I hoped to build on yesterday’s video and think I did grab a decent one. The pic above is a screen shot from today’s video below —
Unless I get lucky, I’m finding I like picking my own frame for the video’s thumbnail, since I often then use it for my header and my “featured image” via WordPress’ architecture. It makes presenting a video more fun for me 😊
Though not nearly as crowded as this past weekend, there were still folks around mid-morning. The sun wasn’t out full blast yet, so the colors in the water and the dappling of the light in the woods weren’t quite what I’d prefer, but it was definitely a doable temperature, lol!
Plus I also accomplished what I wished I’d done better yesterday – show off my new waterproof hiking sandals. I also like they dry quickly with grit and such brushing or washing off easily, yes! 👍
I thought to order a pair for the 8 year old to use so he can run around better out here and hopefully he’ll get to try them out this weekend; if so I’ll post pics of that too – he of course helped pick his pair out, including what shade of blue – surprisingly, a brighter tint than his usual deep royal blue 😊 He’s growing into new colors! ❤️
Meanwhile, one little guy out there this morning (below) was not interested in venturing any deeper, though his owner coaxed and pleaded with him to. I don’t blame him, I stayed in my own version of the shallow end of the pool too ☺️
I might’ve stayed longer, but I needed to and did work on my Volleyball gift writing series, organizing the 7 sports gift writings in the series so’s to put the whole Volleyball series in the Old Bakery for when it opens later this month or early next!
Volleyball Kill is formatted now, for upload to Fine Art America and for being printed next week with my other Volleyball writings. It may all be for naught, but it’d definitely be a zero if I don’t give it a try 😊
Just as importantly, I finally had all the hardware and gumption to install the brackets, rod and set of sun blocker curtains on our lone south facing window (with a lace curtain inset between the two sun blocker halves). It was like instant relief from the early summer Texas sun – whew! Plus really nice to look at, lol!
Take care then everyone! Heat indexes are building and heat warnings are spreading –
Stay cool as needed! ♥️ That’s the cool thing to do! 😊
Waterproof hiking sandals in above tweet at https://amzn.to/3zaqg0n 🥾
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