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CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   9/1/20 at 2:15am




Hello everyone!

If you think that it's been a long time since I visited your profile, you are absolutely right. I haven't been doing much visiting here since the end of March. One thing that I have been doing, however, is logging into DN a couple of times a day so that people here wouldn't worry about me. 

My state of Michigan went into lockdown on March 15th. Because I am in a high risk category, (heart attack last December among other things) I take lockdown very seriously. My husband started doing all of the grocery shopping. I stopped going to any stores. I either worked (part time because business is down) or stayed at home. It didn't take long for me to start feeling stir crazy. 

Then I rediscovered an old love of mine. Nature. I started going to a nature center near my house with my camera in tow. The center itself was closed, but the trails were not. I walked those trails, sat on benches, listened, observed, and started taking photos. I've taken several thousand photos since March, and have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. I've photographed trees, trails, birds, deer, wildflowers, squirrels, insects, and more.

I've been to at least 6 Nature Centers now. The wallpapers I uploaded today (even the blue Chevy wallpaper!) are from 3 different ones that I've been to recently. 

I feel so much calmer and happier than I used to. Trail walking or even just sitting outdoors and listening is wonderful medicine. Give it a try and you won't be sorry!

I hope to start getting more active here again. I have ideas for 2 nature groups that I haven't yet seen on DN. I actually meant to start those 2 groups a month ago though, and it didn't happen.:P  If and when I finally do, I will let you know. :)

Thank you for not giving up on me. There've been many days when I've desperately needed to walk the trails and let the computer go. With the way that things are happening in our troubled world, I'll likely continue to need the trails very much. I'll try not to be as much of a stranger though. You might be surprised at how much I think of many of you as I walk!

May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Hugs,

Elaine :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/19/20 at 8:03pm
PPPS. I hope you come back on to DN sometime... I still love your Avatar! lol :)
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/19/20 at 8:03pm

Hi Terry,

Springtime greetings from the lower Peninsula of Michigan! :P :D

Believe it or not, I took the photograph above 2 days ago, on April 17th. I guess it goes along with the rest of our upside down world that we would get a couple inches of snow on an April Spring day. Actually, some parts of Michigan got 6 inches of it!

Below are three more pictures that I took that day. Thank goodness the snow has melted-- at least where I live! :P

I know that the snow blew through more states than just Michigan, and it probably went through parts of Canada also. If you experienced any of this unseasonable weather, I'd love to hear about it! :D

Hugs,

Elaine :)

PS. I hope to start getting more active on DN soon. I was in shock for quite awhile about the pandemic that we are all experiencing, but I think I'm finally adjusting to everything.

Thank you to all of you who have left comments on my wallpapers... that is SO appreciated! I hope to start leaving comments on yours again soon too. We need to uplift and support each other during these disturbing and difficult times. In my opinion, there is no better way to do that than to leave a comment on a wallpaper! :) :) :)

PPS. Here is a caution/warning to everyone who uploads wallpapers to DN... If you are in the habit of putting descriptions on your wallpapers, BE CAREFUL! Save your descriptions in a document so that you don't lose them.

When I uploaded my 4 wallpapers today, I edited them to add a group or two that I had forgotten. I added my groups, but when I hit "Save" my entire wallpaper description vanished! Thank goodness, I had written my descriptions in memos separate from DN. I was able to paste them back in... whew! I have now begun a document of every one of my descriptions. I also plan to paste and copy my descriptions on to a memo pad before I do any Group adding or editing on any wallpaper from now on.

This may be a new bug or it may only happen from time to time. All I know is, I'm not going to take any chances with this, and I'm sure that none of you will want to either. Please pass this info along to any uploader you know whom it could help. :) :) :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/12/20 at 7:13pm
Have a special, blessed Easter! I hope you are doing okay. Send me a PM if you need to talk to somebody... our entire world has been crazy lately! :P :D

Giant Hugs,

Elaine :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   3/31/20 at 3:37am


Greetings to everybody! :)

Although I've been logging in to DN everyday, I haven't been very active. Case in point... I haven't uploaded any wallpapers this month... until today, and it's the very last day of the month!

I have to admit that part of it is I've been watching all of the Coronavirus/Covid 19 TV news. (That's about all the news there is, these days!) I've watched in horrified fascination as the numbers of sick people go higher and higher. At least the TV news does one good thing, it leads me to pray, again & again & again for nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel. Also for all of the people who have fallen ill from this hateful virus...

