Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #195: Color Expressions

Anne from Slow Shutter Speed is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #195 with the topic of Color Expressions.

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Truthful Tuesday on a Thursday

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #188: Special Places

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #188, guest host Karina of Murtagh’s Meadow is exploring special places.

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Truthful Tuesday on a Wednesday 02-22-2022

This week, on Truthful Tuesday, host Frank from Thoughts and Theories asks:

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Monday Thoughts

According to Fitbit, my stress management score has been around 75 for the past week. Maybe it’s because work is just about the only thing occupying my brain these days. So much to bill, so many accounts to reconcile.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Update on Rose Propagation

Hello and welcome. Come on in. It’s once again a wet chilly October morning. There will be rain in my neck of the woods today and you know what it means? Hot drink!

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Million Stresses of Life

Hello and welcome. Come on in from the cold and have a hot drink with me.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169, I.J Khanewala is guest-hosting and he’s challenging everyone to take a second look at the ordinary. Sometimes, those things can surprise you or even put a smile on your face.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Garden Update and Front Yard Transformation So far

Good morning or afternoon and welcome. Coffee? Tea?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the one word I would use to describe this week – unmotivated. Why? For so many reasons which I detailed in my Friday Thoughts post. Oh, and unfortunately, I’m working today. I can usually get things done with some overtime during the week but this is urgent matter, apparently, the boss wants all September invoices done ASAP and I’ll just work the weekend to get it all done.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it looks like winter might be arriving early this year. There’s been heavy rain this week, rain we desperate need. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by wind. It always is. Thankfully, there weren’t too much damage this time.

According to the weather forecast, first frost of 2021 might be arriving next week. I’m nervous about that and it’s got me ordering frost blankets for my plants and I even got one for my 7-tier planter, which, if I might say, is not doing too bad. I have some seedling that should be ready to transfer today or tomorrow, granted if it stops raining.

My 5-tier planter might be done for the year next week when the temperature dips below 32 degree-F (0 degree-C). The only thing left in there are marigolds, cosmos, tomatoes, and sunflower. I pulled out the cucumbers and overwintered my peppers this week. This 7-tier planter has my cool weather plants – lettuces and other leafy greens – which should survive a little longer with the assistance of a frost blanket.

If we were having coffee, I would show you the before and after of my front yard.

It’s been a ride with this front yard – full of hard work, anger, and frustration. This is definitely not what I had planned in the beginning. This is more of mom’s vision than mine. I had never envision so many red bricks nor did I imagine red bricks planters. Once again, mom took over but then it was the only way to get help as her family will only help her, not me. It’s never me.

Mom is feeling like a hero right now. She keeps saying, “If it weren’t for me, you’d never get it done. It’d never look so pretty.” The way she says that makes me not want to help anyone. It’s all one-sided anyway. I help them, they’d never help me in return, not unless mom’s present.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I know what you’re thinking. The yard is missing something – rocks. I’m waiting on it. The 17 tons (no joke) of rocks will be delivered on 20th of this month. So I’ll have an update on this soon.

I do hope it stops raining though so I can go out and plant some spring flower bulbs in the planters.

I would thank you for joining me in this edition of #weekendcoffeeshare and hope we’ll both return next week.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Driven by Anxiety

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Road Trip, Yay!

Good morning or afternoon wherever you are, come in, sit, and join me for a chat. Coffee? Tea?

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: A Proud Parent and Road Trip Planning

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Spring Concerns

Photo by Jason Wong on Unsplash

Good morning, come on in and have a coffee with me. Actually, let’s go out to the backyard. It’s hot outside – 78-degree-Fahrenheit (about 26-degree-Celsius). It’s actually the last warm day for the week. It’s supposed to drop back down to the 60’s tomorrow.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Messy

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“I have never met anyone messier than you. I don’t know how you can live like this,” my mom would often say.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Lack of…

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I know I wrote about how I was capable of so many things but really, I’m someone who’s called “Jack of all trades and master of none.”

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Sunday Writing Prompt – A Story of Love

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this week’s MMLM Sunday Writing Prompt is “A Story of Love.

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Lens-Artists Challenge #135: Glimpse into Your World

This week, Sheetalbravon is guest-hosting this challenge and she challenges us to show a glimpse into our world – things that make our world spin or things that makes us happy.

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Returning to Nature – #writephoto #shortstory #fiction

Photo Prompt by Sue Vincent

Breathe, 1, 2, 3, she willed. You can do this. She shut her eyes and began inhaling big gulps of air and expelling the air like she was trying to inflate a balloon. That was one of the things her therapist advised her to practice on.

“What is something you want to do but you haven’t done in a long time?” Her therapist asked during their recent appointment.

I don’t know, she wanted to say. Why does my mind go blank every time someone asks a question? She wiped her hands on her pants even though her hands weren’t sweaty. “Take your time,” her therapist said in a comforting voice, “there’s no need to hurry.”

She scanned her bedroom, looking for inspiration while avoiding her therapist’s gaze on her laptop screen and trying not to be overtaken by her anxiety, the companion she had been seeking to rid for the past decade or so. A few minutes later, she said, “I haven’t gone hiking in a while.”

“Does hiking help lessen your anxiety?”

She thought back to the previous summer when she had spent the day alone on the trail. She felt so happy and free that day. It was as though her anxiety had decided to take the day off and go bug someone else. It was probably the best she had felt in a long time.

She nodded. “What made you stop?” Her therapist asked, curious.

She thought about replying with her usual excuses – work, chores, and family. These are not excuses, she mentally chided at herself. Instead, she replied quietly, “I’m not sure, can’t find the time, I guess.”

“Have you thought about returning? To hiking, I mean?” She nodded and in that moment, she knew that’s what she’s doing that weekend.

As she felt her anxiety ease, she whipped out her phone and checked the GPS. The blue arrow is pointing right. Gripping her hiking pole with her left hand, phone with her right, and camera dangling in front of her chest, she smiled and made a decision, I need to return to nature more often. With GPS, of course, she mentally added.


Wordless Wednesday: Before the World Went Mad

Wordless Wednesday: Out of Sync

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Where I’ve been…

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: One Month Later…

Good Sunday afternoon or evening wherever you are, it’s been a while since I’ve done this coffee-sharing-thing. Yeah, I know it’s only been a month but to me, it feels like an eternity since I’ve written anything beside work emails and my personal diary. Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare: One Month Later…”

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Life’s been a Blur

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