Onto My Next 40 Years

My adventures in reading and writing



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sky

CFFC (Cee’s Photography)

I took this pic on a walk last week because of all the different kinds of clouds all in one space.  When I look at the clouds in the sky, I do 1 of 2 things – 1) I imagine myself flying through the clouds, lying on their fluffy coolness and spying on the world below or 2) I look for fun shapes in the clouds like in one of my favorite children’s books, It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles G. Shaw.  I would always read this book in Spring to my Preschool class and then we would take some white paint, drip it onto blue paper and then fold the paper in half and squish the paint around.  We would then take turns opening our papers to see what shape cloud we made.  Preschoolers have wonderful imaginations.  Sometimes I miss being a preschool teacher.


Travel Theme: Balls

Balls  (Where’s My Backpack?)

The Global Ball outside of Universal Studios Florida
The Eye Ball in the window of Psycho Donuts
Christmas at Santana Row

Color Your World – Wild Watermelon 🍉 

CYW (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

I’m always on the look out for bright colors and interesting things as I drive around town.  I never really realized how many flowers there were in my community until I started taking pictures of them.  Finding them each day is a constant reminder that there is beauty in the world even though sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the ugliness.  It’s  the little things in life right?


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters C or D

CBWPC: Letters C or D (Cee’s Photography)

Clock – the clock at Sleepy Hollow
Christmas Cupcakes – my husband’s niece makes the best cookies and cupcakes


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Carriage – in the museum at Hearst Castle
Dancers – marrying a Samoan man means there are always dancers at every party in some way shape or form
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Dog – This is Nugget my first dog.  When he got older, he had trouble going up and down the stairs, so whenever I went down, he’d sit lay down at the top of the stairs and wait for me to come back up.  Nugget really didn’t like men, but the minute he met my husband for the first time he liked him and I finally knew for sure that I had found the right man for me.
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Dog – This is Max.  He was also my first dog and brother to Nugget.  He was my protector.  He was very loving.  Whenever I would take naps on the couch after work, he’d check on me every now and then putting his face close to mine.  We always said he was checking to make sure we were still breathing.  He also did his little “perimeter checks”, walking all around the house or yard every hour or so.   
Dog – This is Gracie.  She’s my friends dog.  My husband and I moved in with Gracie and our friend when times got tough for a few months and Gracie kept me sane for those months.  She loved to play one minute and cuddle the next.  She really hated it when all of us went to work and the way she would deal with that was to burrow deep under a pile of blankets on the couch and sleep under there for at least the first hour we were gone. 
Dog – This is Django or DJ.  He’s my fur nephew.  I love visiting my sister and her husband.  We always have good times together no matter what, but DJ always makes it even better.  He gets so excited to see me whenever I go and I that just makes my day, but then he also just loves to hang out, get scratches and be in the middle of everything.  He’s starting to get old, but he still acts like the puppy he is.
Dad – This isn’t the greatest picture, but I have very few pictures of my Dad so I cherish it.  He died 27 years ago, but I still miss him everyday.  He was the best Dad ever.  

One A Week Photo Challenge: Spiral

OAWPC: Spiral (Wild Daffodil)

My older Sister lived in NYC for a few years starting unfortunately in August 2001.  After 9/11 happened I went to visit her and see with my own eyes that she and her husband were really OK.  My Sister met me at the airport and we made our way back to NYC.  It was late at night and I was exhausted from my flight across the country.  As we entered her building with my large suitcase full of Christmas presents, I found myself at the bottom of these stairs that spiraled up.  My Sister confirmed what I was beginning to realize.  There was no elevator.  Thankfully my brother in law came down the stairs and carried my suitcase up.  I don’t know if I would have made it to their apartment on the 5th and top floor if he hadn’t.  We went up and down those stairs everyday as we set out to explore the city.  We also enjoyed the joys of delivery when it was too cold to go back out for dinner or to bring the groceries we didn’t want to lug up the stairs.  My Sister found out over the years that she could have all kinds of things delivered for which she was grateful.  It seems NYC was first in delivery systems the rest of us are just beginning to enjoy with apps like Postmates, TaskRabbit, and DoorDash just to name a few.

One-A-Week-Photo Challenge: Fence

OAWPC: Fence (Wild Daffodil)

I know this post is a few weeks late, but it took me forever to find this picture.  I thought of it the minute this topic came up.  I loved this fence when I saw it.  I took this picture in NYC, but I can’t remember where unfortunately.  My sister and I were just trying to waste some time while we were waiting for my brother-in-law to get off of work so we could go out to dinner.  This little park  was a quiet little escape within the city.  It was a sunny yet cold day.  We sat on a bench soaking in the sun and just talking.  We had been running around for days seeing all we could see and it was nice to take some time to hangout, so this fence was  a perfect way to remember that day.

Sunday Trees – 278

Sunday Trees – 278 (Becca Givens)

Spring is almost here and the CherrY Trees are in full bloom.  Some of them have even fully shredded all their blossoms.  I came across this pretty pink one while I was picking up the kids last week.  And look at those blue skies.  I miss the clouds and the rain.  The temps are already going up around here.  This week we are destined for 80 degree weather.  I wish if it wasn’t going to rain, that it would at least be cool for awhile.  I’m not ready for summer yet.  Well, here’s to another great week.  I have been walking almost everyday though I had to rest a lot this weekend, but I am hoping I can get back to it this week.  I gotta keep moving forward and at least I have gotten to the part where I am starting to enjoy walking again.  WOO-HOO!!!

Color Your World – Sky Blue

CYW: Sky Blue (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

I love rainy days, but I also love blue skies.  There’s something about the sky blue that just makes me smile just seeing it.

Color Your World – Pine Green

CYW: Pine Green (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

This is one of the trees that provides shade at the track I walk at occasionally.

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