Weekly Photo Challenge–Street Life

Our subject for this Weekly Photo Challenge is Street Life: Share a photo that brings a street to life

Near the beach, the Black-bellied Plover brings the street to life.

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Random 5 Friday


Random 5 Friday! That means the weekend is upon us. Rain in the forecast. Maybe, rain IS the forecast is a better way to put it.

1. Now that the family is well, we can celebrate our daughter’s birthday while it is yet March.

2. I ordered gifts from her Amazon wish list–they have yet to arrive! I’m hoping the USPS carrier brings them today, three days overdue from latest expected date.

3. I’m glad the Strathmore free online classes are available until the end of the year, I’m a week behind.

4. Had a record number of squirrels visiting at one time–SEVEN. This morning I saw one perched atop a shrub near the feeder, in perfect Pointer stance, sizing up the distance. Little stinker.

5. In July, 2011, I shared a post about one of our city’s landmarks, The Cavalier Hotel. It opened in 1927 and was the “in” place to stay at Virginia Beach, frequently hosting U.S. Presidents and celebrities. It was sold not too long ago. It was reported, of 100 developers who expressed an interest in the hotel and property, none had plans other than to demolish it. Today, local news station, WTKR, reports the Cavalier Hotel has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. Extensive renovations are in the plans.

Clicking the blue links will open a new page if you are interested in knowing more about The Cavalier on the Hill.

Thanks for joining me for Random 5 Friday, and thanks to Nancy at A Rural Journal for hosting.



Wild Bird Wednesday–Seeing Double

Seeing double on Wild Bird Wednesday, or double trouble–I think the Northern Cardinal on the left is about to be escorted from the premises. Spring is in the air and territorial squabbles are becoming a regular occurrence.

Seeing Double
Northern Cardinals

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Thanks for hosting, Stewart.


Share Your World–2014 Week 12

Welcome to Share Your World, courtesy of Cee’s Photography. Cee provides us with questions each week, and we respond to get to know one another better.

What is your most favorite smell or scent?
Yankee Candle: Pineapple Cilantro

How do you write: computer, longhand, or other
Computer, when it cooperates; longhand for journaling

Your favorite blog post that you have written (provide link)
I surpassed 800 posts this week, so that will require some thought and research.

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?
The one that comes to mind is “Matilda, McElroy and Mary.” It was a Little Golden Book

What are you grateful for from last week:
Being able to attend a writers workshop Saturday, and a 70F degree day.

And the upcoming week:
Getting to visit with our family.

That’s it for this week’s Share Your World. Now it’s your turn: create a blog post and link to Cee’s blog, or leave your replies in the comments below. I always enjoy reading your responses.

Have a blessed day!






Weekly Photo Challenge–Reflection/Barn

I’m digging in the archives this week for a photo showing reflection for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Some of you may remember this from the days of the Barn Charm meme. If you’re a barn aficionado, you can find more pictures of them under Barn Charm in the ‘categories’ widget in the side bar.

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Random 5 Friday

It’s Random 5 Friday! Sharing five random thoughts about us, our lives, whatever. Join us, won’t you? Find out how, here.

1. Is it just me, or are there fewer days between Fridays now? I seem to have lost days somewhere. It must be spring fever!

2. I’m attending another Hampton Roads Writers Traveling Pen writing workshop Saturday morning. The title is “Eliminate the Excuses: You Can Learn to Be a Creative and Productive Writer!”

3. It was warm today, 60s, just a bit of chill in the air. Hubby got home in time for us to walk two miles before the sun set. I carried my camera along, but didn’t take any photos. Tulip trees are in bloom, the Bradford Pears will be soon. Saw a few Daffodils and Jonquils, Crocus, Hyacinth and Pansies.

4. I haven’t gotten to this week’s Strathmore workshop. I’m glad they are available online anytime. I’m curious what this week’s lesson is.

5. There weren’t as many black birds at the feeders today. The only sparrows were House Sparrows, four of them. I wonder if the White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos are headed for their summer cottages. Our first American Robin arrived this week and serenades us in the early morning. And I have this news:

It’s a Girl! We now have a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Thank you, Nancy, at A Rural Journal for inviting us over every Friday for Random 5 Friday.

Once I hit ‘Publish,’ I learned this is my 800th post! Thanks to everyone who made this possible.