a splash of color

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After looking at nothing but white snow and ice for the last week, I’m in need of some color.  While getting out to some shops, the bright displays drew me in.  When I got to work this morning, I found a pretty bag of baby bell peppers.  The pink flamingo on my patio joins me to check out the white mess.   As always, the evening light show from my patio always makes my heart soar.

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structure in snow

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Fingers crossed today is the last of the really-really bad weather for us.  It should get above freezing tomorrow and as long as the sun is out, the ice will melt.  We will be left with a muddy, mushy mess, but there is always a price for beauty.

My internet wanderings the last few days, have found another photo challenge for me to follow.  The theme for this week is structure in nature.

The structure in the snow and ice crystals that formed in a footprint are quite amazing. There is so much to see when you stop and take in the world around you.

I love the lines of the lines of the trees both up, out, and toward me in the snow.

The structure of the day into the night is an important ritual for us. It is so often overlooked because of its repetitiveness. It is one of my favorite parts of the day.

 

Slow days

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I’d like to say I’ve some something productive with being snowed in and off work. What I can tell you is I’ve played on the computer, read lots of recipes, caught up on Doctor Who, taken a lot of naps, and taken tons of pictures of my napping cat.

I’m bored out of my gourd, but not enough to clean house or find some piddle-fit (as brother calls it). I’ve been pretty happy to watch out the window, play with new apps, and take a few walks in the snow.

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invisible footprints

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The nose knows, as least the dog’s nose does.  Everyday I wander and follow Coe as her nose takes us on some adventure.  Most days she is following, and commenting, on some thread only she can see.  The snow has given me a little insight into the chatter that she is normally sorting through to find something really interesting.

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the path not taken

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Having been trapped inside with the snow days, it has given me the time I needed to get caught up on geeking and blog stuff.  It has also given me a serious case of cabin fever and a sore tushy.

I’ve been on WP for quite a few years and have grown as a writer and photographer in that time.  While that was never the intention, it has been a wonderful result.  A lot of my blogger friends have started this with the intention of monetizing their blogs, but for me it has primarily been about getting the detritus out of my brain and giving me a creative outlet.

A great podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, taught me some things about myself.  One of which is I am great when I have an external deadline or goal to meet.  That is why I do challenges.  It makes makes me, in some arbitrary way, accountable for doing my homework.

I’ve been thinking about changing to a self-hosted blog on WP and getting rid of the wp.com page.  For those of you who have made this leap, I’d love to get your thoughts and suggestions.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Just so y’all don’t think I missed a day, the #365project is based in England and so I’m working on their time for that.  So that I, in the US, feel like I am all caught up I’m going to duplicate somethings occasionally.  Also, Ginger wanted to correct me that she loves her chair all the time and not just in the fair weather.  Like a true cat, she has to get the last word on the matter.

the path not taken

This was another pre-dawn dog walk. There was a dense fog that made the entire morning grey.

 

Weathered

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This week’s WP weekly photo challenge is weathered. Memphis got a snow day so I didn’t get out. I enjoyed most of the day curled up with Ginger Kitty. Coe and I got out for a nice walk in the snow so most of the photos I took are just weather.

Ginger has a chair that she lives on during the warmer months and it has weathered beautifully. It’s even pretty all covered in snow.  I put the pink ribbons on it so no humans would think they can sit in this chair.

I threw a couple snow day photos in with the chair so you’d see she is a fair weather chair friend.

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festering pile of…

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We all have those days and occasionally we have those weeks. I’m going to over share here for a moment. I am a woman of a certain age and I am starting to experience some changes…. The most unpleasant change I’ve been experiencing is that I have been getting headaches during my period. Not the little nuisance headache, but the I want to put my head in an oven kind of headache.

This, compounded with the incessant noisy girls at work, makes for very long days. Today I actually put in earplugs with headphones on top to block out the noise.

I took this picture last night on my final walk with Coe. I have honestly never seen pumpkins so desiccated that I had to snap a shot. Needless to say, this is kinda how I felt by the time my day ended.

In honor of the poor pumpkins that gave their heart and soul for someone’s porch, I’m going to share a good pumpkin treat with you.  I’ve mentioned before how much I love pumpkin and when I saw pumpkin spice rooibos tea at Trader Joe’s I had to give it a try. I’ve now discovered that this makes the best hot toddy. See if your TJ’s still has any in stock and get one or three.  Sadly, I only got one tin.  I’m going to savor this!

My day has finally come to an end.  Jammies, a snuggly cat, and my hot toddy made the world a better place.

As a side note, do you see the faces in the dead pumpkins?  I saw them after I took the pictures.  Creepy!

one of those days

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It was 50 degrees when I got up this morning with a high of 60.  Tomorrow evening we are supposed to get back down to the 20’s with another winter storm coming in.  My downstairs neighbor keeps their apartment so warm, I had to turn on my air conditioning today!  And my office is… I’ve told y’all what a hot mess that place is.  I have to dress for summer when I’m in there and the woman next to me has on a space heater!

All I wanted tonight when I got home was a bowl of something comforting.  Whole wheat pasta, sauteed chicken with homemade pasta sauce, zucchini, and mixed greens with a dusting of parmesan.  Now I can really veg this evening!

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Beautiful Burlesque

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I went to a Burlesque Brunch on Sunday. It was sexy, saucy, and fun. These women boldly danced and sashayed. While some were intentionally funny, they still displayed their femininity.  You’ve never seen so much glitter!

While I did not intend to have her face blocked when I took the shot, I love how it draws you in with this mystique. I’ve played with a couple filters to deepen the sultry feel of the photo.

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the love of a pet

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I have a coworker who is afraid of animals. She’s in a wheelchair and her mother is encouraging her to get a service dog. The problem is she is terrified of dogs. Not just dogs, but cats. Really animals of any kind send her into a panic attack.

Having had pets of all sizes as long as I can remember, this is unfathomable to me. My kids bring me such joy and hours of entertainment. They also drive me batshit crazy at times, but that is so hugely outweighed by their unconditional love.

Ginger does this adorable rotisserie thing in front of the fireplace in the winter that always makes me giggle. It’s no wonder so many of us get sucked into hours of silly pet videos on YouTube.

These photos have been posted before and that alone demonstrates how much I enjoy these guys.  I have almost more pictures of them than I do food.

 

This is now the awesome rotisserie kitty.