In 2003, I visited Oregon with a friend. One of the places we went were the Oregon Caves and they were fascinating. The caves are unique in that they are marble, yet filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and formations called flowstone. If you are in the area, they are definitely worth a visit.
I'm so blessed to have a den, a snug, in which I take refuge during the first part of the day. It has a sofa, rocker and a large window facing trees and wind chimes. It's filled with books, my computer, a glider on which is occasionally--rarely--exercise, and a television. Why yes, I am watching Doctor Who.
My afternoons and until bedtime you'll find me tucked into a corner of my sofa where I read, nap, crochet, stream programs and can still stay in touch with my Facebook family.
I love nature in all it's colors and beauty. I delight when my Christmas cactus finally decides to bloom, and when the gardenia and camellia bushes, planted by the original building owners, come into bloom. Oddly enough, one of my favorites is the mossy ground cover because I absolutely love it's bright color and velvet appearance.
I love and am proud of all the needlepoint I've done. Even so, this piece is a particular favorite and makes me smile every time I see it. Part of that is due to finding the perfect picture mold, which reminded me of the sun's rays, and the mottled mat, reminiscent of a cloudy-night sky. Thank you, Heather and Creative Framing Gallery, for your fine work in making this a perfect piece.
It's a bit of a cop-out, but it truly does make me smile when I walk into my bedroom, mid-morning every day, and find Tigger and T.S. Elliott cuddled up on the bed together. It's so nice that they are buddies.
A family of Hamilton-watches wearers. All three are ones we wore for years; all three still work perfectly. One the left is my dad's, the middle watch is mom's, and on the right is my first good watch. None of them are currently being worn as we've all moved to watches with much larger faces that are easier to see and that don't need winding.
I was going to my car, wondering what I could do for this prompt that would be slightly different when I noticed the heating elements stripes on my car's back window. Then I realized there was also the reflected stripes created by the inside of our garage door. So there you have it: stripes reflected in stripes.
After a serendipitous find of something wonderful for "eclectic"--so NOT today's prompt--I realized the word was "electric". Fortunately, I came to a red light and was there long enough to capture this photo.
On most afternoons,
I read and enjoy my daily can of Coca-Cola,
crochet--sometimes with sparkly yarn, but usually for charity,
watch British mysteries--
you thought it'd be Doctor Who, didn't you?--
and always have my camera at the ready.
Photo-a-Day - January 2013 - Day 20: Something I Saw
I love all the wonderful murals on unexpectedly comes across. These two were on a wall in not a wonderful part of Richmond, CA. Fortunately, there was a red light long enough to capture these. You never know where you'll find art.
Finally!!! We now have a burrito shop in my neighborhood. Every now and then, I do love a carnitas burrito with rice, re-fried beans, tomato, cheese, sour cream and lettuce. Yes, I am a wimp; no avocado, salsa or hot sauce for me, please. There's nothing better than seeing my all the fixings together, set to be rolled, bagged and definitely READY to eat.
It was a wonderful blessing to be introduced to the works of Shakespeare by a teacher who really knew how so to do. Even before opening a book, we would see a movie of each play, then we would watch the movie again while following along with the text, we would then read and discuss it in class and, finally, see the film again. The reward, at the end of the year, was going into New York City and seeing a stage production. From this, I learn to truly love Shakespeare.
When, in 1986, I saw an advertisement for this pair of Romeo and Juliet candlestick holders from the Franklin Mint, how could I not have bought them. They are much beloved and treasured by me. And, because everything in my house is secured with Quake Wax, you also see on of my many class candlesticks as well. Sorry, that does rather take it to 3 things, doesn't it.
It's not often I have the opportunity to look down on parking garages, but I particularly liked it being a rainy day, that one roof had cars while the other was empty, and catching the break lights, and their reflection, on the street. You never now what you may find while visiting the dentist.
This charming paper-covered box was once filled with chocolate truffles from Joseph Schmidt Confections. They were known form making fabulous chocolates until they were acquired by a subsidiary of Nestles in 2005 and then closed in 2009. Very sad. People still wistfully remember Joseph Schmidt's shop in San Francisco.
Photo-a-Day - January 2013 - Day 8: Starts with "T"
After having been burgled a couple times, and thieves taking my televisions, I was determined to buy a set they couldn't walk out with. So in 1987, I bought this huge, 27" floor console model. Who knew is was going to be such good set. Twenty-five years later, it's still working perfectly. Not being a gamer, or sports fan, or action-movie fan, it serves me perfectly well.
Ms. Sara N. Dippity had a hand in today's photo. This was my other great note card find, also at 50% off. The best part is that the box is hard cardboard and can be used for other things later. Perfect!
The Jeep and I headed West this morning, through the tunnel toward Mt. Diablo. I drove to Tahoe Joe's where I met my wonderful friends, the Carriveaus (l-r; Justin, me, Carol and Ron). After lunch we went over to the Century Theaters and saw Les Misérables--yes, I cried. It was wonderful. I finally headed home, back through the tunnel, stopping briefly to see the light at the Mormon Temple before they take them down. It was a lovely day with good friends.
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