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A is for Anne

Oh, such high hopes! Although I was late starting my prep, I was sooooo hopeful! And then you-know-what hit big time and life as I knew it changed. In days of shelter in place, stay at home, social distancing and quarantine, kids in different states, kids in positions considered essential and daily risking exposure, family members with at risk health conditions…… yeah the A to Z Challenge slipped my mind. Having rambled on enough about why I wasn’t prepared, I’ll move on to the meat and potatoes.

I’ve toyed with the idea of making books or characters my theme for this challenge. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and what better chance to share it than through this challenge! After tweaking and searching and thinking a bit, I finally landed on the theme- My Favorite Female Book Characters. I wanted to say ‘literary’ but that just feels sort of stuffy for some of mine. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but goodness knows it’s not like I don’t have anything but time on my hands these days! Because I love quotes, I plan on including a quote from the character along with a description.

I’m already behind so I better get working here!

A is for Anne- Anne Shirley

Anne Shirley is the main character of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. Anne is a skinny redheaded orphan with a penchant for getting into trouble and blurting out what’s on her mind. When she arrives at the farm of siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, she hopes she has found a home. Gilbert Blythe, who starts off on the wrong foot with Anne, has always been one of my favorites. Their rivalry has always amused me and when I first began reading the books, I wasn’t sure if they would ever figure out how to get along. (I was probably around ten years old then so what did I know?)

“True friends are always together in spirit.” -Anne of Green Gables

It seems fitting to kick off the month (albeit a few days late) with this quote. Having spent a few weeks only having contact with the same handful of people, none of them being my best friends, I miss my buddies horribly! I swear I’ve never texted so much as I have since we became a stay at home state.

Back to Anne, strangely enough I don’t own any of the Anne of Green Gables books. I checked them out endlessly as a child and re-read them so many times I knew them by heart. Since the majority of my childhood books either come from my original books or ones that I pick up at thrift stores as I see them, I’m pretty sure I haven’t come across any yet. I have added the new series to my list to watch but haven’t gotten to it yet. (I’m too confused/befuddled/horrified/interested?!? in Tiger King. I know- I’m as appalled by this admission as you probably are!

Are you an Anne fan?

Stay safe!


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Posted in A to Z Blogging Challenge, Challenges, Photography Challenges

L is for Landscape

spring backyard

It’s snowing today. I would like to say this isn’t typical April weather in the Midwest, but I would be lying. Tracking the progress of the daffodils in front of the house, any weather is typical weather. In the past week we’ve had everything from rain, sleet, wind, sunshine, and snow. But in my dreams, I’m in my happy place and the landscape is green and sunny and warm. I’m sure those days will be here before long, but until then I’m dreaming about them while I wake up each day wondering how to dress.

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Photo a Day- Happy

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Happy weekend!


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B is for Black & White

AtoZ2019tenthAnnSo far so good! Second day or the A to Z Challenge and I’m still here! I know that sounds pretty darn pathetic but these days it’s a miracle when I can accomplish something as simple as posting two days in a row!

The star of today’s photo is Ari’s friend, Casey. She tends to be a bit dramatic and lately she has been caught striking some picture-worthy poses.

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“Is that for me>”
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“Sorry! I thought I heard you calling me!”

Peace and love,


Posted in A to Z Blogging Challenge, Family

Blogging from A to Z – A is for Anything

AtoZ2019tenthAnnAnd so it begins! You can imagine my surprise when Kris, my middle kid and fellow NaNo participant, mentioned that she was planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in April (and July) last week. Oh shoot- that meant it was time for Blogging from A to Z! How did this happen? What happened to the month of March??? I proceeded to panic and start frantically searching for those A to Z lists I had been compiling throughout the year. (I found none of them.)

Despite the demands on my time these days, I am determined to participate. After looking for theme ideas, driving myself crazy, and admitting that I had to work within the constraints that are part of my days, I decided to give myself a break and I came up with my own photo challenge for the month, borrowed from multiple photo challenges that I found from a variety of sources. As much as I wanted to challenge myself, I realize that just getting through 26 days of blogging will be challenge enough. I did photos last year but those were mostly from archives. This year the only stipulation I’m putting on myself is that they are taken now, not years ago.

So, here’s my list and my first A-Z post.

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“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” – Jenna Morasca

Peace and love,



Here is my list for the month-




Black & white






Extreme close up


Favorite things

7 8-G

Ground level




In my home







14 15-M





Out my window







21 22-S





Upside down







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Your view




Posted in 2018 A to Z Challenge

O is for Odd Little Group #AtoZChallenge”

odd little group I remember walking into our family room one day to find this odd little group laying on the side of the fireplace. Since I’m convinced that these toys have lives outside of being playthings, I’m not surprised when I come upon a scenario such as this one. I didn’t look too closely as I took the picture. And then it made the cut for “O” in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Upon closer inspection, I wondered how this ragtag group came to be. I’m sure it wasn’t a prearranged meeting. I looked up at the ceiling above the fireplace to the spot that had captured Woody’s and Yoda’s attention. Hmmmmm…….

Finding the room quiet and empty of humans, Woody decided to have a rest, gazing at the hideous popcorn ceiling with glitter scattered throughout and he was reminded of the stars in the sky when he would unroll his pack out on the range and sleep under the wide dark sky with his faithful stead, Bullseye, nearby. Yoda, passing by in search of a young Padawan to train, was curious about Woody’s fascination with something skyward, and having no younglings or errant Jedis in sight, dropped (or maybe executed one of his fancy Jedi flips) down beside the cowboy.

Laying companionably side by side, the two unlikely friends found they had much in common. After all, both had found a calling in helping others to find their way and learn more about themselves. Yoda shared his frustration in recognizing the potential in Anakin and the stubbornness Luke displayed while Woody likened this to his adventures with Buzz (Lightyear). Not to be confused with another Buzz.

The other Buzz, of Beat Bugs fame, an adorable little fruit fly, along with her close friend, Walter the slug, stumbled upon the stargazing pair, while out exploring the fireplace. Buzz raised her magnifying glass to her eye, pausing to take a closer look. Walter, sensing that something exciting was going to happened and never one to pass up an opportunity to break into song, whipped out a microphone from his pocket with a dramatic flair.

It was at this time that I entered the room and pulled out my phone to take a photo. Nearby, Bumble, who had remained unnoticed, jumped into the picture upstaging Walter’s moment while executing a well timed photo bomb.

Or maybe the toys just landed there when I was tidying up and it was just a coincidence that they landed that way. I guess I’ll never know!

Have an awesome day!