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March Photo Challenge: Day 1




Prompt: Self Portrait

About this photo: Self portraits are hard. They are even more difficult when you have five minutes before work to take one. However, I wanted to get this photo and the list of participants up before lunch so this is what you get!

This photo was taken in the corner of my living room. The lovely feline model is Euclid, one of Mr. Husband’s three. Of the cats he contributed to this marriage (he is responsible for 75% of them) Euclid is hands-down my favorite. Sassy, playful, pretty and quirky, there is never a dull moment when Euclid is up and moving about.

Also in the photo is my “Be Nice Or Leave” folk art. Dr. Bob, a New Orleans folk artist, gave this to me as a thank you gift.  My first job as a “real” reporter was in Northport, Alabama, a small town adjacent to the famous Tuscaloosa, Alabama that positively brimmed with an overflow of  ‘Bama fans (can I get a Roll Tide, y’all?) Each year I was asked to shoot photos at the  Kentuck Festival in Northport, Alabama. The photo that ended up on the front page was of a delightfully eccentric older gentleman who happened to be one of Dr. Bob’s dearest friends. Dr. Bob was so tickled that I had taken this photo that he came by the newsroom to give me a piece of art.

Being a newbie and steadfast in my journalism ethics, I thanked him but refused the gift. That afternoon I stepped out to cover another story (I believe it was a hay fire – every week was a slow news week in Northport) and when I came back this piece was hanging in my cubicle.  Today I still cherish this piece and keep it prominently displayed in my home as a reminder that I should always be nice, tolerant and patient. Sometimes it works. Other times… not so much!

Sitting on the mantle in a tall glass vase is the pomegranate ornament Mr. Husband and I bought this year. We decided to keep it out year round as a reminder of fertility and prosperity – two things that weigh heavily on us. The make-shift end table is a $20 antique milk jug from the Restore Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store. The $5 lamp also came from Restore. On my long list of things to do in the house is to paint thick black stripes on the shade. The yellow ruffled scarf I’m wearing is one of my sewing creations, made from a $1.50 remnant.

And yes, my legs are really that white. I’m now accepting self tanner donations and/or tickets to the tropics. 🙂


I am just tickled by how many folks are wanting to play along during this Photo Challenge! I had several questions about posting frequency. If your schedule allows a daily post, then do so! If you prefer to save all your photos up and post them once a week, then do that. If you don’t want to shoot daily but do want to play occasionally, post a photo when you feel moved. The point of this challenge is not to become grand photographers or to make our lives even crazier, but to spark a little creativity and create a welcome distraction from the stress of infertility and life. I know I need something to obsess over other than the empty state of my uterus and, based on the comments I have received, y’all do, too! So without further ado, here is our list of participants as of this morning. I’ll add to this list daily so if you want to hop on board, just leave me a comment with a link to your blog!

*This list was last updated at 2:30 p.m., March 1



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  1. March 1, 2012

    Okay, I’m in! I can’t promise I’ll post every day, but I’ve been meaning to get back on my photography horse and this is a good excuse to do it!

    Love your sweet photo!

  2. March 1, 2012

    Simply beautiful! I love your outfit and the house decor. Posting mine soon.

  3. March 1, 2012

    I’ll do it too. Although I’m not sure that I’ll be able to post photos daily. They’re more likely to go up once a week. (Thanks for the permission!)

    Oh, my brother’s are always teasing me about my white legs in the summer. Apparently they are blinding to others when I’m in a pool.

  4. March 1, 2012

    I loved seeing a slice of your life (or a corner of it, rather). Youre still quite the quirky cutie!
    Cool shelves behind you too! Is that a woodburning insert in the fireplace? The Habitat Restore is quite the treasure hunt experience isn’t it?

  5. emhart80 #
    March 1, 2012

    I would love to join in with your photo challenge! My name is EmHart and my blog can be found at I am going to do the best I can with a very old cannon and my camera phone. Lovely idea by the way.

  6. March 1, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love everything about this photo.

  7. March 1, 2012

    Love the photo – LOVE the outfit! And ditto on the pasty legs…..

  8. March 1, 2012

    Love the selfie!! I’m hesitant to post mine now, because it looks so dismal in comparison!

  9. March 1, 2012

    I love the picture! I think I am going to join in the fun too! I have always wanted to do a photo challenge. Why not now?

  10. emhart80 #
    March 1, 2012

    I was so inspired I went and took my photo immediately! Its up on the blog now:
    I am overexcited for the rest of March now. And I LOVE your shoes.

  11. March 1, 2012

    OK, I think I wanna try too! I’ll do my best to post every day, but I make no promises 🙂
    Oh, and I think yellow is an awesome color on you!

  12. nothingifnotoptimistic #
    March 1, 2012

    Love this picture!! 🙂 Love the kitty too! Thanks for coming up with this idea! It’s going to be fun. Had to post my self portrait as soon as I got home!

  13. March 1, 2012

    Hey, great idea. I’m in. Evelyn at Baby Makes 2

    Great picture by the way.

  14. March 1, 2012

    Roll Tide!!

    I love this photo, Belle, you’re gorgeous!

    • March 2, 2012

      Yay a Roll Tide! I miss Alabama…
      And thank you for the compliment. I needed that this morning!

      • March 2, 2012

        You’re welcome. I’m deep in LSU country, but hubby and I love saying ‘Roll Tide!’ and getting dirty looks. Plus my stepdad is from Alabama.

  15. March 2, 2012

    Oh wow, you look great! what a nice photo, thanks for sharing.

  16. March 4, 2012

    Oooh I am so in love with your house! It is just beautiful. I’m a bit behind the ball, but hope to participate in the March photo challenge. I will post some old photos to catch up a bit and then get snapping some new ones as we go. This will keep me busy on this 2ww too!

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