Friday Faves – Edition 31



Edition 31.


This week has been a blur. If you read my post on Monday then you know that my family in Naples was affected by Hurricane Irma, but that they are all safe.


I don’t spend much time on my personal Facebook page. When I do visit it, I usually catch up on people’s lives in a stalker-ish type of way.  I don’t always have anything to add, so my comments are infrequent and I rarely fill in the “what’s on your mind?” box to add to my page. That has been completely different this week. I have been the relayer of updates on my family to the rest of the extended family. I have shared information about local resources so that those who do have internet are able to know where to find them. I have checked updates of others to be sure they made it through the storm safely.

I have heard from friends who had to take turns holding the door so that the wind did not blow it in. I have cousins and friends who have waited 3-4 hours in line for gas. I have seen photos of the devastation. Photos from Naples…streets I have walked on. Photos from Immokalee … the town I graduated high school from. Photos of lives ripped apart.

Yet, I have also been privy to hear of the kindnesses and compassion that have taken place in the wake of devastation.


I mentioned that I did not attend Miss Sunshine’s game last Sunday. However, I did attend her game in Lynchburg that Saturday.


Normally, this is not a photo that I would share because the ball and hands aren’t in focus. I know that some people like that movement in their shots, but that would not have been my preference for this photo.  Even if I had frozen the shot in focus, I would have known that this is right at the throw by the fact that her foot is being dragged. [Handy hint if you don’t know soccer…futbol…both feet must stay on the ground during a thrown-in. This action gives you more oomph.]

I’m sharing the photo because I finally took the time to learn something new about my camera because I was frustrated by this shot. I am still working on learning how things work on manual and aperture priority modes, so when I can’t practice (such as for a game) I’ve been relying on Auto mode.

My Nikon had a handy-dandy action setting right on the top knob. On that setting, the shutter speed was always quick enough to freeze movement. On Auto mode, my Sony Alpha 7II captured this photo at: ISO 100, f/11, 1/250… too slow of a shutter speed. I did know the Sony had a scene selection (the SCN setting on the top control knob), I just didn’t know how to change it.  Once on it, you press the menu button and under the camera tab, you can find scene selection (mine was on page 7). Ta-da! Now I need some more action shots…good thing Miss Sunshine has a soccer game tomorrow.



I mentioned earlier in the week that I often pick up movies at the library. These were a couple that we recently watched.

Have you seen either of them? What did you think?

Wales is a place that my heart has always been drawn to and that I hope to get to visit, so I found the landscape scenes in King Arthur to be entrancing. As far as The Zookeeper’s Wife, I love movies based on true stories about people who did brave things.

Turning 40.

Yay…me! In case you missed Tuesday’s postI turned the Big 4-0 on the 12th. We decided to have a family dinner at Outback and then came back home for cake.

I was sooooo stuffed, but it was all sooooo good.

Birthday Presents.

My parents had already sent me presents in the mail which I saved to open on my actual birthday. I love this bracelet and they also sent a wine glass that says the same thing.

I like that…aged to perfection.


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The last time I went home was Memorial Day. I flew in to meet my mom and aunt before we drove to Miami the next day to fly to Scotland. I spent most of my brief time in Naples visiting all my family, but I wanted to see the beach. All the beaches were packed, not a parking spot in sight, so my mom dropped me off at my favorite beach, Lowdermilk Park, and drove around while I breathed in the heavy scent of salt upon the air and snapped a couple of photos. Today, my hometown still weighs heavy on my heart. My parents are clearing debris and traveling into the city to assess damage to my Papa's home while he remains in a rehab facility…my brother will need to replace his roof…aunts and uncles have sustained some minor damage. But they are all safe and that is what matters. My heart goes out to those who no longer have a place to lay their head. I know the community is and will continue to come together…because that's what they do…that's who they are… #CollierStrong . . . .#visitflorida #roamtheplanet #roamflorida #pocket_beaches #ihavethisthingwithcolor #sheisnotlost #stayandwander #optoutside #theoutdoorfolk #theglobewanderer #fromwhereistand #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #darlingescapes #passportready #letsgosomewhere #traveldiaries #travelstoke #liveauthentic #lifeofadventure #modernoutdoors #ladiesgoneglobal #natureaddict #naturehippys #visualsoflife #exploretocreate #sonyalpha #seekthesimplicity #floridastrong

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Stress has consumed much of my week. Sometimes I let it paralyze me, but I finally got back into the gym on Wednesday and once again started tackling my mile long to-do list.