In Michigan we are under "Stay at Home" orders. I think every state in the USA should be doing that-- I feel sorry for people in places that do not have these orders. One of my sisters who lives in another state told me she wishes so much that their governor would give Stay at Home orders too, so everyone will be safer.

At this point, I want to apologize to everyone who belongs to my Cows, Sheep, and Balloon Groups. Normally, I favorite and comment on all of the wallpapers in those 3 groups. I just haven't had it in me to do that lately. :( I may not be getting back to that very much until the pandemic is more under control and less worrisome.

If you have uploaded wallpapers to any of those 3 groups that you would really like me to see and comment on, post them directly on my profile, and I'll try to do better. For that matter, if any of you have ANY walls you think I would appreciate, post those on my profile page too. Frankly, I could use some beautiful walls right now, to keep my mind off of the latest Covid-19 woes.

The 3 wallpapers that I've just uploaded are below. The first wall especially, was inspired by the Covid-19 situation. I hope it will make you smile. We can all use something to laugh at these days...

Whatever you do, take care of yourselves and your loved ones! I hope we DNers can all get through this pandemic safely!

Giant Hugs,

Elaine :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/31/19 at 7:10pm
Hi Terry,

I'm driving by...


to wish you a

If you are like me, you have some great memories of 2019 but also things you would just as soon put far behind you. For now, let's leave the old behind and celebrate the new!:D

Hugs,

Elaine :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/25/19 at 10:29am
Hello everyone,

It is so good to be able to write a greeting to all of you! :)

I had a major life changing event this month. Many of you know that on December 9th I had a massive heart attack. I am so glad to be alive and able to tell you that. :D

I will never be the same again. I am not talking about what I went through or the 2 stents in my heart. I am talking about mentally. You can't go through something like this without rethinking your priorities and what is most important to you in life...

I won't tell you about every priority that I've set for myself, but there are a couple that you will want to know. One is that I am more committed to Desktop Nexus than ever. I still love and care about this website, in spite of the spam and neglect. You, my friends, make this website a joy to be on. I will do what I can to battle spam and stay in touch with all of you. :)

I can probably explain the most important priority in my life by talking about my December wallpapers. They are in this post in the exact order that I uploaded them. imo these wallpapers are an accurate description of my life so far this month.

"Christmas Ribbon Dance" is a simple light hearted Abstract I completed about 3 days before I went through the heart attack. (I also had a funny one to go along with it, of a somewhat psychedelic poinsettia. I never finished that one. I'll probably upload it next Christmas.)


I created "A Stained Glass Christmas" in the spirit of, "Oh gosh! I'm barely going to have any Christmas wallpapers to upload this month! I've got to get busy creating something!" :P Well, I starting having so much fun manipulating my stained glass window photo that I forgot to worry about the number of wallpapers that I might or might not upload. It felt so good to take my time and simply create something intricrate and pretty! :)


"A Wonderful Gift" has two hearts in it's design. (At first glance they may not be easy to see.) In the description of this wallpaper I've written about some of the things I went through during my heart attack. I did not go through it alone! God was with me all the way through... :)


The last wallpaper in my post, "O Holy Night" is the reason that I didn't get to upload these wallpapers until Christmas Day. (As I write these words, it is 3am where I live, and yes, it is indeed Christmas!:D) The other 3 wallpapers were ready to go up a couple of days ago. But I felt like something was missing... and after some soul searching I realized that I wanted to create a wall that told a story... the Christmas story. I hope you like it! Of all of these wallpapers, this is the one that I'd love for you to take a close look at, in part because I put so much work into it. I think I spent at least 16 hours on it!:) (I had that kind of time on my hands because my cardiologist didn't want me to go back to work or drive for a couple of weeks.)


Thank you so much for being my friends. Thank you for the care and the concern and the get well wishes that you all PMed me with and/or posted on my profile page. That meant so much to me...

Have a beautiful, wonderful, and blessed Christmas, everyone. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, have a beautiful, wonderful week ahead!

God bless us, everyone!

Hugs,

Elaine :)

PS. There is one Desktop Nexus member who is no longer with us. Blueangels1015/Judy went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 19th. Grandma Gingerbread/Joyce let me know this just today through a PM. (For anyone who doesn't know, Grandma Gingerbread/Joyce is Judy's sister.)

