Happy Saturday and almost Mother’s Day, everyone.
Anyone want coffee? I have a good excuse for not offering you any. I have lots of MD flowers, though!
Six words describe my heartbreak when we pulled onto the road starting on the nine-hour trip headed for California and heard a thump.
Looking in the rearview mirror, Vince said, “That was your coffee.”
Have you ever put something on the roof of your car as you are loading things, and then driven off and forgotten it? Thank goodness it wasn’t my computer, but I did miss my coffee. I also forgot to take my Sony camera, so all my pictures are cell pics.
April could be characterized in Prescott as cool/cold and windy. One day I wore my winter coat zipped up, and my ears got so cold, I had an earache and had to put my hood on. True to form, California was sunny, warm, and flowery.
April in Prescott, Arizona
April in California
Last week Tina gave us a lesson on the Rule of Thirds in Lens Artist Photo Challenge # 197. I cropped all of these pictures to make them more interesting. the last picture is still super busy, but it is a nature preserve rather than a cultivated garden and my point was to show the difference in greenery between Prescott and California.
What’s on Your Bookshelf
This month I sort of fell down a hole as far as reading is concerned. Do you read well in the car? I used to, but I don’t do it much anymore. When I get engrossed, if we slow down or brake suddenly and I haven’t been paying attention, I look up and scream or suck in my breath really hard. Drivers don’t appreciate that! Here’s what I’m still working on:
- How to Read Literature Like a Professor – I’m getting downright scholarly, LOL
- Staying Alive by Yvette Prior
- Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris given to me by my friend, Connie
I’ve also started watching the series, “Breaking Bad” after reading Yvette’s Story Chat from last month. It has a spin off, “Better Call Saul,” which Vince and I are watching together. The hero is definitely the “prodigal son.” The brothers have some major issues, but the younger one really loves the older one, and the older one seems to truly hate the younger one and will do almost everything to sabotage him.
WOTY – April Curating
Retired life is fantastic, so if you get jealous when you read my week’s-end month’s review, and you are not yet retired, I’m telling you it is worth working toward. This post has some of my favorite pictures to review this month of curating efforts.
Last on the Card
WWE in Scottsdale
To be honest, I relied on others this month to curate for me. Family members planned excursions. I especially want to thank Vince for curating our trip to Scottsdale where we went to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s learning compound.
He also took us out of our way to see Lake Havasu, AZ because I had never seen The London Bridge. I shared some of the pictures of these trips in the following posts:
- PPAC 44 What Do Big Cats Eat?
- Thursday Doors, Trios, Monday Windows at Taliesin West showcasing the Dale Chiluly glass art exhibit. His many pieces of art are stunning additions to the tour.
- FOTD Sunday Stills Spring Florals Out West
CFFC Squiggly Lines and WWE at Lake Havasu
Water is so relaxing probably because in reflections, the lines are changed and are much more squiggly. The dragon did not relax me, but he was squiggly.
The Sacramento trip, April 27-30, was beautifully curated by my (almost) daughter-in-law and son. Good news announcement!
- Cosumnes River Preserve
- Lunch at the Dancing Fox Winery and Brewery
- House hunting (realtors do this everywhere they go) in a community that had wind machines. LOL Big red flag. The day we were there was average and we were blown away.
- Crystal Hermitage Tulip Festival
- Nevada City for lunch at the National Exchange Hotel with a not-too-friendly tour afterward.
- Fancy dinner at the Firehouse Restaurant in Old Town Sacramento
#Thursday Doors at Crystal Hermitage
The people that run this place plant 17,000 new tulip bulbs each year! You may notice some squiggly lines on the door for Cee’s CFFC Challenge, too.
I’ll do a post for Still Restless Jo’s Monday Walk because I have a lot of pictures. Mostly we were on the hunt for the wild walrus that Jason jumped over, and the killer trees.
Water Water Everywhere, Lens Artist Photo Challenge #198
We found some of our best shadows for Patti’s Lens Artist Challenge #198 on our hike through this preserve. The last shadows and light in these last two pictures didn’t show up until I processed them in Adobe Bridge deepening the shadows to bring out the contrast. Now I love them. Thanks for the tip, Patti.
