Lens-Artists Challenge # 95: ALL WET

  • Maybe you’ve just given your pet a bath, or perhaps the dewdrops on your garden have given you a smile.Tina R. Schell

Here are a couple of images from self’s archives:

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Cistus (Rock Rose) on front porch after rain

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Also After Rain: Clematis Montana Rubens

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Backyard Watering

Stay safe. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: TOUCH

  • This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights your sense of touch. It can be thorns on a rose, a soft baby’s face or tree bark.Cee Neuner

Self decided to take pictures for this post:

Her neighbor Claudio collects old pieces of wood and turns them into bird feeders. This is all about texture:

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These furry slippers were a gift from Dearest Mum. Even though it’s not cold in self’s house, she wears these slippers every day:

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For dusting her computer screen:

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Thanks for a really fun prompt, Cee Neuner!

Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: SEEING

Self loves joining these foto challenges. Since Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is SEEING, self took her camera to the backyard to check on how her flowers are doing:

Exciting: Her Winsome Rose is finally blooming!

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More blooms are opening on her Fourth of July Rose:

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Stay tuned.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge — ANIMALS

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is ANIMALS!

Self doesn’t have a pet, her beloved beagles died long ago and she forgot to re-fill the bird feeder, so all the animals for this post are gardening “ornaments” — mostly whimsical little things she picked up in garage sales.

 

What a fun prompt!

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic Week 5 (ROUND)

Cee Neuner came up with a fascinating series of challenges: She’d post a picture, and it was up to us to riff on it.

Here’s the link to the picture for this week.

Self’s topic: ROUND.

Self is sheltering in place in California, so everything in this post are pictures she took of  her backyard and her house.

Stay tuned.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 93

MORNING

What a lovely, lovely challenge from Lens-Artists. Mornings are the favorite parts of self’s day.

  • When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  – Marcus Aurelius

In the early morning, self loves walking around her yard, seeing which plants have started blooming. Her first rose to bloom is her Fourth of July:

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Fourth of July Rose started blooming a few days ago.

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Here’s a Fourth of July, Side View

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Rock Rose (Cistus) on Front Porch

Stay tuned.

Four

Some years, self reads by theme. There was the year she read only women authors. Another year, she read only memoir. She remembers the summer she decided to read everything ever written by Henning Mankell (That was a very fun summer)

Last year, hmm, she doesn’t think she had a theme last year. Looking at her reading list for 2020, it’s clear 2020 is the year for reading fiction. Just straight-up good literary fiction.

Self read twelve books so far 2020.

Here were her top reads (arranged in the order in which she read them):

  • January: Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory, by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • February: The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • February: I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
  • End of March, beginning of April: Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

She’s currently reading her first Liane Moriarty: Big Little Lies.

She’s hoping to get into the Ruth Galloway detective series. She’s just ordered Book # 1, The Crossing Places.

Even if there were no “shelter in place,” self knows she would still be doing the same things she’s doing right now: reading, writing, watching TV, gardening, cooking, laundry.

Sharing a picture of her Fourth of July rose, just starting to bloom.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: PICK A TOPIC FROM THE PHOTO

Self’s topic is WHITE.

There are many white flowers in her Redwood City garden, blooming now. Such as:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: HOPE

  • As we continue to connect around the globe, and Spring has started in the Northern hemisphere, I thought it might be time for a fresh outlook. That’s why I thought it might be good to set this week’s them to that of Hope! With the new season and lengthening daylight, each of us can feel a bit more hopeful about what lies ahead. Your challenge is to capture Hope in a manner that speaks to you in your posts and to spread as much hope as possible across this globe of ours! — Tuesday Photo Challenge, 31 March 2020

This, too, shall pass.

Self knows.

Just look at all the plants in her garden, starting to come back, starting to put out blooms. The maples, the roses, and the clematis looked like sticks all winter.

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Japanese Maples are leafing out.

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Clematis montana rubens is starting to bloom.

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This cistus (rock rose) was the first of her plants to bloom.

Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay hopeful!

Tuesday Photo Challenge: SCALE

For the first time in over 10 years, self went to the supermarket and bought a bottle of vodka. In the back of her mind was something a friend had told her: that alcohol contains a natural anti-viral agent. The vodka was set out right at the end of the liquor aisle, an open invitation: Smirnoff, Ketel One, Grey Goose, Belvedere. She nearly picked up the Smirnoff then decided that if she was going to self-isolate, she deserved the best.

In the meantime, she’s cleaning out the closets in son’s room. And found a whole bunch of Lego figures. She scattered them on the floor and took pictures. VOILA! Scale!

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For contrast, a picture she took in the Antiquities gallery of the British Museum, May 2019:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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