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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My latest thing: I probably need stronger meds

"Christmas Kitty reminds us 'the greatest gift of all is peace on earth;
the second greatest gift is including the gift receipt with every present,
thus simplifying returns.' "

When I say I probably need stronger meds I'm making a sarcastic, or tongue in check reference to the fact that I am somewhat (okay, diagnosed) as living with among other things OCD and I've fallen back into an old obsession; photography.

But I've found a way to take it to a new level by combining my photos with my writing, my sometimes biting wit, and my desire to have something to focus on when the physical pain leads me to the point of wanting something 'outside myself' to concentrate on.

Thus was born: Chi Chi Salutations.
"We're racing to wish you Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year"

Originally, the salutations were going to be all snarky and I was going to call them salutations with scorn.

It seems though, that there are still other aspects of my personality that want to come out too, so I caved into my better nature and developed some  "Loving Lil's cards", which say nice things.

And "Gentle Jenny's" which don't say anything at all but have nice clean, white stationary inserts so people can include their own thoughts, snarky or not. We've even created some boxed collections for those inclined to gift giving.

I use some dog and cat photos.
" A wise man once said:
"To avoid a look of surprised disappointment,
don't give a dreidel to someone hoping for a diamond."

I share these words of wisdom with you in the spirit of Hanukah."

"Love is like a rose.
It may look good from a distance
but up close it's full of thorns."

Lots of pictures of flowers from my gardens; sometimes with blank inserts and sometimes not.

Framed photo

I've also spent time in the local Quincy Mine Historical Park, taking photos of the shaft house, hoist house, and ruins.

Blank card

Ore car and rail ruins, shaft house

After the historical park, I had to start framing some of my photos, including making a few framed photo collages.

"To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven."

After framing photos, the next compulsion was to combine some photos with lines of scripture that just seemed to fit.

So now, I have a new thing, an Etsy shop where I feature framed photos and photo cards: Etsy page
I haven't gotten into twitter, but I do have an older fashioned Facebook page: Facebook

I have already achieved the first goal of having something to think about besides my physical pain. I wouldn't mind some help spreading the word though, because I've just realized I'm running out of room to store all this stuff and I can't stop making it! I have new ideas, new photos ordered, new frames....and any money that comes in is already spent on keeping the dogs (and cats) in the style to which they want to remain accustomed. Those silly medical bills can't be allowed to put a dent in the kibble fund now, can they?

"When your birthday falls during the Holiday Season,
sometimes it can feel like people forget about you.

You don't have to wear antlers though, to get our attention;
 you're noteworthy just the way you are.

(Of course, if you do decide to wear antlers, be sure to share a selfie.)"
I've even made my sister's dog and cat pose for me, along with all my pups.
I'm sure they at least wished my arthritis hadn't kept me from going back to my other former hobby of crocheting ...but considering some of the crochet cat and dog costumes out there, they really wouldn't have been any better off. Chi Chi for example could totally rock a crochet fedora.

So if you know anyone who still uses old fashioned cards or who is looking for industrial, historical, or floral photos send them our way. We're generally in an accommodating mood, unless you're talking to Chi Chi, which is why he is not in charge of customer relations.


  1. These are awesome. There is something special about sending a card through the actual mail :) I always send thank you notes. Headed to your page now!!

    1. Thanks Julie - I love giving and receiving notes, glad to hear I'm not the only one left ;-)

  2. You have really been busy, I wish I knew lovely card people instead of text people. Those are outstanding

    1. Yeah, I'm so old fashion the only thing I use my phone for is calling people!

  3. We too like the old fashion way of mailing and receiving cards.

    Your cards are so cute and funny!

    1. Thank you - we're a funny lot over here ;-)

  4. Wonderful. Best of luck with your shop!

  5. Oh wow, this is great! I love them!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  6. Oh wow, this is great! I love them!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. Wonderful! I love your photos. I'm so happy that you started an Etsy shop!

    1. Thank you! I'm never sure if I can tell the difference between my 'questionable ideas' and my 'good ideas' but so far this one doesn't seem too bad....

  8. You ARE industrious!! I've been obsessed with photos lately too, mostly of the landscape (I can't get a GOOD picture of my dogs) :-)

    Good luck with the etsy shop, I hope you do well with it.

    1. Thanks Jodi - idol hands and all that right? ;-)

      I wouldn't get any pictures of my dogs if it wasn't for biscuits. A Lab will do almost anything for a biscuit.

  9. Those are really fun and beautiful. Congratulations on your Etsy store. Thanks for hopping with us today!

  10. Wow. Fantastic! I laughed out loud at some of them and the others are so beautiful. Congrats on your Etsy shop. I'll share to spread the word.

  11. Okay, you've been holding out on us. I've got your FB page open in another window and you began this venture (should say adventure) in August!! Already favorited your Etsy shop and love your photography! Hope you have lots and lots of holiday customers :-)

    1. 'tis true; I've been meaning to share this for a while but you know how life just gets ahead of us sometimes...I appreciate anyone taking the time to like either/both the Facebook and Etsy page. I don't totally understand how search engines work but I think 'likes' may make things come up sooner in a search...? At least on Etsy's site they seem to play a role. I'm appreciating having something smaller to work on that doesn't require the concentration a book manuscript does ;-)