A trip to the airport will usually take you to the baggage claim.  That thing is all shiny and silver – like this:024

And then there’s the silver that you look for in the “lining” when it’s raining cats and dogs, and you’re wishing that the sun would shine.  That silvery gray blanket of clouds and rain might look a little like this:


So you might  hunker down and pull out a little silver(ware) to suck down some comfort food, in case that silver lining is taking too dang long.  It might look a little like this:


When the weather breaks, maybe you can take a ride in a little something that has a few silvery bits that look like this:


You might stop somewhere for a cup o’ joe and shop in a store that has a mannequin that shines all pretty and silver, like this:


No matter where you are or what you’re doing, I hope you find your silver lining today.

Shine on…

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“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
Shel Silverstein


Toss the coin and make a wish, sweetheart.

Wish with all  your heart, want with all your might.  Believe, and watch it happen. Oh! The possibilities.

– Gemma Marie

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Some people – kids in particular but not always – play.  Well, there is play, and there is PLAY!

My little friend is very serious about his building blocks.  So much so that he has named every piece and, along with his brother, builds by calling for the proper building block, while his brother hunts and pecks and delivers.  In the end, a fabulous structure, which is usually referred to as a hotel. 🙂   These two don’t fool around when they PLAY!

The Hotel Barclay

The Hotel Barclay

And, in the end, when the building is completed, we wave goodbye and drift on to the next excellent PLAY adventure.



Well.  We may need a little more practice with this one!

I hope you had fun!  Visit Ailsa’s blog by clicking here and see more people at play.


This week, Ailsa @ wheresmybackpack challenged bloggers to contrast the weekly photo challenge color with a post about all things pale.  I’m not much into pale, except maybe beautiful, milky, white skin, which I don’t have 😦  but this turned out to be the most fun.  Below are a few of my pallid choices. Take heed of President Lincoln’s quote on the last shot.  Words to live by – or at least words to give some thought to.

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There are oh so many shades of green.  Ailsa, @ wheresmybackpack has asked that we display a shade or two.  Of course this time of year, you think green, you think St. Patrick’s Day.

Even the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ is in on showing their green.

Even the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ is in on showing their green.

Now I’m Italian, but what they say is everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  So, to all my “fellow Irishmen and women”, Happy St. Patrick’s day!

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I don’t think this fella’s Irish either, but I could be wrong.

Click here to make your way over to Ailsa’s blog and take in a little more of the green, whether it be Luck of the Irish green or just plain ol’ My Favorite Color green.


Ain’t no mountain high enough…

Oooooooh yes there is!  Mount Washington in New Hampshire is the highest peak in the Northeastern US, looming at 6,288 ft.  (1,917 m) and back in the day, I climbed up that baby.  Never having done anything like that before, and at a friend’s suggestion, I packed some things and joined him and his 76 year old mom for the trek of my lifetime!  Little did I know what I was getting myself into.  I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say, half way up I was totally incapable of looking down.  Vertigo!  Who knew?  But if you know nothing else about me, know this.  I AM NOT quitter.  So without ever looking back, I made it to the top of that mother of a mountain, where I literally kissed the ground before pulling myself up over the edge and onto my wobbly legs.


My friend was an experienced climber, so I felt (reasonably) safe.  His 76 year old mom, by the way, was ahead of me every step of the way.  And I DID take a vehicle to the bottom.  Hey! One way is better than no way.

Make click on her link your way over to Ailsa’s at Where’s My Backpack for more on mountains.  Thanks Ailsa. And thanks to all of you for stopping by.


Currently, I am sans computer. ANNOYING! But there’s a good reason.

Anyway, this leaves me with no photos except what’s on my iPhone and iPad, so this will be a bit of a challenge for me for a while. But hey! That’s what I’m working on – challenges mostly – so I’m holding true to my mission.

Ailsa has thrown out the “gaudy” gauntlet so here’s my find.

Home Goods, if you know the place, has a plethora of fun furniture, a myriad of mirrors, and some really loud, flashy, showy, gaudy lamps.

Feast your eyes an this dazzler!


Gaudy, but in a funky kind of nice way, wouldn’t ya say.

For a good look at some gaudy, click on the lamp and it will take you to Ailsa’s blog @ Where’s my backpack.

(I’m having issues figuring out how to link on my iPad. In case I’m failing miserably, I wouldn’t want you to miss a trip to Ailsa’s blog, so here’s the URL: )


Groundhog’s Shadow

Shadow of Your Smile

Cast a Shadow

Valley of the Shadow of Death

Me and My Shadow


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!   🙂


In a little cafe, just the other side of the  highway…

It wasn’t really a cafe, it was a diner. But that’s not how the song goes.

Then again, in the song, it was “the other side of the border”, but there’s no border here. Just highway.

Have I lost you, yet?  I’m confusing myself.  Nevertheless, the walls of this cafe/diner on the other side of the border/highway are decorated with a potpourri of items, that to me, seem to have no rhyme or reason. Yet I love to eat there, always looking for what’s new in wall ornaments.  As you enter the building you see a couple of paintings.  Then you see a myriad of trinkets, signs, bottles, and what-all-else hanging everywhere.  It’s hard to eat without spinning your head, Linda Blair style – well almost Linda Blair style. (are you to young for that reference?)

The wall paintings are pretty cool, but the artist made at least one error in each picture.  Can you guess what they are?

Need another brick in your wall?  Stop by Ailsa‘s @ wheresmybackpack and take a peek by clicking on the link.

Thanks to Ailsa for hosting another interesting challenge.  And thanks to y’all for browsing, liking, viewing, and/or commenting.  I do appreciate your visit.

Credit to Jay and the Americans for the cafes and borders 🙂


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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