed your images. Hang on. Life has a way of smoothing out again. I promise! Love, Amy ❤


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