New Year, new toys

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My family has safely returned to Canada after spending 3 weeks visiting us in Japan.

Christmas has come and gone and a new year has begun.

In less than 13 hours my vacation will come to an end. (sigh)

Oh well, it was a good time while it lasted plus I got to be a tourist again for a bit.

So how am I spending my last hours of vacation you ask? Well I’m playing with my new toy.

My hubby (who should be sainted) bought me a Bamboo. No not the plant, the Wacom!

Highly entertaining stuff. So now, I can use my brand new tablet to draw with.

(That is once I get the hang of it and the programs that come with it (1/2 of course are in Japanese :P)

So instead of drawing tonight, I thought I’d try my luck with a bit of photo editing in Corel Painter X.

It’s for my hubby’s blog. (Oh and Greg I hope this is entertaining enough for ya 🙂 )

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“God’s art, My photos” (or) “Spiky Terror from above”

Today was a breezy fall day. . . .

I finished teaching at one of the many elementary schools that I work at.

Enthusiastically waved goodbye to happy little Japanese children and walked towards my car when “it” happened.

The little hill that my car was parked on has trees along both sides and a gorgeous view of the Japanese countryside.

I decided to take a moment and really soak in the beauty of God’s handiwork.

So, I paused on the hill, underneath nice shady trees to admire the golden rice fields and to feel the sun on my face.

Suddenly, a strong gust of fall air caused the trees to sway in the breeze and to release from the grip of their branches “tennis sized balls of spiky terror”.(see note 1) Continue reading ““God’s art, My photos” (or) “Spiky Terror from above””