Wreaths of Light

Owl Wreath in Nature by Maria L. Berg 2021

For today’s images I tried something new. I thought I could just loop my lights in a circle and make bokeh wreaths, but that didn’t work. Then I remembered a metal loop a friend had given me with the idea of framing my fabric glass. I wrapped the lights around the metal loop, and it worked, but I needed serious distance to get the whole wreath in the shot. For some of the pictures, I put the wreath on my hearth and took the pictures through my open door from as far as I could push back into a bush and tree on the other side of the porch. For others, I hung the ring outside on my door and took the shots from the end of my driveway. I’m excited I got the look I was going for. I might try some more of these with different lights.

Rainbow Wreath on the Hearth by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Wreath in a Breeze by Maria L. Berg 2021

Stupid Cold

My nose is stuffed like a turducken frying
My nose is as productive as the elves making toys
My nose gushes like Niagara Falls during weeks of rain
My nose is a geyser building pressure, about to blow
My nose is as sore as calf muscles the day after a marathon
My nose is as useless as my laptop without a charger
My nose is as frustrating as slow internet
My nose is full of itself like a megalomaniac with a podcast
My nose is as evil as a troll on social media
and stomping on people in Norway
and people who prey on the elderly
and identity thieves, and thieves in general
because it stole my ability to breath and think
My nose has turned me into a whiny mouth-breather
I know it’s doing its job fighting the germs
but it feels like I’m a casualty

Wavy Wreath by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun.

The Changing Focus Blogging Challenge

December’s theme is Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation. I didn’t get much done yesterday. I have a terrible cold and feel sorry for myself, but this challenge inspired me to clean my room to make it more relaxing for sleep. I also made a “Pleasant Dreams” calendar to mark the days that I don’t sleep with the computer, and I am happy to say, I put my first star on it this morning. It was a really tough night since I can’t breath through my nose, but kitty woke me up, wanting out, just as my dream was turning into a nightmare, so I can happily report, I did not have any nightmares.

Techniques I used last night:

  • Clean room
  • Unplugged computer and internet at least an hour before bed
  • bedtime tea
  • Write a worry list (I was surprised how well this worked. When I looked at the list of things that worried me about sleep and nightmares, it didn’t seem so bad)
  • Hot shower
  • positive imagery ( I propped open a page of my Tiffany glass book with a beautiful stained glass scene where I would easily see it from my bed)
  • read by bedside lamp (not overhead light)

And kitty cuddles definitely saved the effort.

So though I did not sleep through the night, and got up often, I call that a complete success for night one.

December Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!