citysonnet Colors and Letters Challenge: June 17

The Challenge for today is OREGANO.

Self is taking that literally. She has a wee oregano plant in her backyard. It’s so wee that she hates to harvest any of it. She just keeps dribbling water on it every few days. It never seems to grow any bigger, but it does survive neglect.

One Word Sunday: PLAIN

Today’s post is a blast from the past: 20 years ago, son and his two cousins visiting from New York, looking out at San Francisco Bay and the urban sprawl from the hills behind Redwood City, off Farm Hill Boulevard.

Posting for Travel with Intent’s One Word Sunday Challenge.

Thursday Trios: Various

The host of this challenge is Mama Cormier.

Ardglass Beach, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Ballyclander Road, Co. Down, Northern Ireland


At home during a storm

citysonnet’s Colors and Letters, April: Pastel Yellow

Today, April 22, EARTH DAY, the citysonnet prompt is a color. And the color for today is PASTEL YELLOW.

Some daffodils (in Filoli Gardens in Woodside and self’s side yard), a mural in downtown Redwood City, and the exterior of the Mendocino Hotel:

Monday Murals #1: Downtown Redwood City

First time for self to join the Monday Murals challenge! Self found it via Debbie Smyth’s Travel with Intent blog.

The murals are on the buildings surrounding one parking lot in Redwood City, California. Granted, everything looks a little seedier post-pandemic. Still, the murals are beautiful, a display of civic-mindedness and pride from the past.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 19: Fourth of July, Redwood City

Ugh, self is so, so far behind on this challenge, she can’t even.

The theme this week has to do with wild animals, and the closest she can find to that are these two pictures from the last time there was a Fourth of July Parade in Redwood City, California. The costumes are FANTASTIC, definite works of art.

Water, Water Everywhere: Courthouse Square, RWC

This is only self’s second time posting to the WWE Challenge (The first one she had to make PRIVATE because she noticed it was getting a lot of hits from some dodgy sites, and you can never be too careful)

Anyhoo, self took the picture below in July 2019, which was the last normal summer. Courthouse Square was full of life, there were events and concerts every weekend. It was fun to just hang out. Will we ever get back to that? She sincerely hopes so.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Photo Challenge: Downtown Mural

Someone painted the most fabulous murals on the buildings downtown. Too bad all the murals face a somewhat seedy parking lot.

Nevertheless, self thought this one, on the building housing a woman’s clothing store, Pickled, would be appropriate for Cee Neuner’s FOTD.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) #11: Murals

YAY! Self went out this morning with her camera, determined to find something for the Photographing Public Art Challenge. She had a particular destination in mind: a clump of murals facing a downtown parking lot which is usually crammed with cars and people, impeding her access to the art.

This morning, there were a few cars, but she was able to keep them to a small part of the photograph.

Each mural represents the business the building houses: Crouching Tiger is a Chinese restaurant; the black mural building houses City Pub; Pickled is a women’s clothing store, and so forth.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 9: Three Sides of a Kiosk

Yet another great Photo Challenge, co-hosted by the fabulous Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao.

Self still playing catch-up (The Challenge is now up to Week 12).

Today, self is focusing on the kiosk just outside the Redwood City Public Library. Each side depicts a different scene. This is also an appreciation post for public libraries — books kept her sane during the pandemic. And they will carry her through the coming fall and winter’s uncertainties.

  • Side 1:
  • The Front:
  • The Other Side:

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