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September 7, 2015

August Dreaming

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It is Labor Day here in the USA – a day to celebrate work by playing all day! For most people it is also the day that feels like the end of summer, even though that isn’t “official” for 16 more days. It has been a beautifully warm and sunny long weekend in the northeast, and I hope you’ve been enjoying whatever you’ve been up to. I’ve been taking my baby steps toward adjusting to both girls being off to college, reaching out to friends for help along the way.

Maine sunset
a memory of mine from August

Today is also the day to have a look back at August. At the end of July, I made the suggestion that we play along with I Heart Faces August photo challenge in the loosey-goosey style of the “When I Feel Like It” way.

As of this writing four bloggers posted pictures for the August photo hunt.

Mike over at Picture Day decided to do an approximately weekly look at August. He started off here, and added more here, here, and here Did I get them all Mike? I enjoyed following along with Mike’s thinking process and seeing the very creative results!

Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind did three posts on the challenge. The first one is blended with “Share Your World” questions, she continues in this post and finishes, with a little kick-start from her muse here. I always enjoy Carol’s photos from the other side of this country and from her travels all over the world, and these did not disappoint!

I was sure that Robin at Breezes at Dawn would find a unique way to present her August photo challenge. She created a beautiful post, showcasing her month here. Robin pointed out how this challenge ended up being a fun look back at the month for her and mused that maybe it could be fun to wrap up a month in a similar way from time to time. I like that idea too, but won’t be making any blog promises!

Sonali at Dreams Hope Destiny started out with a happy post here and continued with some more shots in this post giving us fun look at her part of the world.

In the spirit of reaching out, I extended the invitation to a couple bloggers who really seemed to want to participate in this challenge but perhaps ran out of time. If they happen to add posts today, I will happily add them to this wrap up.

I’m sure you’ve already seen my posts for this challenge, but if you missed any of them my three posts are here, here and here.

As we transition to the next season, I’m beginning my transition too. My heart is still heavy with ache for the two big pieces who are no longer here on a daily basis. I’m still thinking and sorting and trying things out and wish to maintain a presence here in the blogosphere – connecting with all of you is something I enjoy. I’ve been touched by your comments of support and hope to continue this sharing as I find my way.

August 23, 2015

I Heart Challenge, Part 3

Visit

A visit to Pickity Place

A great visit – Renae and Meghan and I visited Pickity Place for a lunch date in early August.

Fresh

fresh

The water at Pickity tastes extra fresh with the addition of lemon and herbs.

Shadow

shadow

Hi there – that’s me taking a picture for you!

Sign

sign

A sign with my surname on it near the beach that I love so much… it must be fate, right?

Splash

splash

Dream

Dream house

This house was being built last summer and it appears it is still for sale. My dream house at the beach! A girl can dream.

Outside

outside

This prompt was a bit on the vague side, but I thought this would be a nice view to have whenever one is outside.

Details

details

Patterns left in the sand by the retreating tide.

Sunrise

sunrise

I made it outside just in time for this one!

Silence

silence

Stars on the water seemed to evoke a sense of silence. One night that week Sarah and I sat outside together, mostly in silence, except for the occasional, “OOH! There’s one!” while we watched the Perseid Meteor Showers.

Warmth

warmth

I stood in this spot one morning near the end of our week, feeling the warmth on my face and trying my best to appreciate the moment and just be.

This completes my August photo challenge. Remember, you have until September 5th to let me know about your photo challenge posts through either a pingback or comment to my original post, which you can find by clicking here.

August 22, 2015

I Heart Challenge, Part 2

Up High

up high

This was a lucky shot I happened to grab on a morning walk, and one of those times I wished I had the telephoto lens attached. I’m pretty sure this is a great egret that was soaring above my head.

Someone Special

someone special

Sarah on her 18th birthday, with her uncle Larry (my sister’s husband)

Throwback

throwback

This is a throwback to 13 years ago this month; the girls were flower girls for my sister’s wedding.

In the Sun

in the sun
Shiny water sparkling in the sun…. ahhhhh…..

Circles

circles

Spirals are kind of circles, aren’t they?

Adventure

adventure

I walked by this scene several times on my morning walk. It isn’t my adventure, but I’ve always thought it would be a great adventure to actually camp out on the beach.

Cool

cool

It was too cold for me to go swimming this year, but this is where Sarah found her cool on several afternoons.

Window Pane

window pane

A nice scene of a beach cottage found on one of my walks.

Simplicity

simplicity

A simple but lovely place to sit.

Before/After

before/after collage

Lunch, followed by dessert, at Pickity Place.

July 15, 2015

Stepping Back In

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bleeding heart

Hello Blogging friends. It has been well over a month since I’ve posted. Time for me to try jumping back in again. I recently commented to Robin and to Carol that I’ve been having trouble getting back into the swing of things even though I am out of school for the summer and have much more time on my hands. Where should I begin? Which stories and photos are worth sharing? I started scrolling back through the shots on my memory card when I remembered that way back in May, Dawn invited me to do the Five Photos, Five Days challenge.

dahlia

I continued my scrolling, now with a purpose. Which five shots could I tell a story about?

can't remember their name

Now, as you may recall, I’m not one for sticking strictly to the “rules” when it comes to blog challenges. I often like to find a way to make something my own. If I remember correctly the “rules” for this one were only to post a photo 5 days in a row with a story, fiction or nonfiction, to go along with it and to invite another blogger to join in each post. Well, here I am making my own so-called rules.

dahlia

First of all, I think the Five Photos, Five Days challenge was out and about long enough ago that any of you who are regular visitors to my blog who might enjoy this sort of thing have probably already participated. Honestly I’m wondering if I will still have regular readers after this blogging break – I guess I will find out! If you are that soul who hasn’t been invited but would like to participate, consider yourself invited!

mandeville

Secondly, I found 6 photos that I have inklings of stories to tell in my head at this time. Right now, it is my plan to do Six Photos, Six Days.

peony

And third, regarding the fiction vs nonfiction aspect of the stories, I feel like I could possibly create a bit of a whimsical story to go with each of the photos I’ve chosen, or at least maybe the beginning of a whimsical story, but that I’d also like to give you the real story behind the photo. I think these shots can help “catch me up” a bit with what I’ve been up to.

lupin

So that’s my plan. Whether it really works out that way, I don’t know. I haven’t written the posts yet, so I guess we will see over the next few days.

iris

In case you were wondering about the flowers meandering through this post, they are flowers you would’ve seen had you had the chance to meander about my yard at various times throughout the spring and early summer. Many are in the ground, and long since passed by, while some are in containers around my deck and still blooming.

poppy

These were all taken with that 85mm lens that I was so thrilled to have purchased this past March. The shots are all SOOC, completely unmessed about with in editing programs. I’m still extremely happy with it and it is becoming my “go-to” lens unless I need telephoto or wide-angle.

peony

Post number one should be up tomorrow… and away we go….