Happy New Year!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

—Oprah Winfrey

I was going to take a short break from Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays, so I invited you to continue to post your reflections on last week’s post. I count this as my second post on the topic, but my two main points of emphasis are Reflections of 2021 and Reflections on water.

Featured Bloggers for WQWWC #55 Reflections

Your friendships mean so much. Thank you all for joining in.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to this post, not my page.

Other Challenges that Inspired WQW #1

I tried cropping the posts to make them macros for CMMC as well, but… maybe next month.

Reflections in Photos of 2021

for Sunday Stills, Lens Artists #180, and Cell Pick Sunday

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”

—Robin Sharma

I left out so many memorable trips and photos. February brought our friends Jean and Kelly for their first visit. In May we went to Vegas and CA. June brought our friend Patty and Jesse who helped us move. In August, Terri and Hans came for a couple of days – picture is on Terri’s site. September was full in spite of being indisposed. One of the highlights was spending a couple of days in Mesa with another former neighbor, Carolyn and going to see the Natural History Museum. October brought our friends Jean and Kelly back to see if I was going to die.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

—George Eliot

I had a total of six leg surgeries to remove clots, the last one on December 17th. I may or may not be done. The ultrasound machine will tell in a few more weeks. I’ll find out in a week how my lungs are after bathing them in a CT scan.

Every day I lived after having blood clots in my legs and lungs brought celebratory improvements in my health. Our friend and neighbor, Carmen from California, made a serendipitous visit to see us for a fun week of showing her around and doing lots of firsts. For me – first pano shot ever taken, first salt room treatment in Sedona, first Imitation Grateful Dead Concert at the Bird Cage Bar for me – way out of my comfort zone. Everything was new for her. After she left, we enjoyed our first safe and healthy parties with our new Prescott friends.

Even with all the medical issues, it was a wonderfully active and blessed year in the new home we moved into exactly one year ago on January 4th. I think my word of the year for 2021 should have been GRATITUDE. For 2020, I think CHANGE would have been appropriate.

I’m excited about 2022 and will share my #WOTY (Word of the Year) in two weeks. Meanwhile feel free to link your posts about WOTY here with your favorite quotes.


Reflections in Water, Water Everywhere

from my photos throughout the years

Only in still waters do things reflect undistorted. 

– Anne Brown
Calm waters of Bravo Lake in Woodlake, CA

The waters were calmer than the clouds. It was a perfect day for walking.


Once allow your soul to be disturbed by any violent emotion and, like the waters of a tempest-tossed lake, it can no longer reflect the divine image. 

– Monica Baldwin
sunshine reflected on Kaweah Lake, Three Rivers, CA
Blinking fireflies
Sunlight sparkling on the lake
Watery diamonds

Haiku
©Marsha Ingrao 2021

The lake felt calm, but a light breeze stirred tiny waves that reflected only sparkles of sunlight.


These landscapes of water and reflection are an obsession. 

– Claude Monet

While these are not Monet’s colors, the water draws us all to enjoy its beauty – even the birds.

Shell Beach, CA

She wanted the blue sky, but I was just mere water. And so, I did my best. I reflected. 

– Wild Whispers
Lahaina, Maui, HI Day or night, a calm beach relaxes us.

Upcoming and Ongoing

  • Next week on WQW #2 will be a new topic – Socializing I am off my break early. New topics for 2022 are listed on my WQW page.
  • Geoff Le Pard’s new Story Chat contribution, “Gratitude Is Hard to Come by,” is funny and fabulous – typical dry British humor. We both adore your comments.
  • If you’re really running out of things to do, (LOL) submit a logo for WQW Year 2 in 2022. We have four so far.
  • Visit Natalie the Explorer’s blog to join her Weekend Coffee Share.

Now it’s your turn.

  • Visit your favorite challenges, and feel free to combine them and link your post here if you used at least one quote or song in your post. That way you don’t have to write 10 different posts unless you just want to. I love your links either way.
Deadline Monday, Jan 17, 2022, by 8:00 pm

43 responses to “WQW #1: Remembering 2021 and My Favorite Watery Reflections of All Times”

  1. Kirstin Avatar

    You had quite the year Marsha! Here’s to 2022. Can’t wait to get back at it with WQW.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m excited to have you back again! Happy 2022. 🎂🥰🥰🥳🥳🥳🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  3. Prior... Avatar

    love your haiku (diamonds in the water)
    and the water photos are beautiful

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Yvette. You made my day.

