idioms

Getting My Ducks in a Row

Christmas is just 2 weeks away, and  I’ve felt guilty because I haven’t started  and don’t want to start shopping.  Although I’m getting nowhere fast on that front, I did finally get some paperwork taken care of that had stacked up on my desk. I hung the “Bah humbug!” sign my dear sister gave me on the front door, simultaneously beginning and completing my holiday decorating chores. I fertilized the orchids this morning;  their appearance reminded me yesterday that I’ve neglected to do it since James passed away in September. I started feeding his beloved “Forest Kitties” – a feral cat colony residing a mile or so from the house that he ensured had clean food and water daily over those too-few months the cancer was in remission; and portrait bookings have picked up, at least for the time being. And I’m trying to get out more to take pictures for fun – for myself; something I had neglected in lieu of the need to regroup and reorganize in solitude, prayer and contemplation. That need is still very much present, but I’m attempting to interject a bit of balance from external influences, at times with great difficulty. I need more balance to get through Christmas and New Year’s. I need it to get through today.

"Ducks in a Row" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 140, f/10 at 1/200 sec., 116 mm

“Ducks in a Row” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 140, f/10 at 1/200 sec., 116mm
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Idiom #2: On the Fence

on the fence

Fig. not able to decide something; unable to come to a decision.

The problem with being on the fence for too long is that it can lead to no activity or progress at all. Failure to act, over a prolonged period of time, typically leads to the death of an idea or goal.

If it’s truly important to you, get off the fence.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/6.7, Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/6.7, Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens

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Idiom #1: Jumping The Gun

id·i·om

   [id-ee-uhm]
noun
1. An expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.

Jump the gun:
to do something too soon, especially without
thinking carefully about it.

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UPDATE: There have been dozens of hits on this page from Google searches for “jump the gun” during the months of June and July (2012). I’m curious as to what class at what school is doing research on idioms! Any others you’d like to see illustrated photographically?

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