Willy Nilly Friday 5 #43

Willy Nilly Friday 5 Randomness
Weekly Photo Challenge–Enveloped

1. Hubby was out of town for a long weekend. I finished filling boxes with items to donate, recycle, etc., loaded them into the car, and dropped them off. I’m still not seeing much progress. Surely I’m making some?

2. One day, when I go to Norfolk Botanical Garden, I want to forget about counting steps and spend some time here.
DSCN22643. This is the view from there–with a painterly (filter) touch added.


4. Saturday I was enveloped by natural beauty at First Landing State Park.


5. I’m ready to go back. I’d like to explore more of this:


But, I’ll have to wait a few days. Our daughter requested my baby-sitting services–for her! It seems her wisdom teeth have to go. This may be my only post this week, but I’ll let you know when I get back–and then we’ll explore some more!

Weekly Photo Challenge–Enveloped


Good Fences #60

Good Fences 

I returned to the botanical garden to visit some of the areas I missed on my previous visit.
Clicking any photo will bring up the slide show, hovering over each with mouse will display the captions. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Wild Bird Wednesday #146

Wild Bird Wednesday 

An American Robin, male, was preening his feathers recently.


I think I missed a feather.



I know it’s in here somewhere.  


Ahhh, much better.


The feathers on the female’s head are mostly gray, matching the feathers on the upper back. You can see a photo by clicking the previous blue link, scroll down to “Field Marks.”

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday
Thanks for hosting, Stewart.


Share Your World–2015 Week 19

Share Your World

It’s my favorite time of week! I think I enjoy Share Your World so much because everyone has the opportunity to participate. I hope you’ll share our responses by either creating a post and linking to Cee’s blog, or leave them in the comments section below.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?
I’ve lived in a 2-story house so long, I don’t know if I could adapt to one level. Besides, I get lots of exercise running up and down the steps! My daughter lived in a 3-story townhouse for awhile–that was TOO many steps. And I was much younger then!

If you have a TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?
Our TV has always resided in the living room. I think it would be nice to have it in another room, but this is where we “live.” All the other rooms have been claimed for exercise/sewing and art/office space, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. 

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time? Explain your answer.
We usually turn the lights off behind us, but leave the china cabinet lights and the one in the range hood on while we’re still up to see to get around. It seems we always make trips to the kitchen! 

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I have to agree with Cee on this one, the room I’m in at the time. Most of our house is a work-in-progress. I hope to live long enough to see it finished.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Grateful for good lab reports! Looking forward to a few days to catch up around our house/yard before heading off to our daughter’s house again. 


Willy-Nilly Friday 5

Willy-Nilly Friday 5
inspired by Norfolk Botanical Garden

1. The Fitbit fitness tracker keeps me motivated. I love getting out and walking–nice, long walks. It’s addictive! And such a beautiful time of year with all the flowers and gardens coming to life. Everything is so green!

Fringe Tree

Fringe Tree

2. I watched an odd-looking butterfly wend and wobble through the air across the path from flower bed to tree branch. Once it alit, I realized it was not one, but two, Monarchs. No privacy from the paparazzi. 

Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies

3. There were azaleas:

Florida azalea

Florida azalea

DSCN2165 (2)

Unknown variety

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Unknown variety


4. Last fall, as I wandered through the various gardens, I tried to envision how it would look when all the rhododendron bloomed. The small screen of my mind couldn’t come close to the real-life experience. And the fragrance! Not over-powering, but a mild sweetness that I want to memorize until they bloom again next year.

Mounding higher than my head...

Mounding higher than my head…

...ethereal beauty

…ethereal beauties…

...to vibrant, lining the path.

…to vibrant, lining both sides of the path.

5. And my favorite find…

...a bunny!

…a bunny!

Thanks for coming along with me!



Good Fences #59

Good Fences #59

I went to the botanical garden for a walk–and to see the rhododendron and azalea blossoms before it was too late. This is the only fence in all the photos I took that day.


Mallards on a Date



I’ll be sharing some of the amazing flowers over the next few posts.
P.S. I attempted to comment on several blogs linked to Good Fences tonight. I keep getting the set of pictures to select the matching photos to prove I’m not a robot. I’m unable to see the bottom row of pictures, and tried multiple times to get through. Finally, in frustration, I gave up. 

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