Xingfu means blessed.

Xingfu means happy and blessed in Chinese. Even though 2014, the year I started this blog, was a busy and, at times, difficult year that is the word I thought of for this space. Mama not because I have many children but because I seem to fall into a caregiving role. Sometimes I feel like Mama to the world.

The name XingfuMama means Happy Mama with undertones of being blessed.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 15

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 15 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

I have a question for you all: is it helpful to have me list links to entries for the previous weeks? I do so to try and make it easy to take a look at the wide variety of photos that people enter, but it does take a little time…and the risk that maybe I miss someone, or misspell something. What do you think?

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

Here are mine for the week:

From a visit to the Arboretum at South Seattle Community College in September:

More random:

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Who needs a chair when you have a tree?
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…or Mama’s lap?

Over to you.

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White Clematis

Wandering about as I try to backup and organize my archives and create a system for moving forward I ran into these clematis photos from last May. Since I have been experimenting with post processing in LightRoom lately, I tried out a couple of techniques.

The second picture used techniques described by Bren at Ryan Photography.

The second photo above uses a LightRoom preset from Julie Powell that is from her Sunday Stills class.

Posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Squares of the Times

20181204-Times_Squares-01Advent wreaths count down to Christmas, in reality they probably predate the concept of Christmas and are part of “pagan” celebrations of the solstice. I like the idea of advent, gradually preparing for our celebration of the change from darkening to lightening (Christmas is fundamentally that: a celebration of the return of light to a dark and weary world) and have “celebrated” it in my own ways for many years now.

This year I decided that I will try to add to that celebration participation in the “TimeSquares” Photo Challenge by each week during Advent.

From our visit to London last June:

From this past week, time passes so quickly:

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A vest I made last weekend for my son, beside two I made for him when he was a child.

 

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 14

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 14 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Thank you to everyone who participated this week. It is always fun to see the variety of ideas.

My contribution for this week: a gallery of sweet, seasonal seating from various gingerbread houses and villages.

Over to you.

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 13

 

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 13 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Is 13 unlucky? It doesn’t feel that way to me. Seems like a good time to thank everyone who has been participating in this challenge. It has been a lot of fun for me to see the wide variety of posts people think of for this one simple topic, I hope you are enjoying it also.

Thank you to everyone who participated this week.

Here are my offerings for this week, these were all taken in Weifang, China a couple of years ago.

Over to you.

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Exploring my world with pictures and words.

Heart to Heart

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come on in, stay a while, but first wipe your feet (I just had the floor done)

Heaven's Sunshine

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This and That

Various Things On My Mind

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My Journey through Still Life Photography

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Images brought to you by Bren and Ashley Ryan

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Creative Exploration in Words and Pictures

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Travels and Trifles

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relax, center, and stretch your photographic skills. Namaste.

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Your second chance to be creative. .

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