It's funny that when ever we get together down North Carolina way, we often end up having dinner at the same restaurant. Is it traditional Southern food? Not exactly especially as none of us were born in the South. So where do we eat? We call it The Indian Restaurant but in reality it is Pakistani, Indian with a lot of southern Indian also. I always say that the next time, I'll have a dosa because some do come without potatoes. I love dosas!
But after a frantic day, this was the meal that settled us all down.
A simple week, with rain, reading and a memorial service for a friend. The little black bordered photo on the first page came from the BBC which I sometimes listen to in the mornings. I had never seen a photo of Shostakovich and somehow always imagined him as a bearded man of the Victorian era. I was rather off...
We moved to Thailand with two sons and were expected to be there for two years. However, in that time we adopted a little three year old little girl, or should I say we started the adoption process. Many obstacles came up including a coup over the weekend after we received permission from the Thai government to adopt her. Over that weekend the government changed and so decisions made by Friday's government were no long valid on Monday. Start the process again... We extended our stay in Bangkok by a 3rd year to, god willing, hope the process would be resolved. My husband also considered putting her in the diplomatic pouch to get her out of the country!
But she received a Thai passport eventually and legally became our child on the 4th of July! This photo was taken when we arrived in the US with our little 'foreigner' and her brothers. She would be naturalized in less than two months. But that's another story!
Each December (hopefully!) when I start to get ready for the next year's Project Life pages, I make folders for a month or two's worth of weeks in a couple of places. My iPhone photos automatically go to Photos on my computer and there they can be auto sorted by week if I set that up. btw, most of these organizing helpers came from designer Cathy Zielske not my own brain!
Once I have a few weeks' folders ready in Photos, I go to my main EHD where my exported-from-Photos images are really stored in a yearly folder (2018 e.g.). Then I make folders for each week so when I export a copy of each image, I have an empty folder waiting. It's from this folder that I add the links to Lightroom where I do almost all of my editing.
Why are you getting the back story to all this Project Life stuff? well it's because as I added some images Sunday to that EHD, I am reminded that I'm approaching Week 26. That means the year is really half over. It always comes as a bit of a jolt to me as opposed to those many years of being in school where the real-to-me year had solid start and stop points and with that timeless period known as summer in between. Sigh.
This week I used a Paislee Press template which was a bit of a change for me. I did reduce it so that I could also have a background paper and that inner white border. I've found that if I don't add that bit of color as a background I find the project kind of boring. That's just me and maybe I'll like the basic style started by Becky Higgins again in the future. That's the best thing...no rules!
Aunt Florence was my Aunt and though her sister Mary always seemed very nice, Aunt Florence seemed to be the fun one. My mother really liked her and enjoyed her company whenever they could get together. As we lived about 4 hours away from her, it wasn't that often unfortunately.
Yes, those were slow weeks. Weeks I felt that so little was done, even though I did get out, see people, talk with those who needed talking and/or those I wanted to talk with. Lots of those happenings are more private than is appropriate for blogging. I really didn't feel much like cooking either and ended up eating less but sadly not losing any weight. Life Is Not Fair. There was also an invasion of bugs of various sorts. Why me, God, why me??? Yes, I should read Job and remind myself of what suffering is really like...
For me, doing only 1 page for a week is rare, very rare but that's what is. But as we scrappers and/or Project Lifers say...one page is one more than none. So there! I'm ok with it all.