Brandy Day247: Small Town USA

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Memories, you love to have them when they are good and would give anything to have amnesia when they are painful, however everyday you have the opportunity to make new ones.
Second to shooting photos, I love meeting new people. Hearing other peoples stories and just friendly chat is captivating for me, perhaps the reason I’ve enjoyed bartending so much for the past several years.
Shot this while shooting pool, making memories with new people where old memories reside with past friends.

Brandy Day246: Black & White in Red

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Timing. Everything in life is about timing. It can make or break a situation, relationship, ruin a good thing or make a good thing horrible. Tonight I believe some things in my life have come full circle. I’ve realized things I’ve suppressed for four years, cried & tried holding on to a piece of my past that wanted to run faster than a wild horse. Part of healing is letting go I suppose. Its hard to let go when you don’t have closure. I don’t know if tonight was closure or complicated things more than they had been.
Love isn’t black & white.

Brandy Day243: What I See

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I was headed back south from Ft Wayne after spending a great day with family & friends when the above happened. I pulled over on the side of I69 and shot this photo. People were flying by at over 70mph not thinking twice about what was taking place just to their right hand side. Often times I wonder, how do people not see what I see?!
I realize we don’t all see things the same way, what a boring world this would be. Stepping back and taking another look, perhaps from another point of view is how we are able to see so much of this world.

Brandy Day241: Rinse Cycle

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Everything in life can be a vicious cycle and if we are not careful getting caught in it can ruin us.
In the beginning everything starts fresh, grows, changes & dies. Once it dies its gone forever. Whatever it is. God willing it comes back, it will never be the same. Be sure to enjoy life at first sight, because YOU will eventually grow, change & die.
Take too many photos, enjoy every moment no matter how small & know nothing is really ours.

Brandy Day240: Forgotten Love

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There is a home that has stood vacant for years. It’s slightly overgrown with weeds, the wood is weathered & some of the windows are broken out. A few months ago I drove by and noticed two blacks labs in the pinned in back area, though the house still sat ‘for sale’. Concerned for them, I went back this evening checking to see if they were still there. They were. I immediately contacted the number listed and spoke with the homeowner. He explained he couldn’t have then where he currently lived & that he feeds them twice a day and they were available for adoption.
My heart broke for them. I look at my two and how happy they are and how happy they make me. That is their job, to love & nurture. To keep me happy & laughing. These two dogs who have been ‘forgotten’ about, who sit outside alone every evening. Hoping their owner comes back to feed them again.
I contacted a friend about helping me remove them and take them to a shelter. Hopefully we can make this happen. Soon. They would be adopted immediately and hopefully into a loving home, where they can do why they do best. Love.

Brandy Day239: Kickin’ It

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Today was hard for me to go and shoot. I have been fighting a migraine & nausea. As the evening began to set in, the pain in my legs began to worsen. Unfortunately, shooting sunset and photos for me is like the equivalent of having a drink every evening to others. It’s an addiction. I knew if I sat at home and felt sorry for myself & the lousy way I was feeling, I was going to more upset about missing the sunset.
I would have been right. It was beautiful! I also had the pleasure of meeting two beautiful dogs & their lovely human. Like I always say, a sunset always means a new day will soon start.

Brandy Day238: Awkward Comfort

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Not sure why, but when things get hard, really really hard, I go here. The cemetery. Jordan was buried here 8 years ago. I wouldn’t say I ‘feel’ him here so I’m not sure why this is where I run. Its peaceful, quiet & soothing. After he first passed I would spend almost every night out here.  A few times I feel asleep, crying for him.  Willing to give anything to have him back. 
Today was a very hard day. Flooded with emotions & tears. Mostly because I miss him & his loyalty. His friendship & his love. His security. Feeling broken, leaving my heart buried.

Brandy Day236: Cooper She Is Wearing A Purdue Tee!!!

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There’s no greater comfort than that of a best friend. The one you are lucky enough to share moments of happiness & sadness with. Unconditional loyalty, there no matter what or how ridiculous it may seem. Share adventures or lazy nights on the couch. Tears & Totinos party pizza.
Behind every strong woman is a boy with a cute pup! 

Brandy Day235: Tar Bubbles

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Upwards of 90°, driving down country roads with a sound like that of driving through Rice Krispies. Tar bubbles. Generally found on less traveled roads before they have a chance to throw gravel down. This is the country equivalent to popping bubble wrap! (See you get excited just reading bubble wrap.) Its a liberating feeling driving down the road, windows down & the fresh popping of hot tar beneath your tires.
A very fun and happy childhood memory, only we used our bare feet & grubby hands.