Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Winter Wonderland

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White or Sepia Tones

We didn't get our first significant amount of snow until February this year, which is quite unusual for us.  I remember the Blizzard of 2011 had our backyard grill entirely covered. 

This particular snowfall was gorgeous.  It was soppy, wet, and just glorious.  I couldn't help but stop to snap a few pictures while driving through my neighborhood to capture the winter wonderland feel. 

 This is a black and white version of the original, which was tinted blue from my car window.  The BW gives it a crisper look and better feel to the icy coldness.

This is a monochrome photo all on its own.  I really wanted to savor the views of snow on each and every branch of these trees.  The two stone benches with unadulterated snow atop them shout the frigidity and stillness of winter and all its beauty.

This is my first time linking up with Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.  I have been enjoying my friend Imelda's beautiful pictures on her blog, My Wall, as she participates with Cee's challenges (check out her Black and White post).  I had these pictures from a few weeks ago, and thought I'd give them a go!  This is late a bit late as the new challenge is already out (every Tuesday), but I'll post anyway.  I'm a newbie at this!  (Click here for Cee's original Black and White challenge post.)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This Day

 Because this is the first time she begged asked
To make non-store-bought Valentines, 
We made 42 of these not-so-original ones last minute,
While I produced neither complaints nor whines.

The work to bring ONE heart-shaped cookie 
To the class party for his peanut allergy's sake--
(Surely I deserve to eat the rest for that?)--
Is well worth the trouble, make no mistake!

Trying my darnedest to write a Letters post
To my better half on This Day.
But my deadline is hastened by his plan
To dine us all out at a romantic family soiree!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 1, 2013


This weekend's Trifextra challenge is asking for exactly 33 words of dialogue.


"When will I be sixty?"


"Will I know when I turn sixty?"

"Um, yeah, I guess.  What is this about?"

"It’s about that song."

"What song?"

"'I’m Sixty and I Know It.'"

Out of the mouth of a preschooler.  Should I not be surprised that this is coming home from school nowadays?  Being that I'm usually behind on current pop culture, I heard this "particular song" for the first time--coincidentally--immediately after this conversation on the car radio.  *Head palm*. 

Click on over to www.trifectawritingchallenge.com to join us, won't ya?