Onto My Next 40 Years

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Sunday Trees – 272

Sunday Trees – 272 (Becca Givens)

After a few weeks of almost constant rain, this week we got a little break and got to see the blue skies again.

Color Your World – Sky Blue (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

Color Your World – Mac and Cheese

Color Your World (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

I asked my charges to help me with this color challenge as Mac ‘n’ Cheese is their favorite dinner.  They, of course, wanted me to just make Mac ‘n’ Cheese for dinner and take a picture of it, but I thought that was too easy and not as much fun as searching for the color ourselves.  So we drove around and actually found lots of things like signs, the double yellow line down the middle of the street, school buses, but the thing I settled on was last nights sunset.  We’ve had so much rain lately, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen these beautiful colors fill the sky.

Sunday Trees -271

Sunday Trees 271 – Becca Givens

It was a long week of getting back out into the world.  Still not feeling great, but I think I’m on the last leg of this flu, finally, thank goodness.  I have been trying to take it easy and get good rest to make sure I get better.  I tend to not listen to my body and push myself too much, so it’s been tough to resist the urge to get out there and do more.  Why do we run ourselves into the ground sometimes?  I think I may make that a goal this year.  To listen to my body more often, to put my health first, to take care of myself…to love myself.  I hope I can do it.  Do any of you do this too?  What things do you to remind yourself that you are important too?

A Walk in the Park

Sunday Trees – 269

Most of the trees are bare of leaves especially after the recent storms we’ve had, but I managed to find this tree with quite a few leaves still hanging on.  

After the Rain

Color of the Week – Red Orange

I haven’t been for a walk in a long time because of my wisdom tooth extraction, the craziness of the holidays, and the blessed rain.  This morning I woke up early and felt no pain and heard no rain, so I bundled myself up and out I went.  The sun was just coming up and  the air was crisp, but it felt good to be out moving again.  I pushed myself a little further than I meant to go and ended up having to take a long nap, but it was worth it to see the beauty all around me like these glistening rain drops on the few leaves the storm left behind.

Sunday Trees – 265

Sunday Trees (Becca Givens)

I took this one on one of the last blue sky days last week.  Since then it has been rainy and grey and oddly humid.  I love the rain.  It’s so good to hear it, feel it, and have it go on for days.  Next week, there are supposed to be four days in a row of rain.  You never know how much a drought is going to affect your mood until you find yourself in the middle of one that has gone on for years particularly when you are someone like me who favors Fall and Winter over Spring and Summer.  Yesterday, after helping to run the kids activities at a Christmas Party, I walked out into a real down pour and I found myself just wanting to stand there like Andy Dufresne when he finally emerged from the sewers of Shawshank.  The cool rain drops on my skin, the fresh air pulled into my lungs, the sounds of thousands upon thousands of rain drops hitting the pavement and puddles all around me.  It was beautiful and I apparently wasn’t the only one feeling it as one of the party goers  saw me standing there looking at the sky and came out to join me.  “It’s wonderful isn’t it?”  I just nodded and we stood together silently getting soaked with smiles on our faces.  Luckily my husband was home and met me at the door with towels when I arrived, but it was worth it to just stand and feel the rain again.  It will be one of those memories that will be there for me when the sweltering heat returns.

Sunday Trees – 264

Sunday Trees (Becca Givens)

I took some pictures of a bunch of trees this week as it’s starting to get cold and the beautiful fall colors are beginning to disappear.  Gotta love this bright yellow.  These trees remind me of a Bob Ross painting for some reason.  I used to love watching him paint.  He made it look so easy.

Sunday Trees – 263

Sunday Trees (Becca Givens)

I missed last week’s Sunday Trees because I was away for the weekend celebrating my birthday with my sister in Half Moon Bay.  It also didn’t help that my wisdom teeth decided to become infected while we were gone.  It was a beautiful rainy weekend.  Luckily neither of us isn’t afraid of a little rain.  We had a fabulous girls weekend with good food and drinks.  We visited the beach to see the crazy waves and the even crazier surfers.  Then  we walked around town window shopping for a bit before heading out to the real reason we were in Half Moon Bay, a glass blowing class, my birthday present from my sister.  I have been in love with these little glass pumpkins that I saw the first time I visited half Moon Bay many, many years ago.  They aren’t cheap, especially the one I really liked, and so I never bought one, but I admired them every time I came to town.  A few years ago I found out that there was a class where you could make your own glass pumpkin at Half Moon Bay Art Glass, but it too was expensive.  A few months later I was reading my AAA Via magazine and found a coupon for 50% off.  I took it as a sign that I was destined to take the class and finally get my pumpkin.  I was nervous going in.  I was afraid I was going to come out with a paper weight instead of a pumpkin, but we ended up with a fabulous teacher who put us at ease and I am happy to say that we each came home with a beautiful pumpkin.   They let you pick your colors for your pumpkin and stem.  In the pictures below you can see the finished products.  I chose the blue and white and my sister the emerald with spots.  Before we left the next morning we had breakfast at a local diner and on our walk back to our Inn to check out, I found this tree with the little bird house attached to it. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving for those who celebrate.  Onto another week we go.  I can’t believe this year is almost over.  It has flown by so fast.  Here are our pumpkins.


Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

CWWPC (Cee’s Photography)

I went for a walk one day in a direction that I don’t normally go.  I wanted to see some different scenery.  As I walked out this way, I was on the other side of the street where there aren’t nearly as many trees or shade.  I was so hot and sweaty, but I had set out to walk at least 2 miles before turning around.  Once, I finally did, I crossed the street to seek refuge in the shade of these trees for my walk back.  Unfortunately the trees didn’t last all the way back, but the bit of shade I did get plus walking through all the beautiful colors, kicking the leaves and listening to them crackle helped me forget how hot I was for a little while.  I love fall, but nowadays it takes way too long for the cool weather to come and stay.  It’s already the middle of November yet it’s still been in the high 70’s –  mid 80’s here.  Global warming at it finest.

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