The Door is a Jar

Dedicated to seeing the lighter and slightly skewed side of life


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Yellow is not my color

Hello All! A very Happy Memorial Day to everyone. On this day, we pay our respects to the many veterans who served our country. For that, we are and will always be extremely grateful. Thank you!!!

One of the ways we pay respect is by gathering with friends and family and essentially eating vast quantities of food. This year, I was a ahead of the game for once and was prepping the macaroni salad the day before. That stuff always tastes better the next day anyway.

I was assembling the ingredients to make the dressing. Mayo, sour cream, sugar, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Dry mustard. I pull the “tin” down from the top shelf in the cabinet. I am not a tall person, so this event occurs with a bit of straining on my part.

When I finally get the mustard down, I notice it is brand new. That causes a memory to flash thru my mind. This memory is of the LAST time I used dry mustard. I mentioned it’s on the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet. The LAST time I grabbed the mustard, it slipped from my hand and fell. On the way down, the lid came off and mustard went everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. It was all over me, the counter, the stove, the sink. It might have even found it’s way to one of our cats. Needless to say, I was pissed. Mostly at myself because I should have been more careful, but at the poor packaging design that causes this to occur. I don’t seem to recall having an accident like this with the Cumin! Granted, that’s on the lower shelf.

So here we are again, the dry mustard and I. There is no love lost between us. We both have a job to do so let’s just get it over with, right? I score the tape that is holding the lid on and try to carefully pull the lid off. Nothing. I look at the lid again. Looks like I scored it on the wrong spot. Okay.

I score the lid again,and try to lift it. Still not budging. Now I am impatient. This same lid had absolutely no problem coming off in midair before! I grab the box with one hand and the lid with the other and give a decent pull. Sure enough, off comes the lid…along with a good bit of the mustard that is…you guessed it…EVERYWHERE. All over my arms, the floor and some on my face. Seriously!!! Can this be happening to me, again? What the hell.

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Until we meet again, Colman’s Mustard. Until we meet again.

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It’s not always so color. Sometimes it’s black and white!

This week, for the first time ev-er, there will be several black and white photos included on Featured Foto Friday. It’s exciting isn’t it? It’s so cool to part of history…even if it’s just your blog’s history….maybe it’s just exciting for me.

I imagine many of you are wondering “How do you decide if a picture should be black and white?” Exxxccelllent question. The answer is….I don’t know. There are definitely a series of steps that I go thru after I import pictures from my camera into Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  What seems to happen is that I find that I like the subject, but not the colors.  Here is a pic of my cat Cooper taken when he was a kitten.

I actually love this pic just the way it is.  He’s such a cuuutie!  But, what I noticed is that there is a great contrast of texture between Cooper’s fur and the white towel, but you have to really look for it.  I also thought it might be more universally appealing to other cat owners if it wasn’t so specific in color.  Here is the same pic in black and white.

If you click on the picture to get a better look, the difference will be easier to see.  I found that I looked at Cooper’s face more now than when he’s orange.  Somehow, his features become more prominent.  I also think the towel looks whiter which draws your eyes to his face.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  This is all personal preference stuff.  After all, sometimes one does want a hint of color!

 Nathan Lane in The Birdcage

So true, Nathan.  Oh so true.  For instance, a trick that you sometimes see is having one item in color while the rest of the pic is black and white.  Someday, I will do a write up on how to do that.  Here is an example of how that looks.

Here is the same pic in full color.

There is so much green in this pic that it took away from the origami crane.  But if the pic was just black and white, the crane wouldn’t stand out either.  Sometimes, you can manipulate the scene while you are taking the picture.  For example, if this had been my Christmas Tree, I would have removed the other green ornament.  Unfortunately, this tree belonged to Longwood Gardens.  They are not really into you manipulating the scene so much.  It’s more of a “Hands Off!  This Means You!” policy.  That’s ok.  I think it turned out just fine.

You may have noticed some format changes to this blog.  I am experimenting with different themes, trying to find the best one for my “look”.  It has not been easy.  If you have any feedback about these changes, feel free to post!  Would love to know what you think.