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.)   🙂

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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!

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

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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.

TRAVEL THEME: BRIGHT and Super Storm Sandy

This week Ailsa, at wheresmybackpack, offered up a “bright” challenge.  As I am always and forever the procrastinator, bloggers left and right were posting some fabulous takes on the theme and in doing so, took a few of my ideas.  Well, they didn’t exactly take anything.  They more like beat me to the punch.  These ideas were formulating in my head (and sitting on my hard drive) but, as always, good ol’ me – a day late and a dollar short – or several dollars to allow for inflation.  Alas (does anyone use that word, really?) I am forced to stray a little from what Ailsa probably had in mind, but here it goes.

Many, if not all of you by now, must have heard about the devastation that bore down on the east coast last week.  Her name was Sandy, and she was wicked.  The losses are too numerous to mention.  Monetary calculations reach into the millions.  Lives were turned inside out and memories were wiped away with the force of the horrific rain and wind that blasted it’s way into so many lives.

Jeff and I were one of the more fortunate.

We drove to our place in Brigantine when we were finally allowed to cross over the bridge.  There isn’t much I can say.  The pictures speak for themselves.

The north end of the beach was pounded by waves that rushed over the seawall to the right.  Everyone was working together to clean up and help out.

This is where there use to be a house.

All some people could do was stack the mud and dirt, along with their possessions, out to the curb.

When we pulled up to our place, this is some of what we saw. 

              

Siding ripped from the house, pieces of fence torn from their frames, a broken screen, what use to be our mailbox (someone said a unmanned boat floated down our street and crashed into it. OK?) a refrigerator flipped on its side, and a cracked driveway.

We spent the day putting the contents of our garage out to the curb:  the flipped frig, a few beach chairs, our grill, our bikes :-(, tons of tools, and a bunch of other stuff.

We were lucky.

Channel 6 news (ABC) partnered with the American Red Cross to raise over 17 million dollars  to help the people devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  If you haven’t given, 10 bucks will do the trick.  Ten bucks times all of you.  Wow! 

Click here to donate to the American Red Cross and help those people in need.  I did.  It just takes a minute. It will put a “bright”, beautiful smile on your face and give you a feeling of extreme satisfaction  :-).

There’s always a positive side – a “bright” side, if you will.

We finally cleaned out our garage!

Please pass the link to my blog to your friends.  There are so many people that can use your help. And thanks, Ailsa, for the opportunity to make a difference.

TRAVEL THEME: SUNSET

This challenge turned out to be just that for me.  I come to find that I don’t have as many sunsets as I do sunrises.  I thought I could fake it and throw in a few morning shots, trying to pass them off as events of the eve, but all you’d have to do is read my About Page to know I’m on the east coast.  That puts the sun setting to the west, not the east over the Atlantic.  So truth be told, these are my actual sunsets.  Not a lot to go on, but always a pretty sight.  I’ll need to work on this…

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Thanks to Ailsa for the suggestion.  I owe you one, girl. You got me to thinkin’.  I need to get out of the house more. 🙂

For more beautiful sunsets, visit wheresmybackpack.  Enjoy…

REFLECTIONS

There’s a bug in the system, or somebody dropped the ball, or I’m just out of the loop – nothing new to me – but I did not see any WordPress Weekly Challenge in my email.  Luckily, Ailsa, at Where’s My Backpack, stepped up to the plate and offered to run the show.  She posted the Challenge herself and people are joining in droves.  So here’s my contribution to REFLECTION and it would definitely behoove you to click here and get transported to Ailsa’s blog, and many more amazing reflections.

This is REVEL.  The newest casino in Atlantic City, NJ.  My husband worked at wiring this giant hunk of reflection for phone and wifi connection.

And, on a sentimental note, for all you mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day.