Yard decor for Winter Wonders

Sunday Stills: Holiday #Décor with Optional Red and Green

As we near Christmas and other traditional holidays, no doubt you have managed to decorate your home or yard. Neighbor's Christmas Scene I adjusted my holiday travel plans a bit which means I combined this week's theme, Holiday Decor, with what would have been next week's theme, Something Red or Green. See end of the …

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Festive Graphic

Sunday Stills: #Festive!

Nothing is more festive than the decorations and lights people use for their holiday celebrations! That is our theme for this week's Sunday Stills photo challenge! Last week we looked at traditions as we explored Christmas light displays in some of the neighborhoods with my darling Japanese exchange student! Here are some images. Quick selfie with …

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Sentence a Day December

December #Sentence A Day: Reflecting Upon a Busy Month

I am very happy to be able to participate in December’s Sentence a Day link-ups. Rather than bore you with each of my sentences, in which some appear repetitive (all 31 of them for December), I am theming them and presenting some of them under each heading. I journaled each day using the phone app …

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Free Book and Photos

Free Book and Free Photos

To celebrate the holidays this year, my book, Better Blogging with Photography is FREE beginning today through Dec. 25th. If you are new to my blog and interested in learning more about using images wisely on your blog or website, then download it today! For more information, please click here. I was extremely pleased to …

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Taking a Christmas Blogging Break

Let’s All Take a Blogging Break!

What would happen if all bloggers just took a blogging break for one day, or one week, all at once? Would google explode? WordPress or Blogger might. Just wondering… I admire the bloggers who share something EVERY DAY. We all know it takes a lot of time and effort to publish a post. My hat's …

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That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

“That’s What Christmas Is All About, Charlie Brown” Redux

In the spirit of the Christmas season, as families everywhere celebrate the holidays, I offer a re-post of one of my favorite and popular posts from 2015. If we were having coffee on this fourth and final day of Advent, in which we celebrate love, we would sip a hot beverage while our church choir …

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Winter Wonders Link-Up Still Going

The Winter Wonders Link-Up Continues

The Winter Wonders Link-up still going strong! If you want to meet and engage with new bloggers and share some holiday cheer, bring your Christmas posts and photos, winter scenes, holiday decor, seasonal recipes, and other winter holiday posts (past or present) to the link-up so we can all enjoy! I share each post on …

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patiently waiting for Christmas in San Diego

Anticipa-a-tion, It’s Keeping Me Waiting…

Last year, while visiting family in San Diego during Christmas week, I snapped this photo of my nieces contemplating with Anticipation  the coming of Santa on Christmas Eve. We took a leisurely stroll on Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach to get out of the house and watch the surfers. My nieces may look patient, but …

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spread your wings and seek new horizons

Seek New Horizons

In my daily walks with my dog, Aero, we pass by the local elementary school every day. The setting winter sun illuminated the almost-full moon that hung just over the school as if to announce the coming of the winter solstice. As a school kid, I always loved this time of year. Excitement permeates the …

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Seasonal Sensations Winter Wonders Link-Up

Winter Wonders Link-Up

Announcing the next Seasonal Sensations Link-up! The theme for this holiday season is Winter Wonders. Share your favorite posts and photos, past and present, of your holiday celebrations, food and recipes, decor, winter landscapes--anything festive! You can link continuously from today through January 1st! This photo is of my pooch Aero, who sat under our …

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy

Weekend Coffee Share: Where is Your Joy?

If we were having coffee on this rainy Sunday, I would share that “Joy” is the theme of the third week of Advent. We are getting a nice winter blast of snow in the Sierras making it cold here in the valley, so be sure to get a nice, piping-hot beverage while we chat. I …

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advent candles for Christmas season

Weekend Coffee Share: Waiting for Peace during Advent Season

If we were having coffee, I would ask you to sit with me for a moment and chat about our difficulties in waiting. How do you like your coffee or tea? Do you like to wait? I don’t. To me it is time wasted. I usually multi-task while waiting, by reading, doodling, deleting stuff from …

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