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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jumpin' July

July 28 -

Time for the month end wrap up to Jumpin' July.

Here's my selfie for the month.  I took it at the Mountain Winery before the Foreigner concert.  What a great night that was.  You can read about it here.

This is our full moon from the 19th.  The Full Buck moon asks, "What are your most powerful dreams?" What a question!  I am thinking about this one a lot.  My dreams include both Bill and I being healthy enough and in a solid financial position to go on adventures.  My dreams include me being able to continue working at home, either typing or creating my special products to supplement our income so we can go on adventures.  My dreams include finding a little house in the country somewhere to either live in full time or just to go on an adventure several months of the year. 

I got really tired of my hair, which sadly is getting very thin, so I decided to get a cut and perm.  After I got it done, I remembered a picture that I had from when I was in my twenties. 

This is the picture.  We had a western theme party and I was a saloon girl, of course.

I am working through a program called Inner Excavate Along with Liz Lamoreux.  In it we are exploring our pasts and getting in touch with ourselves through pictures, poetry and mixed media.  It is something I started when she did it last year but did not finish.

One of the exercises is to take a mirror picture of ourselves.  When I got my haircut and remembered about this old picture, I decided to try to recreate it.  Because of the "mirror" idea, I put the flower on the other side and took a picture now.

It is sinking in that I will never look like the 25-ish year old girl in the picture on the left.  Physically impossible, in fact, since I had some facial surgery in my early thirties because of TMJ issues.  They did some reconstruction around my mouth.  Then of course there are a few extra lines and wrinkles as one would expect after 30 years of marriage and three children :)

Then I decided to go one step further and really take a "mirror" picture of myself.  Maybe it's wishful thinking or maybe it's because it is a smaller picture, but it seems to me that in the second reflection I can kind of see that 25 year old smiling back at me.

Sounds like a sci-fi story, right?  You get younger with each receding reflection.  

On another interesting note, while visiting our daughter at the new house she is renting this school year, I saw this pretty rose growing in her garden and snapped a picture.  I think it kind of looks like that flower in my hair from the saloon girl days, don't you?  I did not realize it until I was gathering the pictures for this exercise.  I think the universe may be telling me something, huh?  

I'm getting ready for the August Break with Susannah Conway again.  31 days of pictures!  The prompt for Day 15 is unicorn!  Bet you can't wait to see what I come up with for that!

How about you?  How has your July been?  Got any big plans for August?  Love to hear about them!

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