Category Archives: WWC

Weekly Words Challenge

SPORTS

Soccer game sideline

AMERICANA

(click on collage to enlarge)

The Weekly Words Challenge continues to be brought to us each Tuesday by the now non-blogging Tink.   Jay usually manages the blogworld side of things on Tuesdays, but he is busy with Christmas & family stuff right now. Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.

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WWC # who knows?: Winter & Stone

WINTER finally arrived on Saturday and we were all happy to get about 5 inches of the fluffy white stuff.  (Above photo is from my January 2008 archives)

I just wish I had been driving SuperDad’s rig tonight [Monday night] when I was backing my van out of a friend’s driveway.  It curved more than I remembered… and I ended up stuck off to the side on a downhill slope. Rocking it and trying to maneuver about in the snow only made it worse, so I put it in park and walked home.

Meanwhile, EB had not been at the school when I swung by to pick him up at 6pm, so I figured he had walked home.  Turns out that about the time I was getting stuck on the snowy, grassy slope, EB was beginning an entire hour of waiting for me –OUTSIDE– to come pick him up. Then he walked home. Without a coat. Because he is a stubborn 17 year old boy who doesn’t think he needs to wear a coat on 30 degree mornings.
So now it is 8pm on Monday night and I am feeding him hot soup (homemade turkey-noodle with sweet potato and carrots).  And I am waiting for someone who isn’t already chilled to the bone who can help me rescue my van.  MusicMan is at handbell choir rehearsal for another 30 minutes or more; SuperDad is hoping to catch the last train out of The City tonight (which means we might see him around 9pm).

It’s an exciting life that I lead, eh?

After all of that, I need to look at something restful…

Isn’t this a lovely group of stones? Gary is the proud owner of these.  They are in a little garden spot near his studio door. I was struck by the simple beauty and snapped this photo before we left his place in August.

So there you have it: STONE summer and WINTER shenanigans.

It’s been a while since I had time to play along, but the Weekly Words Challenge continues to be brought to us each week by the now non-blogging Tink.   Jay usually manages the blogworld side of things on Tuesdays, but he is busy with Christmas & family stuff right now. Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.

WWC #110 (I think!!) : window & fence

WINDOW

FENCE


If you feel like you’ve seen some of these before, you are probably right!  I’m sort of cheating: I’ve previously posted the top 3 pictures on my blog (only the stacked rock wall/fence is new). I’ve been lagging behind with the Weekly Words Challenge and I’m just trying to get back on the ball. Lots of folks are now participating on facebook but Jay is faithfully keeping the blogworld end of the WWC together.
It’s been so long since I’ve actually posted for this meme that I nearly forgot it was Tuesday!

WWC #106: Sit & Fall

I need to apologize to my wonderful & faithful readers. The posts you have been reading are mostly pre-scheduled (with a tiny bit of last-minute editing) because I have been so very busy.  And because I have been so very busy, I have not been able to reciprocate by visiting your blogs for the past few days.  Can I blame my mother?  LOL  Actually, I have been extra busy because my mother has been here visiting me!   😛   She leaves tomorrow morning and life will return to our normally busy schedule.

In the meantime…

It’s Tuesday!

2009 October 151

FALL is my favorite season and I love all of the warm, bright colors found in nature (which is kind of funny, since orange is not my favorite color).

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Here is a pile of my volunteer “baby pumpkins.”  I threw out some old mouldy ones last FALL into the compost heap, and we got a nice little crop this year… not counting what the deer ate. 😛

Our leaves are truly beautiful this FALL

and sometimes the weird fungus that attacks leaves and looks/feels like spikes!

and sometimes the weird fungus that attacks leaves and looks/feels like spikes!

Speaking of weird…

Ditch Decoration created by SuperDad

Ditch Decoration created by SuperDad

Ella was too excited to SIT

Ella was too excited to SIT

Last Wednesday, I met Melli for lunch to return Ella to her rightful home.  We had a lovely lunch at Brio.  Ella enjoyed the crispy Italian bread…
2009 October 107
…and then she ordered a scrumptious lobster bisque!  Mmmmmm….
2009 October 109
I think only lobster could inspire Ella to SIT still for so very long. 😀
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This week’s words were SIT and FALL.

