The Weekly Photo Challenge: Time Is An Artist

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire.  John Dewey


I’ve spent a few days looking at this colorful map of the US on my desk and while I thought it would be a fun way to mark the final destinations of our new Etsy orders it’s actually sent me traveling down memory lane remembering childhood road trips across the American West.  Logically I know a 1972 Volkswagen Bus filled with 4 kids, 2 adults, food, suitcases, boxes of books and no air conditioning was not an idyllic way to view the country and sure we spent plenty of time fighting but looking back I smile and think of how many stories we have to share and how as adults those shared experiences keep us together as a family.  Time and memory really do work miracles softening the edges of mechanical break-downs, sweaty days on hot vinyl seats, crowded conditions and roadside rest stops into magical trips to Grandma’s house, horseback riding, camping and touring the country in ways I can’t wait to try again.

I’ve crisscrossed each of these states in a car many times with my siblings and soon John and I hope to pack up the car with Ryan and explore them all over again.   With air-conditioning, plenty of snacks and roadside assistance on speed dial.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Time.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

George Bernard Shaw


A trail-side “selfie” of John, Ryan and I illustrating everything that makes me happy and grateful as we celebrate Thanksgiving here in our sunny pacific northwest corner of the United States.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Trio.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Polariod Past and Present)

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Some weeks really make me work to find an interesting subject for Sally’s mobile photo challenge but the process is also part of the appeal and when it pushes me to wring the last bit of inspiration from my surroundings I count it as a win. This week I thought I had a fun photo ready to share but news of my Grandma Emma’s death Wednesday morning brought a change in plans.  I didn’t feel like posting the happy photo of a kite flying on Whidbey Island but at the same time I didn’t want the week to end without trying something new.

Many of you have read at least one of my posts about Grandma Emma and her 96th and 97th Virtual Birthday cards are the second and third most viewed posts here at Northwest Frame of Mind.  Grandma loved receiving your birthday wishes from around the world and after the first one she even posed for a photo next to the post to share long-distance how much she enjoyed seeing herself on the computer.  Some of my favorite family memories are of posing for photos with Grandma, listening to her outrageous comments designed to make us smile and playing with her Polaroid camera.

The photo I’d planned to post today was taken during our August “staycation” and processed with a new favorite app, Polamatic by Polaroid.  Instead of walking away from my original idea I decided to keep the theme intact but trade the photo for two 1975 Polaroids of my brother and I with Grandma followed by an edit in Polaroid’s new digital version to tie the past and the present together.