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Aching Eyes

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Several years ago, okay, actually 15 years ago, I was plagued with ocular migraines. In a nutshell, it is migraine in your eyeball. They are excruciating. Ocular migraines are often accompanied by nausea and severe vertigo but the worse part was all that throbbing pain centered in your eyes. When I experienced one, I was forced to be bed for hours with an ice pack on my face. They shut my life down.

Around 2005, I came across a supplement for mood and sleeping called 5-HTP. It was a miracle pill for me. Not only did my sleep improve, symptoms from fibromyalgia as well as ocular migraines slowly disappeared. It was a new lease on life for me. Today, I experience these pain in the eyeball migraines very seldom.

Except for today. I spent way too much time on the computer yesterday. I woke in the middle of the night with a pounding migraine. I used every trick in the book to vanquish the nasty beast. After 3 hours, the headache is subsiding but my eyes are killing me. Which is frustrating because I have a ton of work to do on the computer. I will have to ration my time in front of a screen and ration my work.

So that means, this is it for today’s blog post.
Rest, ice and meds.

Be brave.
Jamie Christine

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Friday Funk

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I woke up in a strange mood today.

I can feel a funky mood coming over me. One of those days where I either get myself together or I bark at people all day. I hate yelling at my boys so I will make every attempt to get it together. I will spend most of my day cleaning a little, crocheting and watching movies. I may take a walk to the grocery store. My car is out of commission right now but the walk may good for me. Adding to my discontent is the fact that the first person I thought of this morning was my gold digging step-mother. When my father died she robbed my brother and I of everything. Hell, when my father was alive she robbed us of him. Thinking of her puts me in a foul mood but if the spirit is bringing her up there may be something there that I need to investigate. Ugh…

So, here is something bright and cheery to help my mood and wish you a very  happy and safe weekend!

Be brave.
Jamie Christine

 

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Sunny Saturday

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I am up late. Just starting to get my brain in focus and start some work. I came across this happy image and decided to share a quick post. I took this shot a few years ago. Up close and personal with the Brittle Bush. It is actually a weed the grows wild in Arizona but in the spring it is covered with these superb, sunny little flowers. They line the highways and cover the desert with a dazzling yellow spreading delightful beauty wherever they may wander. Yet, they are still a weed. Some times I wonder if creation comes up with things like the Brittle Bush just to confound humans and say, “You haven’t begun to discover the magic that is out there.” Magic like weeds that cover the desert with beauty. I wish each of you a sunny, happy Saturday. I hope that your weekend is wonderful and full of loving sunshine!

Be brave,
Jamie Christine

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The Red Roan

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This weekend, I was looking through my collections of photographs, when I came across this shot of The Red Roan standing tall as the river flowed against him. I paused and stared because I just love this photo and this horse. He exudes strength and power. When you witness him standing in the river like this, there is a sense that he owns the Salt River. Yet, I’ve never seen him behave in a vicious manner. I have never had the privilege of watching him defend his place along the Salt River but he bares a few scratches and scars that attest to the fact that he is not one to be trifled with on his own grounds. He is definitely a stallion who calls the shots in his world. His presence is so impressive that catching a glimpse of him takes your breath away.

On this particular morning, when he glanced my way and paused while I took as many shots as I could in the moment, I was stunned. I still recall the feeling when he looked directly at me. Some may think that I felt wonder or amazement but the strongest emotion that arises from the encounter is gratitude. This beauty did not have to stop and acknowledge my presence with a glance. His is, clearly, the master of his domain. Yet, he did. I am grateful that he glanced my way because The Red Roan is the manifestation of what it means to be wild, free and in full control of ones destiny.

I am also jealous of him.
Be brave.
Jamie Christine

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Special Saturday Entry

Hello,
I know that Saturday is not my regular day to post but I was off this week and didn’t get my regular entries completed. #BadBlogger.

I am dropping by real quick to say “Hi” and let you know I am still here. Still unemployed. Still using my air conditioner in October. Not happy about this fact.

As for my interview. I share the details next week but I made it through first rounds. I have been invited to have a second interview next week so here’s hoping for wonderful news.

Preparing to move. I’ve packed one box of dishes. I do not know when or where I am moving. I just know that I am moving.

Here is a photo that I love. Which reminds me that I may be entering a photo contest this month at National Geographic. Wouldn’t that be stellar!
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Gentle reminder. All photos are copyrighted by me and bentblossom.com. 🙂 Thank you!

Take Care.
Be Brave.
Jamie Christine

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October 6, 2017 – Day 6

I have been doing a lot of thinking about what kind of format I would like set forth here at Bent Blossom. Ultimately, I do not want to simply bombard the world with lengthy posts about my day. Although, those types of entries will be prevalent, there are other things I would like to share. I have goals for Bent Blossom, however, like all things me, I do much better if my goals unfold step by step. I will add that it is my intention to have the blog format completely set by the end of October, 2017.

With that being said, I have decided two things this morning. Number one, I am only going to blog Monday through Friday. My brain and fingers need a break, at least for now. If things progress to where I need to make entries on Saturday and Sunday then, of course, I will do that but for right now, my brain is only mustering up for Monday to Friday. You may leave comments/likes on Saturday and Sundays. I will most certainly be checking in and responding every day. Just only posting on weekdays.

Number two, I have decided that Friday is a good day to share my photography. Yipee! I know you are excited about it. I am teaching myself photography. I do this mainly by trial and error, learning from my circle of spectacularly, awesome photographer friends and occasionally by taking online classes. Currently, my main focus through the lens is nature and wildlife. On Fridays, I will be sharing one of my photos. My ultimate goal is to offer my work for purchase on Bent Blossom. Ultimately.

This week’s photo was taken in the early morning in one of my favorite spots to wander. I am in Arizona and this is part of the Tonto National Forrest, near the Salt River. I go there often to roam by the Salt River through magical mesquite groves and photograph the Salt River Wild Horse herd. You, will definitely be seeing and hearing about these lovely beings! In this shot, you can see Four Peaks, which is visible from the entire Valley of the Sun.

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