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Good morning friends, I hope you will join me for iced coffee today. It’s going to be a squelcher this weekend – up to 90s even in Prescott which is cool compared to Phoenix’s 114 F/ 45.5556 C.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Stacks or Piles

I love to do challenges, and it is so hard for me to post every day. Thank you for letting me double-dip.

In Prescott, we have tons of rock piles in whatever direction you look. Even though I never tire of them, you might get bored looking at them.

rocks stacked up around Watson Lake

Today I found a lot of piled and stacked items on one of our History Gals’ trips to Palm Springs several years ago. Just before I went over the Grapevine south of Bakersfield, I stopped to watch a farmer plowing up his field of cotton. The harvester left cotton bits piled alongside the furrow.

piles of cotton in a plowed field

They looked nothing like the stacks of cotton t-shirts they would become.

In Southern California, traffic was always piled up even at green lights.
stacks of t-shirts, hats, and visors at an artsy Saturday market in Palm Springs. I hope they made piles of money!

Weekly Reading

I started two books this week. The first one is an ongoing challenge that Priorhouse Blog and Trent’s World are having reading through Charles Dickens’s novel, The Bleak House. The book is free if you like reading on your computer. I ordered it for my Kindle on Amazon for $.60. All my notes, fabulous descriptions about fog, disappeared off my computer. After I read Trent’s post I knew I had to read it even though I’d already started A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston.

““Fog everywhere. Fog up the river where it flows among green airs and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping, and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city…. Chance people on the bridges peeping over the parapets into a nether sky of fog, with fog all round them, as if they were up in a balloon and hanging in the misty clouds.”

Charles Dickens

I struggle to write descriptions, yet Dickens spent 3-4 pages describing misty air relating it to people and what they were doing, using it in similes and metaphors. Then the finale was that the judge “sat down in the fog,” making murky air into something substantial and thus deepening the plot.

Other Challenges that Influenced this Post

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge CMMC – Pale Summer Color

Pale Cars at the Martin Auto Museum in Glendale, AZ

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge – FOTD

Pale flowers beside the road in Prescott

Thursday Trios

3 faces in a leaf glass painting

#Thursday Doors

Challenges that Influenced this Post

Ongoing on Always Write

  • June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz coming Tuesday, June 7.
  • WQW #21 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Water Fun in the Sun” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.
  • PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) every Friday at 9:00 (ish). The last day to post links is Thursday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.

I apologize to anyone who read this post early. For some reason, it published at 3:00 am rather than 9:00 am as I thought it was set for. I hadn’t changed the links yet. That’s what I get for writing blog posts at 3:00 am!

That’s a wrap for today. Cold coffee hit the spot this weekend, and I didn’t lose my cup as we drove to Scottsdale.

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  1. Hi Marsha
    So much to like here
    I slowly enjoyed this post today (after a quick skim before) and enjoyed many little details
    ESP smile at the traffic at green lights
    Parts of Florida can be that way!
    Hope bleak house is coming along
    And my husband read the Cranston book and said it was just okay
    I am curious to hear what you think —
    Hope you have a nice day

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    • I’m about 65% complete. My early guess about Esther’s parents was correct. Trent says there’s a big surprise at the ending. So I keep plowing onward. The language is offputting at times, and it makes me sleepy, but it has its ways of keeping the reader going. I particularly liked the way Ester shared her mother’s letter, keeping part of it to herself saying it wasn’t necessary to share “here.” I smiled. In my writing it would have meant, “I can’t think of what else to put in this letter.” LOL


  2. Those car colors are absolutely stunning. Wow. Of course I always love your photos. I so wish I had more time to do challenges and really get out and take photos…someday. I hope blogging stays around for awhile…haha.

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  3. Great trios this week, Marsha. I loved the glassware and the three faces in the glass leaf was a terrific find. At the art gallery that we went to on Friday I found a trio of wonderful glass art that I will post next week.

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  4. Fun post, Marsha! I could have written posts at 3am this morning–drank coffee too late at two parties yesterday. Oy! 90 in Prescott? Yikes! My DIL said it was 113 in Tempe yesterday. And we are heading y’all’s way in a matter of weeks. I hope I can get used to driving in traffic again, LOL!

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    • So much for 90. It got up to 101 yesterday, Vince said. That’s Prescott, not Scottsdale. LOL Just a warning about writing at 3:00 am. WP takes advantage of you! Especially if you make a mistake and schedule more than once and forget to check. I don’t think spell check works at 3:00 am either.

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  5. Great photos! I’ve kayaked at Watson many times. Didn’t like the hike around it…too many snakes on just one hike. 🙄 Hope you stay cool! 🌞

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    • I’m not super fond of snakes either. We’ve only hiked in the fall. Vince is not a great water sporter, but I hope to get in some kayaking this summer when Terri visits us.


