Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Getting My Mojo Back...Maybe!

The biggest problem I can see with a blue funk is that you can get mighty comfortable there...TOO comfortable!  It becomes easier and easier every day to just drift along, accomplishing nothing, doing absolutely nothing productive that isn't necessary for life to continue, and sinking deeper and deeper into that sticky morass of yuk!

I have not even wanted to take out my camera, finding nothing that sparked a flicker of interest.  I did the dutiful Christmas photos of the lights, yada, yada, yada, but didn't even take the Christmas photos with the family, leaving that to my niece!  Talk about pathetic!

Well, tonight, after a successful trip across the river to see and purchase a gorgeous treadle sewing machine for my mother, I was feeling pretty good about the day.  Christmas decorations down and put away; extra Christmas decorations donated to Goodwill; house vacuumed, things back in their places.  With the tree down, I even got my side table back, so I can put my cup or glass beside me instead of on a small footstool.  (Are you hearing the whine yet?)

Because I try really hard to never leave home without the camera...well, we did have to return to the house to get it today...I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous sunset.  And, because I did that, I thought about how truly blessed I am, and began to feel just a glimmer of excitement about my photography again.  Dan even got off the interstate and pulled into the boat launch area so I could take full advantage of the evenig light.   And, as I clicked away, I realized that today I did have something to share with my readers.

The skyline, looking over the Norfolk Naval Base, from the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
So, here you have it - I think I am starting to commence to begin to rejoin the world  (no, I am not crazy - I realize that is a whole lot of redundancy there...but my Dad used to say that, and I always thought it was a great way to say you were fixin' to do something).


The bridge crossing the river by WIlloughby Spit.
Lights on the water...what a way to end the day!

28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hi Linda, a great post to re-enter the blog world. I love the sky shots. The lights and reflections are beautiful. Well done! Have a happy day!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

when i see these shots i understand why the hubby & so many folks enjoyed living where you do. i love the last shot best. awesome reflections. too cool!! Linda, love your work, miss ya when you are gone. but understand you have other stuff to do ... show up when you can. big big hugs. ( ;

Nancy Claeys said...

Linda, Linda... I have thought about you over the past few weeks and actually thought I had said something that offended you and that's why I didn't see any comments on my blog. How full of myself am I? It's not about me all the time.

I so get it about the blogging thing. I struggle with keeping on and wonder what is it I am getting out of it?

Then I look back at what I have captured over the past few years and realize I won't always be in this place in time and that blogs are a scrapbook of our days. How wonderful it will be to look at these images and words 20 yrs. from now.

Big hugs my friend. xo

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I'm glad to read you again!
The thing about the funks, you appreciate the highs and lows more.
We have to give ourselves permission to cocoon when we need to, and let family members know when to recognize the black dog of depression and help us.
Taking a break is a good thing, too.
cheers to you

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Linda I hear you! Beautiful pictures, last one my favorite. Now if I could catch some of your enthusiasm.. :)

Jan n Jer said...

Hi Linda...I really do feel your pain...I often feel myself slipping into that dark hole. What helps me is having something lined up each day, no matter how small..like doing laundry. It gives me a sense of purpose to accomplish a task. Being retired really is a challange sometimes..we have so much time on our hands and that is when our minds go dormant or on overload. It really is the little everyday things that give us pleasure, we just have to recognize this. Everyday we wake up and do for ourselves is a gift! The song I posted yesterday says it all.
So glad your back...taking a break sometimes does give you a fresh perspective on things.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Hi Linda! I'm so glad to see you back. I've been feeling a little like that myself lately. Sometimes it's good to take a break.
The sky photos are lovely and the lights on the water are magnificent!
Hugs, Barb

TexWisGirl said...

glad you're almost maybe sorta gonna get back in the swing of things. ;)

LOVE the last shot! wowza! thank you!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I could have written that first paragraph about myself. I think my problem is with the holiday season. Every year it seems this way for me and I feel it is because of the nagging thoughts in my mind while I go about seeing all that people have and buy, buy, buy meanwhile I know there are so many out there that do not even have a warm place to sleep or a meal to eat and therefore I slip into this month long blue funk.

Brian King said...

The sky is beautiful and the bridge shot is really nice! Love those lights!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are beautiful shots, Linda. The bridge lights are super.
I read what Nancy said about blogs being a scrapbook of our days, and I love that! The things that seem uninteresting to us now will be like a journal to be read years from now and we'll be glad we did it.
Have a wonderful day!

Red said...

Great that you're feeling better. I have medication that sometimes gives me the blues and i wouldn't want to stay that way for very long.
I always look forward to your posts.

gtyyup said...

Yep, just taking it one day at a time is much easier. I read Nancy's comment, and she's spot on about the scrapbook thing. Just do what gives you pleasure. And, you captured awesome photos of the sunset! Thank you for sharing~

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love that last shot. Glad you are getting your snappin' mojo back.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Indeed...that nightlight reflection on the last photo is absolutely picture post card perfect.

I'm so happy to hear that you are working yourself back to yourself...y'know? It can get you down, but life is all so worth the extra effort to get back in the groove. Oh happy day.

pattisjarrett said...

Sometimes one can get the best photos around there. How nice that your husband will STOP. :) Glad to see you posting!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

glad to see you're on the road to recovery :) missed you..

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love the last picture of the bridge reflecting..but I also love the sky...glad you are back to creating with your camera and your blog....keep it up!!!

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh yes!! come back!! your photos helped me see things I never saw...

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope you are finding your mojo again, Linda! These photos are great!

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

Lots of beautiful photos here. Looking forward to seeing more.

Susan said...

Yay for you, and for the rest of us too. I know that feeling of just having no desire to do anything but procrastinate. It is really hard to push thru that so good going girl!
You did catch a lovely sundown. My fave is that last one with water reflections at the bridge.
Hang in there. One need not blog every day and need not return every comment nor comment on every followers post. You do what you can do. when I have time to do some blog reading, I set the kitchen timer for an amount of time (like 40 min) and stop when the buzzer buzzes. It's all about sanity.

kelley jensen said...

I love that last shot the best.

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely sky shots


Blue Sky

Betty Manousos said...

hi linda!

i am so glad to hear that you're on the road to recovery.
i have missed you..
i do hope you re finding your mojo again!
thanks for the beauty of your shots!

wishing you and yours all the best in 2013!

big hugs~

Faye said...

If this is what you find when you get your mojo back, then I'm on the hunt! These photos are so illustrative of what you're saying in this post, Linda--being available, ready to find some magic in everyday life, doing the small things(I learned to sew on a treadle machine)that might make someone happy. And I'm curious--how long did it take you to capture these amazing images? And now they're a permanent reminder of a day when you went searching for mojo and found it!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This is good news Linda and I never doubted for a minute that you wouldn't be able to bounce back stronger than ever. These beautiful grey skies and wonderful reflections in the last shot are a definite sign that you've got your 'mojo' back! Still though, don't push yourself, do it when you feel inspired!

Carletta said...

Glad to see you back at least somewhat. :)
These shots almost make me homesick for the area. I've experienced these views so many times.
Awesome reflections!