I was in Florida for Hurricane Wilma. It feels strange to be away from my family as they move through this cleanup process after Hurricane Irma.


The song I chose this week is by the band Broods. They are out of New Zealand and I like their music. I chose this specific song because…my parents were the beginnings of the formation of this woman who is still discovering…still growing…still evolving.

I hope that you all have an amazing weekend.

Fall is on the march here in Southwest Virginia. Leaves are beginning to change. The sun’s not sure he wants to cooperate with cooler weather, but I still plan to get out and walk amongst the trees.


Let your light shine!



22 thoughts on “Friday Faves – Edition 31

  1. wow – the first thing I noticed was the foot dragging in the soccer shot and I thought the focus was on purpose- but nice to hear about your camera exploring… and go soccer! probably my favorite sport to personally play and to watch local teams play informally – but pro soccer bores me….
    and whew – sounds like a busy week and as I read about your fb experiences – it sounds like many of us – we use at times whereas others need it and use it everyday.
    oh and happy birthday – loved the cake (hope outback was good – thinking of victoria’s filet) and cool bracelet.

    1. Thank you! Outback was great. The out of focus portion has started to grow on me, although my preference would still have been for it to be in focus. I knew nothing about soccer until my daughter started playing 7 years ago. …I’m still learning 🙂

  2. So glad you enjoyed celebrating your birthday!!! Happy birthday. LOVE your bracelets!!! So pleased everyone is safe.
    Love this song. Did you know that Broods come from Nelson where we live? They were first in a band called The Peasants with a number of people who were part of our church before they moving countries. They won the nation wide rockquest. Georgia and some other band members led worship at our church and events on a number of occasions. Small world 🙂 They have done so well. Extremely talented. Check out The Peasants ‘Letting Go’ on you tube – that was there single. Hope that this week is full of goodness and a little more relaxation x

    1. Thanks so much Dee.
      I did not know Broods was from the same town as you! Georgia has an amazing voice. I looked up The Peasants. That was a great song as well! I’m having fun with YouTube recommending bands from other countries.

  3. What a week for you , Amy. Love the “vintage” pendant on your bracelet 🙂 ! Just recently I watched both movies – while I didn’t like King Arthur too much I loved the “Zookeepers Wife”. Also cool you went to Outback. You know this is my favorite chain? Each time i fly into the US, the first night I try to make it to an Outback. Next time coming Monday. Portland is calling again…have a good weekend! Marcus

    1. Thanks Marcus!
      The filming location was my favorite part of King Arthur, but I usually enjoy medieval movies. We don’t get to Outback often, but I knew that it would have something everyone would like. I had some tasty steak and shrimp! 🙂 Hope you make it there on your trip to Portland!

  4. Thanks for the tip on the Sony with SCN mode. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never noticed that selection nor explored what options it provided. I am loving my Sony and you’ve just given me something else to play with 🙂

    Happy birthday week, and hope the celebrations continue!!

    1. Thanks Joanne! I’m trying to stretch out the celebrations as long as possible.

      I hope you have fun with that seeting!! I’m mostly trying to learn to get Aperture priority to do what I want, but I really needed that action setting for the soccer games. I ended up with some good ones yesterday….now I just need to add a zoom lens to my list. 🙂

  5. Wales is up there on my list of must sees. So much green!
    I love the charm, that in itself is perfection! I want one!
    I hope your weekend is a happy one 🙂

    1. I think it’s all the green that calls me as well.
      I thought the charm was so great too!
      So far so good on the weekend. I’m hoping to get out and walk amongst some trees a little later today. 🙂

  6. There is a place for social media in circumstances such as Irma. Glad your family are safe. I read the Zookeeper’s Wife and loved it. I haven’t seen the movie though.

    1. Thank you!! On my other camera, I often used the landscape setting because it worked so well at what I wanted. The new camera has a little steeper learning curve for me. I never took any types of art in high school or college because being graded on a skill that I didn’t have went against my perfectionist, I need an “A”, personality. Now I really wish I’d taken some.

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