April Daily Photos – Week One

April didn’t have a list to follow – the month long topic is “Month of Gratitude”. The idea was that with most of the world staying at home and practicing Social Distancing, it would be difficult for most to be creative with a new photo on a specific topic each day, so just photograph things you’re thankful for every day. I thought this might be just as difficult…….I readily admit I am grateful for a lot in my life – I am truly blessed – but, how many different daily photos can I come up with in my immediate surroundings to show that? Well, so far, it hasn’t been as difficult as I thought.

So, here are the things I found to reflect the Month of Gratitude in my little world….remembering that family, friends, home, safety, and health are “givens” and not to be downplayed by some of the trivial or humorous things I chose to photograph!

SUNSHINE AND BLUE SKIES

MEGAN AND ME

FRIENDS AND PIZZA

ENDLESS SUPPLY OF BOOKS AT MY FINGERTIPS

HOMEMADE NO-SEW MASKS

DAFFODILS AND PEONIES

Evidence that the world continues to revolve around us with promises of better days ahead!

BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY

RETIREMENT

Do to retirement, I am spared the stress of lost work or being an essential worker potentially in harm’s way!

My thoughts and prayers to those who are!

Let’s see how long I can keep this momentum going……. 🙂

Stay safe and healthy!!!

April 5th Sunday Drive – The Signs of Our Times

I had to make a grocery run, so I took advantage of being out and spent some time driving around town photographing the “Signs of Our Times”……

First……Preparing to go to the grocery store…….

I made this no-sew mask from an old pair of LulaRoe Leggings! Here’s the video I used to make them:

CLICK HERE

Now……the Signs of Our Times:

Of course, the tanning salon part is now closed, as well…..

Says it all…….

 

Old Fashioned Sunday Drives

I come from a family of “Sunday Drivers”! You know……people who get in their cars on a Sunday afternoon to just drive around looking at the world around them with no particular destination or goal in mind. My grandmother was the Queen of Sunday Drives – she LOVED them! She didn’t drive, herself – never got her license – but, she would grab her coat and purse and tell my grandfather she was ready to go and he’d warm up the car and take her. When my brother and I were little, we’d get to go with them from time to time. Every Sunday, they’d get in the car and use it as an opportunity to drive to the lake, see the birds, check out the farmer’s crops around the country side, stop at the farm they always got their fresh brown eggs from for the week, stop for an ice cream or milkshake, and sometimes visit family or friends. Like I said, Grandma didn’t drive and she was also totally deaf in one ear and 3/4 deaf in the other, so her world was very small……this allowed her to get out and increase the size of her world, even if just for an afternoon.

My mom used to say she didn’t understand the appeal of getting in the car and going “nowhere”, but in fact, she was quite the Sunday Driver, herself. When we were little, she was a single mother of two and money was tight. She would sometimes entertain us by taking us on a ride….we’d go to Reid’s for hot dogs or go to the pond that had swans that we could feed or go to the lake to skip stones or stop at farmers stands along the ridge and most of the time our rides included an ice cream!

When I was married and we moved to Sanford, NC, my husband, son, and I would get in the car on the weekends and drive around our new town to explore and learn where everything was and what the town had to offer. We’d venture out of town in different directions to discover neighboring towns and make note of things to do and places to go. The drives almost always included ice cream (see a pattern, here?).

Then, when I retired and moved back home to Albion, I often took off in my car to explore, reacquaint myself with my home town and other old stomping grounds, and to rediscover old favorite places and see what was new and different. When I started getting into photography, I’d drive around looking for cool things to photograph to practice with my new camera. And, Sundays became a special time with my mom….she’d meet me after church, we’d go out for lunch, and then we’d just drive around and she would tell me stories and remind me of where things used to be…..and, yes, we usually stopped for an ice cream!

Once I retired and had more flexibility and time on my hands, I re-dubbed “Sunday Drives” as “Any Day Drives”! Cause you can take a Sunday Drive any day you are able and have the desire to get out and explore your world! Since the Covid-19 virus has changed our lives and taught us about “social distancing” and “isolation”, I’ve used my “Any Day Drives” as a means of getting out of the house for a while and see the world beyond what I can see through my windows and from my yard……all from the safety of my car! I like to go to Point Breeze and sit in the car and watch the geese or just drive around making random turns on back country roads to see what I can find interesting to look at and maybe photograph. It helps me to think I’m actually going somewhere – even though I’m not, really – and keeps me from going stir-crazy. I try to do that once or twice a week and it has done wonders for my sanity! LOL

One day earlier this week, I did just that….I think it was Monday…..but, I’m not sure about that cause I really have no idea what day it is until I turn on the TV at night and see what is on to watch – at that time, I think “Oh, it must be Tuesday cause NCIS is on” or “I must be Thursday if I’m watching Grey’s”! 🙂 On this particular day…..whatever day it was earlier this week……I was thinking about the shoe trees down by the lake in Yates. I don’t know what made me think of them, but I thought, gee, I haven’t been by there in a long time. So, I headed that way! I drove down Kenyonville Rd, which turns into Harris Rd, till it dead ends on Lakeshore Rd. Then, I drove west on Lakeshore Rd till I got to where the shoe trees are on an island in the intersection. Here are the photos I took on my big outing to the shoe trees and the critters I saw along the way:

So, that was this week’s “Any Day Drive”…….maybe I’ll go somewhere else this coming week and share what I see on that drive with you! 🙂

March Daily Photos – Last Batch

I’m still here……still trying to do my part to help flatten the curve and keep my distance – socially, that is! March sure felt like it took a year to get through. 2020 will go down in the history books, for sure……hoping all these precautions and restrictions help to get us back to normal, soon!

