I decided to go all out and step up my camera arsenal. I’ve added a Nikon D500. It’s going to force me to learn more and more. Fingers crossed I can figure this thing out 🤪🤣. I was sitting with it going through settings menu and heard a smack at the window. This hawk hit … Continue reading NEW CAMERA!!
It has been very smoky here in the PNW due to the surrounding wildfires. This makes the light hard to deal with while taking photos. There is a yellow tint to the light and sometimes the photos have a blurry feel. I tried to edit after but it’s hard to filter out. The sunset looks … Continue reading Backyard photos August 16,2021
It has been very,very hot here. Which means short periods outside and pictures through my window instead of outside in the heat. The bees are frantically trying to get the last of the pollen from my lavender plants. It’s crazy how loud these busy little bees are! The plants are humming! It was nice to … Continue reading July 12, 2021
Still figuring the new camera out. I’m loving the new zoom lens,although it’s a bit heavy. I have a new tripod to help with lens weight. Using the tripod requires a bit of patience. A skill I definitely need help with. Continue reading Backyard pictures nikonD5600
There are MANY things that are frustrating about bipolar. I hate the meds, the side effects of the meds, the stigma from other people, weight gain, and on and on. I deal with paranoia, depression, insomnia, racing thoughts and other mood symptoms. For some reason though the anger, agitation and anxiety that are part of … Continue reading Anger, Agitation, Anxiety
Yes, I know. I hate hearing, reading and talking about exercise and my mental health. I get tired of my doctors suggesting more exercise to help battle the side effects of my medications. I despise listening to the doctors that have prescribed the meds tell me that I could balance out the weight gain from … Continue reading Exercise, Bipolar, and the Battle for Self
Holidays have been a bit rough the last few years. And this year is no different. It’s during these winter months that the deaths of my mother and grandmother are most felt. The holidays are very hard without them. I think one of the reasons I started to teach myself how to bake was to … Continue reading Holiday Planning
The last few months have been filled with changes. Along with the medication additions and adjustments I’ve made some significant diet changes. In December we moved to a mostly vegan diet. The only dairy I eat is the occasional cup of milk or the few eggs in some of the breads I still make. I … Continue reading Progress Update
I’ve been struggling with a manic swing the last few weeks. I can’t sleep, I’m agitated and irritable, and I can’t concentrate. To make matters worse the quarantine has made my usual coping skills impossible to utilize. I can’t go wander through Barnes and Noble or go sit in my favorite diner for breakfast. I … Continue reading Mania and Mini Breads
http://www.cnn.com/2020/04/12/world/meanwhile-in-america-april-10-intl-bread/index.html Ok. Seriously people is everyone baking bread now?! I can’t find flour anywhere! How am I supposed to do any coping baking, and eating during this quarantine without my baking supplies? I love that everyone is baking more but holy hell. Flour is getting impossible to find. I’ve even tried to purchase online from a … Continue reading Is Everyone Making Bread!?
How do we keep connected to those around us when we’re struggling with the symptoms of our mental illness? How do we keep our relationships healthy as well as take care of our own individual health? How do I talk about my mental health without making others uncomfortable? How do we make meaningful connections? Is … Continue reading How do we stay connected?
During this stressful time, it’s even more important for us to take a breath, refocus, and find gratitude for the little things. Continue reading Grateful
The holiday season can be difficult. Continue reading Holiday Blues
Traveling. Who doesn’t love to take a vacation from the daily grind? Unfortunately for many of us, traveling can be stressful. And a possible bipolar mood episode trigger that we may spend months recovering from. The packing, the planning, the crowded airports, the plane ride, the car ride, the sleep disruptions….and on and on. I … Continue reading Bipolar and the Nightmare of Travel