Today, August 20th, Charley and I are celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. He’s gone grocery shopping because he’s planning to make me my favorite meal; the first one he ever cooked for me when we were first dating – blue cheese asparagus chicken with rice and an angel food cake with chocolate frosting for dessert. Tonight we’ll have a quiet dinner and toast our sixteen years as a married couple. “For better, for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health”. No truer words were ever written. We’ve experienced it all and it has made us even closer. Thus proving that Charley was right when I told him sixteen years ago, “I don’t really want to get married” and he declared, “Being married will be great!”
Who’da thunk it?
We spent the past two days on Cape Cod with our good friends Jack and Jean. Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s comprised of fifteen main towns encompassing many quaint New England villages and well-worth a visit if you’re ever on the northeast coast of the United States.
I snapped some photos to share and decided to explain how I sometimes get the special effects some of you have asked me about. I use my iPad to take the photos and then run them through an APP called Brushstroke. Here are some originals and the apped pictures from our mini-vacation sailing on Vineyard Sound with our best buddies.
Composition is important when you’re choosing photos to app, although you can crop and darken or lighten as needed even after the fact. In addition to scenic photography, people can be interesting subjects, too.
There are many settings choices but I tend to favor Oil 1, Simple 5 or 6 and Gloss 2. Now, you can get a lot more creative with this app by choosing different settings.
I’m not very artistic, but I use Brushstroke to do illustrations and create some really interesting pieces. I was showing this to two young girls on the boat and they couldn’t wait to try it out. It’s easy and there are many other Apps available, too. I actually picked this one up for free, used it and liked it. I hope this answers some of your questions, even though it probably has dispelled the myth of my incredible creativity you all had in your minds! Marriage can do that, too.
So, sixteen years ago today, we started out to our wedding and a few minutes from our house we found ourselves stuck in the middle of a major traffic jam. It was Tractor-Pull Sunday at the Washington County Fair. Obviously everybody in South County, except us, was heading there. I told Charley it might be a sign we shouldn’t get married. He wasn’t buying it, so we soldiered on . When we arrived in our shiny, new, red convertible (two hours late), Charley’s friend Mike commented, “Mid-life crisis, Charley?” (referring to the car and Charley’s age) My future husband retorted, “No, Mike, Clare’s my mid-life crisis!”
I’ve been called worse!