For now, let’s see what I came up with for the Daily Photo Topics for the last week and a half of March…..not easy when I hardly left the house for most of the days, but here goes!

HORIZON

CLOUDS

(or lack there of)

MORNING

I’M LOVING IT

SO GOOD

(two day combo)

THE VIEW

IN THE AIR

CHAIR

BUDDIES

The April Daily Photo Topic List isn’t a list……since many people around the world who use this list (it is created by a lady in Australia) are confined to their homes because of the Coronavirus mandates, it can be difficult to respond to a specific topic each day. So, we’ve been asked to make it a month of gratitude and simply take a photo of something we are grateful for each day. So, I’m not sure if I’ll participate in the group thing this month…..we’ll see……maybe I’ll just take photos as I find things worth photographing and post my favorites. Visit now and then to see what I come up with! 🙂

Stay safe and healthy in this very strange world we are living in!

March Daily Photos – Week Three

Well, we’re well into this new phenomenon called “social distancing”……it is strange and very hard – I’m a social person and not having any face-to-face interactions with friends and family has me a bit unsettled. I’ve been out a couple times this week taking care of things that had to be done. But, for the most part, I’ve been home trying to get myself motivated to take advantage of all the time I have on my hands to tackle some of the projects I’ve been meaning to get to for like…..forever…..around the house! So far, I’ve managed to finish one book and am nearly done with another, I’ve watched a couple full seasons of shows I’ve never seen on Netflix, I’m all caught up on everything I had on my DVR, and today, I swept and set up my deck so that the furniture is usable and I can sit out in the sun and fresh air….that was a real treat, today – it may have only been 30 degrees, but that sun on my face was pure joy!!! Next week? Projects…….for sure!!! LOL

Here are my Daily Photos for the third week in March:

THIS IS FUN

COOL

FRESH

I got behind, so caught up with this one photo that easily represented three days in a row!!!

THROW IT

When I  saw that particular day’s photo prompt, I had a few good ideas, but couldn’t stop thinking about the time my brother, sister in law, and I stopped at Lambert’s Cafe in Sikeston, Missouri during our 2016 cross country motor home trip. Lambert’s is “the home of the throwed rolls” – if you want a roll, you raise your hands and one will be thrown to you from across the room!!! LOL

CLOSE UP

BLACK AND WHITE

Ghost Mall

FASHION

ON THE STREET

So, there you have it…….photos and social distancing and spring and life goes on!!!

March Week Two Daily Photos

March Week Two is here!!! Here are this week’s Daily Photos:

TWO

OFF CENTER

GREEN

TREES

TREES – OPTION 2

NEED

Bringing home the TP

NEED – OPTION 2

Bat Girl guarding my stash!

It’s been a crazy week and next week will probably be more of the same……but, we’ve been through crisis before and got through it…..we’ll get through this, too!

Stay healthy and safe – that’s all that matters! Prayers to all who have been impacted by this virus either by illness or fallout from the mandates designed to control the spread of the disease.

March Daily Photos – Week One

It’s March!!! We’re just 10 days from the official first day of spring…..we’re in daylight savings time, so we’re seeing more daylight later into the evening……the temps are feeling much better……the sun is brighter…….yep, this girl has Spring Fever something fierce!!!

So, here we go with the first week of Daily Photos for March:

SOMETHING BLUE

ALONE

HANDS

SO COLORFUL

(I didn’t come across anything particularly colorful that day, so I went to my files and found this photo I took in Dublin, Ireland last year)

ART

OLD

MY COLOR & GET IN THE PHOTO

(Two days together in one photo)

Now, I’m going to get out and enjoy this amazing sunshine and 60 degree day!!! 🙂

February Daily Photos – Final Week

Goodbye February……Hello March and the promise of Spring!!!

Here are the last of February’s Daily Photos:

CORNER

HEART SHAPED

WHITE ON WHITE

DELICIOUS

UNDER

REPEAT

For those who like to follow along (or might want to join in on the fun), here are the March Daily Photo Topics:

February Daily Photos – Part Two

Ok, so I got distracted with the Hawaii posts and didn’t post these at the end of weeks two and three……but, here they are, now! 🙂 As always – the daily topic is below each photo!

SILENCE

WRITING

SKYLINE

THE SMALL THINGS

ON THE GROUND

I LOVE THIS…

GET IN THE PHOTO

WINGS

LEAF

SHOW HALF

MORE THAN ONE

FRI-YAY!!!

