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WQW #1: Remembering 2021 and My Favorite Watery Reflections of All Times

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.


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

©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 replies »

  1. 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!!


  2. 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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    • 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. 🙂


  3. 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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  4. 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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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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