TRAVEL THEME – BIG

OK.  He’s not as big as a mountain, or as vast as the sky.  And Ailsa has two most beautiful photos of those right here on her blog.  Yes.  Click.  Right here!  But I think he’s a moth and if he is HE’S BIG!  (If he’s a butterfly, not so big, but I’m hoping someone knows the answer to that.)

Jeff and I went to one of our favorite breakfast spots (The Black Horse Diner), and there we found this big guy, with BIG ideas.  I mean, honestly.  Is he really going to read that whole newspaper all by himself?

I think someone out there knows what this is.  Maybe Jen, or Judith?  Maybe Russel?  Allan, Adrian? Gen?  (I would have linked back to your posts but I didn’t know if you wanted all the attention.  Let me know, and of course I will next time.)   🙂

BIG

EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read all about it!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!

Intellectual Insect?

Intellectual Insect?

Click to get to Ailsa’s blog – wheresmybackpack – and enjoy the view.

THANKS FOR THE VISIT!

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TRAVEL THEME – PEACEFUL

I’ve always wanted my own space.   A retreat, I suppose.  A  quiet spot where I could close the door and shut out the sounds of the street.  Somewhere to sit in quiet contemplation.  A no-stress,  peaceful corner – my own little world.  Ailsa’s challenge encouraged me to set the wheels in motion.  A slow, restful motion. .  It’s just a start, but I feel it’s a good one.  Welcome to my peaceful place.  Enter quietly, please.

I think everyone should have just such a place.  Apparently, I’m not the only one in the house that needs a place for peaceful contemplation.

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Rocky, the meditating dog

🙂

This challenge is hosted by Ailsa @ wheresmybackpack.

TRAVEL THEME – SHADOWS

Groundhog’s Shadow

Shadow of Your Smile

Cast a Shadow

Valley of the Shadow of Death

Me and My Shadow

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Me and My Shadow (and a lone flower) at Smithville Village, NJ

When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now?  It’s like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then? ~ Bill Nye

Only the Shadow Knows!

What?!?!?!?  OK.  I need to read and reread that a few times.

While I’m doing that, why don’t you stop over at Ailsa’s @ wheresmybackpack to see other shadows.  Click on her link, and quit following me!  Get it? Shadow?  Follow? Oooooooooh!

And NOOOOOO!  Don’t really quit following me!   🙂

TRAVEL THEME – GLASS

A beautiful Bubble Rider sits on our fireplace between two ornate wine glasses. The delicate fairy was a gift from a friend. The glasses, a gift my my step-son and his family. I love how delicate they are. The antithesis of yours truly. I’ve never been one for frills and fancy, but there is something about these pieces of glass that are me. I wanted to collect more Bubble Riders, but I can’t find another that holds a candle to this one. She makes me feels nostalgic and I’m big on remembering days gone by. I don’t live in the past, but I think of it often, and fondly.

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Visit Ailsa’s blog for a look at more…

TRAVEL THEME – NEW

Ailsa @ wheresmybackpack suggested the word “new” for this week’s challenge.  I immediately thought of the new year, because, well, you know.  But then I looked at Ailsa’s photo and I realized the word new could mean so many things – just like the new year can bring so many new things.  New growth, new friends, new job, new diet, new resolutions, new attitude, new lots of things.  So I looked through my photos and decided to try something new – new old.  Confused.  Well you won’t be for long.  If you know anything about me, you know I’m all about peace signs and The Beatles, tie-dying and denim, funky beads and VW’s.  And ok, sometimes living in the past. So when my son spotted this, he thought of me.  He knows his mom :-).

This is my newest post.  Old, restored, rejuvenated, retro, NEW.    PEACE and HAPPY “NEW” YEAR!

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Scoot on over to Ailsa’s @ wheresmybackpack for more groovy ‘new’ posts.

TRAVEL THEME – FESTIVE

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During this festive of all occasions, two neighbors have a friendly rivalry concerning Christmas decor and who can display more.  Each year, for as long as I can remember, they have added to the light display on their lawns, one trying to outdo the other.  It’s all in fun, but I can’t help thinking “what about the electric bill!”  I suppose the priority here is fun, and bringing joy to the hundreds of families, especially the children, that drive down this brightly lit street each December.  It’s my understanding they start working on their displays in October!  I can’t even THINK about Christmas while I’m handing out Halloween candy, but hey!  To each his own.

To all of you, from all of us, have a very festive holiday.  Enjoy the lights!

Stop by Ailsa’s site by clicking here and see more Festivus for the Rest-of-Us!

TRAVEL THEME – LIQUID

While wading through some photos to submit to Ailsa‘s Liquid Challenge, I found a few shots that I thought might apply.

But here’s the deal.  A challenge within a challenge.  The photo below was taken at the Cape May Zoo.  I didn’t notice it until my step-son brought it to my attention, but their is a face of sorts in the falls.  Clue:  Look at the top left and refer to the tequila bottle in the gallery.  Do you see it?  Once you do, you won’t be able to look at the falls without seeing it.  There was nothing photoshopped – something I can’t afford 🙂 and no editing was done.  Kind of freaky, really.  Good luck.

For more liquid – libation or otherwise – stop by Ailsa‘s site.