WQ #8: February 22BELOW/WRITER’S CHOICE/DOUBLE DIP CHALLENGES/WOTY

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“I’m from Santa Monica, which was an awesome place to grow up. You’re very spoiled being from California. When it’s below 70, you complain. When it rains, you talk about it.”

Alexis Ren
Obviously not Santa Monica with a below-70 summer temperature during a monsoon storm.

It’s supposed to snow again tomorrow and Thursday after we enjoy wind gusts slightly below 60 MPH tonight. My internet went off mid-post. Hopefully, I found most of the 16 revisions WP said I made. 🙂

stood under cover
transfixed by unfettered rain
stream instantly flowed

© Marsha Ingrao haiku

Happy Wednesday and welcome to WQ. Below is a word of many quotes: below poverty, below one’s status, below the birds, below the surface, and below zero on the thermometer, just to name a few. How does the word below inspire you?

Below: at a lower level or layer than, extending underneath.

Last Week’s Featured Bloggers On the Grid

A lot of conversation ensued on the topic of “grid” last week mostly about the electric grid worldwide. Does anyone have too much electric power?

For More Thoughts on Below

Your post link goes here.

While WordPress deal with the current pingback problem, if you are linking to any of my blog posts, please copy and paste the URL address of your post in the comments section. To read more about this problem and how to get around it, click to read Hugh Robert’s post.

Below Clowns

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.

John Steinbeck

I love having a reason to write several times every week. But I never realized how low my status as a writer was until I read Steinbeck’s quote!

Photographers who are hard at work might be below writers even!

Below the Surface

“I want to be a man (woman) who serves my family, a man who increases justice in my community. I want to be all of those things, and yet it is just below the surface that I want to strangle somebody when they cut in front of me on the freeway. “

Dean Jones
You might imagine the conversation in the car. 🙂
We couldn't look down.
sharp cliffs on the right, truck left
breaths held till we passed.

© Marsha Ingrao 2023
Senryu
Served their country and their President.
Below the surface
markers noting birth and death
What happened between?

©Marsha Ingrao 2023
Senryu

“I’ve always had a duck personality. Calm above water, feet going crazy below.”

K. Flay

These ducks are showing their personalities. 🙂

Looking Below

“I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.”

Daniel Boone

In January I visited friends in California. This view from the top of a foothill always inspires me though I took it years ago. It looks much the same today.

Looking below gives us the overall picture and may obscure the details. Sometimes we don’t need to see or know all the details.

“The West begins where the average annual rainfall drops below twenty inches. Water is important to people who do not have it, and the same is true of control.”

Joan Didion
This picture is taken looking below at Willow Lake in Prescott, AZ where the water level was below normal.

Sweet Views Below

Over the years colorful and artistic sweet views have dominated my photos and thoughts. I’ll close letting you gaze at the sweet cakes below and link them to Terri’s Sunday Stills.

Wahoo, on the downhill side of moving!

Upcoming and Ongoing on Always Write

  • WQ Page
  • WQ #9: March 1: ORDER/ARRANGED
  • WQ #10: March 8: RARE/PRECIOUS/UNUSUAL/GREEN
  • WQ #11: March 15: A BRIDGE/TO BRIDGE
  • WQ #12: March 22: SPRING/VIVID
  • WQ #13: March 29: CHANGE/WRITER’S CHOICE/DOUBLE DIP CHALLENGES
  • #DICKENSCHALLENGE started February 7th. Join Yvette Prior, Trent McDonald, and me in reading ONE – not THREE Dickens’ novellas by June 9th.
Happy Quoting!

61 responses to “WQ #8: Below What? Where?”

  1. Prior... Avatar

    your creativity really shines through in these posts,, Marsha
    I enjoyed the quotes and images and ideas al conveyed here with color and a nice energy
    oh and so glad you are on the down side of moving
    🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks and thanks, Yvette. I’m on my third novella now, Chimes. We are done moving things until March 5th or so when Cindy moves out. She got called for a low income place, which is wonderful and we are all excited. After that we will find a place for all the things we still NEED to keep. I’ve been able to part with a few more things each time we move. LOL. Hopefully, I’ll be back to blogging more soon.

