Monday, November 10, 2008

november days

A few shots of home life. I woke up this morning to find the tree in the front yard struck barren of its leaves and little Moni-dog looking chilled and gloomy at the front door. I always try to smuggle her inside at night for a few minutes but it never fails, everyone else prefers to have her outside. Poor poor Moni-jan, you don't have a prayer for an indoor existence.

For the past 3 days my town has not had any gas. We have been taking bucket baths and cooking our food with tiny electric coils. I took this second shot while in the kitchen chatting with Arpine, waiting for my oatmeal to cook, and hoping she wouldn't mind my obstructive camera in her face.

Aside from photos, I do actually work. I don't like to write about my daily life on this blog, who wants to read about anyone's day in day out stuff. Its a gift to be this free, and to give what you can. My newest project ideas are to host a breast cancer walk for women in the spring, provide some basic outdoor education to the youth here; compass reading, hiking, fire-building, river crossing, first aid, etc., and to work on a few teacher training classes this winter. But taking pictures is by far the most fun!


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Anonymous said...

The rock work is great. How old is the house? Is it limestone? And by the way, how are you gonna teach all these boy scout skills? You weren't in the boy scouts! Guess will have to work on your orienteering skills and knot tying when you come home. Can't wait to see you. Papa

Gini said...

I am not a professional photographer so I don't really speak from any level of experience but your photographs are very interesting. I can't remember if you said you had studied photography. Have you?
I don't know how difficult it is for you to do this journal but I'd love more details if possible - even some description of what you do each day.
I guess soon winter will come. Will there be snow?
I guess these people with whom you are living speak English. Or do you speak Armenian?

circle me confused said...

gini- i appreciate all your comments, so i will answer all of your questions. no, i have not "studied" photography in a school or university. i have however, always been interested in it. i think you can learn alot from studying professionals' work. i live with a family that does not speak english, i speak armenian. and each day is different, life is SLOW but full of richness. guess you just have to get used to that if you want to keep your sanity. again, thanks for visiting and appreciating what i put out there.

mom said...

Perhaps your small acts of kindness with keeping Moni-jan warm will prevail. I hope so, for her. I will keep warm thoughts for Moni-jan thru-out the harsh winter. I know she is grateful for your warm heart.