Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Don't get me wrong, now that I'm in Arizona the weather and temperatures are certainly better than in Boston (at least for me.) But it doesn't take much for me to feel chilly.
If you feel the same, maybe you want to bring summer to your home all the time? This lovely, summery tile is now available in my Zazzle shop:
Along with these matching coasters, you'd have a wonderful gift for a wedding or anniversary or birthday.
Enjoy looking at them in any event, while Dreaming of warmer days to come.
Happy 2013 and may you have the best year yet!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Each year Jim posts about the loss of Thanksgiving in the rush of retailers to get on to the Christmas season.
Jim's 2012 post on this topic can be found here.
I hope you'll go check it out, sign the petition, and make this an even bigger movement than previous years.
Meanwhile, please enjoy this turkey who is keeping an eye on the situation from across the country.
In peace and gratitude,
Monday, October 29, 2012
Pyracantha #flora #berries #plants #shrubbery #landscape, originally uploaded by Judi FitzPatrick Studio.
The Pyracantha berries have finally turned a deep orangey-red color, just in time to bring some in for holiday decor. Prints available here.
It's less than a month to Thanksgiving and less than 2 months to Christmas - are you ready?
Thursday, September 13, 2012
For my entire adult life, my main source of income has involved working with IBM mainframe computers - these used to be the big ones that took up lots of space; they still allow thousands of users simultaneous access to programs and data. There are users on some of these systems 24/7/365.
I've had various jobs including programmer, analyst, system support, database administrator, and more. Because of the need for round-the-clock access, I have almost always been "on call". Some places I worked had a rotating schedule, other places it was based on which application or database I was supporting.
My most recent, full-time, "real job" was for a consulting firm where there were many technicians, each of us with a beeper originally, or more recently a mobile phone. Since we often need to speak with each other, the most recent cell phones used there were on the Nextel network - we could push a button and talk to each other in time of crisis.
When I left that job, I got a gig as a support technician for a former client. They had someone on staff who could also support the platform, but needed additional support as he often traveled out of the country. So, I got myself a cell phone of my very own - something until then I had never cared about.
I got my phone through Verizon; there was a store front in my town within walking distance, and friends worked for the company - so why not help keep them employed!
All was fine until the first time my client called me on the cell phone while I was at home. The service kept dropping ("can you hear me now?") and I finally called the client back from my land line (and I also gave them that number, just in case!)
Two years later, and long after that contract ended, I was hired by my current employer. This was, of course, another "on call" 24/7 assignment. On my way to my first meeting with the actual clients, I called my employer at the site. Just as we were finishing the call, didn't the line drop!
My Verizon 2-year commitment was up soon thereafter, and since I had never had a problem with the Nextel network, which by then was owned by Sprint, I went and got me a new contract, new phone, and was now a Nextel user once again.
Forward to 2012
Sprint announces they are dropping the entire Nextel network, and all users have to transition to at least the Sprint 3G. This needs to be done by, I think, next February, so they've given us all fair warning.
First thing I did was check out the web site showing strength of service at my then Boston area home - Sprint looked OK. Next, even before purchasing my new place in AZ, I did the same. Nextel was stronger by one bar at the new place, but Sprint was OK here, too.
I decided I would wait until my September billing cycle to make the upgrade as I knew a new phone would be in my future (the old one wasn't supported, naturally).
Because I am a photographer, I didn't choose my new phone for any reason other than it had the best camera (IMHO). My old phone did include a camera, and in a pinch it could be used, just don't try to see the picture any larger than about 3" x 2". Here's one of the best pics I ever got with it.
It does have a certain interesting quality, if you like the out of focus thing for all of your pics.
My new phone is an iPhone 4S. First app I personally installed after leaving the Sprint store was Instagram (I later found out that Facebook bought them that same day!)
I'm having a blast using my new toy. Here's some of my latest shots. I hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
On 3/20/2012 I closed on a casita-style home in Tucson, AZ. Shortly thereafter, my Massachusetts home went on the market. Not being one for convention, I moved most of my worldly goods to AZ in April, leaving only enough furniture in MA to support my living there until a sale was completed.
That sale was closed on Tuesday, 7/10/2012, to my delight. So, the attic clean out wasn't just for spring or summer cleaning, it had to be done before the sale went through. Everything that was up there was either trashed, donated, gifted, or small enough to come here with me in my suitcase.
In all, I made three round trips between the 2 locations. I'll try to write up some details of what occurred during each time in MA and each time in AZ in later posts. I will also share some pics of my new digs soon.
For now, please "enjoy" these photos of last week's trash/recycle. (BTW, I had almost as much again this week, but failed to take any pics.)
Peace to all, Judi
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Although this image was shot in March, 2010,
It is that time of year again.
Peace to all this lovely early spring day!
This is the first crocus that sprouted in my yard this spring. Seeing flowers start to bloom is more of a joy than usual since we've had so much rain and gloomy weather this month. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This photo was taken on 2/12 while I was in Tucson, AZ. The view to the sky is there on purpose on an upper story outdoor balcony.
Had a fun visit with my daughters and SIL.
Peace to all,
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It was chilly on my walk yesterday so I didn't linger after taking a few pictures near the Town Hall in the park. This one, of the empty bench, seemed very representative of the feel of the day.
I also took a couple of shots of the bricks lining the pathways in the park. This particular one cried out to be digitally enhanced and expanded.
May your week be a wonderful and peace one!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Spiders inside, bare-branced tree outside, at a window. Part of my windows series which you can see here.
I hope you all enjoy the week ahead.
Monday, January 16, 2012
It's the 3rd week of my 52 week photography project. I thought I'd make another shot of something around the house.
In my youth I used to love to iron, even on the hottest day of the summer. I don't dislike it now, but don't have much need to perform this household task - especially when knit turtlenecks and sweaters are the daily attire.
I hope you enjoy the week ahead.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Peace and happy Friday the 13th!
From the fPOE (Female Photographers of Etsy) and POE (Photographers of Etsy) teams - beautiful work by my teammates!
A Pink Spring
Winter Berries 8x12 Digital ...
8x10 Fine Art Print - Old Ch...
Self-Portrait with Books 5x5...
Autumn Drive - Original Phot...
Glow 8x10 Frame
Valentine's Day - Flower...
Flamingos, Vintage Fine Art ...
Yellow Seahorse - Sea Life, ...
Rocky Mountain High - Vintag...
SALE 50% OFF 5x7inch Books S...
Vintage Wave breaking in the...
The Individualist 8 x 10 Pho...
Monday, January 9, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
From the members of the Photographers of Etsy (POE) and the Female Photographers of Etsy (fPOE) - beautiful art from beautiful artists. I am grateful to part of each of these teams. Enjoy! and if you have time, please share the beauty.
Through Yonder Window -Dream...
Sunset on the Columbia 8X10 ...
Sheep in Fog - 8x8 fine art ...
8x10 Fine Art Print, A Count...
Super8 Projector Cushion - 3...
Romance 8x10" Print
Moxie - 5x7 Photo MATTED
Mountain Photograph - Cold M...
Bridge fine art photograph
Original photograph - A walk...
Fall on the lake 12 x 18 fin...
8x8 Signed Fine Art Polaroid...
love is all around - fine ar...
Meditation room art. Zen pho...
Twigball 8x10 Fine Art Photo...