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About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations.

Spring is Near

This past week as I left work and walked to my car, I looked at this tree.  I’ve seen it before, and I like the branch pattern. But something new caught my attention.  Look closely.  You see the little white flowers starting to grow?  Reminds me of our own lives.  We’re sometimes so bombarded by stresses that sometimes we lose sight of the small positives that signal some grand positives and we feel like giving up. Don’t forget to look a little closer. Yay! Spring is near! 

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

-Robert H. Schuller


Sunset Street

2015/01/img_0071.jpgThis is my in-law’s inner-city Houston neighborhood street close to sunset. The neighborhood is close to 80 years old. Me and my family visit my husband’s elderly parents, at least, every Sunday afternoon. It’s often a sad trip because my once active mother-in-law is unable to walk, is ill, and needs extra care. My father-in-law is still physically strong and able to care for her and is stubborn about letting anyone else help. Which, in a way, I think is a beautiful thing. They have been married for more than 40 years. Our visits make them happy and give us a chance to lend a hand where its needed and wanted. As we left one Sunday, a few weeks ago, I saw this view and snapped a picture of their sunset street. Photo taken using iPhone 6.

Posted for Cee’s Which Way Photography Challenge.


Balance

I spotted this little critter on the morning of New Year’s Day near my front porch. Despite my passing by it and unloading groceries from my car, it calmly remained there for a long while. I was able to finish unloading and go inside and grab my camera. With everything going on around it, it’s amazing how this wasp is able to balance on a single blade of grass. I guess it had a sense of when to hang on and when to let go.

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“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”
-Rumi


Happy New Year!

 

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Sign of the Times

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I found this no smoking sign unusual. I’ve never seen one mention e-cigarettes. I took the photo with my iPhone while I waited at a doctor’s office. The walls were boring and bare except for this sign and a television, and I thought the original photo was also boring. I edited the photo using a Retrolux filter on the Snapseed App to give it a more interesting look. Below is the original photo.

This post is part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.

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Merry Christmas!

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Branches

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Abstraction of tree branches on a downtown Houston street. Photo taken using iPhone. Part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.


School

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Early one Tuesday morning, I took this photo right after dropping off my son for school band practice. By the way, if you didn’t already know, Houston is often very humid. You can see some of that humidity on the hood of my car.

Photo taken using iPhone. Part of Lens and Pens by Sally’s Weekly Phoneography Challenge.


Breathe

Lately, I’ve started feeling the beginnings of my anxiety and depression acting up. Hadn’t felt this way in several weeks. I still feel down, anxious, and out of sorts right now, but I know it’ll pass. And, eventually, I figure out what triggered it and can prevent a future one from a similar trigger. Anyway, this experience has reminded me of a pin I pinned on Pinterest. I found the sign below a couple of months ago on the internet. It was created by the Lonely Lotus and the words are by Danielle Koepke. I think it has been one of my most popular pins. It’s been repinned more than 500 times. Since I’ve dealt with anxiety for most of my life, Danielle’s words mean a lot to me. However, I didn’t realize how much the words meant to others. Hope you find it meaningful.

I’m planning to post more of my favorite Pinterest pins. Maybe I can make it a monthly or weekly blogging habit. I really do need to get back to blogging here, but life has been very busy with family, school, work, and a knee injury. To see more anxiety related pins you can go to my anxiety Pinterest board by clicking HERE .20140602-165403-60843109.jpg


Rays

IMG_5658.JPGBoth the setting sun and the clouds making awesome rays.


Lunar Eclipse

This week the WordPress Weekly Photo Challange is ‘Dreamy':

“This week, we’d like to see an image that looks dreamy to you. A photo of a place you often visit in dreams. A snapshot of your dreamy boy- or girlfriend. A scene that looks a bit out-of-this world. Take us on a flight of fancy!” -Michelle W. for WordPress The Daily Post blog

Since a lunar eclipse looks surreal and is, of course, out of this world, I’m posting these photos as part of the ‘Dreamy’ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. 

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse on October 8, 2014

At 4 o’clock Wednesday morning, armed with my camera, tripod, curiosity, and excitement, I braved darkness, eye strain, mosquitoes, and Houston humidity to take some pictures of the lunar eclipse. The photographs above are some of my favorites. The red “blood moon” photo was taken around 5AM when the moon was almost fully eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. I zoomed out and cropped that same photo, and it’s the last of the three photos under the larger one. As you can see on that last picture, I think I need a stronger lens to get a clearer picture. I used a Canon EF-S 55-250mm lens. Also, I found myself trying different camera settings to show both the shadowed area and the unshaded area in detail, but I could only get the detail on one area at time. You can see this on the other two photos where only the unshaded area is visible. These other two photos are also zoom outs and crops of photos I took that morning. I figured zooming out and cropping the photos would show the eclipse progression more nicely. Despite the conditions, I think the pictures turned out alright for the first time photographing a lunar eclipse.

Click here for additional ‘Dreamy’ photographs by fellow bloggers.


Double Rainbow

Last week, on my way to work, I saw a rainbow. So, I decided to take out my iPhone camera and snap a picture. When I viewed the picture at work, I was surprised. What I had seen as one rainbow were two.  When I was at that intersection, I didn’t see the second.  But, somehow, the camera captured two.  Do you see the two rainbows? 

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