Black & White & Color Photo Challenge

I have a spot in my backyard garden where nothing will grow. It’s near the path and the sprinklers just won’t reach it, no matter how I  configure the nozzles. I decided to find a Buddha statue to place there but have had little luck finding just the right size and style that I really liked. Then, while my daughter and I were in Leavenworth (where we were supposed to be purchasing Christmas gifts for friends and family) I saw it.  Exactly what I had envisioned for the bare patch!

I will be placing it in the garden when the weather warms up, but for now here it is by the fountain. Black & White, or Color? Either way I am happy with it 🙂

 

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Black & White & Color Photo Challenge

One perfect Fall leaf!

We have had a few dry days here and the fallen leaves are finally drying out. I couldn’t resist documenting this rare occurrence in December in the  Pacific Northwest.

 

 

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Roda’s December Gift of Gratitude Series

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping. That, by itself is not so impressive, especially this time of year when everyone is purchasing gifts for the holiday.

What was special about this trip is where we went to spend my money! We headed out to Leavenworth, which is a Bavarian themed town, 2 hours north of our home in Redmond, Washington. It is a special community located in the mountains and they know how to do Christmas right!

The drive took us over the mountain pass into the middle of nowhere, and then all of a sudden this town appears.

 

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It was a clear day, but cold! 34F was the high, and a decent wind was blowing.

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The views are spectacular!

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The main street, which runs through the middle of the town, is in the Bavarian style and decked out in lights, garlands and holiday colors.

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There are shops and plenty of restaurants.

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We strolled along the street, stopping every so often to buy a gift or duck into a store to warm up!

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We had lunch and lots of coffee on this chilly December day.

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We marveled at the gorgeous decorations inside the stores

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Finally, it was time to head home. We grabbed one more cup of coffee and climbed into the car for the 2 hour return trip, and this is where the gratitude part comes in!

An hour into the drive we were stopped on the road. We saw flashing lights about 100 yards ahead of us on the only two lane road out of town. No cars were traveling in either direction and we knew something bad had occurred. More cars came behind us as we waited for the accident to clear, but we didn’t move. An hour passed as we thought that we would be moving “any minute now”.

People around us began to leave their cars and walk over to the scene of the accident, and it was getting darker on this mountain road. I checked the map app on my phone and found that the only detour was to return to the town and head over two other mountain ranges to get back home. A detour that would take 3 hours and 20 minutes.

As a group passed our car, I rolled down the window and they told me it would be at least 4 more hours until the investigation was complete. There was a fatality.

A motorcyclist had lost his or her life that day. My daughter and I processed this differently. She was irritated that we did not leave earlier, assuming that we would have been through the area before the crash. I was not so sure.

As we turned around to begin the three hours detour she continued to be irritated at our misfortune. But I was grateful! What if we had left earlier and were in the accident? What if it was my daughter lying under that tarp?

We had just spent a marvelous day together and the worst that happened to us was that it took 5 hours to get home instead of 2.

But we were home, safe and sound. Eventually she came to the same conclusion and we both felt happy and safe at the end of this day, when another family had a horrible tragedy to process.

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Merry Christmas 🙂

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Black & White & Color Photo Challenge

I did some experimenting in the kitchen the other day. I wanted to make candy turtles but wasn’t sure which type of caramel or chocolate combination would be best. The hubby and I are in agreement with the caramel choice but not on the chocolate options.

You know what, they are all good! But now which beauty shot is best? I leave that to you good people, I know you will pick the best one! 🙂

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Black & White & Color Photo Challenge

We finally had a break in the rain this morning. I went for a long walk and saw so many ways that the rain made the environment better. The air is clear, the foliage is well hydrated and the colors are so vibrant today. Everything is pretty well saturated and this bush has more rain drops than berries right now!

I love the reflections in the water drops 🙂

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Roda’s December Gift of Gratitude Series

The amazing Roda from Growing Self has started a Gift of Gratitude series. I think this is a wonderful idea and am trying to figure out a way to participate with her on this brilliant quest. It has been too long since I spent time on my blog’s “Gratitude for Attitude” section, and long overdue! I am kicking off this series today by being grateful for time spent with my kids during this holiday season.

My children are young adults with lives of their own and quite busy. I no longer have daily contact with them, so I appreciate when they have a break in their busy lives to hang with old mom!

Our talented son had his senior recital a few nights ago. We were treated to 90 minutes of beautiful classical clarinet music, so proud of him!

I am grateful for his talent, hard work and the fact that he chose a college in our backyard so I can see his performances!

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Yesterday our daughter and I went to a local nursery, which is one of our holiday traditions, and spent the afternoon browsing, and spending my money! We had a marvelous time looking at all the sparkly things!

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I am grateful that I have these wonderful kids in my life and that they still find it enjoyable to hang with mom! Love these two 🙂

Join Roda in her gift of gratitude series! I feel better already 🙂 Thank you Roda!

Black & White & Color Photo Challenge

I am really missing Tucson and the sunlight! Today I chose a throw back picture from a hike through Sabino canyon. I loved how this cactus was growing out of the top of a rock, defying gravity and the lack of natural resources in the area!

 

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