It is  (was) Sunday night and I am (was) starting to write (I’ll be finishing it on Monday) the first post in more than three days. Not that long, but it does feel like quite a long time. Unfortunately not time spent creating, but rather organizing. I just somehow need the feeling to be organized, to be on top of things before I can actually let go and get into my creative state. Of course, it also did not help that our internet has been wonky since Christmas. So much, that at one time we did not have any at all, another time I had to go and get a new modem. And then, Sunday, finally an Optimum tech came to our house to check things out. Turns out we needed a new splitter. Now, we are mostly up to speed, but there is still something funky with the upstream speed. Funky meaning really slow on one computer and really fast on another, unfortunately it is 90 % of the slow kind. Well, one step at a time.

grunge, raindrops


Which kind of plays right into Leslie’s question for her Tuesday Coffee Chat: One thing I would like to accomplish in 2015 is…. I actually already answered that question a few blog posts ago, in a matter of speaking. I noted that my goal, which I hope to accomplish, is to create more. Naturally that means that I will have to cut back on other things, like Etsy and also blogging. It will not mean that I will give up on the latter. I don’t think I can do that. Heck, I don’t want to do that! I will definitely continue following and interacting with you peeps that I have been getting to know and value these past years. And I will also continue to check out the blog of everyone who comments here on mine. That is a given. But apart from that, I will not actively go and try to ‘run a publicity campaign’ for my blog. Instead, eventually I hope to be having my portfolio back online and a home page instead of my blog posts on the front page. It is these essential things, a little bit of ‘back to the roots, back to the beginnings’ feeling, to be able to evolve anew and stronger – hopefully I will be accomplishing that in 2015.

Of course, there is also those other goals. You know, like keeping on top of my day job without letting it take over my life. Like it did last year, at times (like vacations). Getting David to publish more of his story or even a game (yep, he has been dabbling in that, too, very much so). Staying healthy – always big on the list, not always accomplished, loosing a few pounds wouldn’t hurt either, but it is not really a goal, yet runs along the line of being healthy. And otherwise, just generally enjoying life together with hubby.

Oops, just re-read Leslie’s question, seems like I got carried away a little – oh well. You have probably noticed my recent grungy, collage or composit pictures, which is most definitely a direction I will continue to explore. However, I will not stop taking pictures, as opposed to making pictures. Take for instance this Sunday morning. I believe I mentioned before that we have got a couple of ‘resident squirrels’ here that like to entertain us often during weekend’s breakfasts chasing each other through the trees.

So this Sunday morning, before breakfast and while the Optimum tech was doing his thing, I took my camera to take a few shots from the deck of raindrops and such (see picture above) when, leaning slightly over the railing to get closer to the raindrops hanging off the branches, I felt watched. It was cold, wet and windy and this is our backyard. Who could be there? Nobody. Then from the corner of my eye I saw the movement. Right underneath me sat a squirrel on the ground looking up to me. ‘What is that human doing? Give me some nuts!’ it seemed to message me. Instead, of course, I focused my camera on the little guy. Growing a little impatient with the continuous click, click, click, he twitched a few times and hurried up the tree. Quite obviously trying to get closer to me, asking for nuts. Some of the pics are not completely in focus, because squirrels tend to twitch a lot and I was not prepared for a squirrel. But I wanted to show you how he looked directly at me, into my eyes. And, yet, again, more click, click, click – boring. Finally the squirrel gave up on me and hopped down the tree to the ground and on to our neighbors to try his luck. But with this weather, I doubt that he found them outside. But I got a few not so shabby shots of our little fat, ahem, well fed squirrel. They are so cute!

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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