Next week we will be exploring   F and  ALTERED.

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The Weekly Words Challenge continues to be brought to us each week by the now non-blogging Tink.   Jay manages the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds, and always on Tuesdays!  Join us! :D

WWC #105: Water and the letter S

Water, Water everywhere!

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At right is a shot of the water churning from the back of a Washington State Ferry in Puget Sound.

Below is a close-up of that water…

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Winter Sunset, Pacific Ocean

Winter Sunset on the Pacific, Ocean Shores, WA

breaking waves on the Outer Banks, NC

breaking waves on the Outer Banks, NC

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, NY

Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, NY

from the edge of American falls, Goat Island State Park, Niagara Falls, NY

from the edge of American Falls, Goat Island State Park, NY

Rushing water, headed for Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls at Niagara Falls

Rushing water, headed for Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls at Niagara Falls

SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs….

Stained glass dragon with Stained glass bokeh

Stained glass dragon with Stained glass bokeh

SnakeMaster is a Scout

SnakeMaster is a Scout

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The Weekly Words Challenge continues to be brought to us each week by the now non-blogging Tink.   Jay manages the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds, and always on Tuesdays!  Join us! :D

WWC #104: Warmth & Depth

Warmth

Warmth

2009 September 289

I was impressed by the DEPTH of commitment this Civil War reenactor exhibited.  We had a 20-minute conversation about what he does and why.

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BONUS PICS:

Waterford Fair 2009

Additional pics from the 66th Annual Waterford Fair

Second Street School, Waterford Fair 2009

Scenes from the Second Street School

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And I can’t seem to leave last week’s “favorite quote” project alone…

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

Gary, this little purple guy made me think of you! 😀

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The Weekly Words Challenge has become a schitzophrenic operation of sorts… Jay manages the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds!
Join us! :D

Update: Next week’s words are WATER and the letter S

Tuesday is the day!

WWC #103: Favorite Quote’L

This week’s photographs are brought to you by FAVORITE QUOTE and the letter L.

So many quotes, so little time, but here are a few:

old stone barn
“Were you born in a barn?!?” [close the door!!]

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Leave them alone and they'll come home, wagging their tales behind them

Leave them alone and they'll come home, wagging their tales behind them

Okay, so the story behind this picture: Two years ago, EB had decided to go walking on Halloween night without telling us. We thought he was upstairs in his room, reading. He thought it was a good idea to take a small flashlight and walk from our dark, unlit neighborhood down to and along the old highway (now the “business route” — the new highway is a bypass).  This nice sheriff’s deputy brought him home.

I suppose that when a police officer brings your kid home, he’s going to stay and have a chat with the parents, not just drop the kid off in the driveway.  Makes sense, right?
And if the front door is unlocked, why would the kid ring the doorbell? It’s his own house.  So EB just walked in the front door with the deputy and took the lawman on a tour of the entire main floor, looking for us.

The house was a MESS with costumes and bags of loot flung about the living room. The two youngest kids were eating a delayed supper (it was 8:40pm on a school night) at a messy table; bags of non-perishable groceries were scattered about the kitchen counters and on the floor (I’d gone to the store the day before and been too busy and too tired to unpack them).  SuperDad & I were in the living room — drinking glasses of milk.  (Yes, it really was milk…for which I am grateful!)
That was the order in which the deputy viewed our house… from the darkened outside entrance and into the light of a very messy abode.  I still feel shame when I think of the state of the house that night.  (Note I did not say I felt shame that a sheriff’s deputy brought my kid home… that feeling happened when I looked up from my empty glass!)
I was MORTIFIED at the sight of a sheriff’s deputy standing in my messy kitchen.  And remember, the parents who had sat drinking [milk] in the living room had NO IDEA that the boy was not upstairs in his room.  It was SuperDad’s idea to take the picture; he thought we should document our kid’s first run-in with the law.
Oh, wait, that’s not the first time…. a Military Policeman once brought our 7yo home (same kid) because he was playing in the desert rather far from our house… and somewhat closer to the road leading on/off Post.  (We could see where he was playing from our driveway, so I wasn’t worried.  Hence, I don’t REALLY count that time…)

This photo brought to you by the letter L

This photo brought to you by the letter L

Large jack-o-Lantern Lit by an eLectric Light 😛
Yes, it is a humongous pumpkin riding on a parade float. No, I do not remember its weight.  Yes, it was a Lot of pounds!