Joyce is extremely busy right now with funeral arrangements and many other things that must be taken care of when someone passes away. She told me that she would be on DN sporadically for awhile because of that. Here is a link to her profile page in case you would like to send her a sympathy card. (I can only imagine how rough it must be to lose a loved one at this time of year.) :(

https://my.desktopnexus.com/grandma_gingerbread/

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   11/18/19 at 3:03am
Hi Everyone,

Many of you have probably noticed that I haven't been very active on here for the past month. I have been dealing with a lot, including the death of a relative, and my mother who's in her 90's was ill for awhile. :(

My life has calmed down now, thank goodness. I'll hopefully be able to get back to commenting on your wallpapers and thanking you for your thoughtful comments on mine. Profile Greetings & Wallpaper Comments make Desktop Nexus go 'round--- and I've hated not being a part of that!

One thing that I have done in spite of being busy, was carry my camera around. Luckily, it doesn't take long to shoot pictures, and I have been--- of the crazy weather we've been having lately! If you are from the USA or Canada, you probably know exactly what kind of weather I'm talking about. Weird on and off stuff! For example...

A beautiful Fall day on November 3rd...



Then 3 days later, it looks like Winter!



Just 1 day later, it's back to being Fall again...



But 6 days later, it's acting like late December!


No I am NOT making this up... actually, a lot of you know that for yourselves, I am sure. Here's a link to my latest journal entry. It has these photos in it and more, along with the exact dates I took them. (At one point I said to my husband, "Do you know why I'm taking so many photos right now? It's because I want PROOF that this CRAZY weather is actually HAPPENING!)

https://my.desktopnexus.com/CollieSmile/journal/what-happ...

I hope you enjoy my journal... I think you'll identify with it. Even if you haven't experienced any of this loony tunes weather recently, we all have been amazed or stupified by the weather at some time or another... :P

Hang in there, everybody. May you be warm if your weather is cold, and cool if your weather is warm! :D

Hugs,

Elaine :)
CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   10/24/19 at 1:32am



Hi Terry,

I've been longing to get outside & get Autumn on camera. During the past few days, I finally got my chance. It's been a feast for my eyes! There are so many wonderfully colored trees in my area right now! :D

I hope the trees are this beautiful in your neck of the woods! (Or that when your part of the world experiences Autumn, you'll have great colors to see also!)

Have a beautiful rest of the week!

Elaine :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   8/31/19 at 12:49am


Greetings to all of my friends on Desktop Nexus! :D

I've spent a lot of my life chasing rainbows. I finally caught a good double bow in July --- several times --- with my camera. :P Can you use a rainbow in your life? Search for them after a rainstorm; if there is one it will be directly opposite the sun. In the meantime, here are 5 you can choose from. :)

Besides chasing rainbows, I've been busy with work & watching my 2 young granddaughters grow. It's been an interesting, happy summer for me. I'm not quite sure I'm ready for it to end. (I bet that any of you from Australia or other places in the Southern Hemisphere are ready to trade off seasons though. lol)

I never realized that the seasons are opposites in the northern and southern parts of the world until I joined Desktop Nexus. I think that GreenFroggy/Di from Australia was the first person to enlighten me. (I got curious when she was busy uploading Spring wallpapers in the Fall, I think.) That seasonal fact still fascinates me!:D

For those of you in the USA and Canada who celebrate Labor Day this Monday, I hope you have a great one! As for everyone else on DN, I hear that many of you celebrate Labour Day on May 1st. Don't worry... your turn is coming!

In any case, have a great weekend!:D

Elaine :)






CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   7/21/19 at 1:58am

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon? Did you watch it as it happened on television like I did? Share your memories in the comments on this wallpaper. :D

Have a great evening!

Elaine :)

PS. If you are too young to remember the moon landing, congratulations... you are probably in a lot better shape than I am... :P :D



CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   6/26/19 at 5:26am





Hello everyone,

I've been behind in all things DN, especially visiting around. I've been dealing with everything from a very painful tooth to taking a short 3 day vacation. Unfortunately, I had to take the painful tooth with me! :P Finally, towards the middle of the 2nd day, the tooth began to calm down as the antibiotics I was taking started to work. When my husband and I drove home on the third day, we felt refreshed and rejuvenated. Sooner or later, I'll be uploading some vacation photos. We stayed in Michigan and went to Mackinaw Island and then to the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula.

Something funny happened to me just before we came home. We were eating at an old fashioned diner. After we had hamburgers, we decided to order soft serve Sundaes for dessert. (I was all for anything soft & easy to eat.) When the waitress brought them out, her hand hit my tall glass of ice cubes and water. Ice and water cascaded into my lap and onto the floor. The poor waitress was very dismayed... but I just burst out laughing. I told her not to worry; she had picked the right person to spill ice water on. I had an extra set of clothing in our suitcase. After John and I ate our desserts, he went out and got me a denim skirt and a green tee shirt. I changed out of my soaked clothing in the bathroom, and then we started our drive home.

