Friday, May 11, 2018

Goood Morning

It's cloudy and dreary and even a little cold this morning, I had to turn the heat on for a few minutes to warm up the house.

It has been a long week, Last Saturday Rob and I left to spend a few days with his Sister and Brother in law, they live down in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. it was nice to get away from all the stress here and just relax, I of course took my cameras with me and managed to go on an adventure while we were there.
Saturday and Sunday were spent at the house relaxing while Rob helped his Brother in law Roc replace the floor in the guest room, I did take off Sunday and get a few shots of a Rock that I'd been wanting to shoot for years.

Monday Rob and I took off and headed North on 101 up to Astoria and then crossed over to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington,  We made it up to Cape Disappointment in about an hour rather than the hour and a half that Google Maps said it would take.

Did a bit of hiking and got some pictures of the Light houses up in the Park, then headed back to Oregon and down to Canon Beach, stopped to get a few pictures but to crowded and to many people, Yeah that wasn't going to work, so packed it in and just went back to the in laws.

We left Tuesday and came home, Wednesday Rob had an appt with his counselor, I had Grocery shopping to do and a house to clean.
Yesterday I finally got around to editing some of the pictures I got. I still have a few to finish up but I have the majority done.

Today I need to run to the store and grab a couple of things for supper, otherwise I'm home for the day.
Here are a few pictures I shot while on the trip.

Boats Docked in Garibaldi.

Commercial Vessel in Garibaldi, Oregon

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse

Tree'd Rock in Tillamook Bay. Near Barview.

Yep Thats a tree growing out of that rock

Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's Been A While

After taking off a couple of months to care for my Dad in his final weeks, I'm now back and able to post on a more regular basis.

Heathwise, I'm doing good, I been getting some much needed sleep and I am back to being ya'lls little saracastic ray of Sunshine!

We got all of the paperwork filed with Alsup, an advocacy group for the disabled, they navigate the Social Security  disability process on behalf of it's clients, and has a much higher success rate than trying to navigate the process on your own. So we shall know something in about 3-6 months, their approval rate for winning the first round is at 58% so there is definatley hope. 

Rob is doing good now that he is able to get outside and work around the yard, as well as get out and enjoy getting out of the house, so far we've gone over to Cental Oregon for a day, and then Saturday we leave for Rockaway for a few days, one of those days I will be going up to Cape Disappointment to photograph the light house and the area, weather is suppose to be nice the whole time so I am looking forward to a good trip.

Last week I went to the Tulip Festival out near me, got several good shots. 

Hoping to get out more as the spring and summer progresses, we will just have to wait and see. for now though, here's a glimpse of what i've done so far. 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy New Year

Well, We all survived the holidays, glad they are over now and that we can get back to a more normal day to day routine.
Rob still has his good days and bad days,lately his good days seem to be in greater number than his bad days so that is good. However Yesterday and today are bad days for him, Its been 3 years ago that he had his accident. Here is my blog post for today.
Exactly 3 years ago today it was  Saturday, January 24th,  Our day started off as usual, Rob got home at 7:30a.m. from working a 12 hr shift, he laid down til 10:30a.m. then we gathered up the camera bag and tri pod and headed out to our friends Ernie & Debbies in Mulino for a day of Photography, Mini Bikes and Bar b que with a bonfire after Dark, it was unseasonably warm, in the mid 50’s, we were just wearing sweatshirts instead of our heavy winter jackets, we were enjoying a day of no rain and clear skies.
I had no idea our lives were about to change forever, that a simple spill on a mini bike would cause such a horrific injury and that my sweet, loving, adventurous husband would lose his fire and adventurous spirit, that he would be so drastically changed that it will forever affect us.
He spent 5 days on the trauma floor of Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, rated the top Trauma Center in the State of Oregon, I was so scared the first night I didn’t leave his side even to eat, Our oldest daughter Jessie finally got me a sandwich and a coke.
When Rob was finally released we weren’t told anything about Brain Injuries, not what to look for afterwards, what to avoid,  absolutely nothing, everything I have learned by trial and error.
We thought everything would be fine, I mean, if it was really serious they would have told us right? Rob went back to work the 15th of March and everything seemed fine, but it wasnt, there was problems lurking just below the surface, it was so subtle that we couldn’t put a finger on it, I  started noticing suttle little things that were off with Rob by that summer, before he was always willing to take off for the day on his time off, he loved exploring various areas of Oregon and being a photographer it is always nice to have your spouse enjoy the hunt for that shot, that yet unexplored area,  now, he wasnt interested, always to tired from working so that on his time off he would spend most of it sleeping, That troubled me, he was never like that before, I started to research Traumatic Brain Injuries and discovered that what Rob was experiencing was normal, he was getting fatigued easily by working a simple 8 hr shift, 12 hr shifts were grueling to him and eventually, 2  years later they  were beginning to take their toll on him, he was having anxiety issues and panic attacks , finally on May 30th, it took its final toll on him and he was admitted to the hospital for Panic Attacks and Anxiety issues caused by his TBI, he was hospitalized 5 days.
Upon talking to his counselor, Rob and I discovered just to what extent our journey in the TBI life had taken us, It was now that we learned that the majority of those who suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI), even as mild as the one Rob suffered , generally do not ever return to work, That Rob working the 2 years past his accident is amazing, but those days are done, it’s time to file disability and enjoy retirement.
We are now 6 months past the date he was deemed disabled by his drs, so now we can file for Disability from Social Security, I am trying to find a lawyer through the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon to help us with the filing of Social Security. 
Once we get his Social Security we will be able to enjoy retirement, I am going to 
look for a part-time job here in Molalla to help get bills paid and to give me something to do, plus when Rob gets his disability we will be able to put my check in the savings for vacations and Christmas.
Oh and as for Motorcycles? Still love em, and as soon as his disability comes through, he’s thinking of getting a touring bike, and he wears a helmet all the time now.

