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Some Nice Oranges

You thought, perhaps, that I was talking about the fruit? No, I am still seeing the colours of the last remaining leaves around the city and rather than yellows and greens I am seeing the orange tones. And I am noticing the colour of orange in the reflections on the water from the setting sun  around the city. This photo shows the  rays of  late afternoon sun as it hits the trees and bushes in the wood lot. I tried getting enough focus in the foreground without such a narrow depth of field that I lost too much emphasis in the background so I could still pull the composition together as a whole.

I have been extremely busy taking courses at a learning centre in preparation for job-hunting after being on emotional and mental health leave. I am sorry that I have not been able to keep up with your blogs or even mine for that matter, but have kept up to some of you without commenting.It has been an amazing opportunity to learn about myself, regretfully some of the learning has been about self care and not knowing when to stop. I feel pressured to keep working so hard because of the fear of losing my insurance benefits but have paid the price of my health  and the bronchitis that has been holding on for weeks has now gone deeper into the lungs and turned into pneumonia. So I have brought things to a halt. Again.

I started  a short-term dose on Prednisone to take down the inflammation in my lungs so have been a total insomniac.(Absolutely everything in my apartment is so well organized now!) I was hesitant to take antibiotics because of the drug-resistant bugs but now am taking antibiotics especially since taking having  x-rays taken.

I am mending . I am growing . I am learning so much about Microsoft Word and resumes and references and cold calls and getting along with people and focusing on personal values and goals and problem-solving skills. You name it, it has been covered. Ha Ha! Maybe a little “wanting” in the category of setting limits and boundaries.

I am so grateful that Activia yoghurt has brought out the new flavour of Strawberry Rhubarb in the larger containers. That is just one of the amusing things that I am grateful for because I have been counting my blessings. I am grateful that I could take the time to get outdoors with my friends to grab images of the last bits of autumn colour.Enjoy.

©Jane Chesebrough

13 responses

  1. Very lovely shot Jane ~ and see you are making progress with determining what serves you and what your heart’s longing is… I so hope this bug you are fighting regresses… I too am on the steroid as it was injected in my hip last week in a procedure ~ so buzzing here too. Makes me hyper crazy at times… hoping for some relief while I solidify a plan for what seems an unstable joint (dysplasia).. We will get there – BEYOND – one small step at a time ~ Rest well and heal my friend ~ Love, R

    October 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    • Appreciate your comments, Robyn, and support. oh ya, the hyper crazy I really relate to and I am sure that you are on much higher doses.Hopefully temporary. Just listening to my manic talking BLAH BLAH BLAH to my friends tells me I am OFF the wall.It is because it throws your blood sugars way out of whack. One more pill which I have cut in half to ease the withdrawal.Yes it feels good to be true to my heart and have followed that through nicely this week , despite the obstacles.Being open to not just the picture that I perceive, but a much bigger picture that my Creator sees for me, one little scaredy-cat footstep at a time.Health and healing, from Jane..:)May we walk barefoot in soft sand and feel every grain tickle the bottoms of our soles.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  2. Maxine Lozinski

    Beautiful photo, absolutely love all the color. Sorry to hear you haven’t been well, hope you’re on the way to recovery.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    • Thanks Maxine, good to hear from you. The photo trade show is this Sunday here in town at the Mayfield. Darryl Benson is doing a couple of workshops on Travel.It is a tricky balance being ready, willing and able to work while job-hunting and collecting employment insurance versus resting at home to heal the lungs and body..obviously poor choices in the past got me to this point in the first place.

      October 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  3. Jane, get well soon. Dealing with chronic illnesses isn’t for sissies and you certainly aren’t one! Love the oranges!

    October 27, 2012 at 8:41 am

    • Thanks for the comment, re the photo and about sissies; It is hard to be attentive to health and not go into denial when I am worried about survival which is exactly what I do. And when I am sick I can’t make good decisions-very important to call friends and do reality checks.Once I made up my mind to STOP all the activity and REST – things are starting to turn around.-but I have to continue to be diligent with rest and quiet.Easy when the weather is so blah.
      Thank God for cosy blankets, cocoa and soft music..

      October 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  4. Love the light and splashes of color in this photo Jane ! I too have fallen way behind in keeping up with things. Family matters, job hunting, finances, life in general. One step at a time so to speak. I sincerely hope you are feeling better soon!!!

    October 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    • Thank you David, finally taking CARE now…and enjoying giving in to the rest.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  5. Sorry that you have been having so many health difficulties. Hope things will be looking up for you soon.

    October 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    • Thank you, Deb…taking it one day at a time.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  6. I love the oranges in the fall the best myself, Jane, great shot! So very sorry to hear how sick you’ve been. Sending healing vibes your way for daily improvement! Stay true to yourself, and keep your chin up. I’ll keep you in my prayers for your wellness and job hunting. Hugs from me to you!

    October 30, 2012 at 5:47 am

    • Glad you like the shot, it seems my eye is getting keener and my focus on what I want , plus the environment is giving me a visual banquet to work with. Weird, though, because since I have been sick I have been staying home and the world outside has turned whiter and the temperature has dropped ten degrees. May be I will get out for a short walk today but it is going to be a rude awakening. Your comment, stay true to myself, thank you, because i am doing that, both with my recovery and my passion of photography.Hugs back, Jane 🙂

      October 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

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