Share Your World – Week of September 19, 2022


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Sunday Poser #98 – Living Boldly


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #217: Opposites


Tina is the host for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and she has chosen the topic of Opposites.

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Truthful Tuesday 09-13-2022 on a Wednesday – Music


Di from Pensitivity is the interim hostess for this week’s Truthful Tuesday and the topic for this week is all about ways to save money in these times:

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Sunday Poser #96 – Driving Style


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Share Your World – Week of September 12, 2022


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #216: Urban Environment


Sofia leads this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the topic she’s chosen is Urban Environment.

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Sunday Poser #96 – Compliments


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Share Your World – Week of September 5, 2022


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #215: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles… and the Places They Take Us


John from Journey with Johnbo leads this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge with the topic of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…and the Places They Take Us.

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Hello September!


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Truthful Tuesday 08-30-2022 on a Wednesday – Money-Saving Measures


Di from Pensitivity is the interim hostess for this week’s Truthful Tuesday and the topic for this week is all about ways to save money in these times:

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Sunday Poser #95 – Likes or Comments?


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Share Your World – Week of August 29, 2022


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214: My Favorite Finds in Roads


This week, Ann-Christine is hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 and the topic she has chosen is Favorite Finds. Since I’m not big on antique shopping and there are no museums nearby, I will focus my favorite finds on a few of the challenging yet fun roads I’ve driven on.

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Truthful Tuesday 08-23-2022 – First Impression


Di from Pensitivity is the interim hostess for this week’s Truthful Tuesday and the topic for this week is all about first impressions:

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Sunday Poser #94 – Activate the Creative Juices


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #213: Here Comes the Sun


This week, Amy from The World is a Book is the challenger for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the theme of “Here Comes the Sun” (whether or not any relations to the Beatle’s song) was chosen.

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This will take a while…


Please note that this is quite a long post. I won’t be offended if you skip this one.

Physically, I’m fine but mentally, I feel like I’m once again at a breaking point. It will certainly be a while until I’m truly comfortable driving again…

Yesterday was supposed to be a day of fun, a day which I head into the forest once again to seek solitude, a little time to myself, and to enjoy nature but it looked like someone had another agenda for me.

This week has been a series of unfortunate events with the biggest one of them all on Thursday.

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Share Your World – Week of August 15, 2022


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Truthful Tuesday 08-16-22 – Siblings?


Di from Pensitivity is the hostess for this week’s Truthful Tuesday while Melanie is on time out and she asks:

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Monday Thoughts


For some reason, I’m feeling anxious about this Monday.

It’s my final counseling session with my therapist and as I ponder on what to discuss, all I can think was yesterday, Sunday. So much about yesterday peeved me. The only parts that didn’t peeve me were the solo walk along the forest trail and all the wonderful photos I took on my walk.

It was actually mom’s idea to go to the forest yesterday. “I need to go breathe in some fresh air.”

She didn’t want to drive her car though and she didn’t want me to drive, so she dragged her sister and brother-in-law (BIL) along, assigning him the role of the driver for the trip. As usual, I was the navigator, which is the most annoying task ever since mom was doing the navigating from the backseat while telling her BIL to ignore everything I said.

The forest was wonderful – so cool (temperature-wise) and lush with greenery. I had a suspicion that it rained the night because the ground was wet and there were water droplets on the plants. I hurriedly abandoned the adults while I hunted for a location to practice long-exposure photography.

After taking all the long exposure photographs I had wanted, I began wandering down the forest trail while paying attention at my surrounding to find interesting photo compositions. After a while, I caught up with them as they were returning to the parking lot.

The next activity on mom’s agenda was food and her BIL suggested the only restaurant he knew – Burger King – and that was what mom wanted as well. In fact, it’s just about the only restaurant mom will eat at these days. Unfortunately, there was no Burger King nearby, which was odd considering all the other chain restaurants were nearby. I tried to search for the next best thing but they don’t like any other fast food restaurant. So I suggested Texas-style barbecue.

Her BIL agreed. However, when we arrived at the restaurant, she refused to order anything, and in the oddest fashion, she asked for a coffee. Um, coffee in a barbecue joint on a Sunday afternoon? The guy looked at her and then replied apologetically, “Sorry, we don’t have coffee.”

As the food arrived, after taking a bite of the beef brisket I ordered, she said, “The meat is overcooked. It’s terrible.”

Then she started reflecting on the barbecue joint we once gone to just outside of Austin, Texas. “The line was out the door and round the corner,” mom said and as she said, my anger level ticked up ever so slightly.

Why can’t she keep her opinion to herself? I thought and before I could stop myself, I said, “I ordered the brisket for me. If you don’t like it, order whatever you want for yourself.”

“I don’t want anything.” She pouted. The only reason you don’t want anything is because this isn’t Burger King, I thought.

As we got up to leave, while mom and her BIL went to dispose the trays, my aunt whispered to me, “Just do what she says,” which was the other thing that peeved me about yesterday’s outing.

Um, excuse me, I wanted to say, I’m not a yes-woman or a robot or a dog. I am entitled to my own emotions and opinions, but that’s when mom returned, ushering us to leave.

Wow, it looks like I have quite a bit to discuss with my therapist.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #212: Motion


Patti is leading this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge with the fun theme of Motion.

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