A conversation between my sister and diem3 had me remember the photos I snapped of my mother’s cross-stitch projects.

I should clarify . . . in Part 1<<link, I identified her work as needlepoint, but it’s cross-stitch. I corrected that in Part 2<<link, but I repeat it here.

OK, cross-stitch . . . here’s a description (LINK) and here’s a bit of history (LINK) and some stitches (LINK).

The last cross-stitch post had mostly Christmas related projects . . . . not this time . . .

Again, it might be helpful to step back from the screen to appreciate the picture. Up close, you can see the stitches.

A conversation between my sister and diem3 had me remember the photos I snapped of my mother’s cross-stitch projects.

I should clarify . . . in Part 1, I identified her work as needlepoint, but it’s cross-stitch.

OK, cross-stitch . . . here’s a description (LINK) and here’s a bit of history (LINK) and some stitches (LINK).

The pieces I’m posting today are all Christmas related . . . and because I’m pressed for time, I’ll keep my brilliant commentary to a minimum (or completely absent).

Some of these have greetings in Italian; “Auguri” means Greetings . . . whereas Anguria means Watermelon. I know, it’s not relevant, but I wanted to put that out there for them who might be interested.

A conversation between my sister and diem3 had me remember the photos I snapped of my mother’s needlepoint cross-stitch projects.

I should clarify . . . photos of a small number of my mother’s needlepoint cross-stitch projects. So, here I am, finally posting the photos I took last September (and a few from 2017).

It’s worth noting just how much has happened in the past eleven months. The world has actually changed, and not for the better. On a personal note, we suffered the passing of my brother early in the year, something that still sucker-punches me.

I mention all this to underscore the importance — physical, mental, and emotional — of having a hobby or interest that offers an escape from the increasing bleakness of the human condition.

Hmm . . . all that seems a downer of an introduction. Let me recover . . . by telling a joke I recently read on a friend’s timeline (Facebook):

“I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather did. Not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.”

OK, needlepoint cross-stitch . . . here’s a description (LINK) and here’s a bit of history (LINK) and some stitches (LINK).

And away we go!

Most of the ones I’m sharing are holiday-themed works, but not all.

I take a lot of photos with my Samsung Note 8 but despite my best intentions, I’m way behind in sharing them. This post attempts to make up for some of that . . . except you won’t see the actual photos. 

Instead, these offerings are modified versions of the photos; modified either by editing or by combining them with other photos. There is a SmugMug gallery HERE but I’m not sure how useful it is as far as seeing “more” given these are occasionally highly modified. Note: not all the photos presented below are in the gallery. Variations presented here might not have a SmugMug counterpart. 

Also, not presented in chronological order.

From a local garden shop

Sometimes life has one sit and wait for stuff to happen. Like, for instance, a few times this week.

Well, then, one takes out their Note 8 — if one has a Note 8 — and snaps a few photos.

Those were hanging in a dentist’s office, of all places.

Other times, one takes out their Note 8 — if one has a Note 8 — and plays with said photos. One plays with the Snapseed App.

See, one took those photos trying to minimize reflections on the picture’s glass, including the potential for an accidental selfie.

While various parts of the Big Island have been affected by the hurricane (flooding), here in Kona it’s been mostly a non-event. FYI, I’m writing this a number of hours before it goes live.

There were some unusually higher waves in the bay and that drew some people just because it was different. Even then, no flooding or high winds damage. 

That’s not to say it might not yet happen as we’ll probably suffer sea levels rise due to the storm swell and this in addition to the increased waves may yet cause some coastal flooding and erosion damage especially along Aliʻi Drive which in many areas is very close to the water. 

In early May, we visited the Volcano House at the Volcano National Park (both now closed because of the ongoing oozing of toxic gasses and lava). Whenever I’m there, I stop right outside the entrance and snap a few photos. This time, it was of ferns. Macros, mostly.

Again, I’m impressed with the Note 8 camera. It was cloudy and misty and the light was less than optimal. Given all that, these are pretty good (if I say so myself because others might not). 

Some of the photos were taken with the on-phone flash, but I’m not sure it helped.

I should be transitioning to my PC as early as tomorrow (this being Saturday, here on the Big Island). However, I had worked on some photos for a phone update, so I’ll use them.

Warning: this will not be a long post.

First, an original doodle . . .

It don’t look like much, but a little Pixlr magic and . . .

In lieu of better things, I gotz more Samsung Note 8/Snapseed/Pixlr stuff I can share as I continue the litany of “woe is me for I have no PC!” Say, I could make a play on Ellison’s title (and hopefully not get sued) . . . I Have No PC and I Must Post.

First of all, here’s a photo . . .

I’m trying something new and perhaps more expedient as far as sharing the photos. These photos are all in THIS SmugMug Gallery. All I’m doing is pasting the link here and the photo shows up. I assume that clicking on the photo will take you to the actual gallery. (Note: I just checked, and it does . . . HOWEVER . . . whereas I set my links to open a new window or tab, I can’t set these links to do the same (thanks, WordPress; you’re a joy to work with). If you click on the photo, it will open in the same tab which means to return to the post, you need to hit the “back” button. Alternatively, if you click on the pictures, do so with the “right mouse button” and choose “open in new tab” or “open in new window”. If you are confused by this, then these instructions are not for you.)

Interestingly (or not), the photos are not physically added to the WordPress media library, and hence I don’t think I’ll be able to do a gallery at the end. Which means that I’ll have to post all of the photos as opposed to only a few and adding the rest in the end gallery.

Now, if this is confusing and/or difficult to follow, again, don’t worry about it. Just know there are a lot of photos (40 something, I think) and many may look similar to each. However, rest assured that if a photo appears more than once it’s because it’s processed differently.

If you only fast-scroll and never click on anything, then not only will you have not read the above words, but even if you had, they would mean absolutely nothing.

The flower above is from the parking lot to Tex. That’s right . . . on Easter Sunday, after a busy and tiring week of moving and settling in the new place, we treated ourselves to a drive, a hamburger, a loco moco with brown rice instead of white rice forming the bed for the hamburger patty topped with an egg fried over easy, and four malasadas.

I understand other people celebrated a blood sacrifice; to each their own, I suppose.

Still kind of busy. Also, my computer is not connected, so I’m using the wonderful WordPress app. That, for them who know me not, is sarcasm.

First of all, here’s a photo . . .

Not sure if this will work, but all these photos are also in THIS SmugMug Gallery. Also, if the app works the way I think it does, each photo is linked to the corresponding photo in the SmugMug Gallery. At least, that’s how I hope it works.

Of course, I won’t be able to check until I have my PC up and running.

So, anyway, the above was the view from the condo we had been renting since the end of June 2016. Because the owners decided to sell the place (the Kona market is pretty good right now) we looked for and found another place. The view from the new place is not as amazing . . .