HOME DECOR

BIG AND SMALL

The last week is coming soon……March will be here before we know it!!!

2020 Hawaiian Adventure – Oahu

All good things must come to an end…..and so did my Hawaiian Cruise! Over the next four posts, you can relive my wonderful adventure with me…..since I posted them in order, they appear in reverse…..hhhmmm – I should think of something funny or philosophical about that, but it’s late, so my brain won’t allow it! hehehe

I am so blessed and happy to have been able to do this trip – it really was special! How can I sum it all up? Well, for one thing: I’m sure I’m not the first to say this and, for all I know, it may even be an official motto somewhere, but I am declaring Hawaii the “Land of Waterfalls and Rainbows”! In the seven days I spent in paradise, I saw more rainbows and waterfalls than I’ve ever seen in my life and it was heavenly! While each island is distinctly different, this was a common theme on all of them. When I think of Hawaii, I think surfing and beaches and big waves. Yes, there is definitely a lot of all of that. But, there are also beautiful drives through the country side with every shade of green imaginable, stunning canyons and cliffs, and a year round rotating growing season that ensures some kind of fruits and florals will be plentifully in season whenever you are there. It is truly paradise on earth!

On our last day, we pulled in to Honolulu on Oahu to end the cruise. I walked the gangway to leave the ship for the last time about 9:00 am, gathered my luggage from the security area, and got on a bus for one last tour. My return flight was scheduled for 9:30 PM, so I had all day on Oahu – I chose a full day tour that went all over the island and ended at the airport. The day ended up being long and mostly boring, but it served the purpose of killing time and giving me a final few hours to stretch out my enjoyment of the beauty of Hawaii! The tour was OK and the guide was good – his name was Tommy Chong, believe it or not!!! LOL He told us he got to meet the real Tommy Chong and Cheech once and showed us a photo of him with them. The tour was 8 hours of mostly driving with pointing out drive by points of interest and a few stops and a really crappy lunch. But – I did see some beautiful sights and got to enjoy some more Kona coffee and Macadamia nuts at a Macadamia nut farm!!! I was most looking forward to the Dole Pineapple Plantation – the main reason I chose this particular tour, but our stop wasn’t enough time to do the train tour, so we really only got to do the gift shop and have a treat of some kind – I had a cup of fresh pineapple that was amazing!!! So not a totally bad day, but really wish I wasn’t trapped on that bus so long! LOL Most of the photos on this post aren’t as good as the other posts because a lot of them were taken through the bus window as we drove by! Oh well…..better than no photos, right?

My last Daily Balcony Selfie before I left my cabin for the last time!

While I was on my balcony doing my selfie and having some breakfast, I saw this!

Never underestimate the little guy or think you can’t cause you’re too small or not strong enough……just look at this little tug boat working to pull this big freighter into the harbor safely……if it weren’t for tugs, the big guys would never get to the dock!!!! Think about that!!!!

We were told that this hotel has exclusive contract for the filming of hotel scenes on the current Magnum PI TV show!

A lot of the sites we saw on this last tour were related to either Magnum PI (current or the Tom Selleck version) or Hawaii 5-0 (again, current or original versions)!

This is the beach where the famous love scene in the movie From Here To Eternity was filmed — doesn’t look as romantic as it did in the movie, huh?

Yep – much more romantic in the movie!!! LOL

Here – this angle looks better! 🙂

This was at the entrance to a Macadamia Nut Farm where we got more free samples of those awesome nuts AND more free 100% Kona coffee…….I had a couple cups, knowing it will probably be the last time I ever have any…….back to tea for me, unless I either return to Hawaii or find the occasional opportunity to see if it tastes as good off island!

China Man’s Hat Island

I think this was a government building of some kind…….

The Dole Plantation…….sure wish I could have taken the train tour to see the pineapple fields!

Spam is very popular in Hawaii — they eat it with everything!!! There are many different varieties and flavors of Spam – who knew? AND…..that tray of bars on the left side is actually SPAM SUSHI – packed rice between two pieces of Spam…….I don’t get it, but to each his own, I guess!

I was intrigued by this banana flavored cotton candy display — not enough to buy any, but it still caught my eye!

I bought this huge cup of fresh pineapple at the plantation — it was soooooo good!!!

These are rainbow (something) trees —- so beautiful!!! I was told the bark starts out brown and peels to this rainbow color and then barks over, again, and peels, again…..and so on!

I finally got on the plane for home…….first leg was overnight to LA……then a long flight to Chicago……then on to Buffalo! I left Honolulu at 9:30 PM on Saturday and arrived in Buffalo at 6:30 PM on Sunday……of course that takes into account all the time changes, since Hawaii is 5 hours behind us here on the east coast.

I gave in to one silly character photo……gotta get at least one on every cruise, right?

Yep, I kicked off the new year and the new decade with a big bang……but, for now…….Aloha, Hawaii……till we meet, again!!!