Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Greatest Love of All

The past couple of weeks, Cee has been posting different songs to inspire those joining the CFFC Challenge.

This week’s song is by Whitney: “Greatest Love of All”

The lines that inspired this post:

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Life in Colour Challenge, August 2021: RED

Self reacts emotionally to colors. Red is a definite trigger.

The host of the Life in Colour Challenge is Travel Words.

  • Found in the de Young Museum Gift Shop, yesterday: Candles by Marfa Tymchenko and Circus by Alexander Calder.
  • At the free Wednesday night concerts near self’s house.
  • Self made this yummy salad:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Life in Colour Challenge: August Red

Oh, self had fun this morning, searching through her garden for any red blooms. There were a few choices, but the ones that photographed best were geraniums. In her archives, there was this sweet little mini-Cooper parked in front of Horn Barbecue in Oakland.

Self is throwing in a Calder from last spring’s Calder/Picasso at the de Young Museum.

Thanks so much to Life in Colour for hosting this challenge.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 7: Central Coast

Self still playing catch-up on the Photographing Public Art Challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao, which she adores.

She just completed a road trip to the Central Coast. She loves doing road trips because it’s a break from the unrelenting heat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robin’s, 4095 Burton Drive, Cambria: Each Table Top is a unique patchwork of tiles. Mine had a plane.

Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

Fence as Art: Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

Kabul, Through the Eyes of Amanda Lindhout: 9 June 2005

Self hopes Amanda Lindhout became a travel writer, because her descriptions of Kabul are gold. She hitches a ride to Kabul with a man and his son who live in Peshawar but visit relatives in Kabul regularly.

I’d taken a taxi that day to a wholesale market area near the center of the city, which sprawled in all directions, straddling the banks of the Kabul River, devolving into a labyrinth of crooked alleys. I bought a plastic cup of raisins and apricots mixed with pistachios and honey-sweetened water and ate them with a spoon. I browsed through little shops. In one, I found a shelf stacked with bars of soap, their wrappers showing a photograph of a smiling woman’s face, except that every face had been scribbled over with a marker. This was a fundamentalist Islamic move, something the Taliban once enforced strictly. Any images of things made by Allah weren’t to be replicated by a human hand, because it counted as playing god. Amanuddin had explained it to me: it was okay to paint or print a photograph of a car or building but not a person or animal. Idolatry was a sin.

A House in the Sky, p.64

Life in Colour: August Photo Challenge

The color this month is RED.

There are some intense reds in host Travel Words’ gallery.

Since self is currently on a road trip to the Central Coast, she decided to take pictures from the places she visited today:

Thai-rrific, 208 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo

Outdoor Mural, Pismo Beach

‘Twas foggy this morning, on Pismo Beach.

None of these reds are truly eye-popping. She took all these pictures today. She’s happy she decided to go to Pismo Beach early, before the crowds.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Lighting

What a fun theme! Self looooves Natural Lighting.

Thank you to the host of the Photo a Week Challenge, Nancy Merrill!

Picnic in the Park

Kitchen Window

Carmel Mission

August Colors and Letters: CITRON

This is a fascinating photo challenge, hosted by citysonnet. Prompts for the entire month are either colors or letters.

The prompt for August 10 is a color: CITRON.

And self loves it.

Breakfast, Silay, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Sandy shows off her new hobby.

Favorite Reads, July 2021

Sentence of the Day: “The Hump,” by Fernan Caballero

Skimming! Whoa, self is skimming!

Story #50, The Hump, is by Fernan Caballero (1796-1877), a Spanish writer who self has never heard of. Her real name was Cecilia Bohl de Faber and she wrote about Andalucia, “although she was not raised there.”

  • They set the dumb serving maid to frying pancakes.

Life in Colour August Challenge: RED

Photo Challenges are where it’s at!

Jude’s Travel Words blog has selected RED as the Life in Colour challenge for August.

Here are some reds from around her home, and one from Nikko’s Mexican Grill on El Camino Real (near Whipple Ave.). Love their burritos.

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