Blog Name Change…

Hi everyone! This is just a quick post to let you know I am changing the name of my blog from JJOTTER to APN Photography. I have been thinking about it for a while and I think now is as good a time as any. So I have committed to this change because I don’t want to keep up two sites—one for my business and one for my personal posts. I take my business personally, appreciate everyone that comes in to my life, and consider those that I am honored to photograph my friends. I figure people might be interested in what is going on in my life as well. The past year has been spent improving my photography which is what the majority of my posts represent. On occasion, a post may reflect what’s going on in my life.

My next step is to change the blog name. I didn’t actually think THAT part through and hope it’s not difficult! Until I figure out the logistics of everything, please hang with me because this is how I fly…by the seat of my pants!

Thanks for coming along with me on my journey!


Think Outside the Box…

As an item to cross off the long list of things I must do toward completing our master bath remodel, I added some towel bars to the vanities.

I searched long and hard for a bar that would fit into the 1.5″ width of space I had to work with but alas, I was unsuccessful. I knew exactly what I wanted and exactly what I want I shall have; even if I have to think outside of the box which occurs frequently in our home.

I picked up these Grundtal towel bars from Ikea at a cost of $16. They are about 15″ wide but the mounts were about 2.5″, an inch longer than needed.


I contemplated hanging them on the side of the cabinet but Dear Husband wasn’t thrilled with the idea and, quite frankly, neither was I. My solution was to cut them to fit into the narrow width so I could place them in front of the sink bowls. New holes were drilled into them for mounting to the cabinet since the existing ones were cut off when we sized them down. It cost me an extra $11 to have them cut and for the mounting screws.

Violà! Brushed nickel towel bars to match the faucets and sconces, exactly where we wanted them placed. Very simple and clean. (Clean. In our house. Snort.)
new towel bar

I still have to make the doors for the other cabinet, and I filled any crevices on the mirror frames and medicine cabinets. Those will get a stain touchup and the bathroom will receive another coat of paint.

Thinking outside of the box always brings awesome results and moving forward is good. There is nothing better than seeing your plans and hard work come to fruition especially when you know you built it with your own two hands.


If a person performs an evil act and is mentally ill, I wonder what their time of judgement is like? Do they end up in the fiery abyss of hell or does God have mercy on their soul because they they were mentally unaware of what they were doing?

I can’t, nor do I want to, imagine the gut wrenching anxiety, stress, or sorrow those poor parents in Connecticut  felt waiting to find out if their elementary school children were safe. I can only imagine their immense relief after seeing their precious child’s face after having realized such a tragedy occurred in their hometown. Or the overwhelming grief and then pure anger that someone could take the lives of INNOCENT children. Babies. Angels.

I, along with so many others in this nation are left to wonder about the evil that produced this tragedy. I am so sad. Why?

I am not just sad but angry. Disgusted. My focus then turns to MY children and their safety. No one is ever really safe are they? We never know when evil will befall us. I am left wondering about justice. So, if the parents cannot get justice or see justice in this life, and if the one who performed the evil was considered mentally ill because of some schizophrenia or other illness, how does God judge?

Double Post Friday!! Whaaaaat?

I wanted to let you guys know how grateful I am for all my followers!! I don’t have a lot, but I appreciate my  bloggy friends!

I want to give you a heads up that I have been thinking of moving my photography posts from the JJotter to my professional photography blog, APN Photography. Since everyone here seems to love me only for my pix, I did not think you would mind. 🙂 I’d like to keep my photos all together. I will let you know when it happens! Unless of course, you DO love my DIY? Haha, or you can let me know if you object or even if you think it’s a good idea?

Thanks everyone! I hope this weekend holds wonderful things in store for you!