yellow bee sunflower

Sunday Stills: Mellow #Yellow

Isn’t yellow a lively, cheery color? When I think of August, I think of heat, which makes me think of cloudless, sunny skies, at least out here in the West. I've always associated the month of August with the color yellow. You guessed it, this week’s Sunday Stills theme is anything yellow. I added “mellow” …

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Jet Shadow

Sunday Stills: How Do You Get There?

Transportation is the theme for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge. “Commute” can also work, pun intended, which means to travel some distance regularly between one's home and one's place of work, school or vocation. Or, by definition, to travel as a commuter. Even if we are not working a full-time job I think we all …

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Graphic Sentence a Day

Hot #August Sunshine: A Sentence A Day

Journaling a sentence each day for a month makes for a reflective blog post. I joined this challenge in 2017 and have sincerely enjoyed keeping track of my daily adventures. I had time to participate for the month of August so far this year. August 1st! Half of 2018 whizzed by! Today I cleaned and …

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SUP session at the delta

Sunday Stills: Water, #Water Everywhere, My #Paddleboard Can Shrink

How do you typically spend your last Sunday in August? For lots of folks, August is still a hot month in the Northern hemisphere, so the beach fronts of rivers, lakes, and oceans see huge crowds spending their last summer weekend around the water. Water is our “over-arching” theme this week for Sunday Stills. Since …

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Quote by John Muir "Opening a Thousand Windows"

Opening a Thousand Windows

While the featured image is not your typical glass-pained window, the frame of the pine trees yields a glorious view of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. "Oh these vast, calm measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God." John Muir For all its natural …

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At least the pups wear their PFDs.

Safely Secure at Leisure

Many outdoor leisure activities require a measure of Security. Kayaking with the pups is no exception! Though Gideon and Aero sport their Pup PFDs, I'm guessing my daughter's PFD is behind her instead of on her. Sigh. However, the kayak offers supreme flotation in an accident, and paddles can be used as reaching devices in …

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Is a Life-Jacket in Your Beach Bag?

Is a Life Jacket in Your Beach Bag?

Part Two of my series for "May is National Water Safety Month" covers information on life jackets. Any activity in and around water has potential for risk. As a former swim lesson instructor, I constantly taught children (and adults!) about water safety. I am always incredulous as to why parents send their young child out …

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Symbol-of-Fun

Symbols of Leisure

Symbol Human beings love their symbols. Creating symbols is how we deal with the abstract concepts that can't always be explained in simple terms or words. Leisure is one of those theoretical concepts that defy only one definition. For the weekly photo challenge, here are two symbols of leisure. This first one of me shown …

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SUP Sounds

SUP Sounds

While out on my stand-up paddleboard (aka SUP) last weekend, I was struck how the sounds and sensations could be characterized into words. These words are called onomatopoeias. We writers know what these are, but if you need a hint of a reminder, here is the definition: on·o·mat·o·poe·ia änəˌmadəˈpēə, noun the formation of a word …

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Solar-Eclipse-Reflection

Reflections of a Solar Eclipse

For Jennifer Nichole Wells' One Word Photo Challenge, I am submitting these photos for the theme of "Sun." In 2012, there was a solar eclipse visible in Northern California. The conditions were right for us to watch this rare cosmic event through the filter of the trees in our front yard. A few moments later …

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Dock

Dear Dock: What if You Never Existed?

I have written about the Sacramento State University’s Aquatic Center before. Here is a new twist on the writing 101 prompt. I am combining Day 14 and 15. Dear Dock, The Sacramento community is surrounded by lakes and two major rivers. It gets very hot here in the summertime, some days reaching up to 110 …

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Terri-windsurf

Weekend Coffee Share: Let the Sailing Begin

Today seems like a great day to have a coffee chat. How would you like your coffee today? I’ll take an iced mocha—it’s been rather warm here in Northern California. We did get some snow in the Sierras two hours away, but the Sacramento Valley hit 88 degrees today. If we were having coffee I …

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To-Sail-or-SUP

To Sail or to SUP, That is the Question

Two young men sat on a wooden bench gazing at the water. Windsurfers, they were waiting anxiously for the wind to start blowing. Their scraggly, bleach-blonde hair hung limply under their ball caps. “Hey dude,” said Jerry, “Think it’s gonna blow today?” “Not sure, man,” replied Jacob. “There’s not even a wind shadow.” “Bummer,” said …

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Inaugural Weekend Coffee Share and Chat

Several bloggers take part in the Weekend Coffee Share. As if we were sitting around the table and chatting about our past week, we share past and upcoming events, our joys and perhaps struggles. If we were having coffee, I would tell you how much I enjoyed my past week visiting family in San Diego. I …

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