WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

The touchdown of his life

Face in a crowd

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Structure

Iconic structures on the campus of the University of Notre Dame

At ND

ND Administration Bldg

Sacred Heart Basilica

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”   (Winston Churchill)

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

At St. Augustine Beach

Boy on bikeAll alone4EgretLooking for dinner

 

“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?”  (David Attenborough)

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A 50-year-old Blast From the Past

I haven’t played my old keyboard in years, although grandson Ben likes to play it when he comes to visit.

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But recently I decided to begin playing again, and rummaged around the house for old sheet music that I had saved.  To my amazement I found music I had purchased at Allans World of Music almost 50 years ago when I was a Rotary exchange student attending high school in Adelaide, South Australia.

Adelaide music store

 

Just for fun, I did an internet search for Allans World of Music.  It now is Allans Billy Hyde and was in business at the same address in Adelaide (58 Gawler Place) until this past January 2 when it abruptly closed its doors.

 

Allans Billy Hyde

Allans is Australia’s oldest music retailer, and a news article in the Adelaide Advertiser called it one of Adelaide’s most iconic music stores.

According to the news article..

Former piano and keyboard manager Helen Blakebrough said it would be very sad for Adelaide if the store was to permanently pull down its shutters…

“It was Australia’s premier store for print music, keyboards, pianos, guitars and all sorts for many years,” Ms Blakebrough said.

“Allans was the place to go.”

I don’t remember buying that particular sheet music, but I do remember shopping as often as I could at Allans World of Music where I purchased 45 rpm records and 33 1/3 record albums.  I still have the 45s.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Chilled

Chilled

 

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweet – Monkey Bread

Our traditional breakfast on Christmas Day is Monkey Bread, a sweet pull-apart bread.  So yummy!

Monkey bread

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”  (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

 

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From Where I Sit: Mid-February, 2018

Just a few photos from where I sat on my front porch yesterday. The sun shone directly on the porch steps, and it was lovely to be able to sit outside for a while in mid-winter.  Today and tomorrow we are under a flood warning.

 

 

 

 

I’m a pretty uncomplicated person. I live a very simple life with my family and I enjoy very ordinary things.   (Khaled Hosseini)

 

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide – Brenau University

Sign

Brenau front campus

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Old library, now the art galleries

Iconic Brenau fountain

Brenau Ideal

 

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of being on the campus of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia where my aunt (my father’s sister) was a student.  Brenau has been part of my mother’s side of the family since the 1890s when my great grandmother taught art there. My mother was a student at Brenau in the late 1940s.   My grandfather was chairman of the Board of Trustees in the 1960s.  My mother’s sister was a department head.  I received my undergraduate degree there in the 1970s as did my sister.

From 1928 to 2011, there also was a high school, a girls’ boarding school known as Brenau Academy, on the university campus where I taught for 15 years from 1996 until the high school closed in 2011. In 2012, I began teaching at the university as an adjunct professor but was sidelined two years ago, first by my own health issues and then by my husband’s stroke.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Patterns

Afternoon shadows

 

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Cataract surgery

Twenty five years ago I was told I had the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes.  Over the years my vision became worse, especially in my left eye; I lost the ability to distinguish between dark colors, most particularly between navy blue and black; and I had to stop using the bifocal portion of my eyeglasses when I was reading and use reading glasses of ever-increasing strength.  Then, last week I had cataract surgery.

The ophthalmologist said I only needed surgery on my left eye, as the cataract on my right eye was “just beginning.” Nice to hear that after 25 years, only one cataract had progressed to the point of removal.

Friends who have had cataract surgery told me it would be “a piece of cake,” and the worst part would be dealing with all of the eyedrops that had to be used afterwards. I beg to differ.  The worst part has been the not being allowed to bend over, not doing housework, not being able to clean the cat’s litter box, and not being able to wear powdered makeup for the first week.

It’s really amazing that a cataract can be removed and a new artificial lens placed in the eye with a minimum of discomfort.  Some people say they have an almost instantaneous improvement in vision, but my vision is changing slowly day by day.  My left eye, which always was the weaker eye, is now dominant over the right eye.  I can now use the bifocal portion of my old eyeglasses when I read.  And I can distinguish between navy blue and black again.  It will be about four weeks before my “new eye” has stabilized and I can get a new pair of eyeglasses.

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