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Amateur photographer seeking beauty in both the memorable and the mundane. Sharing pictures, stories and meditations from here and there.

Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 47

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 47

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

Welcome to week 47 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022.

Sorry I’m late the holiday threw me off.

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.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 46

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

Continue reading Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 46

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 46-OOPS!

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

Re-Welcome to week 46 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022.

I was trying to parallel process and didn’t finish editing the intro or link to last week’s posts.

Here they are.

My excuse-customer disservice

I was on a long phone call trying to resolve a credit card reimbursement from almost a year ago. Going in I assumed that I would be on hold a lot, true, and thought I’d get the weekly post pulled together at the same time. Since this was my third or fourth try to get it resolved over the course of the year I was in a dudgeon, but didn’t want to share the joy.

I tried three different numbers and on the last on I spoke to four different people. They kept saying “I can’t do that, let me transfer you.”

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 46

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

Welcome to week 46 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022.

No, I didn’t skip a week; I just didn’t update the week number in last week’s post. I feel like I can’t correct that or it will mess up your links. It really is the 45th week of this year. Yikes!

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.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 46

Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 45

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

Continue reading Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 45

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 45

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

Welcome to week 45 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022.

No, I didn’t skip a week; I just didn’t update the week number in last week’s post. I feel like I can’t correct that or it will mess up your links. It really is the 45th week of this year. Yikes!

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.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 45

Provoking a lack of thought

This post is a response to Fandango of This, That and the Other’s Provocative Question: Whether or not you have a Twitter account, how do you feel about Musk’s takeover of Twitter and the changes he’s made so far. Do you care one way or the other? If you currently are on Twitter, do you plan to continue actively using it?

I’m more than a little sick and tired of hearing about Twitter and Musk, as well as being annoyed that it probably does matter.

I do not now, nor have I ever had, a Twitter account. I cannot foresee any circumstance that would change that.

In the beginning…

When Twitter first started I thought: “what a bad idea! It’s sole purpose is to make people write little provocative blurbs. Way to kill thoughtful discourse!”

A while ago I wrote a post on a similar subject: This is not a Tweet. It was before the takeover. In it I point out that the whole “public square” idea is marketing, not reality. And that decisions would be made to optimize people staring slack jawed at the screen.

Since the takeover…

In a way I was wrong: Mr. Musk hasn’t been very business-like.

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Fall walk

The weather has taken a turn toward almost winter, with chilly air and storms blowing through. Yesterday I cut short our morning walk because of weather.

But in the afternoon a chance sunbeam alerted me to a break in the clouds and we went out for a short one. By the time we got leashed up things were not looking very promising, but we persisted.

The dark skies do make the colors in the foliage and flowers that are still hanging on pop.

It was a nice little break in the weather. Little being the operative word, as the clouds steadily poured in, then started pouring.

For Becky’s Walking squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day.