Summer Reading Continues…

“Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver (461 pages, fiction) This was another excellent book by Barbara. I love all of her books especially the underlying themes that weave themselves into the stories. A tale of two different families separated by a century but with one common cause, a house they both lived in, in a Utopian like…

Under Construction: Be Back Soon

Please excuse the mess while this blog site is under construction.  Watch your step over there.  That pile of rubble might trip you up. F-stopmama is undergoing some changes and will rejoin the blogging world soon.  How soon?  Hard to say.  As soon as I set a date, then I’ll drag my feet on completing…

Week 31-33 of the Photography Challenge

Playing catch-up with the 52-week photography challenge. Week 31:  Friends & Family Story Telling: Friends and Family “Telling the story of someone you know well is sometimes the hardest story to tell.” This little Kubota tractor belonged to our beloved neighbor and friend David Otto.  Sadly, he passed this past January.  Yet his memory lives…

Mobile Work Space

The mobile work space, perfect for the cooler weather we have had lately.

Aberjhani Quote

“First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.” ~ Aberjhani

Week 30: Exit

Week 30 of the 52-week photography challenge. Inspiration: Exit “Every exit is an entry to somewhere else”. Be inspired by the Exit this week. When I exit our small cabin, a lush green forest and a hammock await.

My First Post on Medium

I published my first article on Medium!  I took the plunge and I did not spontaneously combust when I hit publish.  Click here to access it.  (“The Difference in April & July’s Camp NaNoWriMo:  A Personal Experience”) If you have not checked out Medium, I highly recommend it.  I love their content and the ability…

Week 29: DOF

Week 29 of the 52-week photography challenge. Composition: Depth of Field “Depth of Field is a great way to isolate your subject. Instead, for the challenge though I want you to use DoF to make a subject appear part of something larger.” A Greek salad waiting to be devoured.  It was delicious by the way….

Week 28: Culture

Week 28 of the 52-week photography challenge. Story Telling: Your Culture “Photographers participating in the challenge come from nearly every country and culture. Tell us the story of your culture.” A display of typical Indiana summer food and drink.  A local wine (complete with token deer), corn on the cob, zucchini, tomato, apple, peppers, and…

6 More Wonderful Reads

1.  “The Golden Tresses of the Dead:  A Flavia de Luce Novel” by Alan Bradley.  323 pages, fiction. If you have not had the pleasure of reading A Flavia de Luce novel, you really should.  The main character Flavia is a hoot.  As a young adolescent detective/chemist her humor is beyond compare.  I have read…

Week 27: Gratitude

For the 52-week photography challenge. Week 27:  Inspiration: Gratitude “What are you grateful for? Show us.” I’m grateful for a fantastic weekend spent with Shane, the kids and our dogs.  We enjoyed a 15 mile canoe trip down Sugar Creek along with camping and hiking at Shades State Park in Indiana.  Time spent in nature…