Unexpected in common hours

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau



WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

The silence of snow



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Winter blooms

On these gloomy, gray days it’s nice to have flowers blooming in my kitchen.  I don’t remember the African violet plant and the Christmas cactus ever blooming at the same time before.


“In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
–  Albert Camus

When a foreigner resides among you

When a foreigner resides among you

#The Resistance

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Corners

At the lighthouse on Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, Florida


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Vann’s Tavern at New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun, Georgia


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Zamboni Matrimony

On January 12, some lucky couple will have an unforgettable wedding ceremony on a Zamboni machine during a professional ice hockey game between the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames.

A contest to see who gets to have this unusual wedding ceremony is being sposored by The Florida Panthers ice hockey team, radio station WRMF in West Palm Beach, Florida and the KVJ Morning Show.  Hilariously, our granddaughter submitted the winning essay!

Zamboni matrimony

On a lark, she submitted the essay, and while she was visiting us this past week she received a phone call telling her that she had won!  The only problem is that she is only 18 years old, and her fiance is non-existent.  She doesn’t even have a serious boyfriend at the moment.  Her win prompted a lot of laughter here, and the contest sponsors had to be notified that she would not be available on the 12th.

The winner

Oh well, maybe next time!

(For those of you who don’t know what a Zamboni machine is, it is an ice resurfacing machine that cleans and smooths the surface of an ice rink.)

And now let us welcome the new year

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”  (Rainer Maria Rilke)


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

Happy New Year!

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Water

Atlantic Ocean Waves


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“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
(Rainer Maria Rilke)

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View from the hospital

Last week my husband was in the hospital for an operation on his throat. We had wonderful views from hospital windows. Here are a couple of photos looking north before the snow started. Once the snow began to fall in earnest, oldest daughter and I had to stay overnight at the hospital, but that’s another story…


Tenacity – the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.  Our tenacious azaleas continue to bloom even in December.

Tenacious azalea