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Hi Marsha – I can really relate to NEEDING to keep certain things – because some things really are important – I might even write about this topic some day because I often ponder this area – hmmm
        🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We have been living that life since November when we decided to put our condo on the market. We are all done with that now, and Cindy is moving this week, so we are going through everything AGAIN! Eventually things will settle down. I’m about 1800 words into my chapter. I’ll send it to you as soon as I’m finished to see if I’m close to the mark as to what you are looking for.

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            take your time with the draft of your chapter – and I look forward to seeing it
            XX

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I will. It will probably morph a lot before I send it, but I wanted to get started.

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  2. Wind Kisses Avatar

    Fun. Steinbeck sure keeps us humble. Lol.

    Thank you for recognizing those who served. And I am so with you on your California photo. A bench would be nice in the place you took the photo, if there isn’t one. I could sit there all day.

    Glad to hear your move is moving along. Stay warm.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I was sitting on my friend’s porch at the time, or somewhere close to it. That was their barn which they remodeled and turned into a one bedroom apartment. One of their grandsons lives there now – the one that was about 8 when I took the picture. LOL time flies!

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      1. Wind Kisses Avatar

        Sure does.

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  3. KL Caley Avatar

    These are some fantastic quotes and images, Marsha. I did do a pingback to mine but Hugh has released a post saying these aren’t working at the moment, so you might miss a few people this week (I did with my latest #writephoto challenge). Hopefully WordPress get it sorted soon. Anyway, I hope you like my entry:

    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2023/02/25/purpose/

    Take Care,
    KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, KL. I can’t wait to read your entry.

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  4. Kirstin Troyer Avatar

    Awesome choices again Marsha..I loved your own writings and the top photo of two photographers is awesome. I included a few quotes in my weekend coffee share post since I had grandkids all week and couldn’t really focus.
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2023/02/weekend-coffee-sharecome-sit-with-me_25.html

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  5. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Hi again, Marsha! I know you are a busy bee this week. I’m adding my SS post into your comment section since pingbacks are not working for many bloggers this week. I may change my theme this week. It is snowing AGAIN today. And the rest of this week. Darn that groundhog anyway! https://secondwindleisure.com/2023/02/26/sunday-stills-time-to-feed-the-birds/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s snowing here, too! Vince went to shovel the walk at Blooming Hills. We should be able to get everything out today. Everything has to be done by Tuesday morning. Then we just have to find places for things here. Cindy may have a place to move soon, so that will help. Friends are moving and they may use some of the excess furniture! Yay! Can’t wait to see you in WARMER April.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Wow, snow is everywhere! Glad you are getting things done! People here are telling us that we may get snow here in April! I can’t wait to get south a for a few days!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We are looking forward to it. Can’t wait to see you. Donna has a whole list of things for us to do!

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      I just got over to your post. It’s so inspiring. You put so much time into each picture and even your signatures with birds at the beginning and ends are so cute. We just got our house cleaned out and cleaned up about an hour before the new owner’s walk-through. Boxes everywhere at home. No time to hunt birds. I’ll call you tomorrow.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        You’re up early. Let’s chat after 12 today or when you can. Thank you, I had fun with these pics, Marsha! 4 inches of snow overnight!❄️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s a lot. You are going to have a wet spring. I’d love to see the Spokane River this spring!

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            I’m hoping for an AZ super bloom while we’re there!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I’m sure it will be with all the snow and rain we have had this year.

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  6. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I do enjoy the quotes in these posts and your haikus. Great pictures.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Robbie.

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  7. restlessjo Avatar

    You know that’s what I call a grand finale, Marsha. All those cakes below the counter.
    Great quotes and haiku.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know! Sweet! I realized after I found that picture that I had already found plenty of sweets for Terri’s challenge. Who can resist another piece of cake??? Not I!

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        I had 2 portions of apple crumble and some fruit cake at a friend’s this afternoon. She did say that she didn’t want anything leftover because she’d eat it! Ha!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That sounds yummy, Jo. Fresh apple crumble!