Monday, October 30, 2017

About Time To Wrap Up Things For The Winter.

Wow, I can't believe it is the end of October already, This year seems to have gone by much faster than usual, but that could be because I was  able to get out alot more this year than in past years despite Rob being hospitalized twice at the beginning of Summer due to his ongoing Brain Injury issues.
Over all we had a good summer, Didn't get to all the places we had planned on but those are at the top of our list for next Spring/Summer, plus I have some places I want to go back to as well as some places to check out over in the Silver Lake/Christmas Valley area that my Dad told me about recently.
Sometime in December I will be doing my Best of post with the Best shots of the year, I've shot so much that I have a feeling it is going to be a difficult task deciding which shots to choose, but it will be fun going back through all the pics either way.

This past week was peak colors for fall pictures, so Friday I headed up to Washington Park to the Japanese Gardens, got some pretty good shots despite it being crowded and having to be patient which I tend to not be LOL.

My RA is starting to act up some, but I think that has a lot to do with the weather turning to cool and damp at night, the days here in NW Oregon are still warm and sunny, highs in the mid 60's to maybe 70 or 75, however that is going to be changing by the end of this week when rumor has it the snow level will be dropping to around 2500' feet and our daytime high here will drop to around mid 40's and be rainy.  
Based on what I am reading in the local weather group, I have a feeling this will be a long cold winter with some awesome storms, hopefully I'll get out to the coast to shoot at least one good storm.

Anyway, Here are a few shots I got Friday up at the Japanese Gardens.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 7 Photos 7 days thing going around on Facebook

Has given me an opportunity to spread awareness of Rheumatoid Disease and how it impacts my daily life, I'm doing it as a glimps into my daily life that I normally keep very private, mainly cause it's not always pleasant to look at or to think about, But with so many people battling not just Rheumatoid Disease, but other Auto Immune Diseases I thought that  this would be a great way to spread awareness of the need for Research.

As for Me, I have my good days and I have my bad days, Days where I feel good and others where I don't feel so good, Pain level goes up and down, especially with the weather and temps outside,

I realize just how lucky I am to still have my husband at my side when so many others bail on their partner.

So Here are the 3 photos, plus tomorrows photo.

A Wedding, A Ghost Town And A Whole Lot Of Fun

Last Week was a lot of fun for me, I got to shoot my Nieces wedding for her, got to hang out with my Nephew and his family, and even went on a Photo Adventure. It was great1

I was over in Eastern Oregon, Baker County to be exact ans I had so much fun, I needed this break from day to day life.
While I was there, My Niece, My Daughter, and one of the Brides Maids all went to Sumpter, Oregon, we checked out the old Gold Dredge that was featured on the TV show Ghost Mine, and then we just wandered around, shot the Fist Bank of Sumpter, and a couple of old abandoned buildings.

The next Day was the wedding and I worked my tail off, but it was fun.
Here are a few of the Images I got those two days.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shhhhhh, I dont want to say it to loudly

That I'm doing good that is.
Life with Rheumatoid Disease is challenging to say the least, some days I feel great, in fact I can feel great for days, weeks or months, then all of a sudden, I am not doing so well, having a flare, and that can knock me down for just as long as having good days, it all just depends on many factors such as, weather, mood, stress level just to name a few.
For me, Winter is when I do the worst, the cold and wet that is prevalent here in the Pacific Northwest really gets to me, which is why I don't get out to do much photography in the winter months.
Spring, Fall and Summer are the best for me, when I feel the best.
Anyway, I've  been doing pretty good this summer, only a couple or three flares, but those quickly got better with some  rest. I've been able to get out with the camera more this summer than I have in the last 2 years, and I hope to be able to keep this up through the winter, however I'm not going to hold my breath. 

I got out last week, I was out around the Damascus area Wednesday last week to see my folks, then after I was done I went out towards Boring and shot an old shed I'd had my eye on for a while, but every time I went by there I never had my camera with me, well this time I did, and I finally got the shot.
I also ventured up to the old pioneer cemetery in Damascus, and a few rodeo horses that are currently being boarded near Molalla.
I truely hope ya'll enjoy the pictures.