Challenges · Photography Challenges

One Word Photo Challenge- Bittersweet


In response to Jennifer Nichole Wells- One Word Photo Challenge- Bittersweet

Bittersweet. What comes to mind is not a color. And when I googled it to get a better feel for the shade, all I could really ascertain was that it is a shade of orange. The definition of bittersweet is something tasting both bitter and sweet, or an emotional feeling that is both happy and sad.

I find it ironic that the picture that comes to mind when I think of the color- bittersweet- is one that causes bittersweet memories.

Cool "Bean" picture- which is the reflection and which is the real K?
Cool “Bean” picture- which is the reflection and which is the real K?

I took these pictures almost 5 years ago. Mr. K, Kris and I were at Millennium Park in Chicago, waiting to see Andrew perform with his group at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Performing on that stage was quite an honor, one Andy would have more than a few times and each time was precious.

Since we had time to kill, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to walk around the park. It is the home of the Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as the Bean. We took a lot of cool pictures there and looking back at them make me smile. It was a good day. In less than 2 years, things would be completely different. That’s the bittersweet part.

I just loved those curls! I would kill for hair like that. 🙂


“My name is Kat and I can’t stop collecting-“

This might come as a surprise to you but I don’t collect cats. Not anymore. I began collecting cats when I was 10 years old. The green blown glass cat (the middle cat on the top row) was my first. About five years ago I let it be known that while I appreciated all the cute cat gifts, I was also kind of over it and all catted out. I went so far as to pack the majority of my cat collection away. And yet when I looked around today, I spotted at least 12 cats lurking around the shelves of my house. Hmmm

Growing up, in addition to the cats that I no longer collect, I also had post card and salt & pepper shaker collections. I haven’t seen the post cards in years but what remains of my s&p’s is safely packed away in a container with some other cherished childhood keepsakes.

The truth- I’m addicted to buying notebooks, journals and planners. I cannot help myself. I use 3 subject notebooks for my writing notes, meeting notes, website notes…..random notes. Each one has it’s own special notebook.  I have way more brand new blank journals than any one person should have. I just picked up two new journals that I just could not resist. I’m drawn to that aisle in every store I enter.

I have no plans for these journals and notebooks. I could never buy another one and I could easily satisfy all my writing needs with my collection. But something tells me my journal collecting days are far from over. 🙂

Then I have a few smaller collections or maybe they are pre-collections- such as the variety of colored cut glass bowls, plates….. that I seem to have purchased while I wasn’t consciously collecting them. Or the cute little tea bag holders…is 3 (oops, make that 4- I just found another one) considered a collection? Oh, and did I mention that I like Pyrex? What do you think? (I swear my house doesn’t look like a scene out of an episode of Hoarders!)

Just between you and me, I don’t want to take a closer look around my house or I’m afraid I might stumble onto more collections…..

Hi! My name is Kat and I collect… collections!!!

What do you collect?