Without a doubt, these three met with an unexpected fate.

three pumpkins

Lovingly placed out on the curb

With hopes that no one would disturb.

The Squirrels, they didn’t seem to care

They gnawed and chewed, oh the despair!

Upon my lawn, they’ll be no more

Reveling as my decor.

Til trash day this is where they’ll sit

Unexpected, they’ll admit.

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Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge – SHORT


There’s a new fire chief in town.  He’s brave.  He’s bright.  He’s ready  for action.  There’s no better man – ah – boy –  for the job.  In this case, size doesn’t matter.

Z fire chief 2

My little (short?) friend and I delivered some much needed wrapping paper, tape, and ribbon to the Fire House yesterday.  They are looking for toys and gift wrapping for less fortunate children in the area.  People of Collingswood unite!  Grab an extra roll of wrap, a box of Legos, or a stuffed animal.  Whatever floats your boat.  But hop to it  Christmas is just around the bend.

The fireman on duty was kind enough to let my buddy sit in the fire truck and gave him a fire chief hat.  Look at the smile it brought to his face.  Imagine the smile you could bring to a child’s face this holiday season. If you’re not in this area, look into what’s needed in your town.  It’ll bring a smile to your face too!

Thanks for the visit and let me be one of the first to say have some safe and happy holidays.

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Brussels Sprout – a cultivar in the Gemmifera (hey! that’s almost my name) group of cabbages, grown for it’s edible, layered, leafy buds.  These nasty (my opinion) green vegetables are tyically 2.5-4 cm in diameter and look like miniature cabbages. (Wikipedia – minus the opinion)

EDIBLE BUDS!  Yeah.  Right.  One of these might pass my lips!  As much as I love OWLS, I HATE BRUSSELS SPROUTS!  But I never knew they grew like this – on stalks, I mean.  And if it wasn’t for one of my favorite markets – Trader Joe’s – I might never have known.  They don’t look like this in other supermarkets, that I’ve seen.  I was kind of surprised that they grew on stalks, but then what do I know.  I won’t even eat the things.  I think they take a pretty picture, though.  Even brussels sprouts have to be good for something.



brussels sprouts

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Cee’s challenges are always fun.  This week’s Fun Foto is all about two’s.  I captured a couple or four.  😉  Check ’em out.

Two alpacas

These adorable alpacas were vying for some feed at the local farmer’s market this past weekend.  I would have loved a shot of their faces, but they wouldn’t come up for air!

two chocoate cakes

Two chocolate cakes that me and my little buddy (from my HABIT  post)  baked – one for him and one for his bro.

two red trees

Two fabulously red leafed trees that I spotted during a recent walk in my neighborhood.  (No I don’t know the type of trees and would appreciate someone telling me.)

two owls

And last, but certainly not least, two owls on a sweater that I am very tempted to buy, because I LOVE OWLS.

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Another week, another share.  A little more about moi…

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I’m not big on planning.  It makes me too anxious.  I prefer that things happen quickly so I don’t have to agonize over them.  And I do agonize. 😦

Do you play video/computer game? Which one(s) or most recent?

I’ve been known to play wii, mostly golf, bowling, and tennis (since I’m incapable of engaging in the real thing).  I’m an average player, but I like to fuss with it sometimes.  I also like Words with Friends and Dice with Friends.  Those are the main reasons for the “low bat” on my iPhone and iPad.  I’ve also got a Sudoku app on both devices.  I’m a little bit of a nut  with that game.  I refuse to give up.


In a car would you rather drive or ride?

Since I have a tendency to step on the imaginary brake when I’m riding shot gun, and because I white knuckle the dashboard when someone else is behind the wheel, I prefer to drive.  Except at night.  My night vision is not what it should be, I suppose.  My family worries about me when I need to get somewhere after dark.  I worry about “the other guy”.

Since adolescence, in what three-year period do you feel you experienced the most personal growth and change?

