If I had said, "it's in the eyes," I may not have gotten your attention. Ok, ok, I know. Here she goes again. Talking about the eyes in the photograph. The windows to the soul. Can't help myself. They ARE important! To me, they are of the UTMOST of importance! Recently, at the Hearts in the Arts festival in Augusta, Ga I was talking with a woman who was an incredible artist/painter. Her subjects were mainly the large cats, cheetahs, lions, etc. I couldn't get over how the eyes of her subjects were PERFECT. I mentioned to her that when I used to paint, I always hated to do the eyes and kept them for last because, you know, if you don't have the eyes right, then the entire painting would not work! She said, "I agree!" But, then she said, "I always paint the eyes first, then I don't stress at the end!" Such a small piece of advice. WHY DIDN'T I think of that! Ha!
So, you are probably wondering about my title above. Did you know that mastering the perfect hamburger recipe is quite difficult. Way back when ... in Texas with my husband George, who loved to eat - - I decided to try to make the PERFECT hamburger. You know the kind. The one that makes your mouth salivate before you take that first bite. The one that literally is so juicy that it runs down your arm. That tantalizing, perfectly medium rare, hint of charcoal grilled, yumminess. I tried many different concoctions. Pure sirloin beef? A recipe actually called for that and then you had to mix small pieces of butter into the patty. Nothing seemed to work. At the time, George was teaching a new brewer the art of brewing science. He was the head brewer at the Hofbrau house close to Dallas. He also, was the chef. I asked him, because they had that kind of a hamburger on their menu. Are you ready for the secret?
He said to me,
"Laurie, you have to use the cheapest ground meat you can find. It doesn't exactly help out your heart here, but it has the fat that you need to keep it juicy."
"Yes, he said." "One more thing, don't forget the pickle." "The sliced oval dill hamburger kind."
"It's in the pickle, you know."
So, beloved readers, don't forget! It's in the pickle, and it is definitely, definitely,
in the eyes.
I have always loved black and white photography. Maybe, that is why I spent over 20 years in a darkroom. Ha! The feelings you get from them are more intense (my opinion) than color. Reminds me of a movie where Barbara Streisand says, "what, you don't like the make up?" "It's just me in color!" Pretty strong lesson in those words. Read the soul, feel the spirit.
This gorgeous guy is named Sonny. His owners are Judith and Harold Mutter!
Yes, I know the date is wrong. Pretend it is tomorrow. I already posted one for today!
A mule for sale posted on FB led me to this beautiful song. The owner of the mule was recently widowed, and has a beautiful blog about her husband. It really stirred up some memories of my own, when I too, wrote a blog during my husband's illness. Two days ago my electric company sent a gentleman here for a repair that I had called in. His wife had passed recently at the age of 34 of breast cancer. He is alone with three little girls. It just broke my heart. I can't seem to stop thinking about them. He said, "God must have a plan, but I sure don't know what it is."
Grief never ends. Especially, if you have loved. I thought this post reflects in the photograph below.
Late in the day when shadows start to play
On my backdoor and up and down this alleyway
I think back on the times with your hand in mine
We sat talking low...late in the day
It seems you never know a good thing till it goes
Slippin' through your fingers...that's just the price I pay
For being my own man and doin' the best I can
Now I'm alone without a plan...late in the day
Now I pour whiskey, break the ice
Put my feet up and close my eyes
I try hard to listen to what my heart might say
Try to find the rhyme to take me back in time
And be with you here...late in the day
...My life is still the same
My lips still call your name
And my heart can't hide the pain
Late in the day
Here's a version of a young Tim O'Brien performing his song: Late In The Day
Hi everyone! Yesterday, Julie Robins of the Aiken Horsemanship Academy celebrated her tenth anniversary. She put on several fantastic demonstrations with a delicious catered barbecue to follow. Fun was definitely had by all! Kendra DeKay led six bitless horses and their riders with a drill team that performed to music. I am sure Julie can fill in the details of all of the other demonstrations. They were all amazing. Check out the horses without anything on their heads including a halter or reins! JUMPING without! I can go on and on, but I bet you would like to see some photographs. Smug Mug changed their site demographics on me which frankly, I liked it better before. You can access the gallery by clicking on the below photograph. If you get lost, you can always go back into smug mug and on my main page look for the gallery named Portfolio's. This is where the 10th Anniversary photographs are. If you have any problem with ordering, etc., please shoot me an email at Laurieannfix@gmail.com I am learning their new site too...
Please remember that if you do decide to order prints, make sure before placing your order the print fits into their "cropping" area. Sometimes, the whole photo will not fit, so you will need to crop to your liking. These photographs are mostly cropped already as an 8x10. But, some of them are their original size because I had to leave them that way to include the entire drill team. Some of the drill team photographs are cropped to an 8x10. So, just play around with it! I hope you enjoy these! Please feel free to look for the little arrow pointed upwards at the bottom of each photograph on the right. If you click on that you can share ANY photograph in the gallery right to your Facebook page for free.
P.S. remember to click on the below photograph to access the gallery directly. Once you click on the photo, click on the large X at the top right of this photo to be able to see all seven pages of thumbnail photographs. You can hit the word "Slideshow" at the top right of your page for a great view. You can always get out of the slide show and return to the gallery by hitting your escape button.