Which Way to the CFFC Squiggly Killer Trees?
The primary characteristic of our son is, “how far can I push their buttons before they snap?” We started out on this beautifu trail in the Cosumnes River Reserve and “the boy” started spinning the story that there is a walrus that hides out along the path. Did we believe him? Um, no comment. Then he started running away from us and jumped over a huge walrus-shaped root in the path.
We walked a bit farther and up popped these signs, “Detour, Killer Trees.” What does that mean anyway, Killer Trees? Nothing to J. He headed his beloved dad and I down the forbidden path. I kept my eyes open for killer trees. Maybe the squiggly one at the bottom? You be the judge!
CBWC Side Of
I loved the story Sideways Stories of Wayside School. One of my fourth graders literally fell out of his seat laughing at one part of it. It was hard to read because I would have done the same thing if I hadn’t been standing in front of the class. Reading about the potato tattoo one kid got for his birthday after months of debating with classmates about what to get for this important event, I had to had the book to one of my fourth graders to read outloud because I couldn’t catch my breath. Our J thinks he is that funny.
I cropped his girlfriend almost out of the picture to use the Rule of Thirds Tina taught us in LAPC #197. It made a much more telling photo.
More Sideways Pictures
Thursday Trios at the Dancing Fox Winery and Brewery in Lodi, CA
One of the guys working at the Dancing Fox invited me to take pictures throughout the winery while we waited for our lunch table. It was the perfect opportunity to scout for trios. The food there was delicious and I’d give it five stars if you ever go to Lodi, CA after a long walk through the Cosumnes River Preserve.
To look at more of our trip pictures, if you’re not bored yet, click any of the links below.
- Cell Pic Sunday Stills of Emerging FOTDs if you are not into challenges on WordPress, this title makes no sense. But trust me it has some gorgeous pictures of flowers from our trip to the Crystal Hermitage.
- Taking a Coffee Break in Nevada City
- FOTD Tulip Show
FOTD, CMMC, LAPC Mostly Macro Flowers from Crystal Hermitage
Sorry Cee. If you know Cee well, then you know she gets tired of insect macros. I couldn’t help it… really and besides I’m thrilled with them. There wasn’t much to curate on April 26-27 except driving, but my friend, Jean and I managed to sneak in a quick walk around Bravo Lake and the Woodlake Rose and Botanical Gardens.
WWE and LAPC in Woodlake, California
On May 2, I did a masterful job of curating visits with friends, If I do say so myself. AND, I did it without a car while Vince went to his former watering hole in Fresno to play poker with his old buds.
I want to thank my friend Sally Pace for driving me into Woodlake, and Exeter, and then Connie Smith for driving me from Exeter to Woodville to Elderwood. That was a relaxing and very busy social day.
My Vacation Is Over
Since I started hosting challenges, I hated to take a break from my challenges, PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) and WQW (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) but I had spotty internet, little time, and I’m not good at posting on my phone.
It amazed and thrilled me that several people continued on with their posts for both PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) and WQW (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) without me. How cool is that?
Challenges that Inspired Me This Week
I have learned a lot from Natalie the Explorer. She and Terri Webster Schrandt manage to squeeze in so much into a post and support many challenges in the process. This week I am playing in the following challenges.
- Weekend Coffee Share
- #Thursday Doors
- FOTD – seven days worth
- CFFC – Squiggly I hope I’m not too late!
- CMMC Macros
- CBWC Sides of Things
- Thursday Trios
- Last on the Card
- The Changing Seasons
- WOTY(Word of the Year)
- WWE (Water Water Everywhere)
- What’s on your Bookshelf?
- Lens Artist Challenge last week – Rule of Thirds
- Lens Artist Challenge this week – light and shadows
- Six Word Saturday
- Which Way Challenge
- Story Chat – Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch Literary Community shares her short story, “As Far as a Former Prisoner Can Go”
- WQW May 11: Senses: Smell What are your favorite smells?
- PPAC- Join me for the some of the unusual Public Art in Lake Havasu City, AZ