    • I hate to say it, Carol, but you can keep them. I’m enjoying the bit of hot weather. It seems like it is cold here for 6 months of the year. I was ready for some heat. I was SO ready that we went to Scottsdale just so I could swim at the condo in 100 degree heat. LOL!

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  6. Well just for a change here in our part of Australia it is winter and cold. Some parts which are elevated have lots of snow.

    For us, it’s about strong bitingly cold winds…but hey, grateful for a respite from the rain.

    Temps over the old 100F are pretty common in summer too. However, air con for the win!!

    Take care my friend,

    Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Hi Denyse. You must not be too far from my friend Carol the Eternal Traveller. She complained about the bitter cold winds – offering to send me some. I turned her down. We have plenty of windy days here and today is one of them even with high temperatures. It blows hot and cold here. Later this evening, I’ll head out for a walk when the sun isn’t so intense and it will feel glorious. Wish I could share some of that with you. 🙂

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  7. Oh my, you’ve offered us an embarrassment of riches in this post! I despise the heat, don’t look forward to summer months with no A/C. But your photos are fabulous again, they allow me to travel without leaving my desk. And thanks for the bit about Bleak House–sounds like I missed a good one amid English Major days😊

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    • Since I didn’t do English Major days, it’s good to hear that even you missed some. When I started blogging – even up to the present – I realize the extreme dearth of reading in my background, in spite of the fact I read a lot. I have filled my hours with a lot of mind candy, which I adore, but doesn’t further my literary life with the background knowledge I need. When I first started blogging I read a lot of classics and posted lots of book reviews that no one read. I leave them there for my benefit mostly. 🙂 Have a great week Staarlz.

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  8. I love that Dickens quote. I’ve never read any of his works, but now I really want to. Prescott is too warm for my liking and I’ve never even experienced temperatures like the ones in Phoenix now.

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    • We lived in a hot part of California, and it gets almost that hot 110 is not abnormal in July and August. The hottest I remember in CA was 117, but Phoenix is worse and it’s early in the summer. Thanks for stopping by Astrid. I’m just getting started with this book of Dickens. It’s dense with description, but draws you in.

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  9. The first photo is my favourite – I love those piles of rocks and it works well as a B&W shot 🙂 Prescott sounds a bit too hot for me right now!

    I’m working on a PPAC post so will be back later with that …

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    • Thanks, Trent! I’m about 15% now. I just realized why I have such a hard time writing descriptions. Even reading them is sometimes hard. to visualize unless I’ve been to the place. I’m enjoying your posts about The Bleak House. 🙂

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      • I guess I’ve read enough sci-fi and fantasy that I can imagine anyplace 😉 lol, I think that is part of the problem for a lot of people – there is so much of the description that they just want the book to get on with it already. Glad you are enjoying the posts and hope you continue to like the book 🙂

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        • It’s slow reading. I like Esther’s parts best. I just reached the part where she meets Lady Dead… LOL. Her mother? Or was her nasty aunt really her mother in disguise? Now I’m curious about the really dead guy who seemed insignificant at the time. Maybe that’s her father… Esther is the one who keeps me reading on, wading through most of the descriptions. Lots of jerks in this book. I’m a little worried about Richard. But don’t tell me.

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          • You are were they meet in the rain storm? A day after Esther sees Lady D in church? If so, I know pretty much where you are.
            The two narratives are very different. I think I enjoyed them both equally, but I can understand liking Esther’s narrative better. There are more interesting things going on in the third person narrative, but Esther’s is much warmer and there is that personal feel – you care about the people more.
            All I have to say, is not to read any more of my posts until you are finished 😉
            Oh, and what I thought was the big secret of the book was the worst kept secret of all time and you will find out the answer about half way through and it will come as no surprise at all…

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          • OK. I had a busy day and have a few more before I can settle into it again. I’m looking forward to picking it up again tonight. It’s fun chatting with you as I read. 🙂

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          • I guess it is. It’s great to do it live, though. I finally met George, the trooper and the Small people last night. So far I’m 34% through the book and I’m still meeting all the characters. I’m amazed that the dead guy has had such an impact on the book. He must be someone special that got stuck in the wrong path somehow, known only because of his beautiful handwriting, willingness to work all night and kindness to homeless Jo.

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          • It is funny that you’ve read as many pages (virtual or real) that many books have to offer and yet you are still meeting important characters! I don’t think you will have to go much further before you discover at least a little about who the dead guy is, though if I remember correctly the details dribble out pretty slowly over quite a few pages and chapters.

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          • I’m guessing just guessing that he’s the dad. He was in love with the lady, they had a child and we’re torn apart in their youth by something and poor Esther ends up with her hateful aunt.

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          • You’ll know soon enough 😉 Truthfully, that is one thing that surprised me is how soon I guessed the truth and then at what point in the book Dickens stops even pretending to hide it. There are still little tid-bits and such to explore. But then, another big mystery unfolds at the end of the book…

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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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