A to Z Blogging Challenge: D is for Dappled

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

I am not a sun person but I do love to be outside.  I like walks in forests and roofed front porches.  In the summer my favorite place to picnic is in the dappled area under a big, leafy tree.  I love the gentle, balanced mix of shade and sunlight; warmth and coolness.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: C is for Chocolate Chip

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

I doubt my cookies on the island would be this fancy though.

I am pretty open-minded and adventurous and like trying new things. I find it hard to pick favorites. But if I had to hang out on a dessert island (see what I did there?) for days with only two desserts I know they would be chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Brownies

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

Brownie with dried cherries and pecans, my favorite stash for the freezer.

Brownies are the ultimate all seasons dessert. 

Spring: serve cake like brownies with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Summer:  top a fudgy brownie with mint chocolate chip ice or orange sherbet.

Autumn:  make turtle brownies swirled with caramel and pecans.

Winter:  bake a brownie crusted cheesecake topped with cherry sauce for the holidays.

The recipe says an 8 x 8 pan makes 24 brownies? Ha! Even cutting them into sixteenths seems kind of tiny.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Autumn

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

No doubt autumn is my favorite season.  The perfect indoor season for hot tea, candles, movies, books and afghans.  The perfect outdoor season with crisp blue skies, colorful leaves, hikes, football and apple picking.  And the smells… wood smoke, roasting turkey, apple pie and simmering crockpot chili as rain plinks against the windows.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

I participated once before in the A to Z Challenge and while I found it fun, it was a challenge as I waited until the last minute to start. You really have to do at least some homework ahead of time and be organized. So this year I am ready! I am using my joy list as my theme. A little over a year ago I started a Joy List in my BUJO conveniently arranged alphabetically. In January I started writing posts. Somewhere along the way I decided each entry should be 53 words long. Yes, I totally borrowed this idea from Carrot Ranch and I went with 53 because that is my age.

In February I built the posts adding pictures along the way. In early March the A to Z badges became available and I was able to finalize and schedule the posts, finishing just before starting another round of census work.

I mostly used my own photos but for a few entries it was easier and made more sense to use the free WordPress photos.

And here we go!!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal

In April I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. I mostly used my own photos but for a few I used stock photos. The posts will be Monday through Saturday each week for the whole month of April. I hope you enjoy!

But fun too!

Happy A to Z April!

2020 Possibilities

This year I am going to work hard on reconciling my planning, list making, scheduling self with my living in the here and now self. I actually think this is quite doable, I just need to strengthen some mental muscles.

So, typical planning me starts jotting down what I would like to accomplish in 2020. Then I think I should come up with twelve items and schedule one for each month. But here and now me said, whoa. What if I don’t want to work on something a whole month or I need more time or I want to start and stop and resume a project later?

New combined me stepped in with the compromise. I narrowed my list down to six items I really want to do. No assigned schedule, a few of my projects will be worked on all year. One of my items has a deadline so I’ll adhere to that. But I will let here and now me decide when to do the rest.

Here are my six goals for 2020:

  • Catch up on organizing my photos. I started 2019 already so I really don’t have that much to do.
  • I am going to make a scrapbook for my son this year. One page for each month and use the extra pages for birthday and vacations.
  • Put together my own book of meditations/words of wisdom. I recently got a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” and was surprised to learn it was something he wrote simply for himself. I am always collecting quotes or thinking odd little things I want to remember and have them scattered in different places. I’ll put them in one book and practice my hand lettering at the same time!
  • I am going to do the A to Z blogging challenge in April. I have my topic/theme and I am already drafting blog posts.
  • Take Carla Sondheim’s collage class. It is supposed to take a full year but I probably won’t start until maybe the beginning of summer. We’ll just see how it goes.
  • I love the idea of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November each year but November doesn’t work for me. I just have too much going on then. So I am going to make my own short term novel writing time frame. Probably a bit more than a month but my goal will be to have a first draft of the novel that I have been trying to write for the last few years done. No matter how badly it turns out!

For daily items I will continue with my yoga, meditating twice a day and keeping writing my joy/gratitude lists.

Gotta run, this day is full of possibilities to embrace. 🙂

Last Word in the Dictionary Day

I have been looking forward to this post since the beginning of the challenge. Not because I am happy the challenge is over (more like relieved) but because I am really curious as to what the last words in my dictionaries are!

The three dictionaries in my home. (I have one more in our trailer.)

Paperback Merriam Webster (2004):

zygote – a cell formed by the union of two sexual cells

That is the last word in the regular section. But then there are three specialty sections (Foreign words and phrases, Biographical names and Geographical names). So the last word in the book as a whole is Zurich. A city in Switzerland.

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (Second Edition 1990):

zyzzyva – a tropical weevil

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (1981):

zyzzogeton – genus of leafhoppers

 

I love how all three dictionaries had different last words.  Two of the three words were new to me.

Does anyone have a different last word in their dictionary?

Like Yourself Day

Today you just need to be yourself and be happy about it. (No more being Tigger if that’s not you!) Celebrate being exactly who you are.

Well, that was easy. Guess I’ll put some photos in all this blank space. Because that is who I am, a woman who enjoys taking photos even though I haven’t yet mastered details like f-stop and shutter speed. Taking photos makes me happy and I like that about myself.

Saguaro cactus buds.

 

The flowers open one to three at a time and only last a day or two.

 

Our mandarine orange tree is heavy with fruit.

 

First swim of the season.  This is me being “artistic”. 

 

My birthday heirloom flower seeds mix are growing like weeds (I crack myself up!) but where are the flowers?

Play a Xylophone Day

Well yes, I did use xylophone last year in the A to Z challenge but now I actually own a xylophone. Um, no I can’t play it, yet. Turns out not being able to read music is a real detriment to learning to play an instrument. But I will prevail! For now I just plink around and I rather enjoy it. Very soothing sound from a xylophone.

My blue xylophone!

Of course being the flexible holiday maker upper that I am feel free to play any musical instrument today. You don’t have to actually play a song or anything.  Just plink around.  Maybe you tap something out on the kitchen counter with a wooden spoon while making dinner. That works too. But everyone (yes, even you) needs to make a joyful noise of some sort today.

Please share your experience!