I’m thinking…

There.  Now you know as much as I know.  If I ever figure out the personal growth thing, I’ll get back to you.

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Autumn = cooler weather
Cooler weather = falling leaves
Falling leaves = piles of color
Piles of color =  attraction
Attraction = curiosity
Curiosity = children
Children, leaves, piles, color, attraction, curiosity = fun!

brown leaf pinecone

Kids have a habit of flailing themselves into autumn’s leafy beds of brilliantly colored leaves. Ahhhh! To be a kid again, if only for just a little while. Long enough to join in on the fun and rekindle the habit of total lack of inhibition.

When’s the last time you did this?

Thought I’d get this WordPress challenge in before they post a new one – TOMORROW!  Talk about under the wire!  Click on the icon for more on Habits.

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One is the loneliest number. I feel a song coming on.  Not that I ever understood that little ditty by Three Dog Night  But I disagree.  I think “one” can be a good thing.  Not necessarily lonely.  It’s all in your perspective.

And here’s my perspective on ONE…from a photographic point of view.

one angel

See.  One can be refreshing.  Soothing. Peaceful.  Pleasant. Kinda nice.

One of a kind Z

ONE tells us we are unique individuals.  That’s kinda cool.

cork in a bottle

Sometimes you bite the bear and sometimes the bear bites you.

One cork.

Kinda brilliant on my part!

P.S.  I drank the vino anyway. 😉

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Sharing my world…

Question #1

You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?

No brainer.  I’m a gambler – not degenerate, but I’ve been known to take chances.  Definitely try for the 50 Grand.

Question #2

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

Yes, I do, and I’m just not really sure.

Question #3

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

Anybody that knows me would say Romantic-Comedy.  Not this marriage so much, but, well, just thinking back on my past.  I gotta laugh.  If I don’t, I’ll cry!  And I would, without a doubt, have Jenna Elman portrait me, and Johnny Depp, every leading man in my life!  (love that bad guy image) 🙂

(Dawn @ lingeringvisions.  Do the circles work?)

http://twohalfmen.wikia.com/wiki/Jenna_Elfman   http://www.people.com/people/johnny_depp/

CAN YOU SEE THE RESEMBLANCE?  Even our names are close in sound. 🙂

Question #4

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose?

I’d like to hang at the White House.  I could roam around and take in all the history.  I don’t know if that would be my first choice if I had a whole lot of time to think about this, but it would definitely be one of them.  I’ll bet you would hear some whisperings in those hallways – ghost of Christmas past.


(Oh and the White House in the background)

G&J white houe

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While out and about this weekend, I found what I think were appropriate subjects for Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week.  Though not much of a traveler, I did accumulate three different takes on the subject.  Tell me what you think.  Delicate? or Not so much.  And then travel over to Ailsa’s blog and see more delicate subjects from some seasoned travelers.  😉

A Christmas tree made of shells.  So delicate that I couldn’t buy it.  It was broken!

Whenever I’m in need of a pick-me-up, flowers always seem to do the trick.  Trader Joe’s  never let’s me down.

Yesterday, I spotted these ‘sailors’ .   This would not be my favorite mode of transportation, mainly because I am not a swimmer and I think it takes a delicate balance to keep you and your vehicle upright.  I did see a few of these sailboats tip precariously and that only reinforced my fears on the subject of sailing.  I also fell into a hole in the ground while making my way to the water’s edge.  Clearly not my cup of tea, this delicate business of boating.  But fun to watch.  Even if from a gopher hole!

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I have the worst time getting to all the posts.  I don’t always have photos that apply.  I don’t always have the time.   I do what I can, which we all are doing, I hear.  But I couldn’t let frizz’s A-Z  challenge for RRR get by without showcasing my sidekick – Rocky.


As much as he loves me, he was missing his ‘dad’.  I wonder what he’s thinking.

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A-Z Frizz challenge