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Photo Friday, Link-up #3

All summer I walk to meet Duckie coming home from work.  Fitbit attached, I log 3 miles and 12 flights of stairs on this walk.  And lovely scenery.  But the best part is:  Now I can walk all the way up these steep hills without stopping for a breather. Yay! What’s in your lens this week?  I’d love to take a peek.  Please click to join. Related articles Fitbit Flex Gadget Review Fitbit for my FatBot!

Photo Friday: The Picture of Grief

All winter we watched deer, birds, squirrels, and an occasional raccoon scout our yard for food and water.  We keep a small heater in the water garden.  Just enough to assure a seven-inch circle remains unfrozen.  The koi and the frogs lower their metabolism and come out healthy and happy when the weather warms. The first thaw revealed the carcass of a “thirsty animal” who slipped and fell under the ice, never to recover.  Who knows how long that thing was in the pond polluting the waters for my koi:  Blue, Zorro, and Ida. I am thankful Loved One only…

Photo Friday: The Value of Books

My sister-in-law took this picture of my brother, her husband.  That’s our grand-nephew cuddled up with a book. (Is grand-nephew the correct term for my sister’s grand-child?) Now I ask you:  Can you get this kind of comfort and closeness with a video, a board game, or a joystick? Books are the best.  Yesterday, I heard that reading alters our state of consciousness in much the same way as mind-altering drugs.  Surely, books take us to a whole new dimension.  If we’re lucky, we take someone with us. I feel warm and cozy inside just looking at this scene. Related…

Photo Friday: Scavenger Engagement

I love Christmas.  This year’s pre-celebration, our New Year’s Eve pajama party was especially exciting. It started with a mad scavenger hunt.   It ended under the Christmas Tree. The promise of a new daughter and her two little sons are my special Christmas gift. I feel so lucky to witness this new beginning.

Photo Friday: Book Club Gifters

This is my last (#5) of my week-long series about kindness gifting this holiday season.  If you’re just tuning in, please click back a few posts and start from the beginning. My book club meets on the third Thursdays of the month.  We take turns picking out a book and leading the discussion:  mostly fiction, plus at least one non-fiction and one classic each year. That means right before Thanksgiving and then again right before Christmas. So… no book for December.  Instead it’s party time.  And time for sharing.  Each year we find an organization that is willing to give…

Photo Friday: First Annual

As I drove home from Thanksgiving Day shopping, I spied a sign, poked into the almost frozen ground.  A smallish, red and green sign, like the kind that proclaims a garage sale: First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Village Hall 6:30 PM, Saturday What tree?  I wondered to myself. Duckie told me she saw village officials testing the lights. Yup.  Now that I look a little closer, I DO see a baby Christmas Tree. I rallied the troupes. “Won’t it be fun to take a picture every year in front of the tree?  We can see how the tree…

NaBloPoMo and Photo Friday: Planes, Trains, Automobiles

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