Instagramming Across May


When I first heard about Instagram, I thought, oh no, not another social media thingy. But once I began to use it, I really enjoyed it. Especially the way I can post directly from it to my Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Because those two latter ones are more anonymous than my FB, I do need to be careful not to post any identifying information or at least to be aware of it when I do.

In getting my new smartphone, I’ve discovered that its camera is better than my camera-camera and my Kindle camera and having 4G that actually works is the bonus, so I’ve been using it more lately. I also love the way the layout on multiple pictures looks. It lets me be creative and really use my imagination.

This May has been incredibly busy as you’ve read in the posts I’ve made and in the lack of posts I haven’t made. But I have managed to make Instagram posts because they are just so easy to upload.

I wanted to share them with you.

As a writer, I hate the saying, but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is an annual event at Shane’s Rib Shack. The first 100 people through the door get a free half-rack of ribs, toast, a drink, and a t-shirt with their line number on it. This was our second year attending. I was actually number 17, but since I’m turning 50 at the end of the year, I waited by the line to trade with number 50. Lucky for me, they were obliging. Technically this was the last day of April, but traditionally it is held during May.


FCBD is celebrating fifteen years. it is held annually on the first Saturday in May. Our local comic store has comic book artist, John Hebert (not pictured) and one or two cosplayers from a current media splash. Last year was Gammora of Guardians of the Galaxy; this year it’s Harley Quinn.


My Stash

Lunch at DQ (Dairy Queen)

These are photos of my daughter’s artwork. A cobra in clay. I could tell by the colors and the sparkles that it was my daughter’s even amidst the sameness of the project.


(my husband and two youngest) They picked the flowers and planted them. They’ve been watering the space and have added decorative rocks around the dirt. I’ll update their progress soon.


We took a drive to visit the Cohoes Falls. It was a beautiful day. When my depression was at its height (only I didn’t know it), I used to visit the Falls once a month no matter the weather and they soothed me. I remember one day the entire area was covered in ice, and I was wearing my sneakers, so I gingerly tiptoed over to the bench that was still there just to sit in the cold air, listening to the water with my eyes closed.
Now, the Falls still give me that soothing feeling, but also content.


Crowning Mary at Church

Cake and Presents


Where do you take friends to lunch when they’ve come from overseas for a visit? It was a Thursday, and the Thursday special at CB is turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We had no idea that they’ve been to Cracker Barrel before and that they try to eat at one at least once during their visits to America.
Oh well. It was delicious anyway.


Now that I’m drawing more and actually enjoying it, I thought I’d showcase my art from May. This first one is a quotation that my priest said during his homily at the first Anointing Mass I went to. It has stayed with me every since. As I’ve said before, I’ve been inspired by Brother Mickey McGrath’s Mandala Retreat which was the first weekend retreat that I had attended. It has a special place in my heart; as does he.


This second one is a quotation from The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes. He was remonstrating his son for the son having been rude to a grieving mother who lost her daughter. Don’t talk. Think. I liked it so much I wrote in my quotes section of my Evernote app and only decided to make it into an art graphic after the Julian of Norwich one was complete and I wanted to color some more.

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