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bw eyes…while life was busy burying me, I realized that I had an A to Z Challenge to complete. As I tried to claw my way out of this hole, I noticed that there were challenges that seemed to all line up so I could tie things together nicely and almost totally put the lid on them.

As April came to a close, things ramped up with my loved one and all of my time and energy was spent with those matters. Needless to say, this resulted in my U and X of the A to Z Challenge. My life was momentarily and permanently turned UPSIDE DOWN as I experienced the EXIT of one phase of my life and the beginning of another. Still processing and dealing with major changes in my life, I barely had time to catch my breath before I needed to address my eye issues once again.

This time, it was in the form of a surgery to repair problems that have been plaguing both eyes for years. This surgery had been scheduled a few months ago so I knew there was no putting it off. The strain on my eyes over the past years has taken it’s toll. I’m nearing the halfway point now- halfway between the first eye surgery recovery and the prep for the second. Although I know in the end I will be happy that I went through this and amazed at my newfound ability to SEE, right now I’m just kinda bummed out. It’s been a difficult year and being near the halfway point of eye shenanigans has shown me what I can expect for the other half. I am at a point where my vision isn’t awesome if I look out of both eyes at the same time…… so things like reading and writing are a challenge. (Please disregard any errors in this post…..thanks!) Factor in my terror at anything being done to my eyes,  and you might understand why it’s all kind of getting to me. And this is where the Y comes in- YOUR VIEW, which from here is not very clear! As you can see from the lovely glasses that I’ve had to wear for the past week, it’s a good thing I didn’t feel well or else I would have been running all over town showing off those cool shades!! Of course, my driver (because I’ve been under a no-driving restriction) would probably be less than thrilled with my adventures… 

Meanwhile, this post is almost to its breaking point with all the challenges it is covering!

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Here is Ari- doing her part for Cee’s “from the side” challenge!

A to Z Challenge- U, X, Y

Cee’s Black & White Challenge- From the Side

FOWC- Meanwhile

Stream of Consciousness Saturday- Strain


So, what have you been up to lately?

Wishing you a happy week!




Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Abandoned or Alone

Nothing says ‘abandoned’ like a toy that was left behind. And it’s those toys, some of Toy Story fame, which are featured in my entries for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Abandoned or Alone. 

As is often the case, I had completely different photos set aside for this challenge when I happened to walk into the family room after Beej left with his dad. There were Buzz and Woody, laying there abandoned by the little boy who had just been giggling when he accidentally pushed one of Buzz’s buttons.

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This caused me to stop and look around at all the other toys that were looking just as sad, waiting for their person to come back and play with them.

All I had to do was to look down when I glanced out the back window to find a teddy bear and friend, peaking out at me. Why he’s hiding there with a storm trooper (or is that a clone trooper— oh shoot, I know this!!!), I really don’t know…

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Putting laundry away, a quick check in Beej’s bed found Knuffle Bunny, the most abandoned toy in our house due to the number of times he has been loved, wrestled with, posed, and yes, abandoned in his short time in our family.

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A quick pop into Kris’s room found this lion, laying on a shelf with other discarded items.

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And finally, I came across another Woody, this one long abandoned by Andy, who tossed him in his closet when he went to college (yeah, the irony of that is not lost on me!).

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Thank you to Cee for hosting this and other photo challenges! Click on the link in the introduction if you would like to find out more!


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything

I’m back into the photo challenge flow and it feels nice. 🙂 Here are my photos for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything. 

Here are a few couples-

And twos-

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bw two tractors


Have a great day!


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: S

For this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Starts With the Letter S, I have an odd assortment.

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I spent endless hours sitting in the stands at Kris’s swim meets. 
bw springs
Springs, springs and more springs!
bw star wars
Han Solo, and is that Obi Wan? and the guy whose name I can’t remember. (I really am a Star Wars fan- just not up on the actions figures- except for Han Solo, of course!)
bw skulls
Skull candelabras- a must for any decor!

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators

My youngest son, Andrew, attends a music school in New York. It was built in the 1920’s and although there have been additions and changes made over the years, its original beauty remains. For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators, I am using photos I took during our recent visit. There is a classic elegance and richness in these old buildings that simply cannot be duplicated.

hallThis hallway was recently restored. Andrew performed here along with others in an opening ceremony at Family Weekend.

hall and stairs

The architecture is detailed and beautiful. You never know what you’re going to find as you walk down the halls.

Even the staircases are impressive!

This school is truly a work of art. The performance halls are impressive with amazing art work and intricate detail. I’m sure it enriches Andrew’s experience as he continues his music studies.



Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Trees

This picture was taken in Central Park, right outside of Strawberry Fields, the tribute to John Lennon. It is one of my favorite parts of the park. While this photo is much more impressive in color, it still brings back fond memories even in black and white.

Central Park

It’s difficult to accurately describe the emotions evoked when visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It’s as if the rest of the world falls away and you are caught in this alternate universe. The two times I visited, it was not complete but moving and inspiring all the same. The Survivor Tree is a powerful reminder that we are capable of surviving more than we think we possibly can.

Survivor Tree

I found it interesting how much the tone of my last photo changed when seen in black and white. The original picture was taken on an amazing day in May when the sun was shining and the sky was blue and clear. I don’t  get that feeling looking at this picture!

Lake Ontario

Be sure to stop by Cee’s Photography Blog to check out all of the challenges offered and the variety of participants! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!