Hello Everyone, Midsummer’s Eve is upon us (at least, where I am). Here is a poem I wrote in celebration of the longest day of the year. Time suspends until it stretches above us… More
Yesterday, we had family and friends gathered at our house for a party to celebrate the long weekend, to celebrate Memorial Day, and to my surprise, to celebrate my birthday. Technically, my birthday is tomorrow, but that didn’t stop my mom from bringing out a platter of sugary tiny cupcakes and an adorable Happy Birthday banner.
But more than anything, it was lovely to be around loved ones and enjoy our new gazebo in the backyard.
I think it’s important to enjoy those moments, even if they don’t seem very important. Looking back, the day went by so quickly, and I’m shocked that everyone came and went so easily. But sharing a new space in your house with people to enjoy is so exciting, it’s the first time I’m really experiencing it.
It was supposed to be a sunny day yesterday, but the clouds never seemed to break, though I didn’t mind. How did your weekends go?
Talk to you soon,
I write this from a Starbucks where I am drinking a “midnight mint mocha” which is basically a genius drink. The rain has finally stopped, and the weather is beautiful again. I took a few shots the other day that I wanted to share, and now I’m getting around to it.
I am feeling very good about the things happening in my life lately. There is a lot of hard work, but there is also a lot of inspiration. Isn’t it wonderful to feel inspiration after a long period of nothingness?
I hope you are all having a nice long weekend if you are celebrating any holidays. I will be looking through recipes to make a nice fresh dessert for a party we are having tomorrow. I also think a tag sale might be in order soon, as the weather is cooperating, and we have lots of excess stuff. All of my minimal living has been telling me to shed the clutter. What are all of yours plans for the coming summer months? Hopefully some nice vacations!
May is already started to come to it’s end, which is crazy! My birthday is at the end of this month, and I have been enjoying a few things that I thought I would share with you. This has been a very busy month, filled with happy and sad things. I hope everyone is as happy and safe as they can be. I am enjoying lots of time with family and friends and the beautiful weather! We got a new patio with a gazebo, and I’ve been lounging under there.
I’ve listened to a lot of new music, read a lot of new material, and watched lots of new things. The summer laziness is starting to gain on me, as I’ve been relaxing into new TV shows and binge-watching them. I’ve also been gathering plants for gardening and keeping in my greenhouse. This truly is the time of year where everything is blooming. I am so pleased with all the flowers that are blossoming everywhere.
I’ve also been writing up a storm, and recently, it’s been a lot of poetry. Maybe the warmer weather is convincing me to be more romantic. But I’ve been working on the one story I’ve been working on for awhile. Writing should probably be in here for one of my favorites, but it is also what I strive to do for a living, so it feels silly to include it. My journal is surely running out of room, though.
Kinfolk Magazine- This has always been one of my favorite magazines, but I’ve been revising my old editions again. There is something beautiful and comforting about this publication, and I highly recommend reading it!
Harry Potter Notebook- My friend got me this for Christmas and I am still waiting to write in it, though I’ve been using it in many pictures!
Through the Dark by Alexi Murdoch- I started listening to this artist recently, and this has been one of my favorites by him. This song in particular is so strange because it starts very slow and moody, but I can listen to it no matter what state of mind I’m in. The whole thing is beautiful and I put it on all my playlists!
Let me know what you’ve been up to this month as well! A lot has been happening, and I think it’s a time for community and love. Please message with any thoughts on any of the things mentioned above.
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover
that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely
and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
Over the weekend I visited my friends who live out near Boston. We embarked on an adventure, that is, walking the grounds of an abounded mental institution. The area of Medford State Hospital is actually now turned into a park, but you aren’t allowed in any of the buildings. It was a beautiful day to walk amongst the ruins with two very cute pups. If any of this looks familiar to you, there were some areas that were filmed for Shutter Island!
It was strange to imagine this place filled with people, as it is so quiet and in disarray. There were shattered windows and some fear of asbestos, but we kept our distance from those things.
As you can see, a lot of the grounds were beautiful grasses and trees.
We are hoping that there will be some renovations done here, as the buildings are so beautiful and ancient looking. It truly is the perfect backdrop for a horror film.
There is a beautiful peaceful feeling to walk where many people once lived, and even died. It was sometimes mysterious, looking into the windows and imagining who used to look out of them onto those streets. And we were not the only ones there! Couples, groups of friends, and other dogs roamed the area. It was an interesting sense of community, a feeling of sharing but also of separateness.
Look at this adorable little puppy, named Piper, and the newest addition to my friend’s family. If you’ve ever been to this area, let me know what your thoughts are!
Talk to you soon,
I hope everyone’s May is going wonderfully!
Talk to you soon,
Spring is here, and with it, an abundance of reading and beautiful quotations.
Here are my favorites:
“Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people who dream, and support, and do things.” -Amy Poehler
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” -Emily Dickinson
“Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” -Virginia Woolf
“Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute.” -Edgar Allan Poe
“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simple have something to read as the world crashes down around you.” -Lemony Snicket
Let me know what your favorite quotes are, as my list is ever-growing!
Since I have been editing my Instagram pictures the same way now for a little while, I thought I would share on here how I do it!
First Tool: VSCO
I upload the photos I want to use onto VSCO (found in app store) and choose a specific filter. The filter I’ve been using lately (that you can see if you look at my current feed) is the HB2 filter, which I only use +5 of. The HB filters come form the Hypebeat x VSCO presets, which you can find if you go through the VSCO store. HB2 is the perfect level of mood and desaturation for me.
After using HB2 +5, I go into the other settings and fool around with them. I usually bump my grain to about +3. This gives a gritty look which I enjoy and I think looks a bit vintage. I lower my exposure quite a lot, as I was going for a darker look lately. On very bright photos, I’ll lower it to -3, but for most I will go anywhere from there to 0. I also bumpy the contrast one point up to +1.
Lastly, I fiddle with the S. tint and H. tint. For S. tint, I use the orange to increase +1. For H. tint, I take the magenta up to +3.
After that, I save it to my phone using the largest size.
Second Tool: Filterloop
I use Filterloop (found in the app store) on about a third of my photos. The only thing I use this for is to put film scratches and distortions onto my pictures. This gives it a vintage feel. I use the “Texture” tab and then use the “Dust” filters. I use all different ones depending on the photo, and I just play around with them before saving it to my phone. Then I upload to Instagram, and all is well!
Let me know what your tactics are for uploading to Instagram! I am currently playing around with some new filters to use on my feed, but this is the way I’ve been uploading for awhile. I tend to change things as seasons change. 🙂