Tuesday, March 07, 2023


Well there it is. I've officially gotten the first cold in years. At least 12 years to be exact. It pretty much took me down and out of commission for a few days.

Interestingly enough, I never had a fever, just a throat that felt like I'd swallowed glass. I felt like someone ran over me with a dump truck. 
I was able to do chores, so I must have been doing pretty okay.

I spent time sleeping in the spare room and reading books. 

I think I got enough sleep over the last few days that I won't need to sleep for at least a month now.

I felt better today, the sore throat was gone the head wasn't quite as stuffy, but the body still felt a bit slow and worn out. Which meant more reading. 

Tomorrow the heater dude is supposed to come and replace the intake fan motor. I've surveyed the driveway and figure he can turn his van around in one spot and thankfully, the ice melted off the driveway this afternoon.

I hope it all goes well. Thursday night there is a snow storm predicted of 6 to 10 inches. No problem as long as I can get to town and grab a few items.

I still feel yuck-y. But my voice has returned and evening chores were not a big deal, I just hauled hay and water slowly.

I know I'm not up to par as I haven't even picked up my camera since Saturday! [I did though this afternoon...]

I've been having a blast with the light box.

Manny the Mannequin adopts a bunch of wooden animals....

Manny now realizes that he will 
have to feed his menagerie!

 A ring holder?

A St. Clair Pear glass paper weight.

During my resty-sleepy-nappy-time, I watched some tutorials on Toy Photography I really enjoyed the videos by a person that goes by SirDork. He explained how to to 'action' shots with still toys and I decided to try it. 
I also watched videos of other Toy Photographers who made huge elaborate sets for their toys.
Some were toy collectors and their ages surprised me.

What better thing to do with toys when you collect them, than to make sets and enjoy playing again?

This was my first try at a very simple set up. A snowball fight between cast off toys that a neighbor kid gave me long ago... I did it this evening after chores.

Now back to chillin' and resting.

Can't wait to get to full steam ahead!


  1. I am so sorry for the yucky stuff. It is miserable. I hope it all goes away soon. I love your light box fun. They are well lighted and the fun is you can put anything in there that will fit.

    1. Thank you, I really enjoy the light box and seeing you use yours pushed me to get one.

  2. Glad you are feeling better, hope you are back close to 100% soon. Colds are no fun at all. You guys stay safe and warm with all that snow!

    1. We will stay warm! The heater got fixed too! Yipee!

  3. There are all kinds of weird viruses going around, whether you're not very sick but definitely not well mainly very tired. I hope yours goes away soon.
    The toy photography sounds like your kind of fun!

    1. It does and funny enough with all the extra effort taken for toy photography it is considered 'real' photography in so many circles.
      I find it very challenging.

  4. Anonymous9:41 PM

    Glad you feel not quite as yucky. Be careful not to over do so you don,t relapse. C

  5. Glad you are on the mend. You took some great pics!

    1. Yep, but still a bit tired. At least I got my voice back!

  6. It's good to know you are on the mend. The snowball fight turned out well.

    1. Awww thanks, my fingers got so cold I only did this once or twice! Next time gloves!

  7. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Nothing can keep you down! Glad you are on the upswing. Lori


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