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  5. Debbie Avatar

    It’s always good to read your posts Marsha and I do hope you are feeling well after all your surgeries last year! Take care and i look forward to more engagement with you in 2022 🙂 #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Deb. I look forward to the same. Can’t wait to publish your interview.

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  6. Natalie Avatar

    Happy New Year, Marsha! I’m so glad you’re recovering well after six surgeries. What a medical ordeal it’s been for you. Your photo gallery of 2021 and the water photos are beautiful. I love to see the sparkles when the light hits the water. They look like diamonds. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated. It is a gift – every day. 🙂

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  7. Janet Alcorn Avatar

    Love those photos! And I hope your health improves, and you have a clot-free 2022!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      YAY! That’s my hope.

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  9. pattimoed Avatar

    Beautiful water images, Marsha. I didn’t realize you had so many procedures done this year for blood clots. I’m hoping you’re 100% now and can enjoy the new year. I love your optimistic attitude! Thanks for mentioning Lens-Artists, too! All the best in 2022.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Patti. You all do so much for the blogging, particularly the challenge, community and I know how much work it is to be consistent. I hope you know how much we enjoy all of your work. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Lady Lee. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Amazing, post, Lady Lee. 🙂

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  10. KL Caley Avatar

    Lovely post, Marsha. I love your year in photos.
    Thank you so much for featuring my blog.
    KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are always a feature in my book, KL.

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  11. restlessjo Avatar

    You never let the grass grow, Marsha! Life lived to the full. Love the wild whispers quote and that Sedona shot- climbing down, or posing?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Neither. That’s not me, LOL. She was about 12! I think she was posing. 🙂 There was no grass on those rocks, but they didn’t look like that under my less-limber body!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m honored that you even considered the possibility that it might be me. I should have made her a bit farther away. LOL

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  12. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    How did I not know you had SIX surgeries, Marsha? Egads, I can’t imagine what would have been if that doctor hadn’t diagnosed DVT! And all from a pickleball injury! You have much to reflect on in 2021–a whirlwind year (kinda like mine!). And thanks for the mention–we had so much fun in August–Hans and I still talk about it! You picked some great images to remember 2021. I giggled a little at the new car for new e-bikes (I bought a new-ish car, too)…funny the things we have to do to live our new lifestyles! Love Nutter’s new hobby! Your water reflections are gorgeous and everything worked so well for Sunday Stills! Let’s chat soon, and please stay healthy!!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Can’t wait. I have plenty of time since I’m not going to CA. We’ve had lots of sunshine here and days in the 50s. Feels beautiful. Our lives are very full, aren’t they? Are you back to teaching yet?

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Good! Major winter storm hits tonight, at least 8 inches of snow on top of already 12 inches here at our area! I’ll take some of that sun, Marsha! No calls for subs this week and tomorrow will likely be a snow day. I need to get Sunday’s “future” post together, LOL!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s a great snowy day activity. I thought they were getting rid of snow days in favor of Zoom.

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  13. John Avatar
    John

    Love the reflections! Hopefully, 2022 will bring better health.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, It already has! 🙂

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  14. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I love looking back over the year in pictures. Despite your medical challenges, it looks like 2021 was pretty good for you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was, Janis. The medical challenges gave me an overwhelming joy of living and gratitude for every day. 🙂

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  15. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Oh what gorgeous photos you took last year. I love your April photo of Sedona 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much!!!

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  16. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love you water reflections Marsha. You have been through the ringer and look at you go with so many great trips and back up and ‘running”!
    💖👏👏👏🌈🌈👏👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Well walking, LOL!

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Slow and steady gets the worm Marsha!
        💖

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          As long as I don’t get into a worm hole! LOL

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            I met wind the prize 😂😂😂 I must have been near sleeping 😴

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Nodding off at the keyboard, eh? I do that a lot!

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          3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            🤣🤣🤣🤣💖

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