Good evening. It is already Saturday night here in rainy Arizona. It is 51 degrees F/ 10 C same as it was for my last post as if no time had elapsed between last Saturday and today. It’s perfect for a cup of steamy decaf or tea.
I took my first winter-weather-coat walk this evening. I stayed dry and toasty. Puppy Girl moved fast and never complained about not wearing her coat yet.
Last week I kept my post short to get ready for our garage sale. Today it’s all done, and for that I’m relieved. We met some of Cindy’s neighbors and had lots of fun visiting as people came by. Most of the big items sold, and Cindy was able to park in her garage again! YAY!
We also hosted our first small group at church, so Vince is breathing easier, too. It was fun, and we had 100% attendance plus one.
No Books Read This Week
I sold some of my best paperbacks purchased in airports, mostly Lianne Moriarty books. It’s hard to part with books, but it’s better that someone else can enjoy them than to hoard them.
Mama Cormier hosts this fun challenge each week. It’s easy to participate, just take pictures of anything in groups of three.
I had much better shots of trios in Washington than in Oregon. Stores are the best places for me to find trios. Terri and Hans drove to a collection of farms/stores outside of Spokane called Green Bluff. There were probably 50 stores there, but fortunately for our pocketbooks we only stopped at three or four. If I shoot pictures, the theory is that I am less apt to spend money. Sadly, the theory has some pot shots.
Moving from the dahlias of Oregon I shared last week, the traveling bloggers found quite a few picturesque flowers in Washington, as well. These all came from Ft. Vancouver’s garden. I particularly loved the dilapidated macro. To me, the petals look like a painting rather than a photo.
The larger picture had a bit of bokeh, which pleased me. I had never seen such a web of thorns around a bud before. No one tried to steal THAT bud! 🙂
I liked the groups of flowers because of the many colors nestled together. The third picture is better when you see the entire picture. Even though they are clear and colorful, there is nothing outstandingly artistic about them, but it’s hard to take a bad picture of a flower, right?
Cee’s Black and White Challenge
I love this week’s theme of trees or tree art. Oregon and Washington are rich in trees, so it was difficult to pare down the number of pictures that met the requirements. I was pleased to have a venue to use my underwater tree picture. It turned out better in black and white than in color.
The Problem with Goals
When I started writing this post, I was struggling to sync my frustrating Fitbit. Writing this post had a delightful calming effect even though the original problem was solved before I started writing, my data for today disappeared. I was striving to do 10,000 steps every day for at least a week. At 10:00 p.m. I now have 335 NEW steps, the past 5,310 steps I walked today disappeared. Oh well, I needed a break today anyway. I don’t have enough minutes left in the day to walk 10,000 steps.
Last night my Fitbit recorded that I needed over 5,000 steps to reach my goal before midnight. With my small condo as my track, I would have made it if I had looked at the right clock. I walk about 100 steps per minute, so I had it figured down to the minute that I could finish 5,000 steps by midnight. When I looked at my watch the last time, I had 237 steps and it was Saturday instead of Friday but the clock on the stove said 11:57 – plenty of time to finish if I walked fast! I ended up with 9,777 steps. Not bad, but no stars and buzzes to reward my efforts.
The Reason Behind Sharing Coffee Each Week
This post is written for Natalie the Explorer’s Weekend Coffee Share. Congratulations to Natalie who celebrates six years of blogging. Natalie shares the reasons she enjoys blogging, and unlike me, she never vents. She is always so positive and has so many beautiful pictures and stories to share. She also participates with so many of her readers in their own challenges. She’s created a great community of supportive bloggers. Well done, Natalie!