I took loads of photos while we were on vacation, but all of the walls here are ones I tried to upload before we left. I simply ran out of time. (2 emergency dental appointments just before we left didn't help!)

Anyway, I hope you like these. The "church geese" and the wallpaper with the moon in it were all photographed at my church. The other three photos are ones I took near my home.

Have a great week, everybody. May you experience lots of blue sky and sunshine! :D

Elaine :)





CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/20/19 at 2:05am

Greetings! :D

I've been playing with colors...




...keeping my eye out for color loving rabbits...


and being thankful for what Easter is all about.


Have a beautiful & meaningful holiday! And don't eat too many chocolate marshmallow eggs! :D

Elaine :)



CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   4/1/19 at 1:31am

Hi Terry,

I did some unexpected & unusual cloud watching the other day. I've got some striped wallpapers to prove it! :D

Have you ever seen cloud formations like these? If you have, I'd love to know about it. They're sure new to me...

Happy cloud watching... and have a wonderful week!

Elaine :)







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CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   2/15/19 at 1:11am
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CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   2/1/19 at 4:32am

Hi Everybody,

I've been a bit out of touch with most of you, because my back decided to go out once again. So up until now I've had to limit my computer time because of back pain. I finally feel better, however, so I'll be able to start spending more time on DN. :)

Have you ever seen sundogs? I got to see some on January 6th. I couldn't photograph both of them at the same time, or I might have ruined my camera. (I would have had to point it directly at the sun.) I was able to photograph one sundog at a time though, and I've uploaded 3 of my favorite shots.

I hope you will read the description under one of the sun dog walls, especially if you would like to see sundogs in person. Each description gives the best times of day and the best season for spotting them. I like the way they came out in my photos, but everybody should have the joy of seeing them in person. They are more common that you might realize! :D

There is one more wallpaper description of mine I hope you'll read. The colorful abstract above is a sort of journal entry for me, about the deep polar vortex cold that so many of us in the USA & Canada are experiencing. Michigan residents were asked to do something last night that I'm sure will go into the history books. Hope you read it and add your own comments!

Take care of yourselves everybody, and stay warm!

Elaine :)








CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/30/18 at 4:42am


Guess what? It is almost



It's time to party, celebrate,



and have a



May you have a wonderful year! I'm looking forward to great times one Desktop Nexus. I hope you are too. Thank you for your friendship, now and in the years to come.:D

Elaine :)

CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   12/23/18 at 2:15am




Hello Everybody,

Merry Christmas! :D

So many of you have already posted wonderfully cheery Christmas greetings on my page already... for which I sincerely thank you! :) :) :)

I haven't been able to do any Christmas posting until now because my life has been bananas! Actually, I've been feeling a lot like a banana lately. :P

As many of you know, I work at a laser engraving shop where my daughter is my boss. (Yes, she's been going nuts too...) What's happened is that we've been bombarded with all kinds of large orders. One company that sends us 4,000 to 6,000 parts to engrave each month decided this was the right month to send us 15,000 parts. This is great for our business, of course, but oh, the timing!

I've been working many extra hours. My eating is rather off kilter; I'm beginning to believe that candy canes are one of the basic food groups. :P (The canes that haven't made it into my stomach are handed out to customers.) I still don't have my Christmas shopping finished. My Christmas wallpapers never really got finished either. I was hoping to get at least a dozen uploaded. Not anymore... looks like these 5 are going to be it.

Oh well, the rest can wait until next year. I've had a lot of fun with the ones that have made it up, with one exception. (I'm not going to tell you which one it is, but I will tell you that it had me laughing hysterically while my husband rolled his eyes up, because it gave me so much trouble!)

Thank you so much for the love, care, and patience you've shown me over these months. You guys are the greatest, and I'm so glad I know you all!

Christmas Hugs,

Elaine :)








CollieSmilePosted by CollieSmile   11/30/18 at 2:18pm

Bright cheery beginnings...


Just a little more Autumn...


Even though it can't stay...


A funny surprise visitor...


Peace and calm at the end of the day...


That's been my life lately, though it's been full of ups & downs. Happily, at the moment, I'm on level ground. I hope you are too. :)

Have a great weekend! :D
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