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  8. Eunice Miller Avatar

    Up here the real Maple Syrup is running hard and oh so good. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I bet! I have never had it right out of the tree. My grandpa used to talk about it. Sounds yummy!

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      1. Eunice Miller Avatar

        Delish I love the dark amber the best. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Have plenty for me! 🙂 Grandpa used to talk about making snow cones out of it.

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          1. Eunice Miller Avatar

            Yes, they do that in the hills 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Yummy! Enjoy the syrup. We have the snow. 🙂

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          3. Eunice Miller Avatar

            We do too 🙂

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  9. bushboy Avatar

    So much fun in here Marsha 🙂 I agree finding just the right quote is the hard part.
    I have scheduled my post and now realise that it may not appear. I hope I am still awake and can add it when it is posted

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      🙂 No worries. It looks great!

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  10. the eternal traveller Avatar

    What is that thing on the back of the truck? It looks like a giant banana. 🙂 And is the other truck photo on our Road to Hana trip?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The truck on the freeway was carrying one propeller from a wind machine. It was shocking to see how huge it was. We see them at a distance and they look big, but this really put it into perspective. The other truck was the one we met on the Road to Hana. What a scare for a less experienced driver. 🙂

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        I thought it was our Road to Hana trip.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Good memory!

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  11. ben Alexander Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – for some reason, your posts weren’t showing up in my Reader – but I’m still subscribed… that’s weird… I’m glad I just checked!


    David

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There are so many glitches, follows that get unfollowed, links that never showed up, friends that end up in spam. We all discover and then like little gremlins they disappear again. I’m glad you’re still subscribed. I check your, too. I don’t rely on Reader too much.

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  12. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    oh I loved this Marsha.. you are so right.. how dare we can complain in Cali but well.. lol 🤣
    Love your well devised poem my friend. I know the feeling of revisions…
    Oh i love your inspiration on below… and all of your awesome pictures! 💞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy – mutual admiration is a great thing for friends to have in common.

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  13. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Oh you’ve given me a great idea with my upcoming “Feed the Birds” theme and integrating below, Marsha! Let’s hope I have a good image. Love those cute ducks and all your quotes. I’ve seen those massive wind turbine propellers ambling down the road (Hwy 84)! We lived through a snow squall last night. No one knew what they were so I googled it. Sideways snow for hours, whipped by the strong winds, coming from the north. We had to shovel both back doorways to get OUT of the house this morning–a foot of snow accumulated against the doors and covered the deck. Wild! Pingbacks are not working on my site still! This will be a problem this Sunday 😦

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Not getting pingbacks is a huge problem. One of the good things that having a partner helped. Cee often caught entries that I had overlooked. Now I go through my comments several times before I publish. However, today as I was experimenting with tags, and we have to talk about this later, I came across one of Robbie’s posts, and I did not get her link. It’s not so hard to check multiple sources when you have a small audience, but yours is getting pretty big! Good luck on Sunday.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        I’m asking bloggers to leave a comment with the link, so I can find it. I looked at tags, too, in the reader, but found very few for Sunday Stills. Not everyone tags correctly. Hopefully this issue will get fixed sooner than later. Colleen was saying we are operating on classic themes which could also cause glitches. WP needs to get this stuff fixed!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I think my theme is getting old, too. I forgot who told me that it’s not an option anymore.

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  14. eklastic Avatar

    I love the duck with the punk hairstyle! He is a real Donald, I think.
    And I adore the quote by Steinbeck about writers. I get it.
    I didn’t find a good quote for below but there is something below my subject: https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2023/02/22/why-not-indeed/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You can use one of my quotes! The duck one fits, but they named it wrong! 🙂

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      1. eklastic Avatar

        Thank you. But you know… pride 😄

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, it goes before a fall. That penguin better not even think about falling. 🙂

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  15. Sadje Avatar

    I love the quotes and photos you have chosen Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. It was hard to pick quotes. Hope you have fun with this challenge.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        I’ve already picked up my quotes.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That was the hardest part, other wise I would have had pictures from on top of hills and from planes. 🙂

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