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The Weekly Words Challenge has become a schitzophrenic operation of sorts… Jay manages the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds!
Join us! :D

WWC #102: Squares Go Green

Even Melli played this week… and on time, too!  Yes, I know I am late again this week.  I’m in the midst of a couple of superCRAZYbusy weeks… well, to be honest, September and October are superCRAZYbusy months.

Anyhoo….

This week’s WWC is all about SQUARE and how to GO GREEN:

SQUARE

SQUARE

Well, *I’m* square (or round with legs and arms, whatever) and I have this SQUARE magnetic dry-erase board in my kitchen to help me stay on track.  I have 4 different pens (blue, red, black, and green) — one for each kid– to color-code scribbled information.  The blue scrawl refers to SnakeMaster’s tick bite last Spring: the dates when he was bit, when we found the tick, when he was tested, and the test results (negative) at one month.  We live in an area with a lot of Lyme Disease, so I’m not ready to erase that information quite yet.

2009 September I Shop Green

One of many bags I keep stashed in the car… or the house if I haven’t yet unloaded them…

2009 September Go Green

SnakeMaster & Ella are GOing GREEN!  Note the “Pirate Booty” sticking out of the top of the bag.  Of course, I was late in getting that, too, or we would have had it on Saturday for Talk Like A Pirate Day.

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Thanks to Jay for keeping the Weekly Words Challenge going in the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook and  flickr.

**The words for NEXT TUESDAY are “favorite quote” and the letter L.**

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
September 22nd is (oops!) was Elephant Appreciation Day!

What perfect timing: Ella is here for a visit during Elephant Appreciation Day! Really, truly, it is wasThis website told me so!  I know, you are SO marking your calendar for next year so you don’t miss it!  😛 LOL

WWC #101: Handle & Pound

Grab the HANDLE and POUND away!

Grab the HANDLE and POUND away!

Bonus Pictures this week:

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This is the watermelon that survived in the garden this year.  I *think* it was started by Snakemaster in his Sunday school class.  EB has his hand on it, but you should know that EB is a 17yo, 6’1″ high school junior.  We forgot to weigh this beauty but we think it was at about 30 pounds!  Below is a sweet juicy slice (plate made by Gary Rith).

home-grown watermelon

Need a course in WWC 101?

So what IS the Weekly Words Challenge ?  It is a photo meme played out individually on blogs, facebook and flickr.  Each Tuesday we are given a few words to photographically interpret and post for the following Tuesday.   Originally started by Oddmix (sadly no longer blogging), it is managed by the beautiful and talented Tink.   Jay keeps the WWC going in the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds!

Next week’s words are “Go Green” and square — Join us! :D

WWC #100: Light ‘J’

This week’s challenge was to photograph LIGHT (either meaning) and the letter J.

Old LIGHT

Old LIGHT

This is the original Fresnel lens for the Cape Disappointment lighthouse on the Washington Coast (northern side of the Columbia River).  Can you imagine how much work it would be to put all of those pieces of glass in just the right places AND keep them clean and shining?  Whew!

current lamp in North Head LIGHThouse

current lamp in North Head Lighthouse

This LIGHT is more modern but not as pretty as the Fresnel lens.

J is for Justice

J is for Justice

Uh, those in the peanut gallery, please refrain from throwing rotten tomatoes.  I’m just doing my job here.

J pretzel

J pretzel

Bonus Pic: I didn’t take this one — MusicMan’s buddy took it on a youth group trip last year — but it was a fun shot and I wanted to share it with you this week. 😛

The Weekly Words Challenge has become a schitzophrenic operation of sorts… Jay manages the blogworld side of things while Tink is hosting over on facebook … and then there’s always flickr.
So many choices, so many views, and so many creative minds!
Join us! :D

**Words for next Tuesday are “HANDLE” and “POUND”**