This week’s photo challenge is “fun.”
No matter what you’re celebrating this year, I hope that these last days of 2015 are filled with joy and peace. May the old year go out with a whisper and the new year come in with a bang!
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!
Normally I cringe a little every time I see this particular phrase on a sign or Pinterest, but today I’m embracing it. This summer has been particularly challenging for many reasons and so I am even happier than usual to leave it behind and dance right into autumn. Granted the weather hasn’t really caught up with the calendar yet here in the desert, but I see the beautifully shining light at the end of the tunnel! So here’s to my favorite time of year – the cooler weather, the longer nights, and all the glorious colors. (blissful smile)
“Come said the leaves to the wind one day, Come o’er the meadows and we will play. Put on your dresses of Scarlet and Gold, for Summer is gone and the days grow cold!”
Quote borrowed from Nuggets of Gold who shares lovely and insightful thoughts each Tuesday – be sure to check her out!
Well, I’m running down the road
tryin’ to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna stone me,
One says she’s a friend of mine
Take It easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
and take it easy
Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me
We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again
so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
so take it easy
Well I’m running down the road trying to loosen
my load, got a world of trouble on my mind
lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my
cover, she’s so hard to find
Take it easy, take it easy
don’t let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy
come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
gonna save me, oh oh oh
Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy
In the true spirit of Route 66, you can find the Standin On The Corner Park in the heart of Winslow, Arizona, just off Interstate 40 in northeast Arizona. If you’re in the area, it’s a can’t miss photo op!
*All lyrical credit: Take It Easy by The Eagles*
This week’s black & white photo challenge is “things with engines or motors.”
This week’s black & white photo challenge is “large subjects.” I decided to stick close to last week’s theme with random roadside sculptures/public art that make for interesting photo sessions. (smile) These guys are located along a bicycle path / roadway in Scottsdale, Arizona. Known as “Water Mark,” the installation features five 14-foot “gargoyle” horses. If you ever find yourself in the area, these guys are definitely a sight to see!
This week’s topic is “sculptures, statues, carvings.” A couple of weeks ago while visiting my brother in Ohio, we happened upon this park full of giant corncobs in Dublin. It was the most random thing – so of course we had to stop! There are 109 cobs of corn in the field, all made from concrete and all (supposedly) unique. The art display, envisioned by Malcolm Cochran, is formally known as Field of Corn (with Osage Orange Trees) and was erected in a former corn field in 1994.
This is the first year in way too many that I've been able to spend (at least part of) Father's Day with my dad. These last few days with my favorite guys has been so awesome – it never fails to remind me how lucky I am to have both of them in my life. (smile)
I hope everyone out there has a wonderful day celebrating the "father" in your life – whether by blood, marriage, choice, or both (smile). And for those who may have lost that special person, I wish you many happy memories.
5 points: Freebie – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (215 pages, edition, 4 stars)
I’ve been on this kick lately about actually reading all of the (in)famous books I’ve somehow missed in my life. This one comes right after last month’s The Catcher in the Rye. Don’t ask me how I’ve managed to avoid them for so long, although honestly, the name of this one has always put me off a bit. Curiosity (and a binge of looking at literary tattoos) finally had me checking this one out of the library. It’s definitely a different portrayal of WWII and PTSD than I’m accustomed to, but I thought it was very well done (different is rarely bad, after all). So it goes.
10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before – 19 minutes by Jodi Picoult (455 pages, paperback edition, 3 stars)
A co-worker actually dropped this book on my desk one day. A story about a school shooting, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the description. I think it presents an interesting perspective and is well-written for the most part. Unfortunately, it really starts to drag about 3/4 of the way through. I was a bit disappointed with the last 1/4 of the book, but again, it was different.
15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before – The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (476 pages, paperback edition, 4 stars)
I’ve come to find that Kearsley is always a safe bet for a good read. She writes historical fiction with a hint of time travel, but in a lighter manner than some other authors. It’s often a good love story without being too descript as well as a fairly accurate history lesson all in one. Pretty hard to beat. (smile) I will say that I do need a break in between books though, as otherwise they can get a bit repetitive.
25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books – Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk (355 pages, paperback edition, 3.5 stars)
Always on the lookout for an easy-to-read magical story, I was happy to come across this series on my Goodreads recommended list. There are 9 books so far in the series, which allows me plenty of time to catch-up before I have to wait between books (it seems I’m stuck waiting for book #8 on like 4 other series – curious). This one is the sci-fi/fantasy version of a Harlequin romance novel – easy to read, amusing, and not too strenuous to absorb. Perfect light reading if you’re interested in the genre.
Month 1: 55 points
TOTAL: 55 points
The Summer 2015 Book Challenge is sponsored/moderated by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life and runs through the end of August. Plenty of time left to join the fun!
Coming up in June
- Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years – Affinity by Sarah Waters
- Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014 – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Also Worth Mentioning
I admit that some of the photo challenges I participate in are truly that – challenging. Whether I just don’t have a photo that fits the topic or I just can’t find the right angle, it’s both frustrating and motivating. When I originally saw the prompt for today’s Black and White Photo Challenge from Cee – Bathrooms and Outhouses – I instantly panicked a bit and wondered what I was going to do. So what happened? It turns out that I may miss a lot of obvious photos but if it’s the least bit odd, I’ve probably got one – or embarrassingly more – shots of it somewhere. And this, my dear readers, is total proof of that (especially given that these are only the best of)!